Completely agree, the handles break too, can no longer replace, was having to replace handles at £20 a go. Heard the salter one is much better.
I'm hungry after reading that. Sounds delicious 😋
The cooking quality is great had no problems with that side of things.
I was thinking of getting the actifry for that very reason you mentioned but now I'm not sure. I guess I could try it and return it if needs must. How you finding it for the cooking side of things?
I took it back to curry’s and they exchanged it there and then. I do like the actifry because it has the paddle to keep turning them. It just feels cheap. Not sure if they are using a new manufacturer compared to 4/5 years ago.
Made hot 19th Oct 2020Made hot 19th Oct 2020
Tefal Actifry 1kg Original Air Fryer £99.99 @ Aldi£99.99 Free P&P FreeAldi Deals
Say hello to the revolutionary healthy fryer! Whatever is on the menu in your home, this amazing air fryer will help make your life easier and healthier when it comes to impressing… Read more
Have had 2 of these Both have ended up with electrical faults and had black acrid smoke in the kitchen. As said, Tefal customer service is awful. Does do bloody good chips though - far better than normal air fryers. Depends how much you like your kitchen
You may be missing the point of an air fryer there...
Seems like a lot of mixed review here. I bought one last year and have no problems with it. I think the paddle works fine for chips and anything else that is not mushy or too big. Good price and heat from me!
I've got this. Wouldn't recommend. The paddle bit doesn't really help. And you have to take it out if you want to cook things that don't require the paddle. Next time I would get one without the paddle.
I bet in some cases it would be cheaper to just go and get chips fron the local chippy!
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Made hot 22nd Sep 2020Made hot 22nd Sep 2020
Tefal ActiFry Original FZ710840 Health Air Fryer, Black, 1kg, 4 Portions £99.99 @ Amazon£99.99Amazon Deals
THE TIMER IS NOW REMOVABLE (I bought the snacking tray accessory but yet to try) Prefer idea to auto-stir than have to shake the other fryers. I do Chips, Roasties, Parsnips with c… Read more
It's always been noisy which is quite normal. This is now seriously loud and we've got to shout over it to be heard - its like a helicopter over the house and is probably the (very well used) heater fan on it's last legs
They are loud and the probably use a load of electricity, but I love mine. Life changing. Heathy sweet potato fries. Does a great job with chicken or carrot as well. Cleans well in the dishwasher too (the trays, not the whole unit!)
They are loud like hair dryer and motor. XD prob why timer detachable so can hear it Pull_up a youtube review and compare your noise
Only had mine a few weeks and it's always been really noisy, do you think it's a fault?
I just take out the paddle if I dont want to mash things. HTH
Made hot 19th Jul 2020Made hot 19th Jul 2020
TEFAL Actifry Original FZ710840 Air Fryer - Black - £99.99 @ Currys PC World£99.99£129.9923% off Free P&P FreeCurrys PC World Deals
Product features Food capacity: 1 kg Only one spoon of oil needed With odour filter Dishwasher safe parts Digital timer
Good spot @AndrewRatcliffe (ninja) Thanks for sharing!
We use ours nearly every day. Handy for chips, chicken wings, lazy roast potatoes and sausages....not all at once!!
Oven barely gets any use here thanks to this Tip for chips, prep potatoes (2 large potatoes) way before you need them (peel slice etc.) leave them immersed in cold water for a few hours, rinse off. Microwave chips without water for 10 mins (800w), then actifry with a spoonful of oil for 20 mins
Deffo not a cupboard filler. My toastie machine and waffle maker are, but this permanently lives on the worktop and is ace for chips and sausages for the odd morning cob. It’s awesome.
Do you have a link? I can’t find it, thanks
Cooking Smart and Eating Healthy
We’re all looking for ways to eat healthier and keep fit and trim but it’s not always easy. After all, who wants to feast on tofu and bean sprouts all the time? For those who crave a healthy diet but don’t want to overdose on carrot sticks, here’s a solution – the ActiFry from Tefal. An air fryer with a non-stick interior for ease of cleaning, the Tefal ActiFry features a patented hot air circulation system and stirring paddle to ensure even cooking throughout. It’s equipped with features such as an audible timer, transparent lid, and dish-washable components for easy use and cleaning.
