Air Fryers are massively popular. But what if you took the air fryer concept and improved it? Gave it the ability to make toast for the entire brunch crew? Or to roast a chicken, bake cookies or even make jerky and dehydrated veggie chips? The ‘airfryer, only better’ concept is what’s behind Cosori’s Ceramic Air Fryer Oven.
In this review, I’ll take a look at what this device can do, and what it can cook, how it works, and what the quality of the food is like plus why you might want a countertop oven like this. I’d like to thank Cosori for sponsoring this post. Though they are paying for my time, they have not told me what I have to say or what I can’t say so you can consider these thoughts my own.
What is Cosori 26-Quart Ceramic Air Fryer Oven?
Let’s get to know the Oven. The 26-Quart Ceramic Air Fryer Oven is a multi-use, countertop oven that can cook a wide variety of foods.
It measures about 17 x 12 x 17-inches or 43 x 31 x 44 cm, making it a generous size. It’s also got a big viewing window, interior light, and an easy-to-read angled control panel on top of the door, the Oven is designed to be very easy to use.
It’s also made to be easy to cook with; you can make multiple foods at once, using the 5-layered design.
With 13 cooking functions, it’s made to do whatever you need including:
- Air Fry
- Air Roast
- Air Bake
- Air Sous Vide
- Holding Warm
Additionally, it cooks more types of food at a time with four levels of racks and one burner on the bottom level…yep, this oven can even be used as a stove!
The Cosori Ceramic Oven is also made for more precise cooking, with top, bottom and rear heating elements for fast and even cooking, while higher fan speed (3150RPM) and precise temperature controls mean you should see better results in your finished food.
Speaking of finished foods, one of the big questions about air fryers is, what are they like to clean after you’ve made all that tasty goodness?
The Cosori 26-Quart Ceramic Air Fryer Oven is also meant to be quick and easy to clean.
There’s a non-stick coating on the inside of the oven, and this makes it virtually mess-free since almost nothing will stick to that coating… we’ll see for sure after a few rounds of dinner!
What’s in the box?
Let’s unpack this oven and see what you get. There’s the large-capacity oven which can hold up to 9 slices of toast, a 12-inch pizza or a 5 pound roast chicken, making it great for families. Also inside are a series of 5 racks and pans. There’s a fry basket, a wire rack, a sheet tray and a casserole pan or roasting pan, plus a roasting rack insert that has feet.
You also get a spatter cover for the fan and a temperature probe.
The control panel is cleverly located on the top of the door so it’s easy to read with no bending or squinting. It has quick access to all the settings you’ll need no matter what you’re cooking, and the control knob makes your selection easy.
Now that you’ve gotten to know the oven, let’s see what it can do!
Cooking with 26-Quart Ceramic Air Fryer Oven
The 26-Quart Ceramic Air Fryer Oven is meant to be easy to use, easy to cook with and easy to clean, so I decided to try making a variety of foods over about 2 weeks to put it to the test.
Spaghetti & meatballs: Air Roast + Burner
First up was spaghetti and meatballs, since this would allow me to try the roasting feature and the burner, which I was curious about.
First I made meatballs and roasted them on the Air Roast setting. Then I used the burner and the casserole pan filled with water to boil the pasta. I added some leftover pasta sauce and voila!
Dehydrated veggie chips and jerky: Dehydrator setting
My husband was really excited to try the food dehydrator setting. He will often make beef jerky on his smoker, but this seemed like a lot less trouble. We purchased some thinly sliced beef, and then also sliced up carrots and beets for vegetable chips.
The dehydrator setting works really well; you’ll lay your food out on the dehydrator rack or the fry basket rack and then choose the dehydrator setting which heats the oven to 135°F for about six hours. I set it in the morning and checked in on it near then end of the day. Both the jerky and the veggie chips were perfectly dried, but still had a boatload of flavour.
Roasted eggplant baba ganoush: Air Roast
Next up I had a leftover eggplant so I decided to make Baba Ganoush, using the Cosori recipe book. I roasted the eggplant, and then pureed the eggplant and other ingredients in a blender. I got a nice, tasty dip without having to turn on my oven.
I like the fact the settings are easy to choose and straightforward. Whatever I’m cooking feels really easy.
