Best Cross Trainers For Overpronation

We decided to go and find out the best cross trainers for overpronation.

Trying to keep fit is really no fun at all when your running or walking style forces your ankles to push inwards a little (called over pronation).  It’s caused by your arches under your feet falling (otherwise known as flat feet).

 

What is over pronation of the foot?

Ankle Pronation Position
Image By Ducky2315 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

The above image shows a right hand side foot.

As you can see that being overly pronated in your ankle means that the arch under your foot has fallen, and this fallen arch leads to the ankle leaning or being pushed inwards, forcing pressure onto the ankles, knee joints and possibly even the hips.  It can also lead to all manner of pains in the feet as you try and compensate using your other foot more.

If left untreated you can develop a number of issues such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and joint pains around the knees and hips.

Seriously no fun.

 

Can you fix flat feet?


The truth of the matter is that no single cross trainer will adequately support overpronation.

So what do you do about it?

You really only have TWO OPTIONS.

You can use straps and supports to try to keep everything in place when walking and exercising, or you can use exercises to help correct forms of pronation in the ankle.

OPTION 1: Using supports for your feet

These can range from:

  • Elasticated ankle supports
  • Gel supports
  • Insoles / orthotics
  • Over pronation running shoes – same price as normal exercise trainers but designed with extra cushioning and support for over pronators (here’s several on Amazon designed just for over pronators)
  • Or custom-made trainers and shoes costing substantially more money

This is generally the advice given out by doctors and corners most of the market for sufferers.  You can find most of the above products on Amazon (you can see them here).

The idea behind these is that they somehow try to artificially keep an archway under your foot instead of the feet sitting almost flat on the floor.

  • The ankle supports try to add some rigidity.
  • Gel supports are small gel type shaped pieces that stick to the underside of your arch.
  • Insoles / orthotics and shoe and trainer insoles that have a bulge where your arch would normally be and by placing your foot on top, keeps the arch higher.
  • Overpronation trainers have thicker cushioning and support where it is needed for people who walk in this way.  These are also known as motion control shoes.
  • Custom made shoes usually cost a few hundred pounds and are made to “your” exact foot size so will be a perfect fit to support your foot how it should be.

The good and the bad points about these:

  • The positive things about the above  are that they instantly help provide some relief, and can transform your every day life.  Pain is gone for many people.  This alone can not be underestimated.
  • The negative things about them are that you can physically feel a bulge under your foot with, and it will be even more so pronounced if the fit is not perfect.  However bear in mind that many people find them not to be a problem, and get used to them pretty quickly.

 

OPTION 2:  Exercises for overpronation:

The following clip (starts at 254 seconds) shows exercises you could try:

Here is part 2:

Here is a different video showing fallen arches exercises in close up

If you like these videos there are a lot more videos available on Youtube that discuss over pronation, normal pronation and under pronation(supination or neutral pronation).


So how do you find out what kind of walking style / running style you normally take (known as your Gait?)

So the first step is to figure out exactly what sort of person you are in terms of how you take physical steps with your feet.

Do you naturally walk perfectly, or do your own feet tend to roll inwards or outwards? How can you find this out?


1: Look at your existing trainers.

Place them on the floor side by side, as though on your feet.  Look for their wear.  Are they more worn on the insides (meaning you’re an overpronator), or more worn on the outsides (supinator) , or worn equally (normal walking)?

If you’ve had them for some time you may even notice the shoes tilt in towards one another if your overpronation is particularly pronounced.

2: Video yourself walking

Place a camera on the floor, and with no shoes, socks or trousers on, walk away from the camera in a straight line.  Replay the video to see how you walk.

3: Look for a “Gait analysis” centre in your local area.

Many sports shops (DW sports did for me) have a trained expert who can video you on a treadmill, and review the footage with you.  These pronation tests are usually free in fitness stores but always ask first.  They will then recommend the best overpronation running shoes to help you get to your fitness goals.

4:  Refer to a podiatrist if you notice anything unusual such as pins and needles.

It’s always safest to get professionally checked over if you have any unusual feet issues such as numbing, tingling or pins and needles.  They can get to the bottom of any issues.  If you are at all unsure, then please do make an appointment with your GP for a hospital referral to rule out any major issues.


So I hope that this has helped you.  The main take away from this is that to support your own feet you need custom made solutions, not a factory built cross trainer.

When on the cross trainer, (or even when out running for example) you need to try to restore your foot balance.  using any of the above products designed for flat feet will be a great start and provide you with the ability to get back on with your life.

As you look then to the longer term, try to start doing some of the feet exercises a few times a week, so that eventually you won’t need to use any of the physcal products all the time, or never again.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is it called when you walk on the outside of your foot?

  • The answer is under-pronation, or technically known as “Supination”.

Is Overpronation the same as flat feet?

  • For arguments sake, you can refer to both as being the same.  A flat foot indicates your foot is flat while bearing weight on it (even though an arch can re-appear when sitting).  Overpronation technically refers to your foot while it is in motion.  It’s the movement of your foot as you walk or run.

What can happen if I don’t get these corrected?

  • Well the pains and aches won’t simply go away.  They will keep re-ocurring.  Over pronation puts stress and pressure on all parts of your feet, knees and legs.  You can end up with stuff calf muscles, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and more.  Longer term you could end up with more permanent aches and pains that affect your mood, your walking style and your day to day existence.  It really is no fun.

Does my weight affect flat feet?

  • Absolutely.  For me this was the case anyway.  My job many years ago was walking many miles on a hard concrete floor around a large manufacturing plant.  My knees would hurt every week (even though my feet didn’t).  I was diagnosed with fallen arches at the medical centre.  I used orthotic insoles which helped a bit, but the only thing that made a big difference was when I lost 5 stone in weight.  I have not suffered from any feet related issues ever since, and that is now 15 years ago.

 


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The 10 Best Air Fryers 2018 – uk Buyers Guide

best air fryers

Our top 10 best air fryer uk list for 2018.

  • Watch as we test
  • Read as we explain
  • …and finally choose from one of our best air fryers to suit any budget.

Simple honest consumer reviews with NO jargon.

Updated July 2018

best air fryers

Air fryers, oil free fryers, healthy deep fat fryers and a whole heap of other names all referring to the same kind of thing – healthy deep fat frying.  After spending more than 20 hours testing and cooking with a variety of air fryers our current “best air fryers” recommendation is the Duronic AF/1 Air Fryer (and it’s a budget air fryer too!!) – perfect  for most peoples needs.

Come on… you know (deep down) that it’s better for you to eat healthier food.

but it tastes so boring.. doesn’t it ?

WELL….  “not so” the case with an air fryer.

It’s really a brilliant way of cooking that offers brilliant tasting food that you will enjoy.

Still trying to stick to your long forgotten new years resolutions?

If you are desperately fighting that eternal battle inside of you to keep fit and healthy we do have a review of the best cross trainers for that – although truth be known using exercise equipment is a fantastic all round way of keeping fit and feeling good about yourself.. so.. let’s get back to our air fryer review.

Air Fryer Reviews you can count on!

Below are our “top 3” for high end top spec, medium solid all round, and budget friendly air fryers.

All 3 offer great air frying results.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

What Is The Best Air Fryer?

 

Here are our “top of the top rated ones”..

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Image courtesy damongman @flickr

Our “secret favourite” air fryer is the Duronic AF/1:

Our Best BUDGET Air Fryer Recommendation:

This perfectly formed, ultra stylish low cost air fryer masterpiece is called the Duronic AF1

best air fryers

  • Nice and cheap, yet “brilliant”!
  • Looks superb
  • Cooks just about any kind of food you could imagine

Look at our unboxing video of the Duronic Air Fryer below.  We have the full in depth video and text review of this superb large air fryer right here if you want a better closer look !

We believe this is the best air fryer Uk markets can use on a tight budget, and even if you don’t have a budget, it’s still good value for money.

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Our Best High Spec Air Fryer Recommendation:

After all our testing we STILL have the same conclusion that the Philips HD9240/90 Avance Collection Airfryer, 2100 W – extra large size is by far our best rated air fryer. This greaseless air fryer is plenty big enough for the whole family!

best air fryer

 

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Our Best MID PRICED Air Fryer Recommendation:

After all our testing we came to the conclusion that the Salter Air Fryer EK2205 fitted the bill perfectly for a mid priced air fryer

salter ek2205 air fryer large capacity

 

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Taking the step towards a healthier lifestyle starts with a few basic steps such as changing a greasy regular deep fat fryer for one of the incredible oil free fryers, so let’s take a closer look at what we feel are the top 10 best air fryers 2018 can bring us.

You might just change your mind when you see how good they make food taste (and the health benefits are huge!)

Air Fryers?  Why not! Compare air fryers using the table below.

 

Here Is The Latest Updated List – which Air Fryer suits you?

ImageProductBrandLowest New PriceLink
Duronic Air Fryer AF1 /B 1500W Multicooker Mini Oven - Black - Recipe Book Included - Healthy Cooker Food OvenDuronic£69.99Buy on Amazon
Dihl KA-AFD02-RED Air Fryer Rapid Healthy Frying Hot Grill Roast Low Fat Oil Cooker Oven Food, 4 Litre, 1300 W, RedDihl£42.99Buy on Amazon
PureMate® PM 1312 Air Fryer Oil Free Healthier Low Fat Multicooker Mini Oven - Recipe Book Included - Cooker Food Oven– Adjustable Temperature Control, 4 Litre, 1500WPureMate£59.99Buy on Amazon
Tefal AH950840 ActiFry Express XL Air Fryer, 1.7 kg Capacity, BlackTefal£154.99Buy on Amazon
Philips HD9220/20 Healthier Oil Free Airfryer - BlackPhilips£158.99Buy on Amazon
Philips HD9240/90 Avance Collection Airfryer, 2100 W - Extra-LargePhilips£245.00Buy on Amazon
Tower T14004 Low Fat Rapid Air Fryer with Digital Timer, 1400 W, 3.2 L - BlackTower£73.23Buy on Amazon
Jet Hot Air Fryer: Non-Oil/Fat Deep Fried, Grill, Bake & Roast in A Healthy WayJML£49.95Buy on Amazon
Vitinni Digital Air Fryer 1500W 4 Litre - Low Fat Oil Free Healthy Fryer CookerVitinni£49.99Buy on Amazon
Salter EK2205 Healthy Digital Hot Air Fryer, 4.5 Litre, 1400 W, BlackSalter£65.99Buy on Amazon

 

“Growing up you kind of knew in the back of your mind that healthy eating was the way to go.  Shame it was just kind of, well boring and bland” 

 

If you’d always lived with a deep fat fryer in the house you would know all too well how it smells, and how the food tastes.  You would find it hard to beat the taste of “egg and chips” on a Saturday teatime.

On the other hand if you’d always had a healthier approach to eating then the thought of greasy food would probably make you screw your face up and say “eurgh!”

Well, truthfully, electric air fryers are the closest thing you’ll ever get to a deep fat fryer, minus all the fat, smell and health implications.

They’re really pretty good at recreating ultra tasty food that is way cheaper than you’d imagine.

Fancy a “full English” breakfast, air fryer style? Now you can – watch 🙂

How Does An Air Fryer Work?

So are you honestly telling me that people can deep fry food without any oil?

  • Yep and yep!  They’ve been around for a number of years now, and as more people look to switch to healthier eating habits, these air fryers have gained in popularity, especially as the food really does taste superb!  You can read a daily mail article here that discusses this very subject.
  • People have been raving about air fryers because when you cook with them the food still tastes absolutely delicious.  Whenever I visit my mums house she always has her Actifry on the go and it keeps the kids happy with some tasty and healthier low fat chips!

So if you’ve not yet convinced yourself at how good they can be maybe now is the time to have a rethink.

In our quest to find the best top 10 air fryers (well, we mean oil-free or very low oil), we had to look at all air fryers and look at their features and reliability (among other things) to find out which was the best air fryer to buy.

Air Fryer Vegetarian Recipe Idea – Kale Crisps:

For vegetarians, you might be interested in making some healthy “Kale crisps”.  Here is a page that explains the cooking method with your air fryer.  Enjoy!

I hope our hot air fryer reviews give you all the details you need.  let’s start with….

Benefits of an Air Fryer

  • Healthier food.  Naturally your food will not be soaking in oil before being thrust onto your plate.  In fact your food has the chance to cook and allow any oils within the foods to drain away OUT of the food, so your food is instantly healthier and less fatty!
  • Less cleaning! – Nobody “really” likes the thought of cutting through layers of built up grease around the outside of a deep fat fryer (and squeezing your fingers int it each time you pick up the fryer).
  • No awful smell lingering around.  If you’ve ever owned a deep fat fryer you know what smell is left over once a round of chips have been cooked.  It’s not nice and fills your head with images of thick gloopy grease!
  • Less calories! – Naturally there are benefits health wise, but at the same time it will help you in your weight loss efforts (as long as you’re not finishing up with 4 chocolate chip muffins for pudding!)
  • Hands free cooking.  Choose from oil less fryers which have a paddle (that gently turns the food while cooking), or one with a basket (with a drip tray underneath to get the fatty drips).  The tray versions will need a little shake halfway through whereas the paddle versions can largely be left unattended – leaving you free to prepare the accompanying food.
  • Perfect for many people.  From those with small cramped rooms through to young people in University looking to throw something together quickly (but healthily!).  Busy people can pop something in and leave it largely unattended while tending to something else.
  • Can replace different devices.  With an air fryer you can cook things such as frozen food, vegetables, bake foods and even cook wet battered foods too.  So many options you might find you no longer use your conventional oven.  You can also reheat leftover food.

