Philips Viva Collection Airfryer first look

CHOICE looks into the new air fryer to see if it the benefits are worth the cost.
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Philips Viva Collection Airfryer HD9220/40

Price $329
2 stars out of 5 
The Philips Airfryer fries food using a combination of hot air circulation and a grill element, all the while using minimal oil and promoting itself as a healthy alternative to traditional deep frying. While it claims to have the “best tasting fries without the oil” this isn’t all it can do. You can airfry meat and poultry dishes like schnitzel or drumsticks and snacks like spring rolls, nuggets and fish fingers. You can even make sweet snacks in the Airfryer.

Our home economist, Fiona Mair, tested the Airfryer by cooking chips, chicken legs, crumbed chicken tenderloins and chicken balls. The chicken was juicy and tender with a nice golden color, but the chips weren’t as evenly browned and were crisp in some areas but soft in others. While deep-frying gives a quicker result, the time taken to airfry chips depends on the thickness of the chips and whether they’re frozen or not - generally it takes about the same time as an oven. Fiona found that most recipes still required some oil, but a minuscule amount compared to a deep fryer.

The Airfryer is simple to use – the cooking basket has a handle that’s easy to slide out and lift. It has a large dial timer and graded temperature control, but the labeling is quite small. Its plastic exterior is easy to wipe over and the non-stick pan is a breeze to clean. The pan separator and stainless steel mesh basket is also dishwasher safe, which is an added bonus.

On the downside, it is large and bulky. It has a small cooking area that only accommodates approximately four serves of one food item. Although it has a pan separator to cook multiple items at once, chances are you‘ll still need to cook in batches. Not only will this add to the time taken to prepare the meal, the oven may still be needed to keep the first batch warm. We also calculated its running costs based on usage for three hours per week over 10 years. This turned out to be $347 - more than some ovens we've tested.

CHOICE verdict

While the Airfyer is a healthier alternative to deep frying, it’s expensive both initially and in running costs, it's large and bulky and only accommodates comparatively small portions. Your oven will fit a full meal with no problems and provided you keep the oil to a minimum, you’ll achieve the same result.

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