Tefal ActiFry Family Express XL Low Fat Healthy Fryer
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If you have a larger family but still want to enjoy the benefits of low fat cooking then the Tefal XL ActiFry Express is an ideal choice to consider. It can cook 6 servings with a generous bowl capacity of 1.5KG. Apart from its larger capacity, this fryer also stands out from the other Tefal models for another reason – it has an express cooking feature, which we’ll come onto in a moment.
These health fryers aren’t just limited to cooking chips. You can use them to cook a wide range of dishes including curries, stir-frys and casseroles. Ideal for a family with a diverse mix of food tastes.
Features of the Tefal ActiFry Express
In terms of basic features, you will find the same features on the other Tefal models in the range, such as the audible timer, non-stick removable pan and dishwasher safe parts. However, this model, being one of the more premium models in the range does come with the recipe book and automatic lid, which opens at the touch of a button. When the lid is opened, the cooking stops immediately, and resumes as soon as the lid is closed. One feature this model also has, which isn’t on the lower end models, is the automatic shut-off. This is a nice to have feature, as if you happen to be distracted from cooking, you can be safe in the knowledge you won’t return to the kitchen to find burned or over-cooked food.
There’s an easy to read LCD screen which shows the countdown timer you set at the start of cooking. As this model is designed for express cooking, for up to 6 people, it’s also Tefal most powerful model in the 2016 range, rated at 1550W.
In terms of look, the fryer comes in a choice of two colours – black or white. Each colour option has the same bright green locking mechanism on the front which some owners may feel is a little garish.
So let’s talk about the Express cooking feature and what it is.
Tefal have designed this model to cook up to 30% faster than the 1KG base model, meaning the same, great tasting food but in less time. If you like to have your food on the table ASAP, then the Express cooking feature will be attractive.
This model also has a re-designed viewing panel, which is larger than other models meaning you can monitor the food cooking more easily.
What’s in the box?
In the box, you will find:
1 x Tefal ActiFry Express XL Black 1.5KG Health Fryer
1 x ActiFry Spoon (for the oil)
1 x Free Recipe Book
1 x Instruction Booklet
The biggest advantage this XL model gives you is the ability to cook more food, in less time. Depending on your family size and lifestyle, this might appeal to you and be worth the extra cost, over the other models in the range. We particularly liked the full transparent viewing lid on this model, and we hope Tefal will roll this out in other models going forward.
What do the owners say?
In amongst the reviews for this fryer are comments about how good the fryer looks, in either white or black. The body of the fryer has a gloss finish which reveived positive comments from owners.
One tip about cooking with low fat fryers, and this is applicable to any model, the key to cooking chips is to make sure the potatoes are thoroughly dry before cooking. Doing so will give the best results.
Have the LCD timer display and auto-shut off is something the owners like, particulary from a safety point of view. In terms of noise levels, there are some reports of a background ‘hum’ but it doesn’t present too much of a problem.
The Tefal XL ActiFry Express is a popular addition to kitchens in homes in which large families live. Cooking is easy and owners love how they can make real chips without the mess of deep fat frying.
There have been a couple of instances of broken parts on this model, but these are few and far between, and could have been caused by heavy handedness of the part of the user. We can’t verify those claims. However, judging by the overwhelming 4 and 5 star ratings this model has, we are pleased to include it our top ten range of health fryers 2015.
If you’re looking for a higher capacity, fast cooking health fryer then this would be our recommendation to you. Backed by Tefal’s knowledge and expertise in this market, the Tefal XL ActiFry Express would make an ideal additon to your kitchen. Another large capacity fryer you may want to consider is the German designed and built GOURMETmaxx air fryer.