Please enjoy this “hands on” Aicok Juicer review, and juice to your hearts content.
In our attempt to get healthier we have chosen to review the various juicers available to buy. We purchased this Aicok juice extractor as we had found it to be a brilliant AFFORDABLE juicer for anyone looking to get into juicing for the first time. Everywhere we looked people were saying brilliant things about this juicer so we just HAD to see what the fuss was all about. It might just be the best juicer money can buy, so please enjoy our hands on Aicok juicer review!
(For the health nuts out there (like us), we have also conducted an in-depth review of air fryers, and we also did an in-depth review of the Duronic air fryer which you can read and watch here).
So, in this review we have our write up but we also have two videos for you to watch. One is an unboxing video, while the second video shows where we actually put it to use and make some juices!
More and more people are aware of the need to be healthier. More and more people are left feeling tired and lethargic all day long (even after a good sleep).
This ain’t right!
As a nation we are slowly getting more and more overweight, and something needs to be done about it.
Everyone knows that we need to consume more and more fruits and veggies, yet not many of us do.
Instead we’ve become used to eating less, and consuming more and more salt-laden processed food and junk food and less of the stuff that actually makes us feel full of energy.
As a side note, there are very genuine stories online that are helping prove the link between various health issues (and even Cancer) and junk processed food (and also meat).
So it makes sense to try and at least change our eating habits to some degree.
Fat sick and nearly dead
This was a short film I watched online a few weeks back about a guy called Joe Cross who had health issues that had crept up on him, and had enjoyed a high profile life along with some very unhealthy eating and drinking habits.
He turned his life around all through juicing and lost an incredible amount of weight, and got his life back.
I thoroughly recommend you take some time to watch the free film that’s almost 1 hour 40 minutes long.
When you juice regularly you are flooding your body with loads of vitamins and minerals. In literally days people are noticing clearer skin and more mental alertness just from juicing.
You couldn’t physically eat the large number of fruits and veggies in a single sitting to get all the goodness, but you can drink the juice in a few glasses and reap the benefits!
This means you are eating mountains and mountains of fruit and veggies but in a condensed drink. All the vitamins go straight into your body instead of having to be digested first, giving you an INSTANT SHOT of vitamins and minerals for the feel good effect (great for the “morning after” if you want to make a hangover juice!)
So let’s take a closer look at this particular juicer.
It lets you enjoy juicing without breaking the bank.
Aicok juicer pictures
What we did and didn’t like about this juicer
Cheap and healthy way to get loads and loads of nutrients straight into your body (you’ll hardly ever get a cold!)
It’s REALLY cheap to buy compared to most juicers on the market
It has 2 power modes. 1 is a lower speed and great for softer foods, while the 2nd is for harder foods but runs at higher speeds. This will help the motor life last longer than if it was just running at high-speed all the time.
THE NOT SO GOOD:
We didn’t know till after we had bought this juicer that you have to exercise care not to over use the juicer. They recommend you juice for no more than 1 minute then let it rest for 2 minutes before re-using the juicer. You can do this 3 times but must then let it rest for 15 minutes in order to protect the motor from burning out. In practice it’s not really an issue as you are usually done juicing a good jug full in under a minute.
While the veggie juice was enjoyable and easy to clean the parts after, the fruit version stained the plastic jug with the Oranges we used. See picture below. It will need a good soak with hot water and soap first, whereas other foods can be rinsed off.
Watch as we create 2 separate juices using the Aicok Juicer. Takes seconds to create!
There are now hundreds if not thousands of recipes you can create with your juicer.
There are Green tea juices, detox juices, hangover juices, vitamin punch juices, and yes if you can think of it, there will be one made for it.
let’s look at a few:
Juice recipes for energy:
Juice recipes for clear skin:
Juice recipes for weight loss:
So there you have it. A great entry level Juice extractor that looks 4 times as expensive as it really is. Treat it with care and clean it well after each use, and don’t over use it for more than a minute at a time and you’ll be using it for months and years to come!
Duronic AF1 review – we wanted to see what all the fuss was about so we decided to give this air fryer a go and use it long term in our own kitchen.
