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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.

Getting Your Air Fryer From Ebay

If you are looking for an air fryer, no doubt you have noticed they are not that cheap!

It doesn’t seem to be wherever you look that you can get either the Philips Air Fryer or the Tefal Actifry for less than a hundred pounds, and that’s a bargain! You will usually find that the Tefal is usually considerably cheaper than the Philips, but even with the latter, you can still find it for less than £150 if you do your homework. Our most reliable and preferred source for air fryers are the other links on this site but that isn’t to say there is anything wrong with Ebay. You must decide for yourself.

Be warned however, things are not always any cheaper on Ebay than anywhere else and there is always the issue of returning anything that you have to be really careful with. If you are buying second-hand then of course, returns are not often accepted but that doesn’t mean the item shouldn’t be working when you get it. If you do have a problem, contact the seller first and if you get no joy there, move on to Ebay. They have a system in place to deal with this type of thing but do remember to keep all your correspondence with the seller.

It is possible if buying new on Ebay that the item may also have been previously purchased by the seller as a ‘reject’ for whatever reason. Some may have had the box opened for other reasons so this may not been it is a reject. If the goods have been previously returned to the manufacture or for any other reason, then the sales blurb should clearly state this. In all other cases, make sure you have a full guarantee and know where and how to return items and who is responsible for any postage costs. Typically, it will be you.

That said, as long as you read the information carefully, check the reliability of the seller and know what you are getting Ebay can be a very good source and should be included in your search.