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2018 Air Fryer Buying Guide (What 735 Air Fryer Reviews Tell Us)

As we look for healthier eating alternatives, air fryers have emerged as a great way to decrease the fat we eat. One of the faster-growing appliance categories on ProductReview.com.au with 735 reviews, we have learned a lot about what makes a good air fryer.

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Our goal with this buying guide is to help you "know better, choose better" as you shop for an air fryer. Using the knowledge from 735 reviews, we'll help you understand what questions to ask, what features to look for, and what are the best air fryers.

Contents

  1. Is an air fryer healthy?
  2. Should I buy an air fryer or deep fryer?
  3. What features should I look for in an air fryer?
  4. What are the best air fryers in Australia?
  5. What are the best places to buy an air fryer in Australia?

Is an air fryer healthy?

An air fryer uses a lot less oil than a deep fryer, providing a more healthy frying alternative. Using a small amount of oil and then frying your food with only hot air, an air fryer cuts the fat and calories that normal frying produces. Studies have shown that an air fryer uses up to 80% less oil than traditional frying methods.

So in comparison, an air fryer is healthier than say, deep frying. It's worth noting that a vital component of a healthy diet is what you are eating. So when you cook french fries with an air fryer, think of them as being less "unhealthy" than "healthy".

Should I buy an air fryer or deep fryer?

Before buying an air fryer, you first need to understand what are you looking at in a fryer. If your focus is on food, taste, texture, and getting your recipes right, then skip the air fryer and buy a deep fryer. It uses a lot of oil and is unhealthy, but you won't get the exact taste and texture from an air fryer, and you risk drying out some foods.

Looking for a Deep Fryer? Check out all of the Deep Fryers reviewed on ProductReview.com.au.

If healthy eating is your goal, then an air fryer is a better bet. As mentioned, it's much healthier than a deep fryer while it comes close to the cooking experience of a deep fryer.

Still not sure? If you are sitting on the fence, our call is that you go with the air fryer. It's cooking performance is almost that of a deep fryer, and you will feel good about the health benefits. Many consumers give feedback that it's more versatile in the kitchen and you can use it for other tasks.

What features should I look for in an air fryer?

When you are evaluating a new air fryer, you need to look at many features to determine which is right for you. Your needs will drive which features are most important. We have gone through the 735 reviews of the 29 air fryers on ProductReview.com.au to identify six key features to evaluate.

Feature #1: Is An Air Fryer High-Quality?

The reviews on air fryers focused on the quality of the appliance more than what we see in other appliance categories. We know most reviews are about features, usage, and results, but for air fryers we saw more reviews about defects, breakage, parts not working, etc.

Pro Tip: Our best tip for evaluating quality is to read the reviews as they go in-depth into the issues that customers faced with individual products. Each air fryer model has similar quality issues discussed in the reviews. This feedback will help identify which air fryers have quality issues, what the problems are, and how this might affect your choice.

Feature #2: How Easy Is It To Clean An Air Fryer?

From the reviews, we noticed many consumers were not using their air fryers on a regular basis. Even though it's an air fryer, it creates grease during the cooking process. People would get a messy surprise when opening their air fryer after not using it for some time. This often happened due to the difficulty of cleaning the areas where grease accumulates.

Pro Tip: When buying an air fryer, look at how easy it is to clean and read anything about cleaning that the manufacturer provides. After purchasing, don't forget to clean your air fryer well so you don't get surprised by its condition after it has been sitting for a couple of weeks.

Feature #3: How Much Can An Air Fryer Cook?

Due to how they work, air fryers have a defined capacity for food. It's typically less than a deep fryer, which was a cause for complaint from users.

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Pro Tip: Before buying, research the amount of food that an air fryer can cook compared to what your family needs. Understanding this will help you choose the right sized air fryer and also set your expectations up front for how much it can cook.

Feature #4: How Fast Will An Air Fryer Cook?

One advantage of a deep fryer is they cook very fast. Hot oil can cook french fries or chicken in mere minutes. An air fryer works differently, and the trade-off for more healthy cooking is that it will take longer to cook your food. Having only a deep fryer as a reference point for the speed of cooking, some consumers felt that an air fryer took too long to cook their food.

Pro Tip: Air is always going to take longer to cook than oil, so our tip is to set your expectations. Research how long it takes to prepare types of food, differences among models, as well as how this will potentially impact your satisfaction.

Feature #5: Will An Air Fryer Smoke?

Any frying, even with air, is going to cause some smoke to occur. Several customers complained about the level of smoke that their air fryers created in their kitchens. High levels of smoke drove dissatisfaction as using their air fryers became more difficult.

