NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer Review

NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer

8.3

Size/Capacity

8.9/10

Brand

7.2/10

Functionality

8.7/10

Performance

8.6/10

Appearance

8.8/10

Price

7.6/10

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Healthy cooking
  • Versatile
  • Multi-functional
  • Fast
  • Attractive

Cons

  • Flimsy
  • Non-stick coating peels off
  • 1-year limited warranty

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:

  • Fries
  • Bakes
  • Grills
  • Roasts
  • Toasts, and
  • Broils

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 6 qt Air Fryer Video – Unboxing and Information

NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer – Features

Size/Capacity

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”.

Accessories

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

Appearance

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.

Specifications

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
Temperature
Range:
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

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Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Healthy cooking
  • Versatile
  • Multi-functional
  • Fast
  • Attractive appearance
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Cons:

  • 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 - Verdict
Verdict

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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16 Replies to “NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer Review”

  1. Until I came upon your review of the NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer, Ed, I had not considered how beneficial such an appliance could be for my husband and me. We’ve just built and moved into a very small cabin (480 sf), so, as a general rule, I’ve been avoiding small appliances because we simply don’t have the room. The problem, though, is that, as is typical with such projects, the budget ran low before everything in our home was complete — including the kitchen. Which means we have no stove! We’ve managed to get by fairly well using a slow cooker, toaster oven, microwave, and, in warmer months, an outside grill. But, as you can imagine, these things have their limitation. Far too often I find myself resorting to frozen meals because it’s just simpler, but I’d really like to be preparing more fresh foods in a healthy manner. It sounds very much like an Air Fryer might fit the bill, providing more cooking options without taking up too much space….or perhaps you have another recommendation that might suit our unique situation better? I’ll admit I am a little concerned about the “cons” you list for this particular fryer, especially the non-stick coating coming off. If we invest in an air fryer, it will likely get used more than by the average household since we are so restricted on cooking options, so durability definitely matters. I’m going to check out the others you recommend before making a decision. Thanks for sharing your expertise. With your insights and thorough reviews, I’m sure I’ll be able to make the best choice to suit our needs.

    1. Hi Cheri,

      Sorry to hear about your situation but it isn’t uncommon. Small space and low budgets happen to a lot of people. 

      Fortunately, at least kitchen-wise there are great solutions available.

      Air fryers are one solution, especially if they multi-task. Another solution is multi-function appliances such as those on my post: 7 Best Instant Pot Multi-cookers For 2019.

      Happy searching and if you find one that suits you and you buy it please let me know. Your valuable feedback is important to me and other visitors.

      Ed

  2. This fryer is areally great equipment to have. Its capacity, fumctionality and reviews are great. It will also be great for me and my roommates. I also lobe the way thus review was written. Well written and clearly detailed. It was great reading this review. This fryer will also be a good gift for my family. Thanks 

    1. Hi Aweda,

      Your nice comments are much appreciated. If you get one for your family I would love for you to come back to let me know how it works for them. Your feedback will help me improve reviews by knowing that my recommendations are correct and useful (or not).

      Ed

  3. Hi! Thank you very much for your honest review concerning this air fryer. I like it’s easy to use and multi functional. We definitely need an air fryer at home, and I have almost made up my mind to buy NuWave Brio. I’m not very happy with the lack of good warranty protection. So, before purchasing this one I’ll take a look at your post “The 10 best air fryers of 2019”. I’d like to ask you before I read that post, do you have any personal preference you could suggest as an alternative to this air fryer?

    1. Hi Henry,

      My personal preference is not as important as your requirements because each of us may have differing needs.

      To make a final decision you should ask yourself:

      1 – How big (or small) an air fryer do I need? Personal use only or for a big family or for large get-togethers,

      2 – What will I use it for? Fried foods only or multi-use such as baking, dehydrating, etc.

      3 – Is appearance important?

      4 – Is price important?

      5 – Is warranty important?

