Air Fryers Buying Guide
Our buying guide will explain which type of air fryer would suit you most, how much you can expect to pay for one, and which features are worth looking out for.
Great for small things
It fries small things well but not larger things.
I usually use it for chips or chicken nuggets or chicken strips.
Its not very easy to clean properly, i use a dishwasher and it takes a few goes to clean it well.
Purchased in July 2015 at It was a gift..
WAS great except for the metal ball bearings that now fall out of the sliding drawer...
I've been a keen Air fryer user for the past 3 years. Started with one of the small Vivas but soon moved on to the premium collection XL version just under 3 years ago. The XL has been great up until now. Last week I noticed a couple of small metal ball bearings on my kitchen bench next to the air fryer. When I investigated, I found a small piece of deteriorated plastic had broken off and there were more ball bearings underneath the air fryer. It looks like the sliding mechanism that holds the drawer has deteriorated and broken, releasing the ball bearings. I'm very disappointed with this – the machine is under 3 years old and for $450 I would expect a much longer life of use for the machine. I'm surprised that a machine that heats to 200°C would use what looks like quite thin and fragile plastic to hold extremely hot metal ball bearings.
Purchased in August 2016 for $450.00.
More than expected , love it
Bought this on sale $299 and have been experimenting throughout the week
Roast veggies crisp under 30 minutes
Wedges amazing and 15 minutes
Cant wait to try more but super impressed , easy to use and cleaning is simple.
Only criticism is instruction book doesn’t really have any startup information but easy to find on the net
This is the best!
Purchased in July 2019 at Retravision for $299.00.
Philips..Expected Better Quality
I have had two HD9240s over 5 years. The first had display issues just outside the warranty period and required an $180 fix to replace the control module and power supply board. The second is 9 months out of warranty and have notice the draw runners are loosing its ball bearings. Poor design in incorporating bearing spacers which are effected by heat and disintegrate allowing the balls to fall off the runner. I have always had I high expectation of the brand name but sadly this has diminished after encountering these issues.
Purchased in September 2016 at Bill Guyett.
This air fryer is excellent for small home
Our home didn't have an oven, therefore, my husband and I decided to buy an air fryer to occasionally roast steaks and fry chips. However, after using it for more than one year, we have developed several recipes, and this air fryer has ranked to be one of the most frequently used cooking wares in our home. We love it so much!
It makes cooking much easier. You don't need to flip the food frequently, just simply place the food into the fryer, set the time and temperature, then follow the cooking instructions of the recipe, then it could perfectly do the even cooking without your extra attention, which function is similar to the oven. The better part than the oven is, you can roast steaks or potato chips, etc. without spread oil on it. And you can check the food status at any time without wearing gloves, without worrying about much hot cooking smell coming out. Furthermore, the container is compact, which can be clean easily if you can place the food items into a baking paper. This air fryer is ideal for small families to do clean cooking!
Not so premium.
Have owned this for a few months now and use it every day.
Would have rated it higher except for some poor design choices, the worst being the basket handle and mesh that can't be removed.
This makes cleaning an absolute nightmare.
Wouldn't have cost anything to make them removable so I have no idea why it wasn't a feature, especially when advertised as Premium and easy to clean.
The digital display is also unintuitive and on several occasions it was unknowingly on pause instead of cook.
The power plug is also the worst thing I've ever seen seen and sticks out from the wall almost 3 inches.
My 10 year old toaster and kettle both have flush plugs, but not my premium Philips.
Don't get me wrong I like using this, but every time I have to clean it I curse Philips for making it such a chore.
Also, it doesn't go higher than 200 degrees, no other air fryer does so it may be a limitation for some reason.
Things like frozen chips and potatoes need a higher temp (210-220) to cook properly as recommend on the pack.
Cooking at lower temps means they come out less than ideal.
In summing up, the good:
Handle can't be removed
Poor control and display
Doesn't go higher than 200 degrees.
Too expensive, especially the accessories.
Took a while to be convinced before we bought it. Used it every day for the last week. Cooked chips (fresh, frozen), chicken (whole, pieces), frozen food you would usually fry/oven. Quick to cook and great results. Easy to clean. Happy as.
Great cooker but
Air fryers are a wonderful way to cook food and the Phillips does it very well. Unfortunately, after only 12 months the machine started to fall to bits. First the small ball bearing race under the slide out drawer broke and fell out making it a pain to work the drawer. Then the plastic around the drawer warped so hot air leaks out. The print on the screen all wore off very quickly even though we do not clean it with anything aggressive or abrasive. We paid a premium price for the cooker and the brand name and we expected something of better quality. Of course, all of these faults happened AFTER it ran out of warranty so the retailer could not help us at all. Great when it was new but after 12 months not so great. Even though it is now 2 years old we are still using it even though it's a real pain in the butt as we can't afford to throw it away and buy a new one.
