Tower T14001 1300w 17 Litre Airwave Low Fat Air Fryer
The Tower Airwave Low Fat Fryer (335187) has been around since mid 2014 and has sold in large quantities. The main reason for this, I am sure, is the low price and the large capacity. The Tower Airwave Low Fat Fryer comes with a 12 Litres as standard but does extend to a massive 17 Litres with the extender ring which is enormous in terms of fryers. Of course, this isn’t in the truest sense a fryer. It is actually a Halogen Oven which doubles up as a fryer. We will see what this means when we apply the Chip Test later.
In terms of value for money there is little on the market to beat this. As well as having the huge capacity it also boasts a larger than average 1300W heater. Then again, it would have to be a large given the size of the unit. It also comes with two shelves so that you can divide the food into two areas and cook at the same time. Great value but what about the cooking.
How did the Tower Airwave Low Fat Fryer Perform
We tried several types of food types (chicken, fish, veg) and for the most the results were adequate. It certainly works better as an oven than as a fryer. If chips are your thing then this may not be for you. With no paddles to rotate the chips around inside, we found that the cooking was uneven with the middle cooking differently to the edge. Some people report that paddles mush up the chips but this is not the case and is always due to over filling the bowl. Perhaps what you need to do is to stop the process mid way through and move the chips around. That would work but a bit fiddly. Also, the lid is detachable (not hinged) and contains the heating system. It gets incredibly hot and although a lid stand comes with the fryer, its just a bit too messy, especially if space and children are an issue. There are similar units with lids which cost more but are well worth it.
The Tower Airwave Low Fat Fryer (335187) has a lot of potential as an oven if you are willing to put up with the detachable lid problem. If you want to cook chips then get a low fat fryer as they are much better.If you want the best of both worlds consider the Duronic AF1 /B Healthy Oil Free Jet Fryer Multicooker which gets everything just about right.