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.
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.
Philips Air Fryer NOW £89!
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!