***** IMPORTANT UPDATE *****
UPDATE JANUARY 2023: The Avance XL was one of Philips’ original models (and mine still runs like a dream!) but it is no longer available. Instead please see:
- Philips Essential Airfryer XL HD9270/91 (on Amazon)
Philips XXL Airfryer HD9650/96 (on Amazon)
Click here to read my detailed Philips XXL Airfryer HD9650 Review.
- Largest Air Fryer Models (on this site)
I also highly recommend the Cosori Pro II Air Fryer, a large capacity, high quality air fryer at a very reasonable price:
The HD9240 is a medium capacity model, between the standard size Philips HD9641 and the extra large 4-quart Philips XXL. It’s a good air fryer at a very good price. My Philips Airfryer XL Review covers all the details!
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(See explanation about this rating below.)
The large sized Philips Airfryer XL, Model HD9240, is part of the Avance collection, and it’s from the company considered by many to be the “original” air fryer manufacturer. This is a full featured 1,800W air fryer with a 3.5 quart cooking capacity and a digital interface. It even includes a “smart” preset button that you can use to save custom settings for a favorite recipe that you cook most often.
Be warned that it’s not a small appliance, but if you’ve got the space it could well become one of the most used gadgets in your kitchen. Air fryers offer you a great way to cook a variety of foods that are delicious and healthier too. Read on to find out if this model is the best choice for you.
- 3.5 Quart Capacity
- 1,800 Watts
- Digital Touch-Screen Controls
- Adjustable Temperature up to 390°
- 60 Minute Timer
- Auto Shut-Off & Alert Signal
- Preset Cooking Functions
- “Smart” Preset for Favorite Setting
- On/Off Switch and Power Indicator Light
- Patented Rapid Air Technology
- Dishwasher Safe Parts
- Internal Cord Storage
- Non-Slip Feet
- 1 Year Limited Warranty
For many people, one of the most important advantages of the Philips Airfryer XL is size. Compared to other models by this manufacturer, this one is considerably larger, giving you almost 50% more in interior capacity.
This model also includes a preset button that allows you to save custom settings. If you have a favorite food that you cook often, you can use this button to program the unit to memorize those particular time and temperature settings.
→ Note that this feature does not give you unlimited options. You can change your memorized settings any time, but the unit can only “remember” one preset at a time.
At 1,800 Watts, the Philips Airfryer XL is about 30% more powerful than smaller models from this manufacturer. For comparison, the HD9220 and HD9230 are 1425W. (For complete details you may wish to read this review of the HD9220 and HD9230.)
As you can see from the list above, this model boasts all the built-in features Philips is known for. That includes its patented Rapid Air Technology which is designed to circulate hotter air faster and produce better results. This same technology is used in other Philips models, and they have a reputation for cooking evenly and quickly so that foods are properly done on the inside with a nice crispy outside.
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Size & Capacity
Exterior Dimensions: 16.7″ deep x 12.4″ wide x 11.9″ high
Interior Capacity: 3.5 quarts
Weight: 19 pounds
What’s Included with the Philips HD9240
No additional accessories are included. The Airfryer XL does include a booklet, but it contains only a few recipes, so don’t count on getting a full cookbook. (For links to free recipes and also to cookbooks for sale, see our Air Fryer Cookbook & Recipe Guide.)
Optional Accessories for XL Air Fryers
Important: Note that due to the size difference in Philips airfryers, you need to be sure to purchase the correct accessory for your specific model.
Grill Pan for Philips Avance, XL (model 9240): Non-stick coated and dishwasher safe, the grill pan has a perforated, ridged surface designed to allow for air flow when searing or “grilling” meats, seafood or vegetables.
Air fryers do not have the same searing capability as grills, but if you don’t mind the cost, this grill plate does a nice job on meats and foods like fresh pineapple. That is, it doesn’t achieve the kind of sear you can get on a super hot griddle, but it does let you get a nice exterior on something like beef steak or chicken strips.
Double Layer Rack
Airfryer Double Layer Rack with Skewers for Avance, XL (model 9240): This non-stick coated rack allows you to double the available cooking surface inside your airfryer so you can cook more at a time. The included skewers can be used for meat or veggie kabobs. Both rack and skewers are also dishwasher safe.
Note that racks can be difficult to use. If you need to check food for doneness during cooking, you can’t see the bottom layer. Removing the rack while it’s hot can be awkward.