 

Best Oil Less Fryer

So now we know a bit more about them, it’s time to produce our findings.  When looking for an oil free air fryer bear in mind as many of the points as possible and what you might be wanting to use it for.

If you simply want healthier chips then you won’t need one with too many fancy extras whereas if you enjoy creating culinary masterpieces then choose one with options you are likely to try out.

As you’d expect, enjoy premium nonstick coating inside all the machines, and look out for fancy extras such as digital touchscreen controls, and enjoy cooking pounds of food in a far healthier way (without all the oil soaked up inside it!)

Ready?  let’s dive in with our top 10 best air fryer reviews

 

1: Duronic AF1 /B Healthy Oil Free 1500W Air Fryer Multicooker – Black – free recipe book – 2 Years Warranty included

Some manufacturers don’t really have to try and wow you with their sales patter because their products speak for themselves. This is the case with the Duronic AF1 air fryer.

Offering a great first foray into air frying, the AF1 is available in both Black and White.

How big is it?

34 x 29 x 31cm

How much can it cook?

It has a 2.2 litre capacity which is enough for 2 to 3 people however with most air fryers you’re never going to squeeze in meat, veg, potatoes etc for 3 to 4 people. Remember it needs very little oil!

What can it cook?

Pretty much most things, but the likes of:

  • Chips
  • Chicken Wings
  • Lamb Chops
  • Sweat corns
  • Spring Rolls
  • Samosas
  • Spring Rolls
  • Prawns
  • Fried Cod
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Roasted Soups
  • And even desserts!

The main features of the Duronic AF1 (taken from Amazon)

  • The Duronic AF1 uses air circulating technology on your food with little or no oil making food healthier without compromising on the taste.
  • Adjustable temperature control ensures food is cooked to the appropriate temperature
  • Closed cooking system provides a safe odor and splatter free cooking experience with a cool touch exterior
  • Dishwasher safe fry bowl and basket. Comes in Black and White
  • Compact size – easily fits on a kitchen counter and blends in with existing appliances

 

Watch this Video to get a feel for the Duronic AF1


Pro’s and Con’s of the Duronic AF1 Jet air fryer / multicooker

Our thoughts on the Duronic AF1 air fryer / multicooker

For well under half the price of the premium branded models and with all the same great features you cannot go wrong.

The AF1 has all the style charm and cooking capabilities you’ll need for most things.

The only drawback is it is limited to 200 degrees so certain foods that require much higher temperatures may not be suited. The vast majority of foods are fine however.

We love it’s hyper drive temperature display dial – it just makes you think you’re the captain of your own spaceship setting warp factor 10!

The only real downside we consider (and it’s very minor) is that the basket may release from the tray IF you are carrying it from the unit over to a new counter top, AND you somehow managed to lift up the safety guard and press the basket release.. but it’s extremely unlikely so just take care where your fingers go.

If this is your first time with an air fryer then this is definitely worthy of attention, as is the Salter air fryer and the Berg air fryer mainly for the price points and the larger capacities.

Of course, a good air fryer wouldn’t be a good air fryer unless it had an “auto off” function and a sound timer to let you know when the food is done. This has both, so in pretty much every way you just have to decide if this is the style that would suit your kitchen the best.

Click below to find the current best price for this.

Check out the Duronic AF1 /B air fryer on Amazon

 

2: Dihl KA-AFD02-RED Air Fryer Rapid Healthy Frying Hot Grill Roast Low Fat Oil Cooker Oven Food, 4 Litre, 1300 W, Red

Dihl Air Fryer Review

dihl red air fryer

What’s NOT to love about the Dihl air fryer?

  • For a start it’s a gorgeous rich red colour.
  • It enjoys a whopping 4 litre cooking capacity – enough for more generous portions or for a bigger family.
  • It even has a dishwasher safe tray so cleaning up is a simple as 1,2, 3 !
  • Join the Dihl recipes community and share recipes online!

It measures 33cm high, 30cm long and 28cm wide.

If you are looking for super low cost, brilliant looking and great capacity then this has to be one of the best budget air fryers currently available.

Click below to find the current best price for this.

Check out the Dihl KA-AFD02 Red air fryer on Amazon

 

4: Tefal ActiFry Low Fat Fryer, 1.2 kg – Grey

Tefal Air Fryer Review – a rotating air fryer that has been used by millions.

Did you know? – Over 7 million actifry air fryers have been produced… !  Read about it here..

(Click here if you’d like to see our “full” review for this fryer (opens in a new window)

In at number 1 in our list is the Tefal Actifry.  The latest version of what is arguably the best healthy fryer on the market – although everyone will have their favourite and own opinion, it is hard to beat the Actifry machine.  This particular model is the latest and replaces an earlier model.

It’s a 1.2kg capacity electric air fryer.  This means it can feed a family of four with ease.

The best Actifry bar none.  Feeds generously, looks superb and works very well.  This Tefal air fryer is a serious contender for the number 1 best position.

The handsome tefal Actifry Plus 1.2kg
The handsome Tefal Actifry Plus 1.2kg

It’s not “oil free” – although frozen foods do not need any added oil.  With this Tefal fryer you simply add a teaspoon of oil and that’s it – fried food without 99% of the fat!

How big is it?

The tfal actifry measures about 9.5 inches high, 12 inches wide and 16 inches long

Does it smell? Air fryer vs deep fryer

To be honest it is pretty much virtually odourless.  With a teaspoon of oil you are not going to be bombarded with the smell of oil, so throw out any notions of traditional deep fat fryers and embrace the new!

Traditional deep fryers cook the food in hot oil and the smell is instantly recognizable as “deep fried” whereas a hot air fryer circulates very hot air in a very clever way so that the food cooks evenly from all angles.

Any more recipes for this?

Yes there are hundreds online with a simple search or you can go to the Tefal website to download some more.

What can you cook with the Tefal Actifry?

Pretty much anything – as is the case for most air fryers.  We are not just talking about fluffy crisp tasty chips cooked with 100 times less oil, we are talking curries, chilli con carne’s, frozen meats, roast meats, vegetables and so much more.  Remember it’s also way more healthier than deep fryers!

Heres the link to those tefal recipes to look at (from an independent website), or direct from Tefal here.

If you fall in love with an air fryer you might just find yourself using it more and more and ultimately replacing your other cooking appliances when it comes to meal ideas.

In the box you get of course:

  • The Tefal Actifry 1.2kg unit
  • x1 Actifry oil spoon – for popping oil in (I’m sure any spoon would do though!)
  • 1 Recipe book – so plenty of meal ideas to explore such as Chicken Tikka Masala, a vegetable stir fry and even Mediterranean style calamari recipes.
  • 1 Instruction book to help guide you round it and how to use it.

Cooking with the Actifry is a breeze

Pop your food in and add a spoon of your chosen oil then simply close the lid.  The Actifry will cook at a constant 170 degrees C approx.  All you need to do is set the timer – and the timer can be set up to 99 minutes.

When done, you’ll hear an audible timer to let you know everything is done.

Besides this 4 person version there is also a larger “family version Actifry that will feed up to 6 people (up to 1.5kg of food) – you can see that one here.

Also, if you want to throw in some extra food halfway through (such as vegetables) you can do.  Simply open the lid and the Actifry will pause the cooking to allow you access, and then simply resume where it left off right after you close the lid again.

When you’ve finished, cleaning is just as simple – you can pop the removable ceramic coated pan, plus paddle and also lid straight into the dishwasher – so guess what?  No hand washing needed.

Images of the Tefal Actifry:

The Tefal Actifry is a tried, trusted and tested clear winner when it comes to healthy airfry cooking.  The vast majority of people who own one of these have indicated they are extremely happy with it.

What’s not to love about tasty healthier food with 100 times less oil, no smells and easy to clean?

Our thoughts on the Tefal Actifry 1.2kg cooker

Really and truly these are hard to beat.  This air fryer review showcases one of the most successful air fryers to ever hit the market.  The Actifry range uses a paddle that slowly moves the food round for even cooking whereas most others have the food in a pull out tray/basket or lift up tray/basket with an area below to catch drips.

Nobody can argue about the benefits of healthier eating.  After all if you could eat food that tastes stunning yet is immeasurably better for you – then it really serves up as a no brainer.

Couple in the fact you can cook a mouth watering array of different foods and really there isn’t anything stopping you!

If you need something a bit bigger then splash out a bit more and opt for the 1.5kg model (known as XL) as this will feed up to 6 average people instead of 4.

There is also an Express model to consider.

Want to find out more?  You can by clicking the button below to see why this is one great air fryer machine!

Check out the Actifry 1.2kg air fryer on Amazon

 

3: Philips HD9220/20 Healthier Oil Free Airfryer – Black

This Philips digital air fryer (model number HD9220/20) makes cooking easier than ever.  Switch on, food in, half a tablespoon of oil if desired and set the timer.  That’s really as simple as things get, however there are a few things to note when you get yours.

Half way through the cooking you will need to take out the tray and give the food a little shake (for cripsy chips, this is to to stop them sticking to one another).

One other thing to be aware of is that as you pull out the food drawer from the unit, there is a button on the top of the handle (it is hidden when cooking) – make sure you do not press that while removing the food tray (with food in it), as it releases the basket from the tray.

Please watch these two introductory videos that explains these points.

Video 1: General overview video:

Video 2: Cooking crispy chips with the Philips HD9220 20:

And some tips for Cooking Sausages with the Philips air fryer:

 So let’s look at some facts:

Taken straight from Amazon:
  • This powerful air fryer uses up to 80% less fat than a conventional deep fat fryer for the same tasting of chips, without the oil
  • Fully-adjustable temperature control allows you to pre-set the cooking temperature for your food
  • Integrated timer to pre-set cooking times of up to 30 minutes and auto-off function includes a Ready sound indicator (add 3 minutes to timer if it’s cold and not been used)
  • Comes with a recipe booklet containing 30 recipes including brownies and quiches
  • Ships in certified frustration-free packaging

How big is this?

38.4 x 28.7 x 31.5 cm

Bear in mind that this is a smaller compact version of this machine, yet it still has an 800g capacity (Actifry has 1.2kg up to 1.5kg) – more than enough for 2 to 3 people.

Pro’s and Con’s

Our thoughts on the Philips HD9220 20 healthier oil free airfryer

Overall we really loved testing this machine.  It is a beautiful machine that will happily grace the counter top of many a kitchen up and down the UK.

Grill, bake, roast or fry – it’s your choice what you decide to do with this but the versatility is there at your disposal.

We did have a little hesitation when we first opened the box.  Instead of saying 100 times less oil (like the Actifry) they focus on the fact it enables you to cook in a healthier way that gives you 23% fewer calories when compared to a regular deep fat fryer.

Yes, while a reduction is good, still 23% less calories is hardly groundbreaking (is it?).  However we were initially looking at it wrong.  We believe their marketing might have missed the point or benefits, although I’m sure someone from Philips would be keen to put us right!

At the end of the day it is an air fryer and you can (if you want) pop in a tiny bit of oil.  To ease our minds we wanted to know about oil use – namely how much oil is needed.  For machines that are supposed to be far healthier than regular deep fat fryers we thought this was important to know.  Actifry machines are touted as using “just a small amount of oil” whereas the marketing for this Philips hot air fryer is a little different.

Philips focus on telling you other facts.  Facts such as: 23% less calories.  Their marketing suggests “oil free” as with most air fryers, however many recipes still suggest some oil can be added to change the taste to something more akin to what we “enjoy” (seemingly).

Well, we decided to give this machine a go without any oil.  In fact some of us gave the food a light spray with frylight and came to the conclusion that the food was still very nice.  Kind of crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  A little like oven chips.

So our conclusion of this machine is that for a start it is one of the best looking air fryers around.  It cooks wonderfully.  The timer let’s you know when cooking time is done and importantly the air fryer stops, meaning that your food won’t be overcooked if you are out out the room.  Thumbs up from us!

You can cook as healthy as you want.  Removing all the oil is one of the best things you can do for your health however a small touch of oil or spray oil can be added to suit your taste, and you will still be cooking in a far healthier way.

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Check out the Philips HD9220 20 air fryer on Amazon

 

4: Philips HD9240/90 Avance Collection Airfryer, 2100 W – Extra-Large

Philips Airfryer XL Review

A third bigger than it’s baby brother at number 2 in our list, this Philips XL HD9240/90 Avance collection airfryer is bigger and chunkier enough to feed a family of up to 5.  When there’s more mouths to feed this is the obvious choice.

Sure it’s bigger.  It needs to be for the extra work it’s got to do.  Size wise the footprint it will take up on your worktop is 42.3 x 31.5 x 30.2 cm – a nice corner would suit it.  Compared to it’s baby brother though there is hardly anything in it size wise, just 3 or so cm on most sides so the additional counter top space taken up is hardly noticeable at all.

