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Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220 review




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Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220
  • Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220
  • Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220
  • Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220
  • Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220
  • Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220
  • Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220
  • Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220
  • Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220
  • Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220


Our Score:



  • Small
  • Tasty chips
  • Built-in timer


  • Small capacity
  • Not very versatile
  • Pricey

Key Features

  • Uses 18ml oil to cook 800g chips
  • 800g food capacity
  • 80-200°C
  • Timer
  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • Manufacturer: Philips
  • Review Price: £180.00

What is the Philips Viva Airfryer?

The Philips Viva Airfryer is a hot air cooker that offers a healthier alternative to deep fat frying. It's effectively a small fan oven on your worktop.

Its chips are superb for a health fryer – the best we've tested. But its repertoire beyond chips is fairly limited. And it's let down by a small capacity and a large price tag.

Philips Viva Airfryer – Design and Features

The design of the Viva Airfryer is surprisingly compact on the worktop; it's tall and thin rather than wide like rotary health fryers. The top section is a heating element and fan, while the bottom section is drawer that pulls out to reveal the cooking basket. As a result, there's no window for keeping an eye on cooking progress. The bottom of the basket is a metal mesh, so air passes straight through it and hits the bottom of the drawer, which is sculpted to circulate air.

Controls are simple: a dial at the top lets you set temperature (80-200°C) while the timer knob above the handle controls cooking. And on the back there's an unusual cord storage that's handy, although it protrudes annoyingly.

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It cooks up to 800g of chips, with a tablespoon (18ml) of oil, to produce 3% fat chips. And it cooks them a bit faster than a rotary health fryer: 22 minutes for 800g at 180°C. Interestingly, it comes with recipes to twice "fry" larger wedges, first at 160°C then at 180°C.

The accompanying recipe book makes it clear that the Viva Airfryer is basically a small fan oven: baked potatoes, spring rolls and drumsticks; plus you can cook cakes, crumbles and quiches in an oven dish inside it – good luck finding a small enough oven dish.

Philips Viva Airfryer – What's it like to use?

The Philips' design is appealing – compact and glossy. And the timer knob is cool in a retro way: it's an analogue timer but the Viva Airfryer does turn off (and make an old-fashioned "ding") when you're out of time.

To prepare chips, you need to first toss them in oil in a bowl. Then pop them into the pre-heated machine. The fan is audible but not noisy enough to get in the way of a conversation or the radio.

The resulting chips were impressive: ready in just 20 minutes and tastier than any of the other health fryers we've tested. They were slightly dry, not quite soft and fluffy enough in the middle, but decidedly tastier than an oven chip.

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As an experiment we cooked fresh chips made from the same potatoes in the oven with a spoonful of oil, stirring them just once halfway through the cooking time. The Viva Airfryer is the only healthy fryer that made chips that could beat them.

We also tried to cook prawn crackers in it. We weren't optimistic after disastrous attempts in rotary health fryers, but the Philips at 200°C cooked them quickly and passably – they weren't as big and fluffy as you'd expect from a deep fat fryer, but they weren't as greasy either. The only problem was that, with no window to keep an eye on progress, you could hear them getting blown around inside but it was hard to tell whether they were cooked or not.

Cleaning was OK – the wire mesh at the bottom of the cooking basket takes a good brushing because it catches everything, but it's not as greasy a job as cleaning a deep fat fryer basket.

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Should I buy the Philips Viva Airfryer?

Yes if you want to cook healthy chips. This is the only machine we've tested that makes healthy fresh chips that taste better than the same chips cooked in an oven.

If your priority is tasty chips, rather than worrying about fat content, then consider the DeLonghi RotoFry F28311 or the Sage Multi Fryer. And if you want to cook large quantities of healthy chips, consider the DeLonghi Multifry Extra… or just use the oven.


An impressive, small hot air health cooker that makes tasty, healthy chips… but not much else.

Overall Score



March 6, 2015, 10:41 am

I've had one for nine months and not cooked a single chip, it works well with other stuff though. Look on the internet, there are loads of ideas. In particular try prawns tossed in coconut, slices of courgette with a bit of cheese on top, much experimentation with cheese straws... As mentioned above, the main drawback is its size, though I believe they make a larger one.

Prem Desai

March 7, 2015, 12:27 pm

Had one for over 3 years. Life changing. Does a whole load more than chips. Use your imagination.

Bob Davis

January 13, 2016, 5:03 am

I fried eggs and bacon in my air fryer. I wrapped one pound of bacon around three eggs in the shell. I then rolled everything in pancake batter and stuck with t in my fryer. It destroyed the fryer (at least I am honest) and threw the main circuit breaker in my house. I wound up at IHOP.

Bob Davis

January 13, 2016, 5:03 am

How was IHOP?

Dave Meeks

May 29, 2016, 10:55 pm

Did I see this right? On the TV infomercial they didn't even tell you the full price, letting you know you could get a 30 day trial for 50 bucks (I hope it didn't say "free" trial; I forget.) Never said what the payment obligation was after the period. Very creative marketing (read: ripoff). Avoid companies like this.

Derek Watt

December 13, 2016, 8:52 am

Do not be fooled by all the reviews on this fryer! it has a fundamental design flaw and extremely dangerous at that!

The design of the basket and handle are extremely poor to the point where the catch that attaches the basket to the bucket weakens and or breaks and when you remove the bucket assembly and holding it with one hand the bucket falls away from the basket and crashes to the floor! this nearly hit my child and given the fact that the bucket is extremely hot is not a good situation.

i have owned this machine for over a year and it gets used everyday and yes i can hear you say "what do you expect" and all i can say is i expect design with a fail save to stop this happening and the catch assembly being deigned to support the weight of both parts and a bucket full of hot food. given that the heavy bucket part of the assembly attaches to the handle of the basket when it is removed all that weight of the bucket is supported by a silly clip on the basket! not a good design.

the other problem with the machine is that it is very difficult to keep clean as in next to impossible! dishwasher, sink with scalding hot water does not remove the residue after a good few weeks. it then start to look old and horrible.

But on the good side if you can live with the above it does what it says on the tin! it cooks brilliantly and quickly and for a busy family that have screaming children wanting fed i would say its perfect in that respect. But come on Phillips sort the handle out! it is dangerous! as it happened 4 months after purchase and landed on my daughters feet! we where told we had to buy a new basket?? by Phillips! not good!

Stephanie Maloney

December 20, 2016, 3:28 pm

I fell for this deal because of all the freebies they promised with the air fryer. $200.00 worth of coupons for Rastelli online meats. What they don't tell you is that you have to buy $600.00 worth of product to use the $200.00 in coupons. The $50.00 coupon for the Philips online store cannot be spent on any airfryer accessories .....it can only be used to purchase another kitchen appliance and there is nothing for less than $100.00. I agree with Dave Meeks below, I think this was shady sales tactics.

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