Despite introducing the air fryer into the kitchen appliances market, Philips only has three models available to date. These models are attractive, sleek fryers with easy to use functionality, and as the first models on the market they’re simple and effective, but how do they compare to NuWave, one of their major competitors. Find out below in our full review!
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How Do These Phillips Models Compare vs. NuWave Air Fryers?
When buying an air fryer, many people are often caught up between a Phillips and a NuWave. Although all air fryers are pretty similar in our opinion, we got down to the nitty-gritty to try to point out some of the subtle differences and similarities.
How are they different?
- NuWave seems to have a lot less color options, we could only find it in black.
- Phillips also has a wider range of models and styles to choose from, both analog and digital.
- NuWave units tend to have a wider temperature range starting at 100F which is meant for dehydrating. Good for delicate foods like kale chips.
- Phillips has the patented starfish design which is made to help circulate air better around the food, but NuWave disputes these claims with their heat accuracy and distribution tests on their website.
- Phillip units tend to beg the higher price point (prices vary*).
How are they the same?
- Both models come with a 1 year warranty as found in the NuWave owner's manual.
- Both of them have a ton of satisfied customers with the occasional customer complaints as typical with any big selling product.
Making Your Final Decision
Normally we like to give more detailed recommendations, but in the case of comparing air fryers, it is very difficult. All the hype and manufacturer claims aside aside, both units are likely to provide the same level of satisfaction. Your final decision should probably be made based on price and style options.
The bigger temperature range on the NuWave is probably the greatest advantage, but at the same time, we’ve had success making kale chips at temperatures around 200F anyway. If you’re going to be serious about dehydration, your best off getting an actual stacking dehydrator as it gives you a lot more room to spread things out and get the most out of your batches.
What are the similarities between the Philips models?
There are only three models in this list, because Philips only offers three different air fryers. As a result, there are a few similarities between them. All three have dishwasher-safe parts, which makes it much easier for you to clean up after cooking. All have variable temperature control, so you can specifically control the temperature to cook all sorts of different things with perfect results every time. And none of them have any pre-programmed settings, which are common in other models on the market and make them slightly easier to use; instead, all three models must be used manually.
All three models have one-year warranties (found at the manufacturer's website here).
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What are the differences between the Philips models?
There are a few differences between the models. The first is size; the Avance XL Airfryer has a capacity almost 1lb larger than the other two models, so it’s ideal if you have a larger family, are cooking for dinner parties, or do meal prep all at once. If you’d prefer a smaller appliance in your kitchen and you don’t have the need to make a whole heap of food all at once, the other two models will be better for you.
All three models have a different number of color options. The Viva Airfryer comes in two colors on that we could find: blackand white. The Avance XL Airfryer comes in blackand white. The Viva Digital Airfryer comes in just black. Depending on the other appliances in your kitchen, and the color scheme you have, these choices may be important to you. Appearance-wise, all three models are very attractive, with sleek shiny exteriors. The Avance XL Airfryer and Viva Digital Airfryer both have touchscreen digital interfaces; the Viva Airfryer is analog.
Please note - these are just the color options we could find - there may be others available that we missed.
The Avance XL Airfryer is the biggest of Philips’ three options, at 2.65lb capacity (roughly the size of two bags of frozen fries). As a result, if you want a bigger air fryer, say to make heaps of coffee donut holes for a lazy Sunday breakfast, this is the option for you. As with the other models here it comes with variable temperature control and dishwasher-safe parts, which allow for easy clean-up, and it does not have any pre-programmed settings.
This model is something of an amalgam between the following two models, taking the best of each with additional increased size. It comes in different colors – black and white – like the Viva, to make it fit in better with your other kitchen appliances. It has a digital interface, like the Viva Digital, which makes it slightly easier to use.
The Avance XL Airfryer is a great air fryer if you want all the benefits of the other two models, with an increased size to help you cook for more people.
- 2.65lb capacity
- Variable temperature
- Two color options
- Digital interface
- No pre-programmed settings, but honestly not a big deal with air fryers.
The Viva Airfryer is the classic air fryer introduced by Philips as the first model on the market. As a result, it’s a classic model, with a simple interface and usability.
Like the Viva Digital, it comes with a 1.75lb capacity – which Philips describes as roughly the size of a bag of frozen fries. It has a variable temperature control from 80-200°C (found on the manufacturer’s website here) and dishwasher-safe parts.
This model can be purchased in two different colors and comes with a 30-minute timer.
This model is great if you want an analog interface that’s both attractive and easy to use. Unfortunately, if you want a model with pre-programmed settings, the Viva does not have these so it isn’t a great pick for you – but then none of the Philips models do.
This means you may have to experiment a bit in trying to nail down certain food timings and temperatures.
- Variable temperature
- Two color options we could find
- No pre-programmed settings, but not a big deal with airfryers.
The Philips Viva Digital Airfryer is a great air fryer, but it’s not the best in the Philips range. There’s nothing overtly wrong with it – it’s just lacking some of the better specs of the other two models.
It has a fairly standard 1.75lb capacity, variable temperature control, and dishwasher-safe parts. It also has a digital touchscreen interface, which makes it easier to use.
It does have a few advantages over the other models. It has a 60-minute timer, as opposed to 30-minute timers, which makes it better for making long-cooking foods like these ranch-style chickpeas. It also comes with a recipe book and a double-layer rack so that you can fry two different things at once.
This is a good model if you want a digital air fryer model, but you don’t necessarily want one as big as the XL, or you’d like the double-layer rack and recipe book that comes with this model.
- Variable temperature control
- Dishwasher-safe parts
- Digital interface
- No pre-programmed settings, but not a big deal with air fryers.
So which model should you go for?
There are only three Philips air fryer models, but the best has to be the Avance XL Airfryer. This model is one in a new range from Philips, and it’s both bigger and has more features than the other two models. It’s ideal for you if you’d like a classic air fryer with a digital interface and large capacity.
From our experience with air frying, bigger is always the better choice. You don't want to be stuck with a fryer too small otherwise if you're entertaining you'll be stuck having to make multiple batches. This takes away from the convenience factor which is one of the major reasons for using it over a convection oven in the first place.