So, as part of our testing methods, we decided to purchase and review the Duronic Af/1 B air fryer (“B” stands for Black, a “W” would stand for the White model). It consistently scores very very well in our group tests, and wherever we look online others are also saying the exact same. So we bought one, tested it and here you can see what we did with it.
We started out with the box being delivered by Amazon, and at this point decided to create an unboxing video which you can see below. The original footage was 11 minutes long, so we sped up some parts and got it down to around 3 minutes.
Duronic AF/1 Air Fryer Review – Unboxing This Air Fryer
Duronic AF1 review video
Once that was out of the way we then decided to switch it on and put it to use.
We elected for one of the easiest things to cook, and pulled some frozen chips out of the freezer to conduct the first taste trial!
In under 15 minutes we had some really delicious crispy chips that were very close in taste and feel to McDonald’s french fries (although we did add a fair bit of salt at the end to get closer to that McD’s taste… that in itself will make it less healthy I’m sure, but the end result was a big thumbs up from us, and two kids who happily volunteered to help with the tasting!
Want to see the video where we cooked the chips? You can watch it below (don’t worry it’s not 15 minutes long.)
Cooking chips with the Duronic AF/1 air fryer video
So, what’s it like?
Well, our model purchased was the Black one, and it received a big thumbs up for its design from my partner (who is very much “on the ball” when it comes to taste!), although they do also make a White version with Chrome handle which does look nice, so there are a couple of options really when you’re picking one that’ll fit in with your kitchen items.
It is a shame there weren’t more colour options like Red, Cream etc. though.
Size wize its roughly 30cm x 20cm x 30cm in size. Bigger than a kettle and similar in size to, yes a deep fat fryer, but without the fatty cooking. Our tested model now occupies it’s own corner in our kitchen and doesn’t look out of place.
Weight wize. Nothing too heavy about it in all honesty. I’d have to hazard a weight guess at something similar to a full kettle or an old deep fat fryer. Two hands and you’ll be absolutely fine.
There is a heat pad made from a kind of silicone rubber that you pop on the counter somewhere. This is to pop the drawer onto when you take it out the fryer to check, serve or shake. It can get quite hot so the pad helps protect your kitchen worktop.
The timer is a 30 minute timer and is an old fashioned timer that ticks down and dings when it reaches zero (and shuts off cooking, so at least you don’t burn your food if you’ve wandered into the lounge to watch Eastenders).
It’s not that bad. It could have been a fancy digital timer, but as this is classed as a budget air fryer you can’t expect all the bells and whistles. At least this air fryer performs brilliantly, so we can overlook some very minor “old fashioned” technologies. But really you don’t really even notice it when it’s cooking.
You can hear the air frying element whirring while it’s cooking. Again, without going on about things like this, it’s not really an issue when it cooks so well.
The cooking label on the front of the air fryer is DIFFERENT to what’s in the cook book. In the book it says to cook at 200 degrees C but on the label it says to cook at 180 degrees. We opted for 180 degrees in our test and it did the trick.
Cooking times need 3 minutes added on when it is first switched on. This is to allow the air fryer to reach the correct temperature before you pop the food in.
The air fryer came to us very well packaged. The main Amazon box had the Air fryer box inside it along with some screwed up cardboard. When you get the air fryer box out there is some sticky tape to remove. It comes off easily and with our box it hardly ripped the box at all, so it still looked good (just in case we ever re-sell the fryer).
Opening up the air fryer box there is a moulded cardboard “egg-shell design” piece that sits on top of the air fryer, and another at the bottom to stop it rattling about while the delivery men have their fun throwing it around their vans. Pop these off and the air fryer is then inside a polyethylene bag.
There is an air intake vent on the top, and an air “out” vent routed at the back of the air fryer.
Note:there are two small pieces of sticky tape holding the cooking drawer in it’s place. You’ll need to peel both of these off unlike me who spent 20 seconds trying to work out why the drawer wouldn’t come out.
The Duronic air fryer comes boxed with an instruction manual which is written in easy to understand English as well as a few other languages. The writing is not too small either. Pleasing to note these minor details in today’s modern age!
