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I purchased this from Amazon for around £110, they are now selling it a cheaper price of £99. It is also available to buy from John Lewis for £99 including delivery, Curry's £89.99, Tesco £99, and from Argos for £179.99. It is worth looking at online auctions as I have seen some priced from £70 plus.
What Is It?
I am a little bit of a health freak, and I tend to watch my calorie intakes as much as possible. Being healthy can be quite boring after a while as I can't help but crave crispy fried types of food, especially my favourite fried crispy golden chips. Therefore this Philips Airfryer is perfect for health conscious minds like myself, as it an appliance that manages to produce fried foods but without all the unnecessary oil, in fact it actually uses no oil during the frying process, and instead uses an air circulating technology to produce the fried effect.
It does state that if you are cooking freshly made chips that you do need to add half a tablespoon of oil for extra taste, but for frozen chips you don't need to add any. It manages to fry chips with less that 80% fat, which is great way of avoiding the guilt of having greasy fatty foods.
* Use up to 80% less fat than a conventional fryer for the best-tasting chips, without the oil
* Fully-adjustable temperature control allows you to pre-set the best cooking temperature for your food
* Integrated timer to pre-set cooking times of up to 30 minutes and auto-off function includes a "ready" sound indicator
* Comes with a recipe booklet containing 30 recipes including brownies and quiches
* 800 g capacity
* Dishwasher safe frying tray and draw
* Reduces cooked food odour
The Philips Airfryer has a compact almost egg shaped design, and appears very sci-fi in appearance. It has a black glossy plastic finish that makes it look very modern and sophisticated. It looks unique but also very simple in terms of controls, it has a temperature wheel located at the top and a timer setting wheel on the centre on of the appliance. The frying basket is located behind the long black handle and has an 800 gram capacity. It also comes with a frying divider, instruction booklet and recipe book.
The Size & Weight
I really like how compact this appliance is in size, it measure approx 28 cm wide, 31 cm high and 38 cm deep. This makes it so much easier to find room on my already overloaded kitchen worktop during use, and to store it away in our small garage when not in use. It also lightweight (7 kg) which makes it easy to carry by hand to and from our garage, as we also own a deep fat fryer that is quite heavy to carry around and also a lot bigger in size.
How to Use
To get started you simply plug in the appliance and then set the desired temperature, which is done by the control wheel located at top of the device. For example while making some frozen chips I adjusted the temperature to 200c and then popped the chips into the inner frying basket which can be easily accessed by pulling the black handle located under the timer dial. Once I added the chips I set the timer for 15 minutes and then leave it to do all the frying. Half way through I would remove the frying tray from the appliance and give it a little shake, just to ensure all chips are cooked evenly. After approx 15 minutes the chips were done.
I was pleasantly surprised by the results, the chips had a nice golden brown appearance and where nice and crispy. They weren't greasy at all, and instead were dry but not too dry that they were hard to chew. The chips were cooked thoroughly with the centre being soft and the coating being crispy. They don't exactly taste of the fried chips I am used to having, but they still taste really nice.
The fryer also comes with a divider which allows you to fry two different things at the same time, for example I would put chips in one sections and chicken strips or fish fingers on the other side of the divider. This worked well and ensured the foods didn't get all mixed up during the frying process. The fish fingers and chicken strips were cooked excellently and came out golden brown and crispy.
The recipe book that comes with the fryer gives some ideas of the type of foods you can fry in this appliance, of course the usual chips was included but there was also a recipe of how to fry chocolate brownies! Never tried this, but it is something I might try at a later date.
Any Noise or Smells?
The Philips Airfryer doesn't produce much noise during use, and it even doesn't bog down the whole kitchen smelling of greasy chips or food odours, instead it uses a unique air circulating system for frying which reduces the cooking odours in the process. This is excellent as the one of reasons why I don't like frying foods is because I don't want smell greasy and oily afterwards.
The removable drawer and frying basket has non stick coating and is also dishwasher proof, making it easy to clean by hand or conveniently pop them into the dishwasher.
