cosori smart air fryer review
hello all, for several months i've wanted an air fryer, and looked on several sites and finally i found one. its not the amazon oven air fryer microwave combo, but this air fryer is much cheaper, but it is a good one. it is called the cosori smart air fryer, and it's touch screen. before everyone starts freaking out and saying why did you buy this model if it is touch screen let me explain. you see, not only does this air fryer have all touch screen, but it also has a smart phone app called vesync which allows you to control this air fryer. Setting the air fryer up through the app was a bit of a chore, but it was done with in a few minutes once i figured out how everything was. everything reads quite well, and once the air fryer is set up you don't have to repeat the process. Once I got it connected to my wifi network I decided to cook some tater tots to see how good it was and how accessible setting the time and temperature would be. to my shock and suprise, not only could I set the temperature, but I could also set the time, and start the cooking process. and yes, everything reads very well in vesync. the time and temperature are both in picker items that you just simply flick up to adjust to increase or down to decrease. the start cooking button at the very bottom is also readable and very voiceover friendly. once your food starts cooking in the air fryer, all you have to do is open up the vesync app again, select the air fryer and go to the very bottom, and in place of start cooking is the minutes which you have left until your food is done. yes, this to is very readable with voiceover. Once the food is done, you get a push notification from vesync letting you know that your food is done. what it says is cosori smart air fryer your food is done enjoy. I've had this air fryer for just over a week, and for anyone who is looking for a good air fryer, and can't afford the amazon oven combo, I highly recommend this smart air fryer hands down. the app is very accessible, updating the firmware on the airfryer is very accessible through the app, and I absolutely love using this air fryer so that I can have things like tater tots and french fries.
Hello Brandon. Just wanted to say thanks for posting this review. This air fryer sounds like a breeze to use. Thanks for taking the chance on it and letting this community know your results. I use this site for so many different things and posts like yours are one of them. Enjoy those tater tots. You made me hungry.
Let us know how chicken or fish comes out.
chicken is going to be my next item to cook in this air fryer, and as a matter of fact it has a setting on it for chicken.
I know this post is old but wanted to revive it and wanted to give my thoughts. Do to this post I did get this air fryer which thank you by the way for the recommendation brandon! it came today. I got it off of amazon. Set up was very easy. I did have to add my network manually as it couldn't find it in the app. I hear it has something to do if you have both 2.4 and 5 g both like I have.
One thing I like about this air fryer is the square basket and the size, unlike other air fryers I've used I could fit a small frozen dinner in it. I did just that and used the frozen dinner preset and it came out perfect! The schedule is also accessible. It also works with alexa.
Thanks Brandon for the suggestion. I decided to pull the trigger and purchased the Cosori Smart Air Fryer (CS158-AF) and must say, it was rather easy setting it up.
After downloading the VeSync app and creating an account, I was able to connect to the air fryer and connect it to my network. It's the typical method of connecting to the fryer directly via Wi-Fi and entering your Wi-Fi password, then the fryer connects and your phone reconnects to your home Wi-Fi.
The only snag I encountered, which was a booboo on my part, when it asks you to access your location, I had toggled off the precise location. That needs to be toggled on for some reason.
Like you, I did notice that a lot of the buttons were mislabelled, but thankfully, the default label makes it rather clear as to its function, so it's rather easy to relabel, and so far, the new labels seem to be sticking. And for those Android users, those same buttons are not even labelled on the Android app.
The only question I have, and hopefully someone sees this and is able to answer. When starting to cook something, you first select the Start Cooking button, then select your preset, or manual, then tweak the temperature or timer if you want, and then toggle preheat on, if you want, then tap on the Cook now button, when I check the app, it says to press the Start button on the fryer's touch screen to begin.
I'm just curious to know if this is normal for everyone else? I would have thought that you would be able to start the process directly from your phone.
The only reason why i think it may be setup this way is that, if someone else would gain access to your account, they wouldn't be able to start the device without physically being in front of the fryer to start the process. So no waking up at 2:00 AM with your air fryer running.
So yeah, just curious to know if this is done by design or whether or not you're supposed to be able to start the process from the app.
It's not really a major issue, I found that if you move your finger up from the tray handle, and a bit to the right, that's where the Start button on the touchscreen seems to be.
No I've never had to do this. You should be able to start cooking from the app direct. Never touched the screen and never had an issue. The only app issue I've found is trying to view the preset recipes. VO dosn't work. However, if you have iPhone11 or later you can switch screen recognition on and then you can access the recipes.
I find that's odd too, but when you select "Cook Now", the app does tell you to press the Start button on the fryer. There does seem to be a couple of unlabelled buttons, but when tapping on those, nothing happens.