It also comes with a really nicely presented 77 page cook book for recipes. The book is shiny, glossy and pleasing to hold. It feels of value and not like a cheap throwaway leaflet.
There are a number of included recipes in the book ranging from spicy fries, chicken drumsticks, rosted vegetables, soups, chicken nuggets, roasted cod and a few dessert recipes included too. If you look online you’ll also find a whole host of free air fryer recipes available as well.
A 2 year warranty. For total peace of mind. Cook to your heart’s content.
Cooking with the air fryer.
Straightforward really. No degree in cookery skills needed if you want to cook a wide range of things. Just be aware that if you’ve just switched it on, you’ll want to add 3 minutes to the timer to allow the air fryer to get up to the right temperature.
No oil, or only a tiny bit of oil is needed. Specifically you can add as little as a teaspoon of oil to fresh potatoes to help them crisp up better. Frozen potatoes do not need oil.
Chicken drumsticks take just 20 to 25 minutes, potatoes 15 to 20 minutes etc.
Our second cooking test was to try a mixture of chicken dippers and chips, and cram as many in the basket as possible to see how it came out.
The dippers were cooked first for an extra 5 minutes then the chips were thrown in, so that it would all be cooked together at the end.
The dippers came out soft and very hot. Impressed. The chips, despite shaking halfway through were a little floppy in places and ok in others, but we had literally just squeezed in a large number of items, as we wanted to see how it would cope in full capacity.
So for best results cook smaller quantities. We cooked enough for two very large platefulls.
Extra time might have remedied this, or possibly by buying one of the universal cooking tray systems you can then separate each item out for better air flow and a better end result. They’re typically around the £20 mark so good value.
It can get quite hot
For the first 5 to 10 minutes you can place your hand on the side of the air fryer and be just fine, but as time progresses this does get hotter, to an “uncomfortable” hot towards the end. While it’s not going to cause any sort of damage, it make sense to have the air fryer placed away out of children’s curious hands. In the same instance it might not be ideally placed next to fresh flowers.
Do we recommend it?
Absolutely. We tested this air fryer and 9 others in our air fryer top 10 comparison page, and this was our top rated “budget” air fryer, and even now after many months it’s still our favourite.
What can you cook in the Duronic air fryer?
Just about anything!
Potatoes, fish, meat, vegetables. You can also bake cakes, samosas, spring rolls and to finish things off, even sort out a tasty dessert if you’ve still got room left at the end.
When done you can pop the drawer and wire metal mesh basket in the dish washer and relax. Job done. Food made, full tummies. Sorted.
Have you enjoyed our duronic af 1 air fryer review ? let us know in the comments below so we can improve our work, or feel full of happiness if this helped you 🙂
We REALLY hope so. We have owned this now for several months and counting and use it every single week. We are not the most adventurous at cooking but find it invaluable for popping some oven chips in for a quick snack. No fuss and hardly any mess.
At first glance, the Air Fryer can look rather intimidating. After all, even the name sounds like a contradiction. How can one fry something with little to no oil involved? Isn’t that the definition of frying? Not anymore!
Awarded as one of the top five inventions in 2010, the Air Fryer has completely taken off for the nutrition savvy as well as health food novices. And with increased interest in the revolutionary kitchen tool, recipes using the Air Fryer have exploded all across the internet, with every palate in mind.
But before we see the infinite possibilities of meals that the Air Fryer can create, it’s important to know exactly how it’s cutting out all of that unnecessary fat. How does it make food crisp without the oils that we have so long associated with giving dishes that signature crunch?
According to foodandnutrition.org, “Air fryers don’t technically fry anything; they use a process similar to a convection oven, which involves circulating hot air around the food. This system combines a heating element within the machine and an exhaust fan to keep the surface of food dry during cooking. The result is a crisp exterior and moist interior that often is associated with deep-frying.”
This ensures the food you cook in an air fryer will have a significantly lower number of calories and much fewer grams of fat, especially saturated.
So, where does one even begin with the abundance of recipes circling the net?
Luckily, because there truly are Air Fryer-friendly meals for every type of foodie, it really begins with personal preference. But don’t think that because ‘fryer’ is in the name that you must make spin-offs of greasy, finger food.
