With a name as impressive as Big Boss, its reasonable to expect big things, or at the very least, a product that is big in size. We reviewed the Big Boss Air Fryer to see if it lived up to its name in terms of style, quality, and capacity.
What Is an Air Fryer and How Does It Work?
Air fryers are becoming more popular as society becomes more health-conscious. We’re constantly looking for ways to reduce our impact on the environment and we want to make sure that the food we put in our bodies is nutritious, flavorful, and most importantly, won’t do us any harm.
Using an air fryer is a simple process. The appliance sits on your kitchen countertop, you put the food in a basket or tray, and place it in the fryer. With some models you may need to stir the food periodically to make sure it cooks evenly, but with others the fryer is designed in a way that makes it unnecessary.
Air fryers usually work by coating the food with a thin layer of oil while circulating hot air, to mimic the process of deep frying in oil. However, they’re designed to be faster, safer, and quicker than the traditional deep fryers your mother used to cook with.
Factors We Considered When Reviewing the Big Boss Air Fryer
First and foremost, we wanted to make sure that the air fryer delivered good value for money and was able to deliver on all its promises. We paid close attention to the comments the online reviewers made and compared it to other air fryers on the market.
Big Boss products are distributed by E Mishan & Sons (Emson) who have over 70 years-experience as importers and distributors of as seen on tv products. The company believes their success is due to their commitment to outstanding quality, continuous innovation, customer satisfaction, and hiring professional employees.
Emson specializes in marketing electrical and non-electrical products, pet care, fitness, beauty, personal care, automobile, and outdoor products. They sell their products in various outlets including major department stores, supermarkets, drug chains, discounters, by mail order, and through Amazon.
The Big Boss air fryer is oil-less and runs a 1300-watt motor. It heats food quickly without losing any taste or flavor and it will not dry out your food as some other appliances do. It’s a healthier way to cook your favorite meats, vegetables, poultry, and even desserts. The Big Boss makes full use of its size with two trays allowing you to cook many different foods at the same time. Its power comes from infrared heat, convection and halogen sources and the food does not need to be thawed when you start cooking.
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16in X 12.5in X 13.5in
E. Mishan & Sons, Inc
The fryer’s design is user-friendly with a clear base and cover, so you can clearly see the entire cooking process. The top of the fryer has a digital control panel and you have a choice of the following colors:
What Food Can You Cook in the Big Boss Air Fryer?
Big Boss products are designed with healthy lifestyles in mind and the air fryer doesn’t disappoint in this area. Any food that you would normally cook in a deep fryer can be put into the air fryer, but it can also be used to dry fruits and vegetables.
Fries are usually the first things that get cooked in air fryers when they’re brought home and many people are surprised at just how crunchy and delicious they turn out. No oil means you can eat as many as you like without having to worry about your waistline.
Using an air fryer doesn’t mean your chicken wings will be tasteless. They’ll cook in just minutes and will be just as crispy as you would get from your local restaurant.
In the Big Boss air fryer, you have the choice of cooking your fresh fish whole or cutting it into pieces. It cooks in no time at all, and because the lid seals tightly on the fryer you won’t have to put up with the smell of fish all through the house.
What the Reviews Say
Online reviews were mixed, but this is often the case with kitchen appliances and it often boils down to the reviewer’s personal preference for one brand over another. To get a good idea of the capability of a product it pays to delve a little further to look at specific comments.
Many reviewers mentioned the need to spend some time getting to know your new Big Boss Air Fryer. Some meals were more successful than others for reviewers as they learned how long and at what temperature to cook each food.
One reviewer who gave the product 5 stars stated she was able to cook a three-course meal for two people in the fryer. She added that each food had to be timed carefully so that all were ready to eat at the same time however, timing is something that needs planning with conventional ovens as well.
Other reviewers commented on how easy the fryer is to clean if you rinse the bowl after each use. The self-cleaning feature was popular and did its job efficiently. The ability to see the food as it cooked rather than having to open and shut an oven door all the time was also popular.
