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Air fryers, air fryers or colloquially “oil-free fryers” are the small household appliance in fashion due to their versatility. However, they are not the only alternative to the classic “lifelong” oil fryers: previously there were water and oil fryers, a variation that has certain advantages over traditional ones. In this article we explain how each type of fryer works, its advantages and disadvantages. We also propose some of the most interesting candidates that you can buy right now.

What technology does each use?

oil fryers

The operation of these fryers is the best known: electrical resistors are responsible for heating the oil that fills a bucket. In it we will submerge the food, which is they will fry completely surrounded by oil at high temperature.

We insist on verb fry because frying is a type of preparation (in oil or other fat) that gives certain properties to food.

From a nutritional point of view, frying is a calorie bomb… but of course, we are talking about foods that are more fat than fit, such as nuggets or croquettes.

But frying with oil also provides a gastronomic extra. Miguel Ayusodirector of Directo Al Paladar, explains:

“When you fry, the food is submerged in oil. The hot oil transforms the coating, also adding flavor to it, but the inside of the food cooks – if done right – evenly and very quickly. These are two important parameters: flavor and times.”

In practice, Ayuso continues: “In a normal fryer, foods that require short cooking times are very good, because they are done quickly. For example, croquettes (whose interior, let’s remember, is already cooking, because a bechamel has already been cooked before) or fish.”

How is the cleaning? Periodically it is necessary to replace the oil, something that in the most modern and advanced models can be done either through a kind of tap located in the lower part or with a removable tank. In the most basic and / or veteran you will have to dump them. Later you will have to disassemble it and clean it with soap and water, although there are parts that can be washed in the dishwasher.

Cleanfry Infinity 4000

The CleanFry Infinity 4000 (56 euros) is a fairly classic fryer in terms of operation that stands out for its aluminum finishes, power and large capacity for its priceideal for large families who love fried food.

One of the most interesting points is that it is easily disassembled so that you can put the bucket, frying basket and filter in the dishwasher.


Cecotec CleanFry Infinity 4000 Electric Fryer. 4 l capacity, Temperature up to 190ºC, Dishwasher-safe Enamel Bowl, OilCleaner Filter Keeps Oil Clean, Full INOX, 3270 W

Cecotec CleanFry Infinity 4000 Electric Fryer. 4 l capacity, Temperature up to 190ºC, Dishwasher-safe Enamel Bowl, OilCleaner Filter Keeps Oil Clean, Full INOX, 3270 W

Moulinex Easy Pro Am338070

Moulinex is a classic small appliance for the kitchen and this Easy Pro AM338070 (56 euros) is a good candidate for ease of use and design. With a 3-litre basket suitable for the dishwasher, 2300W of power and stainless steel with a window to see how the frying progresses.


Moulinex Easy Pro AM338070 - 3 liter 2300 W deep fryer with removable stainless steel bowl, dishwasher safe, with 2 cooking levels, adjustable thermostat and transparent window

Moulinex Easy Pro AM338070 – 3 liter 2300 W deep fryer with removable stainless steel bowl, dishwasher safe, with 2 cooking levels, adjustable thermostat and transparent window

Princess

The Princess 183001 (68 euros) is a moderately compact fryer for domestic use, but ambitious in terms of design and performance. With 3200W of power and a 3-liter basket, it has a cold zone with a filter that maximizes the useful life of the oil and facilitates its maintenance.


Princess 183001 Superior Fryer, Cold Zone and Safety Filter, 3200 W, 3 liters, Stainless Steel, Black

Princess 183001 Superior Fryer, Cold Zone and Safety Filter, 3200 W, 3 liters, Stainless Steel, Black

Tefal Oleoclean Pro Inox Design Fr8040

The Tefal Oleoclean Pro INOX & Design FR8040 (114 euros) is a semi-professional model with a 3-liter basket (1.2 kg of potatoes) and 2400W of power to cook between 150ºC and 190ºC. With filter mesh and stainless steel tank that you can remove for cleaning.


Tefal Oleoclean Pro INOX & Design FR8040 fryer, 2300 W, 3.5 liters, Stainless Steel

Tefal Oleoclean Pro INOX & Design FR8040 fryer, 2300 W, 3.5 liters, Stainless Steel

Water and oil fryers

That it is not as well known as the oil fryers or the air fryers does not mean that it is a new technology: water and oil fryers have been in kitchens for decades.

Water Oil Fryers

Source | Movilfrit

Water and oil do not mix because of their different density and polarity. In a fryer with this system, the food is fried in hot oil in the upper part and the residue falls in the lower part, precisely where the water is. Separating both liquids there is a filter.

When it is time to clean the fryer, we open the tap located at the bottom of the fryer to change the water and remove the deposited solids. This facilitates the maintenance of the device. Before using it again, we replenish the water by pouring it over the oil, which will return to the lower area as can be seen in the diagram.

