Philips AirFryer Healthier Oil-Free Fryer - £89.00 @ Amazon
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Philips AirFryer Healthier Oil-Free Fryer - £89.00 @ Amazon

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Found 24th Oct 2013
Heard great things about this fryer, been on the lookout for one and it's tempting at this price.

Use up to 80% less fat than a conventional fryer for the best-tasting chips, without the oil.
Fully-adjustable temperature control allows you to pre-set the best cooking temperature for your food.
Integrated timer to pre-set cooking times of up to 30 minutes and auto-off function includes a "ready" sound indicator.
Comes with a recipe booklet containing 30 recipes including brownies and quiches.
Ships in certified frustration-free packaging.

Fantastic reviews both on Amazon and across the net.

66 Comments

We've got one. They're good, but take ages to work out the exact amount of oil and the right type needed to get good chips. The resulting chips usually just taste like oven chips rather than fried ones, but you can also cook many other things in the Airfryer too.

anyone know anything about these? sounds good.

Same price at Currys/PC World if you don't want to wait for Amazon delivery

Folks have got one and had some chips there once and they were just like chippy chips, i.e. quite fluffy on inside, but slightly crispy on the outside, was impressed. Think it's down to the potatoes you use (Maris Piper?) and/or if you parboil them first.

But can't quite justify spending £90 on one, they still seem overpriced, like DAB radios. So all we do is parboil the chips, put them in plastic box and drizzle oil on them (also garlic/chillies/salt for chilli chips) shake box round then grill them, turn out 90% as good but take ages. :l

You can do a lot of other stuff with them apart from chips.
Was waiting for price to drop again since they have introduced a newer, larger model.

You can bake in them as well with the correct insert and there are a lot of forums worldwide dedicated to recipes for them.

Got one - even Waitrose Essential Frozen Fries (1kg for £1) taste fantastic. Crispy, hot and (relatively) guilt free.

Worth buying just for those. And we dont use any additional oil at all (ie just rely on whatever is already added to frozen chips.

Other things that are brilliant in it - pre-prepared coated chicken and fish (ie bought from the supermarket), cauliflower, aubergine. Basically anything frozen that you cook in an oven tastes less oven cooked and is crispier and much quicker.

Great price for this. I love my actifry, cook most things in it and it always tastes good.

I might have a long wait, but am still hopeful the family size version of this or the Tefal will fall to around this price and then I will just about be able to stomach it. These are being held artificially high in price for an inordinate amount of time, compared to almost anything else of a similar nature. Enough rambling, these seem to get mostly favourable reviews, and I do look forward to trying it.

Makro have the Tefal Actifry 1kg size on offer for two weeks from 23rd at £79.99 plus vat

I have 1 of these and use it most days there is not much you can't cook in this, I have even cook cakes in it.

I have one - they don't have a paddle so you can do things like fish fingers, burgers etc. They don't do chips as well as the Actifry. They are also super quick and presumably save money over heating a whole oven.

looks like yet another pointless kitchen appliance that does the same job as your oven

Can I fry raw chicken in this ?

Banned

You don't need to pre boil the potatoes...i find that if you use Maris Piper like they recommend they turn out fine.I use fry light or olive oil on mine but nothing on the frozen chips as recommended. Both taste much better than cooking in the oven.

I also use for burgers,nuggets,garlic bread etc...i find it's much easier when you need to cook a small snack etc for kids compared to the oven.

-=blootoon=-

looks like yet another pointless kitchen appliance that does the same job … looks like yet another pointless kitchen appliance that does the same job as your oven



Not pointless in my opinion. Much faster than an oven, like others above I use frozen chips, no added oil and depending on the type of chips (fries, thick cut) it takes between 7-10 minutes to get crisp chips; not 20 minutes in the oven for underdone, starchy tasting chips. It is also useful for breaded chicken, fish etc.

People have commented on this and the Tefal actifry. I got the Philips airfry a few year ago after doing a bit of research on them both. At the time, the Tefal models had a problem with the units blowing up after about a year. They probably changed the design or components since then but it made me opt for the Philips and I have had no issues with it whatsoever. A quick search should reveal whether Tefal managed to resolve this issue.

Each to their own. I guess you don't have one so maybe your opinion carries less weight than actual users.

BTW, I use Aldi fries or '3 way cook' chips mostly and I can honestly say I don't miss deep fried chips.

Read the reviews and save your money. However cheap if it doesn't work it's expensive!!

I parboil Tesco value potatoes cut into chips for 5 mins, put them in a colander and into the oven for a few mins to dry them out.
Coat them in 2 tablespoons of rapeseed oil and back into the oven at 230c for 20 mins.
They turn out fantastic!

