Join us for the Delonghi Multifry Review.
What if I told you that there was an Air Fryer that you could use to not only cook healthier versions of your favorite fried foods, but also cook your favorite stews, veggie mix, and stir fries with…hands free!
Sounds too good to be true right? You have every right to be sceptical, but let me tell you, I’ve been using one of these babies for over two years. I have made everything from chicken wings to stir fry in this machine. I’m here to give you the lowdown on the Delonghi Multifry!
Right from the get go, you can see that the Delonghi Multifry looks different from the average Air Fryer. You can trust me on this one, It is!
The Multifry has the ability to not only air fry, but bake, grill, simmer, and automatically stir fry…all without added accessories. There simply is no other Air Fryer on the market that can match it’s versatility in the kitchen. However, as with all things in life, the Delonghi Multifry has it’s good and bad (it’s super loud for one!).
Let’s take an unbiased look and review of the Delonghi Multifry and find out if this is the best Air Fryer for your needs!
Brand: De’Longhi MultiFry
Current Price on Amazon: $211.99 (fh1363 largest model) $199.99 (fh1163)
Current Review/Score: 113 Reviews, Average score 4.2 out of 5 stars
Capacity: 60 0unces
Weight: 16 pounds
Controls: Analogue Dial for Temp, Removable Timer, On/0ff Power, On/Off bottom burner
Available Colors: Black/Gray with Clear Top
Included Accessories: Hard Cover Cookbook-Manual, Removable Stir Paddle
Manufacturers Warranty: No Warranty Implied. Site asks that you contact customer information for warranty info.
What Separates the Delonghi Multifry from Other Air Fryers?
When you get your first look at the Delonghi Multifry, your first reaction might be “what the heck is that thing?”. While most Air Fryers look like egg-shaped bubbles of plastic, the Multifry looks like a little spaceship readying for takeoff. The differences between the two are by no means only cosmetic.
Instead of a pullout style basket, the Multifry features a see-through lid at opens up from the top, revealing the large round cooking pan.
While many Air Fryers use a perforated basket to cook food with, the Multifry uses a large sealed pan. There is a nub in the middle of the pan that the paddle connects to. This can get in the way of cooking a few things, but in general, it’s not much of a problem.
Two Heating Sources
Instead of relying on the heated air from above to completely circulate your food, the Multifry has a bottom burner. This burner can be turned on and off independently of the main source of power coming from the top.
This gives the Multifry the ability to cook just about anything using the concept of Air Frying (circulated hot air). Without any extra accessories, you can fry your eggs, sausage, and bacon all at the same time. You can bake a cake or make up some homemade dough and cook a pizza.
If you are planning on grilling burgers for the fam or anything else with a lot of grease in it, I would recommend purchasing an inexpensive small grill grate. This will allow the extra grease to drop through and you’ll get a healthier burger for it.
Automatic Paddle Attachment
One of the more exciting aspects of the Delonghi Multifry is the removable automatic paddle (included in the box). The paddle allows you to cook stir fries, cheesy potatoes, meatballs…pretty much any dish that needs constant stirring, completely hands free. No other Air Fryer allows that kind of versatility.
Simply put, the Delonghi Multifry can do everything a normal Air Fryer can do, and far beyond. The catch is this…it doesn’t fry quite as well as my traditional Air Fryers. While my wings and other breaded creations certainly turn out tender and delicious, the multifry does not crisp them quite as well as, say, my Avalon Bay Air Fryer. I think this is an issue due to the given power of the heating element being a little smallish.
We’ll talk about all of that a little later when we take a look at the performance of this beast. For now, let’s find out how easy this thing is to actually use.
Controls and Ease of Use
The controls of the Multifry are pretty straight forward. There is an adjustable dial to choose your heat setting (power levels 1 -4, not actual temperature). The actual temperature ranges from around 150-400F. Sadly, there are no digitally controlled models of the Multifry available as of yet.
Unlike most Air Fryers, the Multifry uses an On/Off button to control the power. The timer is cleverly made to be removable, so you can take it with you and keep an eye on the time as your Air Fryer goes about it’s business.