I’ve written an entire post on why the baking pan is such a great accessory. To date Philips has yet to make such a pan for its XL model. However, there are (finally!) some other options.
For a baking pan or a set that includes multiple tools please see Universal Air Fryer Accessories – All Sizes, Best Value.
On a personal note… In my experience the racks are more awkward than useful. The muffin tin might come in handy. I absolutely love baking in my air fryer, but for muffins I always use my silicone baking cups.
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Explanation About Star Rating
A strange thing happened with this model. As of October, 2022, the original Amazon listing is gone, along with the 1,600+ customer reviews of it. The new listing is the same model but shows only 12 customer ratings with an average of 3.7 stars. Since I believe that older Amazon reviews were more legitimate than current ones, the information below is based on those older, original reports from verified owners.
Now that this model has been out for a while it has garnered hundreds of reviews – well over 1,600 – and 80% of them are positive. In those that are negative, several of the worst ratings were given by people who were expecting their home breaded chicken pieces to turn out tasting exactly like fast food deep-fried chicken. Other very low reviews were filtered out of the average because they involved complaints like “it’s too big and overpriced”, just a matter of opinion that has nothing to do with product quality or performance.
A few reviewers gave lower ratings because they were disappointed to discover there is a learning curve. That is to be expected since air frying is actually a different cooking method that may take a little getting used to. I’m the first to admit that I tend to get set in my ways, but every now and then it really is worth taking the time to learn a new trick.
One example is in the complaints you’ll find about foods turning out too dry. Remember that Philips does not claim that you can cook completely oil free. The point is that you only need a tiny bit of oil. In many cases all it takes to prevent foods from drying out is a very light spritzing of oil before cooking. Many foods also cook very quickly in air fryers, so these folks may be overdoing it.
The only other legitimate complaint is from users who experienced smoking during cooking, and a few reports claim it was enough to trigger a smoke alarm. This is usually caused by a build-up of grease from cooking high-fat foods. During cooking, you can add a little water to the air fryer drawer to stop the smoking. Between uses, the cooking drawer should be cleaned thoroughly. If excessive smoke is a problem, you may also need to clean the heating element. (See the this page for instructions on interior cleaning. Under “FAQs, scroll down, click “Show more”, and then click the link “How to clean the inside/heating element of my Philips Airfryer”. Also, to see how easy these appliances are to clean, check out “How to Clean Your Philips Airfryer” on this website.)
Certain foods such as coconut tend to produce smoke no matter how you cook them. My solution to this issue is to place my air fryer next to (not onto) my range, where I can take advantage of the exhaust fan.
Otherwise, the HD9240 gets the same high praise from consumers as the other airfryer models made by Philips. It receives excellent marks for typical foods such as French fries and chicken fingers. Many owners concede that for other foods it may take a bit of experimenting, but overall they’re delighted with results on a wide range of dishes, from coconut shrimp to meatballs. Most agree that once you get the hang of cooking in an air fryer, you’ll get much more use from it than you may have expected.
As a Philips owner myself, I am absolutely sold on this brand because of its performance and durability. If you’ve read my other Philips reviews you know that while writing The Air Fryer Bible, my co-author and I ran our air fryers almost non-stop for months. Those units never let us down and to this day still work perfectly.(Back to Top)
Pros & Cons
- extra large capacity
- extra power (wattage)
- digital controls, including custom preset
- timer, auto shut-off, & other convenience features
- produces quality results with little to no oil
- very large appliance for countertop or storage
- heavy enough that some may find it hard to move
- involves some learning curve (true with all air fryers)
Philips Airfryer XL Review: Summary
There is no question that reducing the amount of fat in your diet is a wise decision for your health. The trade-offs are that you may need a little patience learning a new cooking method, and you need to have reasonable taste expectations. Airfried chicken may not be an exact match for deep fried, but most (including yours truly!) agree that the very slight difference is well worth enjoying all the benefits of healthier eating.
The Philips Airfryer XL, model HD9240 in the Avance collection, is one of the larger capacity units on the market. It offers all the basic features you should expect, plus extra power and some unique conveniences such as the preset cooking function. Dishwasher safe parts make cleanup easy. This model is a good choice for fried food lovers who want to eat healthier, and especially for those who entertain often or cook for a family. For quality, performance and durability, my experience with the Philips brand has been 100% positive.
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