Philips Essential Airfryer XL Review – Tasty technology at a price to savour

An air fryer. Probably not one thing you’d usually discover on Ausdroid for evaluate, however it has an app, and you should use the Alexa assistant to regulate it so…

Because the identify suggests, the Philips Important Airfryer XL is sort of massive – the tray inside is 22cm extensive, 21cm lengthy and 10cm deep, and may accommodate six common sized cupcakes or 4 mini pizzas comfortably. The beneficiant quantity of cooking area means the machine itself must be fairly massive. It’s 111cm round (together with the deal with), 30cm extensive and deep, and the deal with on the entrance protrudes about 7cm, so whereas this unit will slot in a regular kitchen cabinet, not a lot else will slot in there with it.

You can also’t tuck this unit out of the best way when it’s cooking – no one places Airfryer within the nook. The XL has to have 10 cm clear area round it on all sides, together with the highest, to permit the warmth from cooking to vent.

The XL options embody: 

  • Automated shut-off
  • Cool wall exterior
  • Dishwasher secure
  • Temperature management
  • LED show
  • Patented Speedy Air Expertise

Earlier than attending to the precise cooking facet of issues, it is advisable to arrange the Philips NutriU app. The app set up and account creation is fairly simple and actually are really useful since all of the recipes which include the unit are on the app – no bodily cookbooks right here! 

Kitchen+ Airfryer recipes
Kitchen+ Airfryer recipes

NutriU app screenshots

On preliminary start-up, Philips makes use of the frequent technique of switching your system to
‘Philips WiFi’ to attach the Airfryer XL to your system, then use your system to attach the XL to your community. This course of was quite simple and labored with no hiccoughs in any respect.

On to the tasty half!

I began my cooking adventures with an air fryer basic – skinny potato chips. The recipe mentioned to shake the basket 4 occasions through the 20 minute cooking cycle, however there’s no timer or alarm on the unit, aside from the complete 20 minutes. There’s additionally no notification or alarm within the app to remind you to take action. It’s important to be watching the timer countdown on the app or else have a separate timer set.

The recipe referred to as for 400g of thinly sliced potato – and as my two tubers gave me barely greater than was wanted, I did a few of the potato slices within the oven on the similar time for the needs of comparability.

Raw sliced potato in an airfryer basket

This recipe was one designed for this mannequin, and I adopted the directions to the letter, but opening the tray on the 20 minute mark, I used to be offered with slices of uncooked potato.

The XL beeped when the time was up, and the app gave choices for both ‘accomplished’ or ‘cook dinner extra’, so I chosen cook dinner extra. In equity, the oven-cooked chips had been additionally not accomplished in 20 minutes.

An additional 10 minutes at a time, I cooked each units of chips till they had been accomplished – kind of.

Any cooked chips had been eliminated each time I checked on them, so the amount of potato diminished as time progressed, however many of the chips had been cooked to both a completely overdone brown or not fairly accomplished and nonetheless floppy. Some chips had been a weird combination of the 2; the oven chips compared had been extra evenly cooked.

partly cooked potato slices in an airfryer basket

The oven-cooked chips had been accomplished in 40 minutes, and those cooked within the XL took 60. This time distinction was, I believe, as a result of the oven-cooked chips, whereas that they had much less air circulation on their stable baking trays, had been specified by a single layer. Though the chips cooked within the XL had airflow on all sides, they had been all piled on high of one another, which hampered the cooking course of.

Though I did comply with the recipe because it was written, I believe 400g of sliced potato was only a bit an excessive amount of – it could in all probability have accomplished higher with solely a skinny layer of potato slices – as I had accomplished within the oven – however that might have resulted in lots of batches having to be accomplished, and consequently an elevated period of time.

Apparently, the XL does have a preset perform for recent fries – the cooking time is listed as 38 minutes at a temperature of 180 Celsius, whereas the recipe within the app designed for the XL mannequin specified a cooking time of 20 minutes and a temp of 150 Celsius.

Undeterred, I attempted a special recipe – chocolate coconut cake. This was labelled as not being for this mannequin with the warning about probably needing to regulate the settings, and was presupposed to be accomplished within the Philips ‘baking accent, sml’. Since I didn’t have the accent, I simply used just a few common paper cupcake liners and pressed on.