As mentioned above, the Multifry has two power sources. There is a main burner at the top and a separate bottom burner. You can use either one independently of the other with the simple push of a button.
The clear lid used on the Multifry is nice because you don’t have to stop cooking to check your food. If you do choose to pop the lid to take a closer look at what’s going on in there, the power with be shut off automatically, and resume once it is closed again.
Overall, the Multifry is extremely easy to use, and I enjoy the removable timer design. The pan is dishwasher safe, so clean up is a breeze.
This is where the Multifry really shines. It’s huge! You can cook up to 3.7 pds of fries at once, which is about 7-8 people! You can actually fit a small turkey in the pan…it’s that big. The pan is big enough around to cook a 10 inch pizza.
With the paddle attached, you can cook large servings of foods like stir fries or stews. The paddle turns automatically, so all you have to do is set it and forget it (until the timer in your pocket goes off).
Your’e simply not going to find an Air Fryer that can cook so much food at one time. Unfortunately, the Multifry doesn’t cook quite as quickly as some of the other Air Fryers. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the overall performance of the Multifry.
If there is fairly sizable drawback of the Multifry, it’s that it is slightly under powered for it’s size. The main heating element at the top is 1400 watts. Compared to some of the larger high quality air fryers with 1700 watt power supplies, there is a little left to be desired in the power department. This means that your cooking times will be a little longer than they would be with a good quality traditional Air Fryer.
The bottom burner itself is 200 watts. I find that this bottom burner actually works in sync pretty well with the top burner when it’s on full power. I really love having a separate bottom burner, because you can and bake and Air Fry at the same time. I’ve gone so far as to cook a serving of boneless wings and fries along with a cookie for dessert, all at the same time. Try that with any other Air Fryer!
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, this Air Fryer is loud! Comparatively, it is about as loud as the exhaust fan on a microwave. I’m not sure why this machine is so loud compared to my other Air Fryers, but I just thought you should know! It doesn’t bother me that much, but if you’re concerned about that kind of thing, it’s something you should be aware of.
Overall, the Delonghi Multifry could definitely benefit from a power upgrade, but what’s there is definitely not a deal breaker. The ability to cook darn near anything in this machine far outweighs the little bit of patience you’ll have to exercise when using it.
If you need a little proof that the Multifry can actually fry foods like fried chicken (or even fried turkey), here’s my friend Booger to show you how it’s done with her Delonghi Multifry! The Shaker she uses is an awesome accessory called the Batter Pro.
The Delonghi Multifry is priced pretty competitively with the upper tier of quality Air Fryers. Amazon’s prices often float around, but at this moment, the largest version of the Multifry (FH1363) is priced at $211. The smaller FH1163 is $199.95. At this price, the Multifry is a good value, as I have no doubt that you will find an innumerable amount of uses with it.
The Run Down
The Delonghi company has been around for a long time and is well known for making a wide array of quality products. The Multifry is certainly no exception. The build quality and innovative features set it apart from other Air Fryers. The Multifry also comes with a very handsome hardcover recipe book, which is a nice touch.
The fact is, you can make just about anything in this Air Fryer. With the Multifry comes the confidence to try new recipes, perhaps dishes you never even considered trying with your traditional oven. That’s how life has been for me since I got my Multifry, anyway.
That being said, if I am looking to cook up a quick serving of wings and fries, I’ll fire up my Avalon Bay. For everything else, there’s the De’longhi Multifry! Let’s finish up with a quick look at pros and cons.
- Separate Top and Bottom Burners allow the cooking of just about anything you’re willing to throw in it
- Removable Automatic Paddle makes it possible to cook food that needs constant stirring hands free
- Large Capacity, cooking up 6-8 servings of fries at once (3.7 pounds)
- Removable timer – throw it in your pocket and go about your business until your food is done
- She’s a loud one…about as loud your microwaves exhaust fan
- A bit underpowered, resulting in slightly longer cooking times
Overall Score: A
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