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...a Barrel-type airfryer (GoWise) 5.8 qt good sized air fryer, had it a couple years and have done several cooks in it, and turned out well. How much better is an air fryer 360 - type unit than that? Worth spending the extra money for it? The present one works just fine!


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No dollars spent vs dollars spent goes a long way in terms of a rational argument :-)


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I'd imagine the main difference would be size and the amount of food you can air fry at one time. Seems a lot of the guys who got 360's are finding new ways to use them all the time and producing some great cooks. Myself, I don't have the counter space for a air fryer so as often as I'm going to make fried skinless, boneless chicken or rockfish I'll keep using the pots and pans. RAY

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Same here the 360 just does better then my Nu-wave barrel style unit.


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Imo the barrel style does more fries,tatter tots ,etc. but gives more space for the meats

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How much better is an air fryer 360 - type unit than that? Worth spending the extra money for it?
I am a huge proponent of the 360. I had a barrel type air fryer and used it primarily for fries. There just wasn't a way to layer food in the basket so I was very limited in what I could cook or the amount of food it would hold. I believe I've seen some units that have stack-able shelves that you can put in the basket but never found any for the unit I had. I love this 360 and find it's well worth the additional money. I've been able to do so much more with this one than I did with the previous unit. When you factor in the versatility, that equates to "value" because you can do so much more with the 360, which IMHO makes the 360 a far better value.



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We chose a 360 style over a barrel type for the multi functional aspect.
Plus I like that you can twirl a bird and cook pizzas in the 360 style air fryer/ovens.
You also don't need to flip and shake fries and such either.
And they don't heat up the kitchen as much as a regular oven does.

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