KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry Review
Pros: User friendly, easy to clean
Cons: Poor temperature accuracy, expensive
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KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry
$214.95 at Amazon
$209.99 at Amazon
|$180 List||$70 List||$90 List|
|Pros||User friendly, easy to clean||Great baking performance, great temperature accuracy, can also air fry and dehydrate, flips on its end when not in use to save space||Compact, great all-around cooking performance, great temperature accuracy||Makes great frozen pizza, easy to celan, convection mode, great toast||Inexpensive, good overall baking performance|
|Cons||Poor temperature accuracy, expensive||Somewhat expensive||Smaller capacity||Mediocre temperature accuracy, only average baking performance||Poor tempertaure accuracy, results can be less than consistent|
|Bottom Line||While this device is easy to use and has great toasting and baking capabilities, its poor temperature accuracy keeps it from being a top pick||One of the best multifunction cooking devices on the market||A perfect oven for those that want high performance but don't have much counter space||A convenient and reliable budget option with reasonable performance at a great price||A verstaile budget option that will please most, but struggles with temperature accuracy|
|Rating Categories||Digital Countertop...||Ninja Foodi Digital...||Breville Mini Smart...||BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB||BLACK+DECKER Extra...|
|Ease Of Use (25%)|
|Temperature Accuracy (20%)|
|Frozen Food (15%)|
|Specs||Digital Countertop...||Ninja Foodi Digital...||Breville Mini Smart...||BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB||BLACK+DECKER Extra...|
|Outer Dimensions||16" x 17" x 11.3"||19.7" x 7.6" x 15"||15.5" x 14" x 8.8"||14.5" x 22" x 11.5"||21.5" x 23" x 11.2"|
|Maximum Pizza Diameter||12"||13"||11"||13"||13"|
|Accesories||Wire rack, air fry basket, baking pan, broiling rack||Wire rack, air fry basket, sheet pan||Baking pan||Baking pan, wire rack||Baking pan, wire rack, air fry basket|
|Power Consumption (W)||1800||1800||1800||1500||1500|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Kitchen Aid Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry had pretty impressive performance across the board, except for our temperature accuracy metric, which ultimately held it back from winning any of our top awards.
The Digital Countertop with Air Fry had above-average results when it came to baking performance. Baked drumsticks came out with crisp skin and a juicy interior. Cookies came out golden brown on the outside and chewy in the center. The cake our testers baked, cooked a little too quickly, and was on the dry side, but overall still quite tasty. In all of our testing, we found a noticeable amount of unevenness in the cooking. It wasn't horrible, but it indicates that there are a few cool zones in the oven. While a few models performed better, unless you're a serious baker, we doubt you'll have any issues with this oven's baking abilities.
Ease of Use
This toaster oven had one of the best overall scores in the ease of use metric. The digital display and simple controls make this unit a pleasure to operate. Where this model really shines is in how easy it is to keep clean. The large crumb tray slips in and out of the oven with ease, and its non-stick coating keeps food from sticking, even gooey melted cheese. Crumbs can fall under the hinged door, but all it takes is a folded paper towel or rag to sweep them out.
While our testers found the KitchenAid Digital Countertop with Air Fry to be a generally high-performing model, its issues with temperature accuracy are too glaring to ignore. We preheated the device to 350°, 400°, and 450° and checked the internal temperature at 7, 15, and 30 minutes. Our thermometers found that the actual temperature inside the oven was consistently low, often by as much as 25°. While this isn't the end of the world and food often cooked faster than instructions called for, it makes it much more difficult to get repeatable results when you're not exactly sure what temperature you're working with, and ultimately keeps this model behind the top-performing competitors.
Heating up frozen pizza is one of the quintessential uses for toaster ovens, and this model does it quite well. Pizza was cooked thoroughly, quickly, and without any burning. Frozen tater tots cooked equally as well. They were finished faster than the instructions said they would be and came out consistently crispy and evenly cooked.
The KitchenAid Digital Countertop with Air Fry performed in line with other high-scoring options when it came down to the simple task of toasting bread and bagels. There do seem to be some small dead zones in the back corners, but it still managed to produce a very evenly cooked piece of toast. The medium setting was a bit darker than expected, but not to the point of the toast being burnt. Bagels came out with a nice crisp to the cut side, while the bottoms were warm and chewy. When it comes to toast, there isn't much more you could ask for.
While our testers generally enjoyed using this toaster oven, when it comes down to it, you can find better-valued options elsewhere. It performed above average in most metrics but was rarely a top performer. That, combined with its abysmal temperature accuracy scores, makes it a tough sell when you consider it is in the same price range as the two highest-scoring toaster ovens.
The KitchenAid Digital Countertop with Air Fry performed reasonably well across all of our cooking metrics. It produced moist baked goods, crisp but not burnt toast, and almost perfect frozen pizzas. That being said, it does struggle with temperature accuracy, and given the price point, does not outperform similarly priced options. It's worth buying if you find it on sale but wouldn't be our first choice.
— Michelle Powell & Buck Yedor