You can impress at your next get together with lighter fare like Avocado Fries via Glue & Glitter (GlueandGlitter.com), that boast an extremely quick cook time of only 20 minutes from start to finish.
Or, make a Tuesday feel like a Saturday with Pork Taquitos that require only five ingredients, from Just Plum Crazy (plumcrazyaboutcoupons.com). And as you may have guessed, these recipes barely scratch the surface of the plethora of dishes that can be made in an Air Fryer.
Websites such as Delish and Pinterest pride themselves on keeping up to date on the everchanging food trends and tools by displaying recipes that deal with the latest and greatest. Heck, we even have recpes ourselves such as this air fried Oreo cookie recipe! For this reason, it has lately become so easy to find recipes for specific dietary restrictions, seasonal dishes, and in this case, the hottest appliances.
In a society that’s full of fitness and health food fads, it’s refreshing to come across products that really do what they advertise.
From healthy appetizers to gooey desserts, it seems that the Air Fryer won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon.
Whether vegan, carnivore or something in between, tools like the Tower Air Fryer make it so easy to eat within your personal means.
And thanks to cookbooks and millions of online recipes, it’s never been easier to access the knowledge you need to make healthier meals for you and your family.
Heart disease, strokes and diabetes aren’t just an imaginary thing. Over 100,000 people each year in the Uk suffer from a stroke from heart disease.
That’s one person every 5 minutes.
It’s really quite a daunting thing to think about. Your life on hold, held up and having to take things far slower, if you survive, that is.
If you want to continue putting deep fried unhealthy food inside you then you are most certainly on a direct road to destination ill.
Make a conscious decision today to just change some of these habits.
An air fryer makes food healthy, and it tastes pretty good too.
Our top 10 best air fryer list.
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.
Are air fryers any good?
Well, let me start out by saying that I wanted to do a best air fryer review for some time. I had been lucky enough to enjoy some air fried food over at a friend’s house a while back and it set me wanting to get one (ultimately I got the Duronic af/1 (probably the best value air fryer there is at the minute) and wrote a super long review about that – and it gets used week in week out now).
While there are many air fryers out there, we decided that we wanted to know what the best air fryer for a healthier lifestyle might be.
After all, healthy eating is the goal, right?
Read a quick overview of our top rated Uk air fryers:
Duronic AF/1 B air fryer
Dihl KA-AFD02-RED Air Fryer
Tefal Actifry 1.2kg model
Philips HD9220/20 Healthier Oil Free Airfryer
Philips HD9240/90 Avance Collection Airfryer, 2100 W – Extra-Large
Tower T14004 Low Fat Rapid Air Fryer with Digital Timer
Jet hot air fryer
Klarstein Vitair Hot Air Fryer
Salter Ek2205 air fryer – a great cheap air fryer!
Vonshef low fat digital air fryer
Air fryer cooking is relatively straightforward. Think of it like a smaller oven, but far more efficient. It cooks quicker and is healthier. There are now many air fryers available for the home use, and you can also buy a commercial air fryer if you need one for high volume use, however you should think about how many you need to feed, as you might be able to get by just purchasing 2 to 6 standard air fryers instead.
Just a side note:
This air fryer below could work as a commercial air fryer, due to it’s HUGE 12 litre capacity! It’s the Klarstein AeroVital cube air fryer, and it’s much cheaper than I expected. You can see it here on Amazon – it’s almost as cheap as a lot of home air fryers:
You can even pop a whole chicken in!
It’s a smaller industrial air fryer and could work if you need to buy a handful of these instead of a more expensive commercial setup.
Here Is The Latest Updated List – which Air Fryer suits you?
If you are wondering which air fryer to buy then use the table below to compare air fryers that meet your criteria.
Salter EK2205 Healthy Digital Hot Air Fryer, 4.5 Litre, 1400 W, Black
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 theDuronic 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.
Hot 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.
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.
You might just change your mind when you see how good they make food taste (and the health benefits are huge!)
Air Fat Fryer? Why not! Beats A Deep Fat Fryer.
“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“
So we asked “are air fryers healthy?”
