NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1123, Tuesday, July 16

It’s time for your guide to today’s Wordle answer, featuring my commentary on the latest puzzle, plus a selection of hints designed to help you keep your streak going.

Don’t think you need any clues for Wordle today? No problem, just skip to my daily column. But remember: failure in this game is only ever six guesses away.   

Want more word-based fun? My Quordle today page contains hints and answers for that game, and you can also take a look at my NYT Strands today and NYT Connections today pages for my verdict on two of the New York Times’ other brainteasers. 

SPOILER WARNING: Today’s Wordle answer and hints are below, so don’t read on if you don’t want to see them.

Wordle hints (game #1123) – clue #1 – Vowels

How many vowels does today’s Wordle have?

Wordle today has vowels in two places*.

* Note that by vowel we mean the five standard vowels (A, E, I, O, U), not Y (which is sometimes counted as a vowel too). 

Wordle hints (game #1123) – clue #2 – first letter

What letter does today’s Wordle begin with?

The first letter in today’s Wordle answer is D.

D is the ninth most common starting letter in the game, so maybe slightly less likely than you might expect. 

Wordle hints (game #1123) – clue #3 – repeated letters

Does today’s Wordle have any repeated letters?

There are no repeated letters in today’s Wordle.

Repeated letters are quite common in the game, with 748 of the 2,309 Wordle answers containing one. However, it’s still more likely that a Wordle doesn’t have one.

Wordle hints (game #1123) – clue #4 – ending letter

What letter does today’s Wordle end with?

The last letter in today’s Wordle is Y.

Y is the second most common ending letter in the game, behind only E. In total, 364 Wordle answers end with a Y.

Wordle hints (game #1123) – clue #5 – last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here’s an extra one for game #1123.

  • Today’s Wordle answer is used to lure something into a trap.

If you just want to know today’s Wordle answer now, simply scroll down – but I’d always recommend trying to solve it on your own first. We’ve got lots of Wordle tips and tricks to help you, including a guide to the best Wordle start words.

If you don’t want to know today’s answer then DO NOT SCROLL ANY FURTHER BECAUSE IT IS PRINTED BELOW. So don’t say you weren’t warned!


Today’s Wordle answer (game #1123)

Wordle answer for game 1123 on a green background

(Image credit: New York Times)

  • NYT average score: 3.8
  • My score: 4
  • WordleBot’s score: 3
  • Best start word performance*: CRATE, CARTE (16 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: BOXER (69)

* From WordleBot’s Top 20 start words


Today’s Wordle answer (game #1123) is… DECOY.

This is a relatively simply Wordle that has the classic consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel-consonant format. Or does it? Well, Y sometimes acts as a vowel and sometimes as a consonant. Here, it’s more like a vowel sound, but writing this column (and particularly giving people hints) would be far more complicated if I used it in both ways, so I’ll always refer to it as a consonant, incorrect though that might technically be.

Anyway, none of that is all that relevant to the overall discussion of this game, because as my analysis of every Wordle answer shows Y is the second most common ending letter, so it’s not noteworthy here. In fact, none of the five letters are; they’re all relatively common overall (or very common in some cases) and relatively/very common in their particular slots within DECOY.

The upshot is that this is a humdrum Wordle answer with none of the drama of a word like JIFFY or even SWOON. It has an average score of 3.8, resulted in some good start words, and is unlikely to lead to many failures.

I had to settle for a four, mostly because my first guess, BOXER, was a fairly unlucky choice and left 69 possible solutions. In contrast, CRANE, WordleBot’s favorite, left only 21. I followed that with STOLE, which was again unlucky – WordleBot awarded me 93/99 for skill, but 8/99 for luck.

I still had a dozen possibles left for my third guess, according to WordleBot, and found just over half of them myself: DEMON, VENOM, DECOY, ENJOY, ENVOY, GECKO and OCEAN. 

Of those, DEMON was a good choice because it would almost guarantee me a 4/6 at worst; I might have had a 50/50 between ENJOY/ENVOY, but decided that was a risk worth taking. 

