Having opted for the Philips Air Fryer over the Tefal Actifry myself, I thought I’d give a quick review on the Philips model here. I’m not going to go into how it works as you can find that elsewhere on this site. First off, I’m pretty happy with it!
The single most important thing to a lot of people is whether it actually does cook chips that taste like those from the chip shop. To be brutal, the answer is no, it doesn’t. But what exactly do you expect from something that doesn’t use all that oil?! That said, IMHO the chips it does produce are by far the closest ‘diet’ chips you will get to the real thing and are head and shoulders above low fat oven chips.
If you cut your chips thinly, like french fries, the 800gm basket will cook these in about 15 minutes. If you are using the air fryer to capacity, I would suggest you shake it more often than just once or you may find some anaemic looking chips at the bottom! Thicker chips and wedges take longer but in my experience, there is still no need to par-boil.
I have used the 1/2 tablespoon of oil recommended and also use the one-cal type spray oils with similar results. I have also tried frozen oven chips without additional oil and they are probably crisper but don’t taste as nice as the real chips. Roast potatoes and parsnips work well too without par-boiling, but do remember not to make them too big.
Roasting peppers and other veggies works well but as we are vegetarian, haven’t tried cooking chicken etc. I have tried the brownies out of the recipe book though and they tasted really good although I don’t think they needed as long as suggested. The pan for making these is a welcome addition to the fryer as is the food divider. Both of the these came as standard in my machine. Heck, I’ve even melted chocolate in it by covering a heatproof bowl and switching it on at the lowest setting for a short time. Not such a worry as putting it in a bowl over boiling water or over doing it in the microwave so it’s unusable!
Jacket potatoes work better than in the microwave as they get the crispy skin you associate with cooking in an oven. Make sure the potatoes aren’t humungous ones and are evenly sized and pricked. Also remember to turn them and they will be ready in about half-an-hour. To see how to give jacket potatoes the air fryer treatment watch the video.
This Philips air fryer looks nice and takes up a lot less room (in my kitchen that was a huge bonus). This machine is also very convenient to use; no hot oil making it safer, quick to heat up, easy to clean and versatile.