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The air fryer is the hottest small appliance right now

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PERHAPS the most popular and in-demand small home appliance right now is the air fryer. I really don’t know where this popularity originated, whether it’s from TikTok or Reddit, but these days, every person wants an air fryer.

The second most popular and in-demand small appliance is the vacuum cleaner. Now that we’re home most of the time, a broom, it seems, is not enough to keep the dust away.

But back to air fryers: We all love fried food. Filipinos’ breakfast fare is mostly fried stuff like bacon, tocino, tapa, hotdog and luncheon meat so an air fryer seems really very practical.

The concept behind air fryers is that they cook the foods by circulating hot air around an inner chamber so that whatever you’re cooking will have a crunchy exterior without the oil used for actual frying.

Basically, an air fryer acts like a convection oven. Both help decrease cooking times and brown food with a more uniform appearance.

Air fryers aren’t new. They’ve been around since 2010. But the old models were, of course, different from the new ones. The old models took a while to cool down after you’ve used them.

So we looked around and found some of the good deals in e-commerce platforms.

Forbes.com’s top pick as the best air fryer overall is the Philips Air Fryer with TurboStar Avance, which costs $250. Here it is available right on Lazada for P32,999 (on sale from P50,000).

This Philips kitchen appliance claims to be the world’s No. 1 air fryer with over 7 million units sold. I remember that my friends who first had air fryers years ago all had Philips models. The next generation Philips Air Fryer has been designed to fit on most countertops, as they’re now 20 percent smaller than their previous version with the same 1.8lb capacity.

“The Philips TurboStar Air Fryer is designed to cook fried foods quickly and evenly with little to no oil, resulting in delicious food that has 75 percent less fat than traditional fried preparations,” said Forbes.com. Not everyone can afford an air fryer that costs anywhere near P32,000 but the Philips Air Fryer Healthy Low Fat Multicooker Fryer 4.1 Liter costs P5,999 (from P10,000) on Lazada and will get the job done. It may not perform as efficiently as the TurboStar Air Fryer but it’s from the same brand, so it’s still a good one.

The Xiaomi Lexiu Onemoon Air Fryer OA1 Oil-Free No Fumes Non-Stick 220V 2 Liter High-Capacity Electric Frying Pan is a less expensive alternative at P3,099, down from P5,999, on Lazada.

Instant Vortex Pro, the same company that made the very popular Instant Pot, has an Air Fryer Oven for $109 on Amazon.

Because it’s also an oven, the Instant Vortex Pro Air Fryer Oven 9 in 1 with Rotisserie can do more than just make your food brown and crisp. It can broil, bake and roast, too.

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