Few people dislike deep fried food – it’s crispy and delicious. The appeal can’t be denied, but neither can the simple truth that deep frying isn’t an especially healthy choice. What if there were a better way? As it happens, there is: the Tefal EY401840 air fryer fries food quickly, consistently – and uses little to no oil, and in this review, we’ll explore everything this leading air fryer has to offer.
The Tefal EY401840 typically uses up to 80 percent less oil than a conventional deep fryer – and it’s possible to air fry many foods without any oil at all. That provides a big advantage: less oil means fewer calories, and significantly decreased exposure to unhealthy compounds formed when food is deep-fried. Air fryers are safer, too—there’s no risk of splashing yourself with hot oil. And when you’re done cooking, the Tefal EY401840’s basket and grid can be lifted out of the fryer, letting you drain any excess oil away.
Tefal’s Small Footprint, Large Capacity
With a 4.2-litre capacity, the EY401840 is a step up from the EY201840, and can air-fry up to six servings of food at a time, making it the ideal appliance for feeding families, large groups – or simply preparing meals ahead of time.
Better yet is the relatively compact design: a footprint of only 27.8 cm (less than one foot) allows the fryer to fit on even a cramped kitchen counter. Perhaps Tefal took a cue from modern urban design, and decided to build up, not out.
Preset Menus and Manual Control
With 8 preprogrammed menus, in addition to manual control, the Tefal EY401840 is the little fryer that could. Actually, it’s the big fryer that could—but we digress. Choose from fries, cutlet, shrimp, cake, pizza, fish, grill and roast settings, or dial in your own temperature and cooking duration. For the most part, the 60-minute digital timer and 80 to 200-degree temperature range make this a set-and-forget appliance, though some foods require a bit of shaking halfway through the cooking cycle.
Presets make air-frying simple, but if they don’t work for you, just dial in the settings, using the touch-sensitive, top-mounted buttons. Some people prefer tactile, analog controls, but the advantage of the EY401840’s flat buttons is that they can be easily wiped down—there’s nowhere for dirt or grease to hide.
Tasty Fries When You Want Them—Cooks Quickly and Evenly
At the heart of the Tefal EY401840 is 3D Air Pulse technology, which optimizes airflow and heat to consistently and evenly cook perfect fries, pizza, roast potatoes, fish, and much more. “Air Pulse” sounds complicated, but is simply a refinement of a time-tested design, utilizing a top-mounted heating element and finely tuned air flow that circulates hot air throughout the cooling chamber. Think of it as an especially efficient countertop convection oven.
Easy to Use, Easy to Clean
Operating the Tefal Easy Fry model EY401840 couldn’t be easier. Preheat if desired, set the temperature and time (or choose an automatic cooking mode), and add food to the bowl. Hit the start button, and wait. Food can be shaken part-way through by pulling the bowl out by its handle.
To clean the Easy Fry, unplug the air fryer and wipe down the outside. Allow the bowl to cool, and clean it, and the grid, with hot water and washing-up liquid. Rinse and dry. If necessary, clean the heating element with a dry brush. That’s it! Great performance and low maintenance make this air fryer a winner in our books.
Easy Fry – Safer Than a Deep Fryer
The Tefal EY401840 eliminates almost all the risks associated with frying food – there’s no tub of hot grease to get spattered by, no submerging a frying basket in an open vat of oil, no scraping away at a pan. Everything is self-contained, and clean-up is a breeze.
Tefal EY401840 Healthy Fryer: Pros and Cons
It’s time to quickly recap what makes the Tefal EY401840 a great buy, and how it could be even better.
Very reasonably priced for a kitchen appliance
Large capacity, but doesn’t take up too much space
Versatile and fast
Provides consistent results
Safe and low maintenance
Cooks a wide variety of foods
Built by a trusted appliance maker
Requires space between fryer and wall
Control backlighting could be brighter
Gets hot to the touch
At a tad over 33cm in height, it can be too tall for some kitchen cupboards
Some people find it a bit noisy in operation – but all air fryers made a little sound.
The Tefal EY401840 is a great, cost-effective air fryer, providing good value for the money. It performs well, and is an ideal solution for big families and small spaces. Combining the convenience, versatility and performance of a microwave, convection oven and deep fryer in a single, affordable unit, the EY401840 is, despite a few flaws, a worthwhile addition to almost any kitchen.