From the Manufacturer
|The T-fal ActiFry is a low fat cooker that enables you to cook tasty dishes while reducing the amount of fat you are having. The ActiFry is engineered to minimize the use of oil while cooking. This revolutionary appliance allows you to enjoy great tasting a wide array of dishes but at the same time stay healthy and feel good about what you are eating.|
With ActiFry you can enjoy cripsy, great tasting fries that are low in fat! By using just one tablespoon of oil you can make 2 pounds of fresh French fries, enough to feed a family of four. That one spoonful is over 200 times less than a traditional 3 liter deep fat fryer, which not only means that your food is substantially more healthy, but it is also more economical. The French fries have only 3% fat per serving.
Moreover, ActiFry is a versatile cooking appliance and can be use to create a variety of helathy, low-fat dishes with minimal effort. ActiFry is not just for French fries, it enables you to cook full meals such as chili, risotto, gumbos, vegetable, or meat stir frys, seafood, and even yummy desserts. ActiFry enables you to create your favorite dishes that are not only delicious but nutritious. Each recipe requires from 0 to 2 tablespoons of oil for four servings.
How Does It Work?
ActiFry is the result of 10 years of research and development. It has a unique stirring paddle and pulse heat system which cooks foods to perfection. The food is evenly cooked thanks to the stirring paddle and the pulse heat system will ensure an even distribution of the oil on each piece of food. Moreover the T-fal ActiFry heating system and stirring paddle combine to cook your food to perfection, hands free! No pre-heating is required; it's ready when you are.
To make French fries in ActiFry, simply place 2 pounds of freshly cut French fries into the removable pan, drizzle over 1 tablespoon of your preferred oil, and set the timer. The ActiFry does the rest, just wait for the timer to end and the alarm to sound. You can then sit and enjoy real French fries, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, safe in the knowledge that they only contain 3% fat.
For other recipes, simply place the ingredients in the pan as directed in the recipe, close the lid, set up the timer, and switch it on! ActiFry has a steam free lid and viewing window that allows you to keep an eye on your food while cooking. The automatic lid opens at a push of a button for your convenience.
Finally clean up is a breeze. The removable pan, lid, paddle, and tablespoon are all dishwasher-safe. That's everything you need to clean taken care of.
Features, Benefits, and Specifications
Top Customer Reviews
So far I have tried frying potatoes, bananas, nuggets and onions. All came out with brilliant results and what's best, using minimal oil. They all looked and tasted just like fried but were not greasy. And they were very crispy.
The only drawback is the quality of this gadget that was clearly not made to last. I have used mine 6 times only and the paddle has already stopped working twice for no apparent reason. The paddle was attached correctly and no food was blocking it from turning around. I had to turn off the unit several times before the paddle resumed working on both occasions. So I guess this will not last much since it has been used only a few times.
The Actifry has been around on Europe for some years now and I have found several people complaining about the product quality. It is not unusual to find reviews of people having it exchanged or fixed twice during the one year warranty time.
I would expect something so expensive to last a lot longer. If someone else finds the same issue with the paddle please comment.
I recommend checking Amazon's website in UK if you are interested in more reviews of this appliance. There you will find 240 reviews of Actifry.Read more ›
After what I consider light to normal use (using it every few days for a cooking task) the gray plastic molded piece underneath the removable pan has developed a crack. The crack doesn't affect the cooking (yet) and I'll be continuing to use the machine for large batches, but at $250, the ActiFry machine seems very overpriced for something that only holds up to 3 months of light use before developing cracks.
Based on other reviews here, I also recently purchased a KitchenStir KS1000 Chef's Stir Pan, and I'd like to point out the differences between the two machines for those thinking of purchasing one.
The KitchenStir (roughly $80) is a much smaller machine, so you cannot get as large a batch cooked as with the Actifry. (On the plus side, the KitchenStir has a much smaller footprint, which makes storage a bit easier.)
The Actifry does not have variable temperature control, it has one temperature, and that makes the cooking slower than the Kitchenstir. You can take the temperature up high enough with the Kitchenstir to cook raw potatoes to completely "air fried" in half the time using the Kitchenstir. (Keep in mind, it's going to be a smaller batch, but I get enough for 2 generous servings in about 12 minutes, versus 22-24 minutes in the Actifry. Same quantity of potatoes.)
Cleanup is fairly easy for both, the Actifry has more parts that have to be taken apart for a thorough cleaning, (and I do recommend hand cleaning), but the non-stick surface makes it quick for both machines.Read more ›
I have never had a serious issue with the machine. I broke the lid while cleaning it (it is NOT dish-washer safe as I learned) and Tefal sent me a new one next day for free (I am happy we have 2-year-warranties in Europe, it's the law here). I also bake frozen rolls, spring rolls, fish sticks, breaded shrimp, chroissants, even small pizza slices etc. etc. Maybe it is not good to share this, but sometimes I just take the rotating arm out (for bigger items) and use it without - which is against instructions but works great.
What bothers me is that the 'timer' does not switch the machine off and its' signal is drowned in the overall noise of the machine. If you don't wait next to it, you won't even notice the alarm. Maybe this has been improved though by now.
Bottom line: It is absolutely overpriced considering the quality of this 'pot'. But it is not if you consider the benefit of healthier fries. And they do taste much better than from the oven. If you eat a lot of pre-fried food and want a healthier, easier way to cook them, this is the one for you. It might also save some energy compared to heating the 'big oven' just for a few fries.
I'm giving the Actifry 3 stars only because T-Fal failed to include a wire rack for air frying breaded foods. If you've ever tried breaded foods such as mushrooms or mozzarella sticks then you already know it's impossible using the included stir arm. The stir arm rips off the breading and turns mozzarella sticks into one big globby mess. BUT I have found the perfect solution! This wire rack fits perfectly in the Actifry. I've included the product link for the wire rack and it's very inexpensive but of really great quality. I've been able to air fry every breaded food I've tried and I even put Ore-Ida fries and sweet potato fries on this rack and they are 100% more consistently crispy than using the stir arm.
To use the wire rack simply pinch the two middle bars closer together so that the rack fits firmly over the center spindle. Push the rack all the way down on the spindle. That's it! Breaded food bliss!
T-Fal --- PLEASE CREATE A WIRE RACK FOR THIS PRODUCT!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
worked okay for fresh veggies but turned most potatoes to mush.
dont even try frying frozen goods, like potatoes turned to much.. Read more
My aunt bought two actifry and gave me one as a gift. It didn't even cook French fries in 1 hour. I contacted t-fal customers service and they asked me to bring it to their repair... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it and used it all the time for the two months I owned it. It completely fell apart. first the arm stopped spinning, then the latch broke. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CatzMora
just great for fries and wings. I've used it for stir fried chicken or beef with veggies, but it is not worth it, as you cannot stir the stuff yourself. Read morePublished 5 months ago by martin