Paula Deen Air Fryer Reviews According to 8 Points.

I must admit I have always been skeptical of celebrity-endorsed products! And this is more so when it comes to kitchen appliances and kitchenware. I have spent a small fortune on stuff that I really did not need over the years. I only bought them after seeing some flashy commercials. But the Paula Deen brand of air fryers is slowly changing my perception.

I have used the Paula Deen basket-style air fryer and air fryer oven, and the experience has been amazing so far. Everything from the air fryers’ looks to their many cooking functions is fantastic.

In this article, I will share my firsthand experiences with these air fryers. I hope to help you decide whether they can work for you. And don’t worry; I also asked for additional opinions. We have a Facebook forum for air fryer enthusiasts who love sharing honest reviews. So you can be sure of getting highly-detailed and unbiased reviews.

Let’s start with a quick look at the different Paula Deen air fryer types in the market!

Paula Deen Air Fryer Types

I have watched Paula Deen on the Food Network for many years. I am fascinated with how she can turn simple ingredients into delicious cuisines. And so, even before I tried out her air fryers, I was certain they would be pretty fascinating.

Paula discovered the air fryer while on her weight loss journey. After shedding significant weight, she sought healthier ways to enjoy fried foods. Paula started by creating and sharing amazing air fryer recipes. And she soon had her brand of air fryers in the market. 

Allied Rich LLC, a California-based company, now manufactures these air fryers. They are mostly made in China but have to stick to high-quality standards. 

The air fryers are now available in two main types:

1. Paula Deen Basket-Style Air Fryers

Paula Deen Stainless Steel 10 QT Digital Air Fryer 1700 Watts LED Display 10 Preset Cooking Functions
Paula Deen 8.5QT (1700 Watt) Large Air Fryer

The basket-style air fryers are the most popular type. They are often more compact. But they still have the sleek look that makes the brand famous. Also, they have a larger capacity than most basket-style air fryers. Most models have at least a 5-quart capacity, but you also have many other choice if you love small air fryers.

2. Paula Deen Big Air Fryer Ovens

Paula Deen 12.6 Quart Convection Air Fryer Oven - Silver

The Paula Deen air fryer ovens offer an even larger capacity and more cooking functions. They are perfect when you want something that can replace several cooking appliances. 

Let’s Review these 3 models one by one!

3 Best Paula Deen Air Fryers – Reviews 

Here is a comprehensive review of 3 of the best Paula Deen air fryer in the market.

Paula Deen Stainless Steel 10 QT Digital Air Fryer Review: Basket-Style

Paula Deen Stainless Steel 10 QT Digital Air Fryer 1700 Watts LED Display 10 Preset Cooking Functions

The Paula Deen Stainless Steel 10 QT Digital Air Fryer is a versatile basket-style air fryer. It also has a larger capacity than most similar style models. This air fryer will be perfect for a large family or group.

1. Core Technology

Like most other air fryers, this model relies on a Rapid Air Circulation system. But from my experience using other air fryers, the system on this one actually does what it claims. Others that I have used have issues like uneven heating or an inefficient fan.

This model delivers heated hot air up to 400ºF. And it has one of the most powerful air fryer fans. The efficient system speeds up your cooking and eliminates the need to keep turning the food. Things like french fries you have to keep tossing need one toss to cook to crispy perfection.

2. Capacity and Size

I hate large appliances! And this is more so if I have to place them on my kitchen counter. Besides taking up too much space, they make the kitchen look cluttered. Cooking also becomes a terrible experience. 

But, with Paula Deen, this should never be an issue. The brand makes all its air fryers super compact. This model is just 13 inches wide and around 13.75 inches high. And this is even though it can hold up to 10 quarts of food.

10 quarts is enough to cook for up to 10 people. You can easily fit two whole chickens or even a small turkey.

3. Multifunctional Design

I must admit! I have used many air fryers that are way more multifunctional than this model. Still, it will be good for much more than just air frying.

You can also use the air fryer to reheat and bake. But, the wide temperature range makes it more versatile than this. The air fryer should be perfect for cooking veggies, fries, pizza and much more. But I will explain more about this when looking at the presets.

4. Construction

If you choose Paula Deen, you never have to worry about ending up with a substandard appliance. The company focuses on making premium, high-quality appliances. And this air fryer is proof of this.

For starters, it has a solid overall build. The material is mostly stainless steel for long service life and safety. But there are also many plastic parts. All the plastic parts are both BPA and PFOA-free for maximum safety.

The basket is also both durable and safe. Its ceramic coating will not leak any toxins into your food and makes cleanup hassle-free.

The design also includes presets for all supported cooking functions. You get up to 10 presets. They cover everyday foods like fries, pizza, chicken and veggies. And so cooking should be effortless.