Overall this is great invention for the health conscious minded, it is easy to use, cooks chips with 80 % less fat, and produces excellent tasty crispy golden brown chips etc. I am very happy with this purchase and has 100% converted me to using this when ever I want fried food, therefore improving my health without compromising on the taste. This gets full marks from me as I can't fault it, 5/5.
I got one of these as an early Christmas present, and have been using it most nights ever since. And I'll tell you what, it's brilliant!
It's a doddle to set up, you plug it in and set the temperature with a wee dial on the top. The other dial, halfway down, is a timer.
The appliance is made of plastic, but don't let that fool you; it still feels like a premium product. It is quite large in construction, so you'd best have plenty of room in your kitchen. And there's two colours available; black or white, so you can choose to best match your kitchen. It must be noted here, there are two different types of Airfryer. The one that I have has a simple frying basket as you would get in any deep fat fryer; the other has a tray type thing for making different treats as well as the frying basket; obviously this commands an extra premium.
The way it works is with a fan and grill element on top of the basket, and it uses the movement of air to heat the food. The fan is a little on the noisy side, but truth be told, not really any louder than a boiling kettle, and certainly not enough to be irritating.
The main reason people will buy this is for cooking home made chips, but without the artery clogging ability of a deep fat fryer. By using the movement of air, it creates the same effect as deep frying food, but without the oil. Most foods will need no oil whatsoever; cooking meat is a delight with this thing; in effect it grills the food rather than fries it.
Home made chips do require a very small amount of oil coated evenly over the cut up potatoes. Philips recommend using around a tablespoon, however I found that a little more than that is necessary. I simply put some oil in a bowl, and then rolled the chips around in it before putting them in the basket. Probably defeats the objective of healthy alternative to frying, but it's very effective. Over time I'll use less and less until I work out the right amount. But so far, I've not made a bad batch yet. They come out nice and crispy on the outside, just like you'd get in the chip shop, and nice and soft on the inside. Just perfect, but you'll need to experiment with getting the timing right based on how many chips you've put in and their sizes.
Frozen chips have something done to them prior to freezing which means that you don't need to coat them in oil prior to cooking. But they don't come close to making your own chips.
Either type of chips you choose to do, fresh or frozen, about halfway through the cooking program you'll need to take them out and give the basket a shake, just to even up the way the chips cook. Otherwise you'll end up with some overdone chips on the outside, and raw ones in the middle.
All in all then, it's a great thing to have in the kitchen, and just perfect if you fancy making chip shop chips at home, but don't fancy giving yourself a heart attack. It's better than the Tefal Actifry simply because it can cook even more things, such as sausages, without destroying them (I tried doing sausages in my mum's Actifry and they just broke up into little pieces because of the thing going round and round). As long as you don't mind a little noise while cooking, it's the perfect way to get healthy but tasty chips
I have had a Philips Airfryer for quite a while now and I've been very impressed with it. I purchased it when my old deep fat fryer stopped working and it has been well worth the money. I paid £150, but at the time this was a sale price and the RRP was around £200. I have seen them on offer much cheaper than this though.
One of the main benefits of the Airfryer as that you don't need to put oil in it so it saves you money and is a lot less messy than a deep fat fryer.
The food tastes much better also as it is not soaked in oil and another bonus is that it is also much healthier, especially for anyone who is watching their weight.
There are many uses for the Airfryer ranging from chips and chicken to cupcakes! There is also a recipe book included to give you more ideas of how to use it.
One of the few problems with the Airfryer is the size of the basket, which is quite small and may be a problem for a big family.
This aside, this is a very good item and highly recommended.
The Philips Airfryer is an easy device to use and comes with a nice instruction booklet that should point even the worst of cooks in the right direction. It is also very well designed, is pretty sleek-looking, and it is easy to see that Philips have put a lot of thought into their product. The plug stows away nicely inside an aperture in the Airfryer's body. The controls are easy to use and there is even a built in bell to inform absent-minded cooks that it is time to check on their food or dish it up. I like this feature a lot because nobody want to stand and watch a fryer and it is easy to get distracted if you do not, so the audible signal offers peace of mind and should guarantee that there will be no black burgers on anybody's plate.
