Beautiful 6 Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer, Black Sesame by Drew Barrymore
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This Air Fryer Keeps Selling Out — and Now I Know Why

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I never wanted to be an air fryer person. I don't usually kowtow to trends and fads when it comes to cooking. I like my cast iron pan, and I like my nonstick cookware. I can do just about everything I want with those, thankyouverymuch. But when I got the opportunity to test the new Beautiful 6-Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer, I decided to do it. And you know what they say about true love? "When you know, you know." Well, now I know — and I'm in love.

With a world of air fryers and even air fryer toaster ovens available today, how can a new comer impress me so much that I've been preaching the air fryer gospel to anyone who will listen for weeks now? Let me explain.

First, I have a fairly small kitchen. I really only have room to leave one appliance out at all times, and that's been my darling KitchenAid stand mixer since the day I bought and moved into this house. I don't want my countertop appliances to look "mechanical." After all, in this small space I use every day, I want to enjoy what I see.

Enter: the Beautiful 6-Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer. The touchscreen interface is clean and sophisticated, as I did not want a flurry of buttons and knobs littering my field of vision (I have a stove that does that already). It also comes in four chic colors: Black Sesame, Sage Green, Oyster Gray, and White Icing. I have the White Icing, which is a rich and warm shade of white that is striking against my darker counters and cabinets but doesn't stand out like a sore thumb. When the machine is powered off, it's a stately column with a single gold handle. If you didn't know better, you might just think it was art.

Second, I cook for one most nights, but I actually took this air fryer for a long weekend with my family. I was able to use it cook appetizers (homemade cheese sticks), lunch (chicken nuggets and sweet potato fries), and dinner (shrimp tacos) all from this one appliance, and all with only one nonstick pan and tray to clean. Since those first runs, I've made asparagus and even a quesadilla. Next up? Desserts.

This six-quart air fryer is large enough to hold chicken nuggets and fries for two easily, and I found it could cook enough shrimp for eight tacos. So it's sized small enough for one person to cook a whole meal or for a family to quickly and easily get a side or a main element cooked while you're working on other parts in the oven or on the stovetop. (Or if you don't mind waiting, you can cook in shifts and get it all done in the air fryer.)

Finally, the food. It masterfully cooks everything I've put in the drawer. My first run with the machine, I just followed the handbook's time guideline for cooking meatballs, and it was perfect. After that, I started using a bit of intuition, the instructions on bags or recipes, and a combination of previous experiences to get the timing and the temperature right. For example, this oven only goes up to 400 degrees F, and most quick-cooking snack foods like chicken nuggets and fries call for an oven that's 425 degrees F or higher. Well, you don't need to have temps that high when you're concentrating the heat in such a small area.

But don't use that same 400 degrees F on foods like mozzarella sticks or shrimp. You don't need that intense heat to cook these foods; you can turn down the temps and get the right texture and desired degree of doneness while still drastically cutting your cooking time. Sweet potato fries? 11 minutes. In the oven? At least 15. Chicken nuggets? 10 minutes. In the oven? A minimum of 12.

And when you need to sneak a peek or flip foods over, the machine will pause as you pull out the drawer and immediately begin cooking again when you slide it in. You can change temps, times, or even cook methods (roasting, reheating, and dehydrating are also available on this machine) while the machine is running.

Beautiful 6 Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer
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Buy It: Beautiful 6 Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer, $89; Walmart

If you, like me, are avoiding air fryers because you don't think you need another appliance, let me say this. Maybe you don't. But if you would like some time back in your day, if you'd like to reduce the number of dishes you have to wash at the end of the meal, and if you'd like to just have some fun with what you're cooking, then you need an air fryer.

Here's the good news: You can buy this air fryer right now from Walmart. It's part of the Beautiful line by Drew Barrymore, which has other small appliances in the same touchscreen suite, so you can really outfit your whole kitchen if you want.

Here's the bad news: If you don't hurry, you may lose your opportunity for a while. These air fryers have been selling out constantly since they arrived on Walmart's site back in March. (Other items, like the toaster and coffee maker, are selling like crazy, too.)

So if you've been sitting on the fence, or if some part of my testimony has spoken to your air fryer-curious heart today, rest assured, you won't regret adding this Beautiful Air Fryer to your kitchen. It's the best thing I've added to my kitchen in years — and that includes my beloved mini spatulas.