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Air Fryers

Postby liketocook » January 29th, 2020, 12:28 pm

Hi,
I've been thinking of buying one of these for a while to reduce my oven use for things like wedges and chicken thighs. I don't want one with a paddle and my budget is around £100.
Do any Wildies have any recommendations or warnings re brands?
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby StokeySue » January 29th, 2020, 8:42 pm

I don't have one, but following a conversation about Burmese Fried Chicken I'm looking at this one, which successfully cooked the dish although most of them are supposed to be rubbish with battered food, which BFC is.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-HD9220-20-Technology-Grilling/dp/B0042EU3A2/ref=asc_df_B0042EU3A2/?tag=bingshoppinga-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=&hvpos=&hvnetw=o&hvrand=&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584070139035228&psc=1
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby earthmaiden » January 29th, 2020, 10:20 pm

There are a few (conflicting!) comments if you put air fryer into the board search. I wondered if Sage did one as I like their things - but they only do a smart oven for over £300 which includes an air drying facility :rolleyes:. They all look wonderful for chips. I don't need chips :(.
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 29th, 2020, 10:57 pm

This same question was recently posed on the Instant Pot facebook group .... as many people favoured one brand as favoured a different one :? :rolleyes:
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby Rainbow » January 29th, 2020, 11:31 pm

I've thought of buying one but they are rather big and bulky for a small kitchen :( and I don't know if I'd do enough in it to justify the space and expense.
I do like chips and wedges sometimes though :D

I just searched on the board for air fryers and came across this comment from Sue
"Maybe I'll just wait for someone like Magimix or Cuisinart to make a really special air fryer". That was in 2012 - so I guess you're still waiting :lol:
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby StokeySue » January 30th, 2020, 12:06 am

This is the Instagram conversation with picture that made me think I might like the Phillips air fryer
Both MiMi and I were impressed
(You don’t need an Insta account)

https://www.instagram.com/p/B53KyVXl1Ro/?igshid=1qrwjbm5c9a80
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby earthmaiden » January 30th, 2020, 8:28 am

One thing to consider, the Phillips is 800g capacity but the larger Tefal style round ones are 1.5kg (and more expensive).
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby liketocook » January 30th, 2020, 10:13 am

Thanks for the suggestions everyone,
I did pop "air fryers" in the search box before posting but I didn't get any results - don't know what I did wrong :oops:
I'd like one with a reasonable capacity big enough to cover a one person chicken and veg traybake anyway.
I did look at the Ninja which like the Sage also dehydrates as I'd need to get rid of my dehydrator if I get one but is far less than £300 thankfully.
I think I will continue to ponder for a bit.
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 30th, 2020, 1:18 pm

StokeySue wrote:I don't have one, but following a conversation about Burmese Fried Chicken I'm looking at this one, which successfully cooked the dish although most of them are supposed to be rubbish with battered food, which BFC is.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-HD9220-20-Technology-Grilling/dp/B0042EU3A2/ref=asc_df_B0042EU3A2/?tag=bingshoppinga-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=&hvpos=&hvnetw=o&hvrand=&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584070139035228&psc=1


that seems a good price ... I am now tempted :rolleyes:
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby Pepper Pig » January 30th, 2020, 1:56 pm

Wasn't there a thing a few years ago about them not being safe and blowing up? Or is my memory playing tricks again?

(I'm tempted too). :oops: :oops:
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby KC2 » January 30th, 2020, 2:38 pm

Until I saw this thread, I had no idea "Air fryers" even existed :oops: :oops: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby liketocook » January 30th, 2020, 6:55 pm

Pepper Pig wrote:Wasn't there a thing a few years ago about them not being safe and blowing up? Or is my memory playing tricks again?

(I'm tempted too). :oops: :oops:

I've not heard anything about this happening but I suppose like any small appliance they could especially if overloaded.
I'm still undecided so will continue to have a look at reviews etc. I think the Phillips one looks a wee bit on the small side for me but does look like a decent one. :D
I think I need to do a list of what I'd want it for and how often to help me decide. 8-)
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby karadekoolaid » January 30th, 2020, 7:44 pm

I used my son´s air fryer in Cincinnati. Not impressed.
It´s fine for frozen chips, ready prepared chicken nuggets, etc, but anything with batter on it ( or anything soft) doesn´t work.
Nothing like a bucketful of oil to give something flavour. :terrified: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby StokeySue » January 30th, 2020, 7:53 pm

I think the current air fryers, such as the Phillips, are rather different from the old Actifry type we originally discussed, which had a paddle that rotated the food, thereby stripping off the surface of some items

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Re: Air Fryers

Postby liketocook » January 30th, 2020, 8:13 pm

karadekoolaid wrote:I used my son´s air fryer in Cincinnati. Not impressed.
It´s fine for frozen chips, ready prepared chicken nuggets, etc, but anything with batter on it ( or anything soft) doesn´t work.
Nothing like a bucketful of oil to give something flavour. :terrified: :lol: :lol: :lol:

There seems to be very few on the market now with the paddle, which I definitely don't want for the reasons you've said. I only deep fry once in a blue moon so mainly cook chips/wedges etc. in the oven with just a smidge of oil anyway. If I want a deep fried "hit" there's a decent chippy near by :chops:
For me it's about doing what I do anyway in a more fuel efficient way and/or making things I like more often as I'm loathe to pop the oven on only for a baked spud or handful of wedges etc. and living alone it's not always so practical to fill the oven with other things. I did try making a tray of baked spuds and freezing the surplus but tbh I wasn't hugely keen on the reheated ones- passable but not as good as a crispy-skinned one fresh from the oven.
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby Herbidacious » February 2nd, 2020, 10:40 am

Which? Magazine gave an initial thumbs up to Ninja Health Grill and Air Fryer AG301UK £179 in the latest magazine. Might be worth a look.
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Re: Air Fryers

Postby liketocook » February 3rd, 2020, 10:33 am

Herbidacious wrote:Which? Magazine gave an initial thumbs up to Ninja Health Grill and Air Fryer AG301UK £179 in the latest magazine. Might be worth a look.

Thanks Herbi :tu:
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