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 in air fryer? Now you can – watch 🙂
Enjoy air fryer Bacon and Eggs in style!
Let us know if your mouth is watering…!
How Does An Air Fryer Work?
So are you honestly telling me that people can deep fry food without any oil?
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. Not only that, but you can often find several air fryer deals now as prices start to come down!
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.
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 their compact air fryer and leave it largely unattended while tending to something else. A mini air fryer with lower capacity will be great for 1 to 2 people although most peoples’ space should accommodate the vast majority of typical air fryers anyway.
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.
Cost effective. It doesn’t take too much to find some of the best deals on air fryers. A quick search online will find you models rated by what people think of them. Like these on Amazon (already sorted by price from lowest to highest – chose one with a high 4 or 5 star review!).
So is an air fryer any good? really?
Well if you use an oven you will definitely be able to make use of an air fryer.
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. The best air fryer to buy needs to conform to YOUR own needs – think of how many people you’ll be cooking for, and how much workspace you have in your kitchen to place it.
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
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 that can be cooked in a conventional cooker, as well as things that are cooked in a deep fat fryer, but the likes of:
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 air fryer basket. Comes in Black and White
Compact size – easily fits on a kitchen counter and blends in with existing appliances
A small air fryer in size, but not in features or capacity – be prepared to be blown away!
As far as air fryer offers goes, there is little need to look out for the best deals when this air fryer really does do a splendid job.
Watch this Video to get a feel for the Duronic AF1
Pro’s and Con’s of the Duronic AF1 Jet air fryer / multicooker
Great for up to 3 people (2.2 litre capacity)
Will cook 3 chicken breasts at the same time
The price point is “superb!”
Cooks just about every kind of food imaginable!
Easy to clean, easy to use
Fabulously good looks from every angle
Only takes up a small footprint on your counter top
Cook fish, sausages, bacon, burgers, make cakes, scones, doughnuts and many many more!
Not the largest basket size at 2.2 litres but good enough
With a maximum of 200 degrees it may not be perfect to cook all kinds of foods that require very high temperatures
Take care when carrying the basket / handle to another counter top
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 (read our own review on the Ek2205 by Salter) 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.
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.
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.
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!
Here’s the link to those tefal recipes to look at (from an independent website), or direct from Tefal here. Although do remember that some of the best air fryer recipes are usually found on mom and pop websites or places like youtube. You might be interested to know that we are creating a resources for air fryer recipes here on 10 Warriors.
(Psst.. want to know what the best air fryer for chips is? Click 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?
Recommended by Slimming World
Trusted Tefal brand name
Extremely tasty foods
Easy to clean and no nasty fryer smells!
Not really recommended for cooking doughnuts!
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.
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This Philips digital airfryer (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.
A Philip air fryer like this one represents a trusted and reliable device with a good warranty backup typically of 2 years.
Please watch these two introductory videos that explains these points.
Video 1: General overview video:
Video 2: Cooking crispy chips with the Philips Airfryer HD9220 20:
And some tips for Cooking Sausages with the Philips air fryer:
So let’s look at some facts:
Taken straight from Amazon:
Rated as a “best hot air fryer”, this unit 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
Simply beautiful kitchen appliance
Easy to use
Most parts can be popped in the dishwasher
Uses up to 80% less oil – far healthier
Easy to clean and no nasty fryer smells!
Stops cooking at the end of the time so no burnt food!
We feel the basket release button is “too close for comfort” to the tray handle although never had a single issue when using it.
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.
There are dozens of brilliant air fryer reviews uk consumers are putting out there for this model that will fill you with confidence as to how good it really is – and that means a lot.
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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Philips Air fryer XL Review – the best air fryer ?
A third bigger than it’s baby brother at number 2 in our list, this Philips Airfryer 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. In fact it is one of our best low fat fryer models in this test.
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, this large air fryer 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!)
Cook more delicate items than an actifry because there isn’t a paddle to mush the food
Uses up to 80% less oil – far healthier
Easy to clean and no nasty fryer smells!
Stops cooking at the end of the time so no burnt food!
