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Why The Philips Air Fryer?

For those new to the Philips air fryer and the concept of hot air fryers, then you are in for a treat! Low fat air fryers suggest that you can have the taste of deep fat frying but without the fat and the resulting calories. Excessive consumption of saturated fats in particular are not good for your health, as you probably already know given the high profile importance of eating healthier over the past few years. So whether you wish to cut down on the fats in your diet for health reasons or because you want to lose weight (or both), then this type of cooking is something you may want to think about so read on.

For many, the biggest miss when switching to healthier cooking is chips or fries. This is where the Philips Air Fryer (or the similar Tefal Actifry) comes in as they claim produce deep fat fried tasting chips but with a maximum of one tablespoon of oil per kilo of fries. Although the jury may still be out on just how similar the taste is, there is no doubt from reports that they come the closest to the real thing that you can produce. However, chips are not the only thing you can cook in these and they also have other advantages over the standard deep fryers.

Firstly, a quick word on how air fryers work which is really quite simple. Basically, food is placed in a receptacle and hot air is constantly blown around the food from a heat source within the machine. While the Tefal Actifry stirs the food using a paddle, the Philips Air Fryer just requires a shake of the basket half way through cooking. This is why what you can cook in the machines differs but I’ll leave that to your imagination the cookbooks and other pages on this site such as these air fryer recipes such as the one below for jacket potato. I will say however, that transference of food flavours is avoided in the Philips given you can use a food divider in the basket.

You hear most days of someone leaving their deep fat fryer unattended and it catching fire. At worst, this can lead to a home fire and a possible loss of your home, at best, a nasty mess in your kitchen with a bad smell that lingers for some time. As you are not using boiling oils in an air fryer, this simply can’t happen. If you have an elderly relative who is a little forgetful but inserts on frying, then a Philips Air Fryer would make a good gift. As we age, our wrists naturally get weaker and dealing with hot deep fat fryers for cleaning, or simply moving them around with the oil inside or to empty it is dangerous. Children are also an obvious reason for caution with deep fat fryers. Although the air fryers do get quite hot on the outside, you would never have to deal with the catastrophic consequences of being burnt by boiling oil.

Emptying and cleaning these types of deep fryer is also a messy and more expensive business. Most people leave the oil in their fryer until it starts to taste bad on the food. Disposing of the oil (or solid fat) is not nice, neither is cleaning the machine. With an air fryer, most parts are machine washable and without the layer of grease, simple to wash by hand as well.

Space can be an issue with the Tefal Actifry as it has a large footprint and you would need a large cupboard to store it in! The Philips Air Fryer has a similar sized footprint to a traditional deep fryer, but is a little taller. If you are cooking for more than two however, go for the Tefal Actifry which has a larger capacity than the Philips and can be found for £95.

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The Philips Air Fryer

The new Philips Air Fryer works using a unique combination of air circulation and a top grill known as Rapid Air Technology. What this does is to provide a uniform combination of heat and air to all areas of the food resulting in a dry crispy outside with a normally cooked inside. The current cheapest available price is £89 in the black and the white coming in at over £154, you can still obtain the Philips Viva Collection Airfryer HD9220/50 seen below for about £164 if you follow any links on this site  for this model  but this changes almost as fast as I get in and out of the shower in the morning so you may be lucky and get it for less!

Moving on, there have been claims that the Philips Air Fryer will work without oil, but to get any decent taste they have now admitted that you do need a little.

There is a food separator accessory for the Philips which means you can happily cook different foods at the same time. The air filter deals quite effectively with any smells which avoids your kitchen smelling like the local greasy spoon café.

Philips Air Fryer

Philips HD 9220/40 Viva Air Fryer


As for cleaning, the basket, divider and pan are all dishwasher safe. In addition if the you have the HD9225, you can put the baking tray in as well.

When in use, the outside of the fryer will mostly be just warm to the touch, but there are some external areas that will become quite hot. Obviously, the machine should be keep well away from little hands.

The recipe book even provides a way to bake muffins and brownies as well as the savoury recipes you would expect. While vegetables that can be grilled, such as zucchini, corncobs or peppers, can be prepared in the Air Fryer, those that need to be steamed or boiled such as broccoli, beans and carrots cannot. Pre-baked bread can be put in the fryer to crisp up fast, foods prepared for a barbeque and frozen foods defrosted all adding to the machine’s versatility.

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To give you an idea of how long things take to cook let’s look at one of our favourites, chips!

If you are using frozen chips they will already have oil on them, so you don’t need any more. 300-700 grams of thin chips will take 12-16 minutes and thick frozen chips 12-20 minutes. 300-800 grams of home made skinny chips take 18-25 minutes while wedges will take 18-22 minutes. Don’t forget to add on the three minutes warming up time and the fact that you have to shake the basket half way through.

Where the Philips Air Fryer differs from the Tefal Actifry is that you can bake in it as well (although you can’t do stir fries). You can put pre-baked rolls etc., in the pan to brown off and make yourself some muffins which take 15-18 minutes. If you fancy a quiche this will take 20-22 minutes.  There’s a recipe for Risotto Balls HERE, watch out for more!