T-Fal ActiFry

Fill the spoon with oil, set the timer, and watch as the ActiFry utilizes its "heat pulse" system and rotating paddle to fry foods. It steams and roasts, too, and has an audible countdown timer. Psaltis loved its design and how well it made a healthy stir-fry, but he was otherwise unimpressed: "Only firm foods cooked well," he said. "Its paddle smashed soft items like tater tots and french fries." [$200; tfalactifry.com]