Like it’s baby brother the 9220, it has all the benefits of healthy eating but in a larger size to cook for more people or hungrier mouths (if you’ve got kids you’ll know more is always better!)

Pro’s and Con’s

Our thoughts on the Philips HD9240/90 airfryer

If you expect this machine to the the total chef for all the food for all the family you will be disappointed:

It’s a beautiful machine and the larger size is definitely more welcoming but just bear in mind that if you are seeking to feed a family of 4 to 5 with say chicken and chips there won’t be enough room in this.  In realistic terms you could probably cram in about 800g chips maximum but not a deal more.  Otherwise maybe 7 to 8 chicken drumsticks or thighs in around 20 to 25 minutes.

It DOES make for a great machine if you’re doing chicken and chips for 2 people – plenty of food, and you can mix your own home made chicken drumsticks with the chips in the same basket.

HOWEVER in realistic terms, as long as you are aware this isn’t a total replacement for “all your cooking methods” you’ll be fine.  Use it to cook maybe the most fattening foods in it, to keep the fat content low, and do the rest in the oven, in a saucepan or in the microwave.

On the plus side, all of the above seems irrelevant when you actually get to grips with what you can cook with an air fryer.  There are now thousands of recipes around for virtually any meal.  Ever tried spring rolls or Moussaka cooked in one?  Start experimenting and you’ll soon be cooking up an array of tasty treats and meals in next to no time.  French fries?  Why not.  Add some Paprika to spice things up too!

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5: Tower T14004 Low Fat Rapid Air Fryer with Digital Timer, 1400 W, 3.2 L – Black

Our mid priced “air fryer” in this list by a long mile and despite this it still passes many of our tests.  We wanted to include this Tower T14004 air fryer because of it’s affordability and the fact that it looks just the part of a “proper” air fryer”.

Let’s explore this.

So, first of all, it’s surprisingly good looking (just as good looking as some of the more well known brands like Philips etc.).  It does the job.

Benefits of the Tower T14004 “air fryer”:

  • Eliminates the need for oil for delicious sin free meals with up to 80% less fat than a conventional fryer
  • Uses significantly less energy and cooks three times faster
  • Generous 3.2 litre capacity makes it ideal for up to 5 servings – great for large families and household guests

Set and forget with the Tower air fryer.  It features a timer that extends up to 30 minutes witha  bell sound to let you know when the time has passed.

 

Pro’s and Con’s

Our thoughts on the Tower T14004 “air fryer”

It’s never going to be a high end Philips or Tefal, BUT for a mid priced air fryer its really good looking and it cooks food nicely as long as you follow the instructions carefully.

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6: Jet Hot Air Fryer: Non-Oil/Fat Deep Fried, Grill, Bake & Roast in A Healthy Way

The JML Air Fryer – heard of it?

Next up we have the JML Jet hot air fryer.  Perfect as an oil free air fryer for people on a budget.

Ever heard of JML?  Well they are the mastermind of “High Street TV”, and they are behind the hundreds of products you seen advertised on TV and in thousands of stores up and down the UK.  They were established in 2008, and are based in Harrogate, Yorkshire.  You can check them out here.

The JML Jet hot air fryer has the following features and benefits:

  • Hot, rapid air vortex technology; 360 degree rotating inner base for perfect, even cooking
  • No oil or fat, just clean, hot air; get deep fried results without the frying
  • Food is crispy and delicious
  • Grill, bake and roast
  • Basket and frying rack allows fat to leave your food and be discarded

Dimensions

Approximate measurements 30cm x 38cm x 28cm height
Bowl diameter 22.5cm
Capacity 2 litres
Weight out of box 4kg

Fairly similar footprint to many other hot air fryers – large enough for the needed use, and small enough to fit in a nice place on your counter top.

Let’s take a look at the JML Jet:

Is this the perfect air fryer?

Well, from a cost perspective it’s certainly competitive.  The capacity of this device is 2.5 litres, which is fairly standard for an air fryer (the capacities cannot be huge as they need to be kept in a tight space for the air frying to be totally effective).

We do have some minor reservations about the build quality, as in how long the lid will last.  Pretty sure with a lot of careful use it will be fine but I wouldn’t like to be too heavy handed.

Watch this video to see the benefits for yourself.  It’s from an American infomercial however you can see the benefits in the first 5 minutes.

Pro’s and Con’s of the JML Jet air fryer

Our thoughts on the JML Jet oil free airfryer

For what it is, it’s a good unit.  The unit is no longer listed on the manufacturers website, however it is actively sold in the United States.  The customer services department do answer you when asking for replacement parts (i.e. lids) so for half the cost of other sleeker designs it’s certainly the unit to gain entry into the air fryer market.

As long as you take care with the JML jet there is no reason why it cannot live happily in your home for a long time – as long as you like Lime Green.  The handle colour is not available in any other colours.

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7: BERG 1800W 5 Litre XXL Health Air Fryer – Extra Large (**currently unavailable**)

Here is the Berg Innovations 1800 watt air fryer with it’s huge 5 litre cooking capacityBerg Innovations are as their name suggest, highly innovative.  They were even listed in one of the world’s top 50 most innovative companies.

We like pretty much everything about this air fryer.  The capacity is the main feature that families of 4 or more would enjoy and that is why it just HAD to be included in this top 10 best air fryers list!

berg 5 litre air fryer extra largeWhat’s to like about this air fryer?

More importantly what’s NOT to like?  You can do a wide range of things, let’s explore:

  • Features a temperature range control from 80⁰C – 200⁰C
  • A cooking timer up to 60 minutes,
  • 7 different cooking pre-sets : “Chips”, “Chicken”, “Steak”, “Shrimp”, “Meat”, “Cake”, & “Fish”.
  • Safety features include overheat protection, automatic switch off, and automatic standby mode.

So far so good.

During our testing we cooked chips in under 30 minutes before venturing on to two salmon fillets and both servings came out absolutely delicious.

In another sitting we baked a variety of Indian Bhaji’s and they received full marks once again!

How big is it?

The dimensions are 30 x 28 x 36 cm

Images:

Pro’s and Con’s of the Berg XXL air fryer

Our thoughts on the Berg 1800 watt 5 litre XXL sized family air fryer

In all honesty this is one of our favourites in this list.  Large capacity, perfect air frying and the price isn’t all that bad either.  This proves that you are paying more for branded names with the likes of Philips and Tefal, but if you are prepared to look past that brand name, you get something that looks every bit as good, and is more suited to families than any other.  Full marks Berg – you are one of our firm favourites!

If you have any sort of family to cook for then this has to be your first choice.  Click below to find the current best price for this.

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8: Klarstein Vitair Hot Air Fryer Grill Bake Halogen Heating Healthy Oil Free (1400 W, 9 L, Easy to Clean) Purple

 

Just before we “dive in”, I wanted to add that this is technically not an air fryer – as in it’s not “frying” the food.  Manufacturers are now releasing their Halogen ovens with convection units and infrared capabilities and calling them air fryers when technically they are not.  At the end of this top 10 review list I will explain the differences between convection ovens, turbo broilers (which this is), and an air fryer.

This is actually a Turbo broiler.  Also known as an oven with infrared aided heat and a convection fan.

So, that said, this machine is one one the funkiest looking units we’ve ever had the chance to review.  It looks like a motorcyle helmet or some sort of futuristic spaceship perhaps?

As well as Purple, you can also view it in 3 other colours:

What’s it like?

It is extremely handsome and would look incredibly cool in any kitchen.  It also makes delicious healthy food.

Even though it’s no “air fryer” it’s not to be dismissed as a healthy way to cook food, however you do need to be aware the food will not have that fried taste that true air fryers attempt to recreate (through “rapid air circulation”).

These machines are merely heat with a convection fan moving the heat round – however a rotating spit with this model enables for a more even cooking experience compared to other “turbo broilers” like the Tower T14001.

Let’s look at it in pictures

Pro’s and Con’s of the Klarstein Vitair

Our thoughts on the Klarstein Vitair “air fryer”

We ummed and arred for a long time, wondering whether or not to include this unit in this top 10 list of best air fryers as obviously it isn’t one.

Turbo broilers (i.e. Halogen ovens with added infrared) are basically compact Halogen convection ovens with the added benefit of infrared.

The downside is it simply isn’t ever going to fully attempt to recreate that fried food taste – which is kind of the whole reason for this review.

I wanted to include two of these types of machine within this list so that you are aware of the differences between the two types of machine (there is a more thorough explanation towards the end of this top 10 list that explains the distinct differences). 

Sure, they are both healthier options and great machines, but a true air fryer will aim for that fried taste through rapid air circulation whereas these take their heat from a Halogen bulb and a fan that assists the flow.

The rotating spit on this model takes it that step further in an attempt to remove the issues with Halogen ovens in that you do need to turn food making this model a very positive one.

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9: Salter EK2205 Healthy Digital Hot Air Fryer, 4.5 Litre [Energy Class a]

Here is the Salter air fryer, the EK2205.

Let’s see what the benefits and features of this unit are (taken direct from the Salter website).  With over 20 years experience, the Salter brand is well established and known.

  • A versatile alternative to deep fat frying, the Salter digital airfryer enables you to cook using little or no oil without losing any flavour.
  • Featuring 1400 W power, the fryer can heat up to 200° and uses a heat circulation method in order to cook your food incredibly quickly.
  • Ideal for home-made chips or wedges as well as meat, spring rolls, stuffed vegetables and quiche, it can cook a huge variety of meals.
  • Brilliantly simple to use, it has a 30 minute timer with automatic switch-off, digital touch sensitive controls and an LCD display.
  • It contains an easy to clean, removable 4.5 litre non-stick cooking basket which enables you to quickly serve the food after cooking.
  • This air fryer cooks just about anything you can imagine.  You are only limited by your imagination

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How big is it?

35.8 x 31.8 x 31.6 cm

How much power does it have?

1400 watts of power

Why should I have this?

It’s relatively cheaper than the high end Philips and T-fal air fryer models, yet it looks every bit as good, AND it comes with the larger more generous capacity.  What’s NOT to love about it?

 

Pro’s and Con’s of the Salter EK2205 Air Fryer

Our thoughts on the Salter EK2205 air fryer

One of our favourites.  The price point gives this air fryer a thumbs up, as does the extra large 4.5 litre capacity.  It does what it’s supposed to and looks every bit as good as other main branded oil free air fryers so you can enjoy family portions of delicious healthy food (and a wide variety at that!) at a lower cost.

After you’ve used it, it’s literally just the one pan to remove for cleaning which makes perfect sense when it’s your turn to do the dishes, or you can pop it in the dishwasher too, so it’s a win-win all round situation.

Size wise it’s just about right so can be left out all the time, and it’s good looks contribute to it’s likeability.

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10: VonShef Low Fat Digital Air Fryer

Enter the Vonshef air fryer 13/351 with a 3.5 litre capacity and 1300 watts of power

vonshef 13 351 air fryer digital display

So it’s a good looking unit and seems to do all the things you’d want and the price is pretty spectacular as well (half the cost of mainstream branded products).  It has an extra divider you can pop in to keep certain foods apart if you want.

Featuring a 60 minute timer and temperature options ranging from 150 to 200 degrees – perfect for most foods.  Features non slip feet and a cool touch handle.

‘Forbidden’ foods previously off the menu can make a welcome re-appearance; fries, fried chicken, burgers, steak, spring rolls, sausage rolls, cakes – the list goes on! Thanks to its superb versatility, the VonShef Air Fryer will come in handy for meals throughout the day, whether you’re frying, grilling, baking, roasting or just reheating. (source amazon)

Pro’s and Con’s of the Vonshef 13/262 healthy digital air fryer

Our thoughts on the Vonshef 13 351 air fryer

Overall an excellent machine and does what is intended.  We couldn’t find any real genuine issues.  Pop in the desired food, set the timer and wait for it to cook.  Nothing could be simpler.  Like most, it is recommended to shake once or twice throughout the cooking (especially when a lot is in, such as chips).

As an affordable good looking air fryer  it is hard to find any faults with this and you won’t go too far wrong if this becomes your next purchase.

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A buyers guide to choosing the best dry air fryer / low fat fryer.

Air fryers do they work?

Well air fryers have been around for a number of years and have proven themselves to work.  They cook food quicker in many cases, and use no oil (or hardly any at all depending on your taste requirements).  The obvious health benefits should be immediately clear to see.

Besides the obvious health benefits, we needed to show that not all air fryers are “air fryers”.

Huh?  What do you mean?

Well, in recent years there has been a big increase in the number of these healthy cooking oil free machines, and to come out into the heath industry we have Halogen ovens and Air fryers.  It hasn’t helped when manufacturers often tout “similar” benefit’s to the user (i.e low fat, healthy, faster cooking times) – and the users confuse the terms and think they are similar machines.

Why not just get a slow cooker?

Well a slow cooker does cook wonderfully tasy food that oozes taste, however it is not designed to cook food as healthy as humanly possible.  An air fryer on the other hand is designed to cook with hot in in a highly efficient way.

Does air fryer cause cancer?

