New Airfryer and Actifry fryers to go head-to-headPhilips Airfryer and Tefal Actifry updated

31 March 2013

AirFryers

New versions of the Philips Airfryer and Tefal Actifry have been launched with fresh improvements, pitting these two popular fryers against each other.

Both fryers claim to be healthier than traditional fryers by using less oil, and improvements are said to include a 50% bigger capacity and a faster cooking speed on the new Airfryer XL.

Whilst the Airfryer has gone for a bigger capacity and new digital controls, the new Actifry 2-in-1 includes an upper cooking plate, allowing you to cook food such as steak along with your chips.

We have tried out the new Actifry 2-in-1 to see how the new cooking plate works. To find out what we thought, see our Actifry 2-in-1 first look review

Actifry v Airfryer

We have fully tested both the original Tefal Actifry and Philips Airfryer - only one of them was good enough to be awarded Best Buy status.

Both were tested in the ultimate fryer test – how good they are at cooking chips. Both only use a small amount of oil compared with those from the chip shop or a traditional fryer. Our reviews give you our verdict.

Fryers and chips

The health fryers can also cook more than just chips. One feature that Tefal is promoting is that its new Actifry 2-in-1 can cook the main part of the meal too, including steaks and salmon. Tefal claims it can even be used for things you might not expect, such as risotto and cakes. 

Philips, meanwhile, claims that its Airfryer XL will be easier to use and quicker than its previous model and allow you to cook more food in one go. 

Neither comes cheap, though, with the Actifry 2-in-1 at £280 and the Airfryer at £220. 

How we test fryers

When these models come in for testing, we'll test several key elements, including how long the fryers take to heat up, how well they cook chips, how convenient they are to use and whether they leak oil.

Both of these models have proved popular as Britons become more aware of healthy eating but we also look at whether health fryers make tasty food.

Only those that pass our rigorous tests for performance are awarded Best Buy status - will the new Actifry and Airfryer achieve this?

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