The Philips Air fryer is also easy to clean when you have finished with it so; all in all it is hard for me to fault it. It is a little expensive, I suppose, and I could walk into any of our local shops and buy a deep fat fryer for a fraction of the price I paid for the Philips Airfryer, but what price can you put on your health? Fried food is never going to be the healthy option, even if it is tasty, so I was happy to pay a little bit more for the healthier option - the Philips Airfryer.
My partner bought me this for Christmas. Its quite wide and I found it hard to find somewhere to put it in the kitchen. Its not too noisey when cooking like some other products on the market. The dial does tick and ping which I felt was a bit unecessary. The food inside cooks really well and in such a short space of time. The only little grumble I would have is the little plastic feet keep falling off it and I keep losing them. Also there is a grill inside which is the basket to put the food in, this is so hard to clean, little bits of food seem to get trapped in it. I wanted to get a good scrubbing brush on it. This product is ideal for quick family cooking and you don't need any oil or anything so its just so much more healthy. Th food does not dry out either and you can keep taking the tray out with a heat proof handle so its easy to give your food a stir and see how its cooking. There are some great deals on this product out there too. We got ours in the Argos sale.
We have cooked chips, nuggets, fish cakes and even marinated nandos chicken in it. The marinade was a bit messy but it worked and chicken was fresh and succulent. Prob takes on average 10 minutes for chips for example that's from frozen. It's basically good for quick food without all the grease and oil !
Firstly, I much apologise for the length of this review. There is so much I wanted to say, and this is the edited version.
I've always struggled with my weight, and as such need to utilise healthier cooking methods for both myself, and also to prevent the same problems happening to my kids. For years I've used a Tefal Actifry to cook the chips and fried foods that my family love, but without the unhealthy oils and excessive calories.
*** My purchase of the Philips Airfryer ***
After using it one day, I placed it on top of my touch sensitive cooker hob to cool, which turned on, and melted all the underneath and flex to the machine. Oops. Unsafe to use, I immediately went to buy another one (which would have been my third), and while reading reviews about the newer family sized model, I came across this Phillips Airfryer. Finding it was half price in Argos, and having great reviews, my mind was made up, and after a visit to the store, I was the proud owner of this wonderful machine.
I will try really hard to not let this review become a comparison, but as you will be aware, anyone reading this review will be reading it, with a view to purchasing either one, so there will be a need to compare at some stage.
*** Dimensions and Appearance ***
When you remove this product from its huge box after purchase you will be amazed at how small it really is. At 28.7 wide, 31.5 Height x 38.4 cm depth, this machine has a much smaller footprint than the Tefal Actifry. I much prefer this, as it takes up less counter and cupboard space, when room is at a premium size matters.
I have the glossy, sleek black version of this, but it also comes in white, with blue accents. While I agree the colour of the appliance has nothing at all with functionality, if something looks good you are more likely to keep it out on the counter, and therefore use it; it then becomes a worthy member of kitchen equipment. I love this machine and would use it even if it was an ugly duckling, its worth its weight in gold, but the fact is has sleek lines and modern styling adds to its appeal.
*** First Use ***
Removing the contents of the box you will find a packet containing a thick booklet with the operating instructions, and also a handy laminated quick start guide. These are well laid out, and easy to understand. Using the appliance is simplicity itself and pretty foolproof really. The booklet also covers cooking times of various foodstuffs. This is invaluable and takes the guesswork out of it, as cooking frozen foods in this machine takes half the time it would in a conventional oven.
*** What can you cook in it? ***
The booklet gives plenty of suggestions. I think this machine is more versatile than the Actifry because although that one can cook not only chips, wedges, chilli's, stir fries etc, the Philips Airfryer goes one step further, and can cook so much more. You can cook chops, hamburgers, potato gratin, spring rolls, and even such things as quiches, full sized cakes and muffins. These are the reasons that swayed it for me.
Although the Actifry comes with a small recipe book with suggestions, due to the action of the paddle, it would break the extra foods listed above up. The Airfryer has no paddle to stir the contents, and as such is just a smaller version of an electric fan oven. If you need to turn food during the cooking time, you need to do this manually by stirring or tossing. The hot air cooks the food, and amazingly it can even brown it. Food looks really tempting and appealing and you get none of the blandness you get when cooking in a microwave.
