As a total air frying novice, I finally took the plunge to see what all the recent hype about air fryers is about. The day arrived – the much anticipated Haier I-Master Series 5 Multi Air Fryer landed on my doorstep. With a retail price of £199.99, and boasting a healthy 9 different food prep functions. I eagerly unpacked the box and took all the beautifully packaged elements out.
My initial thought was that it appeared to be quite large, so where to actually place it in my kitchen took some thinking through. I have quite a large kitchen but very little worktop space, this was a slight issue for me, though not unsurmountable. I would suggest that if you do have a small kitchen, then space may be an issue.
The features on the Haier I-Master Series 5 seemed more than other air fryers I had researched. It has a total of 9 food prep functions beyond air frying, baking, grilling, slow cooking, roasting and reheating. The digital touch control panel is intuitive, which allowed me to effortlessly navigate through the various cooking presets. The pre-heat function ensures that the appliance reaches optimal temperature faster, making the overall cooking process much quicker.
Ease of Use
I had a large family gathering over Christmas and eager to show off my new addition to the kitchen, I decided to let the whole family ‘have a go’, just to test out how easy it was to use. Setting up and using the Haier I-Master Series 5 was really easy. I asked my 81 year old mother, who was also had never used an air fryer before, to cook some sausages. We did have a bit of a giggle and my mum spent the entire time watching the sausages cooking through the ‘peep hole’, as she constantly called it. However the emerging sausages were all perfectly cooked and happily consumed by the rest of the family. So much so, she now wants to get an air fryer for herself!
I think this is because it does have a user-friendly interface and the touch controls are responsive which simplifies the whole cooking experience. Both myself and my mum found it quite easy to navigate through the different cooking options as it is all rather intuitive.
The speed and reliability of the Haier I-Master Series 5 have exceeded my expectations. From crisping up some spicy potato wedges, roasting vegetables and even baking a sponge cake, this air fryer consistently delivered exceptional results. OK so I got a few things wrong in the early days, like over cooking some salmon and ending up with a cake that resembled a frisbee. However with a little perseverance I am finally producing some decent attempts. I must admit that a quick online purchase of a good air fryer cookbook was a useful addition, as this has allowed me to explore more fully what the air fryer can do.
It has a decent 7ltr capacity which is perfect for families, I have cooked some relatively large portions with ease. While I encountered no major issues, it’s worth noting some of the more advanced functions could benefit from more detailed instructions in the user manual. Also only having one basket does have its drawbacks.
Finding answers to my questions was straightforward, thanks to the comprehensive documentation provided with the product. However it should be noted that you do have to download this from the Haier website. While this would not be an issue for me, my mum at 81, would have some difficulties with doing this.
Value for Money
In terms of value for money, the Haier I-Master Series 5 stands out in its category. The combination of versatile features, reliable performance, and user-friendly design justifies its price point. When compared to similar products on the market, this air fryer offers a competitive edge in terms of functionality and overall quality.
The Haier I-Master Series 5 Multi Air Fryer has transformed my home cooking experience. Its range of features, ease of use, and reliable performance make it a standout product in the market.
Parenting Expert awarded the Haier I-Master Series 5 Multi Air Fryer 9 out of 10 and would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a versatile and efficient addition to the kitchen.
Whether you’re a busy parent, a culinary enthusiast, or someone looking to make healthier food choices, this air fryer is a valuable investment that delivers on its promises!
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