Citron Air Fryer AF001
Most of the people might not have heard anything about Citron; it is because it is a very new brand. It is in-house private label (child company, to be precise) of the Indian eCommerce giant, Flipkart. You will find its products only on its mother store i.e. Flipkart.com. It was launched last year, and till now has released several grooming and kitchen appliances. It is very appreciable that a company, this young, has jumped into the market of Air Fryers (though it offers only one product in the category till date). But is Citron’s AF001 Air Fryer a game changer or it is just a product of a stunt to get popular? Let’s find out.
It consumes about 1500 W of electricity which really makes it efficient being a product of today’s technology. Its Turbo Flow Technology works like the Philips Air Fryer’s Rapid Air Technology does. Basically, all Air Dryers have the same concept behind, but they use different technology because of patent laws. It weighs 5.65 kg and has a cooking capacity of 2.2 liters.
If you give a little attention to its design you will find that it takes inspiration from Philips HD9220 Air Fryer and Kenstar Oxy Fryer. Its temperature control wheel at the top of the front really makes me remember the one on the Philips HD9220, although the label above the wheel makes it a little user-friendly. If you look at the shape you will find its resemblance to Kenstar Oxy Fryer. But the Flipkart really has worked on it to give it a differentiating look.
The cooking procedure includes pulling the container out, putting the food that you want to cook in it, and then putting it back in its original position. Then, you will have to set the temperature with the temperature wheel. A twist in the timer just above the handle will help you set the cooking time. Once you set the timer it will automatically start cooking your food.
One thing that this fryer specializes in is the feature that is especially mentioned on the website. You do cooking as well as grilling with this product; this is the biggest plus point that this fryer has over others.
Citron AF001 Air Fryer features a dual container to make it easy to serve food. A latch at the top of the handle of it will separate both the containers and will save you from the mess that might have otherwise created.
Citron also delivers a rubber mat and tongs with the box to make cooking and handling of the same easy for the user.
Citron has really succeeded in making its first Air Dryer user-friendly. Labels on and around the controls, a recipe book make it easy for customers to use this product. It also allows one to set the timer up to 60 minutes, against the 30 minutes timer option in the Philips HD9220 Air Fryer. You also get an on-site warranty for two years, which is exceptional and alternatively you can get your product repaired from any of the 220 service centers spread across India.
Although 5.65 KG of weight makes it lighter than many other air fryers manufactured by reputed companies, but still it is inconvenient to carry. One biggest downside that this air fryer has incorporated from Philips HD9220 Air Fryer is the lack of a handle at the top have made it a portable product. And, the list just not stop here, 2.2 liters cooking container might force you to cook your food in two sessions.
|Dimensions||Weight – 5.65 kg|
|Features||Tem Control, Minimal Oil for Frying, Baking, Toasting, Integrated Lock, Stainless steel Tongs, Anti Slip Rubber Mat|
Kenstar Oxy Fryer
You might have heard much appreciation about the Kenstar Oxy Fryer. Generally, it is recommended before other fryers from multinationals like Phillips. Kenstar Oxy Fryer also comes at an affordable price of Rs. 7,990. All this generally creates a conception of it being a great product. But is it? This product has also been criticized for its quality and durability. So to have better understanding lets go into detail.
Kenstar Oxy Fryer really features a modern and cool design. Nice use of colors, glossy panel really impress most of the buyers. Although it contains a 3 liter cooking container, but the design makes it look smaller than Phillips Air Fryer HD9220, which has only 2.2 liter container.
As we have already discussed that it contains a 3 liter cooking container, it really makes a difference when you are cooking for a party. In the power consumption aspect also it is not behind any other air fryer as it only consumes 1500 W of electricity. A 1.2 meters long power cord makes it easy to put the fryer anywhere in the kitchen without buying an extension cord. It weighs only 4.9 KG which makes it lighter than most of the air fryers available in the market. On the cooking side, it uses Oxy Fryer technology to cook food efficiently and without much use oil.
