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The Chefman Electric Indoor Grill & Air Fryer is one of several Chefman Air Fryers to hit the market in recent years. My family recently needed a new air fryer and I decided to spring for an air fryer/grill combo model and eventually landed on this model.
So far, it’s kept up with my demanding use. But it isn’t without its drawbacks. Without further ado, let’s get into the review!
- What Can You Cook With It?
- Is the Chefman Electric Indoor Grill + Air Fryer With Thermometer Probe easy to use?
- How to clean the Chefman Electric Indoor Grill + Air Fryer?
- What accessories can I get with the Chefman Electric Indoor Air Fryer + Grill With Thermometer Probe?
- Technical Specifications
- Is It Worth Buying?
The Chefman Electric Indoor Air Fryer + Grill With Thermometer Probe is a workhorse in the kitchen. It cook great despite the temperature probe being a little wonky.
This device offers many cooking methods from air frying to roasting to baking and broiling. And don’t forget the indoor smokeless grill feature that makes this air fryer useful all year long, no matter how you like to cook.
- Grill + Air Fryer
- Temp probe allows you to cook to the perfect temperature
- Auto flip/stir reminder
- Grill, air fry, roast, bake, or broil
- Sleek black and stainless steel design
- Large 7.4-quart capacity
- Grill, air fry, roast, bake, or broil
- Nonstick cooking surfaces
- Heavy-duty grill plate for durability and awesome grill marks
- Perforated air fryer basket for maximum airflow and crispness with minimal oil
- Cooks up to 500˚F
- Intuitive touch controls
- Clearly displays current and target temperature
- Displays directions while cooking: add food, flip, done
- Cooking element and fan are protected with a detachable splatter shield to prevent smoke
- Dishwasher-safe basket and rack
- Can't see food while it’s cooking - have to open the lid and have heat loss
- Probe cord gets hot
- Cooking probe isn’t 100% accurate
- Requires a lot of space on the counter as well as space to lift the hinged lid
- Loud compared to similar air fryers
- Rubber feet on basket can fall off easily
- Small cooking surface (9” x 13”) in comparison to the size of the appliance
What Can You Cook With It?
I purchased my Chefman Electric Indoor Grill + Air Fryer about 4 months ago. The primary reason for the purchase was to write this review. It’s a good thing I enjoy playing around with kitchen gadgets.
Since my purchase, I’ve put my Chefman to work. And here are some things I’ve learned.
My husband and I have a covered back porch with a hood. So we can grill in all but extremely inclement weather. But I know that isn’t the norm. With this smokeless grill, anyone can grill no matter the weather. The grill plate makes the beautiful grill marks you love with little effort.
There’s enough room on the grill plate to fit enough food for a family of four. I’ve found that hamburgers and chicken are both winners with the Chefman electric indoor grill. We also tried grilling steaks using the Chefman. To be honest, it was better than I thought it’d be. But if you love a good wood-fired steak, it won’t be that!
What you can cook:
- Pork chops
- And more
The 7.4-quart capacity and perforated air fryer basket makes it quick and easy to cook delicious food for a small family.
I’ve found that thawing or putting in frozen items makes little difference. Frozen or fresh, your food will come out crispy and brown every time with little to no oil added. The removable mesh splatter shield ensures everything stays neat and eliminates smoke from splatters. The splatter shield, like every other component, is dishwasher safe as well.
My Favorite Things to Air Fry:
- Chicken Wings
- French Fries
- Pre-cooked Frozen Chicken Nuggets
- Onion Rings
Enjoy your favorite roasted meals without the heat of the oven! The roast feature cooks delicious, crispy food.
You can turn your meal into a “one pot” wonder by layering your protein and vegetables.
Put a layer of green beans and onions, shake on your favorite seasoning, and add a protein on top. Cook until done and you have a quick and easy meal with minimal cleanup.
What you can cook: Roast vegetables, chicken, pork, and more
Like many air fryers, the Chefman doubles as an oven except it heats faster. Obviously, a larger oven can’t be matched in terms of size and capacity.
One of my favorite items to bake in the air fryer is baked oatmeal. I must confess that the recipe I use adds a bit of brown sugar and chocolate chips. But my children love it and it makes for a (mostly) healthy snack or grab-and-go breakfast.
It also does some mean brownies. Cheesecake is also doable but I must admit I’ve not tried it.
I found myself not using the broil feature very much. It is useful if you want to brown chicken a little more that what it does when grilling or baking. But there isn’t many recipes I make that call for the food to be broiled. So I can’t say as I can render great judgement on its ability to do so.
Is the Chefman Electric Indoor Grill + Air Fryer With Thermometer Probe easy to use?
The unit is quite easy to use. The touch controls are easy to read and intuitive. Simple, one-touch presets take much of the through out of cooking. The air fryer alerts you when the preheat is complete and it’s time to add your food. It also lets you know when to flip the food for the best cooking result.
Where this unit shines is with the included temperature probe. The unit sets a target temperature automatically so you can turn the air fryer on and work on other tasks in the kitchen without hovering over your food. The beeping done indicator let’s you know when the food is ready.
How to clean the Chefman Electric Indoor Grill + Air Fryer?
This is my favorite part! All inner cooking surfaces are dishwasher safe.
The grill plate, air fryer basket, and nonstick pan can all go right in the dishwasher at the end of your meal. Quickly wipe up the unit and the cleanup is complete!
What accessories can I get with the Chefman Electric Indoor Air Fryer + Grill With Thermometer Probe?
There are no add-on accessories from Chefman for this model. Everything you need is in the box.
There are accessories from other brands to make cooking easier and more fun. Silicone liners and molds, small baking pans, and ramekins are a few things I enjoy having on hand.
|Type||Combo Air Fryer/Grill/Mini Oven|
|Functions||5-in-1: Air Fryer, Roaster, Mini Oven, Broiler, and Grill|
|Capacity||7.4 quarts (7 L)|
|Dishwasher Safe||Yes (except for the base and lid)|
|PFOA, PTFE, and BPA free||Yes|
|Color||Stainless Steel and Black|
|Dimensions||16.5” x 13” x 10.5”|
|Application||Home and Personal Use|
Is It Worth Buying?
If you are looking for an air fryer that can cook many ways, this is a good choice. However, if you are purchasing it solely for the temperature probe – skip it.
Unfortunately, I found the temperature probe to not always be accurate. From stopping the cooking mode before it’s reached the target temperature to incorrectly reading, you don’t want to rely solely on this feature.
If you don’t mind using an extra thermometer or your chef-style intuition, the somewhat unreliable probe won’t bother you. Despite the thermometer issues, the Chefman Electric Indoor Grill cooks quite well.
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1 thought on “My Review of the Chefman Electric Indoor Grill & Air Fryer”
I purchased this same air fryer. I was disappointed in the size of the basket. Weren’t you? The non-stick pan is a good size, but if you are actually “air frying” something, you need the basket, right? I have not used it yet and I am thinking about sending it back. Although, I think the grill feature may be a game changer. Obviously, I am confused about this thing. What is your opinion on the size of the basket? Have you used just the pan to make anything? Thank you