Tefal Actifry for a family - Review by Jane

I had read a lot of reviews about the Actifry, I have a family of 4 and many of the reviews I had read seemed to say that it was suitable for 2 to 3 people. I went ahead and purchased one, hoping that the capacity would be enough.

I have owned this for 2 weeks now and I am pleased to say I am very happy with it. The maximum quantity of chips it cooks was just enough for 4 people (not huge portions, but enough)and being able to use Olive oil is great - one tablespoon REALLY is enough. I have not owned a deep fat fryer for years, I have instead been using oven chips up until now. The results were wonderful, good home cooked chips. I was careful to follow instruction and ensure the raw chips were dry before cooking.

The one downfall with the Actifry is something that I had already read before buying it and that is the timer alarm, it really is very QUIET and would be difficult to hear if in another room. I personally don't find it a problem as I am normally in the kitchen when I am cooking tea. I have tried a few of the recipes that come with it. The cinnamon apple wedges are lovely.

I have also cooked oven chips in it (I still had some left in the freezer) and although I will not be buying them anymore the Actifry cooked them a lot more evenly than my fan oven.

The machine is SO easy to clean. The pan comes out easily and although it is dishwasher proof I think its a lot easier to wash it up, the non stick pan is great. The lid detaches with a touch of a button to clear also. I think the best thing to do with this is to try out the recipes and then find similar dishes to cook in it, eg A recipe for Chilli con carne comes with it (along with many others) so I have chosen to use it to make a Bolognaise sauce to go with Spaghetti using the Actifry.

The only reason I have rated this 4 star is due to the timer alarm - I can't believe Tefal did not realise this problem!