5. Sleek and Trendy Finishes

Paula Deen has a way of making all their appliances look sleek and trendy. They always seem to have an upscale look with a premium vibe. You can be sure their air fryers will be an attractive addition to your kitchen counter.

This 10-quart model features a lovely stainless steel finish. But it is also available in several other colors like blue and red. If you combine this with other things like the digital interface, you have a beautiful air fryer.

6. Price

Over the years, I have used both expensive and cheap air fryers. At one point, I even owned a $40 basket-style air fryer. But what I can tell you with certainty is that you should always focus more on getting value for money. You should not just shop for the cheapest air fryer.

This Paula Deen air fryer is by far not the cheapest out there. But for a 10-quart model getting it for under $200 is still quite a good deal. Its efficiency and multifunctional design guarantee you get the best value for money.

7. Ease of Use

Some air fryer users prefer something with knobs or dials. Still, models with a digital interface like this are always the easiest to use. With the clear button markings/presets, using this air fryer hardly requires effort.

Also, I love that you get a highly detailed user manual. The manual explains everything you need to do when setting up and using the air fryer. Better still, you also get dozens of easy-to-follow recipes.

8. Ease of Cleaning

The ceramic coating on the basket is a game changer for ease of cleaning. Provided you are not cooking anything messy, a quick wipe with a paper towel is enough. It will leave the basket clean and ready for the next use. 

The smooth stainless steel finish also makes things easier for you. The surface is easy to wipe clean. Plus, it will not stain easily, making it hassle-free to maintain.

Paula Deen 8.5QT (1700 Watt) Large Air Fryer Review: Basket Style

Paula Deen 8.5QT (1700 Watt) Large Air Fryer

If you are on the hunt for a smaller and more affordable Paula Deen air fryer, this 8.5QT Large Air Fryer is perfect. But, like their other models, it is still powerful and multifunctional.

1. Core Technology

This 8.5-quart air fryer does not rely on complicated technologies to do the job. It is a more analog model, but it still makes some amazing food.

Like our previous model, it relies on an efficient rapid air circulation system. The system crisps foods fast. It does this while still keeping inside tender and juicy.

But Paula Deen goes further with this model to ensure even better cooking outcomes. The manufacturer gives the air fryer a stainless steel interior. The stainless steel interior reflects heat to maintain a consistent cooking temperature. This way, you can be sure of consistently perfect cooking outcomes.

2. Capacity and Size

This Paula Deen air fryer has an 8.5-quart capacity. There is enough space on the air fryer to cook for up to 8 people. You can even cook for more, depending on what you are cooking. This air fryer can hold at least 5 pounds of french fries or a large whole chicken.

But the best part is that it is still super compact. It has one of the shallowest depths. Thus, the appliance will occupy little counter space. The air fryer is just 10 inches wide and 10 inches long.

3. Multifunctional Design

I love Paula Deen air fryers for their versatility. And this model also does not disappoint. You can use it to air fry, bake, roast and more.

This model will be perfect for making your everyday dishes. You can roast veggies, make delicious pizzas, or grill your favorite steaks.

4. Construction

The appearance of this air fryer is the first thing that draws your attention. It has a sleek construction with a retro vibe. And like most Paula Deen air fryers, it is mostly metal.

The interior is stainless steel, which helps ensure more consistent cooking. Also, stainless steel ensures safer cooking. The material does not produce any toxins that can end up in your food.

The basket is also built to offer a long service life and easy cleaning. It features a non-stick ceramic coating. The coat makes it safer to use as it will not produce toxins.

5. Sleek and Trendy Finishes

If like me, you prefer appliances that will look fantastic in your kitchen, this air fryer is for you. For starters, it comes in lovely colors like sea glass and ruby red. It is one of those appliances that will add style to any kitchen.

But the colors are still not the most impressive part. This air fryer also has a certain retro vibe, making it quite unique. It is hard to find a brand with an air fryer that looks anything like this.

6. Price

Well, this is one of the cheapest Paula Deen air fryers. While it is still over the $150 mark, the quality and value you get are hard to beat without spending more money. 

But remember that the price also depends on your chosen color. Some colors can be as cheap as $120

7. Ease of Use

You already know that I prefer an air fryer with a digital interface. They are just hassle-free to use. Although this model uses analog controls, it can be an exception. It is still one of the easiest air fryers I have ever encountered.

The dials allow you to adjust the time and temperature quickly. Their markings are clear, and adjustments are more accurate than many digital interfaces.

But you will also get a few buttons for the presets. They are at least 10 presets for common food like french fries, pizza and fish.