As it happened, it did leave me a 50/50 – but not that one. Unknown to me, DEFOG was also an option, but I’d missed that in my deliberations and so played DECOY in blissful ignorance. It turned out to be right, so I scored another four.    

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Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #1122)

In a different time zone where it’s still Monday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #1122, too.

  • Wordle yesterday had vowels in two places.

* Note that by vowel we mean the five standard vowels (A, E, I, O, U), not Y (which is sometimes counted as a vowel too). 

  • The first letter in yesterday’s Wordle answer was S.

S is the most common starting letter in the game, featuring in 365 of Wordle’s 2,309 answers. In fact, it’s almost twice as likely to begin an answer as the next most common starting letter, C.

  • There were repeated letters in yesterday’s Wordle.

Repeated letters are quite common in the game, with 748 of the 2,309 Wordle answers containing one. However, it’s still more likely that a Wordle doesn’t have one.

  • The last letter in yesterday’s Wordle was N.

N is a pretty common ending letter in Wordle: it’s the seventh most likely in that position and features in 130 solutions. 

Still looking for more Wordle hints? Here’s an extra one for game #1122.

  • Yesterday’s Wordle answer is to faint.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #1122)

Wordle answer for game 1122 on a green background

(Image credit: New York Times)

  • NYT average score: 4.1
  • My score: 4
  • WordleBot’s score: 3
  • Best start word performance*: SAINT (19 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: DRUNK (219)

* From WordleBot’s Top 20 start words


Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #1122) was… SWOON.

I’ve got a pretty poor record with –OO games. My one failure, which came while I was using the Wordle Archive to catch up on the early games I’d missed, was on WOOER (which I maintain is a stupid word). I’ve also scored fives on LOOPY, BOOZY, BOOZE, IGLOO, DROOP and BROOK, although there have been plenty of fours in there too.

SWOON is by no means the hardest with that double-O format, coming in at an average score of 4.1 according to WordleBot. It’s probably helped by the fact that it starts with an S – which as my analysis of every Wordle answer shows is by far the most common starting letter. 

Start words that began with an S were therefore among the best today, although very few were very successful even so. SAINT was the pick of them, leaving 19 options, but among those that are regularly played, SLATE (71) and STARE (80) were not too bad. 

DRUNK, which my random word generator served up, was particularly unhelpful, giving me only a yellow N and leaving 219 possible solutions. But I got lucky with my second guess, which cut that to eight. I went with SNAIL, reasoning that, yes, S is a very likely letter at the start, and including three other common letters in A, I and L. 

That gave me the green S, but kept the N yellow, which meant it was likely to go at the end of the word. On my shortlist were SHEEN, SHOWN, SEVEN, SPOON and SWOON, plus SENSE – but I missed SYNTH and SYNCH.

SHOWN was an obvious choice next, because as well as potentially being the answer it would guarantee me a 4/6 unless I’d missed a word or two. Obviously I had missed some, but that didn’t hurt me because when the W turned yellow and the O and N green, the answer had to be SWOON.


Wordle answers: The past 50

I’ve been playing Wordle every day for more than two years now and have tracked all of the previous answers so I can help you improve your game. Here are the last 50 solutions starting with yesterday’s answer, or check out my past Wordle answers page for the full list.