No not at all.  The confusion has come about when starcy vegetables were cooked for a long time, and a substance called Acrylamide was produced.  Lab technicians injected rats with Acrylamide and it caused Cancerous tumours.  This is where all the fear has come from concerning potatoes and the like.  With an air fryer, food is cooked far quicker so Acrylamide is not produced.  Read all the facts about this subject here where we talk about why air fryers don’t cause cancer whatsoever.

Best air fryer for chips

Honestly, there is no “clear” winner here.  The Duronic air fryer has been tested thoroughly and is a natural favourite, but almost any on this list will do the job of cooking air fried chips. Air fried chips can be made in any air fryer.

If you try and shove too many chips in the cooking tray, the cooking process will be nowhere near as good as if you were to put “just enough” chips in.  It’s just the same as cooking oven chips, in so much as if you pile a full bag in, then some go soggy, some burn and some are in the middle.  Air fried chips aren’t quite as affected like an oven, but the point I’m trying to make is that just don’t put too many in.

Depending on how many people you want to feed, you may want a larger sized air fryer to enable more chips at once to be cooked.

They all cook, well and are typically cooked in around 10 to 20 minutes.

 

What is the difference between an oven, a convection oven, a “Halogen bulb based” oven and an air fryer / oil less fryer?

To know the answer to “what is an air fryer” you can check out this air fryer wiki entry for the precise details.

So traditionally people would cook in an oven.  A heating element warms up to the set temperature and cooks your food.

  • A convection oven features a fan within the oven which moves the warm air around the oven helping it to cook a little bit quicker.
  • A Halogen oven simply cooks the food with the heat from the Halogen bulb in far less time than a conventional oven, and yes creates great tasting food.  Halogen ovens with infrared in (also now named as turbo Broilers) cook better than just traditional Halogen ovens, however the heat only rises up in the same way as a convection oven.
  • An air fryer uses super high speed high concentrated air waves (known as “rapid air technology”), and it also requires higher temperatures to “fry” the food, even with a small amount of oil.  Specially designed flows of fast powered circulating air rapidly encompasses the food from all angles to cook things evenly and super quick.

The air fryers for home use enjoy the benefit of a nifty combination of both convection cooking and turbo broiling.  Air fryers use electrical power to create their heat with a lot of forced power.  Super healthy, super tasty and super efficient.

So with a Halogen oven you will find that you often see larger food capacities (for example the 17 litre Tower T14001 cooker).  A Halogen oven can cook more food at the same time, however you’ll always only ever get that oven taste.

An air fryer attempts to recreate fried tasting food that is far healthier and is super cooked from all angles just by rapid hot air.

 

Air Fryer Power Consumption

Do air fryers use a lot of electricity?

Putting things into perspective.  Plugging an air fryer into your wall socket is never ever going to make all yourt street lights flicker and your neighbours electricity to go off.

It’s a smallish appliance compared to an oven or washing machine and typically around 1300 to 1500 watts or so.  The unit typically only runs for around 20 to 30 minutes then it’s done.

It’s not quite as energy efficient as a conventional deep fat fryer (because the unit is running constantly during use), and is on a par power wise with a conventional oven.  If efficiency is your thing and you are after the lowest carbon footprint device you can then you’d probably err on the side of a pressure cooker, but your chips just won’t be the same in a pressure cooker.

Now let’s look at just what an air fryer really is:

So in general if it’s very large capacity it’s a Halogen oven.  Otherwise it’s going to be an air fryer.  8 out of 10 in this list are air fryers.  The Klarstein and the Tower are Turbo Broilers the rest are air fryers.


Air fryer accessories

So now you’ve gotten into healthier cooking with an air fryer have you considered how versatile it really can be?

There are quite a few accessories available, some of which are specirfic for your brand of air fryer, and some are “universal” (one size fits all).  Although just make sure that the universal sized accessories fit your fryer.


Universal air fryer accessories:

This offering here expands your abilities and will fit up to 7 inches in diameter cooking spaces.

Price wise somewhere in the region of £25 it’s a no brainer, just make sure it will fit your fryer before you buy:

It fits well with the Phillips air fryers (and others).  below are the accessories you get.

  • 1 Pizza Pan
  • 1 Metal Holder
  • 1 Skewers Rack
  • 1 Silicone Mat
  • 1 Pan gripper
  • 1 Food Tong

Here is another universal air fryer accessories kit for air fryers and states that is suitable for Duronic air fryers

So which are the best air fryers for 2018?

berg 1800w 5 litre xxl air fryer closed drawer
Good looking from any angle

Our favourite in the list has to be the Berg, however second best would be the Philips 9240/90 with a smaller capacity but you do get the super sleek look and Philips name.

All of the ones in this list are top of their game and hands down are better (in our opinion) than all others on the market.  We have chosen them based on how well they work, reliability and also cost factors as well as the aesthetic appeal.

Before you go, don’t forget a recipe book too – here’s over 150 air fryer recipes you can get in one simple book.

Have you enjoyed reading our review of the best air fryers 2018 can bring to the market?  It’s been extremely challenging to narrow things down to these 10 however we feel we have accomplished the goal.  One of the best kitchen gadgets money can by for health conscious people.  Worthy of an investment.  With nonstick coatings and stainless steel components you can enjoy long lasting easy to clean cooking for a very long time.

If you’re on a mission to feel healthier then you might also be interested in our wake up lamps guide that helps people wake up feeling refreshed and vitalized.

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The 10 Best Cross Trainers Of All Time – Reviews & Guide

Fitness can be fun.  A cross trainer can target many muscles, but which is the best cross trainer out there?

We find out.

Some are way better than others, and some are simply over priced.

Our cross trainer reviews are based on research, REAL WORLD testing and a thorough writeup by our team of hard working writers.

best cross trainer

Want to get a good all round level of fitness with improved health, muscle tone and skin?  A cross body trainer helps you achieve all of this.

Instead of paying out for a contracted gym equipment membership you could choose instead a “cross trainer” machine for your house and get the same benefits.  Plus you’ll actually have something at the end of it.  Let us do the hard work and discover the best home cross trainer with you.

Our OVERALL favourite to come out of our testing in the list is the JTX Strider X7 Magnetic Cross Trainer  – An epic performer with fantastic credentials.

This wonderful machine gives your body a full workout and is ideal for raising your fitness levels, losing weight and feeling better about yourself – all from the comfort of your own home.

A cross body trainer will get you much fitter and slimmer without the hard hitting wear and tear that you can sustain on your knee joints from running (the impact can be as much as 2 to 3 x your body weight if you are overweight (see here for facts (opens in a new window)).

Our Overall Best Rated Premium Cross Trainer is:

After all our “exhaustive” jogging pants wearing testing, our conclusion is that the JTX Strider X7 Magnetic Cross Trainer is our main favourite in terms of price and features. 

All the others in this list are so close  in terms of second place that it’s hard to choose between them.

A tough rugged machine

jtx strider x7 cross trainer dimensions

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When you purchase one, it is highly advised to get a rubber mat.

Here is a nice cheap option at round £14 that interlocks.

This helps silence the noise plus also helps keep the floor protected.

 

Our Best Low Priced Cross Trainer is:

This is so much BETTER than entry level, and really does offer superb pricing and performance.  It’s the XS Sports Pro 2-in-1 cross trainer. 

“A brilliant machine at a brilliant price”

pro xs sports elliptical cross trainer
Product size (approx) – 122x60x154cm (LxWxH)

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When looking for a suitable trainer, bear in mind the features you’d like and of course what sort of budget.  It is possible to purchase a cross trainer for “well under” £100 and at the other end spend high 3 or 4 figures on one.

Let’s Jump In To The Best Cross Trainer 2018 Reviews

PictureCross TrainerCommentsClick To View Current Best Price
JLL CT100 2 in 1 elliptical cross trainer main view seated position1: JLL CT100 2 IN 1 Cross Trainer

Our rating:

5 star 10warriors.co.uk rating

  • A great cross trainer for under £100 (typically).

  • Packed with quality

  • One of our top few favourites


Click here to find the latest price on Amazon
JTX Strider X7 Magnetic Cross Trainer2: JTX Strider X7 Magnetic Cross Trainer

Our Overall favourite!


Our rating:

5 star 10warriors.co.uk rating

  • A BRILLIANT premium high end cross trainer for under £500 (typically).

  • A superb machine with magnetic resistance

  • Our overall favourite



Click here to find the latest price on Amazon
Fitnessform ZGT Z10 cross trainer3: Fitnessform ZGT Z10 Cross Trainer
Our rating:

4 star 10warriors.co.uk rating

  • A BRILLIANT mid priced cross trainer for WELL under £200 (typically).

  • Combines great value with features



Click here to find the latest price on Amazon
XS Sports Pro XS cross trainer4: XS Sports Pro XS Cross Trainer

Our Best Low Cost Choice!


Our rating:

5 star 10warriors.co.uk rating

  • A superb entry level machine at a superb price - under £100 (typically).

  • So much better than "entry level !"



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Klarfit Ellifit Crosstrainer5: Klarfit Ellifit FX 250 Elliptical Cross Trainer
Our rating:

5 star 10warriors.co.uk rating

  • A BRILLIANT mid priced cross trainer for around £200 (typically).

  • Stunning to look at

  • Available in a few different colours



Click here to find the latest price on Amazon
Fitnessform P1100 cross trainer6: Fitnessform P1100 Cross Trainer

Our Best Mid Priced Choice!



Our rating:

5 star 10warriors.co.uk rating

  • A superb mid-priced cross trainer at a superb price - under £150 (typically).

  • So much better than "entry level !"



Click here to find the latest price on Amazon
Bodymax E60 Cross Trainer7: Bodymax E60 Cross Trainer

Our rating:

5 star 10warriors.co.uk rating
A design and build masterpiece.

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JTX Tri-Fit Cross Trainer8: JTX Tri-Fit: Extendable Long Stride and Incline Cross Trainer. FREE Polar Chest Strap

Our rating:

5 star 10warriors.co.uk rating

  • A BRILLIANT premium high end cross trainer for around £700 (typically).

  • These are really as good as things get

  • Has adjustable stride length

  • Connect to a free app on your phone or tablet to work ouot anywhere in the world virtually.



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Viavito Setry Cross Trainer9: Viavito Setry Cross Trainer

Our rating:

5 star 10warriors.co.uk rating
A superbly good looking cross trainer that also works well

Click here to find the latest price on Amazon
Ultrasport XT-Trainer 700M Cross Trainer10: Ultrasport XT-Trainer 700M Cross Trainer

Our rating:

4 star 10warriors.co.uk rating
A good quality cross trainer

Click here to find the latest price on Amazon

Take a look at this 2 minute video that shows the basics of a nice cardiovascular health workout using a cross trainer:

(courtesy of JTX Fitness)

 

Did You Know?

Using a cross trainer or any form of exercise equipment can be REALLY good for osteoarthritis.  Stop those painful flare ups.  Here’s an article in the Daily Express about it.

So what is a cross trainer?

In essence it is a piece of low impact fitness equipment that aims to work the majority of the muscles on your body, so that your whole body gets a workout.

(A cross trainer and exercise go hand in hand.. perfectly..)

In fitness terms, this is a great bit of kit as targeting multiple muscle groups helps strengthen your whole body and as a result suffer from fewer injuries, and enjoy faster recovery times.

What sort of room do they take up and would you get along with it?

Well, let’s say this.

  • This isn’t a piece of kit you can can use sat down in front of Coronation Street or Men & Motors channel.
  • You stand up or sit on the machine and you legs will be moving while your arms also move.

The ones with seats attached are called “2 in 1” machines.  Some will let you remove the seat for stand up cross training, however true cross training enthusiasts will claim that it has to be “no seat whatsoever”.

Professional and also lower priced fit trainer machines.

You could happily opt for some of the best cross trainers around such as this life fitness X1 cross trainer (pure gym quality brilliance, as is the proform endurance cross trainer range at half the price of life fitness machines), or choose modellike the York cross trainers that score very well (adequate for most people) like the York fitness active 120 cross trainer at low to mid 3 figure price bands or even down to very low figures (York cross trainers do come fairly well recommended although they don’t always score quite so highly as others).  Whatever your needs, weve picked out the “best”.

Some cross trainers let you pedal backward as well as forward so that you can target both the front thigh muscles and the rear thigh muscles.  We think this is a “must have” feature to maintain good all round strength.

In The News:

Ever imagine gardening would be as good as using a cross trainer?  Read how one person came to this realization while doing some work in their garden recently.

So let’s take a closer deeper look at each of our “best 10”.  Remember these have already been weeded out from the rest of the ones for sale due to their strong features, price points and build quality.

 

1: JLL 2-in-1 Elliptical Cross Trainer Exercise Bike CT100, Fitness Cardio Workout Machine-With Seat + Pulse Heart Rate Sensors, Console Display, 5-level seat adjust and 4-level handlebar adjust. Black colour review

 

Is this the best elliptical trainer uk wide?  Quite possibly, certainly ranked very highly as a favourite!

We like the JLL brand.  Affordable and yet highly adjustable.  A company who know their target audience and create the right cross trainer machines for them.