As you can see, it is actually an oil fryer in terms of operation and food preparationbut with an optimized waste separation system so that they do not add flavor to the food that we cook afterwards.

It is especially indicated for kitchens that frequently fryallowing them to maximize the use of the oil, which is why they are more common at a professional level.

Movilfrit 117 054 Lux 5

The MOVILFRIT Lux 5 (232 euros) is an electric fryer with a power of 2000W and a size for 4 people with a round design with a lid to homogenize the frying and avoid splashes. Its handling is extremely simple, with a simple dial.

Made of stainless steel, it has a practical tap for draining dirty oil at the bottom.


MOVILFRIT 117.054 Lux 5 - Fryer with oil-water system, 25.8 x 25.5 x 31 cm, 2000 W

MOVILFRIT 117.054 Lux 5 – Fryer with oil-water system, 25.8 x 25.5 x 31 cm, 2000 W

air fryers

We did not advance in the intro: they are colloquially called fryers without oil, but they are not. In fact, they are not a fryer (because they do not fry) nor do they forget the oil, because unless the food is quite greasy, it is convenient and advisable to add a few drops. However, this license is a psychological issue for simplify reality: they are mini convection ovens.

Thus, the air fryers They cook food by combining the grill function with hot air that circulates at high speeds. Summarizing, they don’t do anything you couldn’t already do with your oven.

This has its advantages and disadvantages. The first point in its favor is the caloric value: while with an oil fryer the food absorb 10% of their weight in oil, With this small appliance the preparation is healthier.

On the other hand, you have the versatility that an oven gives, allowing you to prepare fried food classics such as potatoes or nuggets, but also desserts or pizzas.

Of course, remember that you are not frying, so a croquette will never look the same with an air fryer than with an oil fryer. Miguel Ayuso clarifies that small pieces or those that are made very quickly, such as fish, “tend to be dry because the cover is made before the interior”.

Compared to an oven, there are also advantages: the time and energy consumption is lower with fryers without oil, although we are limited by the dimensions of your basket.

How is the cleaning? As there is hardly any oil, cleaning is similar to that of the oven tray, that is, we will have to remove it and wash the basket with soap and water or in the dishwasher, if it allows it.

Special take care of yourself: buying guide for oil-free fryers with advice, recommendations and seven outstanding models from 50 euros

Princess 182020 Fryer Without Oil Xl

The Princess 182020XL (84 euros) is a aifryer powerful (1500W) and easy to use thanks to its touch panel with 7 programs. However, it does come with a recipe book. It has a 3.2 liter basket to prepare about 5 servings of potatoes


Princess 182020 XL oil-free fryer, Digital Touch Control Panel, Easy to Use and Clean, 8 programs, 1500 W, Adjustable Time and Temperature, 3.2 liter capacity, 30 PDF Recipes

Princess 182020 XL oil-free fryer, Digital Touch Control Panel, Easy to Use and Clean, 8 programs, 1500 W, Adjustable Time and Temperature, 3.2 liter capacity, 30 PDF Recipes

frei

If you’re techies and you are looking for a model that you can control with your mobile or with voice assistants, look at the minimalist Xiaomi Mijia Smart Air Fryer (94 euros) that has a small OLED panel integrated into a dial to handle it manually. Very interesting in terms of specifications, with 1500W of power to reach 200 degrees and a 3.5 liter basket.


Xiaomi Mijia Smart Air Fryer - Fryer Without Oil, Capacity 3.5 L, adjustable 40-200, Automatic shutdown, OLED Screen, 1500W, Google and Alexa voice assistant integrated, White, Spanish Version

Xiaomi Mijia Smart Air Fryer – Fryer Without Oil, Capacity 3.5 L, adjustable 40-200, Automatic shutdown, OLED Screen, 1500W, Google and Alexa voice assistant integrated, White, Spanish Version

phi

Although there are now many manufacturers designing and marketing air fryers, the “honor” of being the first brand belongs to Philips, who pioneered these mini convection ovens.

The Philips HD9252/90 Airfryer (119 euros) is a reliable fryer that stands out for its design and ease of use, again with a touch panel. With 1400W of power, it has a 4.1 liter basket (800g of potatoes), enough capacity for side dishes for 4 people or for 2 – 3 if you want it for a main course.


Philips HD9252/90 Airfryer - Original Hot Air Fryer 1400 W for 2-3 people, 800 g / 4.1 l, digital display, black

Philips HD9252/90 Airfryer – Original Hot Air Fryer 1400 W for 2-3 people, 800 g / 4.1 l, digital display, black

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Air fryers, air fryers or colloquially “oil-free fryers” are the small household appliance in fashion due to their versatility. However,…

Air fryers, air fryers or colloquially “oil-free fryers” are the small household appliance in fashion due to their versatility. However,…

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