Larger capacity for hungrier mouths
The philips xl airfryer does “not” contain a basket divider (it’s smaller brother does, but worth to keep checking with Philips)
Even though XL, there’s no way it will feed a whole family with everything they need. Some items will need cooking elsewhere or placed in an oven while you cook the rest.
The Philips air fryer price is somewhat higher than other air fryers but you may decide it is justified, knowing that it is really a top air fryer.
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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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”.
Nedxt 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
It’s a dry air fryer with it’s own unique style – and that’s good to know!
Food is crispy and delicious
Grill, bake and roast
Basket and frying rack allows fat to leave your food and be discarded
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
A great introduction to air fryer technology
Easy to clean
Parts can be popped in the dishwasher
Cooks a wide variety of foods in under 20 to 30 minutes
The JML Jet appears to be discontinued in the UK by the manufacturer
Unsure of long term life expectancy as the lid feels like it may break with heavy use
Only comes with a Lime Green coloured handle
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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Grab yourself a full WHOPPING 5 LITRES OF COOKING CAPACITY! The Vonshef 5 litre air fryer is now LOW COST and fabulous to boot!
What is NOT to love about that? family sized, stylish and great at what it does.
An 80 to 200 “degrees C” temperature range.
A 0 to 60 minute timer (perfect for just about everything)
2 year warranty
Superb reviews from existing customers who have bought it already
Using a fryer without oil may seem strange, unconventional and yet a bit liberating at the same time. Suddenly you’re not just soaking everything in deep hot oil, but heating it using hot air that recirculates super efficiently.
Pretty darned good we think.
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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:
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
All round cool looking- a definite talking point
Available in various colours
Better than other “turbo broilers” due to the rotating spit option which helps cook the food evenly
Automatic cut off after time has passed
Some of the instructions were not well translated into English
Quite large – may not suit small kitchens
It’s not a true air fryer so don’t expect anything like a fried food taste
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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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
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 dry fryer 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
Large 4.5 litre capacity – room for larger portions – perfect for families
Sleek and sophisticated design
Easy to use functions via the digital display
More affordable than Philips or T-fal air fryers
Cook all types of food you can imagine
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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Enter the Vonshef air fryer 13/351 with a 3.5 litre capacity and 1300 watts of power
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
Illuminating indicator let’s you know when the food has finished cooking
Non slip feet
Cool touch handle
3.5 litre capacity
Dishwasher safe cleaning (although best to wash with warm soapy water)
Comes with a free 2 year extended warranty
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 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.
Air fryer cooking times
In general cooking times are quicker with an air fryer when compared to a traditional oven. This is because of the way it cooks food in a far more efficient way thanks to the air circulation technology. You can usually knock off time and cook at lower temperatures to achieve the same outcome (and in a healthier way).
Chips in an oven 15 to 20 minutes – chips in an air fryer 10 to 15 minutes
Chicken breast in an oven 25 to 30 minutes – chicken breast in an air fryer 13 to 17 minutes
Why not just get a slow cooker?
Well a slow cooker does cook wonderfully tasty 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 starchy 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.
Whats the best air fryer for chips?
Honestly, there is no “clear” winner here. The Duronic Black 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. Most health fryer reviews are opinions, but our own testing of the Duronic fryer shows you clearly the pro’s and con’s.
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. An air fryer oven is simply a cooking machine that uses hot air circulating round super efficiently.
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.
If you are looking for an air fryer sale, there are occasionally some air fryers on sale that come up on eBay (and you have to keep your eyes peeled for them, but more often than not we see that over on the Amazon website, their prices for air fryers go up and down fairly often in line with demand. See which air fryers are on sale right now.
What about other models? There are NUMEROUS models coming onboard and some are having good reviews, such as the cooks essentials air fryer. The cooks air fryer is one to look into!
The Nuwave air fryer features a generous 6 litre capacity – good enough for all families, and also one to consider in a commercial kitchen. Either way a very stylish large capacity air fryer.
A Black and Decker air fryer ? Normally the name for tools, the brand has now ventured into kitchen goods too. Should at least have the same level of quality as their tools.
The Gowise air fryer is a solid brand from the USA. Although sometimes out of stock in the Uk, if you choose to go with this air fryer then you will enjoy their touch screen design and all the usual benefits that come with a trusted brand of air fryer.