  • Wordle #1122, Monday 15 July: SWOON
  • Wordle #1121, Sunday 14 July: VIDEO
  • Wordle #1120, Saturday 13 July: ENACT
  • Wordle #1119, Friday 12 July: JIFFY
  • Wordle #1118, Thursday 11 July: CAMEO
  • Wordle #1117, Wednesday 10 July: GAUNT
  • Wordle #1116, Tuesday 9 July: BLARE
  • Wordle #1115, Monday 8 July: SHAPE
  • Wordle #1114, Sunday 7 July: CANON
  • Wordle #1113, Saturday 6 July: SCOFF
  • Wordle #1112, Friday 5 July: CRUSH
  • Wordle #1111, Thursday 4 July: DEBUT
  • Wordle #1110, Wednesday 3 July: THIGH
  • Wordle #1109, Tuesday 2 July: INLAY
  • Wordle #1108, Monday 1 July: ADAGE
  • Wordle #1107, Sunday 30 June: BUDDY
  • Wordle #1106, Saturday 29 June: ZEBRA
  • Wordle #1105, Friday 28 June: DROVE
  • Wordle #1104, Thursday 27 June: ORDER
  • Wordle #1103, Wednesday 26 June: KNEAD
  • Wordle #1102, Tuesday 25 June: SAVOR
  • Wordle #1101, Monday 24 June: DOLLY
  • Wordle #1100, Sunday 23 June: BUGLE
  • Wordle #1099, Saturday 22 June: EDICT
  • Wordle #1098, Friday 21 June: PAINT
  • Wordle #1097, Thursday 20 June: SCENT
  • Wordle #1096, Wednesday 19 June: TERSE
  • Wordle #1095, Tuesday 18 June: COVER
  • Wordle #1094, Monday 17 June: PRIOR
  • Wordle #1093, Sunday 16 June: GRIND
  • Wordle #1092, Saturday 15 June: PROUD
  • Wordle #1091, Friday 14 June: VAULT
  • Wordle #1090, Thursday 13 June: ANGST
  • Wordle #1089, Wednesday 12 June: DETER
  • Wordle #1088, Tuesday 11 June: SWUNG
  • Wordle #1087, Monday 10 June: MANGA
  • Wordle #1086, Sunday 9 June: CROWD
  • Wordle #1085, Saturday 8 June: HENCE
  • Wordle #1084, Friday 7 June: MELON
  • Wordle #1083, Thursday 6 June: ETHER
  • Wordle #1082, Wednesday 5 June: ORGAN
  • Wordle #1081, Tuesday 4 June: GROOM
  • Wordle #1080, Monday 3 June: STARK
  • Wordle #1079, Sunday 2 June: BRAVO
  • Wordle #1078, Saturday 1 June: BASIN
  • Wordle #1077, Friday 31 May: CHAOS
  • Wordle #1076, Thursday 30 May: GUMMY
  • Wordle #1075, Wednesday 29 May: PAPAL
  • Wordle #1074, Tuesday 28 May: MINUS
  • Wordle #1073, Monday 27 May: SKIER
  • Wordle #1072, Sunday 26 May: BEVEL
  • Wordle #1071, Saturday 25 May: TITAN

What is Wordle?

If you’re on this page then you almost certainly know what Wordle is already, and indeed have probably been playing it for a while. And even if you’ve not been playing it, you must surely have heard of it by now, because it’s the viral word game phenomenon that took the world by storm last year and is still going strong in 2024.

We’ve got a full guide to the game in our What is Wordle page, but if you just want a refresher then here are the basics.

What is Wordle?

Wordle challenges you to guess a new five-letter word each day. You get six guesses, with each one revealing a little more information. If one of the letters in your guess is in the answer and in the right place, it turns green. If it’s in the answer but in the wrong place, it turns yellow. And if it’s not in the answer at all it turns gray. Simple, eh?

It’s played online via the Wordle website or the New York Times’ Crossword app (iOS / Android), and is entirely free.

Crucially, the answer is the same for everyone each day, meaning that you’re competing against the rest of the world, rather than just against yourself or the game. The puzzle then resets each day at midnight in your local time, giving you a new challenge, and the chance to extend your streak.

What are the Wordle rules?

The rules of Wordle are pretty straightforward, but with a couple of curveballs thrown in for good measure.

1. Letters that are in the answer and in the right place turn green.

2. Letters that are in the answer but in the wrong place turn yellow.

3. Letters that are not in the answer turn gray.

4. Answers are never plural.

5. Letters can appear more than once. So if your guess includes two of one letter, they may both turn yellow, both turn green, or one could be yellow and the other green.

