Elysia200... 5


Add to my Circle of Trust

Subscribe to reviews

About me: Plucking up the courage to start reviewing again.

Member since:11.02.2010


Members who trust:92


Not just for chips

07.12.2011 (15.01.2012) Diamond review

Such a versitile, economical machine .  A pleasure to own and use .

No viewing window

Recommendable Yes:

Detailed rating:


Ease of use


User's Manual

Value for money

Cleaning & MaintenanceVery easy

SafetyVery safe

How much did you pay?£99 on special offer

Any repairs?None as yet

Special features?Cool exterior

66 Ciao members have rated this review on average: exceptional See ratings
exceptional by (70%):
  1. Mac83
  2. helen190390
  3. rikogida
and 47 other members
very helpful by (30%):
  1. ashleighmills8
  2. muppetbabe
  3. harveydog52
and 18 other members

View all ratings

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Share this review on

Firstly, I much apologise for the length of this review. There is so much I wanted to say, and this is the edited version.

Iíve always struggled with my weight, and as such need to utilise healthier cooking methods for both myself, and also to prevent the same problems happening to my kids. For years Iíve used a Tefal Actifry to cook the chips and fried foods that my family love, but without the unhealthy oils and excessive calories.
My purchase of the Philips Airfryer

After using it one day, I placed it on top of my touch sensitive cooker hob to cool, which turned on, and melted all the underneath and flex to the machine. Oops. Unsafe to use, I immediately went to buy another one (which would have been my third), and while reading reviews about the newer family sized model, I came across this Phillips Airfryer. Finding it was half price in Argos, and having great reviews, my mind was made up, and after a visit to the store, I was the proud owner of this wonderful machine.

I will try really hard to not let this review become a comparison, but as you will be aware, anyone reading this review will be reading it, with a view to purchasing either one, so there will be a need to compare at some stage.
Dimensions and Appearance

When you remove this product from its huge box after purchase you will be amazed at how small it really is. At 28.7 wide, 31.5 Height x 38.4 cm depth, this machine has a much smaller footprint than the Tefal Actifry. I much prefer this, as it takes up less counter and cupboard space, when room is at a premium size matters.

I have the glossy, sleek black version of this, but it also comes in white, with blue accents. While I agree the colour of the appliance has nothing at all with functionality, if something looks good you are more likely to keep it out on the counter, and therefore use it; it then becomes a worthy member of kitchen equipment. I love this machine and would use it even if it was an ugly duckling, its worth its weight in gold, but the fact is has sleek lines and modern styling adds to its appeal.
First Use

Removing the contents of the box you will find a packet containing a thick booklet with the operating instructions, and also a handy laminated quick start guide. These are well laid out, and easy to understand. Using the appliance is simplicity itself and pretty foolproof really. The booklet also covers cooking times of various foodstuffs. This is invaluable and takes the guesswork out of it, as cooking frozen foods in this machine takes half the time it would in a conventional oven.

What can you cook in it?

The booklet gives plenty of suggestions. I think this machine is more versatile than the Actifry because although that one can cook not only chips, wedges, chilliís, stir fries etc, the Philips Airfryer goes one step further, and can cook so much more. You can cook chops, hamburgers, potato gratin, spring rolls, and even such things as quiches, full sized cakes and muffins. These are the reasons that swayed it for me.

Although the Actifry comes with a small recipe book with suggestions, due to the action of the paddle, it would break the extra foods listed above up. The Airfryer has no paddle to stir the contents, and as such is just a smaller version of an electric fan oven. If you need to turn food during the cooking time, you need to do this manually by stirring or tossing. The hot air cooks the food, and amazingly it can even brown it. Food looks really tempting and appealing and you get none of the blandness you get when cooking in a microwave.

Utilising the Airfryer

Obviously, first you need to plug the machine in, you will find the plug at the rear of the machine, and it conveniently stows away. To do this, you simply thread the flex through the opening and it gets stored in a cavity underneath. The remove the flex, simply gently pull on the plug.

To set the temperature (according to what foodstuff you are cooking and instructions in the recipe book) you simply turn a dial at the top of the Airfryer to which one you want. The dial is set into a recess, but is quite a large size, and so anyone with dexterity problems would have not difficulties with it.

