Tefal ActiFry Express XL AH950840 Review

Key Specs

  • Review Value: £249.99
  • Makes use of 20ml oil to prepare dinner 1.5kg chips
  • 1.5kg meals capability
  • 175°C
  • Digital timer
  • Dishwasher protected elements

What’s the Tefal ActiFry Express XL?

The Tefal ActiFry Express XL is, on the time of testing, a model new well being fryer that guarantees to prepare dinner 30% sooner than the unique household ActiFry. It makes as much as 1.5kg of more healthy (3% fats) chips.

It’s bodily big and has an equally giant price ticket, however sadly its repertoire of recipes is small in contrast with rival well being fryers.

Tefal ActiFry Express XL AH950840 air fryer open on kitchen counter.Tefal ActiFry Express XL AH950840 air fryer open on kitchen counter.

Tefal ActiFry Express XL – Design and Options

The ActiFry Express XL is aptly named as a result of it’s big. Its large, curvy physique seems like a large area helmet has been deposited on the worktop… however it’s greater than that as a result of there’s a bit that stands out behind it too. Suppose wok-sized fairly than saucepan and also you get the concept.

In its defence, it does look fairly cool, with a very clear lid that magically doesn’t get lined in sticky fingerprints.

Tefal ActiFry Express XL display screen showing temperature and timer.Tefal ActiFry Express XL display screen showing temperature and timer.

The capability is fairly big too. It cooks 1.5kg of chips with 20ml oil, which provides you 3% fats chips (as soon as the chips have misplaced half their weight attributable to moisture escaping). It takes 25-27 minutes to prepare dinner 750g of contemporary chips and 36-38 minutes to prepare dinner 1.5kg.

Tefal ActiFry Express XL – What’s it like to make use of?

For such an enormous cooker, the ActiFry Express XL has surprisingly tiny directions and recipe e-book. The excellent news then is that it’s quite simple to make use of.

It has no warmth settings, simply press the plus and minus buttons to pick your cooking time and the built-in digital timer counts down the minutes for you. In contrast to the DeLonghi Multifry Additional it’s not designed to prepare dinner with out the paddle. So all it’s essential to do is add components and decide a time.

The dangerous information is that, for such a big and costly machine, it comes with simply 11 recipes plus a bunch of advisable cooking occasions. Hardly corresponding to the DeLonghi’s 250+ robust recipe app. Hit the Tefal web site and also you’ll discover 38 recipes; these are usually stews and related dishes which are cooked and stirred.

Tefal ActiFry Express with raw potato slices and measuring spoon.Tefal ActiFry Express with raw potato slices and measuring spoon.

The Tefal comes with a inexperienced plastic measuring spoon which cleverly suits on high of the central spindle, so you possibly can park it there when you measure oil and different components. In actual fact, you must… as a result of the spoon received’t steadiness on a flat floor. We cooked 750g of chips in 10ml of oil, which took 27 minutes.

In contrast to the DeLonghi there’s no ingredient within the base, it simply cooks from above utilizing fanned sizzling air. But the Tefal is considerably quieter. And when the cooking time is up, it routinely stops and beeps.

The edges of the machine get surprisingly sizzling, however not dangerously so. And beneath, once we got here to scrub up, we discovered small moist patches the place condensation will need to have run down.

Fries cooking inside Tefal ActiFry Express XL Air Fryer.Fries cooking inside Tefal ActiFry Express XL Air Fryer.

The chips from the Tefal ActiFry Express XL have been crispy on the skin and fluffy on the within, however they have been no tastier than oven chips. And whereas the feel was a bit higher than the DeLonghi’s, a number of chips had clearly been squashed by the Tefal’s blade.

We additionally tried to prepare dinner prawn crackers within the Tefal, however to no avail. They ended up small and brown, not large and white and undoubtedly not edible.

Cleansing was simple as every thing that’s detachable is dishwasher protected, though the big bowl takes up a number of dishwasher area.

Tefal ActiFry Express XL air fryer with cooked fries on plate.Tefal ActiFry Express XL air fryer with cooked fries on plate.

Ought to I purchase the Tefal ActiFry Express XL?

No. We love the seems even whether it is gigantic. Nevertheless it’s a little bit of a one-trick pony. The extra reasonably priced DeLonghi Multifry Additional cooks chips in the same manner, however it’s extra versatile for cooking different dishes.

You’ll get even higher tasting wholesome chips from the Philips Viva Airfryer HD9220. Or if you happen to fancy really tasty chips, contemplate the DeLonghi RotoFry F28311 or the Sage Multi Fryer.


This big well being fryer has an enormous price ticket however a small repertoire.

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