The Philips AirFryer is, as the name implies, an air fryer multi-cooker. It allows you to fry food with very little or no oil at all by using hot air. Not only that but you can also bake and grill with it.
This model is, in a way, an improved version of the HD9220 so if you know that model this should be familiar. So, letâ€™s dive in.
What is different from the HD9220 model?
Weâ€™ll start with the differences since you might already be familiar with that model.
Just by looking at it you will notice that the controls are digital this time but the rest of device looks more or less the same.
The digital version has a timer that goes up to 60 minutes compared to the 30 minute timer on the HD9220 model.
Also, included with the fryer there is a double layer accessory which allows you to cook in two layers, in essence increasing the amount of food you can cook at one time.
You can however purchase a similar accessory for the other model if you have that one already.
Should I upgrade to the Viva HD9230?
If you want to make an upgrade more likely you will go with something of a bigger capacity or a more versatile multi-cooker.
These two Viva models are too similar to be worth going from one to another.
Philips Viva HD9230/26 Digital AirFryer controls and features
It may seem a lot more complex than its analog brother but the only new thing is the start button.
The digital display allows you to set the temperature, timer and then start the machine.
To be honest I prefer the analog version where there are just two rotary controls. They have managed to make those two controls into 5 buttons.
On the flip side, and Iâ€™ll give it credit for it, on this version itâ€™s much easier to start/stop/pause that to go back and forth with the timer knob on the analog version.
The food drawer is very much similar to previous device. Itâ€™s a two-piece device consisting of a drawer and a basket that sits inside. Both are machine washable.
On the bottom there is a cord storage compartment so that the power cord doesnâ€™t wonder around.
What can the Viva Digital AirFryer HD9230/26 do?
The device is in essence a hot air oven. You can fry, grill, roast and bake. The included recipe book is a good starting point with a variety of foods including chicken wings, fries, chips and even some deserts.
Again, this is an oven so it can handle a variety of foods if you stay within its limitations. It can fry, yes but donâ€™t expect the same results as with an immersion fryer. Expect similar
result, not identical.
Cooking itself is an art and as you start to learn the device you will be more precise in your cooking.
I say this because at first you will have to rely on the recipes. Also, given that you donâ€™t have a way to see inside you have to open the drawer to see what is going on and how cooked is the food.
Some people report smoke coming out the back of these devices and they are mad at the manufacturer when they say itâ€™s normal.
Well, you havenâ€™t read the manual, havenâ€™t you?
This is a closed device that run as high as 390F so if you cook food that has high fat content then that fat is going to generate smoke that will get out from the vent. No need to panic, just be aware of it.
And itâ€™s not something specifically related to this air fryers, itâ€™s a thing that is happening with all of them.
The basket is large enough for one or two people but not for more. You can repeat the process to cook for more people but a larger sized fryer might be more suited if you have more mouths to feed.
Cleaning the Digital AirFryer
Cleaning is quite easy and straightforward. After the machine has cooled pull out the drawer, detach the basket and throw them in a dishwasher or in the sink.
Periodically you also want to turn the air fryer upside down and clean the heating element with a brush of a cloth because grease and oil will deposit onto it from all that air circulation going on inside.
Alternative air fryers
Philips is on the pricier side of the spectrum but is also very popular but if you want alternatives or other features then there are options.
Also, don’t forget to check out my top favorite air fryers list for more options and what they have to offer.
One very popular competitor is the GoWISE GW22621 which is very similar in most aspects but considerably cheaper.
If you want a larger capacity device the Philips HD9240/94 Airfryer Avance XL might be a good option for you. Alternatively, GoWISE has, again, a very popular and more affordable version of their own.
To summarize the pros:
- little to oil cooking and frying
- very little mess to clean and no splatter due to the cooking done in a closed device and with very little oil or none at all
- easy to clean and machine washable parts â€“ the inside can be easily cleaned with a cloth
- pretty simple to use â€“ not as simple as the analog version but not too complex either
- itâ€™s an oven that can also fry so you can imagine that itâ€™s pretty versatile in terms of what you can cook
- itâ€™s portable. It only requires powers so you can take it on an RV if you so desire.
The cons of the device:
- just like my complaints with the analog version itâ€™s more expensive than other similar air fryers
- you canâ€™t see inside which means that at least until you get used to it you have to open the drawer to see how cooked is the food inside
Should you purchase it?
If you want to cooking healthier, with considerably less oil and less mess in the kitchen then yes. Itâ€™s a device that does the job, feels solidly build and comes from a reputable manufacturer.