The recipe made 6 cupcakes which I used to be in a position to match into the fryer however as a result of lack of a metallic kind surrounding them as you’d usually get with a muffin tray, they got here out in… fascinating shapes. 

chocolate cupcakes

I allow them to go for the said cooking time and temp, they usually got here out slightly overdone – because the app had mentioned, the cooking time wanted to be adjusted – NBD. Nonetheless, I needed to make the batch within the first place to see what occurred, to know which means and the way a lot adjustment was wanted – the app informed me I’d want to regulate the time and temperature however gave me no clues as to which means or by how a lot.

The recipes on the app cowl many various air fryer fashions and the recipe will let you know if it’s not particularly to your mannequin, together with the warning in regards to the time and temperature probably needing adjustment.

“Cooking time might differ.
Please notice that this recipe was not optimised for the Airfryer mannequin you personal. Cooking occasions might must be adjusted to your equipment.”

You’ll be able to filter recipes by equipment, however if you’re simply searching, most recipes don’t visibly state which mannequin they’re for – simply if it’s not for yours.

The cake nonetheless tasted superb – however they had been extra scones like than muffins. 10 minutes much less and they might have been excellent, however that leads me to certainly one of my downsides to an air fryer – you possibly can’t see via the door. In a standard oven, I might simply regulate the muffins and in the event that they seemed accomplished earlier it’s a easy matter to then test. Sure, you possibly can pull the drawer out and test the fryer, however some recipes are delicate to having the door opened mid-bake and you may simply damage your exhausting work by opening the door too early.

Recipe 3 was a cauliflower primarily based gluten-free pizza, which was once more not ‘optimised’ for this mannequin, however after cooking for the complete time and temp, I discovered this one wanted further time, not much less. After cooking for a bit longer, the resultant pizzas had been pleasant.

Cauliflower based pizzas

When cooking is completed the entire tray is tremendous sizzling and likewise actually massive. You will have to plan forward and have a big area and a trivet or cooling rack to place it on.

One other factor to contemplate if, like me, your kitchen counter area is restricted is that some recipes contain extra tools than simply the air fryer. If it is advisable to use your meals processor or another massive equipment, in addition to the air fryer, you’ll find your self decidedly brief on counter area.

My kitchen counter

Of the recipes I’ve tried from the NutriU app, they’ve all been straightforward to comply with and really tasty, and utilizing the app to start out the XL cooking is simplicity itself – choose the recipe, comply with the instructions and with a single faucet on ‘ship settings’ the cooking time and temperature are despatched to the Airfryer. As soon as the basket is in place, swipe throughout ‘begin cooking’ and let the Airfryer do the remaining.

screen capture of NutriU app

There are some things to pay attention to although:

Many recipes listed within the app require an additional piece of apparatus – a ‘baking accent, sml’ or silicone muffin cups (although you possibly can simply use common paper ones), snack cowl, pizza trays and so on. and most of those equipment are priced upwards of  $50 every.

Getting the meals into the fryer was, generally, fairly straightforward because the tray comes fully out of the unit, nevertheless, there have been just a few difficult gadgets. Placing 6 cupcake liners full of batter into the tray with out spilling any was a particular problem (attempting to fill them whereas they had been already within the tray was a messy and finally unsuccessful experiment), as was attempting to extract a mini pizza as soon as it was accomplished, merely as a result of excessive sides of the basket relative to its width.

The XL cooks very well, however there’s a particular studying curve whenever you begin to use it, significantly if you’re attempting a recipe not particularly to your mannequin. Like several new equipment – significantly an oven, or oven adjoining one on this case – there’s loads of trial and error concerned earlier than you discover what works greatest.
One massive plus is that the Airfryer makes use of means much less energy than my oven (although in equity my oven is sort of 18 years outdated!) drawing solely 0.3kw the place my oven often attracts round 2kw.
Our electrical energy is charged at 40c per kilowatt hour (thank goodness for photo voltaic!) so it prices us roughly 80c per hour to run the oven, however solely round 17c per hour to run the XL.
As a result of it’s heating a a lot smaller area and utilizing ‘Speedy Air Expertise’ the XL is far more power environment friendly whereas nonetheless delivering tasty and properly cooked meals.
The ‘Speedy Air Expertise’ is a technique of circulating the new air in a, and I quote, ‘distinctive “starfish” design’ to make sure that all of the meals is cooked or heated evenly.

graphic representation of cooking air flow

This unit cannot solely be managed by the NutriU app, but in addition through the Alexa assistant.
It’s going to solely management sure features, and at this level this connectivity is unique to Amazon Alexa – Google assistant needn’t apply.

