Philips - Viva Collection Hot Air Fryer - White/gray

Entertain like a pro with this Philips Avance TurboStar air fryer. It has a QuickControl dial and four presets to speed up the cooking process, and the keep warm function accommodates your serving schedule. Enjoy food that's less fattening and crispy on the outside but soft on the inside with this Philips Avance TurboStar air fryer.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Philips Viva Collection HD9621 TurboStar
  • Recipe book

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (88 out of 94)

Features


1.8-lb. food capacity

Accommodates many foods for a variety of cooking options.

2.6' cord permits flexible placement options

Integrated cord storage allows you to maintain a neat, tidy appearance.

Clean up easily when you're finished cooking

Dishwasher-safe removable parts make cleaning simple.

Cool touch housing

Helps ensure safe use.

Timer

Allows you to set and monitor the cooking time to help ensure tasty results.

Learn to make a variety of delicious dishes

Recipe book included.

1425W of power

For efficient performance.


Customer rating

4.5
94%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A MUST HAVE for the Health Conscious Food Lover!

    Posted
    gadgetguy11
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    My wife & I love fried foods, but we quit preparing & eating them years ago to avoid obesity & to lower blood pressure. We switched to baking foods that we used to fry. The flavor took getting used to, but it never satisfied like fried food. While our bodies are better off after our change in diet, we miss the golden brown, fried crunch. This Philips Hot Air Fryer delivers the most juicy, perfectly fried taste, texture & appeal of yesterday, with barely any oil required - 80% less oil required than in a deep fryer! This also lowers your cost & disposal requirement of a quart or 2 of used cooking oil. At the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, researchers from Miami University showed results of a study comparing conventional deep fried French fries to hot air fried and oven baked. Both the oven baked and hot air fried potatoes used much less oil than the deep fried ones. Here is the shock: the hot air fries contained only half as much oil as the oven baked fries! They contained only 1 tablespoon per batch. Anything you fried traditionally can be adapted, hot air fried & it will taste, feel & look conventionally fried! Here are a few of our favorite entrees we have fried so far: 1- Chicken 2- Liver 3- Fish 4- Squash 5- Pickles 6- French Fries 7- Shrimp LIKES: 1- Dishwasher clean up - both the tub and basket are made for a dishwasher 2- Healthy eating with "sinful" flavor 3- Dependable, repeatable operation; perfect fried flavor every time 4- Money saving (cooking oil) 5- "Green" (oil disposal is reduced 80%) 6- Trusted Brand (Philips) 7- Modern, streamlined appearance blends into any kitchen & takes very little counter space, compared with larger Air Fryers 8- Non stick coating for fast cleaning 9- Keep Warm function 10- Quick Control dial with 4 presets DISLIKES: 1- I prefer a digital window to read larger numbers like the Philips Avance Collection 2- Best suited for 1 person, due to the small size. It may be beneficial to consider a larger Philips Air Fryer in the Avance Collection if you fry for more than 1 person USAGE HINTS: 1- Lay larger items on parchment paper in the Air Fryer to avoid any mess, whatsoever 2- Make sure flour has a paste consistency so as not to leave dust & to look more appetizing CONCLUSION: I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Philips - Viva Collection Hot Air Fryer!! We are so excited to regain the delicious fried flavors without the guilt! Honestly, chicken fries up with moist inside / golden brown crispy outside with the best flavor we have ever tasted!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It really works!

    Posted
    DanChop
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    This is a review of the Philips - Viva Collection Hot Air Fryer in black. I have only seen air fryers on late night tv infomercials, and as such I assumed they were greatly exaggerating their abilities as it happens so often. I also assumed that if I ever bought one that it would be yet another specialty appliance that would be used a few times and then collect dust for the rest of eternity. So what is the truth when it comes to the Philips - Viva Collection Hot Air Fryer? Read on to find out why I love it. I will start out by saying that for the last few years I have been mostly sticking to a low carb, low calorie diet, and as such a lot of my meals are mostly variations of meat recipes. For the most part I always keep a lot of meat in the fridge that I cook up in a crock pot because the crock pot is easy to use, and produces some really tender and tasty meat. I do admit however that even with plenty of variations on that theme I do still miss my fried foods. That is what led me to take a chance on the Philips Air Fryer. Is it as easy to use as the crock pot? Does it produce the same high quality results with a minimum of effort? The answer is absolutely yes. The air fryer itself is actually similar in size to my standard crock pot if you were to stand it up vertically. It's a little large, but overall I have no real problems with its size. Assembly was super easy, and intuitive. Its very easy to clean. It's equally easy to operate. There is a reference chart right on the appliance that shows time and temperature required to cook a variety of foods. All you have to do is put your food in the basket, set the temperature and turn on the timer. Just like that you are cooking. I truly believe anyone can use this and get great results with a minimum of effort. My first test was to make some breaded chicken strips. I took a pack of chicken tenders and coated it with flour, egg wash, and panko bread crumbs. It was now the moment of truth. When I fired up the air fryer you can definitely hear the fan start circulating the hot air. It is a little loud, but not a annoyance. Fifteen minutes later to my delight I had golden brown super crisp chicken strips. The inside was as tender as could be. I was amazed! And the best part was I didn't use a drop of oil to make it. Some thoughts: PROS Easy to set up Easy to clean Excellent results with a minimum of effort LOW FAT FRIED FOODS! CONS A little loud A little large Glossy black finish (I prefer matte) The basket could be a little larger. I am super impressed with this appliance. If you are on the fence I say give it a try and you won't be disappointed. I have no doubt I will use this regularly. This one wont be collecting dust. Thanks Philips!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great to have for any kitchen!

