Oh well, just too late I guess as I purchased the Tefal Actifry,but half-expecting problems along the line I extended the warranty to 3 years.
Now I know they have had their problems (Tefal) but the question here is how the two compare - preferably by anyone who uses both! - The Airfryer looks good, and cooks much, much quicker than the Actifry, but the Actifry produces excellent food, and automatically turns/rotates food.
Neither of these are cheap (but what price health?) The Actifry with the extended warranty is still cheaper than the Airfryer, but presumably the cost of the Airfryer will fall, it is much quicker and much more reliable.
Let the games begin.
PS should my Actifry "fail" under warranty, I'll go for one of these.
I have had an Actifry for just over 2 years now and absolutely love it, it is used most days in our household and I cannot imagine ever frying a potato again. However, 6 months ago the lugs on the plastic lid broke and I had to order a new one at a cost of around £25 and had to wait around 3 weeks or so for delivery. Now the paddle has snapped and having gone to order one of these they are out of stock at both the suppliers. I feel rather reluctant to order this and have something else break and also we really miss not having one. I looked at the new family size Actifry which seems to have far better reviews than the small one but this is expensive at £199 and the Airfryer is on offer at the moment so decided to buy one of these.
I have only used it once and only cooked potatoes so this is probably not a fair comparison. The big difference is the paddle and the fact that the food sits in the oil, therefore you can make the decision on how much oil you wish to use and I find the fact that the food is moved around seems to make the food moister as it continually coats the items whereas I found the potatoes cooked in the Airfryer were much crisper, absorbed less fat and cooked faster and they tasted very good. Because the food sits on a metal griddle all the fat falls through so I would say that the fat absorbed by the food is far less in the Airfryer.
One plus for the Airfryer is that you can put other food in to cook and because it is not being moved around it will stay in one piece, so for instance you could put the divider in and cook a piece of breaded fish and your chips the other side. There are recipes in the book for brownies and quiche so the variety of food that can be cooked is far greater. I have even seen a cookery book on Amazon for air cooking so the machine is probably going to be more versatile. Downside is that you have to dry the potatoes and then coat in oil in bowl rather than just putting into the Actifry with the oil and letting the paddle do the work.
Another plus for the Airfryer is that there are less parts to break as in the case of the Actifry so hopefully it will last longer. Another plus is that there is a 60 day money back form in the box so you can use the Airfryer and if you are not happy with it can return it to Philips (Freepost) and receive a full refund which is excellent customer service and the product also has a 2 year guarantee compared to the 1 year for Actifry.
So all in all the Airfryer is probably better value for money overall (certainly at the reduced price) and I would say healthier. I would strongly recommend that you purchase the extra cover if you do buy the Actifry as the majority of them seem to get broken lids and paddles. The only downside for us is that we love to put whole potatoes in with a spoon of goosefat into the Actifry and it makes delicious roast potatoes which I don't believe the Airfryer will be able to do. I will let you know!
i have both and the air fryer wins hands down for crisper unmashed food , tased , storage chicken wings , in fact im selling my actifry. the airfryer never leaves my kitchen top and the actifry has spent 6 mths in the cupboard ,speaks for itself
I have had my Actifry for some years now, and was very happy with it, even though many others had had problems. However, one of the retaining clips that held the stirrer in place snapped off, and I have not been able to find just that part to replace. The best unit I have seen cost £27, so I thought I'd not replace the part, get a new machine. I originally thought to get another and then read Airfryer reviews; have new machine, washed it but as yet not tried it. It is more compact than the Actifry, so wins there already. Am looking forward to trying its makes.
I also have the actifry, but was thinking of the airfry. So far my actifry has been o.k. apart from a broken lid clasp, which they replaced. I use it about 1 to 2 times a week. Please let the forum now how you get on. Cheers Doreen.
I'm still researching. I'd recommend copying and pasting the link at the bottom for manufacturer's answers to frequently asked questions. (I found them clear, concise and informative.) @ D. O'Connor - sorry if too much info.
"The max. amount of ingredients that can be prepared depends on the kind of food you want to prepare. * If you prepare potatoes or fries, the basket can hold up to 800 grams of home- made French fries or 700 grams of frozen fries, enough for a family of four. If large amounts of food are placed in the basket, the end result may not be even. The optimal amount of French fries that can be prepared in one go is 500 grams for both homemade and frozen fries. When preparing large amounts of fries, make sure you shake the basket halfway through the airfrying process. * You can hot air fry up to 500 grams of small snacks at the same time. Make sure you shake halfway through the process. * When you want to hot air fry large snacks, meat or poultry, distribute one layer of snacks over the bottom of the basket. Make sure the bottom of the basket is not completely covered so that hot air can still circulate around the ingredients. * When you prepare stuffed vegetables, filled dough snacks or other fragile food, put one layer on the bottom of the basket. Make sure you leave enough room between the ingredients so that you can lift them out with a pair of tongs. * If you want to bake cakes, quiches, muffins or breads, use an oven tray with a diameter of 16 cm. Do not fill oven trays or baking pans more than halfway, as the dough will rise during hot air frying. If you put too much dough in the tray or baking pan, the rising dough may touch the heating element and the top may get burned."