The turn the machine on, you have to twist the knob to the centre front of the machine. This is quite a large, chunky dial, and is numbered from one to thirty minutes. I would say you wouldnít need more than this, as most foods are cooked in much less time than thirty minutes anyway. Things such as chips and wedges made from fresh raw potatoes might take this long if you are cooking enough for several people at one time, but having to give the basket or shake or stir halfway through, could mean that you could set the timer for 15 minutes as a reminder, and when the bell that signals the end of the cooking time, goes off, set the timer for 15 minutes again. I really think this is a great tip, and one I use myself every time I use it.

To add the food, you pull gently on the handle, and this makes a drawer slide out. It simply slides backwards and forwards, and clicks into place nicely. The overall action is smooth, and like I said before, people with dexterity problems would have no trouble. Saying that though, the whole drawer is quite heavy, and filled up with food, could be quite cumbersome; to an able bodied person, this is not a problem.

Activating a button on the handle releases the food basket. This is square shaped and follows the contours of the drawer. This has a non stick coating, possibly Teflon, and makes it easier to clean; depending on what you are cooking, it might only need a quick wipe after use. The base of the basket is wire mesh, as one would expect from a traditional chip pan. This enables the air to flow adequately around the food, and provides even cooking. If you wish you cook two different foods at once, at handy divider is supplied, and simply slots into two grooves on either side of the basket. This is great as then I can cook one or two portions, of a whole meal at once; chips for the kids in one half, and nuggets in the other, add some beans and sweet corn warmed through in to microwave or on the hob, and you have a much healthier version than McDonalds, and cooks in less time than driving there and waiting for it too.

The only downside for me is the lack of viewing window, which you do get on the Tefal model. The only thing to do is open the drawer and have a sneaky peek. It will be fine, unless youíre cooking muffins and cakes that have to rise, in which case you will have set the timer. Itís not a problem and it would have ruined the design of the exterior anyway.

While in use, the machine is so quiet, itís really surprising compared to how noisy my old Actifry was. You can hardly hear the whooshing noise of the air being circulated.

I do like how this stays really cool to touch while in use. The Tefal Actifry, although promising a cool exterior, could get quite hot, not hot enough to burn you, but hot enough that you had to let it cool before you could move it. This machine has indents underneath in which to put your hands, and makes manouvreing it really easy whether it's been used (and is still warm internally) or not.

After cooking, cleaning the drawer and the basket is easy to do. A quick wash in hot soapy water would suffice, but it can, and does, go into the dishwasher successfully. The dishwasher detergent hasnít dulled the glossy exterior of the drawer at all, Iím pleased to say; although after years and years it may well do; only time will tell.

Although this machine will do so much more, cooking healthy chips and potato wedges are primarily why you buy one in the first place. So what do they taste like? Having adding only half a tablespoon of oil per 500g of raw potatoes, these are less greasy, so they donít actually taste like chip shop chips and never could. My take on the flavour of these would be as a cross between an oven chip and a roasted potato. They are not greasy, yet they have a lovely crispy outside and fluffy inner.

Pictures of Philips HD 9220 VIVA Airfryer
Philips HD 9220 VIVA Airfryer Philips Airfryer in glossy black
I will upload my own photo shortly. I can't find my camera at the moment.
To achieve this, you are asked to prepare raw potatoes before you need them and let them soak in water for half an hour to remove the starch. You are then told to dry them, and to preheat the machine for a minute or two. The dry potatoes are then coated in the oil, placed in the warmed machine, and left to cook. They come out looking and tasting divine.

For frozen chips, they cook in half the time of raw, as they are pre-cooked in oil. In this instance you wouldnít need to add any extra oil. Frozen chips cooked in the Airfryer in this way, are so crispy and delicious, I really recommend them too.

Just to let you know what recipes are contained in the recipe book, I will list a few of the things I have made from the book: Potato Croquettes with parmesan cheese (30 minutes preparation plus 8 minutes in the cooker), Spicy drumsticks with a barbeque marinade (5 minutes preparation, 20 minutes in the marinade, plus 20 minutes in the cooker), Roasted Mediterranean vegetables (8 minutes chopping plus 15 minutes cooking). Next on my list to try is Meatloaf, Thai fishcakes with mango salsa and Pork Satay with peanut sauce. This truly is a versatile machine. Having a look on Amazon, there is a few (non Philips or Tefal) recipe books dedicated to Air frying, Iím hoping to buy one of those in the not too distant future.


The Power this machine uses is 1425 Watts and is 230 Volts. Obviously if you are using this for quick meals, or single portions, this is really economical way of cooking, as you do not have to heat up a whole family oven. Also, with the concentrate heat source meaning that cooking times are mostly halved, you are saving electricity then too.

