Best Low Fat Fryers, Halogen Ovens & Air Fryers Reviews

Tefal ActiFry- in 1 1.5kg Low Fat Fryer

Healthy Food can be Tasty too

This site is all about healthy cooking. Whether you want Low Fat Fryers, Halogen Ovens or Food Steamers, we will show you how to select the best product with the features you need at a price you want to pay.

People are much more conscious about the health problems of too much fried food but enjoy the taste. Low fat fryers (also known as Health Fryers and AirFryers) use little or no oil but still provide the taste that people are used to. Healthy low fat fryers are now officially the most desirable new purchase for the kitchen. We will explain all you need to know about Low Fat Fryers and how these differ from Halogen Ovens, which are often confused but definitely not the same.


Low Fat Fryers were one of the best selling kitchen appliances of 2014 and are expected to sell even more in 2015. It is hard to imagine fried food without the deep fat fryer and the associated pan of oil but that is exactly what these healthy low fat fryers do. These Airfryers ‘fry’ your food without needing a pan of oil. Not only does this result in a healthy fryer but the no oil fryer is a safe fryer since you don’t need to boil a pan of oil in the kitchen. Deep fat fryers were an improvement on the original chip pan in terms of safety but still presented a fire hazard. The low fat fryer or air fryer removes this risk, making the kitchen a safer environment.The choice used to be Tefal versus Breville but things have progressed far beyond this with other suppliers entering the market such as Philips & Duronic etc.

Comparison of the Best Air Fryers and Low Fat Fryers

We have reviewed all of the main air fryers and low fat fryers on the market and compiled the following comparison chart. Simply click on the relative buttons in order to read our review or head straight on to find a great deal. If you are interested in Halogen Ovens, we have compiled a similar comparison table and reviews of Halogen Ovens so you might want to check that out because although not strictly speaking low fat fryers, many halogen ovens do a great job at frying chips but with more versatility. If you are really unsure about whether you want a low fat fryer or halogen oven then read our straight forward article which explains everything you need to know – Choosing a low fat fryer or halogen oven.

Duronic AF1 :W Healthy Oil Free Jet Fryer Multicooker (4.5/5.0)

Duronic AF1 /B Healthy Oil Free Jet Fryer Multicooker

2.2 Litres
1,500 Watts
Hinged
Analogue
Cool Wall/ Low Odours
Comprehensive Cookbook
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The Duronic AF1 /B Healthy Oil Free Jet Fryer Multicooker has a very powerful heater and performed as good, if not better than any other low fat fryer we have tested. If lacks the multi-layer compartments that the larger low fat fryers and halogen ovens have but in all of our tests it performed excellently. It looks amazing and keeps food odours down to a minimum.

VonShef Low Fat Fryer (4.2/5.0)

VonShef Turbo Air Fryer, 10 Litre, 1200 Watt Model 13/093

10 Litres
1,200 Watts
Hinged Lid
Digital Timer
Poor Instructions
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The VonShef Turbo Air Fryer surprised us with its versatility and its high marks in our Chips Test. It has a reasonably powerful heater at 1200 Watts and whilst not the largest halogen oven, at 10 Lites it is average. The instruction manual is not particularly helpful whic is a shame because the control panel, once you get to know it is very good. Overall excellent.

Tefal Actifry Low Fat Electric Fryer – GH800215 (4.5/5.0)

Tefal Actifry Low Fat Electric Fryer Reviews

1 - 1.5 Kg
1,400 Watts
Hinged Lid
Digital Timer
Removable bowl
Basic cookbook but can download.
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The Tefal range of low fat fryers come in various sizes (1Kg to 1.5Kg), different features and colours so you will want to do your homework. Whichever you choose, you will be delighted with the results. Tefal think of everything. Lots of options, utensils and a great cookbook. Cleans easy and cooks great.

Breville VDF065 Halo Fryer (4.4/5.0)

Breville VDF105 Halo Health Fryer Reviews

1.2 Kg
1,400 Watts
Digital Timer
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Our Breville VDF105 Halo Health Fryer reviews showed a very versatile unit which costs much less than the competitors; Tefal and Philips. It has a rotating paddle to keep the food moving and so ensures even cooking without having to shake or stir. The heating comes from a powerful halogen lamp which provides instant heat so no warming up period. It cooks great chips (fries) and other food in a reasonable time with only a few drops of oil, making the Breville VDF105 Halo Health Fryer a great all round performer.

Philips Airfryer (4.4/5.0)

Philips HD9220/20 Airfryer Healthier Oil Free Fryer

0.8Kg
1,425 Watts
Digital Timer
Food Separator
30 Page Recipe Booklet
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The Philips Airfryer range has long been a favourite of ours and this model typifies why Philips continue to rake in great reviews. The style is similar to the Duonic and uses a patented ‘Rapid Air’ technology which blasts the food with high temperature air – up to 200 degrees celsius. The claim is that this crisps the food making it more like traditional fried food. In out ‘Chip Test’ we were very satisfied with the results.

Halogen Ovens or Low Fat Fryers (Air Fryers) ?