This model, the CT100 has the seat meaning you can also use it like riding a bike.  Perfect for those who need a low impact bike and cross trainer.

JLL CT100 2 in 1 elliptical cross body trainer front view dimensions

Here are the CT100 features:

 

  • This is the JLL Fitness 2-in-1 Elliptical Cross Trainer & Exercise Bike.
  • Dual purpose doubles up as an exercise bike and Cross trainer for maximum workout potential.
  • Max user weight: 110kg (17.3 stones in weight) although as it is robust we feel you could get away with more.
  • Fully adjustable multi level resistance to increase work out intensity – simply turn the resistance knob located on the frame down between your legs when stood on it.
  • Multi Function LCD Display: Pulse, Time, Speed, Distance and Calories burned.
  • Front Mounted Flywheel for extra stability. Dual Action Handlebars and Fixed Bars with Pulse Sensors to Monitor Heart Rate During Workout.
  • Extra Wide Pedals. Adjustable Seat Height. Light Weight, Durable Steel Frame. Front Wheels for easy transportation
  • Could this be the best home cross trainer ?

User manual can be found here.

JLL Ct100 Assembly instructions:

Take a closer look at the JLL CT100 trainer:

Can it be used by short and tall people?

Yes absolutely.  People much like myself who are on the shorter side (around 5 foot 3) reach with ease.  Even our children reach it just fine.  A friend of ours who is 6 foot 6 came for a look (well, a sneaky go on it) and it suited him just fine

Does the seat get in the way when youre using it?

Not at all.  When stood up, the seat can be lowered and is kind of set back.  Never had an issue with the seat being in the way

Does it come already built up?

Nope sorry.  You have to do a little bit of assembly which is pretty straightforward.  You’ll need to fit the pedals, seat, handlebars and display on.  All tools needed to put it together come with it when you order.

Pro’s and Con’s of the JLL CT100:

Want to find out more?  Click here to view it over on Amazon.

 


2: JTX Strider-X7: Magnetic Cross Trainer review

 

If you are aiming for a cross trainer that is much like a gym machine but without spending 4 figures then the JTX Strider X7 may just be the perfect solution.

We have tested this (well one of us was lucky enough to have done) and the overwhelming verdict is that it is a brilliant cross body trainer (if aching the next day is anything to go by).

During normal use (2 to 4 times per week) the Strider X7 is very quiet and smooth running, with very little vibration and feels very sturdy.

It is a premium cross trainer in terms of price and features but you get what you pay for.

jtx strider x7 cross trainer dimensions

A fabulous well packed machine with many high gym features

We liked this machine as it’s obviously very high quality and customer service is exceptionally good.

Features:

  • Large full colour touchscreen monitor
  • 16 inch stride length
  • 21 in built programs to go through (heart rate, hills, intervals etc.)
  • 16 levels of magnetic resistance to push your body to the next level
  • 4 self programmable levels too – that’s a great feature for dedicated fitness enthusiasts
  • Adjustable floor pads ensure uneven surfaces don’t cause any issues
  • 28 day money back guarantee. 5 Year frame warranty and 2 Year in-home repair warranty including all parts and labour.
  • Compact but robust design with a maximum user weight of 110kg (17St 4lbs).
  • Cross trainer weight: 54kg.
  • Cross trainer dimensions: 170cm(h) x 70cm(w) 130cm (l)
  • Maximum length in use 146cm
  • Fantastic customer rating on this machine!

 

Take a closer look at the JTX Strider X7

Will this machine indent the carpets in my home?

It is a fairly heavy machine, however as these are sold mainly into peoples’ own homes, you can always order some inexpensive rubber matting for under £20

Pro’s and Con’s of the JTX Strider X7

Want to find out more?  Click here to view it over on Amazon.

 


3: Fitnessform® ZGT® Z10 Cross Trainer 2-in-1 Fitness Elliptical Exercise Bike (New Model)

 

We were overall fairly impressed with this trainer.  Not too expensive to buy and the build quality is good.  You can pedal forwards or backwards to suit your exercise regime and target both front and rear muscle groups in your legs.

The Fitnessform ZGT Z10 main features:

  • Resistance adjustable via knob you turn
  • Pedal forwards or backwards to target different muscle groups
  • Comes with a large LCD display that shows you time, speed, distance, calories, pulse & odometer.
  • The height of the seat can be adjusted, as can the position relative to the handles (can be moved closer or further away)
  • Very well made cross trainer
  • Takes only a few minutes to dismantle

 

Take a closer look at the Z10 in pictures:

At 5 foot tall can I use the bicycle part easily?

Not ideally to be honest.  There is upward adjustment for taller people but down to 5 foot makes it a little harder to use.

Pro’s and Con’s of the Z10:

Want to find out more?  Click here to view it over on Amazon.

 


4: Pro XS Sports 2-in1 Elliptical Cross Trainer Exercise Bike-Fitness Cardio Weightloss Workout Machine-With Seat + Pulse Heart Rate Sensors review

 

Could this REALLY be the best cross trainer for the money?

Enjoy full body workouts with the Xs Sports Pro XS cross trainer thanks to it’s full range of motion and 2 way crank allowing for both forward and backward pedalling (to target hamstrings at the back as well as the front of the legs).

Fully adjustable seat handles and feet to ensure suitability for most people (maximum weight is just over 17 and a half stones / 110kg / 250 pounds).

pro xs sports elliptical cross trainer
Product size (approx) – 122x60x154cm (LxWxH)

Take a closer look at the Pro XS Sports Cross Trainer:

What’s the stride length like on this?

It’s more like riding a bike with moving handles in essence so not a massive stride length but definitely a good workout.

What’s it like for long term use?

Perfectly fine.  Several real customers have reported the same great use from their machines at the 6 months and upward time frames.

Does the computer display have a back light?

Nope, sorry.

Can tall and small people use it ok?

Yep, it works really well for people of most sizes even at very tall well over 6 foot.

Pro’s and Con’s of the Pro XS Sports Cross Trainer:

Want to find out more?  Click here to view it over on Amazon.

 


5: Klarfit Ellifit FX 250 Elliptical Cross Trainer

 

What’s not to love about the Klarfit?

It’s a really handsome machine – and it comes in a good choice of colours – Black & Orange, Green & Black, Silver & White, Blue & White or Straight Silver

Being able to handle up to 15.7 stones in weight (100kg), this home cross body trainer impressed us right from the start.

Why wouldn’t it?

A list of impressive features that make fitness so much more appealing – (even on your “can’t be bothered” days!)

It also has a super small footprint size so won’t take up all your floor space (only 39.4″ x 24″)

I’m a big person, will I fit on it?

The Klarfit cross trainer is suitable for all heights – small and tall people alike can use it with ease so go ahead and order with ease.

Is it a noisy cross trainer?

No it’s a fairly quiet machine during use (although we can’t guarantee it won’t beg you to use it if you ignore it for a few days 🙂 ).  We do advise buying some lubricant at yout earliest convenience to liberally apply to each of the six bolts that hold the peddles and levers.  The machine can squeak after a few weeks, so unscrew the 6 bolts, pop in grease and tighten them all back up.

What do others think about it?

You can make up your own mind and read some genuine purchaser reviews about it over on Amazon.  All very positive about this.

 

Klarfit Ellifit Features (taken from Amazon):

  • Athletic cross trainer with computer training for the organisation and monitoring of the training session | Heart rate monitor for precise power control on the training computer | 8-level adjustable resistance
  • Quick installation with detailed, illustrated assembly instructions | Bottom rollers for easy positioning in the room | Load capacity: max. 110kg
  • Training computer functions: time, distance, speed, calories burned, pulse, scan (alternating display) | Materials: metal, plastic | Non-slip treads | Sturdy frame
  • Robust construction with sure grip guide / handrails | Padded handles made of PU foam | Rubber feet for stability
  • Training computer with easy to read LCD display and large buttons | Power training computer: 2 x AA battery (included)

 

 

 Dimensions:

• Footprint: 39.4 x 24 inches (W x D) (100 x 61cm)
• Height to the handlebars: 57.1 inches (145cm)
• Tread: 13 x 4.5 inches (33 x 11.5cm)
• Weight: approx. 55 pounds (25kg)

 

Take a closer look at the Klarfit Ellifit Crosstrainer:

Pro’s and Con’s of the Klarfit Ellifit FX 250 Crosstrainer:

Want to find out more?  Click here to view it over on Amazon.

 


6: Fitnessform® P1100 Cross Trainer 2-in-1 Fitness Elliptical Exercise Bike (New Model) review

 

The Fitnessform P1100 X10 cross trainer is both a cross trainer and exercise bike so you can vary up your workout routine whenever you wish.

The price point is nicely nestled in – not too expensive and not overly cheap either.

When testing we lost 9 pounds in weight over the course of 4 weeks with a fairly healthy diet (basically cutting out the rubbish junk food!)

 

 

fitnessform p1100 cross trainer dimensions

Features of the Fitnessform P1100

  • We found that the unit was very compact compared to others.
  • Low impact machine that makes life easier on your joints
  • Nice and easy to move around (not too heavy)
  • 2 year warranty on parts and the frame
  • A great low impact cardio machine that doesn’t impact on your joints

Take a closer look at the Fitnessform P1100 2 in 1 cross trainer:

Can this be folded up when not in use?

Nope. Sorry.  The amount of floor space needed is 257.8cm x 154.9cm x 383.5 cm

Can small and tall people use it just fine?

Yes even children can use the machine

Pro’s and Con’s of the Fitnessform P100 2 in 1 cross trainer:

Want to find out more?  Click here to view it over on Amazon.

 


7: Bodymax E60 Elliptical Home Exercise Cross Trainer review

 

If you need “brilliant” then we feel this matches expectations.  The bodymax e60 elliptical cross trainer is a firm winner.

It’s a solid fitness machine you can use to make big changes in yourself.

Size wise this machine measures 5 foot 6 inches tall (to top of handles), 4 foot 8 inches in length and 1 foot 11 inches wide.

Everything you need during use can be accessed via the monitor, except for your water bottle that is (a water bottle holder would be handy on the machine but there are other options such as a belt to hold your bottle).

Pedal forwards or backwards on your Bodymax E60 via the circular motion and target most of your core muscle groups.

 

bodymax e60 cross trainer

bodymax e60 crosstrainer computer view
With a funky looking monitor showing your progress

Take a closer look at the Bodymax E60 Elliptical Cross Trainer:

How noisy is this cross trainer?  I want to use it in a flat upstairs

It’s surprisingy quiet and perfect for an upstairs room.

Pro’s and Con’s of the Bodymax E60 Elliptical Cross Trainer:

Want to find out more?  Click here to view it over on Amazon.

 


8: JTX Tri-Fit: Extendable Long Stride and Incline Cross Trainer. FREE Polar Chest Strap

 

It isn’t cheap at close to £700 but boy is it a REALLY nice machine.  See what others think about it on Amazon here.

Enjoy extendable long strides (not normally seen on many cross trainers) to really work out hard.

Increase the incline to target muscles like never before

Powerful, JAM PACKED with features and fantastic quality

Connect it via Bluetooth to a FREE app on your tablet or phone and create training routes around the world (seeing the scenery as you work out!).  With this free app your Tri-Fit will adjust the resistance as you travel through different sceneries.  Almost like being there in person.

 

The Tri-Fit features at a glance (taken from Amazon):

  • Robust cross trainer with variable stride length system (16- 20″), great for multiple users. Powerful electro-magnetic resistance & incline control. By training on an incline you will engage your core and glutes giving you a more complete full body workout. Combining the incline, resistance and long stride length makes this the ideal cross trainer for weight loss and improving fitness.
  • Increase the incline to focus the workout on your stomach and glutes area. Reduce the incline to focus the workout on you legs and increase cardio fitness.
  • Advanced computer connects via Bluetooth to a free iConsole app on your phone or tablet to create motivating visual training tools. Compatible with Apple and Android phones and tablets.
  • Patented space saving design, 153(l) x 75(w) x 173(h)cm. Bio-mechanic multi-grip handlebars and screen tilt. 19 workout programs & custom program feature. Heart rate programs adjust resistance for a more efficient workout (heart rate strap included). 16 levels of Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR). Flywheel 17kg. Max user weight: 135kg. Matte black finish.
  • Lifetime frame warranty, 2 year home repair warranty, includes all parts and engineer call outs to your home.

I’m 6 foot 5 – will this be ok for me for the stride length?

Yes.  This machine is as good as gymnasium cross trainers, and offers a 20 inch stride length that is found in most gym cross trainers.  With it being a home use machine, it’s been carefully designed to be about 30% shorter in length – perfect for a home environment!

Pro’s and Con’s of the JTX Tri-Fit Trainer:

Want to find out more?  Click here to view it over on Amazon.

 


9: Viavito Setry 2-in-1 Elliptical Trainer and Exercise Bike review – Black/Red

 

Viavito combines style with fitness and this is the result with this stunningly good looking low impact bike and cross trainer machine.  The Setry is very appealing.

User comfort is a positive here.  The oversized feet plates make it easy to get the right position to suit you.

