Philips HD9230/26 and HD9220/26 Digital Air fryer Review

We Review the Philips HD 9220 Number One Best Selling Model

So , putting aside the sales pitch , how was the Philips Air fryer received by real customers? Also I put the Philips to work over about 2 months , to try it out.

Safety

Most of the comments from buyers included appreciation of the safety of the product compared to frying in a pan. Although less common now than a few years ago, frying with a pan full of boiling hot oil, is so dangerous, if it bubbles over, it can catch fire, or if you spill it, it can result in major burns. Fortunately with the advent of ‘Oven chips’ this is now quite rare.

The Philips HD9220 is a very solid , well made product, which sits on the counter top with its non slip rubber feet and is almost impossible to knock over. Very safe and highly recommended , especially if the user is elderly or infirm. The outside casing of the unit remains cool even when it is in use, so it would be much safer to use than a pan on the stove top.

Guarantee

A major selling point was the two year guarantee offered by Philips

What is “Rapid Air Technology”?

If we take a peek inside the air fryer, we can see the conventional heating element and fan directly above it. When directed at the cooking pan with its starfish shaped base, it causes the hot air to circulate around the food , cooking it quickly and very evenly.

 

Super Tasty Results

Its nice to report a product with such overwhelmingly positive reviews by buyers, these comments were typical:

“oven chips come out great – not greasy and super crisp and with less calories”

“I am now able to have chips and still eat healthily. The airfryer is very easy to use. I would recommend it to anyone”

“Have recommended it to my friends. I Use nearly every day”

Several people commented that it left the kitchen without the typical smell of frying chips, which does tend to linger when you use conventional frying.

Philips makes Great Appliances

For a lot of modern kitchen appliances, purchased in chain stores, the goods will be made in China and will have very poor documentation, with some not even worth reading. Not so with Philips, the Dutch giant keeps up an impressive quality in its guides, recipe book and set up card:

“Set up was easy and very well laid out in the easy start guide provided with the fryer. The whole thing was out of the box, washed and set up ready for use in less than 20 minutes.”

“What I was very impressed with was the build quality. The thing looks very swish in the corner of the kitchen, black and chic”

There is no doubt , too that the Philips is an impressive sight, they have manufactured a very stylish kitchen unit. Essentially a box with a drawer, the Philips engineers have produced a tool that anyone would be proud to display on the counter top.

 

Download the Philips 9220 Manual Here

Cooks Everything Well

The Philips Air fryer seems to be equally good at frying quite a variety of foods, chips freshly cut from potatoes, wedges, cubes, oven chips, pork chops, Chinese pork wonton dumplings. The timings and standard instructions found on most prepacked foods are fine, the instructions for the dumplings were followed and I produced excellent results, perfectly crisp and golden, better in fact that I had previously managed using a conventional method. The pork chops came out really well done and the Philips did not dry out the meat, it had all the flavour that I expected.

For chips or anything that would tend to stick together, take the basket out about halfway through cooking and give it a good shake. Following the instructions in the guide certainly gives good results, but after experimenting over a few weeks I found sometimes a quick spray of oil or with some foods like frozen chips, no oil at all, produced perfect results, so it does pay to try variations to see what suits you. The standard instructions suggest using a teaspoon full of oil. I have tried Olive oil and One Cal oil ( spray ) with good results. Fresh cut chips with a little Olive oil tasted better than prepacked frozen chips, but the frozen ones were by no means bad, my kids tested them over and over again and there were no rejects !

Sausages and bacon, probably other high fat foods can be cooked in this unit but the manual advises against it, this is probably to prevent splashing of the heating element, so probably best to avoid these.

Fortunately allergies to cooking oil are very rare, however some people just don’t get along with food saturated in vegetable oil, my father is one who has to be careful what he cooks with, now with the air fryer, as it uses very very little oil , he can enjoy fried food again, he is a total convert after trying it here and went out to buy the Philips 9220 immediately !

Never Burns your Food

I call this my “teenager test” , my teens are easily distracted and regularly burn stuff in the oven…One of the best features on the Philips and on Halogen Ovens in general is the timer. This means you are notified with a bell or buzzer when the cooking is done. Its so easy to get distracted by the TV or the phone and your food is ruined, Unlike conventional cooking with pans you can safely leave the Air fryer, to turn itself off. So its teen proof !

Preheating

Did you know… in a recent test of conventional gas powered ovens , some were found to take up to 20 minutes to reach the operating temperature! The worst results were for the highest temperatures. The poor insulation around a conventional steel oven means that your energy costs are being wasted heating your kitchen. In contrast the Philips Viva and Advance ranges of air fryers are constructed with totally enclosed compartments, so no wasted heat, plus the cooking area is ideal for meals for two people and no cooking smell through the house.

If your recipe calls for pre heating the oven, just add 2 or 3 minutes to the timer. The Air fryer does reach operating temperature very much quicker than a conventional oven , so it will save you time and money too!

Are the Philips Air Fryer Models Reliable?

On the Philips website and on Amazon there are many long time users plus some that have sent it recipes to me, having used their Philips 9200 series air fryers for several years, so YES they are reliable, as yet there have been no element failures reported in all the many emails and feedback received.

