Huge basket capacity
4.5 out of 5
Philips Avance Airfryer XXL
Philips have a huge hold on the air fryer market, with the distinctive pull-out basket coming in various capacities – this one being a whopping XXXX. This model is the largest in the line up and is great if you are catering for a family as the large basket will accommodate enough chips for four to six people, without having to shake the basket too much. The pre-set for chips refers to the frozen variety, so we did our home made fries for 20 minutes via the manual button instead. These turned out great, as we’d shaken the basket halfway through cooking time, so they were an even colour and very appetising. The keep warm function meant they were still hot and crisp after 20 minutes.
There are five pre-set options on this model, frozen fries, meat, fish, whole chickens and chicken drumsticks, so you only have to press one button for dinner in a hurry. Of course, you can set the time and temperature yourself if you’d like – we tried air frying lamb chops, with a 12 minute time on 200 degrees. There was smoke escaping the rear vent by the end, but our chops were perfect, with nicely rendered fat. The best thing about it all that the air and heat could circulate underneath the single layer of chops so there was no need to turn them as they cooked.
For such a large capacity fryer, the footprint on this was always going to be a consideration. It’s not too heavy, though and there’s integral cord storage if you do put it away between meals.
Philips’ fat removal technology means this is a healthy way to fry without losing taste. The wire base was slightly trickier to clean than non-stick versions, needing a good brush over in soapy water as bits of food could get stuck between the mesh. We took everything apart and put it in the dishwasher after collecting oil from the bottom tray first – that was an eye opener as there was no loss of flavour, just the fat.
We can see this becoming a mainstay of the kitchen, with such efficient roasting and frying. Ready meals, toasties, tray bakes and cupcakes were a success and now we would not want to be without it on the worktop.
Dimensions: 32.2 x 43.3 x 31.6cm
Guarantee: 2 years
Recipe book: yes, plus app