Viavito Setry 2-in-1 Elliptical Trainer and Exercise Bike black and red dimensions

Take a closer look at the Viavito Setry Cross Trainer:

Features of the Setry cross trainer

  • A fair weighted flywheel at 5kg (11lbs) (however other machines can be as high as 18kg in this list)
  • Stride length: 31.2cm (12.3″)
  • 20 challenging programmes (4 are customisable)
  • 32 levels of computer controlled magnetic resistance
  • Easy to read backlit LCD display
  • Oversized footplate
  • Horizontally and vertically adjustable seat for user comfort
  • Heart rate measurement via hand pulse sensors + wireless receiver (an optional chest strap can be purchased)
  • Maximum user weight is 18.5 stones approximately
  • Warranty: 2 years (you must register within 28 days to get 2nd year)

How high are the pedals in their highest position as I weant to check headroom

They are 45cm at their highest point.

 

Pro’s and Con’s of the Viavito Setry Cross Trainer:

Want to find out more?  Click here to view it over on Amazon.

 


10: Ultrasport XT-Trainer 700M Cross Trainer/Elliptical Trainer with Hand Pulse Sensors, incl. Drinking Bottle review

 

The floorspace needed for this machine is 104 cm in length x 49 cm wide x 133 cm high.

We loved the fact that this machine looks very stylish AND is well built.

We also like the water bottle holder and the free water bottle (although when really full it fell out a few times so best not to overfill this).

Take a look at the pictures and see how nice it looks.

 

Ultrasport XT Trainer 700M 800A Cross Trainer Elliptical Trainer with Hand Pulse Sensors incl Drinking Bottle front angle view

Features of the Ultrasport XT-Trainer 700M

  • Makes a complete body workout with cardiovascular improvement easily possible, max. user weight: 264 lbs (120 kg)
  • 2-way principle for training of leg, hip, butt, arm and shoulder muscles
  • Training computer with different modes: time, distance, scan, calories, speed
  • 8 different resistance levels, magnetic braking system with 11 lbs (5 kg) flywheel
  • Assembled dimensions: approx. 41 x 19 x 52 in (104 x 49 x 133 cm)

Take a closer look at the Ultrasport XT Trainer 700M Cross Trainer:

Pro’s and Con’s of the Ultrasport XT Trainer 700M Cross Trainer:

Want to find out more?  Click here to view it over on Amazon.

 


A few common questions we regularly receive:

Can you lose weight with a cross trainer?

Yes absolutely.  An machine that forces you to “break a sweat” will get your heart pumping more and help you to lose weight.  There are of course a million other things to factor in.  Yoou will want to make sure you are cutting out the “bad foods” (takeaways, junk food and alcohol) and replace meals with healthier variants.

You will also want to make sure you extercise regularly.  I recommend at least 4 times per week.

Not only that but if you incorporate “interval training” into your routine (sometimes called HIIT) it helps turbo boost weight loss as your body is burning calories hours afetr your’ve finished your workout.

Interval training means you can get a VERY GOOD workout in just 20 to 30 minutes a day.

It goes something like this:

  1. Warm up
  2. Exercise at about 70% effort for say 2 minutes
  3. Then for 30 seconds increase the effort to about 85% and increase the intensity or incline or resistance.
  4. Then drop back to 2 minutes at 70% effort
  5. Then repeat until you’ve had enough.

Can you lose belly fat with a cross trainer?

Yes you can.  You will lose fat across all areas of your body when using a cross trainer.  In fact any cardio equipment can help you lose belly fet and get a toned tummy.

As long as you consume fewer calories than you eat you will ultimately create a calorie deficit in what you eat and this leads to overall weight loss, including your belly.

Here’s how to create a calorie deficit:

  • Every day for a week or two, make a note of everything you eat and drink and note how many calories you have eaten each day.
  • Ask yourself: Was this level of eating maintaining my weight or putting weight on?
  • If it was maintaining your weight then you need to change a few of the foods or drinks for lower calorie options.
  • An average pound of fat equals about 3500 calories, so to lose 1 pound a week you should aim to reduce your calorie intake by about 500 calories a day.
  • You can also BURN off 500 calories a day through exercise to get the same result.
  • If you want to lose a steady 2 pounds a week then you could burn off 1000 calories a day through exercise, or consume 1000 calories less per day, or combine both methods by burning 500 calories a day and eating 500 calories less a day.

 

Do you have to spend a lot of money on a cross trainer?

No, not at all.  Some of the best cross trainers around are inexpensive.  They serve a function but generally come without fancy bells and whistles that you would find on higher priced models.  Which cross trainer fulfills this?  Well, other than every single trainer on this writeup being superb, the best value cross trainer is the XS Sports Pro 2-in-1 cross trainer. 

 

Can a cross trainer give you a bad back?

In general the answer is no.  The upper torso (chest, belly, shoulders etc.) are all fairly in a straight line unlike many other forms of exercise.

A cross trainer is considered a low impact cardio machine, which is good for your core fitness and weight loss.

As with ANY exercise machine it is important that you warm up for 5 minutes by starting off slowly, and gently easing yourself into stronger movements.

In addition, your stomach plays a MAJOR ROLE in the support of your back, so you do need to work on some stomach tightening muscles to help reduce the number of any back related injuries.

Remember the back is a very intricate fraqgile part of your body, so take things slowly.  Get your stomach muscles strong with regular stomach exercises

 

Cross trainer or a treadmill – which is best?

To work out which is better we needed to do a wee bit of research.  This particular study favoured cross trainers but from my own personal point of view, it’s good to have a variety in life.  There are definitely pro’s and con’s to both.

While treadmill running is my own personal favourite (having run a number of half marathons), it can impact on knee joints further down in life if you have any gait related issues (flat foot etc.), although I’ve never had any such issues.  The good part of treadmill running is it is a natural flow for the body.  It’s what we do.

A cross trainer is not a natural movement.  Your feet are planted still in one place, however the workout feels very refined and smooth and you get just as good a workout as a treadmill but the effort needed doesn’t feel anywhere near as much.

 


Cross Body Trainer Machine Resources / Links

Places we used to help produce this review

JTX Fitness – for the Strider X7

JLL Fitness – for their CT100 and CT300

Amazon – for product knowledge

Suffering with knee pains or fallen arches?  Our guide to overpronation will help

Tefal Actifry Review – The Definitive Guide

Whether you are on a health kick, looking to replace an existing fryer or buying your first, the information I am going to provide you with today is comprehensive. As such, you can rest assured that this Tefal Actifry review will tick all your boxes and leave you armed and ready to buy.

If you’d like to see a thorough review of our 10 best air fryers then click here to read it (opens in a new window)

However, before we get started let’s have a look at the technology and work out what the difference is between a health fryer and a standard deep fat fryer.

One of our favourite Air Fryers:

With innovation going back to 1954 Tefal have created a solid brand.  When Marc Gregoire (with his wifes advice) coated her cookware with teflon that he normally put on his fishing gear, the results were astounding.  From there he developed a wide range of cooking concepts that bring Tefal to where they are now.

Actifry healthy or not?

The Health Fryer

Not sure what the difference is between your typical everyday deep fat fryer and something like the Tefal Actifry?

It’s oil, or more specifically the amount you need to use to produce crispy chips or a range of other food stuff. With a typical fryer, you place approximately 2-litres of vegetable or sunflower oil into its drum. After which you switch it on and wait for all that oil to reach cooking temperature.

Conversely, the Tefal and other low-fat fryer types use considerably less oil.

The model I am looking at today requires just 3% (or 1 spoonful) of that needed for a conventional cooker. Although chips still come out fluffy and crispy and not covered in what’s not good for you.

Now, one small downside of a low-fat fryer is the time it takes to cook. Due to having less oil and relying on a spinning drum to circulate hot air means it takes longer.

Where it takes on average 11-minutes to cook chips, potatoes, etc. in a deep fat fryer it can take between 20-35 minutes to get a perfect chip, however, the health benefits of cooking this way certainly outweigh the time savings.

Tefal Actifry – What to cook?

Don’t like chips? No problem, I can reveal in this fryer review that it’s about as versatile as they come. Meaning, it can handle a whole lot more than just frozen and fresh potato products.

With it, you can cook casseroles, curries, stews, stir-frys and much more. In fact, I’ve read a user review in which he/she used it as a slow-cooker; yes the timings had to be regularly adjusted, but, it worked.

So, along with the obvious benefits a health fryer offers, such as lower cholesterol and calorie intake, there’s versatility. All of which are provided and aided by a set of excellent features.

Tefal Actifry Features

Fantastic Features

As one of the best Actifry health cookers on the market, this mid-range model is one of the more popular. Why? Because of its fair price when coupled with a fantastic array of features, which are as follows.

Easy Clean System

With internal non-stick removable components that are both dish washer safe and hand-washable cleaning is made easy. Although, because the use of oil is at a minimum, you can opt to wipe with a cloth and thoroughly wash intermittently.

Cool Wall

Safety is paramount for all the family when high temperatures are used to cook food. As such the walls of the Tefal Actifry remain at a touchable temperature, which gives peace of mind especially for those with young children or elderly relatives.

Large Capacity with Rotation

With a 1.2kg load capacity, this low fat fryer can cater for between 4 – 5 hungry people. And unlike many deep fat fryers, there is no need to open up to shake periodically.

Why? Because combined within the device is a mixing paddle, which softly separates food stuff, not breaking it.

Constant Cooking Temperature

When in use the Actifry remains at approximately a temperature of 170 Celsius. This enables along with a pinch of oil and the circulating hot air, superior cooking results to be obtained.

Additionally, if you like to watch the cooking process, there is a viewing window which does not become clogged with steam.

Automatic Opening Lid

If at any point during the cooking process you wish to open the Tefal Actifry you simply need to make a simple motion. At the push of the lid’s button, cooking pauses and the device opens up; this allows you to add/remove ingredients safely, and continue when ready.

Simple eh?

View On Amazon

Audible Timer

No fryer would be great without a timing feature, as such in this low fat fryer review, I can tell you to relax, this model has one. Meaning, you can set its manual timer to a max of 99 minutes, or whatever is required and go sit down safe in the knowledge that once the timing cycle is complete, you will be alerted by a warning sound.

Plus, you can be sure that your food will not be ruined, although do refer to the cooking times for each food in the manual.

Actifry Spoon

Don’t leave the amount of oil you use to chance, make use of the special measuring spoon included with the fryer. In some cases, however, you may find that no oil is needed at all. Which is where using a health fryer like this has many benefits over the standard fryer.

Health Fryer with no oil smell

What About The Smell?

OK, so, we’ve come to the crunch point, that part when everything hinges on the answer to one question. And I can answer that with five words!

No, it does not smell’

When compared to those regular fryers that use lots of oil and give off a real pong there isn’t any.

In fact, there’s also no hot sticky steam rising from the device too. And that’s great if you have been turning on an extractor fan and leaving the room when cooking.

Thanks to this Actifry review, you now know that those sticky messy oil stains and smells are a thing of the past. Yes, there are many deep fat devices out there trying to make amends. But, with lots of oil in use, they just can’t compare.

Unique Patented Technology

Whatever your reason for reading this review, you can be sure that it’s no ordinary hot air/oil using cooking machine. No, thanks to years of work Tefal has managed to Patent its hot air, paddle combination to bring you hands-free cooking.

Additionally, there’s no need to wait for the fryer to get up to temperature, just load your recipe, chips, etc. set the timer and leave it to do its job. It’s perfect for the busy parent, home after work with hungry kids.

Use This Health Fryer with Actifry Healthy Recipes

Recipe Book Included

Now, no new food gadget would be complete without a range of ideas of what to cook in it. As such there is a selection of Actifry healthy recipes compiled into a neat booklet, this comes for free.  There are now countless more Actifry recipe books being made (see here)

If you thought the ideas you already had where expansive, some of those inside may blow you away! They include Mediterranean Style Calamari, Chicken Tika Masala, vegetable stir fry and more. In fact how about a twist on the humble chip?

Tip: Place the required amount of frozen or fresh chips into the Tefal Actifry. Followed by adding the oil, sea salt, and a touch or (depends on your preference) a small amount of garlic powder. The results, after approximately 35-minutes will astound you as you will have the tastiest chips ever!!

What is in The Box?

  • The all important (not, so it’s just for measuring oil) Actifry Spoon. However, Tefal within its documentation does advise to keep it safe or make a note of the amount of oil required.
  • An instruction booklet, providing you with operating instructions including what you should do before first use.
  • Finally, the before mentioned recipe booklet, keep it safe, it may be an inspiration.

Tefal Actifry 2 in 1 Price

Whether you’re looking to buy new or refurbished, this device is available at a good price. Brand new, you can get your hands on one for around £145 with free UK delivery. As for refurbished, prices start from around £80 and come in various conditions such as good to very good.

Check out this one for under £100 (good for a family of 4)

or this larger capacity model for under £140 that feeds a family of 6 (and cooks 30% quicker)

Final Thoughts

Is an Actifry worth the money?

So there you have it, one Tefal Actifry review, and if you really do want healthier meals you have to factor in the fact that no oil is needed at all for some foods.

Great brand name.  Superb reliability and plenty of recipe ideas make this a clear winner.

