What We Like
Cooks quickly and evenly
Digital screen is easy to use
Substantial 2.75-quart basket
TurboStar Technology means you don’t have to rotate your food while cooking
What We Don't Like
Doesn’t shut off when you open it
Housing gets really hot
When air fryers first hit the market back in 2010, they received significant attention as they claimed to not only “fry” up your food in a healthier manner, but to also slash your cooking time by 20 to 30 percent. We’re always on the hunt for versatile appliances, so we picked up the Philips Avance Collection 2.75-Quart TurboStar Digital Air Fryer to see if it could speed up our kitchen routine and deliver food that tasted just as good as it would if cooked in an oven or traditional deep fryer. Keep reading for our full assessment of the air fryer’s design, performance, features, competition, and more.
Design: Sleek but hard to keep clean
The Philips air fryer features a shiny black exterior and a simple digital display. There’s also stainless steel detailing on the temperature and timer dial which complements the appliance’s sleek body and gives it a high-end finish. The air fryer is quite large at 14.4 x 10.5 x 11.3 inches and 15.08 pounds, but we found it was nice enough to leave out on the counter if you don’t have room in your cabinets.
The shiny finish of the air fryer tends to collect fingerprints and little specks of dust.
Something that stuck out to us right away, though, is that the shiny finish of the air fryer tends to collect fingerprints and little specks of dust. We used a damp rag to wipe it clean, but we were still able to see small pieces of lint and streaks of water. This wasn’t a dealbreaker for us, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re someone who likes to keep their appliances pristine. If you’re planning to house it on the kitchen counter, it’s likely you’ll have to wipe it down daily if you don’t want dust to show. Another option is to opt for the white fryer, which looks equally high-end but probably won’t show fingerprints or dust as easily.
Performance: Gets the job done
To be completely honest, there wasn’t anything about the Philips air fryer’s performance that stood out to us. It worked about the same as every other air fryer we’ve ever used—which is to say it got the job done, but didn’t wow us.
To test the air fryer, we cooked up frozen french fries, boneless, skinless chicken tenders, and apple chips. For the first two, we used the air fryer’s preset programs (more on that ahead) which automatically set the appliance to the correct temperature and cook time. For the latter, we manually set the air fryer to 375 degrees and 12 minutes.
It worked about the same as every other air fryer we’ve ever used—which is to say it got the job done, but didn’t wow us.
The air fryer’s 1425 watts of power proved plenty strong enough and everything cooked evenly; the fries were nice and crisp, the chicken still moist, and the apple chips were uniformly toasted—no soggy or burnt bits in the batch. True to Philips’ word, the TurboStar technology also made it so that we didn’t have to flip or rotate the food at all. This is an especially great feature for those who like to get other chores done while cooking as you don’t have to babysit your meal.
The one con we did notice is that the housing chamber gets really hot while cooking and it takes roughly 15 minutes for the appliance to cool down completely. Philips claims that the air fryer has a “cool-touch exterior,” but after multiple uses, we found the opposite. This is something that you’ll need to be mindful of, especially if you have kiddos helping you in the kitchen or you like to clean up immediately after a meal.
Features: Checks the standard boxes
The Philips TurboStar isn’t packed with flashy features, but if you’re looking for something that checks all the standard boxes and is easy to use, it’s a great option. It offers a 2.75-quart frying basket, 1425 watts of power, and what Philips calls TurboStar Technology—AKA a combination of heating elements and fans which circulate the hot air continuously through the heating chamber so your food cooks evenly. This technology eliminates the need to stop the air fryer to turn your food over or redistribute it.
The air fryer gives you the option to cook your food manually—programming your own cooking time and temperature—or you can choose from five different preset options which cover commonly air-fried items like fish, chicken, meat, and french fries. There’s also an option to keep your food warm if it’s done cooking before you’re ready to eat.
The air fryer is quite large…but we found it was nice enough to leave out on the counter if you don’t have room in your cabinets.
A nice added feature is that the non-stick drawer and food basket are dishwasher safe, so not only can you cook your food in less time, but you’ll also be able to toss the dirtiest parts in the dishwasher and shave some time off cleanup as well. Philips also put extra effort into making sure that the parts of the air fryer that come in contact with your food are completely BPA-free.
The one thing we found ourselves missing with the Philips TurboStar was an auto-shutoff feature. Most air fryers turn off when you remove the basket, but the Philips continues to run, so you have to make sure you manually shut it off if you pull your food out before the end of the cooking cycle. While this isn’t a deal-breaker by any means, we did enjoy this feature on other models.
Price: Pretty expensive for what it offers
While the Philips air fryer looks beautiful, it doesn’t have a lot of extra features that differentiate it from other models. Because of this, we think the $300 price tag is quite steep—especially as you can find sub-$100 options with nearly the same power and capacity.
Competition: Other options, but with a potential sacrifice in quality
Ninja Foodi 6.5-QT, The Pressure Cooker that Crisps: This Ninja model will still set you back $200, but it’s even more versatile than a normal air fryer as it also operates as a steamer and pressure cooker. The 6.5-quart appliance comes with a special crisping lid which promises to crisp up the outside of all your meals, from rotisserie chickens to sweet potato fries—even if they came directly out of the freezer.
Della Electric Multipurpose Air Fryer: Like the Philips, Della’s model functions only as an air fryer. The $70 appliance is available in black, white, or red and comes with a 5.8-quart basket that can fry up enough food for a family. Where the Della loses points against the Philip is in its features; the Della doesn’t have any preset programs and it works via the turn of two knobs rather than a sleek digital screen.
Buy it when it’s on sale.
The Philips TurboStar is a solid air fryer; it has a sleek design, plenty of power, and the TurboStar Technology means you don’t have to rotate your food while it cooks. But beyond a few pre-programmed settings, the appliance doesn’t have many bells and whistles, so we don’t really think it merits a $300 price tag. If you can get it on sale, great! Otherwise, we’d go for a budget pick.
- Product Name Avance Collection 2.75-Quart TurboStar Digital Air Fryer
- Product Brand Philips
- MPN HD9641/96
- Price $299.99
- Weight 15.08 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 14.5 x 10.5 x 11 in.
- Color Black and white
- Capacity 2.75 qt.
- Power 1425 W
- Warranty 1 year