Swan SD90010N Low Fat Healthy Air Fryer
The Swan SD90010N 3.2 Litre Low Fat Healthy Air Fryer with Rapid Air Circulation looks fantastic, is reasonably prices and produces acceptable results. However, in our chip test, its 1350 Watt heater struggled to reach the required temperature and subsequently the quality of the chips suffered
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With so many versions of the Low Fat Fryer on sale today, making a purchasing choice is not easy. They all look very similar and the specifications can be misleading. In this review, we are looking at the Swan SD90010N low fat healthy air fryer to find out how it performs.
Inside the box there is the Swan Air Fryer and an instruction book. If you are after recipes you won’t find many in this book and will have to look elsewhere. This is a disappointment. The unit is easy to assemble and after a quick clean and wipe down we are ready to go.
Using the Swan SD90010N
As with most low fat fryers of this type, the Swan SD90010N Air Fryer has two main controls. The first is for temperature. The second is to control the timer. On this model, the controls are manual/ analogue i.e. not digital. Therefore, you turn the knobs to operate them. Some people prefer digital these days but it makes little practical difference. This Swan Air Fryer will also beep when it reaches the end of its timer and turn off the device. This is all standard stuff but surprisingly not available on all devices.
The internal pan can be easily removed for washing in soapy water or the dish-washer if you prefer. The outside of the unit remains cool during operation.
The contents are front loaded into a drawer which goes inside the unit. Due to the design of the Swan Air Fryer i.e. front loading, it is not possible to view the food during cooking. Consequently, you will need to open the drawer during cooking to see if it is done. You will also need to stir or move your food around to prevent burning or uneven cooking. If you are cooking chips, give them a good shake. This is a feature of the design of any low fat fryers; not just Swan. If you would like to be able to view the food during cooking and don’t want to have to move the food yourself, go for a Tefal instead. These are top loading and have a transparent lid as well as rotating paddles.
Having reviewed many of the low fat fryers, Air Fryers, etc., we decided some time ago to use a standard test to use when reviewing. This standard test involves cooking a range of food for comparison, including our legendary chip test. This is what we found:
We used the stands Betty Crocker scone mixture to whip up a batch of scones. We adjusted the temperature according to the recipes (same as any other oven) and put the timer on 15 minutes. The results from the Swan DS90010N were very impressive. In fact, they were amongst the best scones we have baked. So far so good.
We loaded two chicken breasts into the unit. This is about all the unit could take. We added some oil and turned up the heat. We turned the chicken half way through to make sure it coked evenly. After about 20 minutes it was cooked. It may have been ready after 15 or 16 minutes but we prefer to lean on the side of caution. The chicken was cooked to perfection.
We have learned from experience that most low fat fryers don’t cook well if you load them to capacity. For example, if the capacity is 800g, we would recommend less quantity, especially with chips. In our case, we use 600g and ran the test with three types of chips:
- Hand Cut
- Frozen Chunky
- Frozen French Fries
In many ways, it is in the chip test that was disappointing with the Swan SD90010N. The hand cut chips cooked unevenly, despite us shaking several times. They also took a lot longer than we expected. It seems the unit lacks the heating power required for cooking chips. During the cooking the temperatures never really got hot enough and this resulted in less than crisp chips.
If the Swan SD90010N Air Fryer struggled with hand cut chips, how would it perform with frozen chips. The first thing to realise about frozen chips is that they are thoroughly dry before being frozen; probably much dryer than you would dry hand cut chips. They are also coated in a thin and even layer of oil. Therefore, there is no requirement to add any more oil if the chips are frozen. They are also more evenly cut.
For these reasons, low fat fryers (and any fryers for that matter) perform better with frozen chips than with hand cut chips. This proved to be the case with the Swan SD90010N air fryer. Both the chunky chips and the French Fries came out nice, crisp and a nice golden colour. The chunky chips still took a while to cook but the results were fine. The skinny French fries were perfect.
Summary of the Swan SD90010N Low Fat Healthy Air Fryer
Overall, we liked the design of the unit. It performed well in most tests except the hand cut chip test, where is lacked the power needed. Our scones turned out very good. The Chicken was also good. The Swan SD90010N might not as accomplished as the Duronic or Philips but is priced accordingly. If you don’t use hand-cut chips or don’t mind a longer cooking time, this may be the one for you. If you want something a little better, go for the Duronic or Philips and pay the bit extra. We also recommend you consider the Tefal ActiFry range. One again, more expensive but a better all round.