Doesn’t heat up the whole house
That actually brings me to another really great reason for having a multipurpose oven like this… Particularly when the weather is hot. I don’t have air-conditioning in my home, and turning on the oven even for an hour can heat up the entire main floor. When the outside temperatures are already over 30°, this only makes things worse. Being able to still cook healthy foods and roast, bake, and crisp without overheating my home is actually a major plus to this device.
Charred tomato dip: Air Broil
I like to make a feta tomato dip with charred tomatoes, so this time I decided to try them in the Cosori oven. I spread a layer of tomatoes on the pan and set the oven to Air Broil. In minutes I had beautifully charred fresh tomatoes and a warm fresh appetizer, perfect for a summer evening.
Roast chicken with potatoes
I love a good healthy roast chicken. Not only is it a tasty and relatively quick and easy dinner, it often makes enough leftovers for sandwiches and salads the next day.
I got a 5-pound whole chicken and set it on the rack in the casserole pan, then used the Air Roast setting, alongside the temperature probe.
About halfway through I added some potatoes/brussels sprouts on another pan to roast up too. The multi-layer cooking ability means I can make two dishes at once.
Plus the precision elements seem quite good at roasting evenly; I know some air fryers can simply overdo the top area under the heating element while leaving the rest of the food under-browned, but that’s not the case here.
It made dinner really easily; I just added a side salad… with roasted garlic dressing!
In about an hour I had a beautifully roasted chicken.
Baking bread: Air Bake + Proof
I made more food too in my two weeks; a delicious focaccia that I found in the recipe book. The recipe was easy to follow and allowed me to try both the air baking settings and the proof settings to prep the dough. Having that proof setting is a game changer since it helps the yeast rise quicker and creates a nice poufy dough. About 2 1/2 hours total time and I had delicious warm bread.
Other foods I tried
I also tried other foods in the Cosori oven: I baked a tray of homemade cookies, baked a frozen pizza using the pizza setting for a quick weeknight supper, and air-fried tater tots for brunch. I even sampled the Air sous vide setting for a more delicately cooked fish.
As I said, one of the hassles of having an air fryer is trying to get all the nooks and crannies clean after you make a big tasty mess inside.
Thanks to the seamless, smooth, non-stick coating, I found the Cosori 26-Quart Ceramic Air Fryer Oven was truly easy to clean; even the narrow areas where the racks slide in. Some warm water and a soft cloth was all it took, with only a need for a small scrubbie on any stubborn areas. The removable splatter guard will also just pop out and go right in the dishwasher. Even after two weeks of use you can see how easy it was to clean.
Plus the casserole dish and sheet tray are dishwasher safe too. Even the stainless steel outside just polished clean.
Who would the Cosori 26-Quart Ceramic Air Fryer Oven be good for?
If you’re wondering if the Cosori Ceramic Air Fryer Oven could be for you, I was imagining some of the ideal ways to use it and people who’d really benefit from having one: Students; it would be genius in a dorm room, seniors living in shared spaces would love this, in place of a hot-plate. It would also be super handy in an RV or camper van. And for large families, or home cooks who like to multitask, this portable oven could really save time and effort.
Overall review: Cosori Ceramic Air Fryer Oven
Overall I found myself really enjoying this oven. Let’s go over the pros and cons:
On the pro side, it’s a substantial size, making it ideal for multi-tasking home chefs or big families. With 13 different cooking modes, there’s almost nothing you can’t make in this oven. Plus the handy controls and helpful recipe book makes it easy to use. The cleanup was also an absolute breeze thanks to that ceramic coated-interior, and the (select) dishwasher safe accessories.
When it comes to the cons, it’s hard to find things I really didn’t like. Really the only thing I’d flag is that the size may make it a challenge to place or store for smaller kitchens and spaces. Learn more about the COSORI Ceramic Air Fryer Oven from COSORI’s website, and save 10% by using code ErinLaw10 at checkout. ** Valid until Dec 13.(Applicable only to the COSORI Ceramic Air Fryer Oven (Premium model), only at COSORI.com.
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Cosori 26-Quart Ceramic Air Fryer Oven
This portable air-frying oven is a simple, efficient design that lends itself well to large meals, and home cooks trying to juggle multiple tasks. So long as you have a little extra space in your kitchen, this one’s a winner.
- Easy to use
- 13 ways to cook
- Doesn’t heat up the whole house
- Great cooking results
- Very easy to clean
- Holds lots of food
- Great for multi-tasking cooks, families
- Ideal holiday companion
- Size may not be ideal for small spaces