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You get what you pay for, so don't bother.
I had a small Phillips XL airfryer and loved it, so I bought 2 larger ones from Aldi. The Aldi ones were a complete fail from first use (see my other reviews). I then bought the Smith and Noble to replace those. So far so good, until about 3 weeks in the finger catch which holds the inner and outer basket together decided to fail, intermittently. So I could be removing a basket of food and the mechanism would detach and everything fell apart, the basket and food hit the floor. And then other days it would hold tight. By this stage I had bought ...
the Phillips Xl, two Aldi units, and had a replacement Aldi unit, and had bought the Smith and Noble. I loved the whole concept of air frying and still do, as a result I have junked the cheap Aldi and Smith and Wesson ones and have bought the Phillips XXL to compliment my Phillips XL. I am a retired food and hospitality lecturer. Don't waste your time and money on cheap airfryers. If you buy a better quality one from the outset, you will save yourself a lot of money in the long run and have a better range of low fat air fried meals. It has been my experience that the dearer machines do cook quicker and more evenly, the coating on the basket doesn't flake away, as it does on the cheaper machines. If I am cooking something terribly oily or crumbed, I do fold a concertina of baking paper, trim it to size and use an office hole punch to perforate the paper, in a snowflake design in the cheaper machines. I don't need to do this with the Phillips machines.
I just got a SNDF050 Smith and noble Air fryer
Never used a Airfryer before but got one as a present looking for reviews on this product on how to use it looking forward to make our life easier meals
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Beautiful addition to the kitchen
This product is very healthy and much better option for cooking a pack of frozen crumbed chicken breasts or chips or dim sims or any one of a hundred other small dishes than turning on an oven to first pre-heat for 30 minutes then cook these products for 30 minutes. Healthy as can have oil free food.
We have also found that the airfryer does a fantastic job on reheating leftover takeaway chips,dimsims and potato cakes/scollops and great for reheating the leftover roast vegies would recommend to everyone
Questions & Answers
When I turned the air fryer on for the first time the digital menu just flashes and i can’t program it
Return it for a refund. I bought the Smith and Nobel, I was not impressed. After only a few months the catch holding the basket wasn't connecting properly, and the basket would drop from the handle without warning. Getting the drawer to close was tricky as it had the be lined up just right. The non stick coating on the basket wore off, despite only ever being handwashed. After 3 months, I couldn't be bothered returning it and I bought the Phillips XXL. A far superior machine, the drawer system is on runners and easier to close, despite what others say I do believe the Phillips turbo technology with the fat collecting plates underneath is much better. Its a dearer machine but works so much better. I now have two XXL and use at least one every day, and when we have larger family here we use two XXL's to do frozen battered fish, frozen chips, and salt and pepper calamari for 4 adults and 3 kids. No problem!
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