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The Air Fryer Settings Explained. Today we wanted to answer your essential questions about the air fryer settings and when to use air fry, bake or grill on your air fryer.

This air fryer settings guide is also featured in the Magic With Gadgets Podcast. Simply search for Magic With Gadgets on your preferred podcast player, then scroll to episode 17 of season 3 to access this awesome episode.

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Air Fryer Settings

If you are brand new to the air fryer, then mastering the air fryer settings needs to be top of your list alongside our previous episode about air fryer temperatures.

I have always mentioned that I am team Philips and the best air fryer on the market is this Philips Air Fryer. This is mainly because it cooks the food better than any other, but also because it is the most simple air fryer to use.

On the Philips Air Fryer XL that we own has buttons up and down to change the time and temp and a button to adjust the time and temp as well as a start and stop and an on and off.

A simple manual way of using the air fryer and without loads of presets that make the whole air frying thing complicated.

So when one our readers came to us and said My Ninja air fryer has buttons for roast, air fry, grill, bake and dehydrate and your recipes just say cook, I wanted to do a podcast episode dedicated to the difference between the various air fryer functions.

Plus, as well as our free newsletter, we also have a free air fryer mini course. It is ideal for air fryer beginners or those that want to get more confident with their air fryer. The free course runs for 5 days with a new lesson delivered each day to your inbox.

What’s The Difference Between Air Fry And Bake Setting?

The difference between air fry and bake setting is simply a preset. The air fryer you are using simply believes that if you are baking in the air fryer you need a different time and temp compared to general air frying.

The air fryer vs bake setting has a lot of people confused especially because most air fryer recipes just say cook for x minutes at x temperature.

I have owned my Ninja Foodi for 2 years now and in that time, I have ONLY ever used the air fryer lid setting.

So, if you are new to the air fryer note you can just use air fry and it will do the same and always try to use the manual settings if you can as the presets are very rarely appropriate for the recipe you are following.  

What Is The Difference Between Roast And Bake On An Air Fryer?

I also often get asked about the difference between roast and bake on an air fryer and it’s the same thing.

They are just different presets for the air fryer and you really don’t need them.

The only presets I use on my Ninja are:

  • Dehydrate
  • Air Fry
  • Pressure Cook
  • Sauté
  • Slow Cook
  • Yoghurt

So next time you are worried about air fryer vs bake setting, then remember this.

Listen To My Air Fryer Settings Run Through?

Also, in this week’s podcast episode I have stood in front of each of my air fryers, and run through the settings they each have, with temperatures and times and then you can understand it better.

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About Sam & Dom

Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie maker and several other kitchen gadgets.

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