If you’ve never owned an air fryer, simply put it is a game-changer for cooking. If you have had one in the past, this air fryer includes a lot of more automated features that will take your cooking to the next level.
The Philips Digital Air Fryer is a reasonably-sized countertop air fryer with all digital controls, including presets to eliminate having to look up recipes (time and temperature) for commonly-cooked foods like French fries and chicken drumsticks.
Setup was easy, despite a bloated instruction manual (one bullet instruction followed immediately by 10 “tips”). The one problem I had with initial setup, post-unboxing, was a cardboard filler that was placed between the food basket & heating coil that has to be removed.
When removed, it left a sizeable piece of the cardboard behind, wedged into the heating coil. Had I not felt that, it could have potentially started a fire, something that Philips should look at revising.
For size comparison, the cooking basket can accommodate 4 bone-in chicken thighs. I found the size to be pretty good for cooking for 3, but in the case when I cooked ribeye steaks, I had to cook the (3) 14-ounce steaks one-at-a-time, putting the steaks in the regular oven on the warming setting to make it where everyone could eat at the same time.
I would say that if you’re cooking for 2 or 3 this is a perfect size. If you’re cooking for 4 or more, or cook larger meals, this device may be slightly undersized for you. Food Reviews: Two of my first cooks were frozen tater tots and bone-in chicken thighs.
Both were cooked PERFECTLY using the simple built-in presets on the device (there are 4 presets: frozen fries, chicken legs, fish, and chops/cuts (pork)). I’ve never had tater tots cooked this well. Crispy on the outside, nearly identical to oil frying, but without the mess.
Chicken thighs were unbeatable, cooked all of the way through (something often tough to do whether it’s in the oven or frying in a pan), juicy with a perfectly crisp skin. Juices and oils from the cooking process are captured and contained in the base of the pan which is separate from the food basket, so unlike other cooking methods your food won’t sit in its own grease thus defeating the goal.
Manual cooking by setting temperature & time is also possible if you’re cooking something not covered by one of the 4 presets. The one limitation I found with manually setting temperature is the fact that temperatures can only be set in 25-degree increments (i.
e. 350, 375, 400). Many recipes online recommend odd temperatures like “Cook at 390 for 12 minutes”. While the difference between 390 and 400 degrees sounds negligible, when cooking at this close of range to the heating element, plus the quickness at which it cooks, 10 degrees can change the cooking time by 1-2 minutes, something you will need to account for.
Using frozen chicken tenders as the example, I used 400 degrees for 12 minutes (flipping at 6 minute) when it was recommended online to cook at 390 for 12 minutes. The tenders were still good, but probably within 60 seconds of being overdone.
Make sure you account for that disparity in recommended temperature versus what is capable on the device. Cleaning: Cleaning is as simple as throwing the 4 parts that make up the fryer in the dishwasher after emptying the fat collector.
Make sure to check the inside of the unit & wipe down, as needed, as well as the heating element where oils may have splattered up. The rest of the exterior of the unit can be wiped down with general kitchen cleaner.
App Available: Yes, there is a Philips air fryer app available, but don’t waste your time. The app is critically outdated and only shows a handful of fryers, all of which are older model analog devices.
The app is supposed to include recipes, but even the most basic things you would think of cooking (like a simple fried chicken recipe) isn’t listed. I deleted the app by the time I finished my first meal.
There are plenty of websites dedicated just to air fryer recipes, so just rely on those (again with the caveat that their recommended cooking temperatures may not align with the Philips device’s 25-degree increment settings).
Summary: Buy this. It is an incredible addition to any kitchen, giving you new, faster, and healthier methods for cooking a variety of foods.