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Low Fat Air Fryers Compared

When comparing low fat air fryers you will notice that the appearance of the units are quite different and of course, which you prefer will be down to personal preference. However, my preference is for the Philips Air Fryer with it’s clean cut lines and pod shape. While everything is hidden away when cooking, this is likely to mean that children will be less inclined to try and watch their tea go round and round. On the opposite side, you have to pull the basket out to check on the contents and shake when cooking some items and the basket can need a good pull to get it out.

The Philips appears to be faster than the Tefal, but both take longer with chips than any other food which maybe fresh or frozen. Given the way these machines work, you are going to get splatter from both of them. With the Tefal this will be on the clear lid (which has been known to discolour and crack), with the Philips this will be mostly on the splash guard below the grill element, but the obvious parts of both machines are dishwasher safe.

As indicated, the Tefal has come in for a battering because of the need for replacement parts. Given the price, one would hope everything would work for longer, but that’s the price you pay for the new technology.  That said,  I think that Tefal have improved the stirring paddle that seems to have been at the root of the problems. The newer FZ7000 series no longer has a clip on paddle that was prone to break, instead it has a click and lock one that is far better. The Philips is far to new to have a history to draw on, so we will have to wait and see.

While both machines will cook chips, french fries, wedges, meat and poultry, there are a couple of differences.  For example, in the Tefal Actifry you can produce stir fries and currys because of the paddle and a hidden heat element. The Philips Air Fryer can’t do stir fries but will make you a nice sausage roll, bake a muffin, cake or quiche cook stuffed vegetables and brown off pre-baked bread. Basically, you need to decide where you tastes lie – do you prefer mostly savoury foods or would you like the convenience of baking in a worktop sized mini oven? If the latter, you may find that the baking tray you require is an additional add-on for some models. I believe it’s around £18 to buy separately.

The other major difference is that the Philips has a smaller capacity than the Tefal of around 20%. So if you are looking for a family sized model go for either the standard Tefal or the larger family sized model.

Taking a quick look at the De’Longhi Roto Fry, you can only cook foods that are suitable for deep fat frying as there are no more options. De’Longhi do have a good reputation though so if you just want it for chips with a bit less fat, go for this one as it’s cheaper.

The price of course is a major concern. The Philips Air Fryer can retail at £85+ but will more likely be £99+ . Some wholesale companies can offer a better deal, so try here for the Philips model. However, in monetary terms, the Tefal ActiFry is usually similar depending on the model.  There is also the Duronic AF1 /B Healthy Oil Free Jet Fryer Multicooker that is new to the market and can be found  priced around £65. Not quite the same, but if you are interested in the De’Longhi Roto Fry, the cheapest I have found it is around £65, but it is more limited in terms of what you can cook and will use more oil to do so.

For me, I’m still unsure. I like the look of the Philips, the size and it’s versatility, the price of the De’Longhi is the best but not the fact it only cooks deep fried food albeit in less oil than normal. The Tefal Actifry is more tried and tested, but comes with a questionable reliability record for some of the parts, namely the paddle and lid. No doubt these components have improved in the later models and you can purchase these parts separately should they break outside the guarantee period.

If you are searching for air fryers from the USA, please try here as most of the links on this site are for the UK.

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.

For And Against Buying A Low Fat Air Fryer (v. long!)

Perhaps you have been thinking about the idea of giving a low fat air fryer a try, but you are just not convinced if it is for you. If you keep coming back to the idea, then here are some thoughts for you to consider.

Common Thoughts Against Buying Air Fryers

It is often wise if you are unsure to look at some negative points of doing something and some people hesitate to try these air fryers for many reasons including the following.

1. Container isn’t large enough for their family
2. What you can do in the low fat air fryer you can easily do in the oven or on the stove
3. Can’t be bothered to work out how to use one
4. Don’t have the space for another gadget.
5. Too expensive and it’s a lot of money just to cook chips!
6. They break!

Well, all the above reasons for not investing in a low fat air fryer are valid ones, so let’s look at them one-by-one.

