Cosori Lite Air Fryer review

We love the shake reminder on this 3.8L smart air fryer that comes with easy-to-navigate pre-set and variable temperature controls

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The Cosori Lite Air Fryer is the most recent air fryer design launched by Chinese brand Cosori, which sells a wide selection of air fryers within its range.

We have recently reviewed the much larger capacity 6.4L Cosori Dual Blaze Smart Air Fryer in detail, which – like the Cosori Lite Air Fryer – also has smart functionality.

The Cosori Lite Air Fryer makes for a very different user experience, as its frame is far more compact and the capacity of the cooking basket smaller.

It may be smaller, but it still has a very impressive spec and includes a stylishly simple control panel with seven pre-set cooking functions and an above average variable temperature control. All of which has helped it gain a place in our best air fryers guide.

Cosori Lite 3.8 Litre air fryer reviewCredit: Exceptional
The Cosori Lite Air Fryer is compact, but still has an impressive spec
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Cosori Lite Air Fryer

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We found the compact design of the smart Cosori Lite Air Fryer a refreshing change from many of the bulky air fryer designs we’ve tried, and love its attractive ‘White Peach’ or ‘Truffle Grey’ finishes. While it doesn’t have as many pre-set cooking modes as your standard air fryer, its temperature range goes up to a hot 230°C, so there’s lots of scope to tailor your recipes and achieve crispy, golden results. The Shake button is also a useful addition, to nudge you effectively when it’s time to turn your food. And if you want to monitor your food remotely, you can pair the air fryer with its compatible VeSync app that comes with lots of useful features.

Design

Performance

Usability

Value


Who’s this for?

If space is tight on your kitchen worktop and all you need is a design that can cook around two portions or a large batch of chips, the Cosori Air Fryer Lite won’t disappoint. It’s unobtrusive on the worktop and can be easily stored in the corner of your kitchen – and perhaps even in a cupboard. Its control panel is easy to follow, and if you want to add remote control to monitor your food while in another room, you can pair it with its smart app loaded with inspirational recipe ideas.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Surprisingly roomy basket that fits up to three portions
  • Small and compact and looks good on the worktop
  • Comes with a smart app for remote monitoring and recipes
  • No viewing window
  • White Peach’ finish may get grubby over time
  • You can’t start the air fryer using the app

Expect to pay

RRP: £99.99 At the time of writing you’ll find the Cosori Smart Air Fryer online for £79.99 at Amazon. While at 3.8L (6.7 pints) it has a smaller-than-average capacity, we think this is a competitive price for an air fryer with smart app functionality.

Cosori Lite Air Fryer Review method

How we test

To find out just how evenly and successfully this air fryer performs, we used it to cook both sweet and savoury foods. This included a portion of frozen chips using no oil and a batch of chicken tenders seasoned in garlic and paprika.

We also used it to make these 10 minute air fryer kale chips and followed this recipe for air fryer chocolate cake.

Cosori Lite Air Fryer Setup

Easy to connect to the app

In the box comes the air fryer and a comprehensive user manual and quick start guide. 

Unlike the Dual Blaze, there’s no packing cardboard to remove from under the element of this Lite design. To set it up all we needed to do was plug it in, give the body a wipe down and simply wash the basket of the air fryer by hand before drying it and placing it back in the drawer ready to use.    

We reached for the quick start guide to get connected to the app so we could start using the air fryer’s smart controls straight away. It runs off the same VeSync app as the Cosori Dual Blaze 6.4L Smart Air Fryer and you can add more than one appliance to the app.

Cosori lite air fryer app set upCredit: Exceptional
The app is really easy to set up and you can even connect third-party devices such as Alexa

While we couldn’t use the app to start the air fryer, we could use it to monitor its progress from afar. You can also connect to third-party devices such as Google Assistant or Alexa and control the air fryer using your voice.

We found it very easy to connect the Cosori Lite Air Fryer to the VeSync app and were ready to browse the app’s library of recipes within minutes. For more inspiration, you can also join the Cosori Cooks Community on Facebook or find a dedicated air fryer recipe section on the Cosori website.

