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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A MUST HAVE for the Health Conscious Food Lover!

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    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!

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    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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    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

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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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    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.

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    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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    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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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Hot Air Fryer from Philips

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    Philips Air Fryer certainly working as expected. We have cooked fries, onion rings and banana and all came out very crisp and taste is awesome. I really like using this air fryer to cook crisp foods by using hot air rather than a lot of messy / unhealthy oil. It cooks really fast. The controls are very easy to set temperature and time. The basket can be released with one button click. The unit is little loud while cooking. The design is very elegant and it can fit in a cupboard. The manual is not great and very difficult to follow the instructions. This particular model missing many useful accessories as listed on the box. The cookbook that is included is very helpful. I prefer to use the phone app which is simpler to use. This fryer can be used to Fry, Bake, Grill and Roast. It is very easy to clean. Please be careful while using the basket and gets very hot. Also, another issue is it comes with very short card which limits where you can place it. Overall, it is excellent product for cooking and definitely a great alternative for deep frying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great performance, bad instructions

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    I should note that I've never fried anything before. So when I got this air fryer, I was starting at ground zero. Having said that, I can say that the performance of this fryer is great, but the process to get there wasn't. That's not to say that it's difficult to use, but the instructions manual could have been left out of the box for all I knew. They were that bad. The pictures weren't clear (extremely confusing) and the word descriptions were even more confusing. That's part because this one manual was for two different models of the air fryer each with distinct features and parts. I thought for the longest time I didn't have some of the things I needed. After some trial and error, I finally had success. Fries (they were surprisingly delicious). I followed the manual (which gives you the times you should cook some things) and cut up a potato, soaked them in water, sprinkled a smidge of oil on them and put them in the fryer and turned the knob. Bam, that's it. Looking back it seems silly to complain about a simple to use machine, but since I've never used a fryer before (of any kind) I was a little flabbergasted at the beginning. The only thing you have to do is plug it in, put your food in the basket, and turn a knob (like an old school winding timer) and that's it. IT comes easily apart for cleaning and it's simple enough to put together that there's only one way to do so. It comes with a recipe book, but don't expect much. My Ninja food processor came with a really nice and easy to use recipe book that I think all food appliances should have (at least for those like me who cook the same things over and over and want to venture out more). But that's really not on the product, so I can't dock a star for that. All in all, if you want an air fryer, this thing is great. If you know how to use one, then by all means get it. IF you're just interested in using one and don't have any experience like me, this is a great buy, just plan on doing a little research before and afterwards on what you can do with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple Healthier Alternative

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    There is very little to this product, and my this I mean it is simple to use clean and operate. It cooks fast, it works well, and if you can use less or no oil to cook something you are better off. There are three aspects to using the Phillips Viva Series Air Fryer. First, you set the temperature. The manual has a list of what temp things need to be cooked at and it is accurate for what I was cooking. Secondly, you need to know how long you need to cook the item. This is the only tricky part. The list is not all inclusive, so for some ethnic foods (we eat a lot of Arabic food in my house) you have to guess a little. The good part is that you can pull the tray at anytime during the cooking and take a look at the food to see it's progress. This minimizes the chance of over cooking things. Finally, there is the clean up. Most of the surfaces in the Air Fryer are coated so they clean well with a wet rag or a sponge and mild soap. It get the grease off very easily and it little effort. So far I have only done the basic easy things the kids like in the Air Fryer. That being chicken nuggets and french fries. Both turned out awesome and the kids at them up. I did find that after you cook things they are harder to season afterwards. Specifically, I am talking about added salt to french fries. So, instead I decided to add the salt to the fries before adding them to the Air Fryer, so the salt sticks better to the fries when they are still somewhat wet from being frozen. This worked better for me. All and all, as I mentioned before this could not be more easy to operate. As I mentioned with some of the food we eat, we had to guess a little but that is simple trial and error. The product works well, and it is awesome for those quick fix options when you just don't want to bake or cook something and you want things fast. We love our Air Fryer, and we will continue to put it to good use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised, fast cooking, good for meats

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    Good appliance that works as its supposed to. This is my first air fryer so I don't have anything to compare it to. However it worked well. In my opinion this is basically a smaller oven that cooks food faster due to rapid heat circulation. I think air fryer is a stretch. Works better for meats than items such as French fries, where the oil/deep fry is key to the flavor. Overall a 4.5/5 but I'm not convinced I would purchase another air fryer. Pros: Easy to use Quick set up Cleans easily Comes apart into pieces to achieve thorough cleaning Doesn't take a huge amount of counter space, smaller footprint than my toaster oven Cons: Thermostat is analog dial type. At the price point I would expect to see a digital thermostat for more accurate temperature control. Can only turn on/ off using dial timer. No settings to keep food warm. No ability to program on/off time. Short cord Not really big enough to feed four, nor enough space to cook a medium/large whole chicken, only the smaller ones. Overall not very spacious If you are looking for a basic air fryer at this size, this will do the job. It works as it should. Food comes out warm, cooked, and tasty. However I would not consider this to give the real flavor of fried food, just the texture.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good, but fell short

