Welcome back to Air Fryer Bro, a virtual huddle of people that want to find out more about air fryers! Today, we are picking out our top air fryer microwaves. Now, I already did an article comparing the differences between air fryers and microwaves, but this one is on a whole new level. Did you even know they have worked out how to combine an air fryer with a microwave?? Well they have! And that’s what we are going to delve deep into today 🙂
Just to warn you that the first part of the article will be very information heavy, to help you understand what an Air Fryer Microwave combination really is. You can use the table of contents to jump straight to the reviews if you would prefer 🙂
What is an Air Fryer Microwave?
An air fryer microwave is able to bring the best features from two of the most popular kitchen appliances, the microwave and the air fryer!
What’s the Difference Between an Air Fryer and a Microwave.
A microwave cooks with…err…microwaves. These microwaves heat up the water in the food you are trying to cook by making the molecules in this water shake or vibrate (maybe there is a technical term :)). This is the main process that occurs as that food is absorbing the microwaves.
This style of cooking is super fast, but it doesn’t brown the food. Pale food is not always the most appetizing, so most people end up using microwaves just to heat food or cook food that doesn’t require browning. Some people even half cook some food in the microwave and finish off in a regular oven. Microwaved food can also be dry if you are not careful. I know in my own experience with microwaves, I found dried out food a problem at times.
So, to sum up, the microwave’s quick cook times have made it mostly a kitchen appliance of convenience, to heat or reheat items quickly and without browning!
An air fryer is on a totally different end of the cooking scale, so to speak. It uses incredibly hot air to circulate around the food and therefore cook it. A powerful fan is used to facilitate this. Air fryers were originally conceived to replace deep fat fryers, so browning and crisping food is one of the main features it has. At first we had bucket style air fryers that mimicked the deep fat fryers they were replacing, but we now have oven style air fryers too.
The microwave and the air fryer are both very useful kitchen appliances in their own right, but when you are able to combine the two some kind of ‘magic’ starts to happen 🙂
Why Would Someone Need an Air Fryer Microwave?
As stated above, microwaves and air fryers offer a totally different style of cooking. By having a kitchen device that can fulfill both functions, you have something doubly useful.
The level of convenience here is immense. First of all, you are replacing two kitchen appliances with one, saving space on your kitchen counters. Secondly, you are offering two types of cooking in one. Above I said that some people like to half cook some food in their microwave and then finish it off in a regular oven. With a microwave air fryer, there would be no need for this all together!
If the features of both the microwave and air fryer are needed regularly in your kitchen, the microwave air fryer would be the perfect combination for you.
Are There any Downsides to an Air Fryer Microwave Combo?
Personally, I feel like some microwave manufacturers just wanted to get the word ‘air fryer’ on their unit in the hope of selling more! I say this because some models have an air fryer function that doesn’t seem fully fleshed out, often giving much slower cook times than a regular air fryer. Make sure to fully research any Air Fryer Microwave you buy, to make sure that all the functions it offers work well. You don’t want a jack of all trades and master of none!
With these air fryer microwave combination cookers often having so many cooking modes, it can get confusing to operate for some. For example, different accessories are often needed for specific cooking modes. One model has a metal rack for air frying that obviously can’t be used when microwaving. Some people may feel overwhelmed by all this swapping!
Usually people don’t read the manuals of their microwaves. However, if you want an air fryer microwave you have to be prepared to do this and learn all the functions. I see many negative reviews where people simply don’t know how to use their new appliance!
Finally, air fryer microwaves can get quite pricey, much more so than even the most expensive air fryer ovens on the market.
I also feel that this move into air fryer microwaves hasn’t been that successful so far for the manufacturers. A few of the models seem to be out of stock quite a lot, making me wonder if they might be phasing them out.
Actually some of the models below aren’t labelled with an air fryer function, but a convection one instead. I think some of them realised it was hard to get the full intense air frying mode in their microwaves. With the convection microwaves, you can achieve an ‘air fry’ effect by elevating the food in the unit to allow air to move all around it. It just won’t be quite as intense as you would get in a regular air fryer. If you are tight on space and really want both a microwave and an air fryer, this could be a good option all the same!
The models I recommend below can be viewed on Amazon simply by clicking on the product image, this will be the best way to see the current situation for yourself 🙂
Which Air Fryer Microwaves are our Favorites?
This Galanz model embodies exactly what an air fryer microwave combi should be about! They have an intelligent mode that combines both cooking modes to give the perfect balance of browning and speed. This Galanz model is also very stylish looking to boot and would fit into most people’s kitchens with ease.
This Galanz Air Fryer Microwave is also one of the most reasonably priced, meaning you wont have to break the bank to try out this cooking method. It’s also great to see that three different accessories are provided for the different cooking styles, including a rather nice elevated air frying tray.
This model also has a neat humidity sensor that helps prevent you overcooking and drying out food, something that is always helpful when microwaves are involved.
The main downside is that it is quite a bit bigger than your average microwave, but I suppose this is a result of adding the air fry function.
With other manufacturers seemingly dropping out of the air fryer microwave game, the Galanz is our current top and undisputed choice. It’s great to see them not giving up on this fledgling technology and pushing through.
This Panasonic combi microwave is great, if a little pricey, option. Although some may find comfort in buying from a well known brand such as Panasonic. It definitely lives up to its price when it comes to looks and design though, being fit to live in even the classiest kitchens 🙂 The top notch build quality helps here too!
Another plus point is the super simple control panel, so you don’t have to feel like a NASA astronaut to operate it! If it wasn’t so expensive, this Panasonic unit would be my top pick. The ultimate in space saving and flexible kitchen appliances.
Our next Breville recommendation is along similar lines as the last. It is very attractively designed and executed, being about as flashy looking as a microwave can look in a kitchen! Yes, it is a little pricey, but this one is slightly bigger than the Panasonic model mentioned above. You are also backed by a household name brand that should give consumers more confidence when buying. All in all, this is a very good package!
Our final air fryer microwave recommendation is a bit of an ugly duckling if I am honest. But if you can get past the low level design you might actually like the price and the features it offers.
It is a little smaller than the other appliances recommended here, but it also the cheapest at the time of writing. The most important thing is the cooking performance, and this is an area that this Farberware microwave knocks out of the park. If you learn its functions well you can get excellent results and take up much less counter real estate whilst doing it.
There you have it, hopefully now you are fully clued up on these new air fryer microwaves. I would finish by saying that only buy one of these if you really need a microwave (as well as an air fryer), but don’t have enough space to have separate units. Of course, a standalone air fryer would be the better option if you are able to go that route.