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    btb2k
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    Pros: Cooks fast Cooks thoroughly Food comes out good Simple design Built solid Non-stick surfaces inside Easy to clean Cons: Does not turn off with basket out No lock on the basket while cooking No way to turn it off other than to unplug it - a timer that'd allow you to turn it back to off or pause it sure would have been nice Included recipes (only like 8 total) are a joke ... none were useful to me and in fact a couple of them you can't even do without the accessory baskets that are NOT included .. so you will need to use the Internet to find recipes or just trial and error your own recipes. The app is alright but disappointing as at first I thought it only had 12 recipes (clear the filters) The review: This appliance is a great appliance for any kitchen and a must have for anyone that is looking for an easy way to fry things - with air! It's built solid and out of the box you can tell it's built well just by how smooth the basket slides in and out and the overall weight of the machine. Now that is out of the way, let's get right to the food part of this. Out of the box it does a fine job of frying chicken, and french fries, and any other stuff which you might want to fry/cook with air. Just keep in mind that there is a limit of how much you can put in and you don't want the basket packed tight so air can't circulate. Outside of that, it's a cinch to use and the food comes out tasting good! The best part is it's faster than using the oven and a whole bunch cleaner and healthier than using a deep fryer. It's easy to use, but there are a few IMPORTANT things to note (which is why I gave it 4 stars)!! 1- The basket does NOT "lock" in so make sure it's not on the edge of a counter where a child could grab it or it could get accidentally get grabbed/pulled out. At the same time, don't run it right next to the wall as it does exhaust fairly warm/hot air. 2- This model is turned on/off by the timer ONLY! If the basket is pulled out (i.e. to shake up the food as some recipes might require) the machine still runs, and does not shut off. Again, it ONLY shuts off when the timer is out or when you unplug it ... While this is not a big deal if you just set the timer for the time it needs to cook either to finish or either the time you need to cook before you need to shake/stir up food, but, if it gets done early the only way to turn it off is to unplug it - which I was not impressed with as you can't turn the time back to turn it off so you just have to unplug it. In the end, it's not a huge deal if you plan cooking times right but it IS for sure a bit of a learning curve because of it's almost too simple design! 3- The included recipes and the companion app are a disappointment. There's very little in the way of recipes included in the box (in fact a couple require a different accessory basket that's not included) so, if you have questions or want to find certain recipes you probably will have more success checking the Internet or maybe the App. I wasn't impressed with the Air Fryer App for a good number of reasons but one right off the bat is it filters show it only shows 12 recipes. Be sure to clear the filter and you'll see about 212 recipes.... not all of them are what I'd use but some people might like them. Aside to these three things, this unit is great and I'd still recommend it but just say to keep those three things in mind when you go to use it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Make delicious meals easier and healthier

