Best Low Fat Fryers, Halogen Ovens & Air Fryers – Reviews of Breville, Tefal, Philips Healthy ‘No Oil’ Airfryers and Halogen Ovens

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Best Low Fat Fryer, Air Fryers and Halogen Ovens Reviews & Comparisons

Low Fat Fryers (also called Healthy Fryers, Air fryers, Halogen Ovens and No Oil 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.

Halogen Ovens or Low Fat Fryers (Air Fryers)

Low fat fryer and halogen oven comparison & review tableDuring 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 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. However, 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.

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Low Fat Fryers Use Less 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?

The original healthy low fat fryer hit the marker 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 spoon full 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 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

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Low Fat Fryers make Great Chips

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) and others don’t have one at all. In our tests, those that don’t have a rotating paddle performed worst when cooking chips (fries) as without the paddle they cooked unevenly resulting in some burning and some remaining ‘firm’. The photograph to the left was taken by a real customer and clearly shows these chips are cooked to perfection dispelling any rumours that low fat fryers can’t cook decent chips. 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 friers. You can also find 1.5KG capacity fryers but these are more expensive. 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 (See table further down).

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. 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 lave them to cook. This is probably more the case with the rotating paddle models.

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.

Comparison of Low Fat Fryers & Halogen Ovens – Delonghi, Salter, Duronic, Breville, Tefal, Philips, VonShef, Tower, Ego, Beaumark, Igenix

We have put together our a selection of the best low fat fryers and combination halogen ovens from across all of the main manufacturers including Delonghi, Salter, Duronic, Breville, Tefal, Philips, VonShef, Tower, Ego, Beaumark and Igenix. We have provided a brief description and review. The table is sorted by rating – the best at the top.

Low Fat Fryer and Halogen Oven Review and Comparison Table

Comparison and Reviews of Low Fat Fryers and Halogen Ovens
Delonghi Multifry Extra Low Oil Chip Fryer & Oven in 1 Model FH1363 1.7L

Delonghi Multifry Extra Low Oil Chip Fryer & Oven in 1 Model FH1363 1.7L

This is our Editor’s choice best low fat fryer and cooks 1kg of chips in record time. Large 1.7L capacity, dual heating elements (top and bottom) means its cooks quickly and can even be use to cook pizza! Easily cleaned, large viewing area, rotating paddle. Extremely versatile.We highly recommend this latest Delonghi Health Fryer which is definitely worth paying the extra for.

5 Star£149.99
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Salter Low Fat Fryer and Halogen Oven

Salter Low Fat Fryer and Halogen Oven

This is the best all round low oil fryer/ halogen oven/ infrared cooker you can buy and has been awarded our Editor’s award for best value. It does so much it’s hard believe. Large 12 Litre capacity which can be extended by use of extender ring (purchased separately) to 17L. It can fry, bake, roast and even steam your food. 360 degree visibility means you can see exactly what’s going on. A great cooker at a great price.

5 Star£54.99
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Duronic AF1 /B Healthy Oil Free Jet Fryer Multicooker - Air Circulating Technology - Black - free recipe book

Duronic AF1 /B Healthy Oil Free Jet Fryer Multicooker

The Duronic Healthy Oil Free Fryer is a firm favourite. It uses ‘Jet Fryer’ technology which cooks at a high temperature resulting in fast cooked food with a nice crispy finish. It has a closed system which reduced food vapours although this is not unique to the Duronic. All in all a very good low fat fryer which looks great.

5 Star£64.99
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Tefal ActiFry Family AH900240 Low Fat Electric Fryer – 1.5 kg Capacity – White

This Tefal ActiFry low fat fryer is the latest in the ActiFry range. The Tefal ActiFry is the best selling fryer in the UK. What separates this apart from former models is the 1.5kg capacity; more than enough for most families. As with other ActiFrys, is employs a paddle to keep the food moving whilst blowing hot air from a powerful halogen lamp. The ActiFry works very well and consistently produces great results. If you don’t need the additional capacity, there are other smaller and cheaper models to look at from the ActiFry range.

5 Star£159.99
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Philips HD9220/20 Airfryer Healthier Oil Free Fryer, Black

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.

5 Star£105.99
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Breville Halo Plus Health Fryer

Breville Halo Plus Health Fryer VDF105, White/Green

Breville is up there with the best when it comes to health fryers. This new version uses the same halogen and fan technology as its predecessors but with the added feature that it also slants. The idea behind this is to assist in keeping the food evenly cooked as it is moved around the bowl. It has a 1.25kg capacity and a powerful halogen lamp. It produces great results, especially with chips although it can cook other things as all of them can. It has a mesh shelf and grill only option which is ideal for fish. The unit is easily cleaned.

5 Star£99.99
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 VonShef Turbo Air Fryer, 10 Litre, 1200 Watt

VonShef Turbo Air Fryer, 10 Litre, 1200 Watt

The VonShef air fryer follows the combined fryer/ halogen oven design and performs extremely well. It has a modest (for an oven) 10 Litre capacity which although less than some such as the Salter low fat fryer (up to 17 litres with ring extension), is still adequate for most family cooking. It has a number of pre-programmed settings depending on whether you are frying, roasting, baking, steaming etc. The stand out feature of this halogen oven is the 230? heating system which is exceptional. Cleaning is simple.

5 Star£74.99
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Tower T14001 AirWave Low Fat Air Fryer

Tower T14001 AirWave Low Fat Air Fryer

This Tower T14001 AirWave Low Fat Fryer is not just a great fryer but also a great halogen oven. It used halogen convection infrared to heat up the food. It has a large 12 litre capacity which can be extended to 17 litres with the extender ring which has to be purchased separately. This is a great value cooker along the lines of the Salter low fat fryer.

5 Star£49.99
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Beaumark BM800 Air-Wave Health Cooker

Beaumark BM800 Air-Wave Health Cooker

If you have not heard of beaumark before don’t worry. They may be relatively new to the UK but they have been round for a while and know how to produce good fryers. This is actually a cooker and has a 15 litre capacity which is exceptional. It uses halogen infrared with a turbo fan. The Beaumark produces good results both in terms of chips and as an oven. It comes apart easily to clean. All in all a great unit with very positive customer feedback.

5 Star£69.99
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Igenix IG1190 6 in 1 Multichef Cooker perfect for Frying

Igenix IG1190 6 in 1 Multichef Cooker

The Igenix IG1190 6 in 1 is, as the name suggests more than simply a low fat fryer. In fact it is a halogen cooker which just happens to do low fat frying very well. It also does, Roasting, Baking, Grilling, Braising and Sautéing. A very versatile fryer/cooker indeed. With a 12kg food capacity and 9 Litre cooking pan it is not the largest of its type but adequate for most occasions. The heating is impressive reaching 250? and this is why it cooks quickly. The Igenix also comes with a 2 year warranty and comprehensive recipe book.

5 Star£73.97
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Ego Spaceship Style 12L Air Oven

Wow – this ego Spaceship Air Oven looks amazing. It also packs quite a punch with its 1400W high powered heating element which heats the fryer to temperatures of 250 degrees celsius. This is also an oven and so can stir fry, fry, bake,roast, grill, steam etc. It comes apart to cleans and is available in a range of colours. There are better low fat fryers/ovens on the marker but none look as good as this.

5 Star£79.99
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