6. Each guess must be a valid word in Wordle’s dictionary. You can’t guess ABCDE, for instance.

7. You do not have to include correct letters in subsequent guesses unless you play on Hard mode.

8. You have six guesses to solve the Wordle.

9. You must complete the daily Wordle before midnight in your timezone.

10. All answers are drawn from Wordle’s list of 2,309 solutions. However…

11. Wordle will accept a wider pool of words as guesses – some 10,000 of them. For instance, you can guess a plural such as WORDS. It definitely won’t be right (see point 4 above), but Wordle will accept it as a guess.

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NYT Strands today — hints, answers and spangram for Tuesday, July 16 (game #135)

Ready for another dose of the NYT’s Strands puzzle? You got it! Simply head to the New York Times Games site and have at it. It can be tricky, though, so you may need my hints below to get you started. 

Want more word-based fun? Then check out my Wordle today, NYT Connections today and Quordle today pages for hints and answers for those games.

SPOILER WARNING: Information about NYT Strands today is below, so don’t read on if you don’t want to know the answers.

NYT Strands today (game #135) – hint #1 – today’s theme

What is the theme of today’s NYT Strands?

Today’s NYT Strands theme is… Were you raised in a barn?

NYT Strands today (game #135) – hint #2 – clue words

Play any of these words to unlock the in-game hints system.

  • BACK
  • CHANT
  • FALL
  • CLAD
  • KING
  • BLINK

NYT Strands today (game #135) – hint #3 – spangram

What is a hint for today’s spangram?

They don’t wear diapers

NYT Strands today (game #135) – hint #4 – spangram position

What are two sides of the board that today’s spangram touches?

First: left, 3rd row

Last: right, 6th row

Right, the answers are below, so DO NOT SCROLL ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE THEM.

NYT Strands today (game #135) – the answers

NYT Strands answers for game 135 on a blue background

(Image credit: New York Times)

The answers to today’s Strands, game #135, are…

  • CHICK
  • DUCKLING
  • LAMB
  • GOSLING
  • FOAL
  • CALF
  • PIGLET
  • SPANGRAM: BABYANIMAL

  • My rating: Easy
  • My score: Perfect

This was one of those Strands games where I was a little uncertain about what the connection was here until I solved the first one, at which point everything became very easy. That first word, in my case, was CHICK, and I immediately realized that now I need more baby animals – or BABY ANIMAL, as the spangram would have it.

After that all I needed to do was cast my mind back to when my kids were young, back in the days when I seemed to spend about 50% of my waking hours impersonating farmyard animals of some kind. But no, I didn’t make the noises as I was solving the Strands puzzle…

How did you do today? Send me an email and let me know.


Yesterday’s NYT Strands answers (Monday 15 July, game #134)

  • DUKE
  • RICE
  • TUFTS
  • NORTHWESTERN
  • BROWN
  • TEMPLE
  • SPANGRAM: UNIVERSITIES

What is NYT Strands?

Strands is the NYT’s new word game, following Wordle and Connections. It’s now out of beta so is a fully fledged member of the NYT’s games stable and can be played on the NYT Games site on desktop or mobile.

I’ve got a full guide to how to play NYT Strands, complete with tips for solving it, so check that out if you’re struggling to beat it each day.

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AMD confirms Ryzen 9000 CPUs will go on sale on July 31 – but we’re still guessing at pricing for Zen 5 chips

AMD has confirmed that its Ryzen 9000 processors will be out on July 31, and furnished us with a few extra details about the next-gen CPUs.

As we already knew, the initial line-up of these Zen 5 processors – which will remain using the AM5 socket – will consist of four models. Those are the high-end Ryzen 9 9950X and Ryzen 9 9900X, along with the Ryzen 7 9700X and Ryzen 5 9600X, two key models for more mainstream purchasers.

It’s no great surprise to have the July 31 date aired by AMD, but we did need official confirmation to be sure of it. Previously, the rumor mill has flung this date around with considerable abandon, and multiple retailers have put Zen 5 chips up with this date pinned on them too.

On top of that, most recently we’ve seen photos of boxed Ryzen 9000 processors that have turned up at retailers already. (All AMD said before now was that Zen 5 CPUs were coming in July at some point).

