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Martin Lewis warns anyone using air fryers instead of ovens

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Money saving expert Martin Lewis has issued a warning to those considering swapping their ovens for air fryers. The financial expert has often been asked about this move into kitchen appliances, especially since many invested in Ninja and Tower air fryers during the Black Friday sale.

These appliances are marketed on the basis that they are more efficient than traditional ovens, and some even plan to prepare their Christmas dinner in them. However, during an appearance on ITV’s This Morning, Martin expressed doubts about the energy saving claims, reports Wales Online.

He said: “I heard you say on the show that someone was going to cook Christmas dinner in an air fryer. Is that correct? If that’s being done for energy reasons, I would be a little skeptical that that’s a good idea.”

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Martin continued, “If it’s about the taste, I don’t want to get involved. I mean, the advantage of an oven is that you cook a lot for a lot of people, and you can fill all the racks and If you turn your air fryer 15 times for different items, generally because of energy consumption, you’re better off using an oven it’s an interesting thought.”

Martin then looked at the financial side of cooking meals. He said: “If you cook a baked potato for 10 minutes it will be much cheaper (in the microwave) than putting a single potato in its skin on in the oven and leaving it for an hour and a half. But if you were to do that while you were doing a full roast dinner and you were cooking a lot of it, that’s where it’s probably cheaper than putting five or six jacket potatoes in the microwave because every extra item you put in the microwave you have to leave it longer ​​because a microwave simply heats the individual object.”

Martin then said that the general comparison people should look at is to find the wattage of an item. From here, people need to “work out how many kilowatts or what fraction of a kilowatt it uses, and then multiply that by 34p per hour of use.”

He said this should be done when comparing air fryers and halogen stoves. He said: “If you had a 1000W microwave and turned it on for ten minutes, one kWh for a sixth of an hour, then a sixth of 34 pence is about 6 pence, shall we say? So it’s 6 pence if you take the microwave for that amount of time. So yes, it is a very useful comparison.”