T-fal FZ7002 Actifry: The Low Fat Air Fryer

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It is getting harder and harder to find excuses on why we eat a lot of junk food when there are already a lot of alternative options to start eating healthy. Gone are the days when eating healthy means taking boring food. Realistically speaking, it is hard to do a full-on 180 when it comes to clean eating, and that is why the T-fal FZ7002 Actifry might just help you. It might just be the “healthy, but not really” fryer that you are looking for.

Frankly, the T-fal FZ7002 Actifry is confusing. They market it as an air fryer, but at the same time, you still have to add oil to it. Some people even use this machine as a deep fryer. So what is it really about? Let us dig into the details.

Features

  • The technology used for air frying is that of a pulsing heat. This is the system that is used so that the food would be cooked evenly.
  • It comes with a stirring paddle so you would be able to stir what you are frying so that it would be cooked thoroughly.
  • It is a healthier choice since you only use a tiny amount of oil. It comes with a spoon that would provide you with specific measurements that correspond with the ingredient that you are going to fry.
  • It has an LCD screen for the indicator and a countdown timer that can be set to automatic.
  • The filter, pan, paddle, and lid can be removed and are safe to be put in the dishwasher. The other parts need to be hand-washed or wiped with a hand cloth.
  • The lid that it has is transparent so you would see the progress of what you are cooking and at the same it is also free of steam.
  • The lid is very easy to open, you only need a push of a button. No twisting or snapping needed.
  • The capacity is about 2.2 lbs., which is between three to four servings of food.

Pros

  • Using this machine is a slightly healthier option because you will use less oil. The measuring spoon that comes with it is also handy, so you can take note of how much or how little oil you have been using.
  • When it comes to reusing the oil for cooking big batches of food, the initial amount of oil that you put in the machine can be reused for up to eight times without even adding another tablespoon of oil.
  • The filter system works really great as it stores the oil for future use.
  • It does not need to be pre-heated. Once you turn it on, you can immediately start frying.
  • It can cook your food evenly and thoroughly with its heat pulse technology and stir paddle.

Cons

  • Not all of its parts are detachable; therefore, some parts are harder to clean than others. Also, most of the crucial parts are not dishwasher safe, so it is somehow a hassle for the user to have to wash other parts by hand.
  • For some type of foods, you still have to use a large amount of oil just so it can be cooked properly. This defeats the purpose of using the machine to have healthier meals.
  • The machine does not really reach an extremely high temperature so you cannot cook food that needs to be cooked at high temperatures.
  • Due to it not being able to cook at such high temperatures, people tend to add more oil just for their food to be cooked right which again, defeats the purpose of having this machine.

Summary of Features

The T-fal FZ7002 Actifry has an air frying technology that uses pulsating heat so that your food would be cooked thoroughly and evenly. You can also use the stirring paddle to make sure that the food would not stick together.

You tend to use a tiny amount of oil for specific types of foods, but since this does not really cook at higher temperatures, for some dishes you still have to add a bit more oil for the food to be cooked properly.

Comparison with T-fal FZ750850 Fryer

The T-fal FZ750850 Fryer is actually a newer model compared with the T-fal FZ7002 Actifry, but just like they say “newer does not mean better,” and this is the best example of that. After the initial release of the T-fal FZ750850 Fryer, its design proved to be a hindrance to cook properly. There would be times when the basket would not fit, and the lid would not close. In this aspect, the T-fal FZ7002 Actifry is the way to go.

Verdict

So is it an air fryer or a deep fryer? We are leaning more towards the latter. This conclusion is based heavily on the disadvantages that we mentioned earlier. A lot of people also tend to use this fryer in a deep-fry kind of way.

The T-fal FZ7002 Actifry is still a low-fat air fryer to some extent, and that is when you are able to cook food with just a bit of oil. But it stops being a low-fat air fryer when the dish that you are cooking specifically requires a high temperature because for your food to cook, you have to add more oil.

In terms of comparison with the T-fal FZ750850 Fryer, the newer model, we urge you to just go with the old version. The T-fal FZ7002 Actifry has already proved the usability of its features and design, and unlike the newer model, this fryer could actually survive a cooking process without breaking.

Then again, definitely they should have marketed this machine as the “somehow low-fat air fryer.”

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