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Fastest Air Fryer For Chips

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James Smith
• Thursday, 02 December, 2021
• 7 min read

Creating that fried-food texture and mouth feel, known as the Millard effect, is the holy grail of low-fat cooking. Sitting menacingly on top of the stove, sometimes half-filled with congealed fat, it was often used but much feared because of the potential for a full-scale fire if things went a little awry.

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Banishing the old chip pan to the back of the cupboard isn’t the only reason to get an air fryer though. That’s just as well because even the smallest versions are quite substantial machines, and the Genius Teal XL and the Ninja Food are absolute beasts, so we think they need to be multi-functioning in order to earn their place on the worktop.

A simple air fryer with manual temp and time functions only could set you back as little as £40, while a top-of-the-range machine with lots of extra features and intelligent cooking modes as much as £180. With decades of experience, Anne picked models from well-known air fryer brands at a range of price points and capacities, and has included the best here.

At the end of our tests, we decided that the Teal Actuary Genius XL was the best air fryer. It has several things that separate it out from the rest of the air fryer crowd, including nine intelligent cooking modes and a Actuary app that features around 300 recipes.

However, it’s the integral paddle with dual-motion technology, which stirs the food giving it an even, crisp coating that we think is the game changer. Not only does it mean you can just leave the Actuary alone to do its magic, it also allows you to cook dishes such as stir-fries and curries in it, too, using one of the two 1-meal-in-1-go programs.

However, this great-value machine makes surprisingly good chips, bearing in mind its comparatively small price tag. It can also cook cakes and Quiché as well as the usual fried food or oven-cook staples such as chicken nuggets, drumsticks, potato wedges and steak.

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For those that want a larger or smaller alternative, 1.5 and 5 liter versions are also available, although we think that this 30×23x32 cm model would be perfectly big enough for a family of four. While we’re not sure air fryers are a mainstay on board the USS Enterprise, this machine with its easy-to-navigate touchscreen display certainly had some star quality.

It was no surprise that this was one of the quietest machines we tested, as it’s the proud owner of a Quiet Mark. With a traditional pull-out pan at the base and touchscreen controls on the top of the machine, it’s simple to use as well as clean-lined.

A teaspoon of oil gets you 500g medium-cut fries that were pretty crisp on the outside and soft and fluffy in the middle, although at 200C we’d probably dial down the time a little or preheat without the chips inside the machine. Most air fryers recommend shaking half-way through, which we did, although we found stirring gently with a wooden spoon moved them around more efficiently.

Sweet potato wedges took a little longer and consequently, were a little browner on the outside but tweaking with the temperature a bit helped that. The recipe book that accompanied the instructions was very useful and gave us a few ideas for dishes we’d never think to try in an air fryer, such as salmon croquettes and grilled prawns.

We also tried skinless chicken breast, which, as with many other fryers was a little dry on the outside but perfectly succulent inside. Unlike pretty much all the other air fryers we tested, which, to paraphrase Henry Ford ‘you can have in any color as long as it’s black’, this 5 liter machine was a pleasingly cheerful bright cherry red.

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It also comes in cream and black so would work well in pretty much any scheme if you wanted to leave it out on the worktop. Our first set of chips were surprisingly disappointing, until we realized we’d made the cardinal mistake of using one-calorie cooking fat to spray the potatoes.

The next load, sprayed with groundnut oil, which is great for chips, was much better, although we’d recommend regular stirring if you’re cooking bigger portions. Another big machine, this one isn’t for the faint-hearted as its dual crisper and pressure-cooking lids make it feel a little complicated at first.

More worryingly it reminded us of a Doberman helmet, so once it was out of the box we had to reassure ourselves it was safe to come out from behind the sofa! However, once we’d got the hang of it with the help of the very clear instructions, we felt this machine was a great multi-cooker option for those that wanted more than just an air fryer for their money.

We stirred them a lot, but it was easier to do in this top opening machine, and we could use a whole teaspoon of oil (and up to three) if we liked. Never use one-calorie oil spray, which is a step too far in the diet stakes we found, producing nasty, chewy fries.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Two of the ten air fryers we tested made the delicious golden-brown chips we were looking for, and earned Best Buy status as a result. One model couldn’t cook chips properly at all, turning out half-raw spuds with charred edges.

Check our air fryer reviews to find out which models make it easy to cook tasty chips, and which ones you’ll want to steer clear of. There should be less faff, too, as you don’t have to deal with lots of leftover oil, or keep watch over the cooking process.

Chef James Adams, who has worked with the River Café and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant, also tasted and rated the chips from each fryer and gave his verdict on their tastiness. We found that most air fryers, even the ones with paddles that stir your food for you, benefit from a helping hand during cooking.

If you are anything like me, the idea of making airfryerchips might have been one of the main factors when deciding to buy an air fryer ! Side note: I’ve tried lots of air fryers, check out my air fryer review for my favorite models.

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You can slice the potatoes up thin, like french fries, or leave them a little thicker, like regular chips. If you are making thinner chips (French fries), you’ll need to check on them sooner than the thicker cut chips to make sure they don’t burn.

Pop them in a bowl, saucepan or colander ready to wash. I don’t always remember to do this step, and it’s no great shakes if you do forget, but it can help to preheat the air fryer for a quicker cook time.

You don’t have to soak the potatoes, you can just give them a good wash under some cold water. Once you have finished washing them, use some kitchen paper or a clean tea towel to pat them dry.

Preheat air fryer to 200C/400F Wash them in cold water to remove the starch. Depending on the thickness of the chip, or how crispy you like them, you might want to cook them for longer.

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