Air fryers are quickly becoming the number one choice of fryers due to their versatile abilities and customisation. They are also considered the healthier alternative to traditional fryers and, with the increased promotion of a healthier lifestyle, it has led to many families opting for the non-traditional air fryer.
In this review, we will look in detail at one of the best selling air fryers currently on the market so that you can decide if this product is the right one for you.
To make sure that you get the best use out of your air fryer investment, Tefal has included 9 unique frying programmes. These programmes include the standard chips and fries, bread snacks and battered snacks programmes as well as a range of others. These include:
Once you select one of these programmes, then your job is done as everything else is taken care of by the air fryer. When you select one of these programmes, your fryer will set the optimal cooking time and the best temperature to cook your food so that you can get those professional results that every cook strives for.
What is unique about this particular model is the stirring padel that allows you to achieve evenly cooked food without you having to even use your hands. The stirring padel makes sure to keep your food moving as it cooks so that your chips do not get burnt on one side and slightly crispy on the other. The cleverly designed air flow is what allows the stirring padel to be as successful as it can be as aids the movement of your food.
The 1 meal in 1 go programme is best suited for those recipes that require a wok such as world foods. This innovative programme allows you to throw all of your ingredients into the Actifry and leave it to cook by itself. With the help of the fully automated heat and time settings as well as the self stirring pedal, you can rely on this air fryer to produce the results that you desire.
Unlike other traditional fryers , this product has the ability to be multi-functional due to the two different cooking zones which is why it is called the Actifry 2 in 1. Two bowls are provided, one that goes into the air fryer itself and one shallower one that rests on top of the first. What this provides is the chance for you to cook a full meal without having to use multiple stoves or pans.
Likewise, this 2 in 1 feature allows you to cook two different recipes at one time so that you can cater to your families picky needs. For example, you can sear fish while cooking chips, or you can cook your main course in the bigger bowl and use the smaller one for the side dish.
Much like any other air fryer, there is very little oil needed for this product to perform to its best ability. For example, if you want to make frozen chips then no oil at all is needed as the Actifry Express is able to use whatever oil is already in the chips to get them perfectly crispy. Tefal is more than confident that you are able to get the same crispy, satisfying result with their air fryer as you are a traditional fryer while adding 99% less oil. Not only does this help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle but also allows you to save money in the long run. This is ideal for those of you who tend to enjoy using your fryer on a regular basis as you will not need to add oil to your shopping list every week.
Likewise, Tefal has incorporated innovative express technology into their Actifry which means that you can cook your food 30% faster than if you were to cook it in another fryer. Of course, if you do not use the whole 1.7 kg capacity then your food will cook quicker anyway, but either way, the express technology allows you to save money on your electrify bill as you will not need your fryer to be plugged in as long.
You will also be pleased to know that Tefal has made it so that your fryer automatically stops cooking your food once the programme has ended. This means that the Actifry will only use the amount of electricity it needs to cook your food instead of cooking it even after it is finished, allowing you to save even more on your bills. You will also be able to save money on food as if you suddenly get distracted then your food will not burn and you will not have to start again.
Tefal understand that for most people, this will be the first time that they have used an air fryer or any kind of fryer and how intimidating that can be. That is why they have put together a free app named 'My Actifry' which can be downloaded on any smart device. This app provides you with 350 + recipes that will allow you to push your cooking boundaries and use your new fryer's unique features and programmes.
The 350 + recipes are just the standard recipes, however as certain seasonal recipes emerge, you will be given access to even more recipes. You will also be given the chance to try out lifestyle tips to help you maintain your specific diet or apply your dietary needs to your favourite recipes.
This just goes to show how much you can do with this particular Actifry and how versatile of an appliance it is.
The Actifry Genius XL 2 in 1 is part of Tefal's Actifry range that includes two other models: the Actifry original plus and the Actifry genus XL black. The 2 in 1 is by far the most versatile with more automatic inbuilt programmes and the unique multiple cooking zones. However, is it the most expensive of the three and maybe a bit excessive for your needs.
The Actifry Genius XL black has the exact same capacity as the 2 in 1, 1.7 kg which equals out to roughly 8 portions, and includes the same amount of programmes. It should be noted however that these programmes preset themselves as preset menus rather than automatic programmes so it will take more effort on your part to input the right temperatures and other such details. Of course, the XL black only has one cooking zone and so can not act as a 2 in 1 cooking device.
As for the Actifry original plus, it is the cheapest of the range but it is also the smallest. It only has a 20% larger than average capacity (which is 5 portions) compared to the others 35% larger than average capacity, but this may be the perfect size for your families needs. So if you decide that the 2 in 1 Actifry is not the right one for you then you still have the option of two other Actifrys so that you can make mealtimes a little easier.