Philips HD9220/26 Air Fryer Review

Philips-HD9220-26-Air Fryer The Philips Air fryer requires only a tablespoon or less of oil to cook your favourite food. It uses Rapid Air technology by which air is circulated around the entire unit in a heat of up to 390 degrees to ensure food is cooked thoroughly. With the Philips Air fryer HD9220/26, the bottom of the fryer is designed in a unique starfish design which helps facilitate air circulation for a more even distribution of heat. Excess fat is drained during the cooking time and food becomes crispy on the outside while remaining tender on the inside. It has been laboratory proven that crispy fries is cooked with 70% less fat using fresh fries and canola oil. As less or no oil is required, it saves your home from the smell of fried oil compared to a regular fryer and it also saves you from wasting large amount of cooking oil. The non-stick drawer also ensures that your food does not stick and it is easy to remove for cleaning. Apart from the motor, all parts of the appliance are dishwasher safe.

 

Aside from frying, it can also be used to bake, grill and roast food such as vegetables, fish, lamb, chicken and muffins. With the adjustable timer and temperature, you can customize the settings to cook your food exactly as you want. Once the timer hits zero, it will shut off automatically and alert you with a sound. This ensures safety and non-overcooking of food. With its small size with cord storage located at the bottom of the fryer, you can keep things tidy and organized in your kitchen.

 

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Special Features of the Philips HD9220/26 Air Fryer

  • Adopt a starfish design on the bottom of the fryer which help facilitate air circulation in addition to its Rapid Air Technology which result to a more even distribution of heat so that food can be cook thoroughly in a shorter period of time without the need for oil
  • Includes two integrated dials – one for timer (up to 30 minutes) and the other for temperature (up to 390 degrees)
  • Automatic shut-off when timer hits zero to prevent overcooking food
  • Removable non-stick coated drawer and food basket
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Comes with recipe books with more than 25 recipes
  • Philips Air fryer app available for download to guide and support users in the preparation of food

Technical Features of the Philips HD9220/26 Air Fryer

  • Product dimensions: 14.5” wide x 14” long/deep x 14.5” high
  • Product Weight: 18 pounds
  • Material: Plastic
  • Colour: Black, White
  • Capacity: 1.8lb cooking basket capacity
  • Temperature: adjustable up to 390 degrees
  • Safety element: 30-minute timer with ready signal and auto shut-off

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Pros and Cons of the Philips HD9220/26 Air Fryer

Pros

 

  • Very little to no oil is required
  • Quick and easy cooking within 30 minutes
  • Other options aside from frying include baking, grilling and roasting
  • No waiting for fryer to heat up
  • Smaller in size in comparison to a convection oven – ideal for smaller kitchen tops
  • Easy assembling, cleaning and storage perfect for everyday use
  • Minimal smell and noise
  • All parts except the motor are dishwasher safe
  • Ideal for cooking frozen food but works well with fresh meat
  • Sleek design

Cons

 

  • Due to its small size, several batches may be needed if cooking for more than 4 people
  • Stacking food is not advisable as food may attach to one another

 

 

Philips HD9230/26 Air Fryer Review

The difference between this model and the HD9220/26 is that this is slightly bigger in size in that it comes with a double layer rack which allows more food to be cooked at one time. This eliminates concerns over the previous model that it is too small to cook for more than 2-3 people. Note though this is still considerably smaller than an oven so you cannot expect the same capacity as that provided by an oven.

As with all Philips air fryer models, this adopts the starfish design at the bottom of the appliance so there is a more even distribution of heat. Due to this feature, hot air is circulated with speed and precision so cooking time can be reduced as food cooks faster.

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This model also comes with a digital touch screen interface which allows easy operation of setting the cooking time and temperature. With its bigger capacity, this model offers pre-set cooking time of up to 60 minutes and does not require monitoring so one can have time to do other things. Versatility is another feature this appliance offers as it also bakes, grills, roasts and even reheats food.

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Special Features of the Philips HD9230/26 Air Fryer

  • Adopt a starfish design on the bottom of the fryer which help facilitate air circulation in addition to its Rapid Air Technology which result to a more even distribution of heat so that food can be cook thoroughly in a shorter period of time without the need for oil
  • Comes with a digital touch screen interface to customize time and temperature
  • Due to its slightly bigger size compare to the HD9220/26, this comes with a double layer rack which maximizes the cooking surface
  • Allows pre-set cooking time of up to 60 minutes compare to the HD9220/26’s 30 minutes
  • Automatic shut-off when timer hits zero to prevent overcooking food
  • Removable non-stick coated drawer and food basket
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Comes with recipe books with more than 25 recipes
  • Philips Air fryer app available for download to guide and support users in the preparation of food

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Technical Features of the Philips HD9230/26 Air Fryer

Product dimensions: 15.4” wide x 14” long/deep x 14.5” high

Product Weight: 18.6 pounds

Material: Plastic

Colour: Black, White

Temperature: adjustable up to 390 degrees

Digital touch screen interface

Safety element: 60-minute timer with ready signal and auto shut-off

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Pros and Cons of the Philips HD9230/26 Air Fryer

Pros

  • Very little to no oil is required
  • Quick and easy cooking for up to 60 minutes
  • Other options aside from frying include baking, grilling and roasting
  • No waiting for fryer to heat up
  • Smaller in size in comparison to a convection oven – ideal for smaller kitchen tops
  • Double layer rack allow more food to be cooked at one time – resolve the problem most people find with the HD9220/26 model
  • Easy assembling, cleaning and storage perfect for everyday use
  • Minimal smell and noise
  • All parts except the motor are dishwasher safe
  • Ideal for cooking frozen food but works well with fresh meat
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Still considerably small if compare to an oven so several batches may be needed if cooking for a crowd
  • Stacking food is not advisable as food may attach to one another