Honest Review of the Hanabishi Air Fryer – Is It Really Worth the Hype?

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All the Benefits of Fried Foods Without the Oil Using The Hanabishi Air Fryer

Have you been hearing all the buzz about air fryers but aren’t sure if it’s worth investing in one for your family? Maybe you ended up here because you read my Guide For The Best Air Fyers in The Philipppines article. As a mom trying to cook healthy meals for my family, I was skeptical at first too. But after trying out my first Hanabishi air fryer a couple of years ago, I’m now a total convert. In fact, I can’t shut up about it.

In this Hanabishi Hafeo Air Fryer 30 L review, I’ll share my experience cooking a variety of foods in the Hanabishi including proteins, veggies, and even desserts to see if it truly lives up to the hype. Spoiler alert: it absolutely does! By the end, I think you’ll be as excited as I am about this kitchen gadget.

What is an Air Fryer Anyway?

In case you’re new to air fryers, they use hot air (instead of oil) to cook foods until they’re crispy on the outside while staying moist on the inside. The Hanabishi Air Fryer is a model that heats up to 400°F and has a large 30 Liter capacity letting you cook enough food for the whole family at once.

It works by rapidly circulating hot air around the food using its fan system. This makes the surface of the food extra crispy similar to deep frying without being greasy or unhealthy. I was amazed at how close the results were to traditional fried recipes but using almost no oil at all.

Easy Cleanup and Cooking

I’m really loving having an efficient all in one cooker like the Hanabishi. First of all, the 30 liter capacity is perfect for my family of 4. I was able to make a whole chicken, 12″ pizza, fries, veggies – you name it. Most air fryers I’ve seen top out around 5-6 liters so this was a nice treat. Everything came out crispy on the outside and juicy inside.

I was impressed by the Hanabishi’s programmed settings. I loved being able to bake, broil, air fry, toast and more all in one machine. As someone who juggles a lot of tasks daily on the island, having different functions in one compact countertop appliance is so handy. My kids have fun using the easy press knob to make toast too.

One thing I love most about the Hanabishi versus deep frying is how little mess it makes. Since very little to no oil is involved, there’s no grease splattering everywhere or pots of oil to dispose of. Just a simple wipe down is all that’s needed after each use. Cleaning is a breeze since the non-stick basket, pan and tray. With 6 stainless steel elements, it heats quickly and evenly without causing a mess.

The temperature range of 65-230 degrees Celsius covers all my cooking needs perfectly. Being able to adjust as needed resulted in fantastic homemade meals and treats. I even used it for overnight rise baking of bread!

Cooking in the air fryer is also incredibly easy and hands-off. You just season and toss your ingredients into the basket, set the time and temperature, and press start. Then you’re free to do other things while it cooks. No need to monitor it or flip things over like other cooking methods.

Quiet operation is another plus since noisy kitchen appliances can disrupt naps for little island munchkins. This one runs smoothly without disturbance. The quality construction and accessories make it supremely convenient for my home cooking needs. It’s definitely becoming my go-to for healthy homemade comfort foods.

The Easiest Way to Cook with the Hanabishi Air Fryer

To really put the Hanabishi through its paces, I cooked a variety of foods from proteins to veggies to see what worked best.

Air Fryer Chicken wings: These were insanely crispy and juicy! Just 20 minutes at 400°F and they were perfectly cooked throughout with incredibly crispy skin.

Air Fryer Chicken Feet: Amazing dimsum chicken feet without the frying splatters.

French fries: As good if not better than fast food fries. So crispy on the outside yet fluffy inside. Only needed about 15 minutes at 380°F.

Air Fryer Crispy Pork Belly:

Air Fryer Pok Katsudon:

Air Fryer Rolled Lechon Belly:

Vegetables: Onions, tomatoes, potatoes, and carrots all came out baked and caramelized from only 10-15 minutes of air frying.

Fish: Dory, bangus, and salmon fillets were moist and flaky, taking just 12 minutes at 380°F. The skin got super crispy without any oil.

Desserts: Doughnuts, chocolate cakes, cookies, and Maya Oven Toaster mixes were amazing in 8-10 minutes. Even the kids loved them.

Misc: Onion rings, spring rolls, tater tots all fried up perfectly with little mess or oil. Great for entertaining too.

Benefits for Healthier Eating

As a mother, I’m always trying to find ways to make meals healthier for my kids. The Hanabishi air fryer has been a total game changer in that department. By eliminating most of the oil typically used for deep frying, I can indulge my family’s favorite crispy foods while feeling better about the ingredients.

Many recipes have up to 75% less fat than their deep fried counterparts. And unlike baking which can leave things soggy, the air circulation makes things super crispy. It’s a win-win since my kids still think they’re getting “fried” foods without the guilt. Overall, I think the Hanabishi pays for itself in health benefits alone.

Easy to Clean and Compact Size

One thing I really appreciate about the Hanabishi versus a full-size conventional or countertop oven is its compact size. It takes up very little kitchen real estate but can still cook enough food for a family. It’s smaller than a full size oven but bigger than the regular air fryers which is so frustrating to cook on if you’re serving a family.

And as mentioned, cleanup is a breeze since there’s minimal oil splatters or grease residue compared to deep frying. Just wiping down the removable non-stick basket and inner lining after each use is all that’s needed for easy cleanup.

The basket, drawer, and surfaces are also all dishwasher safe for an even quicker wipe down. This makes it simple to maintain which I love as a busy mom. No labor intensive deep cleaning required.

Worth the Investment

If you’re on the fence about buying an air fryer, I hope my honest review of the Hanabishi has convinced you of its value. As someone who was skeptical at first, I can confidently say it has become one of our most used appliances.

My family reaches for it multiple times a week and we’ve gotten so many delicious, crispy, baked, or even rotiserie meals out of it. Considering it has replaced deep frying entirely and has even converted us away from take-out on busy nights, I feel it’s paid for itself many times over.

It’s especially been worth it living far from the big supermarkets here in the Philippines. I don’t have to worry as much about finding cooking oils or other staples and can prepare delicious meals no matter what ingredients I have on hand. That peace of mind alone has made this appliance a worthwhile investment for our home.

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