If you love chips but worry about the fat, the ActiFry lets you fry up a batch using just a smidgen of oil. And for those times when you want more, the ActiFry can also cook up curries, casseroles, risottos, stir-frys, and even desserts.
The ActiFry Technology
What is the Tefal ActiFry?
In the quest for ever healthier meals that burst with zesty flavour, the French company Tefal developed the ActiFry air fryer. Air fryers are mini ovens that use pulsed hot air to cook traditionally fried foods with as little oil as possible. The hot air circulates around the interior ensuring all over cooking as an automatic paddle continually stirs the food to ensure a tantalising crisp evenness.
Convenient, Clean and User-Friendly
The Tefal ActiFry is a compact unit ideal for placing on a counter-top. Designed for convenience and hands-off use, it uses a timer with an alarm to set cooking times.
Operating the ActiFry is simple. The controls are just a start button, two buttons to adjust the time and a digital display that tells you how much time is left. Just set the timer and you’re done. The unit delivers a constant cooking temperature of 338-degree Fahrenheit so there’s no need to fuss with complex settings. To prepare a batch of chips, simply put the sliced chips into the pan, sprinkle a pinch of oil over them, close the unit, set the timer for 30 minutes and wait while the machine works its magic.
While its main selling point is its ability to cook up a batch of tasty chips using just one teaspoonful of oil, the ActiFry can actually do much more. It is in fact very versatile. It can handle all kinds of food items from seafood to fruit. Also, you can use any kind of oil, including fragrant and healthy olive, rapeseed, or coconut oils, for example. And as the oil is only used once, you don’t get that nasty burned stench that you can get with deep fat fryers.
Easy usage is the hallmark of the Tefal ActiFry. No need to warm up, the unit’s ready to go when you are. It features an audible timer that counts down and alerts you know when your meal is ready. No need to stand around watching it, you can get on with other tasks in the meantime. The timer has a maximum setting of 99 minutes with most dishes taking 30 minutes or less to prepare.
For items such as meat, cooking time will depend on the quantity and cut. Obviously the thicker the cut, the longer you’ll need to cook it. You can check the progress through the transparent lid and set the timer for a few more minutes if you like your meat very tender.
One more feature of the Tefal ActiFry is the automatic lid. If you want to add seasoning or other ingredients during the cooking process, pop the lid and the heating pauses. Close the lid and it starts up again.
The body of the unit is cool to the touch in operation which other than enhancing safety, helps keep your kitchen cool too. The lid, however, tends to get hot in operation so you do need to be careful.
Everyone needs to switch things up from time to time so you’ll be pleased to know each model of ActiFry comes with its own recipe book. For those moments when you yearn for a spicy Chicken Tikka Masala, Madagascan Beef Tenderloin, or crisp dish of Chinese stir fry vegetables, just open your recipe book for full instructions on how to prepare these meals with minimum fuss and mess.
The ActiFry Model Line
The ActiFry line comprises 5 models – the ActiFry Original, the ActiFry Original 1.2kg, the ActiFry Express XL, the ActiFry 2in1and the ActiFry Smart XL differ in terms of size, while the ActiFry 2 in 1 offers enhanced functionality. Here’s a closer look at each one:
ActiFry Original – Available in black or white, this is the basic model able to cook up to 1kg of chips which should be enough for 4 diners. It can also rustle up stews, casseroles, curries and other tasty meals.
ActiFry Original 1.2kg – If you need something larger, this grey model can prepare up to 1.2kg of crisp, golden chips along with a range of casseroles, stews and risottos. Just check the included recipe book for inspiration to feed up to five diners.
ActiFry Express XL – With a clean white finish, the ActiFry Express XL is Tefal’s model for big families who like their foods tasty, healthy, and on the table fast. With its bowl approaching a wok in size, this model can fry up food to feed six hungry mouths.