      From your fine comment you mention that warranty is important to you so I would recommend a Cozyna product, such as the Air Fryer XL by Cozyna with a 60-day money back guarantee as well as a 12 month limited warranty. They do not mention in their warranty about return shipping charges but their customer service is reportedly very good. They have various sizes available.

      If you have need for a multi-purpose appliance and want to buy from a well-known supplier why not try the Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker that Crisps? It pressure cooks, air fries, slow cooks, sears, steams, bakes, roasts, and broils. The 1-year limited warranty covers return of the appliance to a Ninja authorized repair depot although they want $19.95 for return shipping to you. Not bad compared to other warranties.

      Hope this helps.

      Ed

  4. I gave up on eating fried food a while back, because of the risk associated with cholesterol consumption. It’s heartwarming to know there’s now a safer and healthier method to fry my favourite food. The nu wave air dryer would be a good asset to my kitchen, especially because if the price it comes at. I really hate cleaning up sticky pits after cooking, how long will it take before my non stick surface peels off? Can I replace the non stick surface?

    Expecting to hear from you soon, warm regards 

    1. Louis,

      No need to give up fried foods. All of us love the taste and texture so using an air fryer allows us to continue without all the harmful fat and calories that normally come with them.

      Non-stick surfaces wear and peel at different rates due to many factors so it is hard to determine how long they will last. Some of my cookware and cooking appliances have been in use at home for 10 years with very little coating loss. Others are bare metal in around 3 – 5 years but this is due to constant use in my restaurant rather than poor quality or use of cleaning abrasives.

      The bad news is that non-stick coatings cannot easily be reapplied.

      But, the good news is that replacement parts for the NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer such as grill pans and baskets are readily available on the NuWave website:

      https://nuwavenow.com/Shop?ref

      Ed

  5. Wow, this is great. I just discovered an additional appliance I can add to my kitchen. The functions are great and it will really be a great addition to my appliances. I will also refer it to lot of my families and friends. This review was really straight to the point. Thanks for this

    1. Linus,

      Glad that I was able to help you. Let me know how the NuWave Digital Air Fryer works for you and your families and friends.

      Ed

  6. Thanks for writing this review on nuwave brio digital air fryer. I must say am impressed with all the features this air fryer has and another things is that fact that NuWave Brio is a multi-purpose air fryer,you can fried with it, bake, roast and do so many other things on it makes me want to use it to replace the one I have at home that consume a lot of electricity when am using it.with all the feature it has it consume less electricity,am impressed 

    1. Thank-you for visiting Small Kitchen Appliances For You and leaving your comments. If you decide to replace your current air fryer, please return and let me know how it works for you. Your feedback is important to the accuracy of my reviews and helps other visitors to decide if a product is the best one for them.

      Ed

  7. Thank you for sharing your review on NuWave air fryer. Air fryer has changed my life. I love fired food especially french fires  and tater tots. By using this air fryer I do not have to use a lot of oil anymore. Here is the tips, if you find your fries or tots too dry, I use the cooking spray like olive oil or coconut oil, spray it lightly and they come out perfect. I feel less guilty now when I eat fried food. 

    1. Hi Nuttanee,

      Great tip, thanks for taking time to leave it here. Coconut and olive are the best oils to use with air fryers as they not only taste great, they also smoke less at the high temperatures involved.

      Ed

  8. Tons of value to be found on this post on NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer

    This is a great and simple to follow guide. You laid it all out clearly and showed series of examples that helped emphasize your various points. This guide will be very useful for me.This is the most comprehensive review I have ever read. I am a great fan of this product and I have been using it for months and I can attest to the fact that it is not too expensive and highly durable. I have heard of the creators and they do have a good reputation according to many people that left comments in different places on the internet. Obviously its pros outweighs its cons. 

    1. Ola,

      Thanks for your very important feedback. As a user of the NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer your comments are most valuable to ensuring that my reviews are accurate.

      Ed

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