I'd love to give an AirFryer a go before spending close to a ton on one.

Ginglemonkey

Not pointless in my opinion. Much faster than an oven, like others above … Not pointless in my opinion. Much faster than an oven, like others above I use frozen chips, no added oil and depending on the type of chips (fries, thick cut) it takes between 7-10 minutes to get crisp chips; not 20 minutes in the oven for underdone, starchy tasting chips. It is also useful for breaded chicken, fish etc.People have commented on this and the Tefal actifry. I got the Philips airfry a few year ago after doing a bit of research on them both. At the time, the Tefal models had a problem with the units blowing up after about a year. They probably changed the design or components since then but it made me opt for the Philips and I have had no issues with it whatsoever. A quick search should reveal whether Tefal managed to resolve this issue.Each to their own. I guess you don't have one so maybe your opinion carries less weight than actual users.BTW, I use Aldi fries or '3 way cook' chips mostly and I can honestly say I don't miss deep fried chips.


no i do not own one and would never consider one, i still do my chips the proper way, using home grown potatoes, chipped and par-boiled for 5 minutes, allow them to cool and dry, then a quick fry in a delonghi rotofry for 2 or 3 minutes then cool off again and either use by frying again for maybe 5 minutes or freeze, parboiling them first means they soak up very little oil and they make the best chips ever, and yes i have tasted those from a tefal and oven chips and they just do not compare to the real thing.

I have this, and i think its brilliant. Good deal, think i maybe paid about £110/20 a few months ago at John Lewis?

Word of warning, the bottom of the tray you take out of it on mine the first time round had a big crack along it and as a result wouldnt shut right. returned it no bother, just fyi incase something similar occurs

-=blootoon=-

no i do not own one and would never consider one, i still do my chips the … no i do not own one and would never consider one, i still do my chips the proper way, using home grown potatoes, chipped and par-boiled for 5 minutes, allow them to cool and dry, then a quick fry in a delonghi rotofry for 2 or 3 minutes then cool off again and either use by frying again for maybe 5 minutes or freeze, parboiling them first means they soak up very little oil and they make the best chips ever, and yes i have tasted those from a tefal and oven chips and they just do not compare to the real thing.



It's more the trans fats that concern me with deep fat frying.

It's too much hassle and expense to change the oil after every 2 uses for me, I'm sure the chips are perfect though!

-=blootoon=-

no i do not own one and would never consider one, i still do my chips the … no i do not own one and would never consider one, i still do my chips the proper way, using home grown potatoes, chipped and par-boiled for 5 minutes, allow them to cool and dry, then a quick fry in a delonghi rotofry for 2 or 3 minutes then cool off again and either use by frying again for maybe 5 minutes or freeze, parboiling them first means they soak up very little oil and they make the best chips ever, and yes i have tasted those from a tefal and oven chips and they just do not compare to the real thing.



Excellent, the two stage cooking is the way I used to go a few years ago, your method sounds even more complex! Whatever way you do it, as long as you enjoy. Time, calorie count and a downsized kitchen forced me down the Airfry route; maybe one day I'll look into a proper fryer.

zildjian

I have this, and i think its brilliant. Good deal, think i maybe paid … I have this, and i think its brilliant. Good deal, think i maybe paid about £110/20 a few months ago at John Lewis?Word of warning, the bottom of the tray you take out of it on mine the first time round had a big crack along it and as a result wouldnt shut right. returned it no bother, just fyi incase something similar occurs



This is a good fryer, I got it for almost one year now and it does cook chips, fish fingers, chicken wings very nicely. the tray and the wire basket does need really to check it is locked before you take out from the fryer. Mine dropped when I firstly unpacked from the box and not even used yet. Phone philips and got a free replacement.

Great find. You can cook dumplings in it too!

It's become my de facto way of cooking fries and chicken. Rub the chicken with some Malaysian curry powder prior to cooking and you're in chicken heaven 15-20mins later.
Edited by: "DohDoh" 24th Oct 2013

Brilliant device. I have one, and oven on the blink, so this comes in handy for quick fry or oven meals that would usually need oil. Only wish I could put fried eggs in there.

ShaunnyBwoy

Brilliant device. I have one, and oven on the blink, so this comes in … Brilliant device. I have one, and oven on the blink, so this comes in handy for quick fry or oven meals that would usually need oil. Only wish I could put fried eggs in there.



Why don't you get a silicone cup cake case and try it out? Spot of oil in the case, egg on top; bang it in the airfryer. What could possibly go wrong?

Edited by: "Ginglemonkey" 24th Oct 2013

I have one of these and its truly brilliant! got it last time it was on offer around a year ago, i use it a lot for chicken, pizzas, sausages making wedges etc

Would a professional use one of these, would you ever see one of these in a professional kitchen..No way Jose!

