Philips HD9240/94

Last updated date: January 8, 2019

DWYM Score
7.7

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We looked at the top 1 Air Fryers and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including New York Times Wirecutter, Top Ten Reviews and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Air Fryer you should buy.

Overall Take

This fryer is a larger version of the Digital Turbostar, making it ideal for anyone who wants the high-quality cooking abilities of its predecessor with the option of a bigger serving size. It’s a little trickier to clean, but that might be worth it for families looking for a fryer that will meet their needs at a competitive price. In our analysis of 33 expert reviews, the Philips Philips Avance XL placed 2nd when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 13, 2019:
Checkout The Best Air Fryer for a detailed review of all the top air fryers.

Expert Summarized Score
7.7
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
922 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Easy to use digital controls. The air fryer has a fairly large capacity. Auto shut-off and cool exterior for maximum safety. Healthy and safe foods without oil. Convenient and easy to use and clean.
- Best Air Fryer Hub
Performed similar to the Philips HD9641/96 Airfryer in our tests.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Thus, in a nutshell, this is indeed a monster fryer. It's a choice you cannot regret making and something we recommend for every household. It might be shiny and elegant, but never forget the big picture – it's about YOUR HEALTH, and no price can be put on that. Get an air fryer, live longer!
- My Fryer
July 19, 2016 | Full review
Uses very little oil to cook. Has a digital interface. High temperatures which are achievable in less than a minute. Auto turn off and a 60-minute timer. Sevenpres-set cooking choices.
- Fryers Expert
April 28, 2017 | Full review
Now you can cook more amount of items at a time as the new Philips XL Air Fryer comes with an extra-large frying basket which is also very light in weight.. In other words, the air fryer can cook up to 2.65 pounds of food at a time which is approximately equivalent for 4 or more people.. The cooking temperature varies and can be adjustable. Different type of cooking styles like grilling, baking, roasting and frying can be done.
- AirFryerReviews.net
The larger size (obviously) compared to other models such as the Philips HD9230. Easy to use. Automatic shut-off. Cord can be stored in the compartment. Reduced cooking times. Can feed a family of 5 easily. No smelly kitchen. No oil splatter.
- Air Fryers
The results were very consistent and crispy and the controls are easy to understand and use.
- Top Ten Reviews
What experts didn't like
Bulky, a little heavy and may take some space in your kitchen. Even though it is easy to use, you’ll still have to learn a few things but this is how it is with all air fryers.
- Best Air Fryer Hub
The booklet guidelines are not reliable, either: The directions say to cook 4 ounces of chicken breasts at 290 °F for eight minutes and then at 360 °F for six minutes. Unfortunately, 290 °F isn’t a temperature option on this model.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Well, you know what they say – a high-end product comes with a high-end price, and not everyone can afford that.
- My Fryer
July 19, 2016 | Full review
It is not entirely dishwasher safe. Excess build up of grease may cause the air fryer to produces smoke.
- Fryers Expert
April 28, 2017 | Full review
If you purchase the white color Air Fryer, its color is likely to be faded after some time. As the air fryer is quick, it cooks the food faster which sometimes make it difficult to judge when some foods are cooked properly or not. One of the major drawbacks of this particular air fryer model is that the lid is not transparent which makes it difficult to check the browning of food. Accessories need to be purchased separately.
- AirFryerReviews.net
Some reviewers reported smoke coming from the fryer when preparing high fat meat. No accessories includes. Need to be purchased separately. The HD9240 is large, so check if it can fit on your counter-top.
- Air Fryers
This air fryer was a pain to clean. The wire basket needed to be soaked and scrubbed, and it was not fun.
- Top Ten Reviews

From The Manufacturer

With the Philips Air fryer, you can cook healthier meals without giving up the taste and texture of your favorite foods. Using our unique rapid air technology, the air fryer fries, bakes, roasts and grills with a tablespoon or less of oil making it a perfect solution for fast and healthy meals and snacks.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Philips HD9641/96
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
2. Philips HD9240/94
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 7
3. GoWISE USA GW22638
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 3
4. T-fal ActiFry
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 7
5. NINJA AF101
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 1
6. KRUPS AJ1000US
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Kalorik FT 42139
Overall Score: 3.3
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Air Fryers

Fried foods are a distinctly American obsession. From chicken nuggets in our school lunches to funnel cakes at the county fair, digging into a fried meal is a tasty endeavor. However, it’s no secret that fried foods aren’t doing any favors for your health. Indulging in fried food once or more every week puts you at a higher risk for cardiovascular health problems and Type 2 diabetes.

You don’t have to kiss fried foods goodbye entirely if you’re watching your waistline, though. Over the last few years, air fryers have boomed in popularity for lightening up deep-fried goodness for a more heart-friendly meal at home.

