You may recognize this Nuwave Air Fryer as the as seen on TV model featured in infomercials. (Ever notice how quickly you get hooked and sucked into watching those things?) Also known as Nuwave Brio, this brand comes in a standard size too, but for this review we are focused on the bigger model.
This extra large Nuwave Air Fryer has a 6 quart interior cooking capacity and a digital control panel with adjustable temperature range and multi-hour timer. About 60% of owners think it’s great while a significant number of others complain that it quit working prematurely. (Be sure to read About the Warranty below.) Compared to other extra large air fryers, the Nuwave sells for a great price, but you may want to also purchase the extra protection plan that Amazon offers.
- 6 quart capacity
- 1,800 watts
- Digital Control Panel
- Adjustable temperature settings (100 – 400 degrees)
- 100 hour timer
- Dishwasher safe parts (top rack only)
- 1 Year Limited Warranty
No, that “100 hour timer” is not a typo, but total programmable time depends on the cooking temperature you choose:
- High Temp, 350 to 390°F – maximum cooking time is 1 hour
- Low to Medium Temp, 100 to 345°F – maximum cooking time is 99 hours and 59 minutes
Personally, I’ve never cooked anything that took longer than 45 minutes in an air fryer, nor have I seen any recipes calling for more than an hour cooking time. I can’t think why that 100 hour option is an advantage. For safety reasons, the idea of programming this Nuwave for multiple hours seems a bit on the absurd side. If I’m missing something, by all means please leave a comment to let me know!
Check out this 2 minute video. The camera perspective may be a little odd, but it still gives you a good look at this model and how it operates.
Did you notice his comparison to the Power Air Fryer XL? In his opinion the construction quality of the Nuwave is better. He describes the Power brand as being flimsy whereas the Nuwave is sturdier.
About the Warranty
The Nuwave also carries a slightly better warranty than the Power Air Fryer. However, if you have a problem with your Nuwave you still may encounter costs. Read a summary of the warranty here: https://www.mynuwavebrio.com/resource/html/terms_condition.asp, or read complete details here: https://www.manualslib.com/manual/1153296/Nuwave-Brio.html?page=13#manual. Note that when returning a product under warranty for repair or replacement, customer must prepay shipping both ways.(Back to Top)
Size and Capacity
Exterior Dimensions: 13.4″ x 16.9″ x 15.8″
Weight: 17.5 pounds
Cooking Capacity: 6 quarts
The Nuwave also comes in the standard 3 quart size. You can buy it alone or with the accessory pack on Amazon:
- NuWave 36001 Brio Air Fryer – air fryer only
- NuWave 36223 Brio Gourmet Accessory Kit – Nuwave 3 quart accessory kit only
- The Nuwave Brio Digital Air Fryer, 3 Quart Capacity with Reversible Rack, Baking Pan, & Recipe Book – air fryer bundled with 3 quart size accessory kit
Optional Air Fryer Accessories
The only way to get Nuwave brand accessories for their 6 quart model is to buy them in a bundled offer: Nuwave Brio Air Fryer (6 qt. Air Fryer w/Gourmet Accessory Kit). It’s the same air fryer, but with accessories it will cost you around $40 more.
The advantage of getting the Nuwave brand is fit. Without question, you will enjoy having the deep dish pan for baked goods and dozens of other uses. (Air fryers bake beautifully!) If you want the biggest baking pan that will fit in your Nuwave, it may be worth the extra cost to get the bundled air fryer & accessories kit. You’ll get maximum cooking capacity with the square pan that is made to fit the square basket of the Nuwave 6 quart model.
You can also choose to go with a different manufacturer, and that may save you around $10 to $20. See the two accessory sets designed for larger air fryers below. You can buy them at Amazon, but a word of warning:
Neither of these sets specifically claims to be compatible with Nuwave, so be sure to measure first. Note that the accessories are round whereas the basket of the Nuwave is square. A round accessory works only if the diameter is not larger than the width or depth of the cooking basket.