I love this appliance itís so versatile, and although it holds less than the Tefal Actifry with this having a maximum of 800 g and the Actifry holding a minimum of 1kg depending on what model you choose, I feel the ability to cook several items at once, and the fact that you can cook so many more items, absolutely makes up for that.

My Thoughts

Although environmentally friendly as you are saving electricity, my main concern at the moment is saving money in the long term by not using so much electricity. This appliance does that for me, without effort on my part, and produces perfect, tasty results to boot. I know the initial cost at over £200 (on the Philips website) is extremely high, but if you can buy this machine at a price reduction so much the better. I do feel though, that even at full price, this machine will pay for itself in the long run. I hope you can tell how much I like this product by my review. Please just donít think about it, buy one.
Additional information

Non Slip Feet
Power on light
Temperature ready light
Cool touch handgrips
Automatic shut off (when timer runs out)
One metre cord length
Weight 7kg

More information (including videos) on http://www.philips.co.uk, where you can also order spare parts and get technical support

Thank you for reading my review. I do hope it has been of some help.

This review may also be posted on other sites, under the same username.
  Write your own review

Share this review on

  Next review »

Rate this review »

How helpful would this review be to a person making a buying decision? Rating guidelines

Rate as exceptional

Rate as somewhat helpful

Rate as very helpful

Rate as not helpful

Rate as helpful

Rate as off topic

Write your own review Write a review and you will earn 2p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful. Write a review and you will earn 2p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful.   Report a problem with this reviewís content

Comments about this review »

Mac83 24.09.2012 15:20

Great rev =) E

helen190390 28.02.2012 21:46

amazing review! xx

rikogida 19.02.2012 06:54

Congrats :)

Add your comment

max. 2000 characters

Post comment

Compare prices »

1 to 8 out of 8 offers for Philips HD 9220 VIVA Airfryer   Sorted by: Price 
Philips HD9220 HD9230 HD9240 Genuine Air Fryer Double Layer Shelf Rack + Baking Pan

Philips HD9220 HD9230 HD9240 Genuine Air Fryer Double Layer Shelf Rack + Baking Pan

Philips Air Fryer Double Layer Grill Rack with 5 Skewers Plus Baking Pan Fits Models: Viva ... more

Collection Airfryer: HD9220/40, HD9220/20,
HD9220/50, Viva Collection Digital Airfryer:
HD9230/20, HD9230/50, Avance Collection Airfryer
XL: HD9240/30, HD9240/90...

4 more offers (£64.99 to £99.99) from this merchant

Amazon Marketplace

 Visit Shop  >
Amazon Marketplace
Postage & Packagingrefer to website
Availabilityrefer to website
Amazon Marketplace

Philips HD9220/20 Healthier Oil Free Airfryer - Black

Philips HD9220/20 Healthier Oil Free Airfryer - Black

Use up to 80% less fat than a conventional fryer for the tasting chips, without the oil ... more

Fully-adjustable temperature control allows you to
pre-set the cooking temperature for your food
Integrated timer to pre-set cooking times of up to
30 minutes and a...

Postage & Packagingrefer to website
Availabilityrefer to website
Amazon UK

Philips Hd9220/20 Airfryer 800G Black

Philips Hd9220/20 Airfryer 800G Black

Make your favourite fried foods healthier with the Philips HD9220/20 Airfryer. Unique ... more

Rapid Air Technology lets you fry with air to make
food that is crispy on the outside and tender on
the inside. Little or no oil is needed to ensure a
perfect texture...

Postage & Packaging£0.00
Availabilityrefer to website

Product Information Ľ

Product details

Manufacturer Philips
EAN 8710103523840
Timer Mechanic
Removeable Oil Cavity with Removeable Oil Cavity
Housing Material Plastic Case
Shape Square
Frying without Oil With low Oil
Coolwall without Coolwall
Long Name HD9220/20

Show all Product Information

More reviews Ľ

Review Ratings Ľ

This review of Philips HD 9220 VIVA Airfryer has been rated:

"exceptional" by (70%):

  1. Mac83
  2. helen190390
  3. rikogida

and 47 other members

"very helpful" by (30%):

  1. ashleighmills8
  2. muppetbabe
  3. harveydog52

and 18 other members

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Products you might be interested in »

Philips HD 9230

Philips HD 9230

Deep Fryers - Plastic Case - with Coolwall - Electronic Timer Timer - with Removeable Oil Cavity

Rate it now

Buy now for only £ 99.99

Are you the manufacturer / provider of Philips HD 9220 VIVA Airfryer? Click here