*** Utilising the Airfryer ***
Obviously, first you need to plug the machine in, you will find the plug at the rear of the machine, and it conveniently stows away. To do this, you simply thread the flex through the opening and it gets stored in a cavity underneath. The remove the flex, simply gently pull on the plug.
To set the temperature (according to what foodstuff you are cooking and instructions in the recipe book) you simply turn a dial at the top of the Airfryer to which one you want. The dial is set into a recess, but is quite a large size, and so anyone with dexterity problems would have not difficulties with it.
The turn the machine on, you have to twist the knob to the centre front of the machine. This is quite a large, chunky dial, and is numbered from one to thirty minutes. I would say you wouldn't need more than this, as most foods are cooked in much less time than thirty minutes anyway. Things such as chips and wedges made from fresh raw potatoes might take this long if you are cooking enough for several people at one time, but having to give the basket or shake or stir halfway through, could mean that you could set the timer for 15 minutes as a reminder, and when the bell that signals the end of the cooking time, goes off, set the timer for 15 minutes again. I really think this is a great tip, and one I use myself every time I use it.
To add the food, you pull gently on the handle, and this makes a drawer slide out. It simply slides backwards and forwards, and clicks into place nicely. The overall action is smooth, and like I said before, people with dexterity problems would have no trouble. Saying that though, the whole drawer is quite heavy, and filled up with food, could be quite cumbersome; to an able bodied person, this is not a problem.
Activating a button on the handle releases the food basket. This is square shaped and follows the contours of the drawer. This has a non stick coating, possibly Teflon, and makes it easier to clean; depending on what you are cooking, it might only need a quick wipe after use. The base of the basket is wire mesh, as one would expect from a traditional chip pan. This enables the air to flow adequately around the food, and provides even cooking. If you wish you cook two different foods at once, at handy divider is supplied, and simply slots into two grooves on either side of the basket. This is great as then I can cook one or two portions, of a whole meal at once; chips for the kids in one half, and nuggets in the other, add some beans and sweet corn warmed through in to microwave or on the hob, and you have a much healthier version than McDonalds, and cooks in less time than driving there and waiting for it too.
The only downside for me is the lack of viewing window, which you do get on the Tefal model. The only thing to do is open the drawer and have a sneaky peek. It will be fine, unless you're cooking muffins and cakes that have to rise, in which case you will have set the timer. It's not a problem and it would have ruined the design of the exterior anyway.
While in use, the machine is so quiet, it's really surprising compared to how noisy my old Actifry was. You can hardly hear the whooshing noise of the air being circulated.
After cooking, cleaning the drawer and the basket is easy to do. A quick wash in hot soapy water would suffice, but it can, and does, go into the dishwasher successfully. The dishwasher detergent hasn't dulled the glossy exterior of the drawer at all, I'm pleased to say; although after years and years it may well do; only time will tell.
Although this machine will do so much more, cooking healthy chips and potato wedges are primarily why you buy one in the first place. So what do they taste like? Having adding only half a tablespoon of oil per 500g of raw potatoes, these are less greasy, so they don't actually taste like chip shop chips and never could. My take on the flavour of these would be as a cross between an oven chip and a roasted potato. They are not greasy, yet they have a lovely crispy outside and fluffy inner. To achieve this, you are asked to prepare raw potatoes before you need them and let them soak in water for half an hour to remove the starch. You are then told to dry them, and to preheat the machine for a minute or two. The dry potatoes are then coated in the oil, placed in the warmed machine, and left to cook. They come out looking and tasting divine.
For frozen chips, they cook in half the time of raw, as they are pre-cooked in oil. In this instance you wouldn't need to add any extra oil. Frozen chips cooked in the Airfryer in this way, are so crispy and delicious, I really recommend them too.
