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Philips air fryers have become a “must-have” kitchen appliance. Air frying is a healthier alternative to deep-frying. Because the food is cooked by rotating air and only about a tablespoon of oil, the process results in 75%-90% less fat. Philips is a brand you can trust and is also the world’s #1 air fryer based on units sold and has a variety of different models to fit every kitchen. In this article, we’re going to look for the best Philips air fryer for your needs.
When reviewing Philips air fryers, the capacity, temperature range, and dimensions are imperative. The capacity will tell you how many people the specific model will feed, while the dimensions will tell you if the unit will fit in your kitchen space. Finally, the temperature range will let you know if the specific model will meet your needs regarding the types of foods you would like to cook in the air fryer.
We spent six hours going over the specifications of various Philips air fryer models comparing their features and reading every customer review to help you pick the best Philips air fryer model for your needs. We’ll break down our findings in a table with quick-to-find details as well as more detailed reviews for those who are looking for the nitty-gritty, followed by a buying guide for those ready to purchase their own Philips air fryer.
More features: 7 preset programs, patented “starfish” design
The Philips Essential Airfryer XL HD9270/91 is a countertop appliance that can be an alternative to a standard deep fryer. But, this useful appliance is capable of much more, it can roast, grill, and even bake food in next to no time. This air fryer uses “Rapid Air” technology to fry foods with very little or no additional oil which makes it a healthier option. This may be compared to a standard pod-style air fryer that’s used in an oven, but the circular design superheats and circulates the air faster for faster and healthier cooking. This air fryer produces fried food that’s crispy on the outside, but moist and tender on the inside.
The Airfryer XL can hold 2.65 lbs of food which can serve sufficient food for a family of four. The Airfryer doesn’t require much oil and it will actually extract some excess oil from the food that you cook. This oil is collected in a food drawer at the base of the Airfryer and it can be poured away after cooking. The Airfryer XL is controlled with a digital touchscreen interface that has a simple and easy to understand layout. The cooking timer extends up to an hour and most competing products only cook up to 30 minutes and then the machine must be reset. The temperature can be set from 150ºF up to 390ºF and there are handy presets for your favorite foods to get you started quickly. Phillips has included a tiered rack with skewers and a grill pan to help users cook in a single cycle to save energy.
What we liked:
This is an aesthetically pleasing countertop air fryer.
The auto-off function and cool touch exterior are great safety features.
More features: temperature dial of 175-400°F; digital touchscreen; ready signal; dishwasher safe
The Twin TurboStar technology used in this model means that even more fat is extracted (up to 90%), which results in healthier cooking that a smaller model is unable to match. The fat and oil are captured in the fat reducer, which makes disposal easy.
This model has a digital interface and a touchscreen, as well as five preset modes: fish, frozen fries, drumsticks, meat, and baking. It also boasts of the QuickControl dial and the Keep Warm functionality, so your food is ready to serve whenever you want.
The XXL model is larger than our top model, which means it can accommodate more cooking methods, like baking, as well as additional accessories. The family size of this unit can fit an entire chicken, or two bags of frozen fries, making it the go-to unit for large families, looking for up to six portions of cooking possibilities.
Standard with this model are the QuickClean, dishwasher safe basket and drawer and Advanced Rapid Heat technology to heat almost instantly so the user can do away with preheating.
Optional accessories for this unit include the Air fryer XXL Baking Master Kit, for those cooks who want to try making baked goods in their air fryer, the Air fryer XXL Grill Master Kit, for a step up on your grilling possibilities, and the Air fryer XXL Party Master Kit, which comes with a food separator and double layer accessory for the individuals who want to cook for large groups of people whether it’s a family get-together or a party with your friends.
More features: power-on light; digital display; comes with a double layer rack
Although ideal for large family gatherings, this high-capacity model will most likely fit into your countertop without any issues thanks to the space-saving design.
A digital interface and touch screen allow for full temperature range and control. This gives the ability to select the best temperature for your food without having to rely on specific temperature limitations.
The time control on this model allows to run the unit for up of 60 minutes, and there’s a Recipe booklet as well included for those who want to experiment or try new recipes, no matter what it involves – baking, roasting, or grilling – the unit can do it all.
The model is easy to clean, dishwasher safe and boasts of the Rapid Air Technology, which limits the smell of fried oils when using the air fryer.
This model comes with a good selection of optional accessories, including the Air fryer Variety Basket, Air fryer Grill Pan Accessory for grilling capabilities, Air fryer Baking Pan for those users who would like to use the unit for their baking needs, and the Airfyrer Double Layer Rack with Skewers which will allow the user to maximize the cooking space this model has.
More features: patented Rapid Air; ready signal; cord storage
A small model for the cook who wants to experiment with more cooking possibilities.
The compact design of this model doesn’t lose any of the power of a larger model. It comes with the usual Rapid Air ability, which means no preheating needed. The air fryer is equipped with a manual control knob. It may lack the digital display or digital touch screen of some of the pricier or larger models, but the manual dial still offers flexible cooking settings while resulting in cost savings.