Simple Living Products – Air Fryer Cooking & Baking Accessory Pack. 3 Piece Airfryer Accessories Pack – Dishwasher Safe
Hiware – Recently this item has been out of stock, but it’s definitely worth checking to see
[XL-VERSION] Air Fryer Accessories XL – Fits All 5.3 – 5.8QT – Non-Stick Barrel / Pan + Silicone Mat + Air Fryer Recipes, Compatible with Power Air Fryer XL / Philips Avance XL HD9240 / GoWISE USA XL
I can’t vouch for the Simple Living Products brand, but I own both Philips and Hiware pans. The Hiware brand gives you excellent quality at an extremely reasonable price. Why pay more for the same quality?(Back to Top)
With barely over 125 online reviews, consumer feedback is still rather limited on this model. So far about 60% of owners give it a 5 star rating. Fans of the Nuwave praise it for producing crispy chicken and tofu, onion rings, French fries, and a variety of other tasty fried vegetables. They like the easy clean up and the fact that it doesn’t heat up the entire kitchen.
Many of these owners had originally bought a standard size air fryer and are delighted with the expanded capacity. The basket of this Nuwave will hold a whole chicken, so it appeals to those cooking for families.
Cooking Results & Cleaning
As always there are complaints that clearly come from user inexperience. No matter what brand you decide to buy, you will be much happier and get more use from your appliance if you invest in a high quality air fryer cookbook. (Unfortunately there are lots of terrible air fryer cookbooks on Amazon. For the best choices please see our Air Fryer Cookbook Guide.)
The fact is that a good air fryer does a beautiful job on everything from beef ribeyes to blueberry muffins. Once you learn the cooking method you may be surprised at the versatility of these appliances and at how often you use your air fryer.
More Serious Concerns
As for legitimate complaints, many users report that preheating can take as long as 15 minutes. That is quite long for an air fryer, and eliminates any time you might save air frying a lot of foods. For me this would be a pretty big drawback. However, those who like the Nuwave and have never owned any other brand of air fryer don’t seem to mind.
There are also some people who complain about the basket being hard to clean, but I disagree. The bottom of the basket is wire mesh, like on the Philips models, and to me that style cooks better because less of your food is resting against a cooking surface.
For cleaning I use the Oxo brush pictured at right. The soft bristles work well on the mesh without getting hung up. For tougher messes like melted cheese on the basket bottom, let it soak for a few minutes before cleaning.
The most serious complaints concern malfunction and early demise. Out of just over 880 reviews, 10% reported buying units that quit working after a short period of time, often within 2 to 3 weeks after purchase. These buyers had nothing good to say about Nuwave customer service.
Otherwise consumer feedback is generally positive, with 77% of owners rating it with 4 or 5 stars. Still, the percentage of early failures seems high enough to be worth considering.(Back to Top)
- Low price (often sells for less than half the cost of the high end Philips XL model)
- Extra large cooking capacity
- Produces good results on most foods
- As easy to operate and clean as any air fryer
- Takes up to 15 minutes to preheat
- Significant number of units failed within a few weeks or months
- Not the best warranty (but better than that of the Power Air Fryer XL)
- Reports on customer service are all negative
Nuwave Air Fryer Review: Summary
The 6 quart Nuwave Brio Air Fryer gives you extra large cooking capacity at a very reasonable price, and well over half of owners are so pleased that they give it highest ratings. They praise it for performing well and for being easy to use and to clean. The drawbacks are the number of reported early fails, poor customer service, and the costs you may incur if you have to file a warranty claim.
This one is a tough call. If you get a good one, you might be perfectly happy with it for years. If not, you may be in for some frustration and possibly additional cost. Still, you can’t deny that price is very tempting. Perhaps the best option is to spend just a few dollars more to add a protection plan.(Back to Top)
May we suggest…
See other options for XL air fryers: Largest Air Fryer Models Comparison Chart
More about standard size air fryers (includes a quick comparison chart): Air Fryer Reviews for Smart Shoppers – 2017 Best Air Fryers Buyer Guide
Detailed comparison chart for standard size air fryers: Air Fryer Comparison Chart
The other ‘as seen on TV model’: See the Power Air Fryer XL on Amazon