Best NuWave Air Fryers in 2023 (Review)

NuWave makes many different models of air fryers which can make it hard to recognize which one is the right one for you. In this article you will find which NuWave air fryers are the best, whether they meet your needs and how good or bad they really are.

#1 NuWave Brio 38006 15.5-Quart Air Fryer Oven

NuWave Brio 38006 is air fryer oven (other air fryer in this article are basket type) with a massive 15.5 quart capacity. It’s equipped with 1800 watt heating element.


NuWave Brio 15.5 quart air fryer works well. If you cook chicken it comes out juicy and tender on inside with crispy skin on outside. French fries are crispy too and onion rings are exceptional.

Of course NuWave Brio 15.5 quart air fryer works great for many other meals too and even reheating leftovers (they taste a great deal better than when reheated in microwave albeit they are not quite as good as fresh).

NuWave Brio 15.5 quart air fryer is also quite versatile with all the accessories it comes with like grill plate that leaves grill marks on steaks which is something you rarely get with an air fryer. Another unusual accessory is temperature probe which will comes in handy when cooking steaks or other meat dishes.

What is a bit more common is the rotisserie kit which will allow you to properly cook a small chicken or hen inside NuWave Brio 15.5 quart air fryer.

Cooking modes

NuWave Brio 15.5 quart air fryer has 5 cooking modes: warm, rotisserie, grill, stage and sear.


NuWave Brio 15.5 quart air fryer comes with cooking rack, mesh rack, drip tray, integrated temperature probe, rotisserie kit (including spit and basket) and grill plate accessories. Some of them could be a bit better made but overall quality isn’t too bad.

Control panel

Control panel is pretty much the same as on most other air fryers – you get display screen and touch sensitive buttons. Control panel is easy to use however some consumers have reported printings on the buttons wearing off over time.

Other features

Since this is an oven type air fryer it has a viewing window and a light that you can turn on to see how your food is cooking. It also has preheat function in case you want to preheat the air fryer before cooking (this often improves the results).

The front door is also removable which makes it easier to clean the air fryer (and the door itself too).


Out of all NuWave air fryers the 15.5 quart air fryer oven is certainly the best! It might be a bit on expensive side but it’s very versatile, doesn’t have any significant flaws and cooks well!

#2 NUWAVE BRIO 6-Quart Digital Smart Air Fryer

NUWAVE BRIO 6-quart air fryer is large enough to cook for 4 persons. It’s equipped with a powerful 1800 watt heating element and has selectable temperature range of 50°F to 400°F.


NUWAVE BRIO 6-quart air fryer does a good job of making food crispy without using any oil (even though if you spray a little bit then the food comes out even crispier). It works pretty well and food comes out tasting great. It also has a pretty powerful heating element for its size which means it warms up fast and cooks fast too.


NUWAVE BRIO 6-quart air fryer comes with fry pan basket, base tray, fry pan divider, fry pan basket net, digital probe and recipe book. With all these accessories it’s more versatile than majority of other similarly sized air fryers.

Control panel

Control panel consists of display screen and touch sensitive buttons. It’s rather easy to use however some consumers have reported writing on the buttons fading over time.

Possible issues

Quite a bit of consumers have had issues with nonstick coating peeling off. The most likely cause for this is either bad quality of nonstick coating or incorrect way of cleaning nonstick surfaces (you shouldn’t use any abrasive materials as it might damage the coating).

Some consumers also reported that their NUWAVE BRIO 6-quart air fryer stopped working after few months of use but this issue seems to be less common.

With that being said keep in mind majority of consumer feedback is positive so perhaps these issues aren’t too common.


You can select 3 different wattage settings (900, 1,500 or 1,800 watts) which is a pretty unique feature for an air fryer that can be useful if you plan to use it in RV or if you are a truck driver.


The initial impressions of NUWAVE BRIO 6-quart air fryer are good however some (but not all) of the long-term consumers have reported various issues. For this reason perhaps it’s worth to consider air fryers from other manufacturers too like Ninja, Cosori, GoWise USA, Chefman or Cuisinart.

#3 NUWAVE BRIO 3Q Air Fryer

NUWAVE BRIO 3Q is 3-quart large air fryer with 1300 watt heating element that can cook in temperatures ranging from 100°F to 400°F.


Results does vary when it comes to NUWAVE BRIO 3Q air fryer. It works great with some dishes like meat, poultry and fish however results can be less good with other types of food like onion rings or french fries.

Most of the time it cooks just fine however occasionally results can be less good than with other air fryers.

NUWAVE BRIO 3Q air fryer has 6 presets: fries, frozen fries, nuggets, steak, poultry and fish.

Control panel

NUWAVE BRIO 3Q air fryer is equipped with LCD display screen, indicator lights and buttons. It has buttons for adjusting temperature (can be adjusted in 5 degree increments) and cooking time as well 6 more: “On/Off”, “Start/Pause”, “Reheat” (warms food at 360°F for 4 minutes), “Preheat”, “Menu” (cycles through presets) and “Watts” (allows you to select the wattage input: either 600, 900 or 1300 watts).

There are two sets of indicator lights. One of the sets show chosen cooking mode whereas the other current wattage setting.


The overall built-quality isn’t terrible but NUWAVE BRIO 3Q air fryer does feel cheap. It doesn’t feel particularly sturdy or well made so it’s hard to predict how long it will last.


Overall NUWAVE BRIO 3Q is a mediocre air fryer. If you need 3-quart air fryer there are better options available.

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