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Philips XXL HD9630/98 Air Fryer review

The Philips XXL HD9630/98 Air Fryer is a top quality, practical fryer that focuses more on substance rather than style.

Philips XXL HD9630/98 Air Fryer review
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Our Verdict

The Philips Air Fryer XXL is an efficient air fryer that delivers impressive results. It has basic features for its price, however, so it’s not the best choice for value for money.

For

  • Easy to use
  • Dishwasher-safe removal parts
  • Cord storage compartment

Against

  • No on/off switch
  • Expensive
  • No touchscreen display

The Philips XXL HD9630/98 Air Fryer is a powerful air fryer with capabilities to bake, grill and roast. Equipped with Twin TurboStar technology, it is designed for faster cooking results. With practicality in mind, the Philips Air Fryer XXL is simple to use, convenient, and easy to clean. 

Compared to larger models such as the GoWISE GW22956 Air Fryer, the Philips XXL has a small capacity. It won’t be suitable for large families and it’s lacking in some of the features that other models offer too. 

To find an alternative model or to compare what each can offer you, read our full guide to the best air fryers.  

Philips XXL HD9630/98 Air Fryer: What you need to know 

The Philips Air Fryer XXL owes its great performance to its Twin TurboStar technology. Not only does it heat up faster but it also extracts excess fat from foods, offering a healthier way to prepare meals. It has an adjustable thermostat to customize your temperature, and a timer for automatic shut-off. It comes with a 4-quart capacity, which is sufficient for cooking up smaller meals.

What’s more, it has a convenient QuickClean basket and slide-in drawer which are all removable and dishwasher safe. The Philips Air Fryer XXL is available in two colors, black and silver, and also comes with a handy recipe book and app for more cooking ideas. 

Philips XXL HD9630/98 Air Fryer: Features 

The Philips Air Fryer XXL is a basic, yet powerful, fryer that saves you time when rustling up your favorite meals. Like most quality fryers, it works with rapid convection so the air flows much faster and evenly cooks dishes in no time. It also has the benefit of not requiring preheating so you can just start cooking straight away. 

Set up is easy as the unit comes pre-assembled and ready to use. Compared to other brands, this model has a smaller capacity, so don’t expect to fit a large chicken or festive turkey. However, it is sufficient to serve a couple of people with ease. Considering the small-sized basket inside, the unit itself is bulky which may not work well for small counter spaces.

The Philips Air Fryer XXL comes with three separate trays, with a useful slide-out basket and a sleek handle, meaning you don’t have to lift out the basket each time. The bottom plates are for catching fat or any grease, which can easily be disposed of without any mess.

The fryer itself is easy to operate with two simple manual dials. One to set the temperature and the other for the timer, which goes up to 60 minutes. What lets this air fryer down is the absence of an LED touchscreen and an on-off switch. Once the timer goes off, this automatically shuts off the unit but this means you don’t have the option to switch off the fryer whenever you like, and the lack of display screen makes it difficult to know how long is left. Compared to other models, the Philips XXL’s controls make its usability the least functional that we tested.

Despite its basic features, it’s not the cheapest fryer around either and doesn’t necessarily offer you the best value for money. For a better value option, check out the NuWave Brio 37001 6-Quart Air Fryer review

However, the detachable parts on this air fryer are dishwasher safe, saving you on scrubbing time. Considering this air fryer doesn't have all the sleek ‘mod-cons’ of other top models, it is expensive. 

Philips XXL HD9630/98 Air Fryer: User reviews 

Users of the Philips Air Fryer XXL rated its impressive frying and baking functions. They particularly liked that it was easy to use and quick heating, stating how crispy their dishes came out in just minutes. Others found the handy slide-out basket convenient and loved the fact that all the detachable parts were easy to clean in the dishwasher.

A few mentioned that while its capacity was on the smaller side, the unit itself was bulky and looked cumbersome. Other downsides mentioned were the basic control dials, rather than an LED touchscreen display, and the lack of an on-off switch. 

Should you buy the Philips XXL HD9630/98 Air Fryer?  

If you’re after a practical air fryer without the fancy bells and whistles, the Philips Air Fryer XXL gets the job done. The Twin TurboStar powerful convection circulates heat at a much faster rate, delivering exceptional frying and baking results. Unlike other models, it doesn’t have a huge capacity but is great for rustling up smaller portions.  Designed for practicality, its slide-out basket is convenient and detachable parts easy to clean and maintain. 

It’s worth noting that it doesn’t have a digital touchscreen display or an on/off switch, but the manual dials are simple and hassle-free.