How do you choose an airfryer?
Selecting an airfryer
All airfryers can bake fries, snacks and other hot air preparations. However, there are many different types available. Ask yourself the following when choosing an airfryer:
- How many people do you use it for?
- Which baking technology do you want?
- Do you want automatic programs?
- What do you want to prepare?
How big is your household?
Do you have a small household of about 2 to 3 people? A small airfryer with a load capacity of 0.6 to 1 kilogram will be large enough. Are you with 4 people? A 1-kilogram airfryer can only bake a modest portion of fries. Do you also want to bake snacks for everyone next to the fries? You can do this by baking in 2 rounds.
- Takes up less space on your counter.
Do you want to bake a large amount of fries and snacks in one go, for about 4 to 6 people? You're likely to end up with an airfryer with a load capacity of 1 to 1.5 kilograms. You can also make a complete meal in such a large airfryer, like a piece of fish, vegetables, and potatoes. A larger air fryer is also suitable for baking a cake.
- For full meals and large quantities.
- Suitable for baking larger foods.
Which baking technology do you choose?
3D Air Pulse technology (Tefal)
Tefal uses the 3D Air Pulse technology. Adding one tablespoon of oil is sufficient to bake your snacks. After a short warm-up time, the airfryer is ready for use. The heating element at the top of the pan, together with a hot air flow, ensures that your dish cooks quickly and evenly.
RapidAir technology (Philips)
Some Philips Airfryers have RapidAir technology. With this technology, only one tablespoon of oil is needed to bake snacks. The hot air is blown into the pan from above. The propeller at the top pushes the air through the double wall of the pan to the bottom. The star-shaped element at the bottom of the pan then distributes the air evenly throughout the pan. This means the dish cooks evenly and your fries bake crispy all round.
TurboStar technology (Philips)
Philips takes it one step further with the TurboStar technology. All the fat that is released during frying or grilling, gets drained right away and ends up in the bottom of the pan. This way, you can snack even healthier. With the TurboStar technology, pre-heating is no longer necessary. This is because the heating element and the motor are powerful. Like with the RapidAir technology, the hot air circulates through the pan for even cooking and a crispy result.
Do you want automatic baking programs?
With some airfryers you, can set the temperature and baking time yourself. But there are also airfryers with automatic programs. The temperature and baking time have already been set, so that you have the right settings at the touch of a button. This is very useful, because you don't have to think about it anymore yourself.
What will you prepare?
Do you like to make various dishes with your air fryer? You need the right accessories for this. Think of baking tins for cakes and muffins. Or a baking grid that you can use to create a double layer in the pan. This way, you can bake meat and potatoes at the same time.