The usefulness of the container size depends on what you are cooking and the size of your family. Most people buy these fryers to make low fat chips or fries and you can get one kilo of chips in the Tefal, so you could get away with enough for two adults and two children. If you have a larger family, Tefal do a larger machine. Generally, you are looking at a capacity that is suited to between two and four people.

Of course you can prepare the same foods in the oven or on the stove. Then again, we could boil a pan of water to make coffee on the stove, but there are few households that don’t own an electric kettle! That said, looking at our example of chips. To produce a low fat edible version there is much faffing around, par-boiling potatoes and shaking them up in the pan before you spray them with oil and put in the oven for half an hour turning half-way through. With the air fryers, you just chip your potatoes, add up to a tablespoon of oil and switch on. Some models require a shake half way through but that’s it. The timer pings and out come your chips while you’ve been doing something else.

Space can certainly be an issue as the Tefal model is certainly quite large. The Philips has a much smaller footprint but is higher, so you may also have an issue getting it in a cupboard! Indeed if you have a small kitchen, then you should think carefully about getting a low fat air fryer and possible storage issues. The Tefal in particular is a little large to leave out on the work top.

It’s a myth that you can only cook chips in a low fat air fryer. What else you can do depends on the model but this may include stir fries, roast potatoes, sausages, chicken and other meats, curries, reheating of part-baked bread, muffins, stuffed peppers and more. A little thought and many other recipes can be adapted. Yes, they are not cheap but there are always bargains to be found. On this site, we try and keep up with the current cheapest options so you can save time by following our links to reputable online shops.  As of today, you can get both makes for just £99!

As for worrying how to use a fryer, they are much simpler to use than a traditional oil fryer. Basically, switch it on and set the timer. When you’ve finished, pop the parts in the dishwasher and that’s it. There are numerous videos on the Internet to show you the simplicity of these machines and their versatility so don’t worry.

As for breaking…. Everything does at some point. If you are worried about parts breaking as you have read the reviews, please keep in mind that these are related to an older version of the Tefal. The Philips Air Fryer does not have the moving parts that have had bad reports of breaking but is really too new a machine to have had that many bad reports. With the Tefal, if you get a newer model you should be safe as they have adapted the design to improve on past issues. Always remember though that you have your 12 month warranty to fall back on and parts for the Tefal are readily available.

To go straight to the cheapest deal for the Philips CLICK HERE, for the Tefal CLICK HERE.

Reasons For Buying Air Fryers

1. Health concerns
2. Weight loss benefits
3. Safety
4. Ease of cleaning
5. Independent and versatile cooking
6. Easily transportable

One of the main benefits of owning a hot air fryer is for health reasons. Basically, if you are not using as much oil or fat in your cooking then it has to be better for you. If you are trying to lose weight, then using much less oil has an obvious advantage. Many people buy these machines to make very low fat chips and believe me, this is the closest you will get to the deep fried variety we all know and love! If you are diabetic or have problems with gall stones for example, then you need to cut down on your fats or suffer the consequences. This method of cooking will be ideal for you.

Safety is another great benefit for air fryers. With traditional fryers there is always the danger of hot oil spillage. If you have young children or weak wrists for example, you would need to be particularly careful. With these fryers, there is no heavy pan of boiling oil to contend with – although care should still be taken with small children around the kitchen as the outside of the appliance will get quite hot.

Other benefits include being able to cook foods without putting on your main oven which is particularly useful in the warmer months. They are easier to clean than your oven or a traditional oil fryer. If you own holiday property, rent self-catering property or a caravan, they are also easily transportable to use there. I have my doubts you would have room in a caravan, but that’s for you to determine.

As you may see, owning an air fryer is worth thinking about. Now that you have considered all these reasons for and against, I suggest you re-evaluate whether you still really want one and if you do, what are you waiting for? Check out the Philips Air Fryer and the Tefal Actifry on this site to help you make your decision which would be best for you.

To go straight to the cheapest deal for the Philips CLICK HERE, for the Tefal CLICK HERE.