    Posted
    nickcal
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    In my household we tend to cook the same meals every week. I don’t really mind it, but a little variety can really spice things up when it comes to weekly dinners. I did a little research and decided on adding an Air Fryer to the mix. This Air Fryer from Philips is a very easy device to use. It’s my first foray into Air Frying so I don’t know if all of them are this easy, but this model is wonderful. To get started, you simply clean out the unit and add the base to the frying basket. Then you add the food you want to cook, set the timer and temperature, and you walk away. When you hear the ‘ding’ you know your food is done and ready to eat. It’s really that easy. I discovered that the most ‘difficult’ part of air frying is deciding on a recipe. The rest is really a cake walk. To test out the Philips Air Fryer, I decided to make some homemade French fries. I usually make these on the stove top in a frying pan full of oil. I select a few potatoes, peel them, and cut them into a decent size fry. Then, group by group, I drop them in the frying pan. Oil pops and creates quite a large mess every time I do this, but the family really enjoys them so I’m doomed to clean up the oily mess. I’m also not a big fan of the amount of oil/grease that we end up ingesting from these pan fried potatoes. So, making these in the Air Fryer was the first thing I wanted to try. The instructions from Philips call for you to peel/cut the potatoes, soak them in water for 30 minutes, and then toss them in a 1/2 tablespoon of oil. Then you cook them for around 25 minutes on 350 degrees (timing depends on how many potatoes you are cooking). I must admit that the Air Fryer did a really nice job of making fries. They were toasty, browned nicely, cooked thoroughly, and they tasted great! We are thrilled that we found a way to cook our favorite snack with less oil and mess, but the same awesome taste. I can recommend this Air Fryer based on the fact that it’s so easy to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Does what's expected, and does it well

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    TheTruQ
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    Air frying is a great concept, but I’ve always wondered about 2 important factors: performance and taste. This was really my primary focus as I was unboxing the Philips AirFryer. The AirFryer was well packaged – tight, with a heavier than usual cardboard imprint. It also has a little weight on it, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it weighed a little more than I expected. It is a very counter friendly device. I say that because it looks good (good ‘curb appeal’), and it has a small footprint, taking up minimum space. It is well built and feels sturdy. Also in the box: instructions, small cookbook, and a basket screen. The fryer basically comes fully assembled. You only insert the basket screen and it is ready for use. One reason this thing is sturdy is because of the design. You basically pull the basket and pan in and out of the front of the device. That mechanism is the only moving part on the fryer. It’s a very simple design that lends to both pros and cons (which I will mention). The instructions are pretty short and straight forward, but felt a little junky, for lack of a better word. That being said, I was up and cooking in no time. Place your food in the basket, slide it in, turn 2 dials, and action. One thing that bothered me was the size of the basket. It’s small, and that means you will have to stack your food (below the max line, of course) or cook in small batches. I decided to stack my first meal (pork chops) since they were thin. I also wanted to see how it would handle such a situation. The AirFryer isn’t very loud, and I believe that’s because the cooking area is enclosed (design). While cooking, I didn’t notice much smoke, but the smell was great. One issue, in my opinion, was that I couldn’t see anything. This would probably be ok if I hadn’t experienced other air fryers where I could see my food without opening it. The design is that of a standard deep fryer, which is ok, but not optimal. Once the time expires, there is a nice chime to alert that the cooking time has expired. Well, my chops looked good on top, but needed additional time underneath – which I figured might be the case. The fryer was really on point from a “frying” standpoint. The food on top was very crisp, but tender. I really think this is a product of the design – that very sealed approach to the cooking area. Whenever you stack anything, you run into layers of under cooked food. You will have to open the fryer mid cooking cycle and shake, flip, or stir. This is one of the things that makes this air fryer just like all the rest. The Philips AirFryer is a decent fryer that I would recommend to someone wanting to cook in small quantities on occasion. It really does an admirable job of delivering crisp “fried” foods, without the heavy oil. What holds is back is its small cooking area and the inability to stand out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Fryer! Easy to Use and Clean.

    Posted
    Wraith
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    I have wanted a fryer for quite some time but I have also wanted to not blow up to 500+ pounds! This (kinda) solves both problems. I say kinda, because I can't fry everything I would possibly want (donuts/hushpuppies) but it does cut down a bunch on the oil without sacrificing crispiness or taste. I've only had the fryer for about a week so I haven't done a ton of frying (that whole not blowing up thing), but what I have done has turned out phenomenal. I have done both fresh french fries as well as prepackaged tater tots. While the fries take quite a bit longer than just pouring them out of the bag like I used to but that is all prep time. Once they are in the fryer, they don't take much time at all. The same goes for the pre-packaged things like tater tots (they actually cook quicker than an oven). On top of that, they taste a heck of a lot better too and I can get them exactly the way I want them. Add in a bit of homemade ranch dressing, and I'm in heaven. The other great thing is that it is super easy to clean up. The 'basket' can go right in to the dishwasher, and the metal mesh can actually be popped out of the bottom and washed by hand if you really need to but with both of the times I have used/cleaned it so far, it hasn't been needed. I have gone through the recipe guide app (the one that comes in the box, only has a few recipes), and there are a lot of things I want to try. The only problem is that I need to buy a few of the accessory baskets to make it work. Out of the box you can only do simple frying (coating the items with a little bit of oil and cooking), some of the other ways of cooking that this supports need the solid bottom baking pan or the grill pan. That isn't really a knock against the Philips Viva, it is just an observation that this appliance can do a lot more than just fry, but you need to buy some accessories. If all you are looking for is just something to do frying, then the Viva will do an awesome job for you. My only other gripe would be the size of the basket. It is great for just the wife and I but if I ever wanted to use this for a party or something like that, it is going to take a lot of batches to make it work. Again, short of having a massive fry station, there aren't too many other options that could do better but I do have a double oven and could have multiple baking pans going with fries or tots (but then again, they wouldn't taste as good) With all that being said, I am very pleased with the Philips Viva fryer. I get the taste/crispiness of a regular fryer without the gut busting calories (well at least not as many).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great tasting food without the mess and grease