Another aspect of the Big Boss air fryer that was mentioned several times was how quickly it cooked a meal. A bonus for many people was that the fryer’s lid successfully sealed in cooking aromas and there was no lingering smell in the kitchen after cooking.
Most of the negative reviews were due to the fan not working at the first or second use. However, most people received a replacement quickly through the warranty. One reviewer stated that the lid completely melted on the first use and the fryer was never used again.
Judging by the amount of positive reviews compared to negative reviews, it seems that the Big Boss fryer is by and large a good product, but when it doesn’t work properly, it’s usually a replacement that’s needed as a small repair won’t fix it.
How Does the Big Boss Air Fryer Compare with Other Brands?
We compared the Big Boss air fryer with other 1300-watt brands and the first thing we noticed is that no other brand has a clear bowl so that you can see your food as it cooks. Considering how many reviewers mentioned this advantage in their Big Boss reviews it might be a feature that manufacturers should include when they’re developing future products.
SLC Air Fryer with Detachable Basket
This air fryer features 7 different cooking settings, adjustable temperature control between 180 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and non-stick coating. It’s slightly smaller than the Big Boss with dimensions of 12in X 13.9in and a basket of 7.5in X 3.6in. It’s considerably lighter than the Big Boss however, at 9.35lbs.
Like the Big Boss, the SLC model features cool-touch housing, an automatic shutoff mechanism, and uses very little, or no, oil to cook. The SLC model does not have a self-cleaning option which was a popular feature with the Big Boss.
The SLC fryer is cheaper than the Big Boss at $69.99.
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This fryer is cheaper than the Big Boss at $75.90 however, that may be at the cost of its quality. It features baking, roasting, and grilling capabilities as the others do, and has adjustable temperature controls and a timer.
The Aikotoo is easy to clean, the basket and cooking pan can be removed and placed in the dishwasher and the fryer itself just needs a wipe down with a damp cloth. The dimensions are 15.5in X 13.4in X 13.2in and it weighs 10.33lbs, making it slightly smaller and lighter than the Big Boss.
The Aikotoo’s one online reviewer gave it 5 stars.
Healthy Choice 10-quart Air Fryer
This model is more expensive than the Big Boss at $129.99 but is smaller in cooking capacity at 10-qt rather than the Big Boss’s 16 quart, yet both are 1300-watt models. It weighs less at 10lbs but interestingly the dimensions are 16.93in X 16.93in X 14.57in which is bigger than the Big Boss.
The Healthy Choice fryer does contain a viewing window so that you can see your food cooking, which is an improvement on the other models but not quite as impressive as the Big Boss’s clear bowl.
Healthy choice has added a few accessories including a flat rack for grilling and baking and a rotisserie rod and ends.
Reviews for the Healthy Choice 10-quart fryer do not inspire confidence however. Several people said it worked well for a few months, then stopped working, usually in the middle of cooking a meal and they were not able to get hold of the company to inquire about a refund.
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Our View of the Big Boss Air Fryer
The Big Boss does in fact, live up to its name in both size and capacity. It’s reasonably priced for its abilities and the clear bowl is a winning feature. It’s bigger in size than most air fryers and bigger in capacity in all the fryers we reviewed, including the more expensive brand.
We would advise caution regarding where you buy your Big Boss Air Fryer. Due to some of the reviewer’s comments about the fan not working after one or two uses it would pay to ensure you have an extended warranty.
The Big Boss air fryer is not as portable as the other models as it weighs in at 14.74lbs, but if you intend to put it on your kitchen benchtop in a permanent place, this isn’t going to be an issue for you. It may in fact be an advantage if you have young children in the house who like to pull on cords.
As a healthier way to cook your favorite foods, the Big Boss air fryers excels in performance. Its dehydration capabilities only add to its appeal and gives you a healthier snack option than potato chips or candy.
As a final bonus, the choice of six colors means you can coordinate your fryer with your other kitchen appliances, so it won’t stick out like a sore thumb on your benchtop. In our opinion, the Big Boss air fryer is a high-quality product, available for a good price, and is certainly one of the better models on the market.
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