|Oven Cooked||Health Fryer Cooked|
|Hand Cut||Hand cooked chips done in the oven do not generally come out anything like real fried chips. You know this and have to accept it, but they are nothing like real chips.||Unlike the hand cut chips done in the oven, the best health fryers do actually go a long way towards creating a result comparable to the real thing. Since they are being stirred continuously (depending on the model), they get coated evenly with a nice crunch too.|
|Frozen||Frozen chips always come out better than hand cut chips in the oven. The manufacturers use the best spuds and coat the chips to make them crisp and golden. That said, however good they may be in the oven, they will be much better cooked in a health fryer.||Frozen chips are almost made for the health fryer and you will get the best results with this combination. In fact, the results are so good that in most cases, they are as good, if not better than deep fried chips. When you use French fries (thin cut) you won’t be able to tell the difference between the deep fried and health fried versions.|
How do Health Fryers Work?All health fryers work by forcing extremely hot air over and through the food creating temperatures similar to a deep fat fryer. With the addition of a little oil, the chips and other food (see later) crisp at the edges leaving a golden colour. Tefal health fryers have rotating arms that move the contents as they fry. If you want help selecting a Tefal health fryer head off over here. Of course, for some cooking you don’t want your food moved around and so the rotating arm can be removed. Health fryers come in different shapes and sizes. You may have heard about Halogen Ovens and wondered how these are different from healthy fryers and other terms like low fat fryers etc. Here is our quick explanation.
Health fryers versus Halogen OvensHealth Fryers come in various capacities from 0.5Kg to 1.5Kg of food. This is still enough chips for a large family, but you won’t be able to cook a whole chicken. For that you would need a Halogen Oven. Why not just buy a Halogen Oven then? Well, because halogen ovens are not as good at frying. It is precisely because of the relatively smaller capacity of the health fryer that all of the heat is focussed in a small place. This is why it behaves like a fryer, whereas the halogen oven behaves more like an oven. That said halogen ovens still perform pretty well and if versatility is what you want, that is probably the best for you. The halogen oven often consists of two or more shelves on to which you place your food. This means that you can cook several items at once. For example, you could cook meat and chips at once. The Halogen Oven also has a bit more control over things like temperature. Both the Halogen Oven and the Health Fryer have timers. Both are Healthy since they use little or no oil. Terms like Low Fat Fryer and air fryer are synonymous with health fryer.
Our Best Health Fryers
TEFAL ACTIFRY PLUS HEALTH FRYER
The Tefal Actifry Plus Health Fryer produces exceptional results and in our tests the Tefal ActiFry range produced the best chips of any fryers. Very well built and the only low fat fryers to include rotating paddles and transparent lid.Price: £119.99 Was: £229.99 (-48%)
Tower T17004 AirWave 8 Litre Digital Air Fryer, Turbo Air Technology
The Tower T17005 3.2 Litre Low Fat Healthy Air Fryer with Rapid Air Circulation is priced low but does not perform as well as some of its rivals.Price: £48.00 Was: £69.99 (-31%)
Swan SD90010N 3.2L Low Fat Healthy Air Fryer with Rapid Air Circulation
The Swan SD90010N 3.2 Litre Low Fat Healthy Air Fryer with Rapid Air Circulation looks fantastic, is reasonably prices and produces acceptable resultsPrice: £59.99