675 of 686 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I bought this to replace an "Actifry" which was excellent but suddenly packed up after about 2 ½ years when the element blew. The Airfryer has a 2 year guarantee which gives a degree of confidence however if there are any reliability issues I will update this review.
This is a low fat fryer which relies on hot air for cooking, much safer than a deep fat frying, the...
Published on 2 Dec 2010 by Bob
757 of 817 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and under-performs
Bought from Amazon at close to full RRP, this was a considered purchase and promised a considerable saving on oil, and health benefits, in comparison to a deep fat fryer. In that respect it is quite similar to a Tefal product that I had once considered purchasing, other than learning of its reported problems. Both fryers require about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of oil, but where...
Published on 11 Jan 2011 by Claptonian
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675 of 686 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good,
This is a low fat fryer which relies on hot air for cooking, much safer than a deep fat frying, the food to be cooked is placed in a basket (which can be divided in two to separate two different types of food and even take a 7" dish although taking it out of the basket is not the easiest of tasks) the temperature and time is set and that is it except that halfway through the basket has to be removed and shaken, this is particularly important with chips which will stick together if not shaken. The cooked food was excellent, chips cooking well and fast
Both the Airfryer and the Actifry do similar things in a similar manner but there are some detailed differences.
The Airfryer has a smaller workplace footprint although taller than the Actifry, is quieter (still with a fairly noisy fan) and cooks quicker. Also the Airfryer does not have a paddle which rotates and can damage delicate foods and is easier to clean.
The Actifry does however have one other advantage other than cost in that you can see the food being cooked.
UPDATE I still like it but the mechanical timer sometimes sticks or rather does not start, if you hear it ticking it is going to be OK.
It is being advertised on one of the shopping channels at the moment and they show cooking sausages although I am sure this works it advises against sausages and other high fat items in the instruction book, it does not give a reason but I assume that it is to prevent fat splashing on the heating element. Use caution if you wish to cook sausages, I have not tried them in the AirFryer.
The cord got jammed in the base and I had to take it off to pull the cord out. (Only two screws but be careful not to break off the plastic tags.
It is poor design as the cord is only fed into a void, no spool or anything, and if it kinks there is no way of pulling it out without dismantling it.
Still going well no problems.
Please note if this is not big enough for you there is now a bigger one.
Philips HD9240/90 Avance Collection Airfryer Extra-Large, 3 Litre, 2100 Watt, Black
742 of 774 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fryer, great tasting - and healthier - food,
On receiving the Airfryer I was surprised at the size. It isn't exactly small and it is a reasonable weight as well. What I was very impressed with was the build quality. The thing looks very swish in the corner of the kitchen, black and chic as if it will transform your chips into modern art pieces. And taste wise I found it wasn't too far off! But I digress. Set up was easy and very well laid out in the easy start guide provided with the fryer. The whole thing was out of the box, washed and set up ready for use in less than 20 minutes.
My first foray into airfrying was actually not chips but some chinese wonton dumplings that had been sitting in the freezer for some time. Now the instructions on the packet were to fry them from frozen for 12 minutes, and after consulting the guide with the fryer that tied in with the time given for spring rolls which I deemed to be of similar construction and density. So I pre-heated the airfryer for a few minutes and then popped the food in the basket. Gave them a quick shake halfway through and then at the end of cooking I was presented with perfectly cooked, crisp and golden pork wonton. Really nicely cooked and completely hassle free.
I have cooked self made chips, oven chips and self made potatoe cubes in the airfryer and all came out perfectly. The oven chips I cooked at the same time as a pork steak I had marinaded, thanks to the handy metal divider that can be placed into the basket to cook separate foodstuffs at the same time. The pork was cooked really well, not dried out and maintaining all the flavour I expected. The oven chips were good too but it was the self made chips and cubes that were a revelation. The instructions suggested using a teaspoon of oil on potatoes to prevent drying out but I decided a couple of sprays of the '1 cal' oil and a bit of garlic for seasoning would do the trick. And it did. Both chips and cubes tasted fantastic, no grease and all taste. Much better than ovenchips.
