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De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven review: Can this countertop oven replace multiple kitchen appliances?

The De'Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven is larger than most air fryers, meaning it's possible to prep larger batches of food at once.
The De'Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven is larger than most air fryers, meaning it's possible to prep larger batches of food at once.

Cooking food in a full-size oven isn’t always energy- or cost-effective. Smaller side dishes, like baked potatoes, can take as long as 90 minutes to cook (plus the time it takes to preheat the oven).

A countertop oven, though more energy-efficient, doesn't always have the same capabilities as its full-size counterpart.

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De'Longhi says that's why it designed its Air Fry Convection Oven, a countertop oven that's supposed to preheat up to 60 percent faster than a full-size oven and handle all the same cooking tasks and then some. As the name suggests, it also functions as an air fryer.

We wanted to see the Air Fry Convection Oven’s capacity as an oven and determine whether it could replace some other appliances, too. We ran this countertop oven through a series of tests to find out if it was capable of doing all that it claimed.

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How we tested the De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven

According to the company's advertising, De'Longhi has a lot to offer with its De'Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven. The unit is supposed to preheat significantly faster than a range oven and it has a "heat lock system" meant to maintain the oven's temperature more efficiently. Additionally, De'Longhi says this model can air fry with little to no oil to create "quick, crispy, golden results every time."

To see how well this model performed in all of those categories and more, we thoroughly tested each of the oven's nine functions with home cooks.

De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven features

The Air Fry Convection Oven is designed to be a compact and energy-efficient alternative to a full-size oven. It has nine presets — air fry, toast, bake, convection, broil/grill, warm, reheat, cookies, and pizza — that make it a little more versatile than the average oven.

It’s large enough to accommodate a 12-inch pizza, six to eight cookies, or up to six slices of toast at once. The low-end cooking temperature of this model is 175 degrees Fahrenheit. At the upper limits, the oven can reach 450 degrees Fahrenheit — the temperature typically needed for roasting, air frying, or broiling.

De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven setup

Setting up the Air Fry Convection Oven was simple and straightforward. The accompanying quick-start guide had clear, concise information on which type of rack or pan was needed for each function. Additionally, the guide pointed out the ideal position for each rack or pan, as these accessories must be positioned correctly to ensure even cooking results.

De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven presets

Off the bat, we confirmed that the De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven does indeed pre-heat impressively quickly — much more quickly than our full-size oven. To make sure the oven was capable of each of the nine functions promised, we tested them all. Here’s what we thought of each one.

De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven air frying mode

We tested the unit's air frying capabilities by cooking some potato wedges. To prepare, we tossed potato wedges in a small amount of olive oil, salt, and some seasoning. Then, we arranged them in the air fry basket, keeping enough room between them to allow the air to freely circulate. We cooked the wedges for 10 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit in rack position three, then flipped them to cook the other side for an additional 10 minutes.

The wedges had a crispy coating with a fluffy interior and didn’t taste greasy. While we did notice that the air fry function seemed to take a little longer to cook than a traditional air fryer, we were able to fit about double the amount of food in the basket — an acceptable tradeoff for our needs.

De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven toasting mode

Toasting is a fairly basic function that most countertop ovens and toasters can perform reasonably well. De'Longhi's Air Fry Convection Oven was no exception. It toasted both bread and frozen waffles evenly and to a desirable level of crispness. We appreciated how the time automatically adjusts depending on how many waffles or pieces of bread were in the oven.

De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven baking mode

To test the bake function, we cooked up some mixed fresh vegetables with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. We cooked the food at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes on each side, using the baking pan that came with the oven; this is approximately the same amount of time required by a full-size oven. We discovered that the oven baked very evenly, and despite the 20-minute cooking time, our kitchen didn’t heat up very much.

De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven convection cooking mode

We made mini frittatas with eggs, cream, cheese, and roasted broccoli. Preheating for this test took about five minutes. As with baking, convection cooking with the Air Fry Convection Oven took about the same amount of time as it would in a conventional oven, yet it didn't heat up the kitchen like our full-size oven does. The frittatas were cooked all the way through without being dried out.

De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven broiling and grilling mode

We used the broil/grill mode to cook some breakfast sausages. As recommended by De’Longhi, we placed the baking pan directly on top of the heating element at the bottom of the oven to serve as a drip pan. The sausages were done in roughly nine to 10 minutes.

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De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven warming mode

To test the warming feature, we simply kept the frittatas that we made warm. There were no issues and the frittatas didn't dry out.

De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven reheating mode

Next, we used some leftover tofu and veggies that we had in the refrigerator. It took about 10 minutes to heat them up in the Air Fry Convection Oven. The leftovers didn't dry out and they had a much better texture than they would have had if warmed up in the microwave.

De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven cookie mode

The package of cookies we had on hand required 14 to 17 minutes to cook. However, we discovered that the cookie preset only cooks for 12 minutes. To our surprise, the six cookies were completely done at the end of the 12-minute cycle. You do have to manually start the timer in this mode; in all other modes, the timer automatically starts after the oven has reached the required preheat temperature. While we used fresh dough, there is an option for frozen dough that increases the cooking time.

De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven pizza mode

For the final test, we cooked a 12-inch frozen pizza. The default preset is for frozen pizza, but you can cook fresh pizza just as easily. To cook the pizza, we moved the grill rack to the bottom level and used the enclosed pizza pan. At the end of the automatic cooking time, our pizza had a crispy crust and the cheese was melted evenly across the top.

De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven cost

The De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven is $249.95, which places it on the higher end of the price range for standard countertop convection ovens. However, due to the unit’s nine functions, this De’Longhi model can replace multiple appliances — making it an exceptional value. The oven also comes with a number of accessories, including an air frying basket, a baking pan, and a pizza pan.

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De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven heat lock system

One of the most impressive features of the Air Fry Convection Oven is its heat lock system. This feature not only helps hold the heat inside the oven, but it also helps keep your kitchen cooler while cooking. During our testing, we had the oven on for the entire day and didn’t experience a temperature rise in the kitchen — not even when the AC wasn’t running. Additionally, cleaning was easy: You can put everything in the dishwasher except the drip tray, air fry basket, and, the oven itself.

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De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven pros

This is a capable countertop oven that could replace both a toaster oven and an air fryer. It maintains heat exceptionally well, is easy to clean, and comes with a handy guide that outlines cooking times and rack positions for many popular foods. The Air Fry Convection Oven preheats quickly and we love that there are presets for cookies and pizza.

It features just two knobs, which makes operation remarkably easy. The large glass door coupled with the internal light allows you to check in on your food whenever you'd like.

De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven cons

Not so much a con as it is a tip: To get the rack in the bottom position, the oven door needs to open fully, which means the handle must completely clear the countertop.

Bottom line

The De'Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven is a versatile, easy-to-use countertop appliance that can do almost everything a full-size oven can do, but it only takes up a fraction of the space. The nine presets allow you to put together a meal without giving much thought to temperature settings or cook times. If you have a small kitchen or you simply want a cleaner, less cluttered kitchen, this device could effectively replace several appliances.

These opinions are our own but this review is sponsored by De’Longhi. BestReviews received financial compensation for our time to conduct in-depth testing of one or more of the product(s) mentioned in this article; however, our results remain objective and honest so as to help consumers make informed decisions.

Allen Foster is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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