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Head-to-head: Airfryer vs Actifry

Low-fat fryers from Philips and Tefal compared

Tefal ActiFry Original GH840840 1.2kg The Tefal ActiFry Original GH840840 claims to make chips and more quickly and easily

Crisp, crunchy, golden-brown and glorious – chips tempt us too often to stray from the healthy path.  No wonder more and more people are turning to low-fat fryers, which promise to create tasty chips with only a fraction of the fat. 

We’ve tried out two of the latest offerings from the popular Tefal Actifry and Philips Airfryer ranges – the Philips Viva Airfyer HD9230/20 and the Tefal Actifry Original GH840840.

The Airfryer has an extra cooking level for added versatility, so you can cook fish as well as chips in one go. While the Actifry Original (confusingly, an updated version of the Tefal Actifry Plus) has a large 1.2kg capacity for feeding a crowd.

Update for 18 August 2017: We have now tested these models plus other 2017 air fryers, including the Breville Halo range and some cheaper alternatives. To see which models scored best head to our air fryer reviews.

For a full breakdown of how Actifry and Airfryer models compare, head to our Actifry vs Airfryer guide.

Healthy chips

As the name suggests, air fryers use hot air combined with a small amount of oil (around one tablespoon) to fry food – serving chips without the side order of guilt.

Image of fried chips with ketchupLow fat fryers are less guilt-inducing, but can’t quite recreate the true chip shop taste

This makes them much healthier than deep-fat fryers. They’re safer too, as there’s no container of hot oil that could get overturned, and you don’t need to worry about disposing of it after cooking.

Sound too good to be true? You will get a healthier treat, but you won’t be able to recreate that tasty crunch of authentic fried chips. We’ve found that chips made in a low-fat fryer tend to taste more like oven chips.

If you’ve got your heart set on fried treats, head to our round up of the best fryers to find the best deep-fat fryer.

Low-fat fryers can cook a variety of foods, not just chips. They are convenient too – the Actifry has a paddle that turns food during cooking, so you won’t need to keep checking it’s cooking evenly or turning food like you might in an oven.

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Philips Airfryer and Tefal Actifry compared

The Actifry costs nearly £180, making it a third more expensive than the Airfryer. Its cooking capacity is higher though, as you can cook up to five portions of food. We’ve compared the key features in the table below.

Features Airfryer Actifry
Cost  £120 £180
Cooking bowl  Removable  Removable
Capacity  800g  1.2kg
Size  31.5cm x 28.7cm x 38.4cm  24 cm x 31cm x 44cm
Double layer  Yes  No
Dishwasher safe  The removable drawer and food basket are dishwasher safe The removable bowl and paddle are dishwasher safe

Recipe booklets come free with both fryers, explaining how to cook everything from brownies to quiches (in the Airfryer) and paella to apple desserts (in the Actifry). You can download Tefal’s My Actifry app too, which has more recipe suggestions.

Want to see more reviews, including of other Actifry models, and health fryers from Breville and DeLonghi? Take a look at our fryer reviews.

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