As with the other models, it’s dishwasher safe, has an automatic shut-off, and time control of up to 30 minutes.
Other features include cord storage, non-stick feet, and quick-clean capabilities.
Additionally, this Philips air fryer boasts of a number of useful accessories. A stainless-steel lid, and an air fryer grill pan accessory for those who wish to try grilling in their air fryer as well, a food separator for additional cooking abilities, Airfryer Double Layer Rack with Skewers for additional cooking space, Airfryer Baking Pan for baking needs, and an Airfryer Variety Basket.
Finally, if you purchase this Philips Airfryer model, it comes with an offer to try Noom’s Healthy Weight Program for free, for those users wishing to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.
More features: removable handle; cool wall exterior; auto shut-off
A compact air fryer great for small families and everyday use. Because its size is compact and petite, it would be excellent for students going off to college, looking for easy ways to cook foods at home like frozen French fries, fish sticks, or even fried chicken.
Philips Turbostar technology means you can fry foods using less than a tablespoon of oil. The compact design of this model doesn’t lose any of the power of a larger model, and there’s no pre-heating required.
Because the air circulates around the food, there’s no rotting flipping required, and the food is cooked evenly and perfectly every time.
This air fryer has a manual control which can offer more flexibility than a digital model. It’s dishwasher safe, has an automatic shut-off, and time control of up to 30 minutes.
Other features include cord storage and non-stick feet, quick-clean capabilities, and each unit is shipped with a helpful recipe booklet for those who are new to air fryers, or for people who are experienced with Philips air fryers but looking for some new recipes to add to their repertoire.
Additionally, this Philips air fryer has optional accessories that can be added to this model. A stainless-steel lid, and an air fryer grill pan accessory for those who wish to try grilling in their air fryer as well.
More features: 4 prefix programs; keep warm function
Philips TurboStar technology means the unit generates superheated air quickly, resulting in a faster dinner time. This model creates less of a smell than other air fryers and has an easy-to-clean QuickClean basket, which includes a removable non-stick mesh, and a coated drawer. These items are dishwasher safe for added convenience.
This model has a larger capacity while also focusing on the dimensions, so as to not take up too much space on your countertop. It comes with a QuickControl dial, which is a manual dial with a digital display to allow you to set cooking temperature and time by turning the knob and clicking it when you’ve reached the correct setting.
There are also four preset programs for your favorite dishes: frozen fries, drumsticks, fish, and meat. These presets allow for faster, easier cooking of popular dishes to make this model even simpler to use.
If you want to keep your food warm, use the Keep Warm function, which allows the user to have the food ready to go for up to 30 minutes once the cooking time is completed.
There’s a universal EasyClick handle, which means switching out appliances and accessories is easy.
Optional accessories include the stainless-steel lid, as well as Air fryer Grill Pan, and this model comes with over 200 recipes available on an app.
What we liked:
4 preset options
Keep Warm option
What could be better:
Temperature sets in 25-degree increments
Things to Consider
If you live in a home or apartment or anywhere, really, chances are at some point you’re going to want to cook food. Whether it’s something you do every day, or maybe just once in a while, having the right appliances can make a world of difference. Air fryers are becoming increasingly popular because of their ability to fry, grill, and bake. If you’re considering adding an air fryer to your kitchen, the following guide can help you decide on the best Philips air fryer to meet your needs.
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.
Even though air fryers are usually advertised as oil-less frying devices, you do need to add some oil in order to make your food crispy on the outside. However, the amount of it is much less than you would normally add into your frying pan – no more than a tablespoon.
The cooking capabilities of a Philips air fryer are wide-ranging. Many people like to make fried chicken and French fries in their air fryers, but you can also cook vegetables, fish, and other meats. Optional accessories make it easy to grill meat and veggies on skewers in the air fryer, or even make baked goods such as pizza. Philips air fryers are also great for reheating foods. The air frying element prevents things from getting soggy like reheating in the microwave sometimes does.
Yes! Because Philips air fryers use superheated air to cook the food, it cooks in even less time than an oven, which results in energy saved. If saving energy is an important consideration, then avoid the larger wattage models simply because they are larger models and therefore need more energy to run.
A Philips air fryer can help you cook food quickly and eliminate fats from your diet for a healthier lifestyle. Though any air fryer can assist you in the kitchen, these are the models that stand out.
Whether you’re short of space or want an innovative and flexible appliance, the Philips Essential Airfryer XL HD9270/91 can roast, grill and bake food with little or no additional oil. It has a touchscreen interface and is remarkably easy to use.
If you’re looking for an air fryer that is large and in charge, look no further than the Philips HD9650/96, which can hold up to four pounds and cook six portions of food, including a whole chicken, or two bags of frozen French fries. It has a 60-minute timer, digital interface, and a variety of optional accessories making this model the best for larger families, or for those who plan to use their air fryer frequently for a variety of cooking methods.
And for those with a smaller space, the Philips HD9220/29 model is the best consideration. Not too big for a smaller space, it’s also our Budget Pick and therefore a great choice for those who are just beginning, or those experienced users looking for an all-around good model.