The Philips HD9230/26 digital airfryer with Rapid Air Technology is regarded as one of the best air fryers. This model is an updated version of the top selling Philips HD9220 air fryer that happens to use manual dials to set the timer duration and the cooking temperature. The question is, is it worth spending more money on this newer digital version, than the popular earlier air fryer model called the Philips HD9220/26 simply because it has a digital touch display?
In this Philips HD9230/26 review I will inform you of the best features of this unit, the pros and cons of using it and give you my conclusion to help you decide if this is the best air fryer for your needs.
Philips HD9230/26 Digital Airfryer Review
The Philips HD9230/26 Digital Airfryer in an air fryer with a capacity of 1.8 pounds. It uses Rapid Air Technology which was invented and patented by Philips – the global electronics and kitchen appliances corporation.
The way that Rapid Air Technology works is by moving hot air from multiple directions at rapid speed, cooking the food. The fan blasts the searing air around the food and the heating element or grill heats the air. The unique starfish design on the bottom of this air fryer allows the hot air to circulate all around the food and meaning that you do not need to use a lot of cooking oil. This makes cooking with an air fryer healthier than cooking with a home deep fryer. Foods cooked with an air frying appliance typically have up to 70% less fat, compared to food cooked with a traditional deep fat fryer.
Despite using only a tablespoon of oil, you can still achieve that golden, crispy, crunchy texture that we all enjoy when we consume deep fried foods. That is why many people are deciding to buy an air fryer, instead of a traditional deep fat fryer. Same great taste, but with up to 80% less cooking oil used and up to 70% less fat in your tasty deep fried snacks and meals. This makes the Philips HD9230/26 Digital Airfryer a healthy cooking appliance. In fact, if you are cooking frozen foods which were already cooked in oil, you do not need to add in cooking oil at all!
When using the wire rack it is possible to cook two different food at once. This is ideal for flat foods such as fish fillets or burger patties. The 1.8 pounds deep fryer basket is a tad on the small side, but it can easily cook enough food for up to three people. The basket has a maximum line marker, ensuring you won’t overfill the basket. The metal cooking rack provides an additional cooking surface, which means you are able to cook more food at once. This is a handy feature for people who are cooking for large families.
Philips HD9230/26 Digital Airfryer Pros & Cons
Achieves the deep fried texture and taste, using little or no cooking oil.
Comes with a double layer rack, which makes it possible to simultaneously fry two different foods at once.
Uses the “starfish” design, created by Philips, which allows hot air to circulate all around the unit to ensure all of the food is cooked evenly.
Easy to clean and the parts are dishwasher safe.
Advocated by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, and comes with his cookbook of recipe designed specifically for the air fryer.
Has an auto shut-off feature.
Easy to use digital controls in the form of a digital touchscreen.
Comes in black or white color.
Not cheap. Costs roughly $100 more than the earlier version will manual dials, due to the digital touch interface.
Small deep frying basket, meaning bigger food portions may need to be cooked in batches.
Testing and experimenting required to find the ideal cooking temperature and cooking time for specific foods.
Children should be supervised when this unit is being used, because the front drawer doesn’t lock into place.
Philips HD9230/26 Digital Airfryer Best Features
The main reason people choose the Philips HD9230/26 Digital Airfryer instead of the Philips HD9220/26 is due to the digital touch interface, which most people feel is easier to use than the manual dials on the Philips HD9220/26. This is because having the ability to adjust the digital timer and cooking temperature using a digital interface gives excellent results due to the precision control available by using a digital display which clearly shows the current cooking duration and cooking temperature.
This unit is very easy to clean and it does not take very long due to the fact that all of the parts are removable and can be washed in your dishwasher. This is an underrated feature of this unit, because you will save so much cleaning time and the unit will last a long time if it is cleaned properly and looked after. With the parts being removable and the option to clean them in the dishwasher, whilst you do other chores or relax, this means this unit is not hard to look after.
Philips claims that this air fryer can be safely operated by children as young as eight years old. They also say that individuals with limited physical, mental or sensory capabilities can cook using this model. This is a great initiative by Philips which will surely enhance the lives of people with disabilities who want to enjoy tasty deep fried foods.
Philips HD9230/26 Digital Airfryer Conclusion
The Philips HD9230/26 Digital Airfryer is a very well designed and user friendly hot air fryer. It is similar to the Philips HD9220/26, but with a digital touchscreen interface instead of manually adjustable dials. The digital interface is easier to use than the manual dials, but this unit is more expensive than the model with manual dials. So, you will need to decide if the useful digital interface is worth spending more money on.
This unit can not only cook up tasty deep fried treats, whilst using barely any hot cooking oil, it can also bake, grill, and roast foods. The HD9230/26 is basically the only cooking appliance you need in your kitchen, because it is just so versatile.