Philips XL Airfryer HD9240-94 VS Power AirFryer XL


Putting air fryers under the spotlights is what we do. Over the time, we’ve looked into several XL models from different manufacturers. In today’s article, we’ve thought about matching the Philips XL Airfryer HD9240/94 review with a previous Power AirFryer XL review. They both enjoy good ratings on the XL category, so, it only seemed natural to bring them face to face. Rest assured, it will be a different kind of evaluation. We’ll leave aside the common things you’re used to reading about air fryers and focus on what makes them superior. Say you’ve heard about the Philips model ranking on Oprah’s Favorite Things 2016? Or being advertised by Gordon Ramsay? Just bear with us a few minutes and the conclusion of this review may not be that obvious…

Versatility and functions

When it comes to versatility, both models can do a lot more than air frying. Grilling, roasting, steaming and even baking are all possible. With the Power model, however, one can also try sautéing. Other features that they have in common, with slight differences, are the:

  • Digital interface with touch commands;
  • Preset button for saving a particular cooking mode;
  • Time and temperature setting buttons with dedicated indicators;
  • Non-stick surface and dishwasher-safe basket;
  • Adjustable quick preheat option;
  • Automatic shut-off;
  • Alert beep at the end of the cooking cycle.

The main differences between these two air fryers concern the preset options and the cooking capacity. With the HD9240/94 unit, you get a 2.65lbs basket where you can cook up to 4 servings at once. The Power unit comes in two different sizes, 3.4-quart (2-4 servings at once) and 5.3-quart (4-6 servings at once). As a clear distinction, the Power model allows you to preset and save up to 7 different cooking modes. For each of them, you have a predefined timer and temperature that you can manually adjust as you please. With the Philips model, you can only preset and use one cooking time and one temperature at once. The options are obviously more limited. On the other hand, Philips buyers will get a booklet with more than 30 recipes. And they can also check out the Philips Airfryer App, where they literally have tons of other suggestions. Power buyers can check the official YouTube channel, though, the diversity of ideas provided in there may not be as impressive.

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Design and build

Despite being just a cooking machine, design plays a major role. In terms of dimensions, the two models are relatively similar. The HD9240/94 air fryer, however, is a bit bigger and significantly heavier: 16.6 x 12.4 x 11.9 inches and 19lbs vs 14.5 x 13.4 x 13.4 inches and 12.4lbs.   Made of plastic as the secondary material, the units have a nonstick surface and an opaque lid. Here’s what else you get with every single one of them:

Philips XL Airfryer HD9240/94 features:

  • The 2.65lbs basket with a special handle that stays cool and a MAX indicator on the inside;
  • The non-stick pan;
  • The drawer where the pan and the basket fit in;
  • The outer case with the air inlet and outlet openings, as well as the digital touchscreen panel with:
    • Power on/off button;
    • Start/Stop button;
    • Preset button;
    • Temperature increase and decrease buttons;
    • Time/temperature indicator;
    • Timer increase and decrease buttons.

On top of all that, this air fryer comes with a patented starfish design. This new shape should contribute to an improved circulation of the hot air. The unit works at 2100Watts, can reach a temperature of up to 390oF and it’s available in black or white.

Power AirFryer XL features:

  • The 3.4 or 5.3-quart fry basket with a special release button, sliding button guard, and cool to the touch, easy-grip handle;
  • A food divider insert;
  • The outer basket (a non-stick pan);
  • The main unit housing with its air intake and outlet vents and a digital touchscreen panel with:
    • Power on/off button;
    • Timer increase and decrease buttons;
    • Temperature increase and decrease buttons;
    • A dedicated M Preset Button that activates the selection of the seven Preset Buttons from the top;
    • The seven Preset Buttons for: French fries, roast, shrimp, bake, chicken, steak, fish;
    • The display for time and temperature;
    • The blue fan icon that lights up while the unit is in use.

This air fryer works on maximum 1700 Watts and the turbo-cyclonic power can reach a maximum temperature of only 400oF. The model is available in black or red.

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Ease of use

As we’ve discovered so far, the main differences between these air fryers target the design, the maximum watts, and temperature. Of course, ease of use is closely related to the first aspect. With the Power unit boasting more touch buttons and indicators, at first, using it might feel a bit intimidating. At the same time, once you get used to it, having a couple of preset cooking modes will prove handy. And the fact that you will be able to adjust them on the go is also a welcomed addition.
The sliding button guard and release button of the Power XL also make the basket and pan maneuvering very easy. The absence of the sliding drawer, like the one of the Philips XL, is not a downside at all. On the contrary, it requires less care during handling and gives the feeling of being less fancy and more practical.
Without a doubt, Power AirFryer XL seems to have an edge when it comes to ease of use.

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Pros and cons

We have already listed the characteristics of each air fryer. Nevertheless, with so much information, getting the pros and cons for each of them will put things in better perspective.

For the Philips unit, we have:

PROS:
  • Higher power, at 2100 Watts instead of only 1700 Watts;
  • Higher temperature, of 390oC instead of approximately 200oC, and possibly shorter cooking time;
  • Endorsement of celebrities like Oprah and Gordon Ramsay;
  • The popularity of the Philips brand in itself;

CONS:
  • A design that will require careful handling, especially to avoid deteriorating the sliding system;
  • A significantly higher purchase price;
  • Limited preset options with only one saving feature;
  • A bulkier and heavier design.

For the Power AirFryerXL, we have:

PROS:
  • Smaller dimensions;
  • A lighter housing;
  • A more practical design;
  • A more affordable purchase price;
  • Easier to use;
  • With more control menus and preset options;

CONS:
  • Lower power;
  • Lower maximum temperature.

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Conclusion

Our comparative review Philips XL Airfryer HD9240/94 VS Power AirFryer XL comes to a conclusion. Revising all that, without insisting on the standard features that air fryers have in common, we’re confident of one thing. The Power AirFryer XL will bring you more value for the money you spend on it. Sure, it doesn’t have the prestige of Philips and its power and temperature are lower. At the same time, you can cook healthy, deep-fried-like foods, without having to work with such a high temperature. You will need a little bit more time, it’s true. But this kind of cooking comes with much more flexibility in setting up your cooking programs. Coupled with an almost twice smaller price tag, it is sure worth all your attention!

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