T-Fal FZ7002 Actifry assessment: Even excellent fries do not make this a great deal

Stir, fry on automated

As air fryers go, the Actifry’s dimension is fairly common, which suggests it is fairly massive. The equipment will not take up as a lot counter house as a toaster oven, nevertheless it has a much bigger footprint than most espresso makers and four-slice toasters. Fortunately its profile is low sufficient to slip simply underneath kitchen cupboards.

Bodily the fryer consists of two sections. A foremost round unit that is squat and bulbous. Inside, underneath the flip-open lid, is its cooking pan and mixing paddle.The pan has a deal with that flips down and out of the way in which whilst you prepare dinner.

On the middle of the pan is the cone-shaped paddle. The system clamps down onto the pan and locks into place, holding them collectively. On this place, the hole a part of the paddle’s cone rests on a rotating spindle. The spindle enters via a gap under the pan. You’ll be able to pull the pan out of the fryer just by flipping its deal with up and lifting upwards.

The Actifry’s second part is a flat management panel. It sits on a rounded bump that extends just a few inches from the again of the fryer. The panel is refreshingly easy, with simply two buttons: an “on/off swap” and a “timer setting button.” In between them is a small LCD display screen. Except for two fats buttons on the entrance to open the lid, these are the Actifry’s solely controls.

A latch contained in the lid detaches it from the Actifry’s hinge. The lid, pan and paddle are all dishwasher protected. In comparison with different huge air fryers just like the $300 Philips Airfryer XXL, I discovered the Actifry’s elements a cinch handy wash as properly.

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So easy it is scary

This Actifry mannequin has essentially the most elemental controls I’ve seen on an air fryer. Different air fryers such because the Philips Airfryer Avance, Krupps Fry Delight, Black and Decker Purify and DeLonghi Multifry all allow you to management two issues — energy and temperature. Not so with the Actifry. You’ll be able to flip it on or off. That is about it. The air fryer’s inside warmth stage is out of your arms.

It definitely makes cooking with the Actifry useless easy, no less than in concept. First, safe the pan and paddle stirrer in place. Subsequent put your meals in, shut the lid and begin it up. Inside just a few seconds, the paddle begins to rotate slowly. As with the DeLonghi Multifry, the digital timer and cooking features aren’t linked. So, when the timer counts right down to zero the air fryer would not not flip off. You must bear in mind to do this your self.


The Actifry can air-fry as much as 2.2 kilos of frozen french fries at a time.

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Efficiency and style

The Actifry will not be a monster of an air fryer just like the Philips Airfryer XXL (1.4kg capability) nevertheless it nonetheless has a number of room. The fryer’s 1kg pan can accommodate as much as 2.2-pound batches of fries, meatballs, nuggets and different frozen gadgets.

My 23.3-ounce check pattern of frozen crinkle-cut french fries (no oil) took half-hour to prepare dinner within the Actifry. Its roughly the amount that matches on a regular baking sheet. That is longer than the Philips Airfryer XXL (23 minutes), Philips Avance (18 minutes), Easy Chef (24 minutes), Philips Through (23 minutes) and Krups Fry Delight (27 minutes). 


The Actifry made one of the best tasting frozen French fries we have had from an air fryer.

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That mentioned the T-Fal’s fries have been constantly one of the best we have tasted from any air fryer, popping out beautifully crispy, with a creamy, mild internal texture.This was true even with fries of various sizes. Hand-cut fries have been simply as tasty when cooked within the Actifry. They have been additionally uniformly golden brown and scrumptious. For greatest outcomes I needed to pour 1 tablespoon of oil immediately into the Actifry’s pan. Tossing the fries with oil in a bowl first left an excessive amount of oil behind.


Rooster wings the Actifry cooked have been fantastic however their pores and skin wasn’t crispy sufficient.

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Rooster wings, whereas fantastic, will not be the Actifry’s forte. The pores and skin of wings I cooked (with out oil) was not that crisp. Rendered fats from the hen collected in pan. The fryer slowly dredged the wings via this grease because of the blending paddle. The ensuing pores and skin was oily, not crackly or crisp. 

Tragedy struck once I tried to whip up some risotto within the Actifry. My check recipe calls for two cups of hen broth combined in with mushrooms, rice, onions and different aromatics. One way or the other the blending paddle wasn’t linked correctly to the pan. In flip the paddle did not kind a watertight seal. 


Risotto the Actifry managed to create was dangerous, however edible.

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Cooking liquid then leaked from the pan into the recent plate under. The leak continued to spill out of the fryer and onto the counter. A second risotto try was much less eventful however the outcomes have been disappointing. The rice was cooked inconsistently and the feel was mushy. Nonetheless, the risotto was edible. That wasn’t the case once I tried to make the dish within the DeLonghi MultiFry.

Nice fries will not be sufficient 

There is no query that the $200 T-Fal Actifry FZ7002 is an attention-grabbing air fryer choice. It cooks french fries, each frozen and recent, extraordinarily properly. For diehard pommes frites followers, that is motive sufficient to splurge on this dear machine. For strange consumers although, giving up treasured counter house for a primarily one-trick equipment is a nonstarter.

If the Actifry value much less, then maybe it might be an choice. Or if the fryer might deal with sauces and different moist elements with out the chance of an enormous mess. Then the Actifry could be price it to many individuals. Because it stands although, you are higher off getting your fried meals repair from the extra inexpensive $70 Easy Chef Air Fryer.

Are you interested in all the opposite air fryers we examined out? Take a look at our air fryer roundup right here.

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