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The ‘Airfryer’ that fries chips with 80% less oil

Could healthier treats be on the menu at last?

The Phillips airfryer in action

‘Healthy’ fried food may sound like wishful thinking, but the new Philips Airfryer claims to use up to 80% less oil to cook fried foods such as scampi and chips.

The Philips Airfryer combines fast-circulating hot air with a grill to cook with less fat – and it also claims to take just three minutes to heat up.

Philips says that the Airfryer can cook a batch of chips in 12 minutes and releases fewer fatty smells than a conventional fat fryer.

Airfryer features

The Airfryer has a timer of up to 30 minutes, and a temperature control allowing you to pre-set temperatures of up to 200°C – but this all comes at a price as the the Airfryer will set you back £200. That’s more than four times the price of one of our Best Buy fryers.

Which? deputy home editor Natalie Hitchins says: ‘Philips makes some impressive-sounding claims about the Airfryer’s fat-busting capabilities – and if they hold true then the Airfryer could be a useful gadget for those who are hungry for fried treats but don’t want the extra calories.

‘We’re looking forward to taking a hands on look at the Airfryer in the next few weeks and will post our first impressions in our kitchen appliances reviews section. 

‘If you can’t wait to get frying until then, you can read our full in-depth review of Tefal’s rival Actifry fryer, which cooks a kilo of chips using around a tablespoon of oil.’

The Philips Airfryer is available to preorder from Amazon.co.uk or to buy from November 2010 at Argos, Comet and John Lewis.

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