Waste of time and money in my opinion, had one and the chips tasted the same as if you had chucked some oven chips in the oven, dry and nasty.. absolutely no point..
Proper homemade hand cut tatties is the way to go and whack em straight into hot oil in a proper fryer..
Voila crispy golden brown and super soft on the inside, now thats a chip!

demos30

anyone know anything about these? sounds good.

We've had this fryer for about 7 months and we're really happy with it. I personally can't stand the oil dripping from chips; it makes me sick. With this fryer, you definitely have healthier food and better atmosphere at home if you have open plan! We use it for chips, chicken, and stake and it never let us down
Edited by: "subashour" 24th Oct 2013

crazylegs

Would a professional use one of these, would you ever see one of these in … Would a professional use one of these, would you ever see one of these in a professional kitchen..No way Jose!Waste of time and money in my opinion, had one and the chips tasted the same as if you had chucked some oven chips in the oven, dry and nasty.. absolutely no point..Proper homemade hand cut tatties is the way to go and whack em straight into hot oil in a proper fryer..Voila crispy golden brown and super soft on the inside, now thats a chip!



TYPE 2 DIABUITES FTW!

Looks tempting, but what are these like to clean after use??

Banned

Can you fry samosas and spring rolls on this?

MOGGI1

Looks tempting, but what are these like to clean after use??



Easy to clean, had mine about a year now and is awesome, saves on using the oven a lot. As for fries, best ones ive had are the mccain southern style ones, seem to cook brilliantly, in fact just had some for my lunch !

jihadijulz

Can you fry samosas and spring rolls on this?



can i come round to urs once u make these

om nom nom

zahidworld

Can I fry raw chicken in this ?



Might want to pluck it first

Use frylight instead of oil meaning you have very low calorie chips or roast potatoes..

I bought one of these the last time it was on offer at this price and it is one of the few things I have bought for the kitchen which has not ended up in the back of a cupboard. We make chips using Aldi fries and they come out after about 7 minutes just like McDonalds fries (for the kids) we cut a chicken in half and stuff it in and cook for half an hour and it comes out like spit roast chicken, onion rings are great after a few minutes, anything in batter or breadcrumbs is great ie chicken, fish, scampi,. If we do fish and chips then we put a frozen fish in and then after 10 minutes throw some frozen chips on top and give another 7 minutes, we do lamp chops, spring rolls, seekh kebabs, samosas.
The only oil we use is Olive oil which we have in a plastic spray bottle.
Twice a week I take the base out (with basket in) and fill it with hot water and washing up liquid, leave it to soak for 10 minutes and then give it a good rinse and get rid of any bits stuck in the basket etc, rinse it all out and put it back then turn it on for 4 minutes at 200 to dry it out.
If mine blew up I would buy another. We use it just about every day and we hardly ever use the cooker.
If I had to lose my Airfryer or my oven I would lose my oven.

Mrian123

I bought one of these the last time it was on offer at this price and it … I bought one of these the last time it was on offer at this price and it is one of the few things I have bought for the kitchen which has not ended up in the back of a cupboard. We make chips using Aldi fries and they come out after about 7 minutes just like McDonalds fries (for the kids) we cut a chicken in half and stuff it in and cook for half an hour and it comes out like spit roast chicken, onion rings are great after a few minutes, anything in batter or breadcrumbs is great ie chicken, fish, scampi,. If we do fish and chips then we put a frozen fish in and then after 10 minutes throw some frozen chips on top and give another 7 minutes, we do lamp chops, spring rolls, seekh kebabs, samosas.The only oil we use is Olive oil which we have in a plastic spray bottle.Twice a week I take the base out (with basket in) and fill it with hot water and washing up liquid, leave it to soak for 10 minutes and then give it a good rinse and get rid of any bits stuck in the basket etc, rinse it all out and put it back then turn it on for 4 minutes at 200 to dry it out.If mine blew up I would buy another. We use it just about every day and we hardly ever use the cooker.If I had to lose my Airfryer or my oven I would lose my oven.


Totally agree with you, also it's great for jacket spuds after 10 mins in microwave, a little oil rubbed over them and a sprinkle of salt, they come out perfect, best potatoes are Vivaldi from sainsbury or marabel (asda) a bit more expensive but worth it.

Go to flubit.com/ for a cheaper offer on it. Follow instuctions from their website.

We use one almost daily. Hardly ever use microwave since getting AirFryer. Good healthy machine:))) Recommending to get special baking tray aswell to cook omletes or bake bread.

How much does the .8 capacity translate to? Say in terms of grams of chips?
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