NutriChef air fryer

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As a well-known brand on the air fryer market, NutriChef has already released quite a few models so far. Today’s review, however, is about the PKAIRFR42 NutriChef air fryer model. A unit with a more than decent capacity, a welcomed digital display, and all the options to grill, bake, roast, or boil at your fingertip. We’ve looked into the main properties of this air circulation convection oven-style unit. Below, you’ll find our evaluation of the NutriChef air fryer: main technical features, design elements, pros and cons. In a nutshell, everything that will help you cook tastier and low-fat, healthier foods without ever again missing the deep-fried dishes!

Main Features of the NutriChef air fryer

This particular model from the NutriChef air fryer line has a compact design. Despite measuring 11.4 x 14.1 x 13 in and weighing nearly 10 pounds, it features a countertop slide-out frying bucket and basket. This means that you just have to slide out the cooking unit, tilt it just a little bit, and detach the dishwasher safe frying basket or the pan – whatever you decided to use from the two of them.
With NutriChef air fryer PKAIRFR42 you get a cooking option based on rapid air circulation. The integrated convection system was designed as a vortex fan. The cooking chamber, as mentioned, is covered in a non-stick Teflon layer that lets you cook even without adding oil at all. And aside from getting the traditional fries and the roasted meat, you can always try grilling, baking or even broiling.
There’s a lot more to say about this particular model of NutriChef air fryer, which is why we would suggest moving on to the actual features.

  1.  Rapid air circulation

The NutriChef air fryer works as an oven, due to its convection oven-style vortex that pushes the hot air inside the cooking chamber. Since the space is significantly smaller and the heat radiates from much closer than within a traditional oven, the food gets cooked faster. The perfect fries and the crispy skins, the pastry soufflés and all the desserts out there are half an hour away. Through this rapid air circulation technology, you’ll be cooking healthier, faster, and in a significantly more hassle-free manner.

  1.  Digital display

A great percentage of air fryers out there rely on two simple knobs for temperature and time. This NutriChef air fryer will certainly catch your eye with the digital LCD panel with touch button controls. Part of that hassle-free cooking that we just mentioned above is due to this incredibly intuitive display. You just tap with one finger on the LCD panel, on the labels of the main functions and you can adjust the time, the temperature, or the cooking modes. Speaking of which…

  1.  Preset cooking options

In the center of the digital LCD panel, in the lower part of the display, the NutriChef air fryer features a special touch button with the M symbol in a circle. That soft key is the one you should be using to switch from one preset cooking option to another. All in all, you’ll find 6 different pre-programmed channels, with the optimal cooking time and temperature already set: French fries, shrimp, bake, chicken, steak, and fish. Select, hit the Go button, and go to relax a little bit while your meal is being cooked.

  1.  Advanced temperature and time control

From this perspective, NutriChef air fryer PKAIRFR42 has an automatic timer setting of up to 30 minutes and adjustable temperature settings ranging between 170°F and 400°F. While none of these is a spectacular feature in itself, the digital LCD panel will once again take your experience to a whole new level. That’s because you get to set the time and the temperature by long pressing the up and down arrows on the panel, until you reach the desired values. Easier access and increased precision, the perfect combo!

  1.  Generous cooking capacity

Among all the air fryers reviews that we’ve offered you so far, the 3.5L units were on top of the list. The NutriChef air fryer seems to get quite close from that top with its 3.2L frying basket capacity. And still, it scores extra points for the nonstick pan that comes with it and that can hold up to 4L! Maybe this space could have been better distributed on the flat surface instead of the height, but it can still come in handy, especially if you plan to add a metal rack as well.

  1.  Dishwasher safe

The list of attractive features is completed by the fact that this NutriChef air fryer model is both stain resistant and easy to clean. Most of the people who bought it find it easy to clean the nonstick Teflon coating with a soft, wet cloth. But placing the detachable parts into the washing mashing and letting it handle the cleaning is highly appreciated and perfectly doable.

  1.  Versatile and safe to use

Last but not least, cooking with a PKAIRFR42 NutriChef air fryer gives you the comfort of knowing that it can automatically shut down. When the cooking time elapsed, the unit will stop the heating process, slowly and gradually cooling down. That means that you don’t have to stress out and count the minutes until the cooking program ends.

How the NutriChef air fryer works:

Picture a closed cooking chamber with a central heating element that radiates heat so close to the food placed inside. This heat isn’t just simply released into the chamber, but accelerated by a rapid air circulation system that directs the air into a vortex. That way, the food is surrounded by this hot air from all sides. By the time it penetrates the center of the foods, letting all the juices to gather in there and tender the food, the outer layer gets a beautiful, golden and crispy crust that makes you drool just by looking at it. Did we mention you don’t even have to add a drop of oil, if you don’t want to?

How to use the NutriChef air fryer:

  1. Start by seasoning your food.
  2. Slide out the cooking chamber and take out the nonstick pan.
  3. Place your food inside, leaving enough room so that the ingredients won’t stay on top of each other, but rather as airy as possible.
  4. Put back the pan by inserting it into the cooking chamber and sliding it inside the unit.
  5. Touch the start button.
  6. Set the time and the temperature from the touch arrows or use the M soft key to browse through the pre-programmed cooking modes.
  7. When you’re ready, hit the Go button and just wait.

NutriChef air fryer Product Specifications

Color Black
Product Dimensions 11.4 x 14.1 x 13 inches
Model Number PKAIRFR42
Item weight 9.9 lbs
Shipping Weight 11.8 lbs
Capacity 4Qt
Temperature Range 170-4000F
Watts 1400 Watts
Safety shut-off Yes
Preheat Yes
Adjustable temperature control Yes
Non-stick cooking basket Yes
Auto-pause Yes


  • Up to 4QT cooking capacity
  • 6 preset cooking modes
  • Practical digital display
  • Easy to clean
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Safety automatic power off
  • Affordable price

  • User manual not very explicit
  • Doesn’t come with cookbook
  • No transparent lid

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This popular PKAIRFR42 NutriChef Electric Air Fryer enjoys the reputation of the perfect cooking machine with oven-style vortex convection. Easy to set up, with a modern and catchy digital display and a 3.2qt – 4.0qt cooking capacity, you’ll barely find anything to complain about when cooking with it. Oh, and have you seen its price? It will win your heart, guaranteed!

Versatility and functions
Design and build
Ease of use
  • 4QT cooking capacity
  • 6 preset cooking modes
  • Digital display;
  • Safety automatic power off
  • Affordable price
  • User manual not very explicit
  • Doesn’t come with cookbook
  • No transparent lid

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