What we don’t have, sadly, is any pricing details from AMD yet, though rumors have spun up a fair bit around that topic, as always. The sentiment seems to be that AMD likely won’t change pricing much at all compared to current Ryzen 7000 CPUs. You never know, mind.

AMD goes over some old ground in terms of specs and the IPC uplift that Ryzen 9000 will provide on average, which is 16% over Ryzen 7000 – a respectable set of gains, in other words, across the new Zen 5 range.

There are some interesting bits here, though, including the official introduction of ‘Curve Shaper’ which is an overclocking feature that was previously teased. Also, we can see the TDPs of the Zen 5 processors confirmed, and they remain as first announced by AMD at Computex, with both the power consumption of the 9700X and 9600X at 65W. Why’s that noteworthy to pick out? We’ll discuss that next.

AMD Ryzen

(Image credit: AMD)

Comparison oddities

A quick bit of background here: That TDP of the Ryzen 9700X at 65W has been dropped from the 105W that its predecessor (the 7700X) consumed.

Now, as you might recall, there was a bit of a song and dance (or at least a song) around the 9700X when an AMD exec observed that the current-gen Ryzen 7800X3D would be faster than it for gaming – and that this was to be expected. Well, as we pointed out at the time, not really – stepping back a generation, that wasn’t the case with the 5800X3D versus the 7700X, where the latter was actually a touch faster (though they were pretty much equal, to be fair).

So, there was a little tinge of disappointment around the potential gaming performance of the 9700X based on these AMD statements. In turn, this led to a rumor that Team Red might, at the last minute, crank the TDP of the 9700X (in other words, speed up the clocks, and get some better gaming performance levels in the face of the mentioned criticism).

Well, we always thought a potential near-doubling of the TDP – which the rumor suggested – seemed highly unlikely (to put it mildly), and AMD has confirmed this isn’t happening, and that it’s sticking with 65W.

However, while AMD compares the 9700X to the 5800X3D (two generations removed) in the materials highlighted by Wccftech – which seems like a cop-out to say the least – in fact, according to OC3D, Team Red did also put the 9700X up against the 7800X3D and found it was 2% faster than the current-gen 3D V-Cache workhorse.

This was not the suggestion previously, and it’s an interesting minor twist to the tale here. Have AMD’s comparative gaming benchmarks here been cherry-picked to a higher degree? Well, we don’t know, and we really need to wait to carry out our own tests to find out how the Ryzen 9700X performs with its much lower TDP. If it can essentially keep pace with the generational gains made by the 7700X, using a whole lot less power, that’ll be quite impressive – but until we see the CPU in action, we’ll reserve judgment, as ever.

Whatever the case, folks hunting for a mid-range CPU for a gaming PC will likely want to wait for the 9800X3D anyway, especially as the next-gen X3D could arrive as soon as September in theory.

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OpenAI may be working on AI that can perform research without human help – which should go fine

OpenAI is developing a new project to enhance its AI models’ reasoning capabilities, called “Strawberry,” according to documents first discovered by Reuters. The project is a key element in the efforts by OpenAI to achieve more powerful AI models capable of operating on their own when it comes to performing research.

According to the internal documents Reuters looked at, Strawberry is aimed at building an AI that will not only answer questions but search around online and perform follow-up research on its own. This so-called “deep research” trick would be a major leap beyond current AI models that rely on existing data sets and respond in ways that are already programmed. 

There aren’t details on the exact mechanisms of Strawberry, but apparently, it involves AI models using a specialized processing method after training on extensive datasets. This innovative approach could potentially set a new standard in AI development. An AI that can think ahead and perform research on its own to understand the world is much closer to a human than anything ChatGPT or other tools using AI models offer. It’s a challenging goal that has eluded AI developers to date, despite numerous advancements in the field.

Reuters reported that Strawberry, which was then known as Q*, had made some breakthroughs. There were demonstrations where viewers witnessed AI could tackle science and math problems beyond the range of commercial models, and apparently, OpenAI had tested AI models that scored over 90% on a championship-level math problem data set.

