Product Review: Philips Airfryer

So, first product review!

Let me just jump right into it. The stuff I reviewed was the Philips Airfryer. It’s been around for about a year now, but yours truly got to lay her hands on it just a few weeks back. I have friends who have bought it and are using it, many friends, and I really wanted to know whether it was worth it. Philips sent me a sample, and what better time than now? I made frozen French fries in it, and a batch of fried chicken, and I’ll be using my observations from both to explain the pros and cons.

Firstly, the pros. It’s shaped like a huge black egg with a handle. The handle is for the frying basket. It has a dial for the cooking temperature, and a rotating knob for the time. So how this works is through hot air. Yep, it’s that easy. It’s just hot air, much like in our convection ovens. Because the bottom of the basket is a mesh, the hot air circulates easily.

It’s actually super simple to use. Preheat, clean the basket, place your food item in it, in certain cases drizzle with a smidge of oil, toss, close, turn up the heat, set your time and take out when the Airfryer goes ding! It is also a breeze to clean; a button releases the inner basket and that can washed, dried and set right back.

Honestly, at first I really wasn't buying the no/less oil point. Because how is that supposed to work? But it definitely did. I cooked an entire bag of frozen French Fries with about 1 tsp oil. I mean that’s crazy, and that’s awesome! (And I made my homemade BangBang sauce to go with it!)

Now for the cons.

Because of the shape, it takes up a lot of space and leads to a lot of space wastage. A rectangular appliance would use space much more judiciously. In today’s scene of reducing home spaces, it doesn't quite make sense to have an appliance that wastes space.

The basket size. The basket size was way too small. It holds too little in one batch. When I combine this with the average time it takes to cook anything in it, it becomes impractical to wait for 20 minutes for a batch of French Fries.

I firmly believe some things are to be had with oil. Going with the French Fry example, they came out well-cooked, but extremely dry, almost dehydrated. The fried chicken too came out cooked, but the outer layer was dehydrated to the point of cracking open. This was a major disadvantage in my book.

Most homes today have a combination oven, with a microwave and convection built right in. It is, in my personal opinion, quite redundant to have something that does the same job as a convection oven. Which brings me to my next point…

The price. Right now, at INR 10690 on, it is too expensive to justify a second appliance doing the same job as most ovens already do.

So all in all, I would recommend purchasing an Airfryer for those people who would like to have a new, healthy gadget in their kitchen. It has its issues, but it definitely promotes healthy eating!


  1. Yes the airfryer is really very helpful. I have just purchased one two weeks back and fried a lot of things. It really requires a small amount of oil. Very nice.

  2. I've eschewed fried food for a long time now, because it's so unhealthy but this little gadget makes me think it may make a comeback to my table. If I buy it.

  3. I loved Avocado Smoothie with Chia Seeds. Thanks for share it . If you think the only product you can prepare in these devices are snacks so they are not affordable, then you are incorrect. You can prepare at large amount of dishes in them; it just requires a little bit of variation. Both devices come with their own selection of dishes and there are formula guides gradually arriving onto the industry. You should also keep in thoughts that some meals and dishes are more designed for Philips or the Airfryer because of how the devices are designed.

  4. I always love the way air fryer can help me in my cooking, especially for any kinds of fried food.
    My french fries is one of the best dish which I can make. I often use 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
    for chips but for others such as vegatables or chicken wings I will not add any extra oil.
    Todays, 80 percent consumer who already uses this Philip Airfryer is just enjoying the way it goes for them.

  5. I'm in the exact same situation as you were in the sense that I really didn't understand how the air was going to fry the food. But clearly from your pictures, the food will have the crispy appearance and taste. After searching alot and reading different websites like thefreshome, I think I might be ready to buy my first air fryer. Feeling a little bit excited now!!

  6. Great recipe....l agree with other reviews that it could be tweaked for more intense or different flavor but it is a nice recipe that the whole family would enjoy. I use philips airfryer to fried them and they were delicious and crispy.

  7. I love all high tech cooking Philips products. I use it to make dinners every evening for my husband and I. The meat is never dry and it tastes delicious. I love cooking again because of the shorter cooking time and the
    cleanup is a breeze. We are eating healthier now, and the food tastes amazing.
    Thanks for sharing nice review. Ryan Dykes

  8. Nice, some of the results look delicious :) I got mine for Christmas from the hubby, I just love cooking chicken wings in there. I did't get the Philips air fryer, but the GoWise, I heard that it was better think he read about it in a airfryer review website.


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