Actifry machines first hit the market in 2006 in France, and since then, there has been a growing body of shared user knowledge and expertise around them.
We’ve assembled some answers about their usage, and how to care for them.
Let us know if there’s a question you would like investigated.
Note: the lids and viewing windows on Actifry’s generally stay free of steam (somehow) but if there is enough baked-on or accumulated material on the inside of the lids, they can fog up.
- The lids of the Actifry™ 2 in 1 and the Actifry™ Family Size appear identical at first blush. They are certainly the same size. They are not, however, interchangeable because of a slight design difference. The difference is that the Family Size back hinges are placed slightly further apart, as you will see in the photo... Read More »
- Summary: When the regular Actifry™ (model number range FZ7000 etc) was first introduced around 2007 / 2008, there were several issues encountered with the lid in the UK and in Europe. These issues were later largely cleared up by the release of a better designed lid. This is a recount of those historical issues,... Read More »
- Summary: When the regular Actifry™ (model number range FZ7000 etc) was first introduced around 2007 / 2008, there were several issues encountered with the machine overheating in the UK and in Europe. Frightened customers to whom this happened were very unhappy — and vocal — about how Tefal handled the issue. The issue has long... Read More »
- The Actifry™ pan handles are prone to breakage; and it’s down to a design flaw. The Actifry handle has a flap to it, which goes over the side of the frying pan, and on the inside of the frying pan makes a “seam.” Screws are then passed through holes in the flap (and the side... Read More »
- Should you leave your Actifry™ unattended during operation, or not? Of course the safe “lawyer’s” answer for every appliance is “no”, but I want to examine the actual real-life aspects of the question. I was brought up to never leave any kitchen appliances unattended. My mother wouldn’t even go out and leave the oven on.... Read More »
- An Actifry™ comes with a distinctive, friendly-looking green measuring spoon for use in measuring the standard “tablespoon of oil” in most recipes. On many Actifry models you can simply store the green spoon on top of the paddle’s central pedestal: the hole in the spoon’s handle hooks onto it. You’ll see what I mean by... Read More »
- When you are purchasing an Actifry™, I would strongly recommend to go for any offer of any extended warranty which is possible at the time. My first Actifry 2-in-1 burnt out after 14 months of use (purchased June 2013; died August 2014.) Now, as some friends pointed out, it was heavily used: just about everyday... Read More »
- Early on in your Actifry career, you have to make the decision whether you are going to have a like-new picture perfect Actifry lid, or a clouded one. 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... Read More »
- The family-sized Actifry pan comes with a ring (also called “splash guard”, “collar”, “turn-over ring”, “spill ring”) around it to help prevent food tumbling out. To most people removing and replacing this ring just seems intuitive and they never have to even think about it. For a few people though, it remains a mysterious challenge.... Read More »
- Some of the most successful week-night meals in an Actifry™ involve some healthy veg, some fish or meat — and a jar or tin of cooking sauce. As a cook living in 2014 who has to work for a living, I make no apologies to anyone for a weeknight cheat. It’s cheaper (and can be... Read More »
- In my experience so far, Actifry™ pans (aka bowls) will long outlast their initial plastic handles. After heavy use, the Actifry handle’s flap part seems to break. But fear not, and don’t order a whole new pan! You can just order a handle, which is far cheaper, and press your tried and true pan back... Read More »
- Tefal / SEB give conflicting advice about using sauces in Actifry™ machines. In some places, they say outright not to do it; in other places, they direct you to do it. I’m going to look briefly at some of the mixed messages. Actifry Classic / Standard Model and Sauces The Actifry Classic / Standard manual... Read More »
* Actifry™ is a registered trademark of SEB, France.