@ Polly I know you prefer whole potatoes, but if you're willing to compromise perhaps you could adapt their recipe for Roasted Paprika Potatoes : "Preheat the airfryer to 180°C. Peel the potatoes (must be waxy type) and cut them into 3 cm cubes. Soak the cubes in water for at least 30 minutes. Drain them thoroughly and then pat them dry ..." http://www.philips.co.uk/ka/gb/en/index#/recipedetail/ph_AIR_019_GB_CONSUMER
I would put the fat over the dried potatoes and into the microwave to melt. If you use a lid they will be easily coated with a shake. They ONLY mention using different oils and a butter spray though . . . wondering if you would have to adjust the cooking temperature. I guess the most similar would be lard, which has a smoke point of 182 °C.
I have had two Actifrys. The first one nearly caught fire but, undeterred, I replaced it with a newer model. Although the cooking aspect of the Actifry is good I have a lot of issues with Tefal over this product, the main problem being the lid. With both Actifrys I have found, with monotonous regularity, that the lids crack along the hinged area where it clips into the unit. My daughter, who also bought one on my recommendation before I encountered these problems, has also been victim to the same. I have returned at least two lids for their inspection, have e-mailed them and written to them, and, in fairness, I have received replacement lids. BUT - I have asked them numerous times what could be causing this defect (it appears to be the heat), whether other customers have had the same problem and what can I do about it. Apart from replacing the lids they have chosen to ignore my questions, merely informing me that all Tefal items are thoroughly tested to a high standard before being on sale to the public. I would be very interested to hear from anyone who has problems with the Actifry lids.
Marjie of Doncaster I have now had 3 Actifry's. Broken lids and now a snapped paddle have been my problem. I am considering an Airfryer but have been told it is difficult to find cake pans to fit. Has anyone encountered the same problem and if so wher is the best place to find them. If only Airfryer gave you the option to buy one that fits
i have had the same problem i have returned two actifryers two amazon who are the best people i have delt with, now i have got a refund and looking to buy a phiilips airfryer. i would have thought tefal would have corrected these problems
Thank you for your comment I have now had 2 airfryers and have sent them both back as it seems to be impossible to cook anything for more than 2 people. phoned up for a replacement paddle for my actifry yesterday and was told it was probably the heat that made it crack and break!"!! I give up .
Eventually Tefal rang me and asked me to return the Actifry to them, which I did. The motor was beginning to go by this time as well. I have to say that I haven't got a clue what they did but it all seems to be fine now. Had a Philips airfryer but didn't think much of it - Teflon started coming off after one use! So that went back too!
i had the tefal actifry it burnt out after a year, lucky i was near it when it did to switch it off before it could catch fire! it was replaced free, but that gave trouble, broken paddel, which could also stop because a chip sometimes got caught between the casing and the paddel, which stopped the paddel turning so could cause a burn out if not watched. after two years it stopped working, i then bought the philips airfryer, and after four months use it is problem free, it cooks quicker, it doesnt need a paddel you just turn the chips once during the 15 minutes it takes and they are evenly browned,and taste wonderful, great for baked potatoes too, a much more sturdy machine than the actifryer in my opinion, and with a two year warranty, actfry only one year the electric cable pushes back into the machine, so no trailing cable, i paid £100 from argos
Just bought the Phillips air fryer yesterday for my Dad who is 83 and loves to cook fresh chips !! we have had some problems with deep fat fryers and the safety aspects at his age so decided to treat him to one of these . I am testing it our for him first and so far am very impressed , so much so that I feel it might be a replacement for my halogen . It sits neatly in the corner and doesn't require clearance fro the lid to open like the halogen , and also gives me more space on the counter top . So far have cooked some frozen chips , part baked bread rolls , even made some very nice toast in it - could see it being great for making croutons - has anyone tried this ?? Will try some roast veg and meat later and then will tackle some fresh chips - haven't peeled a potato in many years !! Also want to try a cake and some savoury dishes so as to make a good comparison between this and the halogen ...... also have to say I am glad I didn't buy the Actifry after reading the comments here ! I can see some comments that its hard to find the baking/cooking tin .... well it appears that mostly any cooking dish/ tin will do as long as it fits in the basket and its suitable for use in an even . Has anyone found any cooking vessels that are outstanding for this purpose ?? Also wondering whether its possible to cover over things like greasy foods , sausages etc with foil to stop fat splashing the element ?? I know it mustn't touch the element but have been thinking that as long as the cooking dish is low enough and carefully covered and contained within the basket that it could work ?? Has anyone tried this with success or know of any reason why it shouldnt be done ?? Any help appreciated before I hand this over to my lovely dad (and then wish I had one of my own !) - at least I can now stop worrying about him using the messy and dangerous deep fat fryer . Hopefully !!
i have had the tefal actifry it cooked great chips in just a spoon of oil but it broke then i had a phillip air fryer but it never matched up to the actifryer so now i have a actifry again cooks chips like a chip shop great, cooks many other things to.
Hi there we have been through 4 lids and two actifryers in 4+ years. The clip in the lid seems to perish with the heat. First time we brought a new fryer as was quoted £60 for a new lid. After that I brought a lid on amazon for around £30. Its the little clasp on the lid that breaks every time. Always the same place. Not impressed with the fact bits keep breaking. We use the actify several times a week, from chilli con carne to chips! That said we are thinking the phillips airfryer will be next purely as it seems to have less breakdown faults. We make fajitas once a week and they cook perfectly in the actifry. We use the one cal spray oil too. For the spices we mix them with fresh lime juice then pour over the chicken or turkey. So very little oil and very tasty fajitas. Our only gripe is the plastic lid keeps breaking.