Does the Kmart Anko air fryer really sizzle? Or do modest features make it a little underdone, especially compared to other affordable alternatives on the market? We take a look at the air fryers currently available, and check out a few other budget options to see which is best.
Kmart Anko Air Fryer range
There are several budget-friendly air fryers from Kmart’s Anko appliance range, including:
- Kmart Anko 3.2L Air Fryer: $39 RRP*
- Kmart Anko 5.3L Air Fryer: $89 RRP*
- Kmart Anko 7L Air Fryer: $119 RRP*
- Kmart Anko 9L Twin Air Fryer: $129 RRP*
- Kmart Anko 11L 3-in-1 Air Fryer Oven: $129 RRP*
- Kmart Anko 25L Air Fryer and Oven: $149 RRP*
Kmart Anko 3.2L Air Fryer
The Kmart Anko 3.2L Air Fryer hits the sweet spot in terms of price and size, being one of the cheapest air fryers with a 3L capacity. Models with this capacity are typically said to be capable of cooking up to 600g or a whole bag of shoestring fries.
The standout feature of this model is its LED control panel with seven pre-set functions. But this Kmart offers an average amount of kick, if not slightly below, providing 1300W worth of heating power. Many brands now serve up at least 1400W-1500W of power in basic or lower-priced models. Some include:
- Kogan 4.2L Digital Low Fat 1400W Air Fryer: $129.99 RRP*
- Westinghouse Opti-Fry 3.2L Air Oven: $149 RRP*
- Sunbeam Copper Infused Duraceramic Air Fryer: $159 RRP*
This Kmart Anko air fryer additionally comes with seven pre-set functions and adjustable temperature up to 200°C, plus the standard features you would expect from an air fryer.
- RRP: $59*
Kmart Anko 5.3L Air Fryer
The Kmart Anko 5.3L Air Fryer can fit the most food, with the larger capacity making it realistically the most family-friendly sized unit out of its three models. It’s also the most powerful air fryer in the range, providing up to 1800W of power. The extra wattage can be especially useful if you plan on roasting a whole chicken or want to fill up the frying basket to cook everything in one go instead of in multiple, small batches.
This 5.3L air fryer offers the same functionalities as Kmart’s other two cheaper units, including a 30-minute timer setting, adjustable temperature of up to 200℃ and overheat protection. The Kmart 5.3L Air Fryer comes with a 12-month warranty. It’s available on Afterpay and Zip Pay.
- RRP: $89*
Kmart Anko 3-in-1 Air Fryer Oven
Don’t know the difference between air fryers and ovens and if it’s worth spending money on both? The Kmart Anko 3-in-1 Air Fryer Oven might be worth thinking about. For a bit more than the 5.3L unit, this 1800W multi-functional appliance has an 11L capacity and works as an oven, air fryer and dehydrator. It also comes with a 3L removable frying cage.
Compared to Kmart’s standard air fryer units, you can find extra presets for the dehydrator and defrost functions.
The Kmart Anko 5.3L Air Fryer is available on AfterPay or Zip Pay.
- RRP: $129*
How long will it take to cook food in the Kmart Anko air fryer?
According to Kmart, this is a general guide on how long you should cook these different types of food in its air fryers. But keep in mind that times will vary depending on factors such as size, shape, what you’re cooking, as well as the temperature. Here are the presets featured on all Kmart Anko air fryers.
- Chips: 18 minutes at 200℃
- Whole chicken: 40 minutes at 190℃
- Drumsticks: 25 minutes at 180℃
- Fish: 13 minutes at 200℃
- Prawns: 12 minutes at 160℃
- Chops: 20 minutes at 200℃
- Baked goods: 30 minutes at 160℃
Kmart Anko air fryers vs ALDI air fryers
Kmart and ALDI aren’t new to budget appliances, with their small range of cheap air fryers often quickly selling out. To see how each retailer stacks up, we compare the ALDI’s 10L Digital Air Fryer and Kmart’s 5.3L model.
|Features||Kmart Anko 5.3L Air Fryer||ALDI 10L Air Fryer|
|Programs||Seven preset functions||Six cooking programs|
|Adjustable temperature||Up to 200℃||Up to 230℃|
*Prices are taken from Kmart and ALDI, correct as of January 2022.
