It was on for about four minutes before the black smoke (then a split second later) flames burst out.
Lucky I was in the kitchen when it went up, 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 unit and run with it throwing it out the front door, turning back to look in my kitchen there was still three fires going, two along the floor where i ran with the unit and a pool of melted plastic alight on the kitchen benchtop.
Once I extinguished those i went back out the front 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 like leaving them alone.
Before the new XXL air fryer caught fire i found it quite annoying to use compared to the slightly smaller XL Philips air fryer I had upgraded from. Due to the make of 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. 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!
Since this experience i have used:
1. Kmart 3.2Litre digital air fryer ($59) which was great, used for about 6 months however non stick comes off pretty fast and it was slightly to small for me (i still have it as a spare as it works perfectly, read below about silicone matts to avoid losing your non stick surface).
2. Aldi 5litre digital air fryer ($89.00) which also cooks really well, although the basket broke off the handle and the digital display broke and wouldn't let me change temperature. The display on this one was my favorite as it was ontop of the unit not to the front of the unit (so it wont get all steamy when you open the draw). The non stick was better than the Kmart one but still wore off. You can get awesome silicone mats to fit into you air fryer (I use the 9" Reusable Air Fryer Liners by Shadowgallery, purchased on Amazon. Fits perfectly in the Aldi round basket 5litre airfyer and in the Innsky one mentioned below)
3. Innsky Air fryer 5.5litre (its actually exactly the same size as the Aldi one), its a great size for a few pork chops, half a chicken, half kilo of frozen chips, 4 burger patties. ect. Available on Amzaon. I have purchased a second one as a spare (got it for $69 delivered), the display is nice and bright but it is to the front of the unit so gets all steamy when you open the draw (not a huge deal breaker) . It cooks amazingly, only issue i have is that the screws holding the basket to the handle loosen themselves with each loose so you have to keep tightening them up (it was exactly the same with the Aldi air fyer, the baskets look identical so they may be made in the same factory).
I have had 3x Philips air fryers over the past 10 or so years until the new caught fire. The smaller versions seem to cook much better, less space to heat up and air force blowing around. The best chips I ever had was in the original small philips, as i bought the larger more expensive units they didnt cook them as well. I would keep that in mind when your purchasing your air fryer, you might want to go for the biggest one just incase you ever want to cook a lot at once, or have visitors but if you dont usually cook a lot at once try to stick with the smaller air fryers, you can cook your food much faster in the smaller sizes and also use a lower heat setting.
In the end I do love the air fryers and wouldn't cook without one, i do find the cheaper ones cook exactly the same if not better than the Philips, i do think they are a lot easier to clean than the philips as the draws pull all the way out and you can put them directly into the sink. I would never pay extra for a Philips air fryer again. Your paying extra for what? slightly better non stick and the name, but they aren't as user friendly anyway and now with the silicone air fryer matt's the non stick doesn't matter.
Don't forget to check out the silicone air fryer matts as they are very good and will save your nonstick surface.