Philips XL Air Fryer Review 2020 | Pros, Cons & Our Verdict

Philips XL Airfryer Review (Avance Collection HD9240/90): Easy to use, powerful & top of class

4.5

Introduction

If you are looking for an air fryer that has a stamp of approval from Michelin Chef Gordon Ramsay and Oprah, you can’t do better than the Philips XL Air Fryer. This fantastic kitchen appliance lets you enjoy fried foods, minus the excess oil and calories. This is possible, thanks to Philip’s innovative rapid air technology that uses fast-moving hot air to cook food within the fryer, without adding oil evenly.

The Philips XL has firmly established itself as one the category leaders in the air fryer market. The question is – does it live up the hype?

As a chef I’ve tested lots of air fryers over the years with varying results. However, the Philips XL Airfryer stands out from the crowd with the large frying capacity, intuitive temperature controls and impressive power – more on that later. Read on to see how I found the experience of using this air fryer and most importantly the quality of the dishes it produced.

Philips Airfryer XL: What you need to know

Digital Touch Screen For Easy Operation

The digital touch screen interface on this air fryer doesn’t just look cool; it also has multiple helpful settings. The air fryer can be programmed to adjust the temperature up to 390 degrees Fahrenheit, and has a timer of up to 60 minutes, after which it will notify the cook and shut off automatically. The touch screen also has multiple presets, which is helpful if you cook the same thing frequently.

Dishwasher-Safe & Easy To Clean

The components that actually touch the food and oil are dishwasher-safe, to make clean-up easy. There are also only a few components that do touch the food, which means there isn’t very much to clean up in the end.

Multiple Settings and Cooking Methods Available 

The Philips XL Airfryer is intentionally marketed to be not just for air frying. It also has the capacity to grill, roast, steam, and bake, depending on how you use it. The Philips model also comes with a recipe book with over 150 recipes, as well as five recipes developed exclusively by Gordon Ramsey.

Design

The Philips XL Airfryer is very large, but also has a very sleek design that is nearly space-like in its appearance. The item ships at 18.5 pounds, and is 16.6 x 12.4 x 11.9 inches in dimensions. It’s completely black, and the bottom section slides out to reveal the food basket for whatever you choose to put inside. Above the basket is a digital touch screen interface for setting temperature and time.

An important part of the marketing and design of this air fryer is the Starfish Technology. This refers to a raised section on the bottom of the cooking compartment in the shape of a four-armed starfish, which brings the heat up and around the food in a swirling motion. This is a patented design component exclusive to the Philips Airfryer XL, and is said to cook food more quickly and evenly.

How Does The Airfryer Perform?

This is an air fryer that really is built for daily use. Compared to other air fryers, the Philips build quality really stands out with this model.

In fact many people report hardly using the oven once they purchase the XL as the speed of cooking and crucially the taste is far superior to other convenient cooking methods.

In our tests, the quality of the food  we cooked, from chicken wings to fries and donuts, really was exceptional. And with a top air fryer like the Philips XL, this really is one of the key benefits.

The frying is basket is large so you can cook a very sizeable amount of food at once and enough for the whole family (up to a family of 5 we’d recommend).

Cleaning up is a breeze as everything is non-stick and dishwasher safe. Long gone are the days where every pot on the cooker needed to be cleaned.

The Philips Airfryer XL is endorsed by Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsey, who consulted on the design of the product and is an advocate of airfrying. 

How do you use this model?

The Philips XL Air Fryer minimizes your dependence on oil to fry up a tasty meal. The result is a healthy meal with up to 75% less fat.

It also doesn’t compromise on flavor. It enhances the taste of your dish by eliminating excess grease, leaving you with a crispy delight that’s fried to perfection.

Using the Philips XL Air Fryer to create a mouthwatering dish is made possible thanks to the appliance’s Starfish technology that evenly exposes cooking food to heat.

The air fryer extracts oil from meat or fish and uses that extracted oil to cook the food perfectly. The excess oil is collected in a tray at the bottom of the fryer and can be easily disposed of.

For other foods that don’t have oil, such as fries or vegetables, you can add a little oil (a tablespoon or less) to the fryer to get perfectly browned dishes. The use of almost no oil means fewer calories and no unhealthy cholesterol.

Asides from frying, you can use the Philips XL Air Fryer to bake, grill, sauté, and roast various types of food.

It’s super easy to use even if you aren’t tech-savvy, thanks to the user-friendly Digital Touchscreen Interface.

The smart digital interface lets you select from a variety of programmed recipes and cooking options.

Pick your preferred choice based on the cooking results you want and let the air fryer take care of the rest. When your meal is done, the timer notifies you with a cheerful beep.

Some of the cooking choices available via the smart digital interface are shrimp, fries, pork chops, chicken, fish, and steak.

The air fryer will regulate its temperature and cooking time based on the choice you’ve selected to deliver optimal flavor.

If you want more control over your air frying, you can use the custom button to program and save your preferred cooking settings.

With the 60 Minute Timer and up to up to 390 degrees adjustable temperature, you can custom set the fryer to deliver your preferred cooking results.

For those who aren’t familiar with air fryer recipes, Philips offers a free Air Fryer app that contains over 200 frying, roasting, baking, and grilling recipes.

Do you want a one-stop solution for all of your large or small meals? The Philips XL Air Fryer makes for a great choice.

How do you clean the Philips Avance Air Fryer XL model?

It’s not just the cooking that’s a breeze. Cleaning this appliance is also easy thanks to its dishwasher-safe components. The non-stick removable basket and drawer can be hand-washed or tossed into the dishwasher after each use.

When cooking, the Philips Air Fryer creates a minimal smell, and there’s no splattering. Combine this with the fact that you are cooking with hardly any oil, and there’s very little mess to clean up after each use. This feature makes the air fryer a safer and more economical choice than conventional frying.

Use the following short and easy steps to clean your Philips XL Air Fryer thoroughly:

  • After each use, unplug the air fryer and allow it cool down.
  • Remove the non-stick basket.
  • To reach the heating element, turn the air fryer upside down. Remove food residue that might be stuck to it with a soft brush. Avoid hard or steel wire brushes that may damage the element.
  • With hot water and a soft sponge, gently wash the air fryer’s insides.
  • Once the air fryer is cleaned and dried, leave it empty and power it on for a few minutes to loosen stubborn residues, which will drop into the pan.

That’s all there is to cleaning your air fryer and having it ready for your next cooking adventure.

Looking to find other air fryer reviews?

See our complete air fryer review roundup for details on other market leading air fryers. It must be said though that the XL really is the market leading, top-of-class product.

How Does It Differ From The XXL Model?

Offering a slightly larger capacity, the Philips XXL Airfryer is better suited to people looking to cook larger dishes. Additionally at the higher price point, the XXL offers a higher spec version with more controls and features.

Other reviews & customer feedback

Pros

  • Stand out design and build quality
  • Very little mess and dishwasher safe
  • Detailed recipe book included with over 150 recipes
  • Fries, grills, bakes, and roasts food using a tablespoon or less of oil

Cons

  • While it’s overall easy to pick up, there is still a learning curve

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FAQ

How big is the Philips XL Airfryer?

Its big 2.65 lb. cooking capacity is enough to prepare a meal for four people at once.

How many quarts is the Philips XL Airfryer?

The Philips XL Air fryer is a 3.2 quarts model – which is suitable for more households.

How to preheat Philips Airfryer XL?

There’s no need to preheat the Philips Air fryer XL before using it. But if you’d still like to preheat it, set the timer for 3 minutes and press start while the fryer is empty. You can add your food after preheating is completed.

Final Thoughts

The Philips XL Airfryer is definitely a little bit on the pricey side when it comes to air fryers. However, most people who buy it are extremely happy with it, and laud the way it makes preparing food faster and easier for them. The pros really do outweigh the con of spending a little bit more, especially considering any type of air fryer will be fairly expensive. If you’re looking for a long-lasting air fryer that will be your go-to for preparing meals, it’s worth it to spend a little more money and get the Philips XL Airfryer.

 

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