From what I’ve seen and read, people are preparing foods as varied as fish, meatballs, stew, and curry. My suggestion, should you buy one, is to experiment, and search for health fryer or Actifry healthy recipes online.

Click here to see the Actifry for yourself.

The 10 Best Wake Up Light 2018

Sick of feeling down all winter?  You might be suffering from seasonal affective disorder and using a “wake up light” could be your saving grace.

Before we carry on, and for convenience we wanted to let you know which is our best rated wake up light.  The Lumie Bodyclock active 250 is easily the best.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) is something many people suffer from, whether they are aware of it or not.  Not getting enough daylight into our lives can have a negative impact on us.

best wake up lights

A wake up light recreates the natural rising of the sun, gradually brightening up your room like a vibrant summers morning, and really does work wonders.

These sunrise alarms are a variation of SAD lamps and work to re-harmonize the natural body rhythms so you wake each morning full of energy.  Discover the best wake up lights (conveniently sorted for 2017) and look forward to wonderful mornings once again.

 

Did You Know?

It’s not JUST Winter that can bring on the “Blues”.  Spring and Summer can also have an effect.  An interesting article recently released in the Gloucester Times detailing 4 signs your child might be suffering from SAD.  Click here to find out more.

In The News:

Fancy proven light therapy through your ears?  It may sound crazy but an innovative technology sends light waves to your brain to cure things such as jet lag but may also be of benefit to people suffering with seasonal affective disorder.  The video below explains:

More info here

What is S.A.D. and what is a sunrise alarm clock?

Ever heard of the winter blues?

Ever wonder why you can feel great on a beautiful sunny morning and struggle to get your head off your pillow on a dark Winter morning?

Surprisingly, a recorded 2 million people are affected by this (however this figure is likely to be far more than that as most people simply shrug it off) when we have the shorter days and dark mornings.

How good do you feel when it’s a glorious warm day outside?

“Wake up, it’s a beautiful morning…” !

Well you just can’t get the same effect on colder Wintry mornings, and it’s all down to the lack of sunlight.

Science has proven that just 30 minutes a day exposed to natural light (with at least 2000 lux – a measure of it’s brightness) can be enough to stimulate feel good hormone and keep your body cycle in check!

It’s only in recent years where these lights have begun to gain in popularity.  You have to try one for yourself to see the difference a wake up lamp can have in your life, especially one that doubles up as an alarm clock and wakes you up as though it’s a glorious long weekend where you’ve had a nice extra sleep.

How do YOU feel when waking up in Winter?

survey of how winter affcets peoples productivity levels

79% of people are less productive or are less energised in winter!

(Source Lumie via Amazon)

Ever Heard Of HYGGE??

Seeing as the Danish people spend a lot of time in Winter, they know how to deal with the “Blues”.  Ever heard of HYGGE? – It’s something they do oh so well to make winter time more bearable.  Definitely worth 10 minutes of your time.  Click here to open it in a new tab then pop back here after.

So now that our bodies really need “real light” each day to feel upbeat, in a better mood and full of zest, how can we get it on a miserable winters day?

The answer is to use proven light therapy.

You can read up why SAD therapy works here.  There now exist a range of standard light therapy devices, but also there are devices that are both light therapy units and alarm clocks.

Our Most Impressive Wake Up Light is...

For us, the Radio function was not a priority.  A nice bonus but not our main focus.  The ability to give us that morning lift (as though on a summers day) was more important, closely followed by other factors such as how good it looked, how well it worked etc.

Based on that our top Two choices are the

(our third favourite is the Philips HF3520/01)

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View The Nature Bright Sun Bliss 10,000 Lux Lamp View The Lumie Bodyclock active 250

Once you begin to use these sunrise alarm clocks you begin to notice that you wake up to the light and not to the alarm sound itself – and it is this overwhelming experience that people are falling in love with.

sunrise alarm clocks

What do others say about their wake up light alarm clocks?

“I am not joking I am the worst for getting up in the morning. Grumpy, emotional, ALWAYS late and always sleeping in. This morning I woke up and it felt like I was in heaven, I was so happy and I had the best morning of my life, I even ironed myself a dress and did my makeup really nice. I know it’s expensive but I use it as a bedside light and as a radio too and it really is something else. Xx” (source: Amazon review)


“I have to say I was skeptical, as with all ‘this’ kind of stuff, but it seriously bloody works. I’d stopped me feeling drowsy or groggy in a morning and for the first time in a very long time, I’m actually feeling awake when I get up.

Since I was about 15-16, I’ve always felt horrible getting up in the morning – the usual… groggy and lethargic, I love my sleep. This has seriously stopped that feeling and has lead to my overall attitude / feelings in a morning to be fresh and alert, it’s great!

The light is seriously bright at level ’20’ (it’s max setting), easily lighting the room. The ‘sunset’ mode is great for going to bed, with it slowly bringing you down into a relaxed state. The other features work perfectly as described with the device being easy and intuitive to use.” (source: Amazon review)


So if you’d like to experience a great wake up each morning why not try your own wake up alarm clock and see for yourself.


Here then is our comprehensive list of the top 10 best sunrise alarm clocks, scrutinized and tested to find out which one is the best.  In no particular order.

Just be aware that if you decide to search online yourself at Amazon you will find a host of unknown branded sunrise clocks (names you’ve not heard from before) – it is possible for the manufacturer to make their clocks seem “amazing” by getting a lot of fake reviews.

You need to ensure you look out for “verified purchases”.  We have carefully weeded out the ones that are unworthy and are left with what we feel is a solid top 10 list.

ProductImagePriceOur Thoughts10 Warriors Score
1: Philips HF3520/01

Editor's Choice!

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Elegant, classy and extremely effective
Excellent product but non replaceable bulb.4 star 10warriors.co.uk rating
2: Lumie Bodyclock Active 250

Our Choice!
lumie bodyclock 250 main view
In it's simple handsome glory
Superb all round quality and features!5 star 10warriors.co.uk rating
3: Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30
lumie bodyclock starter 30
Stunning in every way possible
Fantastic unit with basic features4 star 10warriors.co.uk rating
4: Bioxo Sunrise Simulation Alarm Clockbioxo simulation sunriseBe wary of an array of similar models which may not be quite as good!2 star 10warriors.co.uk rating
5: Nature Bright Sun Bliss Alarm Clock
nature bright sunbliss
Pure "nitro-powered" function!
Super high Lux settings to beat winter Blues but no radio or sound effects4 star 10warriors.co.uk rating
6: Denver Electronics CRL 310
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Here's a great looking sunrise light
Basic unit with basic functionality. Poor sound effects.3 star 10warriors.co.uk rating
7: Lumie Zest Wake Up Light
Our Choice!
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Featuring a HUGE 2000 Lux output!
Very bright but no radio or sound effects.5 star 10warriors.co.uk rating
8: IBoutique 30w SAD Light Bulbiboutique full spectrum sad light bulbIt's a lightbulb that will brighten a room and help banish the Blues!4 star 10warriors.co.uk rating
9: Sunrise Systems SRS 320

Our Choice!
srs 320 2 in 1 natural wake up light with 10000 lux front view
Front view
Whopping 10,000 Lux brightness - doctor prescribed levels. lacks a radio but works great as a sunrise clock.5 star 10warriors.co.uk rating
10: Lumie Bodyclock Elite 300
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Packed full of features!
High end model from Lumie. Use your own MP3, or radio, or nature sounds. Also has meditation music to help you sleep!4 star 10warriors.co.uk rating

 

1: Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock HF3520/01 Coloured Sunrise Simulation – 5 Sounds and Radio Function

Developed by Philips – experts in lights for over 100 years

“The Philips wake up lamp is one of the best on the market.”

The beauty of top brands means that most of the time you get premium quality and premium reliability.  Not always the case (and that’s our job to figure out), however with this unit, it’s a clearly great product.

Features and benefits

  • Clinically proven to work, with radio function and 5 natural sounds
  • The Wake-up Light eases you into the day by re-creating a natural sunrise
  • 7 minutes, battery back-up to keep time and alarm on during short power outages
  • Five different natural wake-up sounds for a pleasant wake-up experience
  • Sunset function helps you fall asleep by gradually decreasing light and sound

Look at the coloured sunrise (and reverse is the sunset simulation):best wake up light 2017?

Wake up in the most natural way possible

So if you wasn’t aware, we really like this Philips sunrise clock although it is a touch on the expensive side!

Pro's
  • Amazing build quality
  • Works extremely well
  • Scientifically proven technology

Con's
  • Not the cheapest at just over £100 but definitely a superb device
  • Bulbs are not replaceable

2: Lumie Bodyclock Active 250 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Extra Audio Options

From the inventors of wake up lights, Lumie should be right up there at the very top of the list when choosing a wake up light alarm clock.  These guys know their stuff and it shows with this certified medical device (class 1).  This Bodyclock active 250 has to be a contender for the best wake up light 2017 can offer.

For a start it’s perfectly functional, does all you want it to do and does it very well.  Bulbs are cheaply replaced.  There is an excellent customer support team behind the unit and you get a 2 year warranty to boot.  What’s not to love?

 

Why are Bodyclock wake-up lights so effective?

Bodyclock Active 250 is a medical device that wakes you up gradually with light that mimics the spectrum changes of a real sunrise.

The brightening light brings you more gently out of sleep, prompting your body to reduce the production of sleep hormones such as melatonin, while increasing the levels of hormones like cortisol that help you get up and go.

This provides a fantastic start to the day for sufferers of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and the winter blues, and helps anyone who is not naturally a morning person to feel brighter and more energetic first thing.

It’s not just a nicer way to wake up. Waking to natural light every day resets your sleep/wake cycle and has been shown to boost your mood, productivity and energy levels throughout the day. Our physiological body clocks are aligned by sunrise and sunset.

As most of us experience a mix of early starts, late nights, weekend lie-ins and sometimes travel disruption, our internal sleep rhythms are thrown into disarray. We feel tired and stressed trying to wake up for work, school or sports training.

A dawn simulator device re-sets your body clock to run in time with your day, helping you feel more awake during the day and more ready for sleep at night.

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Features:

  • 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 or 90-minute sunrise to wake naturally
  • 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 or 90-minute sunset to wind down for bed
  • FM radio with digital tuning
  • White noise setting to mask sounds that might keep you awake
  • Dawn chorus or rooster call sounds to enhance your sunrise
  • Wave sounds to lull you to sleep
  • Sun ray effect
  • Dimmable lighting for use as a bedside light
  • Nightlight feature
  • Snooze feature
  • Security option to turn on the light randomly while you’re away
  • Back-ups: optional alarm beep, power failure back-up

Pro's
  • From the inventors of the wake up light
  • Seriously good build quality
  • Perfect machine
  • Perfect after sales support
  • Cheap replacement bulbs (£5) – other devices like Philips are non replaceable
  • Scientifically proven technology

Con's

3: Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise and Sunset Features

£51.99 approx

The Bodyclock starter 30 wake up light from Lumie without any fancy extras.

If you’re looking to get into trying out a wake up light it make sense to choose a trusted manufacturer who know their stuff.  Lumie are the inventors of wake up lights and focus on nothing else other than lighting.

This particular wake up light offers a simple 30 minute timer function for the wake up light.  There isn’t a radio so if you can make do without one this offers the perfect solution.  Lumie quality, Lumie trusted brand and Lumie reliability without any fancy extras.

So is it any good?

It works like other wake up lights.  It gradually brightens up over a 30 minute period before your alarm time is reached.  For many people you tend to wake up within those 30 minutes, so the technology is working to awaken you to a “beautiful sunrise”, and set you up for an incredible action filled day.

Seriously, look at what others have to say:

“I’ll get straight to the point; Just how good is it to wake up to a simulated ‘sunrise’? Really, really good… For myself, it is the equivalent of someone slowly opening the blinds in my bedroom and letting a warm sheen of light enter, which slowly makes me more and more alert to the point that when I do open my eyes, I think to myself “Yikes, did I leave the light on?”. The difference I’ve felt compared to the more startling “BEEP-BEEP… BEEP-BEEP’ almost giving me a heart-attack is ridiculously positive. Its incredible to think that a simple light has stopped me from waking up with persistent yawns and a heavy head.”

“This clock has really changed my mornings! I can now wake up gently but feel good instead of hitting the snooze button 15 times and being late for work and feeling exhausted. Really recommend for anyone suffering from SAD. I didnt find it difficult to set up and I really like the sunset function too. The alarm tone is a bit loud so I use my phone one instead.

fantastic really helpful it works like magic. I can’t believe how such a simple idea works so well. Get one.

THE ABOVE ARE ALL GENUINE, UNEDITED TESTIMONIALS FROM PEOPLE WHO OWN THIS UNIT.

Lumie are clearly good.  This unit has all the basic needs, however for an extra £40 approx you can choose the Lumie Bodyclock 250 for radio functionality plus various nature sounds.

Pro's
  • From the inventors of the wake up light
  • Lumie trusted name
  • Perfect after sales support
  • Scientifically proven technology

Con's
  • No radio functionality
  • The basic model with a set 30 minute sunrise or sunset function.

