Russell Hobbs Purifry 20810 Review


  • Small capability
  • Poor directions
  • Annoying button

Key Specs

  • Makes use of 6ml oil to cook dinner 800g chips
  • Approx 800g meals capability (quoted as 2 litres)
  • 80-200°C
  • Timer
  • Dishwasher secure elements

What’s the Russell Hobbs Purifry?

The Russell Hobbs Purifry cooks wholesome chips and different meals utilizing scorching air as a substitute for deep fats frying. It’s successfully a small fan oven in your worktop.

Its chips style a bit higher than these from rotary well being cookers, however not ok to justify the expense and worktop area.

Russell Hobbs Purifry 20810 air fryer with open drawer.Russell Hobbs Purifry 20810 air fryer with open drawer.

Russell Hobbs Purifry – Design and Options

The Purifry has a suspiciously comparable form and options checklist to the Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220. Maybe one was, ahem, impressed by the opposite. Just like the Philips, it’s compact and takes up surprisingly little worktop area as a result of it’s tall and skinny.

Controls are near-identical to the Philips: a dial to set temperature (80-200°C) and a timer knob that controls cooking. The highest part of the Purifry is a heating aspect and fan, whereas the underside part is drawer that pulls out to disclose the cooking basket. However whereas the Philips has a mesh basket, the Russell Hobbs basket is extra strong, non-stick with vents within the facet and base to let the recent air via.

Russell Hobbs Purifry 20810 air fryer with control dials.Russell Hobbs Purifry 20810 air fryer with control dials.

The underside of the drawer is flat quite than aerodynamically sculpted just like the Philips. Once more, there’s no window for maintaining a tally of cooking progress. On the plus facet, the Russell Hobbs comes with a useful divider so you’ll be able to cut up the basket in two, to cook dinner two completely different meals with out them bumping into one another.

However what to cook dinner? The Russell Hobbs comes with a pamphlet of an instruction handbook; it comprises a handful of recipes and doesn’t even inform you what amount of chips to cook dinner.

Russell Hobbs describes the Purifry as having a 2-litre capability however maybe a greater measure of it’s that we weighed out 800g of contemporary chips (the identical because the Philips capability) and located that these crammed the Russell Hobbs as much as the “max” line midway up the basket.

Russell Hobbs Purifry 20810 air fryer on a kitchen counter.Russell Hobbs Purifry 20810 air fryer on a kitchen counter.

Russell Hobbs Purifry – What’s it like to make use of?

We used the Purifry to cook dinner 800g of chips, at 200°C, in 20 minutes. Its fan wasn’t too noisy however we discovered design particulars annoying – the way in which the cooking basket clips out and in of the drawer is admittedly fiddly, with a transparent plastic cowl that you must slide to get to the button.

The ensuing chips had been cooked properly inside however too chewy, not crisp sufficient on the surface. They had been arguably higher than oven chips and barely higher than chips from a rotary well being fryer, however not a patch on the Philips.

Russell Hobbs Purifry 20810 with cooked chicken and fries.Russell Hobbs Purifry 20810 with cooked chicken and fries.

Alongside the check, as an experiment, we cooked contemporary chips made out of the identical potatoes within the oven with a spoonful of oil, stirring them simply as soon as midway via the cooking time, and bought better-tasting outcomes than from the Russell Hobbs.

We additionally tried cooking prawn crackers in it. Just like the Philips, the Russell Hobbs did a satisfactory job of cooking these: they weren’t as large and fluffy as you’d count on from a deep fats fryer, however they weren’t as greasy both. With no window to regulate progress, although, it was onerous to inform whether or not they had been cooked or not.

Cleansing was simple due to the non-stick cooking basket. Though it was onerous to wash underneath the annoying plastic cowl on the deal with.

Russell Hobbs Purifry 20810 with cooked fries on plate.Russell Hobbs Purifry 20810 with cooked fries on plate.

Ought to I purchase the Russell Hobbs Purifry?

No. If you need air-fried chips, go for the Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220 as an alternative. It’s comparable however it appears to be like higher, it delivers higher outcomes and it comes with a correct instruction handbook and recipes.

If you wish to cook dinner giant portions of wholesome chips, contemplate the DeLonghi Multifry Further… or simply use the oven. And in case your precedence is tasty chips, quite than worrying about fats content material, then contemplate the DeLonghi RotoFry F28311 or the Sage Multi Fryer.


This scorching air well being cooker makes wholesome chips… however so does your oven.

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