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A Winner!............no longer
on August 15, 2016
New and "revolutionary" cooking appliances are introduced weekly but this device lives up to its hype. The concept is simple..a minimalist convection oven....but Philips makes it work. Having tried a less expensive knockoff, only to return it, this unit at this size beautifully browns everything from fish to chicken to steaks to fries quickly and simply. Cleanup is a breeze and the fryer parks neatly under my upper cabinets. It has displaced my pressure cooker as my go-to kitchen appliance.
UPDATE AT 6 MONTHS: Sadly, I must correct my initial report on this appliance. On New Years Eve, my "go to" appliance erupted in flames, causing our guests to flee, and my kitchen to nearly incinerate. After looking at my pictures of the aftermath, Philips proclaimed the problem: not theirs. The fire, they determined, was caused by some external source. Not only will they not deal with my damages, but they will not even replace their defective unit.
Let me say that I am not a newbie as far as air fryers are concerned. I have owned 3. The first showed the promise of the appliance but was too small. The second was well sized but, being a reconditioned unit, was prone to turning on by itself(lights going on and bells sounding while otherwise turned off. I installed an outlet switch to deal with its curious habit of turning on unattended and deemed the problem one of the unit being reconditioned....not properly manufactured. I should have taken those quirky behaviors as a warning but I did not. Instead, upon finding a deal on a new unit, I replaced my reconditioned airfryer with a new one. That unit nearly took out my kitchen.
My bottom line is beware of this unit until some form of overheat protection is devised. Philips is clearly in denial that there is a problem worth solving and their attitude may/will prove costly to some other purchasers.