Think Ahead

Should OpenAI achieve its goals, the reasoning capabilities could transform scientific research and everyday problem-solving. It could help plug holes in scientific knowledge by looking for gaps and even offering up hypotheses to fill them. This would vastly accelerate the pace of discovery in various domains.

If successful, Strawberry could mark a pivotal moment in AI research, bringing us closer to truly autonomous AI systems capable of conducting independent research and offering more sophisticated reasoning. Strawberry is, it seems, part and parcel of OpenAI’s long-term plans to demonstrate and enhance the potential of its AI models.

Even after GPT-3 and GPT-4 set new benchmarks for language processing and generation, there’s a big leap to autonomous reasoning and deep research. But, it fits with other work on the road to artificial general intelligence (AGI), including the recent development of an internal scale for charting the progress of large language models.

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Cosori dual zone air fryer review

At a glance

Expert’s Rating

Pros

  • 6 presets
  • Dishwasher-safe parts
  • Two separate cooking zones
  • Baking and skewer accessories

Cons

  • Recipes only available in an app
  • Windows can become greasy
  • Large worktop footprint

Our Verdict

Cosori’s dual-basket air fryer seeks to differentiate itself from rivals by being simple to programme, flexible, and by including racks for baking and toasting food. However, beyond setting it, there’s a lack of useful guidance which is jarring alongside its multi-functionality. The result is that it might be best for broadening your air fryer horizons rather than starting from scratch.

Price When Reviewed

£199.99

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Dual-drawer air fryers have become increasingly popular but despite all their advantages, they can be more complicated to programme and prone to illogical placement of buttons. Fortunately, the controls of Cosori’s 9QT/8.5L Dual Zone Air Fryer are straightforward, and, as a bonus, it comes with wire racks to expand its cooking capabilities.

Add in a capacity of 4.5QT/4.25 litres in each drawer, an optional shake alert and preheat, plus internal lighting and windows so you can check on progress, and the result is a multitasking air fryer that can handle a variety of cooking jobs.

Design and Build

  • Glass viewing panels
  • Comes with baking rack, skewer rack and five skewers
  • Easy to use controls

While it’s far from being the chunkiest out there, Cosori’s 9QT/8.5L Dual Zone Air Fryer is still substantial on an average kitchen worktop. Finished in black and dark grey plastic, including the metallic, projecting handle, it’s 17in/44cm wide and almost the same deep, although it’s only 11.8in/30cm tall so it’ll scoot below wall cabinets when not in use.

The controls are thoughtfully laid out

It weighs 20lbs/9kg so you can move it around, although it’s probably better to pick a fixed home for it. Each drawer is labelled L or R, so it’s obvious which slot they fit, and has the same capacity – 4.5QT/4.25 litres – plus a crisper plate. There’s a clear window at the front so you can keep an eye on cooking too. Two wire accessories – a baking rack and a skewer rack with five skewers – complete the package. Its removable parts are dishwasher safe.

Wire racks and skewers in front of the air fryer

Wire racks and skewers in front of the air fryer

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Wire racks and skewers in front of the air fryer

Rachel Ogden / Foundry

Rachel Ogden / Foundry

The touchscreen controls sit on the top: when it’s not in use, all you’ll see is the power symbol. The controls are thoughtfully laid out, with up and down and time/temp buttons for each drawer below the display it corresponds to, a central panel of six cooking functions including air fry, bake, roast, reheat, grill and dry, plus options for a shake alert (optional although a default on some programmes), preheat, sync cook (for making both drawers use the same settings) and sync finish (so drawers finish at the same time).

Cosori air fryer control panel, seen from above

Cosori air fryer control panel, seen from above

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Cosori air fryer control panel, seen from above

Rachel Ogden / Foundry

Rachel Ogden / Foundry

The temperature and time range can be wide, depending on the setting selected. For example, if you’re dehydrating food, it’ll run for as long as 48 hours and go as low as 95°F/35°C, while the top temperature for grilling is 450°F/230°C.