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    BiggVikk
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    The Phillips Viva Hot Air Fyer ensures that your food tastes great without a lot of high fat content grease or a great deal of work. I am the kind of guy who hates to cook and eats out 7 days a week to avoid the mess and fuss of cooking and cleaning. I do realize that eating out everyday is costly and unhealthy, but it’s the risk I’m willing to take to avoid the alternative of making a mess as I cook (I’m a horrible cook). I was reluctant, or although eager to try my new Hot Air fyer to see if the claims were true. It is simply easy in every way as it makes the food taste great in many more ways. I love french fries a lot but try to avoid them because of all the grease. I wanted to see if this Hot Air Fyer would ensure my fries tasted great without all the grease (as they claim). And the answer is YES. My fries came out perfect in less that 12 minutes. As I mentioned, I can’t cook, so I need step by step instructions with the most minute details. The fyer came with that kind of cooking instruction, which included a mini-cooking book and a downloadable app. I followed the very easy instructions in terms of preparing and cooking, as well as cleaning. Boy was this easy! I wanted it to be simple so I went to the store and purchased some already cut and frozen fries. I even mixed it up a little as I used a tablespoon of olive oil to help the seasoning stick to the fries. I used menudo mix and some garlic salt so it cooked right into the fries. There was no oil and the fries were completely cooked in the inside and crispy on the outside. Once the fries were done, I added a little ketchup and hot sauce and the taste was the bomb with a little spicy kick (check out the flick). I am a big fan of the Phillips Viva Hot Air Fyer. Best purchase I’ve made all year. I can’t wait to cook up another batch of fries and try something different with them. It almost seems as if you can’t make a mistake when cooking with this thing. One thing is for sure, you can’t go wrong with this purchase. Guess what I’m having again tonight,,,great tasting food without the mess and grease.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Air fryer or hair dryer? About the same wattage.

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    FlyingC
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    I could hardly wait to try this out because I wanted to make fried zucchini circles like you get in some restaurants. Unfortunately, my first couple of attempts haven't worked out very well. However, I think if you know what you're doing (or eventually figure out what you're doing) this might be a useful appliance. There does seem to be a learning curve, though, so set your expectations accordingly. The air fryer seems to be solid and well-built, though the usable basket size is fairly small. I found the paper instructions to be somewhat confusing, but once you install the companion app there are some useful pictures and directions in the Tips & Tricks section. There's also a video that shows various foods being cooked. It also contains 221 recipes (as of this app version), but I found many of them to be a little peculiar. The 12 recipes suggested to "get you started" include brownies, chestnuts, a chocolate banana, croutons, and crispy potato skin wedges (the last one finally seemed like something I'd want to try). There was no recipe included for zucchini circles (in fact, searching for zucchini turned up 0 recipes) so I went to my old friend Google. After slicing and battering the zucchini I found that only half of it would fit on a single layer in the basket. (The $20 add-on rack would, I guess, double space for things like this.) After about 15 minutes of air frying the zuchini was done and it tasted fine. About 20 seconds later they were all gone and it was time to cool and clean the basket to fry the other half. The breading stuck in the wires and had to be soaked and brushed out which wasn't too much work, but still, it took some time. I plan to try some other things like potato fries or even zucchini fries (things that aren't breaded) to see if that works better. You can apparently put more in the basket at once that way. People seem to have success with chicken, so I'll try that as well. I know air fryers are crazy popular now, but I can't help wondering if they aren't just the latest appliance fad that may end up taking counter space and not being used as much as people hoped. If someone asked, I'd still recommend this as a good air fryer but would also warn it's not as simple and effortless to use as you might think.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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