In-depth Philips vs. Havells air fryer review & comparison in India. Let’s examine the product offerings, their specifications, features, functionalities, price as well as benefits.
At the end of this review, we will also find out which of the two is the right to buy plus the best place to buy online at lesser than Maximum Retail Price (MRP) in India.
In order to make this Philips vs. Havells air fryer review fair and balanced, we will only look at air fryers that fall in the same or similar price range. This is because both the brands have a few models that differ in terms of features and pricing. Having said that, we will also touch upon those other models in order to give you an overview of their air fryer product line.
A brief look at the brands
Popularly known as Philips, it was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Amsterdam. Its history of innovation spans over 129 years. As a result, it has an enviable portfolio of patents ranging from radios to lamps to electric shavers to televisions to medical equipment and semiconductors. According to the Brand Trust Report 2015, a study conducted by Trust Research Advisory, Philips ranked as the 18th most trusted brands out of 1000 brands in India.
Havells India Ltd. is a billion-dollar-plus electronics company founded in 1958. It also owns global brands like Crabtree, Sylvania, Concord & Luminance. It makes products ranging from cables & wires, motors, fans, power capacitors, compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), modular switches, water heater to domestic appliances. As per the Brand Trust Report 2015, Havells ranked 152th among 1000 of India’s most trusted brands.
Which air fryer models are we comparing?
We will be reviewing and comparing air fryers from Philips Viva & Havells Profile collection.
Philips sells HD9220/20, HD9220/53 & HD9238/21 under its Viva Collection while Havells sells Profile & Profile Plus air fryers.
There are many similarities and differences between the two brands as well as between different models within the same collection.
So let’s take a detailed look at those product models.
Havells Air Fryers vs. Philips Air Fryers
Havells Profile is the basic air fryer model from Havells. It comes with an aluminium non-stick food basket of 2 litres and pan capacity of 4 litres.
Up to 1230 Watts in power, it has a 60-minute timer with auto shut-off, adjustable thermostat control for different types of recipes, cool-touch handle, basket release button and air vent to reduce the smell.
It also comes with a 2-year warranty. Currently available only in black, it is similar in features and price with Philips Viva HD9220/20.
Its M.R.P. is Rs. 13, 495. However, online you can buy it for a little over Rs. 8, 000 at times and save up to 50%. It is usually available online at promotional prices ranging from Rs. 7, 000 up to Rs. 9, 000.
Philips HD9220/20, the one Profile competes with, is priced at Rs. 14, 995, and it is similarly available on discount from Rs. 8, 000 to Rs. 12, 000 online.
Havells Profile Plus
Profile Plus is an upgraded model of profile with a slightly higher price – Rs. 14, 995. However, it is similar to Profile in terms of features and functionalities. It is slightly confusing as to what is the difference between these two air fryer models.
In terms of pricing, it competes with Philips HD9220/53 which is also priced around Rs. 15, 995. Profile Plus can be bought online for around Rs. 8, 000 to Rs. 10, 000.
When you buy Profile Plus, the box contents include 1 main unit, user manual and warranty card. As an air fryer, it helps you fry, roast, bake and grill. You can use it to also reheat food as well. Havells claims its fryers are up to 85% less oily compared to conventional deep fryers.
It has a 2-litre non-stick aluminium food basket and a 4-litre extra-large pan capacity. It has a 6o-minute timer with an integrated auto-off timer and temperature control function for faster cooking. Its power wattage is 1230 watts, has an adjustable thermostat and comes with a 2-year warranty. Like the Profile, it also has a cool-touch handle, basket release button and air vents to reduce the smell. In terms of colours both Havells Profile air fryers come only in black.
Main features & functions of Havells Profile and Profile Plus air fryers
Philips Viva HD9220/20
This is Philips’ basic air fryer model which is similar to Havells Profile in terms of features as well as pricing. It is one of the most popular air fryers not just from Philips but in the entire product category.
Priced at Rs. 14, 995 (available online from Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 12, 000) and powered by Philips’s patented Rapid Air Technology, it comes with 1425 watts which is higher than Havells and as such more powerful in terms of performance.
It has a 30-minute timer with auto-shutoff and ready signal feature. It weighs 7 kg and has a dimension of 287 x 315 x 384 mm in height, width and length.
Other notable features include manually adjustable time & temperature control, cord storage, dishwasher-friendly parts and 2-year warranty.
It also comes with a FREE recipe booklet with more 25 recipes compiled by food experts so that you can right off the bat start using the air fryer to cook delicious but healthy snacks.
As for colour, HD9220/20 is only available in black.
Philips Viva HD9220/53
It is the second air fryer in the Viva collection from Philips and is slightly priced higher than HD9220/20.
It has a Maximum Retail Price (M.R.P.) of Rs. 15, 995. However, you can easily get it for around Rs. 8, 800 to Rs. 13, 000 online due to discounts and promotions. It is available in white (body) and silver (handle), and has the same exact feature, functionalities and benefits as the HD9220/20.
One of the most curious things about such second-in-line air fryers from Philips as well as other brands is that there is no distinct difference in features and benefits yet the prices are slightly more expensive than the basic models.
With this model, Philips seems to be charging extra just for a different colour. And as for Havells air fryers, the Profile Plus has the exact same features as Profile yet the pricing is somewhat different.
This is a major confusion point for consumers who can’t seem to find any distinctions and differences between such models. And often buyers mistake one for the other. Please know the differences (or lack thereof) between the prices and buy accordingly.
Our recommendation would be that if you are in the market for your first air fryer than going for the basic models would be a good idea as paying extra just for colours and in some cases for no major distinctions just doesn’t make sense.
Common feature & functionalities of HD9220/20 & HD9220/53
Philips Viva HD9238/21
This is the top-of-the-line air fryer by Philips from its Viva collection. Priced higher than both the models mentioned above with lots of extra features and functionalities bundled in. Its M.R.P. is Rs. 18, 995 and is usually available online in the range of Rs. 16, 000 to Rs. 17, 000.
Havells does not have any air fryers that compete with HD9238/21.
The major distinction of this air fryer is that has Digital Touchscreen Time & Temperature Control as opposed to manually adjustable knobs. It is also larger in size, has more cooking capacity, cool wall exterior and has a 60-minute timer. Its cord length is also 1 meter compared to .8 metre of other Philips Viva air fryers.
The HD9238/21 has comes with a free accessory which is a baking tin.
Other than these, it has all the functionalities and benefits as other air fryers from Philips Viva collection.
Let’s wrap this Philips vs. Havells air fryer review and comparison by summarizing the important points.
Havells offers two air fryers namely – Profile and Profile Plus – while Philips in its Viva collection offers HD9220/20, HD9220/53 and HD9238/21.
There is no major distinction in terms of features and benefits between Havells Profile and Profile Plus except a slight change in the design and look of the product and their pricing. Same is true of Philips HD9220/20 and HD9220/53 with one other difference which is colour. HD9220/20 comes in black while HD9220/53 comes in white and silver.
Both Profile and Profile Plus is priced slightly lower than HD9220/20 and HD9220/53 and they compete with each other.
One important thing to note is that Havells air fryers’ capacity is 2/4 litres while Philips air fryers’ capacity is .8 litres.
The only exception here is Philips HD9238/21 which has a cooking capacity of 2.2 litres. It is also a premium model in Philips Viva collection and has a digital touch screen and is larger in size.
One important distinction to remember between the two brands is that Philips is the inventor and pioneer when it comes to air fryers and as such enjoy the trust and confidence of consumers across the world while Havells and other brands are just me-too brands.