- 1 Tefal Actifry 2 in1
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Is the Tefal ActiFry 2 in 1 any good? Let’s find out…
- 5 Features of the ActiFry 2 in 1 – a closer look
- 6 Summary of the Tefal Actifry 2 in 1 Fryer
- 7 What do owners of the Tefal ActiFry 2 in 1 have to say?
- 8 Common questions answered
Tefal Actifry 2 in1
- Versatile 2 in 1 cooking
- Clear transparent lid
- Easy Clean - Dishwasher safe
- Large capacity for family meals
- Healthy cooking for weight loss
- Price - not for all budgets
Is the Tefal ActiFry 2 in 1 any good?
Let’s find out…
As of September 2017, over 1000 readers visit this review page every month looking to see if they should buy the ActiFry 2 in 1. It’s the most popular Tefal fryer we’ve reviewed so if you’re reading this, then you’ve made a good decision so far! Beware of cheap imitation fryers – Tefal are long established in the health fryer market and are a trusted brand. All of the links on this site are to trusted online sellers such as Amazon, who we often recommend due to their customer service and price.
Tefal is a leading brand in the health fryer market with several models in their range. This is one of their top end models, with its 2 in 1 ability to cook an entire meal for the entire family.
Features of the ActiFry 2 in 1 – a closer look
Tefal have gone a step further with this model, with an additional rotating top plate, allowing you to cook an entire meal just using this one appliance. It has a 1.5KG capacity which caters for up to six servings. The top plate can be used to cook meat such as steaks, chops, and fish while the bottom bowl can cook whatever you choose to accompany your meat.
There is a rotating paddle on the base and a rotating top tray, allowing you to cook multiple food items all at the same time. The food on the tray at the top is cooked with hot air directed on to it.
In terms of size, the approximate footprint of the unit is 30 cm wide by 40cm deep, with a height of around 23 cm. The detachable power cord is approximately 90cm in length, which more than long enough to reach most power sockets around a kitchen. One thing to note is the space around the unit needed during cooking. The fryer does get quite warm so allow room around it for ventilation. See the instruction booklet for guidance on this.
As with other Tefal health fryers in the range, the 2 in 1 model only requires one spoonful of cooking oil to be added at the start of the cooking cycle. This keeps calorie intake to a minimum, especially good news if you’re on a calorie controlled diet.
In the box, you’ll find the free 2 in 1 recipe book to help get you started cooking delicious and healthy meals from day one of owning the health fryer. There’s also an instruction booklet and measuring spoon for the oil.
As this is one of the higher end Tefal fryers, it comes with a digital timer which has an auto shut-off feature, so there’s no need to be concerned about burning or over-cooking your food should you forget about it. The timer has a loud audible alert to notify you when zero has been reached.For those who just hate washing up and cleaning up, you’ll love the fact that all of the removal components of the 2 in 1 are dishwasher safe. Sometimes though, depending on what you’ve cooked, a simple wipe down with a kitchen towel or damp dishcloth is all that is needed to clean the components, taking just a minute or two.
Summary of the Tefal Actifry 2 in 1 Fryer
Tefal have been making health fryers for several years, and with this model, we note a considerable improvement in the build quality over previous models. This is likely down to customer feedback and it’s good to know Tefal take on-board this feedback to improve their products further.
What we look about the 2 in 1 model is the even greater versatility of meal choices you can cook with the ‘set and forget’ type of cooking. This is great for people who have busy lives and don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen cooking. Simply place all of the meal ingredients into the 2 in 1 and set the timer. The audible timer will alert you when it’s time to serve up. For those who do like to check on their food whilst it’s cooking, there is a transparent viewing panel to see through.
Another improvement from previous models is the detachable power cord. A small improvement you might think, but it does mean that storing the fryer away is that little bit easier now without a trailing power cable to contend with.
We also like the overall appearance of the machine, with its black base, large transparent viewing lid and bright green handle inserts and control panel buttons. Overall, this model wouldn’t look out of place sat on most kitchen worktops.
We love the versatility, appearance and build quality of the Tefal ActiFry 2 in 1. It’s a great addition to any kitchen and will give health benefits too. If your kitchen is modern then this unit will look amazing and not out of place on your worktop. As this is a large capacity health fryer, just make sure you have the room on your worktop to use it with the required ventilation. If space isn’t an issue, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and transform your cooking today with the ActiFry 2 in 1 from Tefal.
What do owners of the Tefal ActiFry 2 in 1 have to say?
Once again, the ActiFry is a popular choice among dieters, as it means you can still enjoy delicious food but with far fewer calories. In fact, health fryers such as this ActiFry model are often recommended by slimming groups because of their health benefits. One reviewer reported losing over 1 stone in weight in 5 weeks, thanks in part to using the ActiFry. Food for thought!
Here’s a tip about cooking eggs from our review team: You can cook eggs in the top tray using fairy cake moulds (check them out on Amazon). So if you’re an egg and chips lover, you’ll appreciate this!
Some reviews mentioned that the remnants of food remains on the paddle even after a dishwasher clean, but this can be avoided by not letting food dry on the paddle. Cleaning the unit ASAP is always recommended.
Overall, owners are very pleased with their ActiFry 2 in 1, with ease of use and easy cleaning often mentioned.
Common questions answered
Can you cook chips?
Yes you can! Frozen chips take between 20 and 30 minutes, while fresh chips take around 35 minutes. Tip: Use the top tray for even faster cooking of frozen chips! In our test, frozen chips cooked in just 12 minutes on the top tray.
Can you cook Salmon fillet?
Yes, but use the top tray as the bottom tray has the stirring paddle which will break up your fish fillets (although that is an alternative way to cook them!)