During 2014 we witnessed a further development in health fryers with the growth of the so called halogen ovens. These devices are designed to cook a variety of food and not just by frying. They come with a much larger capacity than traditional low fat fryers which can be as large as 17 litres although 10 to 12 litres is more common. This is large enough to cook a chicken. Halogen ovens and low fat fryers work by heating the food using infrared heat whilst circulating the heat with a strong fan – hence ‘air fryer’. They don’t just fry. Halogen ovens can be used to bake, roast, steam, sauté and stir fry. If you only want to cook chips then you would be better choosing the traditional low fat fryer as the smaller unit serves to concentrate the heat which is similar to frying. That said, some of the Halogen Ovens can certainly give the low fat fryers a run for their money such as the Tower T14001 and the Duronic AF1. If you would like the flexibility to cook a variety of meals in different ways then the halogen oven may be just the thing. Click here to go to a review and comparison table of the best low fat fryers and halogen ovens.

Low Fat Fryers Use Less Oil

Fat Fryers use Very Little Oil
Fat Fryers use Very Little Oil

Low Fat Fryers  and Halogen Ovens make healthy fryers since they use less oil.  Whilst these are sometimes referred to as no oil fryers, they do require some oil but only a little. This is probably the single most important reason why people are switching to them in their thousands. Less oil or no oil fryers means healthy fryers.
The low fat fryer has definitely made it’s mark but just how good is it at frying your favourite food? Well, we have tried several of these and we can report that not all healthy fryers are the same. Some work differently, some produce better results and others have additional features. Some produce perfect chips and some are frankly disappointing. So, if you are considering replacing your deep fat fryer you should read on. However, if having read all about healthy low fat fryers and you are not convinced, go to our deep fat fryers page and see what’s available over there. If you are feeling really healthy, we also have a page all about Steamers. Whatever product you choose, you can purchase directly from this website with great savings.

How do Airfryers or Low Fat Fryers Work?

Low Fat Fryers circulate the air around the fryer
Low Fat Fryers circulate the air around the fryer

The original healthy low fat fryer hit the market several years ago and had a rotating basket set at an angle which allowed the food to be basted in a pool of hot oil. This meant that the contents were fried in hot oil but didn’t sit in the oil during the whole process. These rotating low fat fryers were the first and still exist. The more recent fryers heat the food using a powerful halogen lamp with a strong fan to maintain a consistent temperatures hence ‘Airfyer’. To avoid burning the food, the contents are coated in oil but you only require a small spoonful of oil for the whole pan – hence the term ‘low fat fryers’ or ‘no oil fryers’. If you are using frozen chips (fries) then you don’t require the oil as frozen chips are already pre-coated in oil. In fact, unlike deep fat fryers, we found that frozen chips tasted better than home cut chips but not significantly.

Rotating Paddles

Rotating Paddles ensure Even Cooking
Rotating Paddles ensure Even Cooking

Some models provide a rotating paddle which ensures the food is moved around and therefore evenly distributed. Others have the rotating paddle as an option (some foods don’t need one such as fish) and others don’t have one at all. In our tests, those that don’t have a rotating paddle (e.g. Philips) performed worst when cooking chips (fries) unless you shook them mid way through like you would with a deep far fryer. This is  as because without the paddle they cooked unevenly resulting in some burning and some remaining ‘firm’.  In fact, these type of low fat fryers containing a paddle are ideal for chips and is one of the main reasons why customers buy them and one of the most cooked items they are used for.

Capacity

The capacity of the low fat fryers is also a consideration depending on your family size. Most of these can cope with 1KG of contents which is about the same size as a family bag of frozen chips (fries) and on par with deep pan fryers. You can also find 1.5KG capacity fryers but these are more expensive but do have the option to use a second tier for cooking food. I this configuration you can place meat at the top and potatoes at the bottom. These larger low fat fryers are encroaching into the halogen oven space. If capacity is an issue then the halogen oven would be a good option. These are like air fryers, are much larger and still been used to fry chips using little or no oil although you would need to read our halogen oven reviews if you plan to use them for cooking chips as some are definitely better than others.

Health Benefits of Air Frying

Since the low fat fryers use less fat, they earn their name ‘healthy fryers’. We cannot provide any hard facts about the difference compared to a deep fat fryer but some manufacturers claim that the there is an 85% less consumption of fat with the low fat fryer compared to the deep fat fryer. There are further benefits to be had since the oil is not reused as it tends to be in deep fat fryers. This means the oil does not become rancid. Rancid oil is formed by heating and re-heating and is responsible for free radicals. These free radicals are responsible for a range of illnesses such as raised cholesterol levels, obesity, weight gain and even cancer. Whichever way you look at this, low fat fryers can can only be good for those looking to reduce their fat intake for themselves and their families.

Cooking Times

Low fat fryers take slightly longer to cook than standard deep fat fryers – about 20 to 25 minutes depending on the model and quantity of food. However, they do warm up much quicker than deep fat fryers and so what you loose with one you gain with the other. You also have the advantage that unlike deep fat fryers, which have to be shaken and checked every so often, with the low fat fryer you just set them off and leave them to cook (Philips is an exception).

Summary

The low fat fryer / no oil fryer / Airfryer / Halogen Oven provides a healthy and viable alternative to the deep fat fryer. It cooks great looking and tasting chips (fries) without the health hazards often associated with deep fat frying. It can take slightly longer to cook but can be left to get on with it unlike traditional deep fat fryers fryers. However, some are definitely better than others and we do recommend you check our our reviews before buying.