With the Air Cooker, Philips adds a new cooking appliance to its catalog. Not to be confused with the Airfryer, the name used for its oil-free (or air) fryers, it also includes a resistor coupled with a fan to disperse hot air. However, the Air Cooker aims for lower temperatures when adding steam.
This technology that combines hot air – but not too much – with steam is called NutriFlavor. Thanks to this, the Air Cooker should offer tasty cooking with a combination of taste and texture, but also healthy: Philips, which has analyzed several foods after cooking, indicates that it contains up to 90% of the vitamin C in broccoli and peppers and even up to 93% of the Omega 3 in salmon. These results were obtained with the Air Steam mode that combines hot air and steam, but there are seven, in addition to a keep warm mode: steam, oven, roast, reheat, defrost and even simmer and sous vide.
To further assist the user, Philips offers predefined settings per ingredient, but also the NutriU application to find recipes; former Top Chef candidates have also been approached to develop six, including Mallory Gabsi who is to propose three. Du wifi est prévu pour le pilotage à distance et le suivi des cuissons à l’aide d’alertes, ce qui devrait aussi permettre de recevoir des mises à jour avec, à la clé, the nouveaux ingredients et réglages sur l’reglages à retrouver directement device.
Users who are more comfortable in the kitchen will of course also find a manual mode. This allows you to choose a temperature between 60 and 160°C and whether or not to add steam with two humidity levels to choose from if needed.
A pretty well designed device, but limited capacity
In short, the Air Cooker is a type of steam oven that is somewhat more limited, first of all because of its temperature range, but also because of its size. It sits on the worktop and looks more like a bread machine with its dimensions of 44 x 35 x 23 cm and opening from the top. A window allows you to control cooking without having to open it, and a small screen associated with a selection button allows you to navigate between the different modes and settings; however, you have to go through the Philips application to find recipes.
There is a water tank for steam at the back and the Air Cooker comes with a tray to slide into the bottom of the oven cavity. This tray is handled using retractable handles, which retract when the lid is closed and extend when opened for easy removal. In addition to this tray, Philips supplies a basket; a second tray can be purchased to be placed above it for cooking on two levels. There is also a small tank available for cooking pies, bread and even risotto, but unfortunately you don’t have to invite too many people for dinner.
If the Air Cooker, according to Philips, allows to cook for four people, it is better that they are small eaters. After use, the accessories can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher and they all fit together for storage in the appliance. Rinsing, descaling and cleaning modes are also available to facilitate maintenance of the appliance itself.
The Air Cooker is available now for the suggested retail price of €579.99 and an introductory offer allows you to get the second tray or tank for €1 more, at €34.99 excluding promotions. That is still much more than with a classic multicooker, such as the Cookeo from Moulinex, or the SmartLids from Ninja that offer a Combi-Steam setting, such as the OL750EU. However, the American seems much less focused on the nutritional value of steam cooking than Philips.