It was on for about four minutes when black smoke started coming out, then a second later it burst into flames right there on the bench in my kitchen.
Lucky I was in the kitchen when the flames started, if I had of stepped away for just a minute my house would have burnt down.
I grabbed my cotton rug off the floor, picked up the flaming airfryer and run with it throwing it out the front door into the yard, turning back to look in my kitchen there was still three fires going, two along the floor where i ran with the unit and one on the kitchen benchtop, all melted burning plastic.
Once I extinguished those i went back outside to see the air fryer still on fire, i had to put the hose on it for a few minutes to stop it burning.
It has been sent back to Phillips for investigation and has been reported to the Australian house hold goods authority.
It was a petrifying experience and still haunts me each time I use the new air fryer (NOT a Philips), i don't leave it alone now and I even pull the plug out of the socket when its not in use.
For the few weeks i used the XXL air fryer I actually found it quite annoying to use compared to the slightly smaller XL Philips air fryer I had upgraded from (which was my second Philips, the digital controls died, and they had already been repaired once under warranty). Due to the make of this new model the unit it would put oil into the little gap inside the top of where the handle sits in the basket and oil would come out of the basket around the lip it was very annoying as you would have to fold a paper towel and keep sticking it inside the gap until it soaked up the oil. If you didn't do that you would get oil running down the outside of the basket. I actually though "this is going to be Very annoying for the new few years while i use this new machine" but it catching fire to itself saved me from that!
I have had 3x Philips air fryers over the past 10 or so years until the new one caught fire. The smaller versions seem to cook much better. The best chips I ever made (from scratch) was in the original small Philips, as I bought the larger more expensive units they never cooked them crispy. I would keep that in mind when your purchasing your air fryer, you might want to go for the biggest one just encase you ever want to cook a lot at once, or have visitors but if you don't usually cook a lot at once try sticking with a smaller air fryer, you can cook your food much faster in the smaller sizes (with high watts as per advised above). However if you make larger meals or want to cook whole chickens, large frozen chips then you'll need about a 7litre with at least 1800watts.
I have found a fantastic 7litre airfryer now that was only $119 - easy to use and cooked much better than any of the Philips did, it is also much easier to clean. Unfortunately i can not say where i got it from as my review has already been removed by amazon once advising me it contained promotional material.. So no names here. Sorry.
I do recommend using "Reusable Air Fryer Liners, 9-Inch Round Silicone Air Fryer Liners" to protect your non stick surface. I bought mine from Amazon and they are fantastic, nothing sticks and its SO easy to wash the basket afterwards.
I hope you found this review helpful : )