Is the $50 TikTok-Trending Dash Tasti-Crisp Air Fryer Worth the Hype?

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Air frying has become all the rage these days, with at-home cooks suddenly throwing everything from French fries to their Thanksgiving turkeys right into the air fryer. With speed and restaurant-style quality, it's no wonder these powerful appliances have become a kitchen staple, but the question still remains: How much should you spend on one?

In the latest episode of PureWow's Take My Money YouTube series, creator Pascale tests the $50 Dash Tasti-Crisp Air Fryer that's been trending all over TikTok and Pinterest, and she determines whether this viral device is really worth it. Available in six different colors—black, white, gray, teal, aqua and red—this 2.6qt air fryer has over 19k 5-star reviews on Amazon. So is this a good deal? Check out the video below to find out.

In the clip, Pascale tests out the trendy device with three different food categories: breakfast, drunk snacks and dessert.

For breakfast, she attempts to hard boil eggs and fry crispy bacon, and both turn out successful, with the eggs getting cooked all the way through and the bacon turning out just right (without the need for preheating, as she points out).

Next, Pascale makes mini pizzas as her “drunk snacks,” and these turn out equally delicious, with the cheese perfectly melty and the edges crisped. She notes that if you want the bottom of the dough to be a little crispier, then it might help to put that in for five minutes before adding the toppings, but otherwise Pascale was pleased.

Finally, the last test was dessert, where Pascale cooked homemade fried Oreos. By quickly wrapping the Oreos in dough and dousing them in a splash of butter, the treats came out evenly cooked, and were made even tastier with a dusting of powdered sugar.

When the moment of truth came for Pascale to determine whether the Dash Tasti-Crisp Air Fryer was worth it, she said, “Y-E-S.” In her explanation, the creator said, “It is worth around $50. It is easy to use, it is versatile and on top of it, you don't need oil to cook with this [device]. So it is a win-win.”

Pascale did point out that the one con of the fryer was the size of the tray, saying, “It is just a little too small, so you can't cook for groups of people.” But she added, “If you're cooking for yourself, you're good to go.” On the PureWow100 scale, Pascale gave the air fryer an impressive score of 90 out of 100.

We will definitely be picking up one of these for ourselves.


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Joel is the former Associate Editor for News & Entertainment and has been reporting on all things pop culture for over 5 years. Before working at PureWow, he served as a...