112 of 126 people found the following review helpful
Better than the Tefal Actifry,
This review is from: Philips HD9220/20 Airfryer Healthier Oil Free Fryer - Black (Kitchen & Home)
I have had a Tefal Actifry since they first came out about 4 years ago. Saw it at the Good Food Show and, being a gadget freak and a Slimming World member was interested in the health benefits. It served me well enough, but I was never THAT impressed. The paddle used to break up whatever was in it, so when it started playing up (the lid catch broke), I read the reviews for this and thought I'd give it a go. It's soooooo much better. My first attempt at chips (coated in half a tablespoon of oil) were fantastic. So nice that I have them for tea too !
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 :)