ActiFry 2in1 – This model expands your cooking options by including two cooking areas in one unit. Use the main pan to cook up sides as usual and pop some steaks, burgers, chicken wings, or whatever mains you desire, onto the cooking tray that fits above. That way, they’ll cook nicely together. The display for this model features icons for steak, chicken, fish, etc. Just choose the appropriate one to set the appropriate cooking time for each type of food.
One issue for consumers involves energy use – specifically, does the Tefal ActiFry use a lot of electricity? The fact is, that they're relatively energy efficient with an electricity consumption of 1400W. To give you an example of what this means, cooking 1kg of chips for 40 minutes will consume around 1 kilowatt. It also benefits from being thermostatically controlled which cuts off power from time to time when the unit is operating at optimum temperature, this avoids overheating which can only be a good thing.
Another issue shoppers ask about is whether the Tefal ActiFry is dishwasher safe. The main body should just be wiped down. But the unit disassembles for easy cleaning and the lid, bowl and paddle can be popped safely into the dishwasher.
The Advantages and Disadavantages of the Tefal ActiFry
Cooks up all kinds of food with just a spoonful of oil.
No need to preheat which results in a cooler kitchen, energy savings, and faster food preparation.
Great for busy people unable to spend too much time in the kitchen.
No need to fuss with settings and control. Just push the button and wait for ding that tells you your meal is ready.
Easy to clean with dishwasher-ready components and a non-stick finish.
The clear lid lets you see exactly what’s going on.
It comes with a handy measuring spoon which is stored within the device.
When the time is up, the timer beeps but doesn’t turn the unit off. That means you have to stay alert to switch the machine off.
As it’s a stir fryer, you’ll have to cut up any meat into strips or cubes. If you want to prepare steaks you can use the ActiFry 2 in 1 which features a separate tray for larger items.
Softer food items can get crushed by the paddle.
Elaborate meals will take careful planning as the ingredients require varied cooking times. This results in a learning curve.
The unit works best with full batches. Smaller volumes of food tend to get churned rather than rotated by the paddle.
If you’re looking for an appliance that can cook fried, yet healthy dishes fast, the ActiFry is a solid choice. It comes in a range of sizes to suit most households and the 2 in 1 model lets you cook an entire quickly and efficiently. It’s also easy to use, cool and quiet in operation and a breeze to clean. If you want to use it cook more complex dishes, though, you may need to invest some time in learning how best to do it with the Tefal ActiFry.
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Made hot 1st Jul 2020Made hot 1st Jul 2020
Argos Tefal Actifry Original Air Fryer 1kg black - £99.99 + free Click and Collect @ Argos£99.99Argos Deals
Eat healthy - cook with little to no oil. 1kg food capacity. Oil capacity 0.01L. Digital timer. Removable bowl. Removable filter. Odour filter. Cool zone to keep the oil fresher f… Read more
Had two of these in the past and they didn't last long (just enough to be out of warranty). Have they improved in build quality yet?
Tefal easy fry 4.2L on Amazon at less £70 is better and I have just bought the easy fry. Also Ninga is good but find the tefal easy fry 4.2 just pops it due to extra size. Would have gone for large ninja but no stock at the time.
I've not had one before! Been tempted for a while and then made the decision and we locked down. Kept seeing salt and pepper chicken recipes all over the internet and was gutted I hadn't got one!
I'm tempted, this would be our 3rd Actify though (lol) we had the old ones a while and they were very grubby (wouldn't come clean), so we replaced them with a Tower Air Fryer, but it isn't anywhere near as good.
Made hot 7th Apr 2020Made hot 7th Apr 2020
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People do realise these are just convection ovens with fans? Also known as a fan assisted oven. They don’t fry! The “Air Fryer” term is a Marketing phrase which makes it sound like you’re getting something new and amazing. It’s just a counter top oven. They’re also noisy!
Thank you so much! I didn't even think of looking at Amazon and buy most things from there. Still that price also :)
could I fry eggs is this ?
