The NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer is the healthy way to enjoy fried foods without the added fat and calories of frying with oil. Rapidly circulating hot air fries food with little to no oil but still gives it a crispy, golden brown outside and tender inside. What else can it do? Read this detailed review to learn about its features and performance and if it is the right air fryer for you.
NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer – Overview
Are you looking for a healthier way to cook without giving up the taste and texture of fried foods? The NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer may just be what you are looking for.
The NuWave Brio is a multi-purpose air fryer that:
- Toasts, and
It uses hot air to do fry foods the same as frying in oil. But without oil food is cooked healthier, with up to 75% less fat and much fewer calories. Yet taste and texture are not lost. And there is no oily mess to clean up after cooking.
Save money by cooking at home and not spending it on unhealthy restaurant fast food. Air frying is also safer and more energy efficient than deep frying on a stovetop burner. All the heat stays inside the cooker.
The NuWave Brio is available in 3 popular sizes to fit any individual or family’s needs. Choose from 3-Quart, 6-Quart or 10-Quart models.
You will love the versatility of the NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer. Cook everything from vegetables, to meat, fish, pizza, desserts, and more. The manual that comes with it has lots of delicious recipes to get you started.
NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer – Features
The NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer comes in 3 sizes: 3-Quart, 6-Quart, and 10-Quart.
What size air fryer do you need?
A 3-quart air fryer will feed 1 – 2 people. It will not fit a whole chicken but you can cook 2 hamburger patties or 3 – 4 wings and drumsticks at the same time. But then you have to cook the fries separately. This is an ideal size for snacks and side dishes, not so great for whole meals.
6-quarts is one of the most popular sizes and best for 4 – 5 family members. This is the right size needed for full meals especially if a reversible rack is included. The NuWave Brio includes a reversible rack that allows you to cook two different items at the same time.
The 10-quart size gives you plenty of cooking capacity with the added functionality for grilling, baking, and roasting. It easily fits a whole chicken without having to break the bones. Invite friends along to eat with your family, this size air fryer can handle it.
Power and Control
The NuWave Brio 3, 6, & 10 Quart Digital Air Fryers are rated 1300, 900-1500-1800 (adjustable), and 1500 watts respectively. This power is sufficient to quickly cook anything you can put in them.
For example 12 ounces of homemade, thick cut fries takes 20 minutes at 360°F. An 8 oz. 1/2″ ribeye steak is done in 12 minutes at 360°F.
The digital control panel with LCD display is easy to read and the touch-sensitive pushbuttons easy to identify and use.
Following is the description of the controls for the 6 Qt version. The 3 and 10 quart models are slightly different:
- ON/OFF – Use to turn the unit On or Off.
- START/PAUSE – With the unit on, press Start to begin cooking. Default time is 15 minutes, shown as “:15” on the display. Default temperature is 360°F.
- PRE-HEAT – Use the Pre-Heat button when the unit is cold (room temperature) to bring it to the set temperature. When the set temperature is reached the control panel will display “Ready” and sound a single beep.
- REHEAT – The default reheat setting is 360°F for 4 minutes. Press the Reheat button and then the Start button to reheat single portion-sized foods.
- MENU – Select one of the following preset programs:
- Fries (Homemade Thick Cut)
- Frozen Fries (Medium Cut)
- Chicken Nuggets
- Steak (1/2″ Ribeye)
- Poultry (Chicken Breast)
- Fish (Frozen Fish Sticks)
- WATTS – The wattage function selects one of 3 power levels, 900-, 1500-, and 1800-watts.
- Temperature and Time adjustments are made using the arrow buttons on either side of the digital display.
One of the best features of the NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryers is the accurate temperature control. Set your desired cooking temperature and it stays there until the countdown timer reaches “0”.
Included in the NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer Bundle are:
- Air Fryer Power Base
- Base Tray
- Fry Pan Basket
- Fry Pan Basket Net
- Reversible Rack
- Baking Pan
Other accessories available that can be purchased from the manufacturer are:
- Silicone Mat
- Silicone Cup Cake Liners (10 Pack)
- Grill Pan
- Carrying Case
The NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer has a very stylish, modern appearance. The 6-quart model comes in 3 attractive colors, black, blue, and red to suit any kitchen decor.
|Capacity:||3 Qt (2.8 L) / 6 Qt (5.7 L) / 10 Qt (9.5 L)|
|Finish:||3 & 10 Qt: Black|
6 Qt: Black, Blue or Red
|Materials:||Plastic, Stainless Steel, |
PFOA-free plastic non-stick coated fry pan basket.
|Power:||3 Qt: 1300 Watts|
6 Qt: 900/1500/1800 Watts adjustable
10 Qt: 1500 Watts
|100°F to 400°F (37.8°C to 204.4°C|
Adjustable in 5° increments
|Timer:||100°F – 345°F: max cooking time 99:59 hours|
350°F – 400°F: max cooking time 1 hour
|Voltage:||120VAC, 60 Hz.|
|Dimensions:||3 Qt: 9.5″ (24.1 cm) x 9.5″ (24.1 cm) x 12.5″ (31.8 cm)|
6 Qt: 10″ (25.4 cm) x 9″ (22.9 cm) x 12″ (30.5 cm)
10 Qt: 16″ (40.6 cm) x 12″ (30.5 cm) x 12″ (30.5 cm)
|Weight:||3 Qt: 14 lbs. (6.4 kg.)|
6 Qt: 16 lbs. (7.3 kg.)
10 Qt: 19 lbs. (8.6 kg.)
NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer – Pros & Cons
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean
- Healthy cooking
- Attractive appearance
- Flimsy construction – small plastic parts break easily
- Non-stick coating peels off
- 1-year limited warranty – buyer must prepay shipping costs to/from Service Department. This could be a lot of money depending on how far you live from the service dept.
NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer – What Is It For?
The NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer fries, bakes, roasts, toasts, broils, and grills delicious, healthy dishes like the following:
- Twice Baked Potatoes
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Home Fries
- Air Baked Eggs
- Air Fried Tortilla Chips
- Classic Bacon Cheeseburger
- Buffalo Wings
- Spinach Stuffed Chicken
- Chicken Satay
- Grilled Chicken Tenders
- Butter-Infused Chicken
- Cajun Shrimp
- Kale Chips
- Roasted Tomatoes
- Apple Pie
- Berry Cheesecake Egg Rolls
- and many more
Loads of free recipes for air fryers can be found on the Internet. One of my favorites is AllRecipes/Air Fryers.
NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer – My Final Opinion
If you are looking for a more convenient, healthier way to cook for your family this is an air fryer that will take care of it. With 3 popular sizes available and 3 colors to choose from (in the 6-qt size) you will find one the fits your lifestyle.
It has capacity, functionality, performance, and appearance going for it but lacks good warranty protection and is a little expensive compared to other similar products on the market. Overall, I give the NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer an 8.3 out of 10 and a recommended Buy.
If the NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer isn’t right for you there are other choices. Go to my The 10 Best Air Fryers Of 2019 page to see what else is available.
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