*** Recipes ***
Just to let you know what recipes are contained in the recipe book, I will list a few of the things I have made from the book: Potato Croquettes with parmesan cheese (30 minutes preparation plus 8 minutes in the cooker), Spicy drumsticks with a barbeque marinade (5 minutes preparation, 20 minutes in the marinade, plus 20 minutes in the cooker), Roasted Mediterranean vegetables (8 minutes chopping plus 15 minutes cooking). Next on my list to try is Meatloaf, Thai fishcakes with mango salsa and Pork Satay with peanut sauce. This truly is a versatile machine. Having a look on Amazon, there are a few (non Philips or Tefal) recipe books dedicated to Air frying, I'm hoping to buy one of those in the not too distant future.
*** Economy ***
The Power this machine uses is 1425 Watts and is 230 Volts. Obviously if you are using this for quick meals, or single portions, this is really economical way of cooking, as you do not have to heat up a whole family oven. Also, with the concentrate heat source meaning that cooking times are mostly halved, you are saving electricity then too.
*** Capacity ***
I love this appliance it's so versatile, and although it holds less than the Tefal Actifry with this having a maximum of 800 g and the Actifry holding a minimum of 1kg depending on what model you choose, I feel the ability to cook several items at once, and the fact that you can cook so many more items, absolutely makes up for that.
*** My Thoughts ***
Although environmentally friendly as you are saving electricity, my main concern at the moment is saving money in the long term by not using so much electricity. This appliance does that for me, without effort on my part, and produces perfect, tasty results to boot. I know the initial cost at over £200 (on the Philips website) is extremely high, but if you can buy this machine at a price reduction so much the better. I do feel though, that even at full price, this machine will pay for itself in the long run. I hope you can tell how much I like this product by my review. Please just don't think about it, buy one.
*** Additional information ***
Non Slip Feet
Power on light
Temperature ready light
Cool touch handgrips
Automatic shut off (when timer runs out)
One metre cord length
More information (including videos) on http://www.philips.co.uk, where you can also order spare parts and get technical support.
Thank you for reading my review. I do hope it has been of some help.
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Price I paid : It was a gift. It costs £119.99 at Amazon.co.uk/kitchen.
If you are at all like me and love the foods that are labeled as bad for you. Or don't even appear in that dreaded food pyramid. You may frequent the odd fast food restaurant. Or they may come knocking on your door once or twice a month baring delicious greasy gifts. Or as it used to be the case for me, twice or three times a week.
Being single I'm not the most domesticated of people and therefore I didn't always make the best choices when it came to meal time. More times than not I would take the easy option and order in.
I got this as a gift from a kind family member. Unlike most of these novelty appliances i started using it straight away mostly out of curiosity as to how good the food would taste. At first glance you wouldn't think it's as heavy as it is 7kg is a sup rising weight for a product of it's kind.
Is this a sign of quality?
It was securely packed within the large box, cocooned with in a thick wall of Styrofoam and a see through plastic bag along with the accessories, instructions and a recipe booklet.
The fryer it's self is more like a baby bottle warmer in appearance than a deep fat fryer.
This is quite funky looking, it has an almost nineteen sixties space age style to it.
With its night black edgeless design it's definitely one of the strangest looking appliances i own. Its fitting that it looks space age as what it claims to do is quit out of this world. It claims that it can fry your foods with hot air. Sounds far fetched to me. Yes it may well cook them but will they taste bland and dry. For this to be worth buying the food has to taste good. After all you can put a lot of food in the microwave and it WILL cook it, but it tastes anything but good.
This airfryer comes with a handy little recipe book / booklet. It has 30 simple recipes perfectly suited for the appliance. These include the predictable such as chips down to the surprisingly strange such as chocolate brownies (definitely not something I expected to see)
The fryer basket can be accessed by pulling the long centrally located Handel towards you the Handel blends seamlessly in to the time and temperature dial above. This design is quite unusual for a fryer and looks more suited to a safe than a kitchen appliance, i like it as its not your bog standard design. Both the drawer and food basket are removable and dishwasher safe, I was happy when I first read that as cleaning contraptions by hand is never enjoyable.
As you'd expect you simply place the food in to the basket close the drawer turn the dial to the allotted time and off it goes. It's very quiet as it does it's job then a gentle ding alerts you to get your taste-buds ready.
A handy food separator is provided so you can cook two or more different foods with out the flavours mixing.
Now to the taste it's self. I cooked the obvious thing that 90% of people will use this for.
Wait for it.
