Top positive review
3 people found this helpful
on 21 September 2016
I bought this Actifry to replace my old one. Although the design is exactly the same as its predecessor it looks even smarter in black with little details in bright green.
These things are so easy to use I'm amazed anyone would cook chips any other way; it's also much healthier, requiring only 14ml of oil. Many other foods can be cooked in this besides chips and a little recipe book does come with it, as well as an instruction manual and a measuring spoon for that small quantity of oil.
Apart from the economic and health benefits, the thing I most love about this is the lack of smell. Gone are those awful odours of cooking oil that seem to linger in the air long after you've not only cooked your chips, but eaten them and washed the greasy plates!
The removable parts of the machine – lid, metal bowl, paddle and filter – are dishwasher safe, which is always a real boon, especially for this sort of appliance.
A couple of things could have been improved in the eight or so years since I bought my first one:
1. The paddle, whilst dishwasher safe, is hollow and tends to gather small scraps of food
2. The timer is a bit daft in that the time can be increased but not decreased once started.
3. The controls are on the top, but at the back of the machine, which means leaning across to access them, and the buttons could perhaps be just a little bit bigger.
This is quite a heavy machine with most of the weight at the back of it, so if stored on a high shelf, as mine is, it does need careful handling. I always let mine cool right down before storing it. The outside also gets very hot, so keep it well away from small fingers.
I am really pleased with it and, apart from oven chips, this is my preferred way of cooking them. Oh – do try small, unpeeled, new potatoes in it. Delicious.