Unlike Kmart, ALDI usually sells one air fryer at a time as part of its Special Buys. In terms of price, Kmart takes the cake. But for an extra $40, you can get nearly twice the capacity from the ALDI air fryer. The larger option also comes with six cooking programs, while Kmart doesn’t offer any pre-set functions in its largest model.
On the other hand, ALDI’s generous 10L size might not mean much when you’re using 1300W to cook a full basket. Air fryers with a similar capacity ranging between 8L to 12L usually have at least 1800W of power.
There’s also another major downside to ALDI air fryers. These have only been offered as part of the discount supermarket’s weekly Special Buys and are not available all year-round. Plus, there’s no guarantee the same air fryer model will be listed when the sale returns. ALDI has also previously released a 2.5L Digital Air Fryer for $39.99.
Kmart Anko air fryers vs Kogan air fryers
You can snag plenty of bargains from Kogan, with its own line of air fryers typically ranging between $89.99 and $169.99. Although it won’t be unusual to see products like the Kogan 4.2L Digital Low Fat 1400W Air Fryer ($129.99 RRP*). Here’s a comparison of Kogan’s cheapest air fryer, to Kmart’s mid-range model.
|Features||Kmart Anko 3.2 Air Fryer||Kogan 4.2L Digital Low Fat 1400 Air Fryer|
|Programs||Seven pre-set functions||Seven pre-set functions|
|Adjustable temperature||Up to 200℃||80℃-200℃|
*Prices are taken from Kmart and Kogan, correct as of January 2022.
There’s little separating the two models in terms of features, with both models containing seven pre-set cooking functions and similar heating power. The Kogan air fryer additionally comes with a timer that goes up to 60 minutes, while Kmart’s air fryer stops at 30 minutes.
Each retailer also provides a dishwasher-safe pan and basket, although Kogan’s model comes with a non-stick basket for an easier clean.
Kmart Anko air fryer vs Sunbeam air fryer
Don’t need a hefty air fryer, but still want something that can cook up more than a bowl of fries? A 5L air fryer might be the middle ground. This mid-range capacity is also one of the most common sizes, so there’s plenty of variety in terms of price and features to compare when shopping around.
Here are two models from Kmart and Sunbeam.
|Features||Kmart Anko 5.3 Air Fryer||Sunbeam DiamondForce 3-in-1 Digital Air Fryer|
|Programs||Seven pre-set functions||Six pre-set functions|
|Adjustable temperature||Up to 200℃||Up to 200℃|
*Prices are taken from Kmart and Sunbeam, correct as of January 2022.
Sunbeam’s DiamondForce 3-in-1 Digital Air Fryer is claimed to fit a whole chicken or 800g pork belly. It has similar air fry presets to Kmart’s Anko air fryer, including the standard meat and veg, but can additionally dehydrate food as well as proof and bake bread. The Sunbeam model is also claimed to have a non-stick coating that is twice more durable compared to some traditional non-stick cookware. But it’s noticeably pricier than Kmart’s budget appliance, with just over $100 separating the two models.
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What is the best Kmart Anko air fryer?
Whether a Kmart Anko air fryer will tickle your taste buds depends on what you’re looking for. When it comes to picking the best cheap option, things like heating power and pre-programmed functions can go a long way.
Low heating power is generally suitable for cooking smaller portions, such as a bowl of shoestring fries. So, while a 10L air fryer from ALDI might seem convenient, be prepared to cook meatier items in multiple batches to make sure everything is properly cooked through.
The same goes for pre-set functions. While cooking does usually involve trial and error, these programs can help take out some of the guesswork and ensure the process is actually more convenient than regular frying. It’s a standard feature across many air fryers, but one pro with Kmart’s range is that it includes a list of preset cooking functions which cover a wide variety of dishes you can cook in an air fryer.
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*Prices are taken from respective brands and Appliances Online, correct as of January 2022.
Original Author: Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito