UPDATE February 9, 2018: The two models featured in this review are still available, but there is a newer version – check it out here: Philips Airfryer Review – TurboStar Digital Model HD9641
4.5 Reviewed by SusanRating:
There are two Philips AirFryer models that are both the highest rated and best selling oil-less fryers online. While these two cookers are extremely similar, one has a few key differences and costs a good bit more. I dug into the details to find out why, and to help you decide whether one of these air fryers is right for you.
Note: Because these units are almost identical, this review is actually two Philips AirFryer reviews in one. Below you’ll find complete details of both of the following two air fryer models:
with Rapid Air Technology
(Also available in black.)
with Rapid Air Technology
UPDATE 8/3/16: Although this review was originally published in 2014, all the information here is still up-to-date and accurate. Over time the average rating has gone up from 4.3 to 4.4, and these are still the bestsellers.
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Both models include all of these features.
- 1.8 lb Capacity
- 1,425 Watts
- Adjustable Temperature Control
- Automatic Shut-off
- Dishwasher Safe Parts
- Internal Cord Storage
- Cool Touch Handgrips
- Recipe Book Included
These electric air fryers let you cook healthier meals by frying foods in little or no oil, a tablespoon or less. In addition to French fries, you can cook most any pre-breaded frozen foods as well as those you make from scratch: chicken pieces, strips & nuggets, fish and seafood, pork chops, onion rings, and egg rolls to name a few. For more versatility you can purchase the optional accessories for grilling, baking and roasting.
As you can see from the above list, both models have an adjustable temperature control. For comparison, note that the T-fal has only one temperature setting, which can be too low or too high depending on the food. That means your chicken wings might take forever to cook, or they might end up nicely crisp outside while the inside is still underdone. The advantage with these Philips models that you have the ability to select the correct temperature for the best results.
Both models also have a timer that sounds an alert when finished. More important is that unlike some other brands, each of these units will automatically shut itself off once cooking is completed. You don’t have to babysit the fryer if you have your hands full with something else or just want to leave the kitchen.
Clean up is easy, and all the parts are dishwasher safe. A few (very few) customers complained about food sticking to the rack and being difficult to clean, but that is easily remedied with a little cooking spray. The exterior is also easy to wipe clean because its sleek design has a minimum of tiny crevices where grime might build up.
How Do These Two Philips AirFryer Models Differ?
The picture at right shows the Philips HD9220/56 AirFryer. It’s also available in black, but there could be a price difference in colors. At last check (August, 2016), the black was priced only $1.00 higher than the white. At times, though, I’ve seen a much larger price difference between the two colors.
Note: When shopping for any kitchen gadget, always check color options. Sometimes you can save a bundle if you don’t have a color preference.
Below is the Philips HD9230/26 Digital AirFryer. Notice the controls. This unit has digital touch screen controls, and that is one of the major differences in these two Philips models. The other big difference is in size, which is covered next.
Size & Capacity
Both models weigh 15.4 pounds, and exterior dimensions are very close:
- Philips 9220: 11.2″ x 12.4″ x 15.1″
- Philips 9230: 11.3″ x 12.4″ x 15.1″
This makes for a fairly large footprint, so consider your available counter space and keep in mind that it needs a little room to “breathe” because it does produce heat.
The interior capacity of both is also exactly the same, 1.8 pounds. That may be a little bit deceiving because for even cooking in these fryers, you cannot stack foods like fries or chicken wings.
When considering total interior capacity, the difference between the two is that the higher priced digital model includes a double layer grill rack, which in effect gives you much more cooking capacity with certain foods.
Even with the double rack, these models are not for crowd sized cooking. They’re perfect for singles and couples, but if you’re cooking for a large family you’ll probably need to plan on more than one batch.
If extra large capacity is a priority for you, see our review of the Philips Airfryer XL, model 9240 in the Avance collection. (Or click here to see the Philips Airfryer XL on Amazon.)
What helps a lot is that most foods do cook faster. Just don’t expect the kind of speed you get from a microwave oven. (Think more along the lines of convection cooking speed.) For example, the general rule for cooking packaged frozen foods is to reduce the temperature by 70 degrees and reduce the cooking time by 30% of that stated on the package instructions. Some foods will cook as much as 50% faster, so when you’re cooking from scratch, it may take some experimenting to find the perfect settings for your favorite recipes.
Both models include a recipe book, which is actually a small booklet with about 30 recipes.
The HD9230/26 Digital AirFryer also includes the double layer grill rack.
Philips HD9904/00 Double Layer Rack with Skewers (the double rack included with the digital model does not have skewers)
Philips HD9910/21 Fry/Grill Pan, Black (compatible with models HD9220 & HD9230)
Philips HD9925/00 Non-Stick Baking Dish, Black (compatible with models HD9220 & HD9230)
While these additional accessories add to the cost of the unit, they also give you lots more cooking options. In addition to frying, you can grill, roast, and bake. Customers have mixed opinions on grilling burgers, some very pleased with the results and others saying it’s quite messy. One reported great success with BBQ baby back ribs, and all agree that it works great for baking sweet potato slices, asparagus, and all sorts of other vegetables, even kale chips.
A good number of recipes can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Our Air Fryer Cookbook & Recipe Guide includes a link to that and some other free resources, plus a list of cookbooks that are currently available for sale.
A note from personal experience: One reason I chose to buy the HD9230 model is that it includes the double layer rack. At the same time I also purchased the grill pan and baking pan. Now I have cooked well over a 100 different dishes and I rarely ever use the double grill rack. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t find it all that helpful. It makes your air fryer a little crowded, and you can’t see whether foods on bottom are browning. If I’m cooking a lot, I prefer doing two batches rather than using that rack.
However, I do like the grill pan because it does very well with browning foods like chicken strips and meats (when you aren’t air frying them with a coating). But most of all, I absolutely love the baking pan and use it ALL the time. If you want to get the most from your air fryer, in my opinion the baking pan is a must-have accessory!(Back to Top)
One thing everyone seems to hate is the instruction “booklet”. It’s one huge multi-folded sheet that isn’t very sturdy. It’s also in several languages, all of which refer to the same photos, so you end up doing a lot of folding and turning. For reference, you can find a simple, English version of the owner’s manual online at https://philips.encompass.com/shop/model_research_docs/?file=/PHC/om/HD9220_26.pdf. That manual is for the 9220. Philips does not have a separate manual on their site for the 9230 model – except for this odd little pictures only leaflet which shows a few basics but doesn’t include any detailed information.
Of course, maybe printed instructions are just old school. The good news is that there is also an app you can download, which provides guides and cooking ideas. It’s available for IOs or Android.
Another common remark is about capacity. Know before you buy that this is not a crowd sized cooker. (If you missed the details about that, see Size & Capacity above.)
Otherwise, the majority of customers rate both of these two Philips models with either 4 or 5 stars. The health conscious are delighted to have an alternative to deep frying, and they also appreciate the easy cleanup and not having to deal with leftover oil. These models cook evenly and effectively, and most often in less time than conventional cooking. It’s hard to give an opinion on taste because that’s such an individual matter, but these satisfied owners give it high ratings for that too. Even some skeptics and hard core fans of deep-fried food have been pleasantly surprised at the tasty results.
If you’re a stats lover, here’s a more precise breakdown:
- Philips HD9220 – Average rating 4.6 based on total of 1,912 reviews
- Philips HD9230 – Average rating 4.4 based on total of 417 reviews
- cooks evenly and quickly, does exactly what it claims
- excellent alternative to deep fried foods
- works much better than oven for producing crispy outer crust
- doesn’t make house smell of old grease
- simple to understand and operate
- automatic shut-off
- easy to clean
- quite large on the countertop
- small cooking capacity
- poorly made instruction sheet (worst in world history according to some)
Philips AirFyer Reviews: Summary
To recap, the digital control model costs considerably more, but in addition to the touch screen control panel it also includes a double layer rack to give you more cooking capacity. You can get the same capacity with the manual control model, but you have to purchase a double rack separately.
Both the Philips HD9220/56 AirFryer and the Philips HD9230/26 Digital AirFryer rate very high with consumers because they’re simple to use, easy to clean, and produce excellent results. Cooking is even and consistent, but most importantly, either of these air fryers offers a healthy and delicious alternative to deep fried foods.
with Rapid Air Technology
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