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Why you want this: Though people have attempted all sorts of culinary concoctions during quarantine, one thing you may miss is a good fried indulgence—who has the patience for all that oil and splatter at home? Air fryers make pub-style treats simple (and much lighter, employing convection heat instead of bubbling fat to cook), but enthusiasts say that that they are also great for everything from cookies to salmon. At the current price of $59, the Ultrean is one of the least expensive models available.
What the experts say: Glamour’s Erin Parker explains that this little air fryer was her solution to a broken oven and limited counter space. She writes, “As soon as I saw how quickly and thoroughly it cooked pretty much anything, I was hooked. It became my new culinary obsession, and I found a million ways to utilize the appliance. Within a week I’d made everything from cauliflower-crust pizza to baked eggs to crispy kimchi fried rice that actually measured up to my go-to Korean spot.”
What the people say: A tidier way to fry. (“I love fried food (I use various healthy oils; grape seed, olive, avocado) but I hate the mess. This contains everything so no splashing. Very easy to clean. I put the basket in the sink to soak while we eat and then lightly scrub afterward. So easy to make chicken wings, fried shrimp, and lots of vegetables. We got it for Christmas and my wife commented that I seem to use have used it every day since. Very happy.”)
The Ultrean Air Fryer is now $59, or 38 percent off the regular price.
Note: This post originally referred to a model that has since sold out; it has been updated to reflect a renewed model for the same price.