We’ve been testing out the Power AirFryer Oven that’s pitched by this guy on TV:
Both my Mom and I are big air fryer users – a couple of years ago, I purchased the Phillips Air Fryer for her. We’ve also reviewed air fryers from Kalorik, Bella, Simple Living, and the Power AirFryer XL (from same company as this review).
There’s a lot of stuff in the box. So many parts! Lots of sharp pointy parts that look a little intimidating. Clockwise, from machine – rollie-poly basket for small foods, rotisserie fork (to jab into your chicken or roast), 10 skewers, rotisserie wheels, rotisserie handle, rotisserie stand (the black thing), a random screw, 4 racks.
PRO: The rollie-poly basket is amazing. Stick your food into the basket (like nuggets, sweet potato fries, etc.) and the basket rotates, so that the hot air circulates evenly.
PRO: Lots of recipes.
PRO: With the rotating rotisserie, the air fryer becomes more than just for “fried” foods like fries and onion rings. You can cook so much food in the Power AirFryer Oven.
PRO: The bottom tray is removable for easy cleaning.
CON: The inside is heavy duty plastic. The door is plastic. I was expecting metal, especially for an oven that costs $160. For $40 more, you can get a metal version. But that price seems so high. Here are their different models.
PRO: You can even use the Power AirFryer Oven as a dehydrator. Which makes total sense, because a dehydrator is basically just hot air blowing.
CON: The trays came a little warped, though I later when I used the trays for chicken wings, the heat helped straighten the trays a bit. The little plastic channels for the trays are very difficult to use. It takes me a couple of tries of very careful insertion in order to catch the grooves correctly. This is incredibly difficult when you have super hot trays, heavy with food on them.
PRO: The front door is removable for easy cleaning.
Let me show you side by side with my Philips Air Fryer.
PRO: The Philips Air Fryer basket means I can only have ONE layer of food. Stacking food on top of each other means air cannot circulate well. On the other hand, the Power AirFryer Oven’s rolling basket allows me to cook more food, without having to turn or flip the food.
I actually spent $30 to buy this accessory for the Philips fryer. It gives me a small rack for a second layer of food and four TINY skewers, way too small and would only hold enough food for 2 not-so-hungry people.PRO: The Power AirFryer Oven’s skewer are much bigger and I get 10 of them. Enough food for our family of 4. These are sirloin steak skewers with bell pepper/tomato.
Loaded them up on the rack, used the handle to easily insert into machine.
PRO: 10 skewers! The space is TIGHT though. I feel like the machine needs another inch in height.
CON: So you’re supposed to be able to fit an entire chicken for rotisserie. I tried 3 different stores to find a small enough chicken to fit into this opening. No luck. What you need is a 3 1/2 pound whole chicken that is no bigger than 5.5 inches wide (otherwise the chicken would touch the top grate).
PRO: The glass door of the Power AirFryer Oven means I can see my food cooking.
PRO: Amazing! Steak is perfect. Nicely seared on outside, perfect medium on inside.
PRO: Nice removable tray and removable door for easy cleanup. Wipe down the oven with damp cloth.
CON: The inside is a little hard to clean, especially with those grooves for the trays.
Let’s try chicken wings breaded with egg and crushed Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. I sprayed the trays with cooking oil, and I also sprayed the top of each wing with oil. The 3 layers BARELY fit. Again, I’d love an additional inch of space.
You have to rotate the trays. The top layer cooks fastest.
CON: As I mentioned, the trays are really difficult to insert into those grooves, especially with it being crazy hot and heavy with food.
The price for the Power AirFryer Oven is $169 (here’s my affiliate Amazon link). It’s an oven, a rotisserie, dehydrator and air fryer, all in one. I’m giving away my Philips Air Fryer and keeping this one. Despite some quirks of the appliance, I really think it’s the best air fryer on the market. I don’t have pictures of the rotating basket for fries, but it works amazing. The fries were evenly cooked and so crispy, with just a spritz of oil.
The Elite version with metal interior is $199. A larger, 8 quart size is sold on their website for $199.