For the cooking purpose, you have to take the container out by using the handle in the front. Once taken out put the cooking material or raw food in the container. If you are cooking potatoes, then you can put up to 1.2 KG potatoes in its container. Next, place the container back to its original position. You can set the temperature according to your need from 80 C to 200 C by using the wheel at the top. The next thing you would want to do is to set the timer, which is located just above the handle. Once that is done the device will automatically start cooking your food. The green light indicates that the fryer is turned on and the red light will indicate cooking status.
Air filter at the back will make sure, by filtering the out moving air, which your kitchen does not smell like a hotel kitchen room.
Handling Kenstar Oxy Fryer is an easy task. A handle at the top makes it easy to put the device anywhere in your kitchen. Dual containers make serving of food very easy. You just have to press the button on the handle and the containers will get separated. The dual container feature also makes it easy to clean the fryer.
Kenstar Oxy Fryer is a very portable device because of its light weightiness. Oxy fryer technology makes sure that you don’t have to apply much oil, ensuring a healthy diet. The timer makes sure that your food does not get overcooked if somehow you lose your attention. Moreover, you get a recipe book with 100 great Indian and International dishes. Also, the Kenstar has launched a dedicated Fryer app to bring the best of Air Fryer cooking at you smartphone device.
In our opinion, at its selling price, you cannot get anything better than this.
Though Kenstar has done everything to make it a great product, but still there are rooms for improvement. Some customers have criticized this fryer for being made of low quality materials. Also, if the timer had an option to set it up to 60 minutes then it could have impressed more customers.
|Dimensions||Weight – 4.9 kg, Height – 365 mm|
|Features||LED: Heating, Power, Cook without Oil|
Philips Air Fryer HD9220
The Philips gadget makes cooking and frying dishes a very easy task. This method of cooking outperforms traditional methods in many aspects. Rapid Air Technology promises fast cooking without much use of oil, for some dishes you wouldn’t even need oil at all. It is safer and easier to use than all the other methods. Even cleaning also becomes a very interesting task with using Philips HD9220 Air Fryer.
The Philips Air Fryer HD9920 can operate at different temperatures ranging from 80 C to 200 C. It consumes 1425 W of electricity, but believe me, even if it sounds a lot, it will save you much money on your gas bill. It has a 2.2 liter, which I think is not enough as there are other fryers available in the market that offer capacity up to 3 liters. Also, 7 KG of weight makes it much heavy than other fryers.
Easy to Use
Cooking becomes a child’s play with the Philips HD9920 Air Fryer. At the front is a handle that you can use to take the container out. In this container you have to put what you want to cook, some dishes will require a little oil application and for that you can read the cooking guide that comes along. Next, you have to slide in the container back into the original position. A small wheel at the top of the front panel helps you set the desired temperature. Now you just need to set the timer with the help of the twist timer, which is located just above the handle.
Further, it allows the end user to schedule the fryer for up to 30 minutes of cooking. As soon as you twist the timer, the fryer will start cooking the food. In between the cooking journey, you must pull the container out, give it a little shake, and put it back to its place.
One great feature of this fryer is that it will not let anyone know that something is being cooked in your kitchen. An efficient air filter at the back consistently keeps filtering the air that moves out from the fryer to ensure a smell free kitchen.
Once your dish is ready, you just have to pull the container out. A small latch at the top of the container helps separate the inner part of the container from the rest of the body. This makes it easy to serve dishes without creating a mess.
Easy to use controls make cooking a cakewalk. The guide that comes along the fryer contains all the necessary information to make sure the users don’t make any mistake. Philips has also created a smartphone app that you can download on your phone and use it to read all the necessary documentation on the go. Moreover, the option to set different temperatures with a sophisticated timer system really makes it a nice product. One more thing that is of interest is the food separator, which allows the end user to cook two different dishes at the same time.
7 KG of weight really makes it very inconvenient to carry. Also, a handle at the top could have made it easy to move this fryer from one place to another. The container, although is not too small, but some more space could have made it a better competitor among all other air fryers in the market.
The next important thing is to mention is its high price. It is currently available at a price tag of Rs. 9500. While the other air fryers, which have more features packed, are available at much lower rates.
|Features||Ready Signal, Temperature Light, Dishwasher-safe Parts, Auto Switch Off|
|Cord Length||0.8 meter|
|Body||37.8mm [H], 39mm [W]; Weight: 7kg|