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Philips HD9641/96 Avance Review

Good performance and intuitive design, but costs more than other models that hit the same marks
philips hd9641/96 avance air fryer review
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Price:  $300 List
Manufacturer:   Philips
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Jul 16, 2019
  • Cooking Performance - 35% 7.0
  • User Friendliness - 25% 9.0
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 7.0
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 6.0

Our Verdict

Offering just about everything you'd want from an air fryer, we doubt anyone interested in the art of frying with far less oil will be disappointed in purchasing the Philips HD9641/96. However, if you're looking for a top-notch air fryer, we think the Ninja Air Fryer fills that niche a bit better while costing considerably less. Not only does the Ninja cook slightly better than the Phillips, it is also a bit easier to clean. If you find the Philips HD9641/96 on a clearance rack somewhere it may be worth the purchase, otherwise we think your money would be much better spent on the Ninja Air Fryer.
Very intuitive
Relatively good cooking performance
Can sometimes be difficult to clean

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison

The Philips HD9641/96 performed well in all of our tests, putting it in the top half of our overall scoreboard. However, some relative flaws prevented it from rising to the top.

philips hd9641/96 avance air fryer review
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Cooking Performance

Falling just behind the top scorers in our cooking tests, the HD9641/96 can prepare most foods with aplomb, but does have some noticeable shortcomings.

The HD9641/96 shone in our cooking tests when it came to making onion rings and tater tots. Both delicacies came out with evenly cooked, crunchy, and golden brown exteriors, while the interiors remained moist and lively.

This cooker actually did an admirable job (in a relative sense) when it came to making sweet potato fries as well. While no air fryer that we tested was able to make truly crispy sweet potato fries, the HD9641/96 at least got the outsides nice and brown, and thus more closely approximated the feeling of deep-fried fries than many other models.

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The HD9641/96 generally fries well, but struggles significantly with chicken breast.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The HD9641/96's biggest weakness in our testing came when we made chicken breast. No matter what we did, we couldn't avoid an overly chewy texture that made the chicken less than enjoyable. If you mostly want to air fry meat, we definitely would not recommend this machine (if air fried chicken sounds like your jam, we would suggest checking out the Ninja).

This cooker also struggled a bit in making doughnuts. It generally overdid the outside, making it a bit too crusty, which completely overpowered the fluffiness of the interior.

User Friendliness

The HD9641/96 offers one of the best and most intuitive experiences of all the air fryers we tested, making it great for both new and seasoned air fryers alike.

Dialing in cooking settings with the HD9641/96 couldn't be easier. A smooth turning knob allows you to choose cooking time and temperature, a single button lets you cycle through cooking modes, and a large digital readout lets you know what exactly is being selected.

philips hd9641/96 avance air fryer review - the hd9641/96's interface is one of the best in the field.
The HD9641/96's interface is one of the best in the field.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

One of our favorite things about the HD9641/96 is its fry basket design. The design itself isn't revolutionary, just very well engineered. The fry basket easily slides in and out with almost no resistance. This is especially nice for recipes that require you to shake the food partway through cooking, as the smooth action makes it very easy to accomplish this with just one hand.

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The convenient cord keeper.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The HD9641/96 also offers enough adjustment to accommodate almost any recipe with 4 preset functions for specific food items, and 13 different temperature settings ranging from 100˚ to 400˚.

Ease of Cleaning

This is one area where the HD9641/96 falls off from the front of the pack. We wouldn't call it particularly difficult to clean, but there are certainly models that best it in this category (namely the GoWISE USA 3.7 Quart Programmable, and to a lesser extent the Ninja).

On a good day, cleaning the HD9641/96 is a simple scrub and rinse and you're good to go. However, there are a few potential pitfalls that can make cleaning a downright pain on a bad day. For instance, the fry basket has some bits that are sharp enough to actually scrape you if you're not careful. We also found that the fry baskets holds onto grease easily if it's not washed right away, so sometimes it will likely require a little extra elbow grease in its scrubbing. Finally, we like that the bottom comes out to make cleaning a bit easier, but due to the design this presents the opportunity of the fry basket funneling and shooting water back at you while cleaning (which happened to us more than we'd care to admit).

Temperature Accuracy

Here again the HD9641/96 is about average. Top performers like the Ninja clearly outperform it, but there are other models that are also clearly worse.

In our testing the HD9641/96 ran about 10˚ hot when set to temperatures below 350˚, and 10˚ cold when set above that mark.


The Philips HD9641/96 is one of the most expensive air fryers we tested. Even though it generally sells for well less than its list price, it is still a much more expensive option than the Ninja, which can make slightly better food and is a bit easier to clean. Therefore we feel the HD9641/96 isn't a particularly good value.

philips hd9641/96 avance air fryer review
Credit: Jenna Ammerman


The Philips HD9641/96 is a good overall air fryer, but it falls slightly behind some other models that actually cost a bit less.

Max Mutter and Michelle Powell
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