Most importantly, it WORKS. Are air fryer fries or chicken tenders identically to their oil-saturated brethren? No. They’re quite as crunchy and certain don’t have that gross but satisfying pop of grease. But they are noticeably crunchier and crispier than anything I’ve ever made in an oven. The air fryer also manages to texturize the outside of the food, while keeping the inside much more M-O-I-S-T than any other cooking method.
I had almost written off fried chickpeas as something that will never actually be good—that is, until I cooked them in the air fryer. The absence of the oil needed in the oven, deep-fat fryer, or skillet actually helps them get crispier because the air fryer’s heat dries out the exterior, while what little oil gets used has a chance to imbue the beans with a beautiful golden brown color. All crunch + no mess = I’m sold.
Available via Amazon, the KRUPS Air Fryer is a Prime eligible item, meaning Prime members can have it shipped at no cost within a day. It features 3D Air Pulse Technology that operates using an upper heating element and an optimized airflow, ensuring healthy, rapid, and easy cooking. In addition to frying, the KRUPS Air Fryer allows users to grill, roast and bake yummy "fried" concoctions. Other features include a 2.5-liter capacity, 30-minute timer and dishwasher safe parts.
One of the secrets to getting the best results from your air fryer is to coat foods with a dry mixture that cooks up nice and crispy. Here, we’ve used omega-3 rich flaxseeds to add a super-food style crunch to French toast. Thanks to this delicious recipe, you can feel great about treating your kids to these on Saturday morning (they’ll never guess they’re eating a fiber-rich and heart-healthy breakfast!).
The Power AirFryer XL lets you to enjoy all your favorite fried foods without all the guilt. The 6-in-1 cooking technology lets you fry, bake, steam, saute, grill or roast your food with the power of super-heated air instead of fatty oils. Seven food presets like French Fries, Steak and Baked Goods help take the guessing out of frying. Simply load the food in the basket, select a preset and sit back as the AirFryer XL super-heats your food to give it the savory crunch that makes your fried favorites so delicious.
Avalon provide a digital and analog version of the product. The core difference is that the digital comes with pre-programmed settings for cooking meat, fish or chicken and allows for greater control of the temperature and time. Although the analog model is the cheaper option, the trade-off is using dials that don’t provide as much precision as a digital display.
Cooking results ranged from acceptable to mediocre. When we cooked 28 ounces of frozen french fries at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in the Philips HD9641/96 for 25 minutes, most turned out evenly cooked, but a handful of fries were still underdone. However, the Philips air fryer fared better than others we tested, such as the GoWISE USA GW22621 and Avalon Bay Digital Air Fryer 220SS, which burned the fries closest to the heating element and left the ones on the bottom of the basket completely raw. The hand-cut fries we cooked in the Philips HD9641/96 using ½ tablespoon of oil were evenly browned, but they had a dried-out, dehydrated texture. Some of the fish sticks and breaded chicken tenders were soggy in places and not as crispy as we had hoped, even after we increased the cooking time. And though the pork chops we cooked in the Philips HD9641/96 had nice color around the edges, the centers were pale and unappetizing. The edges of the meat were browned, but the surface was almost completely pale, and the result didn’t hold a candle to the glistening, evenly browned pork chop you can get from cooking in a skillet. Is a device that cooks food so poorly worth $250? Nope, it isn’t.
Stainless-steel air flow racks and 1700 watts of Air Flow Technology cooks food on both the top and bottom for the crispy-fried taste and texture you love without the fat and calories. Toast, cake, pies, pastas, chicken – this multicooker even fits a 9" round pizza! The entire AirFryer Oven library is also included with recipes for fried food, rotisserie and dehydrator creations.