Instant Pots, coffee makers, Vitamix blenders: What do these Amazon Prime Day deals have in common? They all produce silky drinks and dishes—and don't get us wrong, we're big smoothie people over at Epi headquarters, but sometimes you just want some crunch. Enter the Philips Air Fryer TurboStar XXL , which is more than $100 off until tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET—or until it sells out, so act quickly.
But first, what is an air fryer?
Chances are, "air fryer" is a term you hadn't heard five years ago. It's actually a countertop convection oven with a new coat of marketing lingo. The device came onto the market in a big way, similar to how Vitamix became a household name during the kale-fueled smoothie craze of 2014, or how matcha whisks starting popping up on the shelves of every artisan coffee shop this year. Thankfully, the air fryer makes healthy-ish food that's a little more filling than those green-leaning products. The device uses quick moving air to keep the surface of whatever you're cooking nice and crisp as it cooks, leaving you with a satisfyingly crunchy meal—sans pot of oil.
Even if you're not after the health benefits of forgoing deep fried food, an air fryer beats out a deep fryer in terms of ease and safety. It's pretty much a set-it-and-forget-it kind of tool: You place the food in the bottom drawer, choose your desired time and temperature, and leave it be. The most involved you'll have to get is shaking the food basket half way through for even crisping. Compared with the labor of love that is deep frying (and the subsequent drive-through smell and clean up), an air fryer is really a breeze.
What makes the Philips TurboStar Air Fryer so special?
Our product tester was skeptical of the Philips TurboStar at first due to its high price tag—it usually sells for $200—but it beat out every other model in the test by a landslide when it came to preparing larger batches of food. A pound and a half of sweet potato fries came out light and crunchy, without any of the charred bits that the competing machines churned out. Our tester also found it to have the most intuitive dial and attractive design of the bunch.
The Philips Air Fryer doesn't need any time to preheat, but it does have a 'keep warm' setting, so if you walk away from it, you don't have to worry about cold fries. Out of the 200+ positive reviews on Amazon, customers have said they use it to fry everything from Cornish game hens to coconut shrimp, and that the cleanup is quick and easy. The TurboStar technology is just a branded word for great air circulation, meaning that this model will grant even more consistent results than older Philips models.
What should I make in my air fryer?
Foods with a wet batter are best cooked in a traditional deep fry method—the Philips won't get you the exact texture of buttermilk fried chicken . But there are plenty of new recipes of classic fried dishes that have been adapted to the air fryer, and this device is handy for way more than just frying . When you get tired of making healthier versions of your favorite fried foods, move onto a batch of Memphis style spare ribs that come together in 45 minutes, or a custardy-smooth batch of caramelized eggplant .
If you're looking for more Prime Day deals:
Head over to our list of the kitchen deals you shouldn't miss , and the products our editors are buying for themselves . We approach Prime Day coverage with the same rigorous quality standards we bring to our product tests , which means we'll never share a product with you if it hasn't been either vetted and approved by our editors first, or used in the home kitchen of an Epicurious staffer. We'll keep updating as the deals come and go, so be sure to check the pages until this shopping fest ends on Tuesday night.
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