- 1 Russell Hobbs Air Fryer - Purifry 20810
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Ideal Mid-range
- 5 No Stirring Paddle
- 6 No Digital Display
- 7 Generous Guarantee
- 8 What can you cook in the Purifry 20810?
- 9 Simple & Easy
- 10 Dividing panel
- 11 Cleaning up
- 12 What’s in the box?
- 13 Final thought…
Russell Hobbs Air Fryer - Purifry 20810
Welcome to this review of the Russell Hobbs, 20810 Purifry health fryer. Russell Hobbs is a household name in the UK and has been a popular brand for many years. There is only one Russell Hobbs air fryer available in their range but that’s not to say it doesn’t deserve to be considered in our recommended top picks.
The 20810 Purify is a mid-range option and although it may not be suitable for larger families, it would ideal for 2-4 servings.
In terms of look and style, there is only one colour option, and that’s white, but with the gloss black inserts and black handle, it has a stylish finish that will blend into most kitchens. The cooking bowl has a convenient carry handle that feels sturdy and safe. The base of the Purifry has non-slip feet so that the unit doesn’t slide about on your worktop surface.
The dimensions on the unit are 28.5 cm x 35.5 cm x 38.8 cm which doesn’t make it the largest fryer we’ve reviewed, but it’s certainly not the smallest either. It weighs 6kg and has a power rating of 1230 Watts.
No Stirring Paddle
No Digital Display
There’s no digital display with the Purifry 20810, just simple-to-use analogue dials, which some people may prefer. There are two dials, one for the temperature (up to 200°C and one for the timer (up to 60 minutes).
The Purifry comes with a generous 2-year guarantee from Russell Hobbs and if you register your purchase online, you’ll receive an extra year.
What can you cook in the Purifry 20810?
If you like crispy chips, you’ll love the Purifry. Just add a spoonful of cooking oil and cook for as long as want to get the crispiness you prefer. You’ll find you can also cook many of your favourite foods and a variety of meals in the Purifry, including chicken, vegetables and even cakes.
Simple & Easy
We love the simplicity of the Purifry, it’s really easy to set up and use. Turn it on, set the temperature (up to 200 degrees) and wait about 5 minutes for it to warm up. Place your desired food into the food basket and then set your cooking time (up to 60 minutes). In our chip test, we did remove the basked halfway through to give it a shake as per the instructions although this isn’t absolutely necessary – it just helps to prevent the food from sticking together. A full basket of chips was cooked perfectly, crispy and golden in 20 minutes.
As a first-time user of an air fryer, you might be tempted to use more oil than is recommended, but do follow the instructions for the best results and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how good your food comes out of the fryer.
There are no preset cooking functions, as with other air fryers, but this is reflected in the price of the Purifry. We suggest not everyone wants the complexity of digital preset cooking functions as come with other air fryers.
The food basket, which has a 2-litre capacity, can be divided into two, allowing you to cook 2 food items. Great for cooking chips and for example battered fish, although there are many more food combinations to try.
Cleaning the Purifry afterwards is simple and you can either use a damp cloth to wipe down or if like us you’re lazy(!), simply add the removable parts into the dishwasher.
Fried food using the Purifry is a much safer option than deep fat frying, not to mention the health benefits of doing so. Its 2-litre capacity is more than enough to serve up to 4 people.
What’s in the box?
In the box, you’ll find the unit itself, the food separator and the instruction booklet. We were disappointed there was no free recipe booklet included especially since this is mid-range in terms of price. Having said that, take a trip to your local library or look online and you will find plenty of low-fat frying cooking books to choose from.
Taking a look at customer feedback for the PuriFry, it has an average rating of 4 out of 5, with many customers reporting how impressed they were with the results, not just for cooking chips but for also soups, porridge, hot chocolate and Indian dahls.
Overall, the Russell Hobbs air fryer PuriFry 20810 is a decent choice. It’s compact and easy to use, so if you’re after a simple air fryer to cater for 2-4 people then this would be the ideal choice for you.