Are you looking for an air fryer for your small family that will be a little larger than the usual size? In this article, I am going to review BELLA 2.6-quart air fryer 14538 that will be just perfect for you if you are budget concern as well. I am going to compare the important feature of this popular air fryer with other similar models so that you have a clear vision about it. Therefore, after the read, it will help you decide whether this BELLA air fryer will be a good option for you or not.
Specifications – BELLA 2.6-Quart Air Fryer
|Model||BELLA 2.6 QT Air Fryer 14538|
|Dimension (inches)||14.17 x 11.42 x 13.19|
|Temperature Range||175°F to 400°F|
Capacity – The capacity of the basket of this BELLA air fryer is 2.6 quarts. A basket of this size is suitable for cooking foods for 2 persons in a single batch. However, you may also cook for 3 persons they compromise the quantity a little bit. The majority of the competitors have a basket around 2 quarts. Therefore, it is a good feature of BELLA.
|BELLA Air Fryer 14538||2.6 qt|
|Elite Platinum EAF-8061||2.1 qt|
|Chefman TurboFry 2 Quart||2 qt|
|BLACK+DECKER HF110SBD||2.1 qt|
Weight and dimension – The weight and dimension of this BELLA 2.6-quart air fryer are 9.73 lbs and 14.17 x 11.42 x 13.19 inches consecutively. Comparing these with the nearest competitors, I find the BELLA has an average size and weight. Therefore, even though the basket size is more, it is still suitable for a small kitchen. But as it is not the most compact air fryer in the market, I will not recommend it for portability.
Temperature range – BELLA 14538 model has an average temperature that is expected from a basic small air fryer. The highest temperature you get with it is 400°F which is good enough for cooking in grilling, roasting, and baking mode other than air frying. With the lowest temperature of 175°F, you can prepare vegetable and fruit chips. Dehydration other than meat and fish will not be possible. It is suitable for cooking golden brown French fries, chicken nuggets, and onion rings without excessive fat.
Control Panel – BELLA 2.6-quart air fryer has a manual control panel with a separate dial knob for setting the temperature and time. You can set the time up to 60 minutes. It is an advantage over many other small air fryers where you can select the timer up to 30 minutes only. Overall, the control panel is simple and easy to operate.
Basket property – The 2.6-quart basket of this BELLA air fryer is almost square. It is better than a round shaped basket in terms of capacity. When you will cook a large chunk of food, such as a whole chicken, then a square food basket will accommodate the food more easily than a circular basket. The basket can hold up to 2.2 lbs of food in a single batch.
Pros and cons – BELLA Air Fryer – 14538
What I liked
The food basket of BELLA 2.6-quart air fryer is larger than the usual size. It is dishwasher safe as well. Therefore, it is easy to clean. It has a powerful heating element with a wattage of 1500W. It means it can cook faster. Below is the comparison of wattage with similar models.
|BELLA Air Fryer 14538||2.6 qt||1500W|
|Elite Platinum EAF-8061||2.1 qt||1000W|
|Dash Compact Air Fryer DCAF150GBRD02||2 qt||1000W|
|BLACK+DECKER HF110SBD||2.1 qt||1200W|
Additionally, this air fryer is integrated with circular heat technology that ensures quick and even heat distribution.
Cons but not a dealbreaker
The food basket is not non-sticky. Therefore, you may need to use cooking spray to prevent the food from sticking. It does not have a digital control panel. However, elderly persons may like it for simplicity, but the tech-savvy persons may prefer an advanced control panel. If you like a similar air fryer with a digital display, you may see Philips 2.75-quart air fryer. But it will cost you more.
What it is good for
BELLA 2.6-quart air fryer is a suitable choice for the person who is looking for a small air fryer with a little larger food basket. It is also a suitable choice for persons with a limited budget. It will serve you with the basic air frying options such as grilling, baking, and roasting. Therefore, if you expect some advanced options such as toasting, rotisserie, and broiling, then you may look for air fryers that cost around 200.
Do you have enough idea about this BELLA air fryer? Let me know in the comments. If you find this article helpful, you may share it with others. What I always suggest to my readers – do not decide too fast. You should first ask yourself what is your need. Then find all available options and choose the best one as per your budget.