Lidl is selling a cheap air fryer for £50 just ahead of Christmas, which could be just the ticket if you are stuck for present ideas or have had your eye on an air fryer since Black Friday.
The Silvercrest Digital Air Fryer is available in stores from Sunday 16 December 2018. Like most Lidl gadget and appliance offers, it’s only up for grabs while stocks last. So is it worth heading to your nearest Lidl?
This smart-looking appliance has the kind of nifty digital controls you’ll usually pay more for, but the real test is whether it can cook crisp and tasty chips.
Some cheap air fryers we’ve tested are so awful we’ve labelled them Don’t Buys. The worst models are slow to cook food and produce an unappetising mix of raw and partly burned chips. But we’ve also tested models over £100 that disappoint, despite higher prices.
Some of our top picks are in the same price range as this Lidl model, so it is possible to get a great air fryer on a budget. To find out if this model is a hot pick, read our full Lidl Silvercrest Digital Air Fryer first look review.
Silvercrest Digital Air Fryer: is it a good deal?
The Silvercrest Digital Air Fryer is a sleek black box with a pull-out frying basket. It looks similar to the Tefal Easy Fry Deluxe, or a Philips Airfryer.
It doesn’t have the viewing window and stirring paddle you’ll find on Tefal Actifry models, but it does have a slick minimalist exterior and handy digital controls that make it easy to see at a glance how much cooking time is left.
The basket is dishwasher-safe and it has a nice long power cord, so you don’t have to squeeze it right next to a plug socket if worktop space is tight.
On specification alone, it looks to be a tempting deal. We sometimes find cheaper air fryers lack non-stick or dishwasher-safe baskets, making them harder to clean. They also tend to have fewer features, manual dial controls and a cheaper look. On this front, this Lidl air fryer gives you more for your money than some other cheap rivals.
Below you can see how the Lidl Air Fryer compares with the Tefal Easy Fry Deluxe, which costs more than twice as much:
|Lidl Digital Air Fryer||Tefal Easy Fry Deluxe|
|Capacity||800g (4 portions)||1.2kg (6 portions)|
|Timer||Up to 60 minutes||Up to 60 minutes|
|Warranty||3 years||2 years|
The Lidl fryer has a smaller capacity, so you’ll have to cook smaller batches, but otherwise you get a lot of the functionality you’d get on the pricier model. Plus, like all Lidl special offers you also get a three year warranty, which is generous for an appliance at this price.
But none of that will matter if it doesn’t make great chips. Make sure you check our full Lidl Digital Air Fryer first look review to get our thoughts on how well this model cooks food. And take a look at our air fryer reviews to discover the best tried-and-tested models we recommend.
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Lidl 3.5-litre Silvercrest Slow Cooker (£15) – is it worth buying?
The Lidl Digital Air Fryer isn’t the only kitchen bargain up for grabs in Lidl in the run-up to Christmas. There’s also a £15 slow cooker on sale.
Lidl slow cooker: what you get
At 3.5 litres, this Lidl model is a small to medium-sized model that should feed three to four people comfortably. For this size, it’s pretty cheap. It has low, medium and high settings, and a removable ceramic pot. These are usually easy to clean but can be a little heavier than aluminium versions.
This slow cooker doesn’t have any particularly fancy extras, but it’s good value for the spec. We’ve found that a lot of medium-sized slow cookers are mediocre at cooking, though, so check our slow cooker reviews to discover our top-scoring models and the ones to avoid.
Why buy a slow cooker?
A slow cooker could take some of the stress away from cooking meals this Christmas. All you need to do is prepare your ingredients, pop them in and leave it to work its magic. They’re great for making stews, curries and for tenderising meat.
You can even use your slow cooker to make a big batch of mulled wine and keep it nice and warm for when you need a top-up: see our guide to making perfect slow cooker mulled wine for a how-to video, plus tips and alternative recipes for mulled cider, punch and more.
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