Don't buy this until they fix a serious weak point
Douglas E. Johnston, Amazon
6 September 2014
Summary: the only reason I give this two stars instead of one is because I wish to believe that Phillips did not INTENTIONALLY put a poor product out for sale. They're a solid company with a well-earned reputation for quality products. This is not one of those, in my experience. It has a critical weak point, and until they fix that, I strongly suggest you don't buy this product. I unpacked this brand-new item, and proceeded to explore its features.
A high-priced mini convection oven. Questionable marketing by Philips.
Alex Green, Amazon
18 December 2013
Summary: First things first. This is not a fryer but a mini convection oven and it performs similarly to other convection ovens, majority of which are far more versatile and are selling for less. I got mine as a gift. It is the version that sells in Canada and it does not come with food separator or baking dish. With retail price over $200, you'd expect these things to be included. How well does it perform? It makes decent baked fries in about 20-25 mins.
Summary: Found it very nicely designed and the basket size very large. Tried many items and seemed to be hit or miss as to whether the item I tried to cook was crisp or soggy. The timer sometimes would not stop on the appropriate number setting and there is no way to clear it once it is set. Was not too happy that the basket did not have a lock so it could be opened anytime to check. Might have liked it with more recipes. Could not find additional recipes online either.
Summary: When this is priced at $50, I would suggest it for single people living in apartments. When you only fry enough food for one person, it's sized appropriately and doesn't take up much space in a kitchen. But for a device that costs over $100, for any demographic, just use a pan. Or if you want to be healthy, bake your food in the oven. The main attraction the air fryer had in my household was that this could fry with very little oil, rendering the food healthier.
Summary: Potatoes cooked from scratch in this machine come out greaseless, yes, but dry & more like roasted potatoes than french fries. Lash on the ketchup, and they seem OK, I guess. Frozen fries fare better, but they have been deep-fried already, so there is no calorie savings there. Doughnuts came out looking like bagels, and were too dry to eat. This appliance cooks and dries your food. It works the way a convection oven works, with perhaps more intense air movement.