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Philips Air Fryer Review

Having opted for the Philips Air Fryer over the  Tefal Actifry myself, I thought I’d give a quick review on the Philips model here. I’m not going to go into how it works as you can find that elsewhere on this site. First off, I’m pretty happy with it!

The single most important thing to a lot of people is whether it actually does cook chips that taste like those from the chip shop. To be brutal, the answer is no, it doesn’t. But what exactly do you expect from something that doesn’t use all that oil?! That said, IMHO the chips it does produce are by far the closest ‘diet’ chips you will get to the real thing and are head and shoulders above low fat oven chips.

If you cut your chips thinly, like french fries, the 800gm basket will cook these in about 15 minutes. If you are using the air fryer to capacity, I would suggest you shake it more often than just once or you may find some anaemic looking chips at the bottom! Thicker chips and wedges take longer but in my experience, there is still no need to par-boil.

I have used the 1/2 tablespoon of oil recommended and also use the one-cal type spray oils with similar results. I have also tried frozen oven chips without additional oil and they are probably crisper but don’t taste as nice as the real chips. Roast potatoes and parsnips work well too without par-boiling, but do remember not to make them too big.

Roasting peppers and other veggies works well but as we are vegetarian, haven’t tried cooking chicken etc. I have tried the brownies out of the recipe book though and they tasted really good although I don’t think they needed as long as suggested. The pan for making these is a welcome addition to the fryer as is the food divider. Both of the these came as standard in my machine. Heck, I’ve even melted chocolate in it by covering a heatproof bowl and switching it on at the lowest setting for a short time. Not such a worry as putting it in a bowl over boiling water or over doing it in the microwave so it’s unusable!

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Jacket potatoes work better than in the microwave as they get the crispy skin you associate with cooking in an oven. Make sure the potatoes aren’t humungous ones and are evenly sized and pricked. Also remember to turn them and they will be ready in about half-an-hour. To see how to give jacket potatoes the air fryer treatment watch the video on this Philips air fryer page.

Yes, the Philips air fryer was a bit more expensive than the Actifry but I decided the pros outweighed that (it is often now a bit cheaper, currently at just £84). The Philips looks nicer and takes up a lot less room (in my kitchen that was a huge bonus). This machine is also very convenient to use; no hot oil making it safer, quick to heat up, easy to clean and versatile.

The cheapest available Philips AirFryer Healthier Oil-Free Fryers are available in white and black and are heavily reduced and worth looking out for!  Just follow the link or click on the picture for more information.

If you are looking for air fryers from the USA, try HERE.

The Low Fat Air Fryer vs Other Hot Air Fryers

Even if you already own a low fat air fryer, you may still find this site useful as there are several decent recipes and ideas that will help you make the most of your new kitchen aid. If you are thinking about getting one, you will find this site really useful in helping you to decide whether to get one, or which one to get!  If you have arrived here as you are trying to lose weight or for medical reasons you have to cut down on your fat intake, don’t go away! These machines are ace for low fat cooking (especially chips!)  So, you may have guessed, there are two types of low fat fryer – a combination more ‘standard’ type and then the low fat air versions such as the Philips AirFryer or the Tefal Actifry which are both well supported.

Where traditional deep fat fryers will require you to submerge the food in hot oil, the Tefal and the Philips circulate very hot air heated up to 200c to heat the food and provide a crispy outer layer. The air is pushed around the food, albeit chips, fish or chicken to brown them off making this type of frying a much healthier option. Food is cooked quickly and cleanly with handmade thin cut chips taking from as little as 12 minutes depending on the model, and frozen oven ready French fries taking a little less time as they are partly cooked.

Philips Air Fryer

Philips Air Fryer Now £84!

An air fryer is also useful for people who are nervous of traditional chip pans and deep fat fryers, which are well known to be the start of many a fire in our homes (including my mother-in-law who walked off and forgot it, resulting in a hefty insurance claim). In fact, there are around 12,000 chip pan fires every year in the UK alone and, as a direct result of these fires, about 50 people will die. They are also useful for people who find it difficult to grip pan handles or who tend to shake a lot, as they will not be involved in dealing with boiling fats.

