Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY401840 Digital Health Air Fryer
The Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY401840 Digital Health Air Fryer has a large capacity and comes with 8 pre-sets, making cooking simple and results exceptional. We tried a variety of different food types including chips. In all cases, the Easy Fry performed well. It is well built and comes apart for easy cleaning including the dish washer.
Review of the Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY401840 Digital Health Air Fryer
This is our review of the Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY401840 Digital Health Air Fryer. We were keen to know how this model compared with the traditional round Tefal ActiFry models, as well as other brands offering similar style air fryers. Tefal have been in the air fryer market longer than most and are famous for their very successful round shape AcriFry models. We have always rated these very high due to their excellent build quality, results and their unique rotating paddle. The Easy Fry Precision EY401840 is a departure from this design and intrigued us enormously.
Our first impressions were of a very well-made air fryer with attractive design and clear controls. In fact they have really gone to town with the control panel and the number of buttons but they remain clear and intuitive and mainly relate to the 8 pre-defined food cooking programmes. These cover fries/chips, cutlet, shrimp, cake, pizza, fish, grill or roast. This is not dissimilar to other top end air fryers such as Philips and is a useful feature as the programmes control both the timing and the temperature.
Large Capacity and Easy Clean
The Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY401840 Digital Health Air Fryer has a very large basket with a capacity of 4.2L. This is enough for 6 servings and is almost as large as air fryers go. Only the Pro Breeze is higher at 5L. With that capacity you need a powerful heater and the ability to distribute the heat. Thankfully, the Easy Fry comes with a 1500W heater. It also has its patented 3D Pulse Technology which forces the hot air around the food in a very effective manner which reduced hot spots and burning. In our tests we found no evidence of this.
The food is placed into a large basket which has a tray at the bottom to separate any fat that may come out of the food. This is an improvement over the traditional round ActiFrys since they lacked the tray. The basket and comes out completely for easier serving and is completely dishwasher safe. The Easy Fry\’s basket has a robust feel about but spares can be purchase separately should you accidentally drop it.
Auto Cut-Off if Food Starts to Burn
Before we get on to the main review, it is just worth finally mentioning the safety features of the Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY401840. The device has certain safety features which prevent the possibility of overcooking. Even if the timer is still running, it will cut off automatically and sound an alarm. So, no need to watch over it and keep opening it up to see. This goes some way towards overcoming the lack of a viewing window which the round Tefal Actifry always had.
Cooking with the Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY401840 Digital Air Fryer
Although we love the appearance of the Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY401840, we wanted to know how it performed in our range of tests. For this we choose to try the following:
- Chips (Hurray!)
- Veg Somosas
- Fish Fillets
- Roast Chicken
Cooking Chips in the Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY401840
We couln\’t wait to cook chips in as a first option. After all, most people who purchase an air fryer do so to cook chips. So here we go.
We always cook two batches of chips in our review. A 1Kg batch of frozen chips and a 1Kg batch of fresh cut chips. The main difference if that frozen chips come pre-coated in oil, whereas fresh cut chips do need a little oil adding, but only a spoon full. For our fresh cut chips we make sure to let them soak for a while to remove any excess starch then thoroughly dry them before frying.We cooked the hand cut chips for 20 minutes at 170C shaking half way through. The results were evenly cooked, crisp and dry. Almost Perfect actually. The frozen chips did come out perfect. Often, frozen chips perform better since they are pre-cooked, evenly coated and of a similar size. We found the chips to be better than the Original Actifry and on a par with the ActiFry Genius. All in all excellent.
Cooking Veg Somosas in the Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY401840
We cooked 6 room temperature vegetable samosas in the Tefal Asy Fry for 14 minutes at 16C. They came out perfectly crisp but cooked inside. Samosas tend to be very forgiving but can fall apart. These held together and cooked evenly brown.
Cooking Fish Fillets in the Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY401840
Cooking fish can be tricky and some people like to wrap the fish in foil. We chose instead to wrap 6 decent sized fillets of salmon in parchment paper parcels. Inside we coated the fish in a light sauce so no danger of it drying out. During cooking, some of the sauce escaped but not enough to spoil the results; which were excllent.
Cooking Pizza in the Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY401840
Pizzas require lots of heat and this is where the air fryer often performs much better than the traditional oven. We made several Mini Pizzas and cooked on high for 7 mins. The danger is in over doing the pizzas but this model can sense burning so we were not too concerned. 7 minutes was about the right time and the pizzas cooked perfectly.
Cooking Roast in the Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY401840
We cooked a 1.3Kg chicken for 45 minutes with a good coating of butter and seasoning. The results were excellent. A lovely brown colour on the skin and tender succulent meat inside. We had thought that we would have to baste the chicken part way through but in the end, it was not necessary.
Cooking with the Tefal Easy Fry Precision EY401840 Digital Health Air Fryer is relatively straight forward; especially with the 8 pre-sets. The large capacity and excellent heating system create great results. It is also well built and comes apart easily for cleaning or dish washing.