Cosori Lite Air Fryer Design

Small, but purposefully designed

Aesthetically, the Cosori Lite Air Fryer is one of the most stylish designs we’ve come across and it arrives in a choice of either ‘Truffle Grey’ or ‘White Peach’ finish to suit your kitchen scheme.

We tested the ‘White Peach’ version and admired the contrast of orange trim that lines the control panel and handle. The handle also comes with orange-coloured grooves that make it easy to grip and comfortable, while the basket slides out smoothly too. At just 32.5cm (12.8in) in height, the air fryer will neatly sit underneath your wall units. 

We think the manual control panel on the Cosori Lite Air Fryer is simply yet purposefully designed to include useful settings. These include a dedicated ‘Shake’ setting, a ‘Keep Warm’ setting and one for instant preheating. 

The control panel includes five pre-set cooking modes that, while handy, possibly aren’t the most obvious options. You can choose from ‘Chicken’, ‘Fries’, ‘Bacon’, ‘Steak’ and ‘Veggies’.

While it doesn’t have a ‘max crisp’, ‘bake’ or ‘dehydrate’ setting, it does offer a wide variable control range – from 75°C to 230°C (167°F to 446°F) – that you can easily tailor depending on whether you’re cooking sweet or savoury foods.

Cosori Lite Air Fryer Performance

Small, but mighty

While it’s smaller than your average air fryer, the Corsori Lite Air Fryer is designed to cook 30% faster than the original Cosori model.  

We found the temperature range to be wide – from 75°C to 230°C (167°F to 446°F) – and you can adjust it easily with the control panel or app. You can also set the cooking time up to an hour. 

Navigating the app was straightforward and we found it easy to monitor the progress of our food remotely.

While it was useful to see how long there was left to cook, we couldn’t make adjustments in the app while the air fryer was cooking without turning the cycle off and starting it again. For safety reasons, the app doesn’t allow you to start the cooking cycle remotely either, so you’ll need to be on hand to get the air fryer set up and working.  

Cosori lite air fryer app showing cooking timesCredit: Exceptional
While you can’t use the app to start the air fryer, you can use it to monitor its progress

Before cooking a recipe in the air fryer, there’s a ‘Pre Heat’ setting you can use to warm up the machine. We liked the simplicity of being able to press this and heat the machine up for four minutes at 205°C (401°F).

We were also particularly pleased to see a dedicated ‘Shake’ button on board. We pressed it at the start of the cycle and the air fryer beeped five times mid-cooking cycle to remind us that it was time to check and shake our food. There’s also a ‘Keep Warm’ setting that you can press at the start of the cycle, although you can’t use both the ‘Shake’ setting and ‘Keep Warm’ setting at the same time. 

To see how well the air fryer cooks, we used it to make chicken tenders, cook frozen fries, make air fryer kale crisps and bake a chocolate cake.

To start, we placed 450g (1lb) of frozen crinkle cut chips into the air fryer drawer, with no added oil, and pressed the Fries setting. This suggested 15 minutes at 200°C (392°F) and while we checked in on the fries when the ‘Shake’ setting reminded us, the end results were a little too crispy for our liking.

We tried again, reducing the cooking time to 13 minutes, which is just when the chips started to crisp.

Chips cooked in the Cosori Lite Air FryerCredit: Exceptional
We had to adjust the cooking time slightly as the chips came out slightly too crispy for our liking

Our next task was to cook a batch of naked chicken tenders, seasoned in oil, garlic and paprika. We chose the ‘Chicken’ setting, which rather randomly suggested 13 minutes at 210°C (410°F).

This seemed to work well for this small portion for two, and the chicken came out nicely browned after the allotted time and not too dry. 

Chicken tenders cooked in the Cosori Lite Air FryerCredit: Exceptional
The chicken tenders came out nice and brown after 13 minutes in the air fryer

To find out how well it could handle vegetable crisps, we followed a recipe for air fryer kale chips.

