The “Classic” Actifry model, first released in France in 2006, is still in production, but has been joined by at least 8 other models (as of August 2014.)
This is a list of the models I know of, listed roughly in ascending order of price / features.
You can click the model name for an overview of the product.
List of Actifry Models
- The Actifry 2 in 1 model is a larger version of the Actifry Classic, and can handle coated and battered foods. Like the Actifry Family, the Actifry 2 in 1 handles 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds) of chips / fries at a time, compared to 1 kg (2.2 pounds) for the Actifry Classic. It also comes with... Read More »
- This model may or may not be referred to as “Classic” in stores; it may be referred to just as a plain, simple “Actifry.” It’s the original model first released. We’re going to refer to it as “Classic” to distinguish it from the growing range. In Australia and Brazil, this model seems to... Read More »
- Actifry Essential is a budget-ranged model of the Actifry. The capacity is 1 kg (2.2 pounds) of food, the same as for the Actifry Classic. The lid isn’t hinged; you lift it off completely. There is also a much smaller viewing area. Note that some versions have NO viewing area. There is... Read More »
- The Actifry Express is a faster model of Actifry. What makes it faster is that it draws on 1550 W of power, instead of 1400 W like most other Actifrys (1450 for the Actifry Gourmet / Gourmand.) It can make 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds) of food at once. The higher power enables it to be... Read More »
- The Actifry Family Size™ is a larger version of the Actifry™ Classic. It handles 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds) of chips / fries at a time, compared to 1 kg (2.2 pounds) for the Actifry Classic. Available in black or white, it is sold in Europe, the UK, Australia and North America. Like the Actifry Classic,... Read More »
- The Actifry Gourmet model is very similar to the Actifry Classic model. It some countries, it was called the “Actifry Gourmand.” On the surface, it looks identical to the Classic model, except it is black and only available in black. It has the same timer that doesn’t start or stop the machine, the same 1... Read More »
- The Actifry Mini is a smaller version of the Actifry classic. Designed for smaller kitchens, it is a space-saving appliance to take up less counter space. It can make 600 g (1.3 pounds) of chips / fries at one time. (The Actifry Classic can do 1 kg / 2.2. pounds.) For meal planning, plan... Read More »
- The Actifry Plus is a slightly larger version of the Actifry Classic. It handles 1.2 kg (2.6 pounds) of chips / fries at a time, compared to 1 kg (2.2 pounds) for the Actifry Classic. Available in white and black, it is sold in Europe, the UK and in Australia. It is not sold in... Read More »
- The Actifry Snacking model is a model that was sold in 2012 in some parts of south-east Asia, and possibly the middle East, and introduced into Europe by the summer of 2013, and into the UK by the summer of 2014. The model range number seems to be FZ70 etc. The Actifry Snacking appears... Read More »
Miscellaneous facts about Actifry Models
The Actifry was first launched in 2006, in France.1
Actifry is sold under at least two brand names: Tefal / T-Fal, and SEB. SEB is the “mother ship” company of Tefal (and several other kitchen appliance companies such as Moulinex, Lagostina, All-Clad, etc.)
In some parts of the world, the Actifrys are 110 V, in others 220 or 240; it depends on the country that it was adapted for by Tefal.
Most models, confusingly for many people, offer 2 buttons to open the lid – one on either side of the handle. People get confused which button to press, or if they have to press both at the same time. The Actifry Family just has one button, to the right of the handle, so there’s not a whole lot of doubt about which button. Though perhaps a choice of buttons is more friendly to the lefties amongst us.
On models such as Actifry Family and Actifry 2 in 1, when you open the lid, all cooking stops — both the paddle and the hot air, as well as the timer counting down. On the Actifry Classic, when you open the lid, the paddle stops but the hot air keeps going, as well as the timer.
Confusingly, the symbol they’ve chosen to use on some models for the “GO” button (after setting the timer) is the universal (in North America at least) symbol for power off / on.
Units that come with a collar (as of 2014) include: Actifry Family, Actifry Plus, and Actifry Mini. The collar is sometimes referred to as “Overflow prevention ring” or “turn-over” ring.
For all models, I would recommend getting rubber tipped tongs such as those made by Oxo Good Grip so that you don’t scratch the pans or grilling trays.
The lids and viewing windows generally stay free of steam (somehow) but if there is enough built-up gunk on the inside of the lids, they can fog up.
Overall, the common negative observations about the models is (1) their size — the size they take up on increasingly-crowded countertops — and (2) the noise the hot air fan makes.
By the end of 2013, 6 million of all Actifry models combined had been sold around the world2
* Actifry™ is a registered trademark of SEB, France.