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    I have wanted and "air fryer" for some time now and was quite excited to use this one. It worked as I hoped it would, but had some things I didn't care for. When cooking french fries, the manual tells you to shake basket half way thru cooking time (must do this or the food in the middle of the basket will not be cooked evenly) my issue is when you pull the basket out, the fryer fan keep running. The fryer doesn't have a power button, the timer turns it on and then shuts off at the end of the cooking time. I followed the cooking times in the manual and overall was happy with the way the food came out. It is easy to over cook the food and dry it out. The fryer was a major pain to clean! I let it soak in the sink for 10 mins and scrubbed for 20 mins and had the hardest time getting the residue out. The fryer is also a bit large and takes up a lot of room in my small kitchen, making it more of a hassle to use. It works well, "air fries" nicely, and some may enjoy using the air fryer. I will stick to my regular ole oven.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Multitude of cooking options incl. healthy ones

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    The Hot Air Fryer weighs about 10 lbs. and is made from what feels like a higher grade plastic. It is well constructed. It comes with a pan/fryer basket all in one. Cleaning was a snap just pull out bottom door and everything snaps off for easy quick cleaning. The added cord wrap on the back keep the cord stored when not in use. The included instructions a very detailed and easy to read. They suggest downloading the App on your phone or tablet for extra hint and tips. I highly recommend this. There are over 220 recipes and the app will let you filter your searches by meat /vegetable/time/type of cuisine and more. Hint: go to Pinterest to find even more uses, (hundreds of them). Cooking is easy, just check the hint chart on the top of the machine for your type of food you are using and set the temp, set the time, fill your basket to the desired amount (under the max line) and check on it half way through to see if you need to shake it to ensure items are fully cooked. Then when done, drain grease if there is any and plate the food. We tried some Vegetables and potato wedges. The wedges took about 25 minutes (less if you slice them thin.) They were golden brown and were awesome. Tasted just like fried potatoes. The vegetables were cooked perfect. They tasted better than most under cooked steamed vegetables. I really like the fact that the fryer uses no oil for a healthier more vitamin rich dinner or snack. Fries has 75% less fat/oil and are crisp like a conventional fryer. Pan will hold enough for 4 servings. I would recommend this to family and friends any day. Everyone can have their favorite foods in minutes at our house now!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fried and Healthy in the Same Sentence

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    After my cholesterol levels went up a few years ago, my family and I have consciously avoided fried foods in general. Baked food may taste good too but the craving for the fried type never really goes away. The Philips Viva Collection Hot Air Fryer fryer gave us hope that we could enjoy that type of cooking again without the extra fat. No denying that I was a bit skeptical but the result was much better than one could hope for. Even before moving away from fried food entirely, I did not really enjoy the taste of too much fat in it. But what we have tried thus far - french fries, shrimp and even chicken - tasted better than regular fried food. It was juicy and somehow felt fresher. It is unlikely that anybody would still crave for conventionally fried because it is hard to tell the difference in your mouth or even visually, except that it is actually better in many ways. A function to keep the food warm makes it even more desirable although I wish it had a digital display. Cleaning is very easy due to its nonstick coating and being dishwasher safe. The only regret is that it is small for a family of 2 or more. PROS: . Food is juicy and full of flavor . Produces little smoke. . Very small amount of oil . Very easy to clean . Keep warm function CONS: . Small for almost any family size (2 persons at the most) BOTTOM LINE: Fried and healthy can be part of the same sentence with this product. Highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good results, but not the same as frying

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    BeingHonest
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    Rather than a fryer, this is closer to a convection oven. It cooks evenly with little to no oil but you won’t get the same result as you would with frying. The texture and crispness will not be the same. You can actually get the similar results from either baking or searing in a pan. With that said though, this isn’t a bad tool to have in the kitchen. It’s easy to use, more hands off, healthier than using oil, and once you learn the timing, can probably produce good results. The minor negatives with this model is that the temperature dial is hard to turn, and the numbering is a bit imprecise. Cleaning is somewhat of a hassle with the different parts, but it’s not hard. Good: Big enough to cook up to 4 servings Easy to use, set and forget. Cooks evenly. Comes with a recipe app Bad: Dial is a bit hard to adjust Cleaning I’ve used another air fryer before, and this one cooks better, probably due to the curve bottom that circulate air better. It’s also big enough to cook a few servings. I put 6 wings and still had room left. Here are some of things I tried to cook and the results: Chicken wings (non breaded) came out closer to hot wings. The skin is not really crisp but not soft like it would be from baking. Fried chicken comes out crisp, but it won’t have the thick crunchy crust. Salmon with skin cooked evenly, but the skin isn’t as crunchy. Frozen fries came out close to deep frying, but softer. Basically the air fryer is somewhere in the middle between frying and baking. It works better if you spray a bit of oil on the skin. Overall not bad for what it does. If you eat a lot of fried food then this would be a healthier alternative.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love This Little Guy!

