Why Philips air fryer
Philips is a brand that consumers trust. They’re the #1 air fryer manufacturer in the world based on sales, and many people choose Philips over other brands based on their name alone.
The main benefit of an air fryer is that it fries food using superheated air instead of oil. So, while the air will still give you crispy, crunchy fried foods, like chicken and French fries, frying in air instead of frying in oil makes the cooking process much healthier. Depending on the model, the air fryer can remove anywhere from 75% – 90% of the fat from the food, making your dinner healthier for those looking to eat fried foods without affecting their diet or waistband size.
Air fryers come in a variety of dimensions, catering to individuals, small families, or even larger households of six or more people. Many models come with additional, optional accessories, like double racks so that you can cook even more food. Grilling and baking accessories can turn your air fryer into more of a one-stop appliance for all your meal needs.
Features to consider while choosing an air fryer
The best Philips air fryer is one that meets all of your cooking needs, including capacity, temperature range, and dimensions to make sure it will fit in the space you have available in your kitchen. The below qualities will help you choose the right Philips air fryer for you.
The capacity of a Philips air fryer is one of the most important features to consider when purchasing it. The air fryer must be able to cook the amount of food you need for yourself or your family. Otherwise it won’t go far in helping you prepare your meals.
If you’re serving fried chicken, you should look for an air fryer that can cook all the fried chicken you need; otherwise you will have to do more than one batch and your first batch may get cold.
If you are cooking for more than one person, or a family, you may want to consider purchasing a larger model, such as the Philips HD9650/96, which can cook up to six portions at a time.
The wattage of an air fryer is important for a couple of reasons. The first is that you need to make sure that the outlet you’re plugging your air fryer into can support the watt consumption of your air fryer. If your air fryer is too powerful for your outlet, it won’t perform to its full capabilities, if at all, so make sure that you’re purchasing an air fryer with a wattage that your home can support. The more watts an air fryer has, the more powerful it is, which means it can reach higher temperatures as well as heat more quickly.
Most Philips air fryers come with a standard 1,425 wattage, which works well for most needs. But if you’re looking to cook a lot of frozen foods, like fish sticks or French fries, picking a Philips air fryer with a high wattage, such as the Philips HD9650/96, may speed up your cooking time and be a better fit for your needs than one that has a smaller wattage, as long as your outlets can support the 1,725 watts.
Temperature range is a feature that can be important, especially if you’re someone who wants to use the full capabilities of an air fryer, such as baking and grilling. Many air fryer recipes, including the ones that are in the Philips Air Fryer Recipe Book and App (included with certain models), have very specific temperature settings in order to cook the food properly. Those models with digital touch screens are usually able to set their temperatures at whichever range you would like.
Models with digital interfaces, such as the Philips HD9641/96, often have preset temperature ranges, which can be useful for those users who don’t particularly want to experiment with different cooking methods or more complex recipes.
If you’re looking to pre-set your cooking times on your air fryer, then the Timer is a feature that you should consider. The Timer allows you to set your cooking time, and an auto-off feature includes a “ready” sound indicator, which will alert you when your food is cooked and ready to serve.
Most Philips air fryer models come with a more standard 30-minute timer, but if you’re looking for a model with a more robust option, the Philips HD9230/26, the Philips HD9650/96, and the Philips HD9641/96 have timers that go up to 60 minutes, allowing even more timing and cooking options and capabilities.
The dimensions of the Philips air fryer is another extremely important feature to examine when considering which model will be the best for your needs and space.
If the air fryer is too large for your space, it won’t suit your needs or the needs of your kitchen. And if the air fryer is too small, it may mean that you aren’t able to cook as much food as you need to serve your family or your meal.
Larger isn’t always better, of course. The larger units have higher watts, and if you’re only cooking for one or two people, the larger units may just waste space on your counter or your storage area. If you’re looking for a middle of the road model, that’s not too big and not too small, consider the Philips HD9220/29 model which is also our Budget Pick and therefore a great beginner air fryer.
Hopefully, you will never need to rely on the warranty for your Philips air fryer, but sometimes accidents happen, or you use a product so much that you wear it out before you expected. The good news is that all Philips air fryers come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty. And if you decide to register your air fryer when you purchase it, the warranty extends an additional six months. Because air fryers have a lot of different components, from interfaces, temperature controls, heating, and cooling elements, etc., it’s important to consider registering your product to receive that additional six months on your warranty. If it doesn’t work as intended or is damaged in some manner, the warranty will help you get your air fryer repaired, or even replaced as necessary.
If you’re looking to really take advantage of the usability of your Philips air fryer, then it’s important to consider the extra features of the different models. The good news is that they all come standard with cord storage capabilities, non-slip feet, and nonstick coatings on the basket and drawers. These pieces are also dishwasher safe, which can make cleaning up after your meal that much easier.
Many of the larger models come with optional accessories as well, including grill pans, skewers, baking pans, and stainless-steel lids for those looking to increase or change their cooking capabilities with their air fryer.
A good model that has quite a few optional accessories without being the largest unit to take up your counter space is the Philips HD9230/26, which includes all the accessories listed above, but without the increased size of the Philips HD9650/96 model.
How to maintain your Philips Airfryer
All Philips air fryer models come standard with dishwasher safe capabilities, which makes cleaning and care much easier. If you would prefer to clean it even less, you could consider inserting a small piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the basket. Then, when done cooking, you can throw the foil away and only spot clean as necessary.
The heating element in the bottom of the air fryer should rarely, if ever, need cleaning. But if you spill something on it, it’s easy to clean. Just unplug the unit, let it cool completely, then rub the heating element with a damp rag until clean.
The rest of the unit can also be cleaned with a damp rag when needed. The smooth plastic casing of the air fryer makes cleaning this way easy, and your air fryer should remain looking nice and new for many years.