Not as noisy as some other models
Annoying control noises
Casing shows finger marks
4 out of 5
Salter EK2819 XL Digital Hot Air Fryer
Seven different pre-sets – chips, ribs, prawns, cupcake, chicken drumsticks, steak and fish or go manual to find the perfect combination of time and temperature for your chosen dish. The enclosed recipe booklet recommended that chips should be parboiled for three minutes first, but we found that made it more difficult to dry them before they went into the basket. De-starching the fries in cold water – as we did with the other models – resulted in an acceptably fried chips in 22 minutes, though we did have to take the basket out for a shake, as directed, every six minutes. It’s good to see that the timer pauses at this point, so it will keep cooking without further adjustments when the basket is replaced. If you get distracted, the unit will stop heating after three minutes, which is a useful safety measure for busy family teatimes.
This Salter model was impressively quiet while cooking, but the loud electronic noises from the pre-set and timer buttons were jarring if you got the programming wrong and had to start again. Five long beeps signal the end of the fry and are more like a ‘chips ready’ alarm that will bring everyone running to the kitchen.
As a mid-range air fryer, the Salter was a safe buy. It worked well, without complicated settings, with the default 180 degrees and 15 minutes useful to use for a one-touch control to get most things going. Use the arrow panels for adjustment and a red light on the panel will show when the desired temperature is reached in up to five minutes. We simply added three minutes cook time to large honey and mustard chicken drumsticks, adjusting the pre-set to 25 minutes in a cold basket instead of 22 with preheating. They were wonderfully golden and juicy, thankfully the non-stick lining in its circular pan it wasn’t too difficult to hand wash clean afterwards, though we noticed it’s one of the heavier to handle from our selection of air fryers.
We like the rounded body of the main unit and the blue digital display looks good too. This fryer is in black and would suit in a high-tech kitchen, though the fingerprints on that high-gloss finish might bug you if you’re a perfectionist.
Maximum temperature: 200
Dimensions: 39.2 x 33.4 x 32.6 cm
Guarantee: 3 years
Recipe book: yes