Duronic Air Fryer AF1
The Duronic AF1/B is an outstanding low fat fryer which has been at the top of the charts for several years. Its powerful 1500 Watt heating system cooks chips to a golden finish in a record time. Versatile, good looking and excellent value for money.
Review of the Duronic Air Fryer AF1
Duronic have been producing high quality Jet Fryers or Low Fat Fryers for several years. We first reviewed them in 2014. Since then, the models have changed only slightly. In our view, this is an indication of just how good these are and why Amazon users rate them so highly.
In appearance, the Duronic Jet Fryer looks rather similar to most other low fat fryers except Tefal who have a rather unique design. Duronic compete head on with the likes of Phillips, Tower, Salter and VonShef and others. It has a pull out drawer containing a basket. The hot air circulates from above and below the food.
In our opinion, Duronic offer excellent performance and value for money. It has a 2.2 Litre enclosure and a 1,500 Watt heater. Some models do offer a higher capacity but with a lower powered heater. We think that the combination of space and heat are what helps Duronic to produce the best chips of all similar models. It cooks quickly without being too noisy.
STEAMING AND BAKING
The Duronic AF1 / Jet Fryer is not only great for fried food including chips. It can also be used as a steamer and for baking and cooking. Unlike the Tefal range, it cannot, however be used for liquid food such as curries, stews etc. We baked scones and steamed broccoli and it certainly works. Whether I would actually use this device as a steamer very often is questionable. However, it did an excellent job of baking fruit scones. For someone with limited space this could open up a whole word of possibilities. Being small and compact, this is also much more fuel efficient than a large traditional oven. Perfect for a small amount of baking.
LOOK AND FEEL
The Duronic AF1 / B Oil Free Jet Fryer looks amazing and is well built. We liked the retro look of the dials for controlling the timer and heat settings. It also has a well insulated cool wall exterior. Instead of having a hinged or removable lid, this fryer has an integral drawer with a basket for the food. This is similar to most others on the market
The other impressive feature of the Duronic AF1 fryer is the 1,500 Watt heater. This is top of the range and in a unit of this size is capable of not only behaving like an oven but also frying. Not all Halogen Ovens or Multi-cookers are also good at frying, where intense heat is needed. The Duronic AF1 fryer, on the other hand has enough heat to compete with the pure low fat fryers such as from Tefal and Breville. In fact, the heater in the Duronic fryer is slightly more powerful.
IN THE BOX
Due to the design of the Duronic fryer, there is no real need for lots of shelves and tongs. Therefore, it comes just as is with a food basket that goes inside the drawer. This is useful for shaking mid way through the cooking process. With no rotating paddles, it’s a do it yourself approach, just as you do with a deep fat fryer. No problem.
HOW DOES THE DURONIC AF1 PERFORM?
We decided to try the Duronic AF1 Healthy Oil Free Jet Fryer by trying out a few of the recipes in its comprehensive cookbook. It is worth saying that the instruction that came with the book were particularly helpful. We had no problem at all getting up and running.The other thing we noticed throughout the cooking was that the ‘enclosed’ unit meant very little cooking odours wafting around the kitchen. A real bonus and improvement over many other low fat fryers and halogen ovens.
Although many people purchase low far fryers and halogen ovens as an addition to their main oven etc. For some people with limited space, they are looking for something to be their main cooking device. Students, people living alone etc often don’t require a large oven or would look to reduce their electricity bills. That is why we always try and cook a range of food types. In these tests we decided to cook Chips, Chicken Legs and Chocaloate Muffins.
If you have read some of our other low fat fryer and halogen oven reviews you will know that we always like to run what we call our ‘chip test’. Apologies to our American friends but when we say ‘chips’ we are referring to what you might call ‘fries’. For our reviews we always use a bag of 1Kg frozen chips. This is sufficient to feed a family of 4. The reason we choose frozen chips is that they come in a fairly uniform size and are pre-coated in oil so make for a great way of comparing the results between different low fat fryers. Hand cut chips work just as well although you usually have to experiment with the thickness to get them perfect.If in doubt, read the manual.
We emptied 1Kg of frozen chips into the pre-heated fryer and off it went. From cold to hot in seconds. With no viewer you can’t see what is going on inside. So, after 10 minutes, we opened the draw to take a look and also to give them a shake. With no rotating paddles this is necessary. After 10 minutes the chips were starting to change colour so we closed the draw and waiting until the timer alerted us to the end of the programme.
The results of our chip test were excellent. We always look for chips that have an even golden colour, are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. This did not disappoint. These were probably as good a result as we have had from any of our chip tests.
We then decided to cook cook some chicken legs. First, we coated them and then placed them in the fryer. Once again we gave them a shake and 15 minutes later they were cooked. Unbelievable. The intense heat from the Duronic AF1 Fryer works incredibly well and not only cooked the chicken through but turned it a nice golden colour. Crisp on the outside and succulent on the inside. This was very impressive.
Our next test was a bit of a wild card. We decided to bake some muffins. This should be possible but we had our doubts. We whipped up a batch of Betty Crocker chocolate muffins (we really like Betty Crocker by the way). Following the instructions,we set them cooking. The results were not bad but a bit too over cooked on the outside and undercooked on the inside. This probably means the temperature was too high and you have to experiment to get it right. Not a bad effort though.
There is not much to say about cleaning. You take out the drawer and basket and wipe or wash with soapy water. The internals can be wiped clean. It couldn’t be easier.
We think that the Duronic AF1 /B Healthy Oil Free Jet Fryer Multicooker really lives up to its name and performs as good as any low fat fryer of this type we have tested. It can’t compete with the larger Halogen Ovens with their 12-17 Litre capacity but it easily outperforms halogen ovens in terms of frying and chips.