Don't know if it's the same model. Have a look. https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/tefal-gh840b40-actifry-air-fryer-original-plus-5-portions-grey-12-kg-9999-at-amazon-with-prime-3332674
Made hot 23rd Jun 2019Made hot 23rd Jun 2019
Tefal Actifry Traditional (4 Portions), Air Fryer, 1400 W, 1 Kg Capacity, Black
£89.99 Prime/£116.99 non Prime£89.99£11119% offAmazon Deals
Product description Size:1 kg | Style Name:Traditional | Colour:Black Product Description One spoonful is all you need to cook 1kg of crispy chips – enough to feed four hungry … Read more
I have an air fryer and one of these. I find the air fryer far more useful and I can use it for a greater variety of food. I only use the actifry for chips and roast veg as it saves shaking it or turning. The 3.5 litre ones in b and m are only suitable for a couple of portions, but it's great for a small chicken, and any meat and fish I've cooked has been much nicer than cooking in the oven. I wouldn't buy an actifry again as build quality is poor for the money.
are chips nice in these? what chips do you use? thanks
careful!!! youll get addicted to the way it cooks chips and become a fat little piggy... ive put mine away... for now.
how are these compared to the ones that come with a basket inserted in the side ? local b&m bargains shop doing a 3.5 litre weight watcher one for £39.99 and lidl doing a silvercrest 3.5 litre for £39.99 watt bros have a tower 4.5litre one for £49.99
Take out a trial :)
Made hot 12th May 2019Made hot 12th May 2019
Tefal actifry - £80.99 with code @ Groupon£80.99£89.9910% offGroupon Deals
Wonderful! I am very happy for you and equally jealous! You'll be spoilt with yours and won't know how bad and messy the others really are (y)
I am so glad i got it :D amazing for chips. This combined with my tefal optigrill is just brilliant for Steak and chips! thanks again, such a bargain at 69.99.
Hope you have years of enjoyment. Happy new year! ;)
Yeah I need to take into account the 169, 5 star reviews that include the word chips lol :D ordered! thanks for the advice. Happy New Year.
My experience does not tally with those bad reviews. McCain French fries with a single spoon of oil were on par with McDonalds French fries in terms of taste. McCain Home fries were the best chips we had overall. In fact the fries cooked so well, we stopped buying McCain and now buy those 79p Lidl packs of chips which admittedly are only an 8/10 compared to McCain's 10/10 but as Lidl are 1/4 of the cost we don't really mind! :D
Made hot 23rd Dec 2018Made hot 23rd Dec 2018
Tefal Actifry Traditional, Air Fryer, 1400W, 1Kg Capacity, Black by Tefal £79.99 @ AmazonAmazon Deals
I have been using this for the last 4 years, still going strong , excellelt built quality, its worth every pe ng in my opinion,. Actifry Traditional can produce 1kg of home-made… Read more
Get the snacking basket accessory for things like fish fingers, sausages etc works a treat
£88.99 on link ?
checkout the breville halo, some say its the best of both worlds
Too good to be true - that's the flaw with ebay Wished the Actifry 2-in-1 would come down in price as the Actifry is good for chips whilst the Air Fryer is good for fragile items like fish as it does not have a paddle.
hacked account. you wont get your item im afraid.
Made hot 15th Dec 2018Made hot 15th Dec 2018
BRAND NEW TEFAL ACTIFRY ORIGINAL 1KG - £80.99 ON CURRYS EBAY USING PINCH ME£80.99£89.9910% offeBay Deals
Anyone m ow the difference between two versions FZ710840 and FZ840840?
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I used to get the precut frozen McCains chippy chips that came in a big yellow bag for £1 at Heron Foods and put it in Actifry they came out really nice, not seen them about lately tho not sure if they have discontinued them https://www.mccain.co.uk/products/chips/chippy-chips-for-frying/
have you ever tried oven chips in the acti fry? they are also good if you are feeling lazy and cant be bothered chopping a spud or with limp oven chips
30-40 mins for chips but they are well worth the wait, far better than them oven chips
Made hot 27th Nov 2018Made hot 27th Nov 2018
TEFAL Actifry Original FZ710840 Health Fryer - Black - Currys/EBay - £79.99£79.99£89.9911% offeBay Deals
Went to B&M to pick one up and shelves were empty fortunately just spotted this on curry’s EBay store