We Test Russell Hobbs’ New 8.5L Satisfry Snappi Dual Basket Air Fryer

We Test Russell Hobbs' New 8.5L Satisfry Snappi Dual Basket Air Fryer

Russell Hobbs has been a familiar name in British households for many decades, and even after weaving a place into the fabric of British culture, it is not content with resting on its laurels. The company is continuously designing and launching new products, and in this feature, we look at its Satisfry Snappi Dual Basket Air Fryer, which really is a game-changer in the kitchen.

I still remember the 1970s when my father proudly proclaimed we were getting a microwave oven, which resulted in a distinct change in how we cooked in our home. Some decades after this, Philips brought Fred van der Weij’s air fryer to the world’s attention, unveiling a consumer model in Berlin in 2010. And just like the introduction of the microwave oven, it has proven to be a revelation in home kitchens worldwide.

Since that groundbreaking day in Berlin, the world has changed significantly, and knowledge of how to keep the body healthy has expanded exponentially. It’s now common knowledge that people need to cook food in a healthier way, and eating ultra-processed microwavable foods does more harm than good to one’s health. In addition, there has been a staggering rise in the cost of living, particularly the seemingly constant increase in energy costs.

These two factors are likely why Russell Hobbs has designed and launched its innovative new air fryer.

Like many others, we found an air fryer to be a very convenient addition to our kitchen, and since we introduced one, we have used ours at least a couple of times a week. Although my wife has never had cause to complain about the end product, i.e. the food, she has frequently felt the need to mention that the food capacity in our current air fryer was way too small, and I’m not going to get into the words sometimes mentioned before and during cleaning it.

The air fryer on a granite kitchen worktop

When I brought up the topic of writing a review on the Russell Hobbs Satisfry Snappi and told her about some of its features, it was music to her ears. Before I tell you about our experience using it, I want to highlight the features that make the Satisfry Air Snappi somewhat of a game-changer.

As I have mentioned, one of the significant drawbacks of air fryers is their small cooking capacity. The Russell Hobbs air fryer overcomes this by offering the option of a cavernous 8.5L basket, and they can do this by designing an air fryer with two separate side-by-side 4.25L compartments.

When two become one
Converting the Satisfry Air Snappi from one to two baskets or vice versa is very straightforward. Utilising the air fryer in the single 8.5L basket mode requires a connection piece, which sits in the middle and joins the two individual compartments. Using the air fryer in dual basket mode requires moving the connector and inserting metal perforated dividing walls for each basket.

The air fryer in single basket mode cooking a whole chicken

Having the choice of one large or two smaller baskets makes cooking a complete meal much more straightforward, and there is another significant benefit from this, which is you can cook two different food types at the same time.

A mother showing her son the two separate baskets

In the dual-compartment mode, the baskets can be used completely independently from each other. It is a genius design, particularly when batch cooking, as once one food has been cooked, its basket can be removed without disturbing the other and filled with another food, continuing the cooking flow.

To make life even simpler, the Russell Hobb’s Satisfry Snappi come with eight one-touch cooking presets:

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Vegetable
  • Fries
  • Egg
  • Bake
  • Steak
  • Rehydrate

In addition, the air fryer has a manual mode, which allows the user to set temperatures from 30-200°C in 5°C increments giving them complete control over the cooking. The air fryer also has a food indicator function, and if you are adding foods at different times, the indicator is smart enough to pause mid-cycle, informing you of when it is time to start cooking the next ingredient.

A photograph showing a woman cooking potatoes in the air fryer

Our experience
The Russell Hobbs dual-basket air fryer is very simple to use, and every food we have cooked thus far has met our expectations. As I’ve mentioned, one of my wife’s major bug-bears with using an air fryer is cleaning it afterwards; the Russell Hobbs designers obviously recognise this and have made its new air fryer with dishwasher-safe components.

Cleaning the air fryer after using it didn’t result in any moans or whines. The dividers and bases of the baskets are removable and can be washed under a tap, and the baskets (once cooled) are easy to wipe clean.

In addition to producing great-tasting food, its flexibility and ease of cleaning, the Russell Hobbs Satisfry Snappi brings another significant benefit to the kitchen table, and that’s its ability to save money on energy costs. According to Russell Hobbs, the Satisfry Air Snappi fries your food up to 76% faster when compared to a conventional oven, which will help save up to 58% on energy costs.

We believe Russell Hobb’s new Satisfry Snappi air fryer will be a brilliant addition to the kitchen, and having one to cook with will no doubt help to keep the body and finances in better shape.

Russell Hobbs Satisfry Snappi – Where and how?

The Satisfry Snappi Dual Basket Air Fryer is priced at £199.00 and is currently available in one colour (black). Orders can be placed with free delivery via www.russellhobbs.com, and the air fryer comes with a two-year warranty.

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Paul Godbold

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Paul is the owner and editor-in-chief of Luxurious Magazine. He previously worked as a fashion model, was in the British Army and created companies in the technology, venture capital and financial services sectors. In addition to writing, he also proofs, edits, designs, lays out and publishes all the articles in the online magazine. Paul is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.

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