Convection Oven Vs. Air Fryer

One of my Quaker Supermoms goals was to be more healthy with what we put in our bodies.  One of the ways we worked towards that goal was with the way we cooked our food.  From frying with cooking oil, we moved to using a Cuisinart convection oven or a Philips Air Fryer.

Some friends have asked me for reviews about the Air Fryer but I think I’ll take it a step further and compare the two.  First some descriptions:

L: Cuisinart Convection Oven R: Philips Air Fryer

CONVECTION OVEN

  • A convection oven is like turbo broiler, only ours is rectangular and silver (haha, looks matter)
  • It uses fans to help circulate air around the food unlike a conventional oven which doesn’t have fans (… I think … and that’s what Wikipedia told me)

AIR FRYER

  • The Philips Air Fryer says it uses Rapid Air technology to circulate air around the food.

So essentially, they both seem to be modern day turbo broilers (we’ve been using these for years!!) so what are their differences?

AESTHETICS

  • The convection oven fits the kitchen shelf more (quadrilaterals are cool!) and takes up less space
  • The air fryer looks like R2D2 (maybe they should make one that IS R2D2!!) and has more modern features like a removable basket (modern ba yon? haha).

FOOD QUALITY

  • Both can produce really crunchy food — chicken, liempo.  However, I feel that food gets too dry in the air fryer.  The convection oven retains the juiciness of the food.
  • When it comes to chips and fries, air fryer wins!  It can really make crispy camote or potato fries and chips.
  • However, the convection oven has a toast function so you can also use it for bread.
  • Reheating is best with the air fryer.  Even lumpiang shanghai becomes crunchy again with the air fryer.

FOOD QUANTITY

  • The convection oven can cook 4 long slices of liempo at a time.  The air fryer can only cook 4 half-slices.  So that’s 50% less food.

COOKING TIME

  • It takes longer to cook in the convection oven.  Chicken gets cooked in 50 minutes whereas in the air fryer, it’s done in 25 minutes.

CLEANING

  • It is way easier to clean the air fryer than the convection oven!!
  • I wish the convection oven had something to catch the dripping oil so it wouldn’t go on the heating elements at the bottom.

ELECTRICAL CONSUMPTION

  • Since we got both (and we got both at the same time we lost our help), our electric bill hasn’t really gone up substantially so I guess consumption for both isn’t bad

PRICE

  • We bought both at almost the same price (around PHP12,000) only because the Air Fryer was on sale in True Value.

So what’s my reco when friends ask me?  I say buy both.  They each have their own uses and we use them both equally  (Am I useless?? hahaha) but if you could only buy one, I’d say buy the convection oven or your trusty turbo broiler (but then again, what about reheating?? You’ll need an air fryer for reheating!  And yes, we’re back to being useless…).

Since we bought both these gadgets, we’ve given away our microwave and haven’t bought cooking oil for 4 months.  The downside is, I’m very sensitive to oil now.  When I ate a McDo cheeseburger, a Shakey’s pizza and  KFC chicken (not all at the same time!), I got a migraine within a few hours and immediately got reflux or heartburn (Tums is my friend).  The idea of a migraine and nausea has made me choose not to eat from these fast food joints anymore (although the kids still like McDo).  Hopefully, this means my body is becoming healthier — more picky but also more healthy.

I do hope I made sense for those on the fence on buying either.

For ideas on what to cook in the air fryer, check out #airfryerclub on Instagram. It’s another club I started along with the #bulletjournalclub (geek alert!  uy, joke lang yung bullet journal club).

©OCMominManila

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16 Responses to Convection Oven Vs. Air Fryer

  1. Didi says:

    Been super thinking about buying an airfryer – pero its so mahal!! I thought it might be cheaper abroad but its the same lang..

    I heard though that there’s a cheaper brand of airfryer, I have to troop to SM to see for myself. Hehehe.. :)

    Healthier eating is such a hard thing/choice for me because I am the queen of unhealthy food! French Fries, fried foods and butter!! Ayayay!!

  2. Cyn says:

    Hi! May I know where you got your Cuisinart oven? Is it available locally? Was thinking of getting a Breville oven, then I read your review. Now, I want a Cuisinart and an air fryer too! : D

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  4. Rahul says:

    Thanks so much for sharing. We were actually confused with the difference and the salesmen are really pushing the air fryer but I feel an old fashioned convection oven makes more sense.

  5. Steve Puu says:

    The Airfryer idea is a fantastic machine for a quick, easy 2 person meal and plus cooking was much healthier. Thank you. Thank for sharing

  6. Ivan Imperial says:

    +1 to Airfryer. I used mine to bake cake & brownies! They’re done quite perfectly in the airfryer!

  7. maki says:

    Buy both at the same time? #nouveaurichassholes

  8. Steelsheen says:

    hi! this is such a great review thanks so much for your insight! i was wondering whats your assesment on the airfryer vs a turbo broiler (since they kinda employ the same technology?) thanks again!

    • ocmominmanila says:

      Of course the air fryer is a lot more expensive but it cooks 2-3x faster than the turbo. It’s harder to clean though and much much smaller. So why did I buy an air fryer?? Haha.

  9. Julie says:

    Actually, for me air fryer is overweighing convention oven. Obviously, air fryer is more costly but the comfort it offers is satisfied by me. I save a lot of time when I have air fryer for my cooking. But to me, convention oven is better than air fryer when I have BBQ party as I don’t have to fry so may batches of food to serve all mouths. So when you have many mouths to feed an air fryer will not be the great option.

  10. Melissa says:

    Hi! Would you know where i can get the accessories, specifically the baking tin and 2nd tier fryer? I don’t think mine came with them. Got them at true value also :)

    • ocmominmanila says:

      I didn’t know there were accessories! Now I want. I’m going to SG next week, I will look haha. I will buy extra.

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