Philips is known for obtaining the patent for Rapid Air Technology when it developed its Airfryer (yes, the company spells it as a single word), which the company introduced to the world during the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, one of the world's longest running industrial exhibitions, in 2010.
Although oven manufacturer Turbochef Technologies acquired the original patent for air fryers in 2005, their concept was supposed to cater to hotel and restaurant chains. Meanwhile, Philips developed the product for home-based use. After a successful launch in the French, British, and Dutch markets before the end of 2010, the AirFryer's popularity spread to more than a hundred nations by 2014. Philips maximized consumer interaction to highlight how different nationalities had fun experimenting with the appliance to cook their native dishes.
Although Europe's Tefal came up with a similar machine, the flying saucer-shaped Actifry with a see-through lid, more companies adopted Philip's egg-shaped model with a pull-out basket.
Today, the company continues to promote the wonders of that technology through its slogan "Air is the new oil," with its product line boasting of air-fried food with 90% less fat. That's higher than the fat reduction touted by other top brands.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Philips Airfryer
The XXL and Avance units come with patented Twin TurboStar technology. This refers to the grooves shaped like a four-armed fan or starfish that are found on the bottom drawer or outer basket of the Airfryer. The technology creates a tornado-like airflow that swirls throughout the entire cooking basket, enhancing the rapid air technology and ensuring that heat is evenly distributed.
The TurboStar also allows excess fat to be captured in the fat reducer at the bottom of the Airfryer. You can pour it out once you are done cooking.
All Philips Airfryers come with either a touchscreen panel or dial. Philips' XL and Digital models have pre-set buttons. The XXL, Viva, and Avance Turbostar units have an adjustable QuickControl dial.
The Philips XXL has the largest capacity among the company's Airfryers with a basket that can accommodate 3.08 pounds (1.4 kilograms) of ingredients. That could fit a whole chicken or six portions of food.
Meanwhile, the Philips XL has a 2.65-pound (1.2-kg) capacity.
The Viva, Viva Digital, and Avance TurboStar Airfryers have an 800-gram capacity.
Size and appearance
Four of the five models featured in this review come in black. The Avance XXL and XL are available in white.
Ease of maintenance
The products have food baskets and drawers that are detachable, are easy to clean and dishwasher-safe. No need to do any other cleanup because Rapid Air Technology doesn’t leave the usual smell of fried oil.
The retail price of the XXL, XL, and Digital Airfryers is $299.95 while the Viva and Turbo Airfryers is $249.95.
The 5 Best Philips Air Fryers
Best Overall: Philips XXL
With a capacity of cooking up to 6 food portions, the XXL is the most popular item of Philips Airfryer line.
It has instant heat-up so you can start cooking any time. Enjoy grilled, fried, baked, and roasted food using this Airfryer with pre-set buttons for frozen fries, meat, fish, and chicken drumsticks.
The mesh of the food basket can be easily cleaned because it’s detachable and has a non-stick coating like the removable drawer.
The XXL manual shows that most snacks and meals can be cooked within about half an hour although times may vary based on quantity and size of ingredients. Check out the recommended settings of some of your favorite food:
- Home-made fries (200-1,400g), chicken drumsticks (200-1,800g): 18-35 minutes
- Meat chops without bone (1-5 chops): 10-13 minutes
- Whole fish (300-400g, 1-2 pieces): 18-22 minutes
- Fish fillets (120g, 1-3 pieces): 9-12 minutes
- Mixed vegetables (300-800g, roughly chopped): 10-20 minutes
- Muffins (50g, 1-9 pieces): 12-14 minutes
- Cake (500g, 18 ounces): 28 minutes
- Whole chicken (1,200-1,500g): 50-55 minutes
- Roasted pork (500-1,000g): 40-60 minutes
Dimensions (L x W x H): 322 x 433 x 316mm
Philips XXL Air Fryer Video Review
Best Deal: Philips Viva
You can pre-set your cooking time for up to 30 minutes with the Philips Viva Airfryer. The appliance will alert you with a bell sound when your pre-set cooking time is completed.
This Airfryer’s control dial lets you pre-set cooking temperature for up to 390 degrees Fahrenheit (199 degrees Celsius).
Dimensions: 287 x 315 x 384 mm
Philips Viva Air Fryer Video Review
Best for Families: Philips Avance XL
The Avance XL is the second to the largest high-capacity Airfyer, as its basket has room for 2.65 pounds (1.2kg) of ingredients, equivalent to around 5 servings.
The unit features a digital touchscreen display with a smart button where you can save the cooking times of your favorite dishes.
It also has a timer that you can use to pre-set cooking for up to an hour. This Airfryer's auto-off function and ready indicator make it safe to use in the kitchen where young children may be present.
Dimensions: 422 x 314 x 302 mm
Philips Avance XL Air Fryer Video Review
Best for Multipurpose Cooking: Turbostar HD9641
The HD9641 has 4 presets: frozen French fries, chicken drumstick, fish, chop/cutlet. This unit works with the Philips AirFryer app, which features more than 200 snack and meal recipes and other cooking tips.
Dimensions: 365 x 266 x 287mm
Philips Turbostar HD9641 Air Fryer Video Review
Best Small Footprint: Viva Digital Plus
Like the Avance XL, the Viva Digital has timer you can pre-set up to 60 minutes, a ready indicator, and an auto-off function that makes it safe to use in the kitchen when family members of various ages may be milling around.
It’s as compact as the Viva model but has a fully digital touchscreen controls instead of a dial.
Dimensions: 287 x 315 x 384 mm
Philips Viva Digital Plus Air Fryer Video Review
It's not easy to just dismiss the capabilities of Philips Airfryers amid the company's established history and experience in making quality products. What's more, several of the company’s models were positively reviewed by well-respected publications like Forbes and USA Today.
While some users comment that there is a "learning curve" involved in mastering Philips Airfryer settings for either control dial or touchscreen appliances, the trial-and-error journey becomes a good foundation for all the future cooking you need, especially if you decide to acquire some accessories to expand the repertoire of dishes you serve to your family and friends.