Monday, March 2, 2015

The Best Air Fryers For Home Use

Tefal Actifry Hot Air Multi Cooker
Tefal Actifry Hot Air Fryer
The hot air fryer is one modern kitchen appliance that is slowly gaining a big fan base. People are talking about the healthy fryer, oil free fryer or hot air deep fryer and the tasty greasless meals that can be cooked in these hot air fryers.

Most people love fried food but worry over the loaded unhealthy calories. With the air fryer that uses less oil, in fact 1 tablespoon only if needed, fried food without the greasy taste and calories certainly sounds most appealing.

Are Air Fryers Really Healthier?

Before we get started on whether this hot air cooker deserves the name healthy fryer, let's check out how it works.

How Does The Air Fryer Work?

The less oil fryer works using the Rapid Air Circulation Technology whereby air is heated up by a grill or heating element located in the top part of the air fryer. A fan which is also located in the top part blows the hot air all around the hot air frying machine.

The food is put into the cooking basket located on the lower part of the machine and is cooked by this heated air rapidly moving in all directions.

There are a few brands of home hot air fryers that seem recommended by consumers. Popular ones include the Philips hot air fryer and the Tefal Actifry air fryer.

Philips hot air fryer reviews

There are 2 models of Philips hot air cookers available in the USA, the Philips HD9220/26 and the HD9230/26.The HD9220 is manual whereas the 9230 is a digital airfryer.

The fryer seems easy to operate, just 2 knobs to control. One is for timer and the other for temperature.

The cooking basket has a mesh bottom for good air circulation and has a cooking capacity of 1.8 pounds.

So far so good, seems simple enough.

Then, the not so simple part is discovered. You do require a learning curve to get the hang of things. Of course, to some, one or two tries will be enough to get the best results. For some, you might need a bit more time.

Take for example the ever popular French fries. If cooking frozen fries, no extra oil is needed as the frozen fries already contain oil. You need to stop halfway during the cooking process to give the basket a shake so that the fries are more even cooked.

A single layer of food will cook better than food pile on top of each other in the basket.

For sure you get fries that taste like fast food fries minus the excess fat and grease, healthier French fries.

Tefal Actifry Hot Air Multi Cooker

The Tefal hot air fryer works slighly differently from the Philips fryer. Instead of a cooking basket, it has a non-stick pan with a stirring paddle. This does remind me of the non-stick wok and its cooking ladle.

The temperature is not adjustable and comes fixed at 339 degrees Fahrenheit. Well, one less function to worry about.

Food is placed on the cooking pan and when the machine is turned on, the pan will rotate with the paddle stirring the food. Shaking of food halfway is not necessary.

Roasting vegetables turn out great too.

There is no greasy mess to clean up as there is no splatter of oil. All the removable parts are dishwasher safe.

The hot air frying machine cooks fast with no oil or very little oil and cleaning up is hassle-free.

Less oil, less calories. Yes, I would say that the hot air cooker is a healthy fryer in that sense.

If you are interested in knowing more about these healthy greaseless fryers, you can read detailed reviews at


  1. I love that it can fry food without grease and the extra calories and fat that come with using a regular fryer.
    Cooking food through an air fryer is often a healthy option to deep-frying applying gas.Hot air fryers make use of excited air rather than very hot gas to help make meals meals. A trendy label of this heat stove that makes use of this preparing container may be the Tefal Actifry heat fryer.
    Thanks Karen!
    Melissa Palmer

    1. Hi Linda,

      Yes, the air fryer indeed offers a healthy option to deep frying in hot oil. I love it that my air fried chicken doesn't have a greasy taste.