I've even enabled Screen Recognition to see if that would help, and although it does read those two buttons as "( 0) and "Start", when tapping on the Start button, again, nothing happens.
So I'm left scratching my head. Thankfully, the Start button on the fryer's touch screen isn't that hard to find, but still, it would be nice if I'd be able to do it all from the app.
I have send feedback to the VeSync developer with some accessibility issues I've found, so who knows, they might fix it in a future update.
Ok So when you're ready to cook on my screen I have the "cook now button" Swiping left I have a "delay Start button" Do you have this? As soon as I press the "cook now button" the fryer just comes on. I don't even have to select manual as it seems to default to that option..
you just need to be sure that the air fryer is on, so you do need to turn it on manually but after that you can use the vesync to start the cooking. I talked to their customer service about this, they said to prevent the air fryer come on accidentally.
I tried that, went to the air fryer, pressed around the bottom middle of the screen, heard a beep, went to the app, all the way to the Cook Now button, and like you Lee also defaulted to Manual, and no luck. The app keeps telling me to press the Start button on the fryer directly.
Thought of checking Google to see if there would be any answers as to why I can't start the cooking process from within the app and found this article from PC Mag that confirms that, when using the app, you do have to press the Start button on the fryer's touch screen in order to start. Here's the link to the article if anyone wants to read up on it.
I'm wondering, for those of you who are able to start the cooking process from the app, which model of Cosori air fryer do you have and, stupid question, is your fryer's firmware and VeSync app up-to-date?
I don't have to do this on mine either, everything is up to date. Not sure of model but I got it when it first came out. Are there any models that have come out since perhaps? I also know others that are having this issue.
This happened only once when my husband used it without the app. Then after that it hasn't done that again. I can start it from the phone no problem.
I purchased the Cosori CS158-AF, so I'm not sure if this particular model is different and does require to press the Start button on the fryer's touch screen to start the process when initiating it from the VeSync app. I'd be curious, those of you who are able to start from the app, which model do you have?
I did email Cosori directly with my accessibility bugs I found and did ask about the inability to start the cooking process from the app, so who knows, they might be able to shed some light on my predicament.
Alright, so after getting a response from Cosori directly, I finally have my answer...
"As you have suggested, the air fryer must be turned on manually; this is a safety feature. As part of our compliance with UL Safety Standards, our units are not able to be turned on remotely. This is to prevent the risk of accidentally starting the unit unsupervised".
So that explains it I guess. It's not really a major issue and does make sense too. I just hope that they listen to my suggestions and keep that Start button at the bottom middle and find a way to mention it, perhaps in the manual, that they make mention of the button's location on the screen.
Hi, Ok that maybe true but based on this then once you use the machine for the first time this should never be a problem if you don't unplug it or manually turn it off. In otherwords after the first time the machine is always turned on when not in use. Then you can use the app without the start button. That must be how I've never had a problem as I've never turned it off again.
For my air fryer, I have to press the Start button on the touch screen every time. Granted, I haven't actually gone through the cooking process from start to finish, but every time I press "Cook Now" on the iOS app, the app keeps telling me to press the Start button on the fryer's touch screen, and when I do press it, the fryer starts up. When it starts, I can stop it from the app, but if I return back to the main screen of the app and try again, as before, the app tells me to press the Start button on the fryer's touch screen.
So either my model is setup this way, or this is how Cosori will be moving forward with all of their devices.
I do plan on actually cooking something this weekend, so who knows, the process might change, but I have a feeling that it will remain the same.
If this is a flaw in some models where the start button is not required I hope they don't find this post and fix it. :)
Sorry guys but this doesn't make any sense. If you read the blurb on the fryer it specifically says can be used from anywhere. i.E at work etc. Which obviously means no start button available. Plus what is the point of a start cooking button on the app if you then need to use another one. I'd take it back and ask in the shop what is going on and see if they can test with another fryer. Maybe you have a dodgy one.
Although it might be a tad annoying, I do understand their reasoning behind having users press on the fryer's touch screen.
If someone were to gain access to your account and happen to start your fryer while you were sleeping or away from the house, and not thinking about it, you placed the fryer near the wall, it could potentially be a fire hazard.
I don't think my fryer is deffective, I just think that's the way my particular model is designed. Besides, after asking Cosori directly, they responded.
So as much as a minor inconvenience not being able to start it from the phone is, I'd rather have to press on the fryer's touch screen to start if that gives me a bit of piece of mind.
Well, I can also say that it is odd that one needs to hit the start button on the air fryer after hitting start cooking in the VSync app. I have had two identical Cosori Smart Air Fryers. The first one quit working when I got a new router, and Cosori sent me a new one. The new one I have to hit the start button on the air fryer after hitting start cooking.