Tower Air Fryer - £24.99 @ B&M
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Tower Air Fryer - £24.99 @ B&M

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Found 29th Nov 2014
Cheap alternative to the Phillips Air Fryer - £99 on Very (although probably grossly exaggerated RRP)

Picked up one for myself yesterday in Liverpool. Also comes with a 3 year manufacturer warranty.

Limited reviews, but figured its worth a punt. Would be interested to see HUKD users reviews.

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these look like halogen cookers, so I'm confused about how they cook compared to the actifry etc

Actifry rules!

halogen oven?

Haylhoo

these look like halogen cookers, so I'm confused about how they cook … these look like halogen cookers, so I'm confused about how they cook compared to the actifry etc


we have a breville halo halogen cooker because you can remove the paddle that rotates and turns the food and use it as an oven of sorts, but it also comes with a grill that you can out in the base to keep the food raised (like the airfryer) and so fat drips off the food your cooking. frankly I think what ever you choose will work well. the halo use halogen bulb to heat and its just as effective as other types like the actifry (which we decided against due to build quality and how soon they break)
they're all fairly good but the Phillips is just like a mini oven. it doesent turn food over etc like the halo or actifry does. hope this helps.
PS this seems brill for the cost.

Haylhoo

these look like halogen cookers, so I'm confused about how they cook … these look like halogen cookers, so I'm confused about how they cook compared to the actifry etc



actifry uses a heating element. halogen ones use s very hot bulb that heats it up and the heat is circulated by a fan. they get hot very quickly and cooking time is generally very quick.

bought 1 yesterday and tried it today. prefer the actifry for chips but looks a decent versatile tool for £25 with a 3 year warranty. lot of it will be trial and error but heat added

Haylhoo

these look like halogen cookers, so I'm confused about how they cook … these look like halogen cookers, so I'm confused about how they cook compared to the actifry etc

I am not an expert, but, as I understand things, the "actifry" uses a small amount of oil but has a stirring paddle to keep the food lightly coated with that oil, whilst maintaining an air temperature in the unit equivalent to total immersion in oil using an in indirect convection fan heating element. Whereas these "halogen" cookers use radiant heat from the halogen element to heat the food and a fan to keep the (heated) air circulating around the food. So the actifry produces an effect much like deep oil frying, but with much less oil, whereas the halogen cooker produces results much like a fan oven with an internal grill element on as well.

MRGRINGO

we have a breville halo halogen cooker because you can remove the paddle … we have a breville halo halogen cooker because you can remove the paddle that rotates and turns the food and use it as an oven of sorts, but it also comes with a grill that you can out in the base to keep the food raised (like the airfryer) and so fat drips off the food your cooking. frankly I think what ever you choose will work well. the halo use halogen bulb to heat and its just as effective as other types like the actifry (which we decided against due to build quality and how soon they break) they're all fairly good but the Phillips is just like a mini oven. it doesent turn food over etc like the halo or actifry does. hope this helps. PS this seems brill for the cost.



thank you for that. friends have the actifry and I love the food they make in it but was looking at one in tesco and as said it looked flimsy, the lid on the display model had already fallen off. also looked at the Phillips, think it was the smaller model, which looked tougher but wasn't sure if I'd need the larger capacity one. wondering whether to give this a go now, I posted a similar one could of weeks back at lidl and the response was very mixed

Grrrrrrrrrrr

I am not an expert, but, as I understand things, the "actifry" uses a … I am not an expert, but, as I understand things, the "actifry" uses a small amount of oil but has a stirring paddle to keep the food lightly coated with that oil, whilst maintaining an air temperature in the unit equivalent to total immersion in oil using an in indirect convection fan heating element. Whereas these "halogen" cookers use radiant heat from the halogen element to heat the food and a fan to keep the (heated) air circulating around the food. So the actifry produces an effect much like deep oil frying, but with much less oil, whereas the halogen cooker produces results much like a fan oven with an internal grill element on as well.



see now I prefer the sound of how the actifry cooks, just don't like the build quality...

Imo this is a halogen oven and they are jumping on the "Air fryer" bandwagon because of its success
Great price if this is what you want but nothing like the Phillips Air fryer

cracking find op, heat on

This is halogen oven.Bought one last year around £22 @ Costco. Used it everyday but it has packed up now.