Purchased in May 2017 for $398.00.
Amazing mini oven!
This is such a great item to use in the kitchen it’s like a mini portable oven that works much faster and is cleaner and easier to use. It allows a great variety to be cooked I’ve made crunchy prawns , crispy vegetables , beautiful fish and am keen to try baking in it. It can be put in the dishwasher which is great to be able to clean as well and doesn’t take away any flavour of the food cooked
Purchased in April 2019.
I've been deliberating whether to purchase an air fryer for over a year and decided to take the plunge when this was on sale. I definitely don't regret it as we use our air fryer everyday if not every second day. I would consider this a medium sized air fryer, perfect for a couple. It's brilliant for cooking frozen foods and we have cooked steak and pork belly in it. Efficient, quick and time saving! My only qualm would be that there is a slight oil smell which spreads but other than, no regrets in my purchase.
Time to look for a cheaper alternative
I use it frequently. 2 year warranty expiring in 2 days. Now it's changing the temperature and timer on its own. $300 for 2 years not good value for money.
Purchased in April 2016.
Beyond our expectations
•How satisfied are you with the food produced in this air fryer?
Extremely satisfied, it is better than expected
•What sort of food do you usually cook using this air fryer?
Anything that would normally be deep fried or roasted
•Is this product easy to use and clean?
Very easy to use and clean
Would definitely recommend this product
So we purchased this Airfyer not really knowing if we could expect it to really be as good as it says. Well we were blown away. Not only does this amazing cooker make the best crunchy chips (I was so happy it was true) but they cook so much faster because it cooks the underside at the same time. They tasted amazing but also and one of the best parts, the kitchen wasn't like a sauna from a hot oven. I love it. Only things i wish is that the basket was a bit bigger and that it was easier to clean up behind the element. It would be great if they could come up with one that the element was removable. But for the cooking, wow it is great. We cook chips, pies, popcorn etc. I also cooked a rolled stuffed turkey roast last week. I was worried it would be dry but omg it was delicious! My husband was shocked it could cook something like that so well. I was given a Bellini Airfyer as a gift recently. I didn't need it and was going to return it but figured i'd try it out as it has a basket that is at least a quarter larger. Also it has the air flutes cut into the sides as well so we figured even better cooking right? Hmmm well no. It didn't even cook underneath so it took longer. So I still had to turn the food over. NOT in the Phillips, it cooks from the bottom as well. I will never stop using this item. I use it every single day. Even just to reheat things like pizza or chicken etc. Thanks for a great product, I have always purchased Phillips brand and the quality of this item is just more proof of why I keep choosing them.
Purchased in March 2017 for $369.00.
We use this almost everyday. Great product, has never let us down.
Such a great variety of foods can be cooked in this air fryer. Easy to use and even came with a recipe book.
Purchased in May 2016.
Good product but not value for money
It is a great concept
Philips is charging so much for this unit and not providing any accessories with it.
They are trying to rip you off selling accessories at a premium as well
you can buy similar products with accessories for almost 1/3 of the price of this unit.
Easy to use
Capacity is less compared to the bulkiness
Not good value for money as accessories are not provided
Purchased in September 2017.
Owned this airfryer for more than a year and I’m still in love with it. Regret for not getting it earlier. The machine cooks meat and veggies perfectly. Absolutely great for people who don’t know how to cook. U will be amazed how quick the machine cooks. Bought one for my friend for Christmas present and she loves it too.
It is simply wonderful.
Highly satisfied. I have cooked six different meals which are nice and healthy. Really like this product and strongly recommend. Easy to use, great for cooking quickly when time poor. Healthier cooking with no oil and fat drips away. I use mine everyday.
The product does require care, so please use as recommended and wash it at least weekly if you cannot daily.
Anything you cook in oven can cook in this easy cleaning just wipe out easy to use . I'm very satisfied with all the food i cook fish chips chicken tenders macaroni cheese wings chicken pieces even a cake in the dish i bought that is for this machine .
basket lock disengages when removed from unit. Safety issue.
My air fryer is 2 1/2 years old. I have absolutely loved using it. Unfortunately now when I remove the base with the handle the lock disengages by itself and the basket is separated from the base. This has happened a few times spilling hot contents onto floor or bench top and even burnt me a couple of times. Obviously the lock is faulty. Has anyone else had the same problem? The fryer was purchased from Harvey Norman Noarlunga SA
Perfect healthy option
Extremely satisfied. I cook chicken, lamb and steak oil free. Less cooking time. Time saver. Takes less space. If any one in keen in buying an airfryer I would recommend this. No regrets. No hassle in baking in the oven or having to wash frying pans. Makes life much easier
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