On a practical level the airfryer is great. The bottom section is the 'drawer' that pulls out and contains the food basket. The main body of the thing houses the fans and heater etc. It creates no smell at all when cooking, so no unpleasant oily odours and such. The basket section is completely washable and even dishwashable (though I don't have one). I've found it very easy to cook the stuff and then dump the whole basket and food drawer section straight into a bowl of soapy warm water. When I come back it is a very simple matter to clean the thing and leave it to drain ready for more use. The main body can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. I've been very impressed with how robust and easy this equipment is, I was expecting something far more fiddly to use.
Other points of interest are a nice 2 year guarantee and a nice book of 30 recipes that has some good recipe ideas.
I've been very impressed with this piece of equipment. It isn't cheap but it is extremely good at giving results that taste great and cause a minimum of fuss. I suspect this airfryer will become a very much valued part of my kitchen armoury from now on.
505 of 539 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple to use, great results,
First up please note that this product is rather big, so make sure you have some good space free to where you want to put it.
Installation was a breeze; make sure all stickers are taken off, take out the main compartment and basket and make sure they are washed and dried before putting them in, then plug the device in, easy.
At first I had a hard time at not getting the main compartment out as it easily slots out by pulling the handle, but in fact to remove the basket within, you need to press the button in and at the right angle push the handle up, I also had a frustrating time putting the basket back in and even at one point jammed my thumb which did give me a lot of discomfort, so do be careful. If you watch the video, that was when I had only just used it so you will see what I mean when I said I struggled a bit, however now I have done it a few times I am not having that problem any more, so if you end up struggling also, be patient and you will pick up the technique pretty fast.
Using the AirFryer is actually really easy, most things do not require oil, but some still do although a very small amount ie. wedges require half a teaspoon, I personally used sunflower oil. Some foods you may want to experiment with timings etc.. however I used the exact instructions to cook myself some potato wedges and it cooked them perfectly, they tasted great and seemed.... fresh and healthy, no grease on them at all.
My favourite thing about this AirFryer is that it has a timer that will cut off the heat when it reaches '0', this is great as I'm easily distracted and often burn my food. Please note that when cooking, if the AirFryer is being used from cold make sure you add 3 minutes to the timer to let it "pre-heat".
As for cleaning, it's really easy, just pull the main compartment out then either put it in the dishwasher or a quick scrub will do, just make sure it's cooled down first as it can get extremely hot.
Overall I'm really pleased with this product, it's easy to use, cooks really well and it's healthy & cleaner. so top marks from me!
73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best kitchen item I have ever purchased !,
I was a little sceptical due to some of the reviews on here. Some people had said it does not cook the food even etc.
After a few weeks contemplating this purchase, I decided to buy one knowing that I can return it to Phillips within 60 days for a full refund.
I need not of worried............ its pure brilliance !
I started with some oven chips, just to see how they come out and I was quite happy with the results, however, the main reason I got this was to be able to have my own homemade chips without the oil. I stuck to the instructions, did a max weight of 800g (I found this could easily feed 3 adults) I soaked them in water for 30 mins, dried them with kitchen roll, added a small amount of olive oil and popped them in the airfryer.
The results far exceeded my expectations ! I thought they came out great and tasted very nice !
Over the last 6 weeks I have started to experiment with the fryer, I have found it does not really make a difference if you soak the chips or not, as long as you dry them, they seem to come out the same. I have also come to the conclusion that the chips need to be shaken frequently during cooking, I tend to give them a quick shake every 10 mins, just to make sure all the chips get an even cook and also stops them from sticking together during cooking.
I have also tried vegetables; Mushrooms, Carrots, Courgette, Parsnip, Turnip and so on, again all have come out far better than I thought they would !
Im now totally hooked on the airfryer and its turned into one of the most used appliances in my kitchen, even my husband is pleased with the results.
Overall best purchase I ever made, totally worth every penny !