Haylhoo

these look like halogen cookers, so I'm confused about how they cook … these look like halogen cookers, so I'm confused about how they cook compared to the actifry etc



It is halogen oven not actifry.

col11

Imo this is a halogen oven and they are jumping on the "Air fryer" … Imo this is a halogen oven and they are jumping on the "Air fryer" bandwagon because of its successGreat price if this is what you want but nothing like the Phillips Air fryer



think I'll probably wait until the larger Phillips ones come down in price, was looking at the digital ones and think that's what would suit us

17L capacity? Are you serious?

Its definitely a halogen cooker...but these actifryers are the I'm thing so they're trying it on...

This is a good price. As for reliability of the actifry I've had mine 4 years and gets used all the time only had to replace the turning paddle once at a cost of £12 so I'd say quite reliable.

We've had our actifry for around two years and except for a broken paddle (got dropped so our fault) we've had no problems with it.

This is not an actifry....

We got this a few weeks ago. Fooled by the fry statement. This does nothing more than a fan oven. If you need it for that purpose go for it. I wanted a healthy fryer, this isn't it and ours went back.

The Actifry I had lasted about 8 months. That got replaced by a new Actifry which again lasted about 8 months, so I will not buy another Actifry. I will look at alternatives

Lol I brought one on Friday. This is very bigger than I thought . Worth the £25. Was after a halogen one but this suits my purpose. Love the way the light cuts out when it reaches its temperature. Chicken cooked lovely. Only thing is not sure exactly how energy efficient this is so if anyone can shed some light much appreciated. It shows as 1300 watts. You also get a little glass oil spray bottle. You get 3yrs warranty which includes 2 extra yrs if you register it online.

It's a oven the heats up by using a halogen lightbulb, it's quite energy saving, its great for small jobs like small portions and stuff but don't attempt to do a whole chicken like some photos suggest as it will not cook properly in the middle

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Nodnyl

17L capacity? Are you serious?

please keep in mind the food does have to spin inside of it, therefore 17l is surprisingly large, you can fit about 4 WHOLE chicken wings and a baby new potato in it lol

We have a Breville Halo and absolutely love it. Aside from the health benefits it's a lot cleaner with no manky oil to change and dispose of. The biggest benefit that should concern any HUKDer is the significant savings on oil, which has got ridiculously expensive in recent years.

Nobodies going to convince me otherwise. This is a halogen oven. If you add an extender ring then you have the 17 litres. And yes it does cook a whole chicken.

bargain1girl

This is halogen oven.Bought one last year around £22 @ Costco. Used it … This is halogen oven.Bought one last year around £22 @ Costco. Used it everyday but it has packed up now.



I am on my third Halogen oven. The first and second versions packed up. After the second oven packed up I realised what the problem was.
When finished cooking be sure to lift the handle up and leave it there. By leaving the handle down after cooking has finished the inner workings stay hot for an extended period and don't get to cool down as would happen under normal cooking conditions. Since doing this i.e leaving the handle up, the third cooker is now two yrs old and still going.


toninhoscotti

It's a oven the heats up by using a halogen lightbulb, it's quite energy … It's a oven the heats up by using a halogen lightbulb, it's quite energy saving, its great for small jobs like small portions and stuff but don't attempt to do a whole chicken like some photos suggest as it will not cook properly in the middle

It will if you turn it upside down halfway through cooking.Had a halogen oven for 3 yrs now.
Edited by: "sandstone1" 30th Nov 2014

anlygi

We have a Breville Halo and absolutely love it. Aside from the health … We have a Breville Halo and absolutely love it. Aside from the health benefits it's a lot cleaner with no manky oil to change and dispose of. The biggest benefit that should concern any HUKDer is the significant savings on oil, which has got ridiculously expensive in recent years.



Great piece of kit but not very good for chips. The Phillips Airfry is better

This is not an actifry! Why won't some people listen?

Oh and this is average price for a poorly made halogen cooker. From what I've seen of these, most made from cheapo plastic and all the numbers smear off in weeks.

can't beat real chip done in a deep fat frier. :-) :-)

extonjoe

can't beat real chip done in a deep fat frier. :-) :-)


Just one chip?

extonjoe

can't beat real chip done in a deep fat frier. :-) :-)



Or beer-battered fish fried in beef dripping. Mmmmm

Why isnt mine heating up been on about 20min n still cold

tigger2410

Why isnt mine heating up been on about 20min n still cold

its ****

Flowerdew

Or beer-battered fish fried in beef dripping. Mmmmm

go to the Black Country museum and have their beer battered chips mmmmmm

bought one yesterday it's okay for chips but nothing more. but for the price it's a bargain so heat

Now up to £39.99 @B&M
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