Where the low fat air fryers benefit the most is of course the fact that they use much less fat when cooking. This can be as much as over 80% less fat than conventional types of fryer require to cook and brown your food. In fact, if preparing your own fries, you can get the fat level down to 1.5%.  Although the jury may be out on that one, it’s not rocket science to realise that there is an enormous saving in terms of the amount of fat you put into your body!  It has been estimated that in the UK, where chips are particularly popular, that we get through approximately 240 thousand kilos of this type of hidden fat each and every year.

If you happen to be trying to lose weight, then chips and chocolate are probably high on your cravings list. Obviously, air fryers can’t do much about the chocolate side of things, but by their very nature, they can allow you to still eat ‘proper’ chips and deal with that particular craving. So, if you have a dislike for the cardboard taste of some oven chips, this may be your answer, as manufacturer’s claim they taste just like the more fatty variety.

You can put fresh or frozen products in Tefal and Philips Airfryer which of course work independently of any oven, so you can get a meal on rapidly if you’ve been out all day. A bonus for many!

NOTE.………..  And The Best News – The Tefal Actifry is NOW REDUCED TO £94.99.  if you follow the links on this page the Tefal ActiFry FZ700015 Low Fat Electric Fryer. The Philips AirFryer (pictured above) is currently reduced to £84!! (The deals can vary from day to day so you may need to check all of the models.)

If you are looking for air fryers and you live in the USA, please try here as the links on these pages are mainly for the UK.

The Tefal Air Fryer

Enjoyed by more than three million households world-wide, the Tefal Air Fryer is claimed to be the best-selling air fryer in the UK. The ActiFry is a revolutionary product which allows you to enjoy tasty, traditional, home-cooked chips, but at the same time stay healthy and feel good about what you are eating.

The ActiFry is part of the Nutritious & Delicious range from Tefal, which aims to produce innovative products for people searching for healthier ways to cook, without compromising on taste.

Healthy, perfect chips with just three per cent fat. And The Best News – Looking to buy cheap Actifry? Tefal ActiFry Low Fat Fryer, (1 kg) is still heavily reduced at £94.99. Keep an eye on the Philips though, at £84+.  Trying to keep up but it seems these prices can fluctuate within days…. trying to keep up……….!

By using just one spoonful of oil, you can make one kilogram of golden, crispy home-made chips, which is enough to feed a family of four.

That one spoonful is 100 times less than a traditional deep fat fryer, which not only means that your food is substantially healthier, but cooking is also more economical and 100% safe.

Simply load up to one kilogram of freshly-cut chips into the Tefal fryer, drop in a measure of your preferred oil using the spoon provided and set the timer, the ActiFry does the rest. Just wait for the timer to end and the alarm to sound.

The steam-free lid and viewing window means that you can always keep an eye on your food, although with the food being constantly, but gently stirred by the mixing arm, all you need to do is add you ingredients and let them cook.

The automatic lid opens at the push of a button for your convenience.
When opened, the ActiFry will automatically stop until you close the lid again. An easy grip handle means you can safely remove the pan and serve your food.

Once your food is cooked, the cover and pan can all be removed and are the necessary parts can be popped in to the dishwasher. The non-stick coating on the pan also means any leftover food comes off easily with no fuss. That’s everything you need to wash up taken care of quickly and simply. See above for the cheapest Tefal Actifry links.

The Tefal air fryer is endorsed by Ellie Krieger, MS, RD who is a registered dietician, New York Times Bestselling author, TV personality, and former professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. Ellie has created some recipes that are to be included in the recipe book that comes with the Actifry.

The Actifry does not seem as easily available for our friends in the United States, but if you are visiting from there, you can find links that offer a price comparison on a few air fryers such as the GLIP AF800 by visiting this site.

In the meantime, watch how to prepare Chicken Tikka Masala in your Actifry air fryer below!