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.
Have you enjoyed reading our review of the best air fryer models? 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 anything like me, a toast lover (:-)) then a toaster has to be “fairly decent”, so it pays to get the best 4 slice toaster you can within your budget. Although most toasters are fairly inexpensive these days.
Breville VTT571 4-Slice Toaster the Perfect Fit for Warburtons
For me, toast is probably the most important meal of the day.
My favourite slice of toast has to:
Have a good amount of butter
Be cooked to perfection – “medium to well done” for me!
Now, before the healthy eating police get involved I know it’s not good to eat a lot of carbs, BUT toast in the morning has been part of my routine I’d say 90% of the last 45 years and I don’t feel my body has suffered in any dramatic way. Which butter works for you? Now if we are talking about which butter to spread it’s got to be Flora buttery or a Salted butter block (the stuff you find wrapped in foil – although we do reserve the salted stuff for very rare special treats maybe 3 times a year.)
So, let’s look at toaster stuff before we get too deeply involved with butter talk.. cough cough…
Why buy a 4 slice toaster?
Think about it, a 2 slicer isn’t that much smaller than a 4 slicer so you can rule out that as a reason. The ability to cook 4 slices at once just makes so much sense.
When you have guests stopping over or
More than one person wants toast
Or you just feel like going to town and eating half a loaf because you are starving hungry (ever done this??)
It HAS to look nice! Ideally it needs to be in Red / Blue / Silver / Cream / Black / White / Purple / Chrome etc etc etc. It’s got to be able to cook the whole slice, and not have 2 centimetres sticking out of the top! There’s nothing worse than the top bit of bread sticking out of the top of the toaster that’s not managed to be cooked because the slice doesn’t fit in the toaster properly. I mean, what’s the point in cooking 3 quarters of a slice to have to peel off the last quarter and shout your dog out of his bed to come “get it”. That’s going to put you in a grumpy mood for the rest of the day! It’s got to be able to defrost bread Ok so it’s not “essential” if it can’t defrost bread, as I have found you can cook frozen bread but the taste isn’t quite the same as fresh bread, in my opinion. Any other extra’s are just nice but not absolutely necessary, in my own humble opinion
Things such as a pull out crumb tray or high lift lifting mechanisms to help you grab smaller sliced bread without getting your fingers burnt are all nice little extra features.
So we looked at 27 toasters and were able to quickly rule out 15 that didn’t really perform well. We then filtered out the rest and two more left our review as they simply came with poor customer service. That left us with 10 that we have tested. All 10 of us took a toaster home. 10 toasters have all cooked a wide variety of toast for two weeks. That’s 560 slices of toast (some of this toast got shared by family and a couple of family dogs).
The simply beautiful Breville VTT702 4 slice toaster.
As you’d expect from a top rated toaster, this toaster will perform the usual reheat, defrost and mid-cycle cancel functions. It also has a “high lift” facility allowing you to lift out those smaller bread slices without burning your fingers. It’s available in a few colour options. It measures 30.9 x 27 x 19 cm What we like:
The style and functions are simply what we have come to expect from a modern day 4 slice toaster.
The matching kettle option means you can dress up your whole kitchen in a similar style and colour if you want to.
What we don’t like: Although it’s only minor, if you only want to cook two slices of toast you MUST use the right hand two slots “first”. I think this is a poor design idea as I don’t know if this could cause the right side to stop working before the whole thing. It would have been better if you could use either side so you’re not over using one side compared to the other. On the plus side, I really can’t say what the average life of a toaster is, and this might not even be an issue anyway. This is also one the of the best sellers on Amazon.
We really liked using the Dualit 46205 toaster (and the optional sandwich cage you can buy extra to make awesome toasties!)
Available in Black, Cream Gloss, Stoneware Basalt, Canvas White and Stoneware Granite Cook two slices one way, and the other two slices another way, all at the same time. Take a look at the features:
Peek and Pop function to check bread while toasting without interrupting the toasting cycle and giving greater browning control
Defrost and cancel button
Bagel toasting function
Extra-wide slots to accommodate different varieties of bread
Concealed, removable crumb tray
We think this toaster has all the features you could ever need. It’s one of the only toasters we have featured that does a brilliant job at cooking every part of the bread (unlike many other toasters!) With the peek and pop function you can lift the toast whenever you want while it is cooking to look at it.
