- 1 Tefal ActiFry Genius XL Review
- 1.1 Why Choose an Air Fryer?
- 1.2 Features of the Tefal Actifry Genius XL
- 1.3 What’s in the box?
- 1.4 Specification
- 1.5 Customer Feedback
- 1.6 FAQ’s
- 1.7 Final Thoughts
Tefal ActiFry Genius XL
Tefal ActiFry Genius XL Review
The Genius XL is Tefal’s air fryer aimed at family cooking. The 35% larger cooking bowl will easily cater for 5-6 main meal dishes, or up to 8 side dishes. The Genius also features automatic temperature control and rotating paddle, so it will make mealtimes much easier for you.
As with all air fryers, just a spoonful of cooking oil is needed, which means your favourite fried food meals are now much healthier and without the calorie hit of conventional frying. It uses a combination of hot air and automatic stirring to cook evenly and thoroughly for perfect results.
We’ll take a deeper look at the Genius XL below, but if you’re ready to buy now there’s a button below to take you through to the Amazon product page.
Why Choose an Air Fryer?
Air fryers cook fried food but using a fraction of conventional frying, so you’re able to still enjoy your favourite foods but without the calorie intake. Air fryers are commonly suggested to those in slimming / weight loss clubs as a way of cutting down on calories & fat intake. Not only that, an air fryer such as this Genius XL model, often need minimal attention during cooking, thanks to regulated temperature control, auto stirring paddle and preset cooking/timer options.
Features of the Tefal Actifry Genius XL
One of the prominent features this model has to offer is its food capacity. If you’re cooking for 5-6 at a time, then the extra-large capacity is ideal. It has a capacity of 1.7Kg, which you’ll find is lots more than other air fryers offer.
There are 9 automatic pre-set cooking programmes, which include:
- Chips & Fries
- Breaded Snacks
- Meat & Vegetable Balls
- Battered Snacks
- Chicken & Chicken Wings
- Two “1-meal-in-1-go” programmes
The ActiFry Genius is available in a choice of two colours, black or white.
Cook Smarter – Auto Stirring Paddle & Temperature Control
The ‘Genius’ element to this Actifry is that it automatically controls the temperature, stirring and timer according to the pre-set you’ve chosen. Alternatively, you could just set it manually if you wish.
All of the controls for the unit are digital, with a large, clear LCD display which is easy to view.
The top of the unit features a viewing window where you can easily check on cooking progress, without having to stop the cooking cycle. We like that as not all air fryers have this.
Included with this air fryer is a free mobile app called ‘My Actifry’ to keep you supplied with more than 300 recipe ideas. With so many recipes, you’ll easily find something to suit your tastebuds.
The Genius will automatically turn off when the timer reaches zero, but there is also a function to keep your food warm – great if your diners aren’t quite ready to eat straightaway.
Dishwasher Safe Parts
Cleaning up afterwards is easy too as the detachable parts of the Actifry Genius XL are all dishwasher safe.
Tefal also claim this newest generation air fryer is 30% faster to cook, so expect a kilogram of chips to cook in 28-30 minutes and meat stir fry ready in around 10-12 mins.
What’s in the box?
In the box, you get:
- 1 x ActiFry Genius XL unit
- 1 x instruction manual
- Brand: Tefal
- Model Number: AH960040 / AH960840
- Colour: White or Black
- Product Dimensions: 47.6 x 32.8 x 26.3 cm
- Weight: 5.07 kg
- Capacity: 1.7 kg
- Material: Plastic & Steel
- Item Weight: 5.07 kg
As with all of our reviews, we like to find and collate comments from around the web from buyers who already have a Tefal Genius XL air fryer. So, let’s take a closer look at what people’s comments.
Easy to use
The ease of use is often mention by customers, with the pre-set cooking options getting a big thumbs up. Not only that, but customers love how easy the unit is to clean after you’ve finished cooking, either in the dishwasher or simply by hand washing.
People love their Genius XL so much that they use it for daily cooking and their conventional oven hardly ever gets used. This is not only a timer saver (an air fryer heats up faster) but also saves on energy usage. Customers also like letting the Genius XL get on with cooking, with no need to manually stir or shake the contents of the bowl.
Some buyers have noted that while the cooking bowl has a non-stick coating, the stirring paddle does not which means it can be difficult to clean & get stained over time. This isn’t a big issue but thought we’d mention it for full transparency.
At the end of the cooking cycle, the Genius XL will emit an audible beep, but some customers thought this could be louder as it can be difficult to hear it, especially if you’re in another room.
What types of oil can I use in my ActiFry Genius XL?
Olive oil, vegetable oil or sunflower oil are the most common oils used, but you can use others if you wish.
How much oil do I need to add for frozen chips?
As the chips are froze, you don’t need to add any more oil – they will already be coated. If however you’re cooking chips from raw potatoes, then just one spoonful of oil, using the supplied spoon will be enough.
How do I get my chips to be crispy?
If you’re cooking chips from scratch, make sure you rinse and dry them thoroughly first. If the chips are wet, the oil won’t adhere to them and therefore you won’t get the crispy finish you’d like. You can also try cooking your chips thinner and using slightly more oil.
What type of potatoes are best for chips in the Actifry?
Generally, any potato that is suitable for chips will be fine, but we particularly like Red Rooster or Maris Piper varieties.
The Actifry Genius XL is the perfect air fryer if you want family cooking capacity with minimal effort. The preset programmes are a covenient addition if you want to simply add in your ingredients then let the Genius XL do the rest. Currently, this is the best XL air fryer we have reviewed so it gets the highest rating from us.