Tefal make all of the best selling fryers on the market, and today we’re taking a look at another model: the Tefal Actifry AL800040. This is one of their larger family sized models, which can make up to 1.5kg of chips with just one spoonful of oil! That’s a lot of chips, and not a lot of oil!
We’ve already taken a look at their smaller model, the FZ700215, and were extremely impressed. The AL800040 is identical to that model in a lot of ways, so you might want to head over to our review and see what we had to say. We’ll be concentrating here on the differences that the AL800040 brings to the table.
For the most part, the AL800040 is very similar to the smaller Actifry models. On the surface it looks the same, but with a white finish. It’s built on the same technology which means you can make guilt-free chips with just 3% fat! That’s 100 times less than those that you can get at the chip shop.
Simply prepare your chips, throw them into the pan with a spoonful of oil, set the timer and the machine will take care of the rest. The device uses hot air to cook your chips, and produces golden and crispy chips without the fat. There’s an automatic paddle inside that moves the food around so that the process is 100% hands off.
But it’s not just chips you can cook, the Actifry is versatile enough to cook everything from sausages, fish and chicken to veg and minced beef! There’s a recipe book included to get you started. More on that later.
So what’s different about this family model?
First off, the capacity is 50% larger. That means you can make up to 1.5kg of chips with just one spoon of oil. Larger families that might struggle with the smaller capacity of other fryers, are going to find this larger model perfect.
Apart from the larger capacity, the great thing about this model is that the timer automatically turns off the machine when it’s finished. This was a major oversight in the smaller machine, and one of the things that customers complained about. In this model, however, the process if completely automatic. A buzzer will sound when the timer is done, but if you’re not around to hear it then there’s no need to panic. The machine will stop cooking all on its own.
We found that most fryers were cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Tefal AL800040 which is currently available for 40% off.
Tefal Actifry AL800040 Features and Specifications
- Big capacity – up to 1.5kg of chips with just one spoon of oil
- Guilt-free chips – just 3% fat. 100 times less fat that chip shop chips
- Versatile – cooks fish, meat, veg and more too!
- No “fryer” smell – odour free!
- Timer with automatic cut off
- Paddle rotates food automatically – 100% automatic cooking
- Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
Customer Feedback and Reviews
As we expected from our experience with the smaller Actifry models, people just loved this machine. Over 93% of customers were happy with their purchase, and 92% were so happy with their new fryer that they gave it 4 or 5 stars!
Obviously, the main benefit is the health-factor – chip lovers can enjoy their chips without the fear of piling on weight! In general, people really liked the results they got with the machine. Whilst it can take a bit of experimentation to get chips just the way you want, most people found them crispy, golden and delicious.
Although the chips aren’t quite the same as what you’d get from the chip shop, you can get results that are almost there. Some tips include experimenting with cooking time, and potato type and cut. Some customers found that adding an extra spoon of oil gave really good results, and still makes chips with 50 times less fat than deep fried ones!
Customers found that the machine cooked other recipes really well too. Things like chicken nuggets and scampi work really well in the Actifry, coming out a lot more crispy than from the oven. People had made everything from sausages and roast veg, to Indian, Thai and Chinese dishes!
One of the great things about the Actifry is that there is a budding online community of enthusiasts who share recipes and ideas. You get a recipe book with the machine, but a quick Google search will turn up literally 100s of different recipes.
The possibilities are endless. In fact, most people found themselves using the machine a lot more than they thought they would, simply because of the huge variety of things you can do with it.
The great thing about this kind of fryer is that you can wave goodbye to that awful fatty chip shop smell that you get with deep fryers. There are no nasty lingering smells with the Actifry, in fact quite a few customers pointed out that it was pretty much odourless!
People liked the added bonus of having the auto-cut off when the timer finishes. The fact that the smaller model doesn’t do this was a bit of a bugbear with lots of customers, so it was a welcome addition in this bigger family edition.
When you’re done, it’s nice and easy to wash. You can either put the pan and lid into the dishwasher, or wash under the tap. Those without a dishwasher said that cleaning it was quick and painless.
There aren’t very many downsides to report.
One thing to note, is that the machine is kind of large (which isn’t surprising considering it can make 1.5kg of chips)! If you’re low space in the kitchen you might want to bear this mind, or have space cleared in your cupboard to store it.
Another common complaint was that the device can be a little noisy when it’s cooking. This is down to personal taste. It’s certainly not whisper quiet; you can hear the air being blown around the device, so it kind of sounds like a high powered fan. You can have a conversation over the sound, so personally, I don’t think it’s overly noisy.
Finally, whilst the construction and quality of the machine is generally very good, there are one or two flimsy parts. You just need to make sure you’re careful when you’re cleaning it, if you’re doing so under the tap instead of using a dishwasher.
If you’ve got a big family and think that the smaller model wouldn’t suit you, then you should take a serious look at the Tefal Actifry AL800040. It’s nice and big, incredibly versatile, and much much healthier than a standard deep fryer. Chip lovers can finally enjoy a plate of chips without feeling guilty afterwards!