Air fryers are an entirely different beast than the countertop oil fryers you may have bought in the past. Instead of immersing baskets of your food in hot oil (which can splash out of the basket and burn you and requires heavy-duty cleanup), air fryers use a very small amount of oil to crisp your food. A light spritzing from an oil spray bottle should be all you need. Just choose whatever food you’d like to fry, preheat the unit for a few minutes, and place it in the removable basket. Then set the timer and temperature, pop the basket inside the contained countertop unit and get ready to chow down.

If you’re wondering how air fryers crisp your food without large quantities of hot oil, it all comes down to one dirty little secret: they’re not actually fryers at all. In reality, air fryers are countertop convection ovens that rapidly circulate hot air around the food you place in the basket, browning them for a crispy, “fried”-looking result. Plus, cleanup is a breeze compared to standard countertop fryers. Some air fryers, like the Phillips Avance Digital Turbostar, even let you pop the non-stick drawer and basket straight in the dishwasher after your food has finished cooking.

Another bonus of air fryers is that you can open them at any time to check on your food’s progress without losing heat or affecting the cooking time. This helps you get your food to your own perfect level of “fried” for a more personalized meal. Since the air fryer uses such a small amount of oil, you’ll want to stop and shake your air fryer’s basket throughout the cooking process to make sure that nothing gets stuck to the sides. Although some models are known for consistent cooking across the entire air fryer basket, you still shouldn’t skip this important step.

These appliances aren’t just for piles of fries and chicken wings. Other items that cook up well in the air fryer include vegetables, like brussels sprouts and broccoli; light fish dishes, such as salmon or trout; and Italian favorites, like lasagna or personal pizzas. Air fryers are far more versatile than countertop oil fryers or toaster ovens, so they’re worth a second look even if you’re not a huge fan of standard fried fare.

The meals you make may not taste exactly like the fast food French fries or deep-fried chicken wings you might be craving, but they’re a worthy, tasty substitute for anyone who doesn’t want to completely give up the fried lifestyle. Your heart and taste buds will thank you!

DYWM Fun Fact

Even if you thought chemistry was boring in high school, you may still be interested to learn how it helps you cook up delicious treats in your air fryer. A chemical reaction called the Maillard Reaction creates the crispy finish on your air fryer-cooked french fries. First described in 1912 by French chemist Louis-Camille Maillard, this chemical reaction between amino acids and sugars in your food creates a browning effect when your food is exposed to high temperatures. Your air fryer relies on this reaction to create that telltale toasted look and feel on the outside of your chicken wings. It also produces the flavors and aromas that you associate with fried food — but without the hefty calorie count.

The Air Fryer Buying Guide

  • One of the most important factors you’ll want to think about before purchasing an air fryer is how frequently you’ll use it. You might not want to drop as much money on an air fryer if you’re only whipping up fries and chicken tenders every once in a while. Some units cost up to $300, but there are also great models, like the GoWISE USA, available for less than $100.
  • Air fryers are available with different capacity baskets, and estimating how much food you’ll cook during each use will help you choose the best option. Are you a solo chef who wants a side of French fries with your meals? A family with a few kids who clamor for heaps of fish sticks? Or somewhere in between? The Kalorik FT’s 3.2-quart basket makes it a solid mid-sized choice.
  • Take a look around your kitchen and consider where you’ll use your air fryer, and where you’ll store it when it’s not in use. Air fryers are larger than many countertop kitchen appliances, and you’ll need at least five inches of space between the back of your air fryer and the wall for the fryer’s exhaust fan to properly function. The fryer will also need to be well within reach of a power outlet — these puppies don’t run on batteries. A model like the NuWave Brio, which only takes up 18 square inches of counter space, is a good pick for smaller kitchens.
  • How much time are you willing to spend cleaning up after you’re done air frying your meal? Almost all air fryers are easier to clean than countertop oil fryers; quickly rinsing the basket and drawer and sticking them both in the dishwasher is par for the course for most models. However, some units, like the Philips Avance XL, have baskets that must be hand-soaked and scrubbed before the next use.
  • All air fryers come with temperature controls and timers, but some models have other preset options and extra features on their control panels. You’ll want to take a look at each fryer’s control panel options; some choices might have specific settings that better match your particular cooking preferences. For example, the Phillips Avance Digital Turbostar keeps things simple with temperature and cook time settings on an easy-to-read digital display, while the GoWISE USA has eight presets for fries, chicken, fish, steak, and more.
  • You’ll also want to consider what you’ll be primarily cooking in your new air fryer. The T-fal ActiFry, for instance, is really best suited for French fries, but not a lot of other foods.