4:  Bioxo Sunrise Simulation Wake-Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock with Nature Sounds & Mood Light Waking You Gradually, FM radio, White

At around £24.99 (currently) you get what you pay for.  If you want superb brightness (rated by “LUX” light intensity), superb functionality and total reliability and robustness then invest in a Lumie or Philips.  However if this is your first foray into sunrise lights you will be pleasantly surprised with this unit.  Just don’t expect “incredible”.

Side note:  This product is sometimes listed under other brands (typically imported models) – at the time of our testing, it was a Bioxo unit, however these appear to be withdrawn at the moment although there are a few “very similar” units that look almost the same on sale.  We have kept this in our list but please consider all options before choosing which one you want to go for as we cannot guarantee other similar models will be of a similar standard.

As a wake up light it is fairly good and for many people will wake them up in a better happier mood, however there are a few misgivings with the unit that place it further down in the pecking order.

It’s not going to give you “incredible daylight” however it does provide enough light to stimulate your body to begin waking up.

Featuring:

  • 7 alarm sounds including 6 natural sound, such as forests, birds, waves, etc., so you revel in nature’s sounds and smells. 1 FM radio. You can choose your favorite sounds, If you wake up, you do not want to get up, you can open and scan FM radio channels. Enjoy broadcast and relax, ready for the new day
  • Bed lamp in white color and multi color. Touch to control the lamp (to change the light brightness or select color)
  • LED time display in 12 or 24 hours mode,Bracket can rotate 180 degrees.Can be adjusted by yourself
  • Radio alarm clock with battery backup- Do not worry if there’s a power outage during the night. (Battery is not included)
  • 5 color & 4 brightness optional, it can serve as a light atmosphere by choosing 5 colors (warning light, green, red, blue and purple) to your preference. Working with 4 brightness setting in the warm light mode to protect your eyes from injury

 

Pro's
  • A great “budget” sunrise lamp that gives you what’s needed – a 30 minute awakening
  • Pleasant looking

Con's
  • It’s not the Rolls Royce of sunrise lamps
  • Approximately 70 Lumens (less than 30 Lux based on approximate viewing angle of light being given off so not that bright but will provide a degree of sunrise awakening)
  • This model appears to be withdrawn from the UK market at the current time, so a “similar” list is shown in the link – please note that the products in that list may not be of the same quality.

 

5: Nature bright Sun Bliss – 10,000 Lux Super Powerful Wake Up Light

Almost “under the radar”, the Nature Bright sunbliss wake up light is a simple, full throttled all powerfull 10,000 LUX device wake up alarm clock with no fancy extras

Priced at around £65.

First of all this is more of a SAD lamp with the added benefit of an alarm clock and sunrise function.  We have featured this because it provides the highest most recommended light available (advised by doctors to treat SAD).

All of the other sunrise lamps featured in this list are design masterpieces that look handsome and will sit happily anywhere with their curves and style.

This unit is none of that.  It is pure function, but boy does it function well!

There is no radio, but there is a wake up noise and of course the awakening via the light too.

10,000 Lux is going to provide the brightest possible way to wake up, all through a gradual awakening over a 30 minute period before you set the alarm.

Reset your circadian rhythm with this intense natural light source and enable your body to wake up feeling refreshed, via a mimicked Blue cloudless sky.

Portable and convenient to carry, it’s perfect for travel use as well as home use.

Pro's

Con's
  • It doesn’t have a radio, so isn’t your typical “radio alarm clock” many bedsides have
  • It’s not a fashion status styled design – just a simple design

 

6: Denver Electronics CRL-310 wake up light sunrise alarm clock with nature sounds & mood light

You either love it or you hate it, but at it’s great price point of around £30 you can decide if this is the one for you or not.

Combining great style with a sunrise function, alarm clock, radio and nature noises it would seem to have all the things you’d want, but take into the fact the nature noises are not great therein lies one of the issues (for some people anyway).

The nature sounds are on a 3 second loop so you hear the same sound over and over and over.

The birds sound nice, but the hot springs sounds more like a squelching drain gurgling away.

The sunrise function works and does wake you up great although the initial brightness is not exactly “low light”, which can sometimes wake you up 30 minutes before your alarm time.

On a positive note, it does look great and it does serve purpose.  If you can live with these little misgivings you’d probably be happy as punch that you’d gotten a wake up light so cheap.

Take a look for yourself:

Certainly fitting the bill of being “nice and functional”, if you simply want a basic wake up light (and forgetting about the fast looping nature noises) this is a nice unit.

Pro's
  • Without a doubt this is a handsome unit
  • Features 10 dimmable steps for a graduated sunrise awakening
  • Features a handy remote control that let’s you control it from your pillow

Con's
  • The old saying of “you get what you pay for” certainly rings true.  If you want quality and perfection aim higher
  • Poor sounding “nature noises” on a very short repeating loop.

 

7: Lumie Zest – Wake Up Light and SAD Lamp Combi Unit

Finally, we add to our list a “super bright” wake up light.  This is the Lumie Zest. Lumie are renowned for being the pioneers of wake up lights and have worked solely on these and SAD lamps for years and it shows in the quality of their products.

Featuring a whopping 2000 Lux of brightness it delivers sheer wake up potential akin to a dedicated SAD lamp prescribed by a doctor.

Most doctors recommend SAD lamps with 10,000 Lux light output for up to 2 hours a day.  Most wake up lights sit around the 100 to 300 Lux output though.

This unit pushes out 2000 Lux and will work extremely well to restore your natural wake up rhythms and allow you to wake up feeling refreshed just like on a bright cloudless day.

While it doesn’t offer a radio or nature sounds or mood lights, it is technically more of a dedicated “SAD lamp” with an added alarm clock and sunrise feature.  In our opinion this is probably more beneficial to people than something with all the fancy extras.

Pro's
  • Pushes out as HUGE 2000 Lux brightness – 10 times that of most other sunrise lights
  • Simple design that functions purely and brilliantly.
  • 30 minute timer allows you to wake up to a glorious ambience.
  • Certified medical device
  • 3 year warranty!

Con's
  • No radio
  • No nature sounds
  • Not the most stylish

 

8: iBoutique SAD Light Bulb

An interesting twist on “wake up alarm clock”.  This is a simple bulb and it’s priced cheaply at under £6 meaning we wanted to include it, especially as it emits 1600 Lumens (the Lux levels will be far lower).
The reason for inclusion is you might want to pop this into your bedside lamp and use it for reading or studying or when working from home at your desk with the light fairly close, in order to achieve the desired effect.

A very hand addition that can only help in your Winter Blues battles.

 

iboutique full spectrum sad light bulb
For best effects sit within close proximity of the bulb such as when working and using a desk lamp.

Of course it’s not designed to wake you up or tell you the time, but to relieve the Winter Blues it’s definitely worth having a few around and keeping one where you work or read the most just to banish the Blues.

 

energy efficient SAD light bulb
Superb A rated energy efficiency
just like a cloudless day
As bright as a sunny cloudless day

 

Pro's
  • Super bright full spectrum SAD light bulb
  • VERY affordable – great for every day close proximity use

Con's
  • It’s not a clock
  • No sunrise features – just a light bulb that helps winter Blues

9: Sunrise System SRS 320 2 in 1 Natural Light Alarm Clock plus SAD Lightbox

We weren’t really expecting too much from this with our testing, but soon found ourselves “mightily” impressed.

Why do we like this?

It offers up to 10,000 Lux – and this is the range recommended by doctors to treat symptoms of SAD.

Look at the main features (taken direct from Amazon):

  • Bright up to 10,000 Lux LED light box
  • Timer – when using the SRS 320 as a light box, the user can specify how long the light is on from 10 – 90 minutes in 10 minute steps.
  • Sunrise: simulates a sunrise over a period of 0 (off), 15, 30, 45, 60, 75 or 90 minutes. Set to suit your preference.
  • Sunset: simulates a sunset over a period of 15, 30, 45, 60, 75 or 90 minutes.Set to suit your preference
  • Full seven day alarm is provided to allow the user to set different times (if desired) on the alarm for different days of the week. The factory programmed time for all seven days is 07:00am

Here’s what it looks like:

So what’s so good about this?

It’s PACKED with features, and these features give it a clear edge.

For instance, it has an option to act as a random security light, hopefully to deter any would be intruders while you might be away.

Different languages available -English, French, German, Spanish or Swedish.

Let’s weigh up the pros and the cons:

Pro's
  • Super bright 10,000 Lux brightness that delivers “doctor recommended” amounts of light
  • Similar price to other high end alarm sunrise clocks
  • Features a “last ditch” buzzer for those hard to wake up days!

Con's
  • It’s not quite so stylish as others
  • There’s no radio
  • There’s no “bubbling water or birds cheeping” noises to wake to

As a dedicated SAD lamp providing SAD beating abilities, it also doubles up as a sunrise alarm clock and the combination of the two makes this incredibly effective, but sadly not the most enigmatic to look at.  Brilliantly functional.

 

10: Lumie Bodyclock ELITE 300 Wake-up Light Alarm Clock with Full Suite of Wake/Sleep Audio Features

So, let’s start by saying that Lumie are renowned as being the pioneers of sunrise clocks.  This is a premium class product and has a lot of built in options to customize your experience with.  The Lumie 300 Elite clock makes waking up and going to sleep so much more fun!

As well as sunrise and sunset options, you can also choose guided meditation tracks for help with sleeping, your own mp3 files or the built in am/fm radio.  There is of course the usual Lumie “natural sounds included too.

This class 1 certified medical device is proven to help you wake up in a better mood and beat the winter Blues.

“Bodyclock Elite 300 wakes you up gradually with a simulated sunrise. The brightening light brings you gently out of sleep, prompting your body to suppress the sleep hormone melatonin while increasing hormones like cortisol to help you get up and go. It provides a fantastic start to the day for sufferers of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and helps non-morning people to feel brighter and more energetic”.

Pro's
  • Lumie quality. Lumie reliability.  Lumie certified medical device
  • Works to gradually wake you up
  • Wake up to nature noises or your own mp3’s or a radio or just the sunrise light feature

Top 10 Best Wake Up Lights – Buying Guide:

How do you make sense of all these lights and to figure out which is best for you?  Below we will explain what everything means.

Before we dive in you need to be aware that there are quite a few overseas manufactured units all claiming to be amazing.

They may look nice, but build quality can be dubious, and in addition, the “wake up/sunrise” feature just isn’t up to the mark.

In other words it isn’t powerful enough to”wake you up to a sunrise”

Therefore currently  it is our findings that you will have to find the extra money for something good, something proven to work.

  • Rugged, tough, reliable and excellent build quality.
  • Oh, and something that has a good amount of light output (Lux/Lumens)

Everyone benefits from extra sunshine in their lives, however a lot of people suffer from the morning blues during winter and a smaller number of people go on to suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) where they feel down, tired and depressed all the time.

Adding sunshine is the answer, however depending on how much you need you would opt for a certain type.  If you suffer really badly then a specific SAD lamp (and would need to commit to sitting in front of it for 30 minutes a day) would be the obvious answer.

For all other people, who would simply benefit from a bit more light, then a dawn simulation clock is the answer, but with this, some wake up lights are extremely powerful.

Brighter the better

Light is measured in Lumens – how many candle power of brightness can be achieved.  Lux is measured by how much light floods a space (typically measured from a short distance away).

  • Most SAD lamps offer 10,000 LUX output levels (and this is the typical prescribed levels from doctors) – and would need to be sat in front for 30 minutes each morning soon after waking.
  • Sunrise lamps range typically from 100 to 300 Lux output levels with the average being in the region of 250 Lux.

In general the Lumie and Philips models produce the highest levels, but they also come with the price tag.  If you do suffer the winter Blues then it pays to get the brightest you can.

You might want to read a study that was conducted on the effectiveness of sunrise lamps, and the results showed overwhelmingly that while 30 minutes does help somewhat, a much better effect was gained over a 2 hour window, so if you can buy a clock that simulates sunrises for longer timeframes the better.  The Philips allows for up to 30 minutes while the Lumie allows for up to 90 minutes.

THAT SAID.. bear this in mind:

“More than one million people worldwide use the Philips Wake-up Light, 92 per cent of users found it easier to get up in the morning. Take up the challenge and become a morning person – become more energetic and alert in less than three weeks.”

So any form of decent sunrise light will benefit you and help you to wake up easier and more alert, just get the brightest you can afford.  It’s a good idea to get the best sunrise alarm clock that you can.

Why buy a cheap half-effort clock if it doesn’t have all the features you want?

Sitting as a main provider we wanted to provide you with a quick comparison table of the “best” Philips wake up lights, as seen below.  if you’ve got your heart set on a Philips, you can see that just for a bit more or a bit less you can choose the features that matter the most to you:

philips wake up light comparison table

They range in price from:

As you can see the various features are shown above for easy comparison.

Philips Wake-up Lights are clinically proven to work – 92% of users agree it makes it easier to get out of bed. 

Why not try the idea of using light to wake you up as opposed to an annoying alarm buzzer that shocks and startles you into a grumpy morning.


SAD Lamp / Wake Up Light Sources & references

Where we conducted our own research into this review

Lumie – manufacturer of SAD lighting units

Amazon – for part of our product research

Sad.org – for industry research into the condition