The T-Fal Actifry FZ7002 costs about $200, which is more than most basic air fryers. But the appliance has a lot of functionalities that justify the price. It has a motorized arm that allows it to mix food while it's cooking. This lets it prepare a variety of dishes, such as stir-fry, risotto, and fried rice. It can, without a doubt, cook some delicious French fries.
However, no device is perfect, and T-Fal Actifry FZ7002 is no exception. Its paddle mixer works too rough on soft foods like fresh fish fillets and hamburger patties. Moreover, the motorized arm is not an option to be avoided, which is unlike other similar competing devices.
Additionally, the device cannot work with excessive liquids. In case you put excess liquid, it will leak out. These flaws make it unitasker and not an instant Pot-like multicooker.
Automatic Stirring and Frying
The T-Fal Actifry FZ7002 has an average size, which will suffice for most of your cooking. It will save you space on the counter, but its footprint is large than that of four-slice toasters and coffee makers. It has a small profile that allows it to be placed under the kitchen cabinet.
The device has two parts. It consists of the central circular unit that is bulbous and squat. You will find a mixing paddle and a cooking pan inside. The pan features a handle, which flips down and out of the way during cooking.
There is a cone-shaped paddle at the pan’s center. It clamps down onto the pan before locking into place and holding them together. This way, the hollow section of the cone of the paddle sits on a rotating spindle, which enters via a hole under the pan. The pan can be pulled out of the fryer through upward flipping and lifting of the handle.
The other section of the appliance is a flat control panel. It rests on a circular bump, which extends some inches from the fryer’s back. The panel is so simple that it has two buttons only: a timer setting button and an on/off switch. Between these two buttons, you will see a small LCD screen. The other controls feature two fat buttons on the fryer’s front that open the lid.
The lid has a latch inside it that separates it from the hinge of the fryer. The paddle, pan, and lid are dishwasher safe. Its parts are easy to wash compared to other larger fryers.
The controls of the T-Fal Actifry FZ7002 are simple to understand and operate. Other fryers allow for control of temperature and power, which does not apply to this fryer. The Actifry’s controls only allow you to turn the device on or off. You cannot control the internal temperature of the appliance.
This allows your cooking with the device to be easy. During cooking, you need to secure the paddle stirrer and the pan in place before placing the food inside, closing the lid, and starting it up. The paddle will start rotating in a few moments. However, the cooking functions are not linked to the digital timer. Hence, in case the timer counts down to zero, the T-Fal Actifry FZ7002 continues to cook. You need to turn off the appliance manually.
The T-Fal Actifry FZ7002 may not be as massive as other fryers like Philips Airfryer XXL, but there is a lot of space inside it. It has a 1-kg pan that can hold about 2.2 pounds of meatballs nuggets, fries, and other frozen foods.
The device can cook 23.3 ounces of frozen French fries without oil in half an hour. This amount fits on a regular baking sheet. However, this period is longer than the Krups Fry Delight’s 27 minutes, Philips Advance’s 18 minutes, and the Simple Chef’s 24 minutes.
The French Fries Test
Some tests by cnet.com show that the T-Fal Actifry FZ7002 produced the best French fries among all the air fryers they tested. The fries came out very crispy with a light and creamy inner texture. This was consistent with all sizes of fries. Hand-cut fries came out in a uniform golden brown color and tastier than cooked otherwise. But you have to put a tablespoon of oil inside the pan. If you mix the fries with oil in a bowl before putting in the fryer, you will leave excess oil behind.
The Chicken Test
When used for cooking chicken wings, the results are not the best. When cooked without oil, the skin fails to be crispy. The chicken’s fat gathered inside the pan. The mixing paddle dredged the chicken in the oil, which made the skin oily instead of crispy.
The Risotto Test
Rissoto also does not cook well inside the T-Fal Actifry FZ7002. The test recipe featured a mixture of two cups of chicken, rice, mushrooms, onions, and other aromatics. The mixing paddle failed to connect well to the pan, and the paddle did not create a watertight seal.
As a result, there was leakage of the cooking liquid into the hot plate from the pan. Therefore, there was spillage into the counter from the fryer. A second test was also a failure. The cooking of the rice was not even and the resulting texture was mushy.
· It makes the best French fries that an air fryer can make
· Its controls are simple and the capacity big
· It performs self-stirring
· It is dishwasher safe
· It is costly
· It can’t cook without its motorized arm
· It leaves a mess when you cook with sauces and other liquids
What’s the Conclusion?
The T-Fal Actifry FZ7002 is an intriguing choice. It can cook both fresh and frozen French fries. The price is high but worth it for those who fancy French fries. However, if you plan to cook other foods with it, this is not the fryer for you. It does not handle wet ingredients like sauces well and creates a mess in your kitchen. The food also has a poor turnout.
So, for all those who have sufficient kitchen space and want a dedicated fryer for French fries, they have found the ideal device. They will separate with a few more bucks, but the soft and crispy fries will be well worth it.