After washing and drying the kale – and spraying it with olive oil and sprinkling with sea salt – we loaded it in a single layer in the basket.

We placed it on 190°C (374°CF) for four minutes, and while it came out evenly cooked, it didn’t look or taste too appetising.

We wouldn’t say this is a fault of the air fryer, but just the fact that air fryer kale chips are an acquired taste. The recipe suggests seasoning with herbs and spices after cooking if you want to add more flavour, but we decided to give that a miss.

Kale cooked in the Cosori Lite Air FryerCredit: Exceptional
We don’t think we’ll be making kale chips in the air fryer again!

Our final test was to make air fryer chocolate cake.

The recipe calls for air frying for 10 minutes at 180°C (356°F) and then reducing to 160°C (320°F) for the final 25 minutes. As the cake tin was considerably smaller than the one in the recipe we decided to try 180°C (356°F) for 10 minutes and drop down to 160°C (320°F) for the final 15.

When the cycle ended we checked in on the centre of the cake using a knife and while the exterior had nicely risen and cooked, the inside was still wet. Another eight minutes in the air fryer seemed to fix this and even things out.

As we found out, it’s important to remember to take the crisper plate out of the drawer before placing the cake tin inside. The crisper plate is grooved and will make the base uneven and topple the cake tin over, which is what happened to us. Taking it out also gives the cake more room to rise. 

Chocolate cake made in the Cosori lite air fryerCredit: Exceptional
The chocolate cake rose nicely in the air fryer

Cosori Lite Air Fryer Usability

Quietly impressive

We really enjoyed using the Cosori Lite Air Fryer and found it easy to wash after use. Both the basket and crisper plate are dishwasher-safe if you’d prefer a shortcut to cleaning.

The control panel can get quite dirty from fingerprints, but these marks can be easily buffed off regularly with a damp cloth. If you opt for the ‘White Peach’ design, it may be more susceptible to marks over time than the ‘Truffle Grey’ option.

For more advice on cleaning, read our how to clean an air fryer feature. 

We found the handle remained cool to touch while in use, but the sides of the air fryer can naturally get a little hot, but not worryingly so.

We were impressed with how quietly this air fryer operates too, and measured it at a 57.8 decibels with the Decibel Meter App. In comparison, we measured the larger Cosori Dual Blaze 6.4L Smart Art Fryer at around the 65.5dB mark.

Cosori Lite Air Fryer Value

Smart app capability at a great price

We have yet to find a sub-£100 air fryer that offers smart app capability, and for this reason we think the Cosori Lite Air Fryer is excellent value for money.

The ‘Shake’, ‘Keep Warm’ and ‘Pre Heat’ settings are also handy extras.

To get the best value from your air fryer, just remember to check that the 3.8L (6.7-pint) capacity basket will suit the number of people you’re cooking for.

Cosori Lite Air Fryer Competition

Other budget air fryers under £100

You will struggle to find a four-litre (seven-pint) air fryer online that has the smart app capability of the Cosori Lite Air Fryer.

Tower T17067 air fryer

The four-litre (seven-pint) Tower T17067 air fryer is online at a discounted and very reasonable £49.99 (at time of writing), and while it’s compact and easy to navigate, it doesn’t have smart control and its temperature is limited to 200°C.

Featured product

Tower T17067 air fryer

RRP: £64.99

Tower T17067 air fryer
Tower T17067 Vortx Digital 4L Air FryerCredit: Tower
The Tower T17067 Vortx Digital 4L Air Fryer is a bargain for £49.99

Karaca Air Pro Cook XL 2-in-1 Air Fryer

For a similarly stylish finish and size to the Cosori Lite Air Fryer, you could try the four-litre (seven-pint) Karaca Air Fryer that is currently discounted to under £100 at Amazon, and comes in a choice of colours including ‘Ruby’ and ‘Starlight’ as well as grey.

