If you like the idea of cooking with little to no oil at all but have a family of 4 or more, this might be the air fryer for you.
The Philips Airfryer Anace XL is the big brother in the air fryers series from Philips. Itâ€™s very similar in design to the Digital Airfryer HD9230 but with a bigger capacity and a few other improvements as well.
What is new to the Philips HD9240 Airfryer Avance XL?
Bigger capacity and faster frying
First of all, it has a capacity of 42oz, considerably larger than the 28 oz capacity of the other models. And even with that capacity increase there is not much increase in the overall size of the device.
To make up for the larger amount of food that goes inside power was bumped up to 1800W compared to the 1425W of the smaller models.
The machine is also faster than the smaller models which is pretty much the opposite of what I was initially expecting. It seems they put that extra power to good use.
New drawer design
Another new feature that Iâ€™m sure anybody would love is that on this device the drawer can be left hanging in the machine while you lift just the basket with the food inside.
This way you donâ€™t have to worry about where you leave the hot drawer while you transfer the food from the basket.
With other air fryers is a bit awkward to handle that because the drawer is hot and if juices and other stuff in on the bottom you canâ€™t just flip the whole thing, you need to get the basket out and leave the drawer on something so you donâ€™t burn your counter top.
Now that is solved, you just let the drawer hang in the machine while you pull out just the basket.
This model can save settings for later use. Unfortunately, it can only hold one preset of both time and temperature. It saves you some â€œclicksâ€ but itâ€™s not a very developed feature.
Other similar devices come with a few presets already, you donâ€™t necessarily set your own but there are more than one. I donâ€™t really know what to think but the feature seems like a last minute thought.
It may be the case that having more presets would make people confused. I doubt it but how knows.
Does it know how to cook?
I was worried that by increasing the size of the basket the way it cooks would be affected but that is not the case. Like mentioned earlier itâ€™s a more powerful machine that the smaller ones.
In case you are new to air fryers they are basically small ovens that can also fry things depending on how you set it up.
The beauty of these machines is that they need very little added oil because they use hot air in a closed box. So if the food has its own fat that is what is going to be circulated inside and actually do the frying.
On foods that donâ€™t have any fat at all you simply add a table spoon of oil to get properly cooked fresh fries or chicken wings for example.
There is a recipe book included with the machine and they are so easy to follow you can handle most of them even if you havenâ€™t ever cooked in your life.
Of course, if you are renegade type you can experiment with your own recipes once you learn the machine.
What I can tell you is that the food is good, fried stuff is good especially if it has a bit of oil and you pre-heat the machine. But Iâ€™m not going deeper into how to cook because you get a recipe book with the fryer.
Cleaning the device
Cleaning is done more or less in the same matter on most air fryers. Pull out the drawer, the basket, clean them either in a dishwasher or in the sink and you are pretty much done.
Every once in a while, you want to also clean the inside of the machine because grease will get in there and on the heating element above the drawer.
All in all, pretty easy and straight forward.
Alternative air fryers
The price of the Philips Avance XL will surely put some people off. If you find this device to be way over your budget, then you might consider the GoWISE GW22631 XL.
If you plan on cooking only for two people, the Avance XL might be overkill and you could orientate towards the smaller devices to save some money.
Make sure to check out our picks for best air fryers for more options.
To summarize the pros of the Avance XL:
- cooking with less to no oil, thatâ€™s why you buy an air fryer in the first place, right?
- no mess because the cooking happens inside the device
- you can cook for up to 4 people at once
- removable parts are machine washable, only you can just clean them like you clean your other kitchen stuff in case you donâ€™t have a dishwasher
- the food drawer can be left inside the machine while you take out only the basket. This feature makes this a whole lot easier in some situations
- the price is hard to justify even with the fancy drawer
Is it worth buying?
If you want the best of the best, premium air fryer, with a hard to beat design then yes.
If you donâ€™t care about the design, you just want the job done then there are definitely cheaper alternatives.