757 of 817 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and under-performs,
I had used a variety of electric fryers since experiencing an oil fire in a traditional fryer some years ago. Some lasted for 3-5 years, others rather less but none were in the same price league as this. It relies on a fan to draw in air from the top and pass it over an element not unlike that found in older electric kettles. The pan has a shaped segment in its base that is supposed to swirl the air around and to pass it back up through the food, cooking the food more or less evenly on both sides. It works to some extent but is far from perfect. If there is a single layer of something, it can perform quite well, but if there are multiple layers as with chips then it basically fails for reasons explained below,
The promises are many but performance in most cases fell rather short. When cooking chips, not the oven-ready type, despite cooking for the recommended time or more, shaking the contents as recommended after about 60% and again at about 80% of the time has elapsed, most were invariably still either mostly white or were browned only in a few places. However, it was often the case that corners were burned even though much of the chip looked uncooked. Sometimes, a few were still quite raw in places and the flavour and texture is quite different and may need time to be accepted. The only effective way to ensure even cooking is to turn each chip over so that its least cooked surfaces are nearer to the element - not the most time-efficient or practical solution. As most buyers will probably consider this as a chip fryer and nothing more, it is not ideal for the job. At its current price, even after Amazon reduced their prices by over 1/3 despite a rise in VAT, it is not the most cost-effective or simply the most effective solution. It is also seems rather slow; for example chips require about 12-15 minutes plus 3 minutes more to preheat which is about twice as long as in a deep fryer although the oil will need some time to heat. Steaks require about 10-12 minutes plus preheating time compared with about 3 or 4 in an electric grill, although the latter will need to be heated before use.
When cooking other things, like potato cakes - a family favourite - they cooked quite well if turned at about 2/3 of the time required. I did not use it with steaks or fish as I have a grill that I use for that purpose, but it was a consideration for the future. I have in the past made my own doughnuts and other fried confections and I purchased the AirFryer without any consideration that I would no longer be able to use it for that purpose. It is not suited for that type of cooking. I also often make my own crisps or game chips when entertaining and I doubt that this machine would be capable of doing that either. It is not therefore the complete solution for all domestic frying needs and you may also need a deep fat fryer for those jobs that the AirFryer is not best suited. If that is the case, why have two fryers when one will suffice?
However, after about 3-4 weeks' of use - about 8-10 uses in total, I noticed flecks of soft black plastic sticking to the metal base protector/heat reflector that is located under the pan and basket assembly. When washing the pan when last used, I noticed that its rubber feet had disintegrated such that about half of each was now missing! Having owned the item for less than 6 weeks, that is a major failing.
In consequence of its problems and failings I have had no option but to return it to Amazon for a refund. A replacement with another identical unit was not even considered.
The bottom line is that if it is a deep fryer that you need, you can buy better at a fraction of the price. If you need to cook steaks, fish, sausages etc, you can also buy an electric grill as well as a deep fryer and still save money. Between the two, there are many more jobs that they will undertake than this product can manage.
In brief, it does not perform well, is over-expensive, not fully featured and less than well designed. For its performance, it is not worth its price and cannot therefore be recommended unless you are a gadget hound who does not need it to cook the food it is supposedly designed to cook. As others have said, although not necessarily for the same reasons, DO NOT BUY IT!
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Air frier,
This review is from: Philips Airfryer Healthier Oil Free Fryer - White (Kitchen & Home)This is a brilliant item ...... The deep fat frier is OUT ......... Would highly recommend the air frier to everyone it is much healthier and it is so nice not to ave greasy food. Makes a really good job of frozen roast potatoes.
102 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Tefal Actifry,
The first time I used it I followed the timing guidelines in the recipe book. A couple of the chips (and I mean only a couple) were very slightly underdone, but a lovely golden colour. So the second time I used it I cooked them for a couple of minutes longer at 150 and then turned the heat up to 200. They were perfect. I also took the basket out and shook them a couple of times more that it says to, (remember to take the basket out to shake as the pan part is heavy and could do some damage if it drops off on your foot).
It says in the instructions to put the chips into the basket one at a time so as not to poor any excess oil in. I just tipped them in (remember, they only had half a tablespoon of oil anyway) and the excess oil, what bit of it there was, drips into the pan below.
Slimming World chips are syn free if I were to use Frylight, but to me it's worth the "syns" to use the little bit of oil for a better tasting chip. They are still loads healthier :)
In summary it's a good sturdy machine and nice to look at. The basket and pan are dishwasher safe (always a plus) and so far I'm really happy with it. Seems a lot of money just to do chips, but to me it's worth it and I'm sure I'll do other things in it.
A lot cheaper than in Argos.
Cooks quicker and better than the Actifry, and beats it by miles.
