My cramped kitchen doesn’t have room for a toaster, an air fryer, a grill, a dehydrator, and all the other small appliances that keeping cooking interesting and easy. Luckily, KitchenAid’s nine-in-one countertop oven ticks off some of those boxes and more.
The KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven With Air Fry (on sale for $160, originally $200) is what tiny kitchen dreams are made of. It takes your average toaster oven and ups it to the next level with nine functions: dehydrate, proof, bagel, toast, air fry, bake, broil, reheat, and keep warm. Complete with the standard metal rack, an air fry basket, a baking dish with a removable grill rack, and a removable crumb/drip tray, it easily transforms to do whatever you need it to do.
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I’ve wanted an air fryer forever, but always held back because I had nowhere to put one. Finally having one is every bit as delicious as I’d imagined. From home fries to Brussels sprouts, I love crisping up foods without using much oil use. Note that the back of the oven tends to cook faster than the front, so you’ll want to rotate your air fry pan halfway through cooking for an even spread.
As much as I love the air fryer, the toast and bagel settings are the coolest parts of this countertop oven. These settings allow you to choose between eight settings and select the number of slices you’re toasting (same for the bagel setting) to give you the perfect slice every time. Once you hit start, a timer begins to count down, meaning you actually know when your toast will be done instead of aimlessly waiting for the ding.
Over the few months that I’ve had this device, I’ve come to appreciate the bake and broil functions because it basically means that I now have two ovens. This is especially helpful while living with three roommates and will be handy during the holiday season. I love that I can put a cake in this countertop oven while roasting veggies in my main oven. I also love that the countertop oven doesn’t make the whole kitchen hot like a full-sized oven does. The reheat function is especially helpful when making things that require cooking in small batches, like French toast.
The dehydrate setting is excellent for making treats like fruit leather or sweet potato chips. Both of these recipes take some serious time—eight and 20 hours, respectively. So it’s nice to have a countertop dehydrator instead of losing the use of my actual oven for a full day.
I haven’t used the proof setting yet, because the one loaf of focaccia bread I tried to make in April still haunts me. But if you’re not afraid of baking bread, using a proofing machine gives your dough the perfect warm environment for rising.
The takeaway: KitchenAid’s efficient little machine has made cooking so much easier and more enjoyable.
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