8. Ease of Cleaning

It should take little time and effort to clean this air fryer. The smooth surfaces only require an occasional wipe with a damp cloth. And despite the bright colors, the surfaces will not stain or discolor easily.

The stainless steel interior also wipes clean easily. Plus, the nonstick ceramic coating ensures you never have to deal with messy stuck foods. A simple wipe with a paper towel is all you need to clean the basket.

Paula Deen 12.6 Quart Convection Air Fryer Oven

Paula Deen 12.6 Quart Convection Air Fryer Oven - Silver

For those who cook large batches of food, the Paula Deen 12.6 Quart Convection Air Fryer Oven has you covered. The large-capacity air fryer also supports more cooking functions. Plus, this model has several heating elements.

1. Power and Heating Elements

When it comes to power, you must strike a balance with how much power the appliance will consume. Any model over 1800 watts will deliver massive power, but it can be too expensive to run.

This air fryer oven is only rated at 1500 watts. You can be sure you will get enough heat to cook your food fast without using too much energy. Everyday dishes like fries and chicken will cook to perfection in under 30 minutes.

2. Capacity and Size

Most of us prefer smaller air fryers, given space limitations in modern kitchens. Still, larger models like this have many advantages, 

The 12.6-quart model will be a lifesaver when you have some guests over. You can fit two large chickens in there or a turkey. Also, there is enough space to cook dozes of chicken wings. And it can hold over 5 pounds of french fries.

Still, this air fryer is not too massive. The air fryer is just 13 inches wide. It will only take up a few square inches of your precious kitchen counter space.

3. Multifunctional Design

This air fryer can easily replace all your cooking appliances. You will probably only need to keep the microwave around. Sometimes you may need it to reheat foods faster than in an oven. 

Besides air frying, you can use this air fryer for baking cookies and other pastries you love. Better yet, the air fryer also gets hot enough to allow you to broil meat.

I also love that this air fryer can defrost food. Plus, the defrost function works much faster than many other appliances.

4. Construction

Stainless steel air fryers like this model offer both durability and upscale looks. The material will hold up well to abuses in the kitchen. And so you can be sure it will serve you well for many years.

Also, the material does not contain any toxins. You can be sure this air fryer will be perfectly safe to use regardless of what you are cooking.

Although this model has fewer presets than the other two above, you still get 4. The presets cover the main cooking functions (air fry, bake, broil and defrost).

5. Sleek and Trendy Finishes

This air fryer does not have the upscale design that makes Paula Deen a famous brand. But it still looks good enough.

The stainless steel finish will complement any kitchen theme and decor. And you can also choose from several other color options. The colors include a stainless steel combo with silver or black

6. Price and Value for Money

This air fryer oven is the cheapest of the 3 models in this review. And this is despite the larger capacity and more heating elements.

Overall, this air fryer will give you an excellent deal. Otherwise, you have to spend at least $50 to get a model that can give you the same or better service.

7. Ease of Use

There are only 3 knobs on this air fryer. They allow you to adjust time and temperature. And you can use the third to choose your preferred cooking function.

Using this air fryer should hence be straightforward. For instance, if you want to cook french fries, you only need to choose the air fry function. Next, set the time and temperature and allow the air fryer to do the rest.

No matter what you cook, you do not need to do any complicated programming. And all the provided accessories are also easy to figure out.

8. Ease of Cleaning

The smooth stainless steel surfaces and interior make cleaning this air fryer hassle-free. Some warm water, non-toxic soap and a microfiber cloth are all you need.

All the accessories are removable for easy cleaning. Both the bake and drip trays are dishwasher-safe to simplify cleaning.

But the air fry tray might be a little hectic to clean. If you have some food trapped between the mesh grids, it will take some effort to clean it out. But you should have an easy time once you figure things out.

How to Use A Paula Deen Air Fryer 

How you use your Paula Deen air fryer largely depends on the type and model. But, most are typically straightforward to use. And this is regardless of whether you are a first-time user or not. 

Here is an overview of the main steps to follow when using most models:

Step 1: Start by Cleaning Up the Air Fryer

The first step should always be to clean the air fryer. Cleaning it before first use will eliminate the strong plastic smell. Also, you can heat it for 10 to 20 minutes to burn off the packaging oils.

Step 2: Preheat the Air Fryer

When ready to make your first meal, you should preheat the air fryer. Most Paula Deen air fryer only requires a 3-minutes preheat. Still, check what your specific model recommends.

Step 3: Prep your Food

As the air fryer preheats, you should be prepping your food. It is important always to keep the food in a single layer. And ensure you do not overcrowd the tray/basket. Spraying the food with some oil is also good as it prevents sticking. The oil also helps make the food crispier.

