- The Philips Twin TurboStar XXL Airfryer has a spacious interior that holds up to 1.4kg of food, cooks quickly, and is dishwasher safe.
- Though it’s one of the more expensive air fryers on the market (A$446.64 at Amazon), it comes with a booklet and an app with hundreds of recipes so you can get the most out of the appliance.
- Read more: 7 things to cook in air fryers and 7 things you shouldn’t
In 2010, Philips introduced the first air fryer at a consumer electronics fair in Berlin, Germany. Since then, the appliance has taken off with dozens of brands introducing different styles.
I was hesitant to try the Philips Twin TurboStar XXL for several reasons, including that it regularly costs over A$450 – it’s one of the most expensive options. But after using it dozens of times over the past six months, I can say unequivocally that it’s the best air fryer on the market.
Below, I will explore what makes it better than the competition.
The Twin TurboStar XXL lives up to the XXL in its name with a footprint of 39.8cm wide, 33.4cm deep, and 39.8cm tall. It has an impressive temperature range of 40 to 200 degrees Celcius, and you can adjust the temp in increments using the dial on the front.
The dial lets you set the timer (between 1 and 60 minutes) and choose among presets, including defrost, chicken, steak, fish, and cake. The large, LCD screen display shows you the temp and time remaining in the cooking process.
The air fryer comes with a beautiful recipe book complete with full-colour photos. There are more than 30 recipes and you can access over 200 more by downloading the app.
Philips backs this air fryer with a one-year limited warranty.
The set-up process was effortless.
After removing the packaging, I washed the basket and pan with soap and water. I then let the air fryer run for a few minutes to warm up. Within 10 minutes of opening the box, I had potstickers baking. They came out pretty good, but I think I’ll stick with the stovetop method. Despite being healthier, they were missing the steamed goodness. However, there were several other plates the air fryer knocked out of the park.
What makes the Philips air fryer stand out
What impresses me most about the Philips Twin TurboStar XXL Airfryer is that it combines size with fast cooking. The stated capacity of the air fryer is 1.4 kilos or up to 6 portions of food, and in my experience, this is conservative. I had no problem fitting 1.4 kilos of chicken breasts in the basket without crowding.
There are three food items I test in all air fryers: toast, french fries, and boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The chicken breasts just needed 25 minutes, and they tasted juicy and delicious.
To test the french fry capabilities, I cut up a kilo of yellow potatoes, tossed them with a tablespoon of olive oil and some seasoning, and put them in the air fryer. Every 10 minutes, I’d shake the basket up and see if they were done. The fries took a little less than 30 minutes, which is impressive compared to other models I’ve tested.
The toast was also quite fast by air fryer standards. In less than 4 minutes, the Twin TurboStar XXL evenly toasted a giant slice of my homemade bread, which I’d made in the Home Bakery Virtuoso Plus Breadmaker.
You can also tell how well an air fryer bakes by how much heat it puts off. If the air fryer is emitting a lot of heat around the exterior, then it’s heating your house and not cooking efficiently. The Philips air fryer stays cool to the touch everywhere except the back of the appliance, where it’s incredibly hot.
I’ve tested a dozen air fryers in the last year, and the recipe books always underestimate how long the dishes will take to cook. This is not the case with the Philips recipe book. I tried recipes for fries, drumsticks, and fish, and they were all accurate and scrumptious.
I love that the parts of the air fryer that get the dirtiest – like the basket, mesh bottom, “fat reducer” tray, and pan – are dishwasher safe. They were easy to clean in my dishwasher, and I haven’t noticed any wear from using this cleaning method.
Cons to consider
I did have a little issue with the Twin TurboStar XXL releasing a fair amount of smoke while cooking. This likely had to do with me going a little overboard with the amount of olive oil I used for a recipe. After thoroughly cleaning the unit and testing again, the smoke problem went away. So, the moral of the story is to go light on the oil. I recommend picking up an inexpensive oil mister.
Unlike most air fryers, the Philips air fryer doesn’t come with accessories, such as a rack or skewers. The company sells these separately. I didn’t miss having accessories, but if you’re paying A$446.64 for a small appliance, you’d expect it to come with plenty of extras so it seemed like an oversight here.
The bottom line
From being able to cook family-size meals efficiently to cleaning up easily, the Philips Twin TurboStar XXL Airfryer hits all the right notes. But should you buy it? Are there more affordable and perfectly serviceable alternatives? Let’s explore your options.
Should you buy the Philips air fryer?
Even though it’s the best I’ve tested, A$446.64 is a lot to spend on an air fryer. However, if you have the money and want the best, the Twin TurboStar XXL is the model to buy, especially if you want a unit that can cook larger quantities of food quickly.
Due to its size, it may not be ideal for individuals with smaller kitchens, but it could be a good alternative if you don’t have room for an oven.
Which model should you get?
Philips makes a few other air fryer models, including its XL Collection and compact solutions, but we don’t feel they provide as strong of a balance of price and cooking abilities as the XXL air fryers.
Overall, there are several outstanding alternatives available, but if you have it in your budget, we strongly recommend picking up the Philips Twin TurboStar XXL Airfryer. You will appreciate how quickly it cooks large meals and how effortless it is to clean up.
Pros: 4-quart capacity, TurboStar design facilitates faster cooking, dishwasher safe, digital interface, full-colour recipe book
Cons: Expensive, doesn’t come with accessories, smoking may occur if too much oil is used
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