Philips HD9240/90 Avance Collection Airfryer
The Philips HD9240/90 is Philips’ flag ship Air Fryer. The build quality is impressive and it out-performed most of its rivals in terms of its cooking ability. It’s large capacity makes it useful for families and larger meals.
- Editor’s Rating 83%
The first thing you notice when you take it out of the box is the weight and build quality. There is nothing cheap about this product. To be fair though, it isn’t cheap and is probably one of the most expensive low fat fryers on the market. So, is it worth it?
As with all Philips products you can be assured of a good level of quality and this did not disappoint. Philips have continued with the front load design which means that you load the food into a drawer in the front. This contrasts with the Tefal ActiFry range which is a top loader. Whereas the Tefal ActiFry allows you to view the food during cooking. The Philips and all front loader models do not. The Tefal ActiFry also has a rotating paddle which continuously stirs the food.
However, before you reach for the Tefal, let us put your mind at rest. This is not as bad as it seems. The Philips HD9240/90 is very good at circulating the air over the top and bottom of the food and this avoids hot spots which might otherwise lead to uneven cooking and burning. Philips seem to have perfected this approach much better than other manufactures except for Duronic which also performed well.
During cooking, you can pull out the drawer and view the food and move/shake it if necessary without effecting the results noticeably.
The Philips Air Fryer is large for a front draw design. It has been designed with the family in mind and can easily cook 1KG of chips. Having said that, the Tefal range extends to 1.7KG. The other thing to say about the Philips HD9240/90 model is that it has a powerful 2,100 Watt heater which is much more powerful than other models of its type. In our tests this really counted. Whereas some models struggle to cook a full load of chips, the Philips HD9240/90 had no difficulty at all.
ADJUSTABLE TEMPERATURE CONTROL
The Philips HD9240/90 AirFryer Healthier Oil-Free Fryer and Viva Collection has an adjustable temperature control for different types of food. Just like a traditional deep fat fryer, you can adjust the temperature depending on what you are cooking. The control is a digital one as opposed to a mechanical one used in some other models. There is also a control for the heat setting.
COOKING CHIPS (FRIES)
The most challenging food to cook right in these low at fryers is chips ( fries). We always perform a chip test to put the models through their paces. We carry out three chip tests; hand cut, frozen chunky and frozen French fries. We do this because although most models can cope with thinly cut French fries, not all can cope with chunkier chips. In fact, many models at the lower end of the price range struggle altogether with hand cut chips. The reason for this, we believe, is that unlike frozen chips which are thoroughly dried, pre-coated in oil and of a uniform shape. Freshly hand cut chips are not on these. This is probably why many low fat fryer struggle here. That said, the Philips HD 9240/90 handled all three brilliantly producing chips that were crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
We also cooked spring rolls, Indian snacks and chicken fillets and scones. These worked out very well. The recipe book is very comprehensive and provides clear instructions.
The Philips HD9240/90 Air Fryer performed exceptionally well in all our tests. It is well built and will probably last many years in regular use. It comes apart easily for cleaning and is the tray is suitable for a dishwasher.