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Gadgets & Home Improvement

Two popular gadgets

SundayLife! tests out the Philips Airfryer and Happy Call pan.
The Straits Times - September 9, 2012
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What: About the size of a coffee maker, the AirFryer uses a combination of a grill element and rapidly circulating hot air to fry food. It was launched in March last year. Philips declined to give sales figures in Singapore.

Price: $409

The hype: The appliance claims to be able to deliver "great tasting fried food with up to 80 per cent less fat and is 100 per cent guilt-free".

A SundayLife! test found it worked like an efficient mini-convection oven. It took just a few minutes to heat up and about 10 to 15 minutes to cook most items. But the frozen French fries tasted oven baked, while chicken wings came out roasted. It was also able to bake muffins in about six minutes - half the time it takes to do so in a conventional oven.

Global sales have exceeded one million units since its launch, with Asia Pacific being the region that sold the highest number.


What: This heavy, two-sided non-stick pan is from Korea. The craze started to catch on here about a year ago and consumers went online to buy it.

Blog sites such as Superb Mothers, which has held eight Happy Call Pan shopping sprees since last October, has sold about 2,000 pans, while stores such as FairPrice Xtra hypermarket has seen sales more than double last month since introducing the pan in July this year. FairPrice has even increased its inventory in anticipation of growing demand.

Price: From about $60 and upwards

The hype: The Korean manufacturer claims that the pan’s ceramic coating and special pressure cooking technology result in better heat conduction. Cooks end up using less gas and ingredients cook faster.

Home cooks have been known to use the pan to whip up everything from fried noodles to cake.

A SundayLife! test found that while the pan was heavy, its doublesided feature did help to contain splatter and worked well for braising and steaming. Also, food takes a shorter time to cook and less gas is required.


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