Performance and Features

  • Long preheat setting
  • Wide temperature range
  • Preheating can’t be used with sync setting

Air fryers don’t usually include accessories, so the fact that Cosori’s dual zone air fryer comes with two of these sets it apart. Unfortunately, they seem to be an afterthought, getting barely a mention in the instructions as to what they’re best used for and how to use them. For example, it wasn’t clear if they should be used in conjunction with the crisper plates or in the drawer by themselves.

We settled on the latter, choosing to make toast with the baking rack on the grill setting (450°F/230°C), and vegetable kebabs with the skewers and rack using the roast programme (430°F/220°C). Both settings required what we felt was a long preheat from cold – 7 minutes – but we liked that the preheat could be turned off, and that we were able to modify both time and temperature as the food cooked.

After 10 minutes, the roasted veg was perfectly roasted – moist yet cooked through and lightly singed. Toast was less successful – while well browned, the slices were dried out – more suitable for croutons than breakfast. However, the toast wasn’t burned, and we liked that the rack made it possible to grill several slices at once.

Pepper skewers and toast in the air fryer baskets

Pepper skewers and toast in the air fryer baskets

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Pepper skewers and toast in the air fryer baskets

Rachel Ogden / Foundry

Rachel Ogden / Foundry

Next, we made a batch of chips using potato that had been soaked, dried and tossed in oil. We cooked this on the air fry setting, which has a default shake alert, but a curiously short duration compared to other models – just 15 minutes.

This may be more suitable for cooking food from the freezer. We increased the duration to 25 minutes and the temperature to 400°F/205°C – the highest available.

We roasted chicken legs and found the size of a single drawer a challenge

We noticed that the shake alert isn’t that loud, plus, when both drawers are running, there’s little clue as to which one needs a shake.

The chips emerged with more of them soft than crispy. Although the browning was consistent, there were few pale patches. At the same time, we cooked frozen hash browns in the other drawer for 20 minutes at 390°F/200°C. These crisped up and browned well, although cooking them exposed an operational issue.

Fries and hash browns in the air fryer baskets

Fries and hash browns in the air fryer baskets

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Fries and hash browns in the air fryer baskets

Rachel Ogden / Foundry

Rachel Ogden / Foundry

We had set the chips and hash browns to finish at the same time using the sync finish option. However, when we opened the drawers to add the food following a preheat, the sync finish turned itself off and couldn’t be turned on again. We found that opting out of the preheat solved the issue but found this frustrating.

We also roasted chicken legs and found the size of a single drawer a challenge. Only three legs fitted comfortably, meaning that for a large family, you might need to run more than one cycle for a whole meal. They were roasted at 430°F/220°C for 28 minutes, had crispy golden skin and were thoroughly cooked.

Cooked chicken legs in the Cosori drawer

Cooked chicken legs in the Cosori drawer

Rachel Ogden / Foundry

Cooked chicken legs in the Cosori drawer

Rachel Ogden / Foundry

Rachel Ogden / Foundry

Price and Availability

In the US, you can buy the 9-quart, dual-basket air fryer from the Cosori website for $169.99, but at the time of writing, it’s cheaper on Amazon, at $139.99.

The buying options are the same in the UK, with Cosori selling the 8.5-litre, dual-zone air fryer for £199.99, and Amazon discounting it to £159.99.

Its Amazon pricing means that the Cosori undercuts many dual-drawer rivals, while providing a similar feature set and capacity – plus it comes with accessories. But to see more buying options, each with pros, cons and quick-to-read product summaries, have a look at our round-up of the best dual-drawer air fryers. We’ve also got recommendations for the best Ninja air fryer and the best air fryer overall.

Should you buy the Cosori dual-basket air fryer?

There are some things that the Cosori dual zone air fryer excels at: it offers a good overall performance, is easy to programme, and has accessories to give more cooking choice. However, it feels aimed at those proficient in air frying: there are no recipes included (instead you are directed to an app), minimal guidance for different foods and amounts, and no pointers on using the accessories.

For those who don’t want to use their smartphone or tablet in the kitchen, it’s disappointing. That said, if you’re prepared to experiment with times and temperatures, it will deliver good results.

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