You might recognise the Nuwave Brio 6-Quart Air Fryer as it has made appearances as an “As Seen On TV” star. It is marketed as a superior air fryer with accurate temperature controls and even heat distribution. As enthusiastic as the advertising surrounding this air fryer is, there are still some issues to keep in mind, as with most appliances. If you’re after a drawer-style air fryer with a digital display, preset functions and a decent capacity, the Nuwave might be the one…with some caveats.
Is the Nuwave Brio 6-Quart Air Fryer as good as it’s hyped-up to be? What are the results like? Are the accessories reliable? Is the construction sturdy?
Time to find out.
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What Interesting About The Nuwave Brio 6 qt Air Fryer?
The Nuwave Brio 6-Quart Air Fryer is a multi-purpose air fryer which fries, grills, bakes, roasts, toasts and broils. It has a digital display with buttons, symbols and screens to help you control the cooking process. The cooking cavity is a drawer-style basket which fits a decent amount of food (6-Quart capacity).
The Nuwave Brio 6-Quart Air Fryer is advertised as having a better temperature circulation than that of other popular air fryers. The temperature is said to be maintained within 5 degrees Fahrenheit as opposed to fluctuating drastically around the cavity. Whether or not this is true is up to the reviews and customer experience. We can see the verdict of this further below.
Nuwave does have an accessories pack that can be bought separately or with the unit itself. It consists of a reversible rack and cake pan, both of which are dishwasher safe
What do other customers and reviews say?
The online review sections across various stockists show a varied mixture of positive and negative, with the majority leaning toward the 4 and 5-star sections. The negative comments do show a few trends to be aware of, which suggest some issues with quality and longevity.
Great results for wide range of dishes: the 4 and 5-star sections are full of comments raving about tasty, well-cooked food. There are many mentions of chicken (of all kinds), fish, veggies, hotdogs and much more. Many positive reviewers have also noted that this air fryer is used in their household at least every day.
Easy to use and clean: for many people, this air fryer is easy to use and easy to clean once the fun of cooking is over. There’s nothing tricky on the control panel to trip you up and the parts are easy to hand wash or throw in the dishwasher.
Coating on accessories peels off: like so many other air fryers, the coating on the bottom of the fry basket has peeled and chipped for some (actually quite a few) customers. To make this even more annoying, the warranty doesn’t cover this issue. Some people have found that they were able to get the problem assessed to see if it came under warranty or not, but that sounds like a lot of hassle for a peeling basket. This is the most common negative comment, common enough to be very wary of it happening to you.
Some parts break easily: some people have found that various little tabs and clips (like the one on the fryer basket handle) break and snap easily. This comes down to low-quality or flimsy construction. This doesn’t necessarily effect the food, but it does make for a difficult-to-use unit and accessories if there are parts broken or missing.
Unevenly-cooked food/too long to cook: so, contrary to what others have said about amazing results, some have found their food to be dry or unevenly cooked. Others have also said that they find the air fryer takes far too long to cook their dishes. These comments are far less frequent than the “tasty food” comments, so I think it’s safe not to take them too seriously into consideration.
Note: some people have expressed annoyance with their accessory package being for the 3-Quart model and not the 6-Quart model. Others have not had an issue.
What are the technical specifications?
|Power (watts)||900, 1500 and 1800 Watts|
|Temperature control (yes/no)||Yes
100 – 400 degrees Fahrenheit
|Special Features||Accessories kit: if you purchase the Nuwave Brio 6-Quart Air Fryer with the accessories kit, you’ll get a reversible rack, baking pan and cookbook. The accessories, as well as the baskets, are all dishwasher safe.
Fry pan divider: you will receive a fry basket divider which means you can section the fry basket into two parts for cooking two dishes/foods without them mingling together.
Wattage control: you can adjust the wattage used by the unit by pressing this button. The options are: 900, 1500, and 1800 watts.
Preset functions: use the “menu” button to scroll through these preset functions:
Preheat: brings the unit to the set temperature before the food is added to the basket.
Temperature control: use the up/down arrows by the thermometer symbol to adjust the temperature by increments of 50 degrees Fahrenheit (from 100 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit).
Time control: use the up/down arrows by the clock symbol to adjust the cook time by increments of 1 minute.
Reheat: you can use this function to quickly heat leftover dishes. Uses a default wattage of 1800, temperature of 360 degrees Fahrenheit, and a 4-minute cook time.
Dimensions & Weight
|Size||12.5L x 11W x 13H inches|
How do you use it?
Like most air fryers, it’s pretty simple to use once you get accustomed to the controls.