I like the Power AirFryer Oven a lot. With its rotisserie, it can easily replace my 4-in-1 food chopper, and it actually does more than chop. It’s kind of a hybrid food processor/oven, allows you to both fry and roast and dehydrate at the same time. I really like the rotating rolling basket for more versatility than your standard air fryer trays. The trays are hard to use though, as they don’t snap into place as you turn the machine on — they simply rotate with it (although this could also be a plus: my fries were cooked beautifully).
Is the PowerXL a good air fryer?
I’d say it’s the best. The basket is the big selling point, it truly elevates the cooking experience of an air fryer. If you make a lot of fries, rotisserie, or dehydrate food in air fryer, this machine is for you. If you prefer not to have rotating food, many people are happy with just a basic Philips AirFryer. Click here to check out Philips Airfryers on Amazon!
Disclaimer: I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest review and sharing with my readers. I only recommend products I personally love and would use.
Is it worth buying an air fryer oven?
If you want to be able to make fries, rotisserie and dehydrate your food, then yes. If you don’t need those features, then the Power Pro XL is not for you. But if you’re like me and love all three, this is your machine.
Which is better air fryer or air fryer oven?
Air fryer ovens are more versatile, but standard air fryers tend to be more energy efficient. If you’re someone who loves rotisserie, fries, dehydrating your food and/or making cakes in your air fryer, then I say go for an air fryer oven.
I prefer using an air fryer oven over an air fryer because I can make my entire dinner in just the one machine, instead of two separate appliances. But this is a personal preference. Air Fryers are great if you only want to do one thing at a time — such as just cooking fries.
What are the top 3 air fryers?
The Good Housekeeping Institute has deemed these to be the Best Air Fryers of 2018:
Philips Airfryer Professional XL PowerXL
Airfryer Pro XL, Elite (comes with a food rack)
BEST ANSWER: If you’re cooking for one person and only making fries, a Philips AirFryer is great if you have the space. Otherwise, if you’re cooking for more people than just one or two at a time and making other foods in your air fryer, I recommend getting an air fryer oven.
What is bad about air fryers?
As much as I love air fryers, there are some cons.
Price is a big one. Get the best air fryer you can afford. It’s an expensive appliance, especially if you’re looking for a larger capacity model. There are also less expensive alternatives such as a convection oven or a microwave oven or a toaster oven (if you don’t mind the extra time). Even an electric skillet if you don’t mind getting up and stirring your food every once in awhile.
Noise — it’s not uncommon for users of air fryers to complain about the noise the machine makes while it’s running. You’ll notice it for the first few times, but you get used to it.
They require electricity. Unless you’re going to use your air fryer oven for other things like a convection oven or a toaster oven, you’ll be cooking with electricity. Consider all the energy you waste by eating out and not cooking at home. You can put away an extra $100 a month if that makes you mindful of how much money you’re spending on food outside your home!
If you want to read more about my thoughts on air fryers, this article is a good start.
What are the disadvantages of air fryer?
Not all oils are created equal. You’re going to be cooking with oils, so use the ones that will continue to be fresh after you eat it. I have concerns about the shelf life of air fryer oils, they don’t last as long as regular cooking oils do.
If you make potato chips in your air fryer, those chips may not taste as good as when you make them in a regular fryer or oven — this is because of how much oil you put into the machine and how hot it gets inside (this is why adding oil to your appliance is important).
Air fryers are great for so many things. If you’re interested in buying one, click here to get the best prices on air fryers from Amazon.
If you don’t have an air fryer and you want to buy one, I recommend the PowerXL Air Fryer. It’s very versatile, easy to use and does everything that a standard air fryer does.
I prefer the Philips brand because of their unique basket, as well as their engineering. The basket is a big deal for me, it makes my life so much easier when cooking fries or roasting food in my air fryer. I also like the way their rotisserie is engineered — it’s one of the best I’ve seen when compared to other models on the market (Airfryer Pro XL, Elite model has this same rotisserie).