Wide flat basket for great airflow
Presets for common foods work well
Compact footprint for its capacity
Sometimes takes two hands to insert/remove basket
Relatively new brand
We purchased the Cosori Pro Air Fryer so our reviewer could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
Air fryers have become one of the hottest new kitchen appliances because of their efficiency and ability to whip up healthier versions of some beloved fried favorites. I’ve used air fryers before, so I knew exactly what to cook with the Cosori Pro Air Fryer. Cosori has a few different air fryer models and the Pro version comes in two sizes: 5.8-quart and 3.7-quart. I tested the 5.8-quart version, which is also listed on some retailers as the Cosori Air Fryer Max XL (but has since been changed on the manufacturer website to, simply, the "Pro").
I lined up the vegetables, sandwiches, pizza rolls, and fries and looked up recipes online for more inspiration. From breakfast to dinner to snacks to baked goods, I air-fried just about everything. Keep reading to see how this air fryer stood up against the competition.
Design: Nice enough for counter life
This air fryer has an impressive 5.8-quart capacity and is not excessively large. It will take more space on the counter than a toaster, but it’s reasonable for an air fryer. If you're the type who doesn’t like appliances staying on the counter, it’s light enough to move easily.
Most of the exterior has a brushed black surface, which I liked much better than glossy surfaces that show fingerprints easily. The controls are on the front, above the basket, with icons for different types of food and manual controls for time and temperature. Even when I used presets or manual settings, I checked the food as it cooked to adjust time or temperature if I needed to. I question the value of the "Frozen" button since the cooking times for frozen foods vary a lot. I liked the preheat button, though, and thought it was a handy option.
The cooking basket is the best feature of this fryer. It’s wide enough to accommodate food in fewer layers for better airflow, and it’s easy to shake food if it needs to be rearranged during cooking. The basket is somewhat shallow, making it easy to get a spatula under food to flip or remove the item, and it’s still deep enough to hold several layers of food.
With the push of a button on the handle, you separate the inner basket from the outer basket. A clear sliding cover hides the button, keeping it safe from accidental presses. One small gripe I had with the baskets was while they slid in and out of the fryer easily, the last inch is rather snug. It wasn’t a struggle, but it was a bit more of a shove. A nice safety feature is that the fryer won’t function unless the basket is seated correctly.
Performance: Good airflow
I tried a wide range of foods from frozen fried shrimp to roasted fresh mushrooms, and most was a success, using both the presets (11 total) and the manual cooking modes.
The cooking basket is the best feature of this fryer. It’s wide enough to accommodate food in fewer layers for better airflow, and it’s easy to shake food if it needs to be rearranged during cooking.
When I made chicken legs, I used the poultry button to set the cooking temperature and time. I made pizza rolls using manual settings based on instructions on the bag but lowered the temperature a bit as I usually do when air frying. The pizza rolls were nicely browned, and the cheese was molten hot, as it was supposed to be. I made a few different sandwiches using the bread setting. Thicker sandwiches needed a little more time to warm the food to the center, which was expected. I flipped them over during cooking to toast them all over.
I cooked tilapia fillets with a light breading of panko bread crumbs, using the seafood button. I gave the bread crumbs a light spray of oil to encourage browning. The fillets emerged nicely cooked with lightly browned bread crumbs and cooked through even though I didn’t flip them. I appreciate the shallow basket since I could easily retrieve the fish without it breaking into pieces.
I tested the vegetable setting by cooking broccoli and made potato wedges using the French Fry button. I tried several items together, such as cooking more pizza rolls with tater tots in the same batch. According to package directions, the tots needed less cooking time than the pizza rolls. I added the rolls about 5 minutes into cooking time. Cooking the items together wasn’t as easy as cooking them in separate baskets since they comingled during cooking and shaking. But, it wasn’t difficult to calculate the cooking time.
One small failure with this appliance was making quesadillas. When I checked the progress after just a few minutes, I noticed that the top tortilla had moved because of the air's force. I removed the top tortilla and waited for the cheese—slices, not grated—to melt a little. Once the melted cheese could serve as a glue to hold the top tortilla in place, I put the tortilla back on and flipped the whole thing over. After one more flip, I had a perfect quesadilla. I’ll use a different method for future quesadillas, but it’s good to know I could make the fryer work if I had no other options.
Speaking of melty cheese, I used the fryer to melt cheese on top of a burrito, using slices instead of grated cheese so it wouldn’t blow around. When I snapped the basket into the fryer, one of the pieces fell off the burrito, but otherwise, the cheese melting was a success.
Features: Cooking presets
The cooking display is pleasant to look at and easy to understand. When the fryer is plugged in, the power button glows blue. When the power is on, all of the buttons illuminate in white. There are plenty of buttons to choose from, for everything from bacon to desserts.
I find presets unnecessary and less appealing on some appliances, but since I could easily monitor the cooking progress in the air fryer, I appreciated these presets. The presets weren’t perfect, but they set the temperature correctly and were useful for the estimated cooking time.
Cleaning was easy after cooking since a nonstick coating is on both the inner and outer baskets. Even browned bits of cheese slid right off.
Halfway through the cooking process, the machine beeps and suggests shaking the food. If there's no response, it beeps again. I found shaking the food wasn’t always necessary, especially if I only had a single layer of food in the basket. A single layer of food cooks evenly enough without a shake; however, shaking does help it brown the food a little more evenly. While the beep was audible, I wanted to turn up the beep volume, but there’s no way to do that
I wanted to see how easy it was to change the display between Fahrenheit or Celsius, and I couldn't figure it out intuitively; it required reading the manual to figure that out.
Cleaning: Nonstick for the win
Cleaning was easy after cooking since a nonstick coating is on both the inner and outer baskets. Even browned bits of cheese slid right off. The baskets are also dishwasher safe, but since they take up a lot of space in the dishwasher, I preferred hand washing the baskets.
While Cosori isn’t as widely known as brands like Ninja or Instant Pot, it’s getting more popular since it is well-made, reliable, and sells at a reasonable price. The price is quite affordable at around $120, considering the cooking capacity and quality. There are cheaper air fryers, but they tend to be smaller or no-name brands.
Competition: Cosori Pro Air Fryer vs. Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 Air Fryer
Ninja is known for innovative kitchen appliances, like the Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 Air Fryer, with its two baskets and dual-zone cooking ability. The Ninja has a larger overall capacity than the Cosori model I tested, and it’s more expensive.
While the two baskets on the Ninja can be handy when cooking two different foods simultaneously, I still prefer the expansive, shallow basket of the Cosori. It offered excellent airflow and allowed me to cook large sandwiches or a pair of fish fillets without overlapping or stacking. When I wanted to cook two foods at the same time in the Cosori, I could without much trouble. Overall, I prefer the Cosori, unless I had to regularly cook two things simultaneously.
I like the design.
Anyone looking for a basket-style air fryer would undoubtedly be happy with the Cosori Pro Air Fryer, and the price makes it even more appealing.