Pro Tip: Before buying, think about the ventilation in your kitchen and where you will put your air fryer to minimise smoke. Also, think about what foods you would cook in your air fryer as fattier foods create more smoke than others.

Feature #6: What Are The Baskets & Drawers In My Air Fryer?

Air fryers use baskets or drawers to hold food while cooking. This design increases the complexity of using an air fryer over a deep fryer. Consumers commented on the quality of the baskets, ease of inserting them, cleaning after cooking, as well as the condition of the baskets after many uses.

Pro Tip: If you are not familiar with using an Air Fryer, this is where buying in-store can provide a benefit. You can better see how an Air Fryer works, the set up of the baskets or drawers, how easy it is to insert them, as well as their overall size.

The above features are the ones that we saw the most complaints from the reviews on ProductReview.com.au. So what were the areas where we did not see issues?

Price

Reviewers often will comment and complain about the price of appliances, even in positive reviews. We did not see this in our Air Fryer reviews, with references to price usually only present together with quality issues.

Quality of the Food

Consumers by and large were happy with the quality of how their Air Fryers cooked their food. There was some feedback about speed and the amount they could prepare, but the overall cooking results were positive. The reviews mentioned ease of cooking, temperature, and even heating of food.

What are the best air fryers in Australia?

As of January 2018, out of 29 air fryers with reviews, the top five rated by consumers on ProductReview.com.au were:

#1: Philips Viva Collection Airfryer

Overall:

  • 87% of reviews were positive (4 or 5 Stars)
  • 13% of reviews were negative (3 Stars or less)

Positive comments from the reviews:

  • Customers use it extensively for their cooking.
  • It cooks very quickly and thoroughly.
  • Food comes out crunchy.
  • The Philips app and air fryer website are very helpful.

Negative comments from the reviews:

  • It's small and can't cook enough food.
  • It tends to have a shorter life span as well as having issues with the plastic knobs.
  • It creates too much smoke.

#2: Philips Digital Turbostar HD9643/17

Overall:

  • 100% of reviews were positive (4 or 5 Stars)

Positive comments from the reviews:

  • It's easy to clean and maintain.
  • Food comes out crispy.
  • The Philips app and air fryer website are very helpful.

Negative comments from the reviews:

  • It's expensive.
  • The basket is on the smaller size.

#3: Tefal Fry Delight FX1000

Overall

  • 91% of reviews were positive (4 or 5 Stars)
  • 9% of reviews were negative (3 Stars or less)

Positive comments from the reviews:

  • It's easy to clean.
  • It works very effectively and it's quite intuitive to use.

Negative comments from the reviews:

  • The basket can get very dirty if it is not well cleaned after every use.
  • Food tastes more baked than fried.

#4: Kmart Air Fryer

Overall

  • 87% of reviews were positive (4 or 5 Stars)
  • 13% of reviews were negative (3 Stars or less)

Positive comments from the reviews:

  • Value for money.
  • Simple to use.
  • It's easy to clean.

Negative comments from the reviews:

  • Could be larger.
  • Some find the food dry.

#5: Bellini Air Fryer BTDF950

Overall

  • 65% of reviews were positive (4 or 5 Stars)
  • 35% of reviews were negative (3 Stars or less)

Positive comments from the reviews:

  • Multiple reviews referenced its value for money.
  • It's easy to clean and simple to use.

Negative comments from the reviews:

  • Multiple reviews about the paint peeling off.
  • A lack of durability with the baskets and plastic pieces.

What are the best places to buy an air fryer in Australia?

Air fryers are available online and through Australia's larger retail stores. While many consumers still buy their air fryers in-store, increasingly they are buying online. Analysing the reviews, we did not see any issues faced by consumers when purchasing online.

You can buy an air fryer from the following stores in Australia:

  • Appliances Online (4.0 out of 5 Stars on ProductReview)
  • Kogan (4.0 out of 5 Stars on ProductReview)
  • Target (3.0 out of 5 Stars on ProductReview)
  • Kmart (2.4 out of 5 Stars on ProductReview)
  • JB Hi-Fi (2.4 out of 5 Stars on ProductReview)
  • Harvey Norman (2.3 out of 5 Stars on ProductReview)
  • The Good Guys (2.3 out of 5 Stars on ProductReview)
  • Myer (2.1 out of 5 Stars on ProductReview)
  • Big W (2.1 out of 5 Stars on ProductReview)

If buying in-store, our tip is to research online first as some stores only carry one or two brands. Philips dominates the air fryer market, and most stores sell their models. If you are looking for another brand, it is worth an online check to ensure that store carries it.

And there you have it - everything you need to make a better buying decision on your new air fryer. For more in-depth research, go to ProductReview.com.au's Air Fryers category to read all the ratings and reviews for 29 models of air fryers available in Australia.

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