Does the Kmart 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 1.5L Air Fryer
The Kmart 1.5L Air Fryer is a compact pocket rocket, providing slightly more bang for your buck than comparable models from Kogan or Bellini. It comes with eight pre-set functions and a 60-minute timer setting, plus the standard features you would expect from an air fryer.
But this air fryer doesn’t have too much of a kick, providing just 900W worth of heating power. This isn’t ideal if you’re looking to fill your frying basket with a full-sized roast chicken, especially with some brands serving up at least 1500W of power in basic or lower priced models. Some include:
- Kogan 10L Digital Multifunctional Air Fryer: $119.99*
- Kitchen Couture 4L Digital Air Fryer: $399*
- Devanti 7L Air Fryer 1800W: $291.95*
- Philips Premium Airfryer HD9721/21: $329*
- Ninja 1750W Air Fryer Max AF160: $349.99*
Although keep in mind this model is about half the capacity, and at least $100 cheaper in comparison.
- RRP: $49*
Kmart 3.2L Air Fryer
The Kmart 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. It’s also nearly twice as powerful as Kmart’s $3.2L budget option, offering 1500W.
This Kmart air fryer additionally comes with the usual basics, including adjustable temperature, 30-minute automatic shut-off, overheat protection and an operation light indicator.
- RRP: $69*
Kmart 5.3L Air Fryer
The Kmart 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 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 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 removeable frying cage.
Compared to Kmart’s standard air fryer units, you can find extra presets for the dehydrator and defrost functions.
The Kmart 5.3L Air Fryer is available on AfterPay or Zip Pay.
- RRP: $129*
How long will it take to cook food in the Kmart 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 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 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 largest 5.3L model.
|Features||Kmart 5.3L Air Fryer||ALDI 10L Air Fryer|
|Programs||Seven preset functions||Six cooking programs|
|Adjustable temperature||Up to 200℃||Up to 230℃|
*Prices taken from Kmart and ALDI, correct as of August 2020.
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 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*) on sale for $79.99. Here’s a comparison of Kogan’s cheapest air fryer, to Kmart’s mid-range model.
|Features||Kmart 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 taken from Kmart and Kogan, correct as of August 2020.
There’s little separating the two models in terms of features, with both models containing seven pre-set cooking functions and a similar heating power. The Kogan air fryer additionally comes with a timer which 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 air fryer vs Bellini air fryer
Target is another department store which has garnered plenty of attention for some of its air fryers, especially those by Bellini. Similar to Kmart, Bellini air fryers usually start from $99 and reach up to $129 for the Bellini 5L Air Fryer. For single households or home cooks who don’t need a particularly large unit, we’ll look at two of the smallest options.
|Features||Kmart 3.2 Air Fryer||Bellini Digital Air Fryer|
|Programs||Eight pre-set functions||Seven pre-set functions|
|Adjustable temperature||Up to 200℃||80℃-200℃|
*Prices taken from Kmart and Target, correct as of August 2020.
The Kmart 1.4L Air Fryer and Bellini Digital Air Fryer are as compact as they get, with most air fryers typically containing at least 3L worth of cooking capacity.
Despite its small size, the Bellini air fryer provides a comparably decent amount of heating power (1500W). Since the same wattage can be seen in air fryers three times its size, the Bellini model can be particularly useful if you’re worried about meat, fish and other dishes coming out cooked on the outside and raw inside. Kmart’s air fryer can hold more food, but the 900W heating power makes it one of the ‘weakest’ options out there.
For features, both products stick to the basics. Kmart offers slightly more bang for your buck, offering a 60-minute timer (Bellini cuts it short at 30 minutes) and eight instead of seven pre-set cooking functions.
Which air fryer is better?
Whether a Kmart 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.
A 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 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.
Out of the brands we’ve mentioned, Kogan has the most similar range of air fryers available in terms of features and price. There’s also a few more options to choose from. Some include:
- Kogan 6.2L Digital Low Fat 1800W Air Fryer: $89.99*
- Kogan 6.2L Digital Low Fat 1800W Air Fryer: $129.99*
- Kogan 12L 1800W Digital Air Fryer Oven: $129.99*
- Kogan 14-in-1 Air Fryer & Multi-Cooker: $139.99*
- Kogan 6.5L Self Stirring Digital Air Fryer: $169.99*
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*Prices taken from respective retailers, One Shop, MyDeal.com.au, Bunnings and Appliances Online, correct as of July 2020.