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    The Philips Viva Collection Hot Air Fryer is a pretty cool kitchen tool. Essentially, it’s a small version of super-convection oven. It “fries” foods with hot air instead of hot oil. It also has the ability to simply bake items. And it does a surprisingly good job at both tasks. This particular unit is big enough to make food for a small family, but if you have more than a few people, you’d really be pushing it. We’ve made things like french fries and chicken nuggets at the same time in the Philips Viva, and they both came out great. Other than the smallish size, the only other real downside is that it’s a little noisy. But it’s not really that much worse than most microwaves, for instance; so don’t let that scare you off. It is much faster than a regular oven. Cleanup is also super simple, since pretty much every part that gets dirty is dishwasher safe and easily fits in a dishwasher. The Philips Viva Collection Hot Air Fryer has been a terrific addition to our kitchen. My wife and I both really appreciate its versatility and ease of use. The fact it does a great job cooking different types of foods quickly is also a huge bonus. Overall, this is a winner.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It Is A Healthier Option

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    I'm happy that a healthy cooking option is available to me and others for many favorite foods such as fries and wings. To start off I think it is easy to use and operate. The model I have do seem out dated because of the dial timer and other aesthetic features but the box have a 2015 date so maybe I just received an older version. After looking online Philips do offer digital and other models that seems more updated. I tried wings, baked potatoes and even mozzarella sticks and they all tasted good. I downloaded the Philips recipe app and I will try the recipes so I can get more use out of my new hot air fryer. It's easy to clean but it is a little on the heavy side for my fiancé when she is emptying out the basket. I dislike fryers because of after a few uses it becomes greasy but because this Philips use little to no oil I think I'll be fine. When it comes to the price I think it should be lower because regular fryers are a fraction of the price. I will say it is a great product but I don't think the price is attractive. Also be prepared to buy accessories so you can take advange of more recipes. Be healthy and eat healthy!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    What It Does, It Does Very Well......

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    What it does not do is hold very much. if your going to fix two things at once it would have to be for just one person. Now it can easily hold 3-4 pieces of chicken depending on their size, but thats about it at once, dont expect to do an entire meal for two in it. Dont think its going to replace your stove or oven for everything you cook but it can save heating up the kitchen when cooking some appetizers or when doing a load of fries (for 2 people) while the other food cooks on the stovetop or out on the grill. The outside gets warm somewhat and the bottom borders on hot, so we use it on an old bamboo cutting board to protect our counters, just in case. Ive done fries and frozen Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno poppers in it. The fries were very good, not quite deep fry quality but much moister and better than most oven fries. The poppers were every bit as good as if I had fixed them in the oven. The Mrs has done her homemade crab cakes and homemade coconut shrimp in it, both of those were delicious. We used very little oil as your supposed to do and didn't really notice any smoking from the unit as some have mentioned. The base is an easy wipe clean for cleanup and all removable parts are dishwasher safe Bottom line: 1. Its Small with meal size limitations in a single batch. (1.8 pound capacity) 2. Its a bit spendy. 3. I'm glad to have it in our kitchen. 4. Would I recommend it to a friend? You bet, I already have ;)

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great addition to any kitchen

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    Daniel
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    This Philips Air Fryer is a unique small appliance that is a great addition to any kitchen. Although small in size and slightly noisy in operation, the efficient cooking process provides a healthier alternative to traditional frying while not compromising on taste. PROS: Ease of use - This air fryer is incredibly simple to use. The two dial system (temperature & time) simplify the cooking process. Cleaning is just as easy due to the non-stick, dishwasher safe surfaces that easily separate from one another. (NOTE: The basket WILL release when you press the release button. The plastic case will also crack when it hits the kitchen floor if you release from counter height. I may or may not know from experience.) Cooking/ taste: As mentioned above, the cooking process is very simple. It also produces a great flavor with minimal mess. I have only used it for some meats (chicken & fish) as well as cooking some frozen fried foods. Everything that I have made so far has come out tasting fantastic! CONS: Size - This is pretty much the only knock I can make on this air fryer. Although its small size helps to reduce cooking time for most food, It also reduces the overall amount of food you can prepare at a time. I would say that 2 people would be the max you should expect to prepare for using it. Ultimately, this air fryer does what it is intended to do and it does it very well. It will likely not replace any of you other small appliances, but it would likely make a welcome addition to any kitchen even if it is a bit on the pricy side.

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