Philips Premium Collection XXL Airfryer with Fat Removal Technology
In our review of the Philips Premium Collection XXL Airfryer with Fat Removal Technology we were very impressed with the overall build quality, the heating power and the capacity. Whilst not a cheap air fryer, you have to consider that this is built to last, and with a name like Philips, you can be assured that spares and accessories will be easy to source for a long time to come.
Review of the Philips Premium Collection XXL Airfryer with Fat Removal Technology
When Philips released the Premium Collection, we were initially surprised given their place in the air fryer market overall. Philips have a confusing range of Air fryers with the Premium, Advance and Viva ranges. It\’s easy not easy to spot how one range differs from the other. Each has slightly different features or claims such as rapid air, fat removal technology, turbo star, etc. As with any appliance, it doesn\’t really matter what the claims are, it is how it performs that matters. So, let\’s see how we got on.
Capacity and Power
We were initially puzzled as to why a Philips air fryer with the XXL label only has a 1.4 litre capacity, when similar units come with 3 litre capacity. The Philips Advance Collection for example comes with 3 litres and is similarly priced. On closer inspection and by actually using it, we noticed that the larger fryers often waste some of that additional space, whereas the Premium collection has a different design which makes better use of the capacity it has. So, on balance, although the Philips Premium Collection has a lower capacity, it in part makes up for the difference although not altogether
What does make the Philips Premium air fryer different is the ratio of power to size. This is crucial to maintaining a very high temperature which makes for excellent results. For example, chips made in the Premium air fryer are noticeably better than other models.
With all that power confined in a relatively small space, it is essential that the hot air can circulate effectively to avoid hot spots which lead to burning and uneven cooking. Philips have always been strong in this regard with their rapid air technology and turbo technology. It is no surprise therefore that the Philips Premium Collection air fryer performs as well.
Fat Removal Technology
As well as being able to cook with very little fat, the Philips Prium Collection AirFryer also claim to actually remove fat from the food. This is quite a claim and we wanted to investigate to see what this actually means in practice.
The claim is that because of the high temperature and extreme air flow, fat is removed from the food and deposited in the tray at the bottom for easy removal. We were unable to verify how effective this actually. All other air fryers remove fat from the food and with the exception of the doughnut shaped Actifry\’s, deposit the fat away from the food. So, wther this is such a key differentiator or not is difficult to say and certainly not something to influence your purchasing decision too much in our view.
The Philips Premium Collection air fryer is ready to use out of the box. However, there are accessories you may benefit from which can be purchased at an additional cost.
Mobile Recipe App
There is an accompanying mobile app that provides recipes, and this is a departure from the standard recipe book. We do actually believe recipes are an important part of owning air fryers as there are many things you can do with them that may not be obvious or something you might not try without being shown.
Philips AirFryer Baking Kit
The Philips Airfryer Baking Kit which is a complete inner non-stick pan into which you can cook bread, cakes, muffins etc. This transforms the fryer into an oven. Manufacturers of air fryers were often not taken seriously when claiming that they could be used to bake because the term fryer and baking do not usually go together. However, the claims are true. Fryers are after all just a small fan oven. One of the main draw backs was people\’s reluctance to bake in a pan or basket which is usually used for frying meat, chips and savouries. Philips have overcome that objection by providing a completely separate pan for use in the air fryer, and we have to say, it does work remarkably well with no lingering taste from other foods.
Philips HD9905/00 Frying Grate Hot Air Fryer
The Philips HD9905/00 Frying Grate Hot Air Fryer turns the Philips Airfryer into a double layer fryer. This enables you to get even more creative and cook several shallow items at once e.g. burgers, fish fingers etc. At just over £20, this is probably something worth considering. As with all of the removable components of the Philips AirFryer range, it is dish washer safe.