I made a small single batch, just enough for me and they turned out great. They didn't necessarily taste fried but the did taste good. Crispy, dry not greasy. Golden brown not burned at all perfect little French Fri style chips. I should add that these were frozen French fries that have an added coating to help them cook. They took around twenty minutes at 200c.
When cooking chips made from scratch using fresh potatoes you need to add a tiny amount of oil. They recommend half a tablespoon of oil for five hundred grams of potatoes. That's tiny compared to totally submerging them into a vat of oil. Plus you can always use olive oil that is actually beneficial to your health as it's a good fat.
The full cooking capacity is eight hundred grams, that's plenty of room for me, more than enough. but for a medium sized family you'll find yourself having to cook a few batches to guarantee everyone gets their fill.
Another thing I noticed about the airfryer is that as foods cook there is very little odour coming from it. That's because of the integrated air filter, this successfully reduces offensive food vapours and odours, preventing them from filling your home with the smell of food, appetising while you're cooking, revolting once you've eaten.
***Key features include***
Patented Rapid Air Technology - combines hot air with grill component to 'fry' food
In-built timer - pre-set cook times of up to 30 minutes
Adjustable temperature control
Food separator accessory.
Integrated air filter.
The recipe book includes chicken and potato dishes. Simple pigs in blankets, Quiche and American style meatloaf. There are lots of party finger food recipes perfect for Christmas, these include Prawns wrapped in ham, ricotta balls with basil, salmon croquettes, Thai fish cakes, empanadas with chorizo, Mediterranean chicken nuggets, garlic mushrooms and more.
Integrated on/off switch
***Weight and dimensions**
Weight of the appliance: 7.0 kg
Product dimensions (W x H x D): 287 x 315 x 384 mm
Power: 1425 W
Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50/60 Hz
Cord length: 1 m
Capacity: 800 g
Capacity: 2.2 l
The food I have made in this special little fryer is great. As I said it didn't taste fried but that's a good thing it tastes healthy and full of flavour.
It's quiet, it holds in food smells and is easy to clean.
It's a great alternative to a deep fat fryer. But if you don't need a deep fat fryer you don't really need one of these.
I'm not going to make out that this Philips airfryer has changed my life and that I never even look at a takeout menu anymore. But it has definitely reduced the number of times i order in significantly. And instead of cooking deep fat I now cook low fat.
And because of that my health will benefit in the long run.
The AirFryer is a great kitchen must have if, like me, you are health conscious, and even if you not it means you can indulge in fried foods with less guilt, as it gives food a "deep fried" taste without using a lot of oil.
The instructions say that, if you are using convenience food, like frozen chips or chicken nuggets for frying, you don't need to add any oil to it at all. When using fresh, homemade ingredients, such as potatoes that you have prepared yourself, you need to add a very small amount of oil. For example for 500g of potatoes, you only need to add 1/2 a tablespoon of oil, which is a fraction compared to how you cook them conventionally.
According to the instructions that came with it, the Philips AirFryer will save you 80% of the fat in your "frying." This makes it an ideal product to cook your favourite fried food but with less fat, which fro me is fabulous as any mums knows kids love all the foods we are told to give them in moderation, with the Airfryer, it means they can eat more of those fried foods but with less fat. This got a big thumbs up from my children.
The machine had come with a metal divider to be used when cooking two things at once, so I decided to cook some frozen chips with chicken nuggets have "fried" the chips at the same time as the nuggets.
It was really easy to make them. First you set the temperature, then pop the food in and then set the timer. Halfway through the cooking, you take them out and shake them up and put them back in. It was a really easy to use, and all in just 13 minutes. And the best bit is they did have a taste very much like they had been fried, which is great, especially with my middle child being such a fussy eater, but they passed his taste test and that is not easy.
The Philips AirFryer also came with a recipe book which had some great recipes in it! I found out I can even make brownies in the machine, along with recipes for "fish and chips," "crispy curry potato cubes with coriander salsa," "feta triangles" and "meatballs with feta," just to name a few. All of the recipes in the recipe book contain the nutritional values of the dishes.
Overall the Philips AirFryer is a big winner with my family, and I am looking forward to making many more meals using it.