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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.

Recommended Useful Items For Your Air Fryer

There are other useful and simple gadgets that work will with your air fryer, which ever model you own. Here are our recommendations based on current reviews. As the Tefal Actifry has been around for longer, we have included links for the spare parts that are most in demand as well.

So, moving on…. you may note from the following that it is assumed most people will make chips with their low fat air fryer, so these items are chip related!

Kitchen Craft Crinkle Chip Cutter £3.50

Not ever one wants square sided chips so this handy and cheap little item is a useful additional to your kitchen. It does just what you’d expect but requires a bit of an effort to push through so not for the weak wristed! Stainless steel construction with a black handle.

Kitchen Craft Potato Chipper £10.45

Cutting chips is boring and to get the most evenly cooked chips or fries a chipper will do the job effectively for you. Again you need a strong wrist as raw potatoes are pretty hard to get through even with the stainless steel blades! You could also use it for carrots and other root veg on the slim fries setting if you want which makes it more versatile and more of an excuse to get it! Does just what you expect it to do and as it is currently reduced from £15.95 it is probably a good investment.

Elgento White Potato Peeler £20.82

Now if you just don’t want to stand at the sink peeling potatoes, and particularly if you often have to peel large quantities at a time – what about getting a potato peeler? Peels up to 1KG of potatoes and has a see through lockable lid, salad sling to remove water, integrated cord & plug storage, rubber feet for a more stable base.  White in colour and now reduced from £29.99.

OXO Good Grips Y Peeler £3.99

This ‘Y’ Shape Peeler by Good Grips is ideal for peeling fruit and vegetables. Its swivel head allows it to neatly peel produce of varying sizes and shapes as well as slice thin ribbons of Parmesan cheese too. Non slip rubber handle and sharp stainless steel blade. Dishwasher safe, this peeler is a firm favourite with many celebrity chefs.

OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler £3.99

If you don’t like the Y shaped peelers, this Swivel Peeler by Good Grips is also ideal. Its swivel head allows it to neatly peel produce of varying sizes and shapes as well as slice thin ribbons of Parmesan cheese too.  Again, the soft, comfortable non slip rubber handle cushions your hand as you peel, and is non-slip, even when your hands are wet. Dishwasher safe and another firm favourite with many celebrity chefs.

 

Now for the Tefal Actifry spares (click on the links for the best prices).

Tefal Actifry Lid far from cheap, but now reduced to £29.87 from £43.36 but much cheaper than buying a new machine!

Blade For Tefal ACTIFRY Air Fryer – Again sounds expensive at £25.99 but now reduced to £20.73… but if you need one….

On occasions it will be necessary to replace your Tefal Actifry Filter. This will obviously depend on how much you use your Actifry, but if it’s only once a year, £11.98 (RRP £17.50) isn’t too bad.

 

Sorry, not related, but I just love my new ‘find’! I gave up on cafetiere some time ago in favour of my expresso machine but now I’ve found these stainless steel insulated ones I’m hooked!
Contemporary highly polished 18/10 Stainless Steel Insulated Coffee Maker / Cafetiere (although you can get larger ones, this is just a 3 cup size for around £24

De’Longhi Hot Air Roto Fry

The Roto fry is also a hot air fryer and uses less oil than conventional air fryers. However, they work differently. While the Tefal and the Philips require at most, a spoonful of oil to cook and brown the food, the Roto Fryer dips food in and out of hot oil, using hot air in between dipping. Because of this process, there is less oil involved but quite a bit more than is used with the low fat machines.

The De’Longhi F28311 Roto Fryer is an innovative take on deep frying, with a unique angled, rotating basket that uses only half the oil of a standard 1 kg capacity fryer, creating perfectly fried food. In addition, the Roto Fryer has a patented ‘Easy Clean System’, which means there’s a built-in drain hose to remove the oil, a convenient solution to the mess that is sometimes created when clearing away fryers.

DeLonghi Roto Fry

DeLonghi Roto Fry


The F28311 has an adjustable thermostat ranging from 150 to 190 degrees centigrade and a ready-to-cook indicator light to show when the fryer is at the desired temperature. The fryer basket can be raised or lowered with the lid closed and the practical viewing window will allow you to monitor the cooking process without opening the lid. When the food is ready there is an automatic lid release button, the lid can be removed and washed, the oil drained away and the non-stick bowl can be easily cleaned. The lid contains a replaceable anti-odour filter and the fryer has cool touch walls so the outside remains cooler than metal body fryers, making it easy to move or tidy away after use.

Estimates by users suggest it uses about one third of the oil of conventional fryers which is still far more than the low fat air fryers. However, the manufacturers suggest it uses half the oil. Either way, the cost of the Roto Fry is considerably less so if money is an issue, go for this one.

Independent review….

I bought this fryer a few weeks ago, and although I’ve only used it three or four times, so far I’m very impressed. It makes brilliant chips considering it only takes a third of the oil of my old fryer.
I was going to go for the Tefal that boasts only needing a teaspoon of oil, but I was put off by reliability reports, plus it is reported to be noisy and slow. This Delongi is neither!