Step 4: Set the Timer According to the Recipe

Next, you should set the timer according to your recipe. Once this is done, you can press the start button for the cooking to begin.

Step 5: Flip the Food

Rember to flip the food for more even cooking. Most foods will require you to flip once at the halfway mark. But you must toss others every few minutes. For example, you should toss fries and tater tots every 5 minutes.

Paula Deen Air Fryer Manual

All Paula Deen air fryers will come with a manual. The manual is typically highly detailed for the specific model you are buying. It is not just general directions like what some models I have encountered provide.

The Paula Deen manual covers everything from using to cleaning the air fryer. There are even directions for troubleshooting. Better still, each manual includes dozens of recipes. Check out the manual for their 5.3-quart air fryer HERE.

Best Paula Deen Air Fryer Alternative: Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 4QT Air Fryer Oven


We all have our preferences when it comes to kitchen appliance brands. If Paula Deen does not work for you, Instant Vortex is a perfect alternative. Try their smaller and cheaper Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 4QT Air Fryer Oven.

The air fryer oven is more affordable when you compare it to the Paula Deen air fryers. Also, it supports more cooking functions. You can even use it to dehydrate. Most Paula Deen air fryers will not support this function. And the Instant Vortex model also has a more intuitive and sleeker digital interface.

Still, the Paula Deen air fryers beat this one regarding capacity. Most usually have at least a 5-quart capacity. Paula Deen air fryers also make crispier and more delicious dishes.

Paula Deen 1700w 5.3 QT Air Fryer Review  

Paula Deen Air Fryer Model # PDAF1753, 5.3 Qt. 1700W

If the larger air fryers we reviewed above do not work for you, Paula Deen still has other options. The Paula Deen 1700w 5.3 QT Air Fryer is an example of one such alternative.

The 5.3-quart model is perfect for a smaller family. Especially if you are looking for something more space-saving. But it is still large enough to accommodate a whole chicken or several pounds of fries. And with the 1700-watt power rating, it will produce enough heat to cook foods faster. Everything from chicken to onion rings will take less than 20 minutes.

Overall, this is also an easy-to-use model. The air fryer includes a simple dial control and a few buttons. You should have an easy time setting it up to cook any food.

The air fryer also comes with extra accessories, like baking trays. You can hence cook a variety of foods without buying separate accessories. And the basket has a ceramic coating for safe cooking and easy cleaning.

Paula Deen Air Fryer Recipes: What Can You Cook With these Air Fryers

What you can cook on these air fryer largely depend on the model. Look at the cooking functions it supports and the provided recipes to determine this. But here are a few recipes you can cook on most Paula Deen air fryers.

1. Fried Cheese Sticks

paula deen air fryer cook sticks

This simple recipe requires just a few ingredients and is super fast to make. You will need the following:

  • Mozzarella string cheese 
  • Eggs  
  • Cornstarch  
  • Breadcrumbs 
  • Grated parmesan cheese


  • Start by breading the cheese sticks with the eggs, bread crumbs and cornstarch.
  • Sprays the coated cheese sticks with oil.
  • Preheat the air fryer at 400°F
  • Add the cheese sticks and cook them for 10 minutes – but remember to flip them after 5 to 7 minutes.

2. Air Fried Shrimp

Paula Deen Air Fryer cook shrimp

Air-fried shrimp is easy to make and quite tasty. For this recipe, you need the following:

  • Peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Flour 
  • Cornmeal
  • Buttermilk
  • Milk
  • Olive oil
  • Your favorite seasoning


  • Mix and whisk together the milk and buttermilk in a bowl.
  • Mix the cornmeal and flour in a separate bowl.
  • Coat the shrimp with the wet mixture and then the dry mix.
  • Spray the shrimp with oil.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Add the shrimp and cook each side for 5 minutes.

3. Frozen Sweet Potato Fries

Paula Deen Air Fryer cook potato

This is one of the easiest recipes you can make on a Paula Deen air fryer. And here is what you will need:

  • Frozen sweet potato fries
  • Oil
  • Sea salt
  • Your favorite fries seasonings


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Arrange the fries on the basket in a single layer without overcrowding.
  • Set the cooking time to 15-20 minutes.
  • Keep tossing the fries every few minutes until they finish cooking.

Note: Each Paula Deen air fryer will come with detailed recipes. Make sure you check and follow them when cooking.

Are Paula Deen Air Fryers Worth It?

There is no doubt Paula Deen air fryers are some of the best on the market. They are worth it regardless of your preferences and cooking needs.

Still, we recommend their basket-style air fryers if you want to save more kitchen space. But, if you are more concerned with versatility and a larger capacity, we recommend the air fryer oven.

So which is your favorite Paula Deen air fryer model/type? Please share your views in the comments section.

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