You should allow the Philips Kitchen Plus talent within the Amazon Alexa app after which merely say:

”Alexa, inform kitchen plus to set Airfryer cooking time to six minutes and temperature to 200 levels.”
“Alexa, inform kitchen plus to activate my Airfryer.”
”Alexa, inform kitchen plus to show off my Airfryer.”

Whereas it’s superb to have this performance, and it will likely be a really useful gizmo for these with sure disabilities, it actually is way simpler to make use of the app than the assistant. A number of fast faucets in your system versus fairly a mouthful of directions.


If you happen to’re utilizing a dorm or resort room, you probably have restricted area or no oven, or if you’re solely cooking for one or two, the XL is ideal for fast, small scale, handy cooking.
Courtesy of its dimension and weight (5.5kg) the XL is well transportable, making it ultimate for tenting/caravaning and even picnicking if there’s an influence supply out there.
It’s straightforward to make use of, and extra importantly, straightforward to scrub, and is fairly quiet whereas it’s cooking.
There are a great deal of recipes supplied within the NutriU app, plus the 7 preset cooking choices, in addition to a ‘hold heat’ perform.
Because it’s solely heating a small area the XL may be very energy environment friendly, and the dimensions of the cooking space means the XL will get to temperature and cooks sooner than a standard oven.
Most significantly for all of the StarWars fans on the market, the Important Airfryer XL is completely rocking a critical Darth Vader aesthetic.


To each good there’s a unhealthy, and the Philips Important Airfryer XL does have just a few downsides. By way of counter high kitchen home equipment, the XL takes up a whole lot of counter area, and regardless of its general dimension it’s restricted on quantity of meals it is ready to cook dinner.
Whereas the XL is helpful as an oven substitute, it doesn’t do something a standard oven can’t. It merely gives a faster, extra power environment friendly means of cooking smaller batches of meals. And whereas issues might cook dinner sooner in an air fryer, that doesn’t in any means change the prep time wanted to make the meals within the first place. The cauliflower pizza crust I made cooked in 12 minutes, however I needed to get out my meals processor and spend 20 minutes or so really making the ‘dough’ previous to cooking, and clear up every thing afterwards.
The equipment are fairly costly, and whereas there are workarounds, sometimes you get one of the best outcomes when utilizing an adjunct designed for the system you might be utilizing. On this case although, the search for ‘greatest outcomes’ will take fairly a chunk out of your pockets.
You’ll be able to see an inventory of Philips Airfryer Equipment right here.
There are actually hundreds of recipes for air fryers on the market, however if you wish to cook dinner an present household favorite within the fryer you’ll have to scale the recipe to swimsuit the capability of your system, which isn’t at all times as straightforward as you would possibly assume.


The Philips Important Airfryer XL is a unbelievable machine for what it’s, power environment friendly and good at what it does, however for me, who feeds a couple of or two folks, likes to bake and has restricted counter area, it wasn’t an excellent match. Nonetheless, if you’re routinely cooking for one, go caravaning repeatedly, dwell in lodging which doesn’t embody a kitchen or don’t have entry to a standard oven, then the Airfryer XL would completely be a recreation changer for you. Add to that the inclusion of actually a whole lot of scrumptious, straightforward to comply with recipes and a magnificently seamless person expertise and the Philips Airfryer XL might be the subsequent hero system in your kitchen.

Philips Important Airfryer XL is on the market on-line and in retailer from The Good Guys, David Jones, JB Hello-Fi, Amazon and Bing Lee at a really useful retail value of $399.00 although you possibly can store round for a reduction.

Philips Essential Airfryer XL

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