Every time I see new airfrying models in the market, I feel like it is a reliable tech innovation. It’s not something that will fade away in just few years.
In India, we all prefer good amount of oil or ghee in most of the delicacies. But eventually, it does make significant impact on our overall health. Hence, I think this is the best time for us to make the decision and replace the deep/shallow frying methods with beneficial airfrying methods.
Recently, Kenstar has launched its airfrying system, Oxy Fryer, for Indian customers. This new model looks quite promising as compared to other competitors. But is it really worth the praise?
Well, let’s find out by comparing it with another competitor – Philips AirFryer.
For those who don’t know about the airfryer concept –
As the name says, these devices simply make use of hot air and metallic grill to heat up the food.
If you’ve already made your mind to go for the best airfryer in India, I’d suggest you to go through the following comparison chart. It will help you understand the difference between these two kitchen gadgets.
Kenstar Oxy Fryer vs. Philips AirFryer
|Kenstar Oxy Fryer||Philips AirFryer|
|Colors||Burgundy Red||Black, White|
|Weight||4.9 kg||7 kg|
|Power Consumption||1500 watts||1425 watts|
|Power Cord||1.2 meter||0.8 meter|
|Capacity||3 litre||2.2 litre|
|Max. Cooking Time||30 minutes||30 minutes|
|Recipes||Available on cookbook, app & website||Available on cookbook, app & website|
|Portability Feature||Hidden Handle||No Handle|
|Auto Shut Down||Yes||Yes|
|Launch Price||~ Rs. 8000||~ Rs. 10000|
|Warranty||1 Year||2 Years|
Kenstar’s Oxy Fryer comes with Burgundy Red color whereas its competitor gives two color choices i.e. Black and White.
If you want to make a style statement, the Oxy Fryer’s color might just give the much needed refreshing touch to your kitchen. I’m not a color expert, but Philips AirFryer also looks decent with its available colors.
So, there isn’t much to choose from as far as colors are concerned.
The AirFryer is capable of frying food in 2.2 litre basket. On the other hand, Oxy Fryer offers slightly bigger basket (3 litre) for frying.
It’s not a huge difference in their basket sizes. It would also not make your food more tastier, but the big sized unit (OxyFryer) will definitely consume more power in longer run.
If you are going to cook for more than 4-5 people in the family, you should take the ‘food capacity’ point into consideration. It might help reduce your power consumption and cooking time.
You don’t have to worry about the recipes for these kitchen tools. Their dedicated cookbooks are filled with hundreds of lip-smacking Indian recipes.
The best thing about these gadgets is that you will not have to modify your traditional recipes. Each and every preparation step will just be the same. The frying technique is the only thing that will make difference to your cooking process.
If you want to explore more, there are many such recipes available on several YouTube channels. For Philips AirFryer users, I have shared some recipes earlier on this blog. You can check them too.
Food Taste & Cooking Time
The air-fried food tastes good. However, it wouldn’t be wise to expect the same taste that you’d get from traditional deep fried food. There will always be some difference, and you’ll have to accept this fact.
Having said that, I won’t complain much about the taste factor. For me, the healthy food option is more important than anything else.
Talking about the cooking time, these devices are built to support food frying up to 30 minutes. This means that most of the compatible dishes get cooked in the given period of time. In case you want to air fry for more duration, you can always set the timer again as per your need. There is no limitation on repetitive frying.
Fortunately, cleaning these air-frying units is much easier than you’d expect. You can swiftly clean the remaining food particles and stains by removing the food basket.
For better cleaning, the companies have provided useful instructions in their manuals. Please do read them before heading to your kitchen sink. Also, these tools (frying basket and pan) are compatible with modern dishwashers, which I think is a great advantage in busy lifestyle.
Hidden Handle :- The comparison can’t complete without mentioning this cool feature from Kenstar Oxy Fryer. When you think of moving these relatively big machines from one place to other, it becomes difficult to carry them in hands.
Oxy Fryer designers have provided a nice handle on the top, which helps a lot in such situations. The handle doesn’t interfere with the design and sits quietly inside the device itself.
This feature is not included in Philips AirFryer.
Power Cord Length :- When we buy new electric systems in a hurry, we tend to neglect such features. However, this negligence can cost more later on.
Philips AirFryer has very short power cord i.e. 0.8 meter in length, which is good for accessible electric sockets. But if you don’t have such socket near your platform, you might have to spend extra money on extension cable.
Kenstar’s OxyFryer has a 1.2 meter long power cord, and it’s sufficient for normal Indian kitchens.
This feature can make or break your air-frying experience, so do think about it.
Auto Shut-off :- The AirFryer and Oxy Fryer automatically stop their processing after 30 minutes of frying.
I like the auto shut-off feature. It saves food from turning into charcoal, when you’re not around.
Finally, all the equations come down to this point!
Price is probably the major deciding factor in most of our purchases, and the airfrying devices are of course not going to be exceptions.
These companies are targeting a certain section of market in India, so the prices are on higher side. Currently, Kenstar Oxy Fryer is priced at around Rs. 8000 in retail market while Philips AirFryer costs around Rs. 10,000.
Now, I don’t think I should analyze this point any further. Oxy Fryer stands ahead in the price competition too.
Brand & Warranty
Even though Oxy Fryer looks like a clear winner in this comparison, we can’t deny Philips’ brand value. It is one of the most trusted brands in India. Its products generally last for long period.
On the other hand, Kenstar isn’t as popular as its parent company Videocon. And it might take them a few more years to build the same trust in users’ mind.
The warranty of device also plays an important role while purchasing a high ticket item. Kenstar has offered 1-year warranty on its model, and AirFryer has 2-year warranty for technical issues.
So, Philips definitely scores some points here in the end.
What do you think about these kitchen gadgets?
Now that I have posted this detailed comparison, I want to hear from you. I want to know your opinion about these two models.
Will you buy one for yourself considering its health benefits?
Do let me know in the comment section below and we’ll discuss this topic further.