Featured product

Karaca Air Pro Cook XL 2-in-1 air fryer

RRP: £129.95

Karaca Air Pro Cook XL 2-in-1 air fryer
Karaca Air Pro Cook XL 2-in-1 Air Fryer with stew potCredit: Exceptional
The Karaca Air Fryer comes in a stylish bright red shade

If you’ve got your heart set on smart control, both the Philips Essential XL Connected HD9280/91 air fryer and the Cosori Dual Blaze 6.4L Smart air fryer are options to consider – although they are considerably larger in design compared to the Lite and more expensive as well.

Cosori Lite Air Fryer Final verdict

Simple to use and a great price

The maximum temperature on this smart air fryer is 230°C, which we think is ideal for creating that crispy, fried finish you can only get with a deep fryer.

We really enjoyed the simple control panel settings that came in very useful when cooking chicken, chips and cake. The ‘Shake’, ‘Keep Warm’ and ‘Pre Heat’ settings are a particularly clever design call. 

While we think the smart app is a rather superfluous addition – as you can’t actually start the machine remotely – it does come loaded with lots of inspirational recipes that may just come in handy when you’re stuck for ideas on what to cook on a rainy Wednesday. 

Recommended

Cosori Lite Air Fryer

Budget

We found the compact design of the smart Cosori Lite Air Fryer a refreshing change from many of the bulky air fryer designs we’ve tried, and love its attractive ‘White Peach’ or ‘Truffle Grey’ finishes. While it doesn’t have as many pre-set cooking modes as your standard air fryer, its temperature range goes up to a hot 230°C, so there’s lots of scope to tailor your recipes and achieve crispy, golden results. The Shake button is also a useful addition, to nudge you effectively when it’s time to turn your food. And if you want to monitor your food remotely, you can pair the air fryer with its compatible VeSync app that comes with lots of useful features.

Design

Comes in a smooth and stylish white or grey finish, has an easy-to-read display and isn’t too bulky on the worktop.

Performance

As well as having smart control, this air fryer is powerful and can cook on high heats up to 230°C, for a fast, crispy finish.

Usability

Dishwasher-safe parts make the basket and crisper plate easy to clean, although the body of the ‘White Peach’ finish may be more prone to getting dirty from fingerprints and general kitchen mess over time.

Value

A smart app on this eye-catching design makes its sub-£100 price tag great value. But it’s important to remember that it does offer a smaller capacity basket compared to other smart air fryers we’ve reviewed.


Who’s this for?

If space is tight on your kitchen worktop and all you need is a design that can cook around two portions or a large batch of chips, the Cosori Air Fryer Lite won’t disappoint. It’s unobtrusive on the worktop and can be easily stored in the corner of your kitchen – and perhaps even in a cupboard. Its control panel is easy to follow, and if you want to add remote control to monitor your food while in another room, you can pair it with its smart app loaded with inspirational recipe ideas.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Surprisingly roomy basket that fits up to three portions
  • Small and compact and looks good on the worktop
  • Comes with a smart app for remote monitoring and recipes
  • No viewing window
  • White Peach’ finish may get grubby over time
  • You can’t start the air fryer using the app

Expect to pay

RRP: £99.99 At the time of writing you’ll find the Cosori Smart Air Fryer online for £79.99 at Amazon. While at 3.8L (6.7 pints) it has a smaller-than-average capacity, we think this is a competitive price for an air fryer with smart app functionality.

Cosori Lite Air Fryer Specs

Dimensions 32.5cm x 27.5cm x 37.6cm (12.8in x 10.8in x 14.8in)
Weight 5.68‎kg (12lb 8oz)
Wattage 1500w
Pre-set functions Chicken, Fries, Bacon, Steak, Veggies, Pre Heat, Shake, Keep Warm
Capacity 3.8L (6.7 pints)
Emily Peck

Written by Emily Peck

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During her 20+ years as a lifestyle journalist, Emily has held inhouse positions as features editor at Ideal Home and a features writer at the BBC. A freelancer for Saga, she regularly writes for publications including Livingetc, GQ, Ideal Home, The Telegraph, Tom’s Guide, TechRadar and Wired to name a few. She covers everything from design and interiors, gardens and food, to fitness and health.