Which? tries out latest Philips AirfryerHealth fryer is rival to popular Tefal Actifry

13 February 2016

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The Airfryer doesn't just make chips - it can bake, grill and roast too

The Viva Airfryer HD9230/20 is the latest version of the popular low-fat fryer from Philips and claims to make great tasting chips without the grease and guilt. Does it make good on these promises? Our researcher took one home to find out.

Low-fat fryers have become something of a kitchen craze, tapping into increased public awareness about fat in our diets and the perils of takeaway dinners. 

Like the Tefal Actifry 2-in-1, the new Philips Airfryer offers two-level cooking for extra versatility. It's also meant to cook food more quickly than the original Airfryer.

To see what our researcher thought of this Airfryer and whether it made delicious faux-fried food, head to the Philips Viva Airfryer HD9230/20 first look review.

Healthy chips and convenient cooking

Chips cooked in the Airfryer contain 'up to 80% less fat than deep fat fried chips' according to Philips, which sounds pretty enticing, but if you're hoping for that authentic chip shop crunch and taste you may be disappointed. We've found - perhaps unsurprisingly - that health fryers can't really re-create the taste and crunch of deep fried food. 

That's not to say that they don't have their advantages. Cooking in a health fryer, which uses a small amount of oil combined with hot air blasted around the fryer basket to cook food, can be faster than oven cooking, as you are only heating a small space. And the best models can turn out fast, tasty food.

To find a fryer that makes perfect chips every time, whether you're after the healthy version or the genuine article, head to our Best Buy fryers.


The updated Philips Airfryer has an LED screen for timing and temperature control

The Airfryer makes more than just chips - allowing you to grill, bake and roast food. There’s a recipe booklet and app to help you get going with suggestions from meatballs and rack of lamb to chocolate cake and vanilla souffle.

Extra features

The Viva Airfryer has a double layer accessory, allowing you to maximise cooking space and make more portions at once. Its cooking capacity is just 800 grams though - you'll be able to get four servings of a main meal done at a pinch, but would have to cook in batches for a larger meal. 

It also has a new digital LED display - an upgrade from the old dial - allowing you to easily set temperatures and times, and keep track of both at a glance.

Air fryers compared

The Philips Airfryer costs £149, which makes it slightly cheaper than the Tefal Actifry Express XL and the Tefal Actifry 2 in 1, and at the moment it’s on offer for just £80 at Currys. 

Before you splash out, make sure you read our full first look review, and see how low-fat fryers from Tefal, Breville and DeLonghi - plus the original Airfryer - compare by heading to our fryer reviews.

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