Get one :)
182 of 197 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chips, chips and more chips,
First impressions are great. It's very well packaged, and when you do finally get it out, it feels like it's really good quality. It's pretty heavy, has a very nice, polished finish and overall it really feels like it's a good piece of equipment.
And it is. For chips. First word of warning is that the cooking times in the booklet are too short. You need to preheat it first, for about five minutes. Second tip is you need to shake it during cooking. Not once as they suggest, but several times. And if you follow these tips, and make sure that when making real chips you coat them in oil first, then it makes a really nice plate of chips. And frozen chips are even better. You can have them all evenly cooked, crispy on the outside and soft inside. Great.
But now the down side. Although the unit itself is pretty big, the basket is quite small. In fact only really big enough for two helpings. If you put more in, then they stick together, no matter how much you shake. There's also a divider for the basket so that you can cook two different products. We tried to do fish and chips this way, but it was pretty poor. The chips were undercooked and the fish overcooked, even though we did our best.
So overall, particularly considering the price, it's a disappointment. If it hadn't been so well made, I'd have thought it was a prototype product that was being tested in the market.
If you live in a household of two and you both really love chips, then it might be worth a go. In any other environment, it will probably end up in the back of a cupboard after a few months.
114 of 124 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frying tonight?!,
The Airfryer comes well packaged in a large, sturdy box.
The instructions for installing are printed in a booklet and are very easy to follow.
Ease of use
The Airfryer is very easy to use. The timer setting knob is not easy to set precisely but this doesn't matter as it is not necessary to time the cooking to more than plus or minus a minute anyway. The temperature setting knob is again not designed to be 100% precise as it just isn't necessary. I did find the basket and it's casing to be a little on the heavy side, however, this isn't too much of a problem as once you've got the whole thing slid out you can release the basket and just use that. One thing I was surprised at was how quiet the appliance is when cooking, I was expecting it to sound like a jet engine but it is more of a quiet hum or whirr. Cleaning, while not hard, can be annoying. For example, when I tried to scrub the basket bottom the mesh ended up covered in little pieces of the washing up sponge. This isn't a problem if you have a dish washer, but for those of us who haven't it can get frustrating.
We tried cooking a few different things in it and overall were pleased with the results. Things such as pre-packaged chicken in breadcrumb (nuggets and fillets) came out wonderfully crisp with a tender more succulent inside and much less fatty than when ovened or grilled. Oven chips while still tasting like cardboard oven chips were still better than when cooked in a conventional oven and again less greasy. Real fresh chips took us a while to get the hang of. We originally tried using all purpose potatoes and 1 cal oil spray but they came out undercooked in places and not very nice. However, once we swapped to Maris Piper potatoes and Sunflower oil they came out lovely. I would recommend cooking in shorter bursts with plenty of shaking/mixing to ensure they cook evenly.
All in all the Airfryer was a pleasant surprise. It worked well and was easy to use which is great for me as I am not a cook by any stretch of the imagination. The food all comes out a lot less fatty than when cooked in other ways which is very healthy and will be great for my husband who has diabetes and has to keep his fat intake down. Although the price is high, it is certainly worth investing in.
I do have one concern however, there is no safety cut-out when the basket and protective casing is pulled out. The Airfryer keeps on going with its heating elements exposed so do not let the children near it unsupervised.
It's now 12/03/2012 and the timer has all but stopped working making it far to dangerous to use, so a point off for longevity!
59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for frozen chips but ...,
So the AirFryer is a much healthier option and takes an acceptable 15 mins (a little longer than the instructions suggest) for delicious results.
However I don't find it as versatile as a deep fryer as it does not cook some of the foods you could deep fry - but it also means you eat a healthier diet.
Large and Heavy - yes, as some reviews say the machine is quite large (the actual counter top 'foot-print' is about the same as a deep fryer but it is twice as tall). However height is not a problem in my kitchen. Yes it is fairly heavy - but as there is no oil inside you don't need to worry about tipping it as you move it to store it. And not as heavy as an old-fashioned cake Mixer & bowl device.
So - on balance a good addition if you like to have chips or similar from time to time and want to a healthier diet AND great if you HATE cleaning deep fat fryers (all that encrusted brown 'fat' that adhered to the lid and bowl etc.)
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