When you first take it out of the box, give all of the parts a gentle clean before reassembling them back into the unit. Make sure all of the wrappings, packaging and stickers have been removed first. Find a spot on your counter with a power outlet handy, as well as a stable, heat-proof surface. Make sure it’s not a crowded or cramped area, as there should be clear space around all sides of the unit.
Ready to create some dishes? Hit the “on/off” button to turn on your air fryer which will get it started, without assuming any times or temperatures.
Now you can choose your wattage if you want to adjust it. It has a default of 1800 watts, so unless you change it using the “watts” button, it will remain at 1800 watts.
Use the “menu” button to select a preset function if you wish. Keep pressing the button until the function you want (fish, frozen fries etc.) is illuminated. Each function has its own temperature and time, so you don’t need to worry about adjusting those.
If you want to adjust the time and temperature manually, use the up/down arrow buttons to adjust. The default temperature is 360 degrees Fahrenheit and the default time is 15 minutes. You can add or subtract minutes during the cook process if you like, just use the up/down arrows next to the timer symbol.
Once all of your requirements (time, temperature or preset function) have been set, you can add your ingredients to the basket. Take the baskets out of the unit and make sure the basket and the basket holder are slotted together properly. Put your ingredients into the fry basket and slot the baskets back into the unit. Press the “start/pause” button and leave the unit to cook.
You can take the baskets out of the unit at any time during the cooking process to shake or turn the food.
That’s the basics of how to use this model. You can also use the “preheat” and “reheat” functions, as well as the accessories. These are all easy to figure out and the manual gives a good explanation.
- Set up the unit on a clear, stable, heat-proof spot
- Rinse the baskets and accessories before the first use
- Turn the unit on
- Select your wattage
- Select your preset function or manually adjust the time and temperature
- Insert any accessories into the basket (i.e. divider, rack, pan)
- Add the ingredients to the baskets and slot them back into the unit
- Press the “start/pause” button to begin cooking
- Use the “start/pause” button if you want to pause the cooking at any time
- Slip the baskets out of the unit and shake the ingredients whenever you need to
- Use the “reheat” and “preheat” buttons as you see fit, but they’re not compulsory
How do you clean it? Is it easy to clean?
Yes, cleaning the Nuwave Brio 6-Quart Air Fryer isn’t too much of an issue. If you get food stuck to the trays, divider or pan, you can soak them in soapy water to soften the hardened food. Use a gentle cloth to wash the accessories. It’s recommended that you don’t use anything harsh or abrasive as it can scratch the non-stick coating
Luckily, the base tray, fry basket, racks, pans and basket divider are dishwasher safe. If you don’t have a dishwasher, hand-wash and hand dry the parts.
The unit itself can be wiped with a damp cloth to remove any food residue or dust. Give the interior cavity and the exterior a wipe after each use.
Note: I have read a few comments saying that the racks are hard to clean if they get food stuck to them. This is pretty standard for cooking racks. You can use oil spray or even some baking paper if it’s an issue.
Where can I find a replacement basket?
Contact Nuwave to request a replacement basket if yours breaks. Aside from the accessories kit, a replacement basket is proving difficult to source.
Are there other replacement parts or accessories? Where do I buy them?
If you don’t or can’t purchase the air fryer with the accessory kit, you can buy the kit separately from Kohl’s.
What’s the warranty?
What’s The Best Price For The Nuwave 6 qt Air Fryer and where can I buy it?
- Bed Bath and Beyond stock it at the moment for just under $130.00 without the accessory kit.
- Walmart currently has the Nuwave Brio 6-Quart Air Fryer with the accessory kit for just under $170.00 but this may change, so keep checking.
- Amazon stocks the same deal (fryer and kit) for around the same price, but prices can change so it’s best to have a scan of all stockists at your time of purchase so you get the best deal.
- You can buy the accessory kit separately from Kohl’s. If you can catch it whilst on sale you can get it for just under $50.00.
Verdict: Is This air fryer For You?
To me, it seems like this is an air fryer with great potential and some fantastic cooking abilities…but with some unfortunate flaws. It has a great capacity, handy controls, easy-to-clean accessories and a pretty good track-record for well-cooked, tasty food.
However…the number of people who have struggled with the dreaded “peeling basket coating” is a worry. You might not experience this issue, but you should be aware of the rather high chances. Almost every basket-style air fryer I have researched has had a fair number of complaints regarding peeling baskets somewhere among the reviews. To avoid this, perhaps an oven-style air fryer is the solution.
The food generally sits on racks and trays as opposed to draw-style baskets (which have plastic outers and non-stick coatings). You get the opportunity to use baking paper to protect the racks and trays, but they shouldn’t peel or chip anyway. Something like the Cuisinart Toaster Oven Air Fryer is a good purchase, at a slightly higher price.