Air fryers are not only popular because they are the healthier options for making fries and crispy foods but also because they are convenient for lots of different cooking methods such as making baked goods. Philips as one of the most popular brands offer so many different options to consider such as the Philips Turbostar Vs Starfish that are very similar and slightly different. If you wonder which to choose, let’s see below about what the differences are and which will be your better choice.
In this comparison, we are going to talk about:
- What to Know About Air Fryers
- What are Philips Turbostar and Starfish
- How are the Design of Philips Turbostar and Starfish
- How are the Menus in Philips Turbostar and Starfish
- How are the Timer and Temperature of Philips Turbostar and Starfish
- Are Philips Turbostar and Starfish Easy to Use
- What else Philips Turbostar and Starfish can offer
- Philips Turbostar Vs Starfish
Just like most people, we love having delicious foods at home but while cooking itself is much more convenient today with the help of various cooking appliances that some are automating your jobs too, it is never a guarantee that the dish we have is healthier. Especially for fried foods and high caloric foods because they are tasty and addicting yet are not best to have as often compared to if you have a more balanced diet. Thankfully, we have an air fryer today to help around in the kitchen when preparing healthier foods.
What to know about this appliance is they are not actually “frying” the food in a sense of frying itself because to fry you will need to submerge the ingredients in hot oil and with this appliance there is no need to use oil. Instead, they use hot air to cook the food so in general the ingredients are baked or very similar to how a regular oven works. You will find a heating element at the roof of the appliance and fan to force the hot air to circulate in the chamber.
The reason why an air fryer is advertised as a healthier option is because of the lack of cooking oil in its cooking process. If you see ads of air fryers chances are they will make some type of fries and traditionally fries are cooked with lots of hot oil in a deep fryer but since the air fryer will roast them instead of frying, there is no need to use as much oil. Most people will probably spray some cooking oil on the surface to crisp the outer and create a pretty color.
While fries itself is naturally high in calories from the potato, adding oils will make it even more rich in calories so this cooking method is best when you want to reduce the use of cooking oil in the menu. To make the dish healthier we can also change the cooking oil with canola or olive oil to give the similar result and the key is never overcrowding the basket because the hot air will need space to get around the food to cook it properly.
In addition, while air fryers are mostly advertised for fried foods and finger foods, you can make more with the appliance too, including replacing an oven if the food is cooked in smaller pieces or cooking in smaller batches. For example, we can roast veggies too, like in the oven but since the method is slightly different, we have to lower the temperature to around 30 degrees and half of the time we used with the oven.
|Philips Turbostar||Philips Starfish|
|Product Dimensions||14.37 x 10.47 x 11.29 inches ||13.78 x 13.78 x 15.08 inches
|Shipping Weight||15.08 pounds||16.36 pounds
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About Philips Turbostar and Starfish
Now when you are ready to find the appliance that can help around in the kitchen, it is time to see what the market has to offer because there are so many of them out there and while it is tempting to buy the most expensive or popular options, it is wise to consider what you will need from the appliance first. When it comes to the air fryer, make sure that we have enough capacity in the cooking basket and the cooking mode or ability to work with.
There are two types of air fryers based on the shape itself, one is the smaller, round or square with a drawer style tray and the second type is those that look like mini-oven or toaster with air frying function such as Ninja Foodi SP101 vs FT102A. The difference is that the latter will offer more capacity and cooking modes as well as mounting the fan on the side while the fan on regular air fryers are usually at the top. Philips is very famous for their standard air fryers and also the one who popularized this appliance.
They have some of the best options to rely on and if you prefer a simple yet durable appliance, they have the collection to go for. However, many of them are very similar as well, such as Philips Turbostar and Starfish even though their model naming are somewhat different so it is wise to check their capabilities first to see whether the product matches with your application. These models may sound like they are made with different techs but it is the same feature.
For example we are going to use the Avance variant from the Turbostar and one from the Essential line for the Starfish variant. Both of them are very similar and what is meant as the “star” here is actually the pan below the cooking surface where you will put the ingredients above. This makes the cooking tray don’t have a flat surface like most air fryers and this is supposed to help a lot in the cooking process as well.
Philips Turbostar and Starfish Design
Before getting into what the Philips Turbostar and Starfish can offer, let’s see the air fryers first but do note that there are several models in the line and there may be slight differences as well from the sample we use today; the HD9641/96 and HD9220/58 respectively. These air fryers are similarly coming with a decently sized cooking basket at 2.7 quart, making them ideal for single users or small families but if you will cook for more than 3 people at once, we do recommend getting the larger models.
From the outside they are made with the same hard plastic and with this glossy finish which may attract some fingerprints if your hand is wet or oily. There is a control panel at the top and these are slightly different with the Turbostar having a digital setup while the Starfish is much simpler with just a knob for timer and another wheel for the temperature setting. The styling of the air fryers are very similar and there are no accessories included in the box but the cooking tray itself.
Philips Turbostar and Starfish Preset Menu
Moving further for the most important part, let’s see what the Philips Turbostar and Starfish air fryers can offer starting from the menu and because the latter or HD9220 is the simpler option, it is also not coming with any cooking preset which is not an issue since you can just adjust it as needed or based on what you want to make. On the other hand this Turbostar or HD9641 is coming with some cooking presets or the options to cook Frozen French fries, Chops and cutlet, Chicken drumstick, and Whole flat fish.
Philips Turbostar and Starfish Timer and Temperature
Cooking presets can be very useful because they are aiding the convenience but it is not a must have since we can cook the same menu with your preferred settings or recipe as well depending on how long your air fryer can work or cook at once. These air fryers are not the same here and this is because you can adjust the Turbostar up to 400 degree Fahrenheit while the Starfish is up to 390 degree Fahrenheit.
The other difference is their timer and since this Turbostar is slightly higher compared to the Original, you can set the appliance up to 60 minutes for single cooking while for the Starfish in our comparison today it is only up to 30 minutes.
Cooking With Philips Turbostar and Starfish
For the ease of use, these air fryers are about the same and before cooking we can opt to preheat or not. We can just preheat for 3 minutes without any ingredients inside and then put the food inside after. The cooking method is the same so if you don’t want to use the preset we can just manually adjust the timer and temperature based on the type of ingredients or the amount of food we put inside. If you choose the Avance Turbostar, this air fryer has a Keep Warm feature too which is preset at 30 minutes.
Philips Turbostar and Starfish Feature
Lastly for the feature, the Philips Turbostar and Starfish are similarly coming with this Turbostar and Starfish tech which is referring to the same feature or the star shaped tray bottom that is going to help in the cooking process. Unlike most air fryers with flat cooking surfaces, the hot air will circulate better with this type of bottom, optimizing the cooking process by allowing the hot air to get around the food more effectively. Overall it will make your food cook faster and with better results.
Both Philips Turbostar and Starfish are the same technology which referred to the star shape bottom on the cooking tray. For these specific models there are other differences as well such as the preset menus which are only present on the Avance Turbostar, higher temperature setting, and longer timer setting. However, for the type of foods and menu we can make, the two air fryers are similarly convenient and versatile.
You can go with any of these air fryers based on which seems to fit in your preference the most. If you just want an affordable, simple to use appliance that is also versatile for different menus, we will recommend the Starfish from the Essential line.