De ‘Longhi, the company formed in 1902 who are renowned for quality, build the Vintage Icona Dolcevita range of toasters for the discerning buyer. This is the Pastel Cream and Mahogany design with a Chrome finish, making this one of the most stylish toasters we have ever seen.
It has everything you want from a toaster.
Extra wide slots for thicker or thinner bread.
Variable Browning control – have it toasted anywhere from light Brown, or dark “burnt”, if that’s your preference
Two independant Browning controls
Two separate crumb trays
Options for re-heat, Bagel cooking, Defrost and cancel
(Bagel cooking turns off certain elements so that you only toast the “cut” side of the Bagel) Like the look of this toaster?
What we did like about the toaster.
We love the fact that this toaster is quite a bit more “posher” than your typical toaster thanks to the Mahogany colouring on the buttons
What we didn’t like about this toaster
The crumb trays were a bit pointless, not exactly catching all the crumbs, but that could be said for many toasters in comparison.
The slots that you put your toast in measure 3.7 x 14.4 cm Overall size: 34 x 30 x 20.5 cm
This is a Purple coloured prism toaster (there are other colours available too). As with all good toasters it has all the features you’d expect from a toaster:
Two independant Browning controls
High lift mechanism
Illuminated control buttons – “Defrost”, “Cancel” and “Reheat”
Removable crumb trays
Variable width deep toaster compartments
What we like about this toaster
The colours and styling are just so striking they really do stand out and enhance any kitchen.
What we don’t like
Although our toaster we tested was faultless, we have researched and found that around 5% of other buyers had a poor experience with it. One fault mentioned a few times was that the toaster element would stop working on one side. Don’t let this discourage you, as there is a 2 year warranty, and be assured that most manufacturers expect a small percentage of their items to develop a problem over time. In addition, a few people have complained about the matching kettle lid to be poorly attached, if you were thinking of buying that. Again, if you buy this, just remember you have a 2 year peace of mind warranty. To get your 2 year warranty be sure to register your product on their website here. This gives you the two years warranty, otherwsie you only get a 1 year warranty.
The 4 slot Vario hand built toaster pays resdpect to the long standing Dualit name. This is the classic design that has carried through a lot of Dualit’s history in a very close form. In essence it is instantly noticeable as a Dualit. Tough and hard working. If you’d like to know more, you can click here to read about the Dualit story and how it all started in 1946.
Each Vario toaster is hand built. The person who built it puts their name on the bottom on a sticker, to ensure sheer premium quality shines with every toaster made. Sometimes simple is best. Every single part is repairable or replaceable. If you’re old enough to remember, this was how things were made in the 1950’s to 1980’s and then products became more of a throwaway item. This means every Dualit toaster is designed to last a lifetime.
Here are the main features (taken from Amazon itself)
Hand built in the UK since the 1950’s, the Classic Toaster has earned its place as a kitchen essential.
Featuring fully replaceable or repairable parts, timeless styling and the unique, patented Proheat element.
The Dualit Classic Toaster is environmentally responsible, fully repairable or replaceable parts for a toaster that will last a lifetime.
Exclusive to Dualit, ProHeat elements have a protective armour plated layer covering the filament making them virtually unbreakable.
Each toaster is hand-assembled from start to finish. Who made your toaster? Find the assembler’s name on the base plate.
Incorporates our trademark mechanical timer and ejector lever.
The manual ejector lever means your toast doesn’t pop up when done, it sit’s inside keeping warm for much longer, so you simply eject the toast when you are ready for it.
What we like about it
Incredible build quality, feels really strong and well built. Simple in features but very very good at what it does. Cooking perfect toast and defrosting frozen bread ready for toasting. These toasters are the kind that last for 10 to 20 years.
What we don’t like about it
We would have “preferred” a non-mechanical timer but that is just more of a personal taste thing.