Power Air Fryer XL Review

Power Air Fryer XL Review

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Do you want the option of a regular sized or extra large fryer? Do you want something that can cook perfect fries at the push of a button, something with a sleek digital interface, or something that can bake a cake? The Power AirFryer brand is a good pick for you; it’s got all of these features and options making their line-up of machines more versatile than most of the competition.

Reviewed Fryer: Power Air Fryer XL

Power Air Fryer XL 5.3 Quart

Build Quality

5/5

Design

4/5

Ease of Cleaning

3/5

Ease of Use

5/5

Capacity

5/5

Other options available:

This model also comes in 3.4 quarts (black and red), a deluxe 3.4-quart model that comes with an accessory kit (black and red), and a deluxe version of this 5.3-quart model with accessories (black and red).

PROS

  • 5.3-quart capacity
  • Variable temperature control
  • Two color options
  • Seven pre-programmed settings
  • Digital interface

CONS

  • 60-day warranty
  • May not clean well in dishwasher

Key Features

This model has a bunch of features that set it apart from the competition. It’s a top-tier air fryer, with all of the features of the best on the market, and as a result it’s a competitive product. One of the hallmarks of this competitiveness is the brand’s self-proclaimed “rapid air technology”, which is supposed to do much more than just air fry; it’s also claimed to roast, bake, steam, sauté, and grill the foods that you put into your fryer. As a result, it’s supposed to be a more integrated machine than some other air fryers – whether or not this is the case is yet to be seen.

It has variable temperature control, which is shared by most models on the market but absent from a select few. This allows you to control the temperature of the model, so that you can cook a wider variety of foods – foods that need to be cooked for longer at a lower temperature, for instance. Instead of just being reduced to frying food, this makes it possible to do things like bake cakes within your air fryer.

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Turn onions into crispy onion rings the healthy way.

This model also comes with pre-programmed settings, a recent innovation in the air fryer market that makes them substantially easier to use. Instead of having to choose your temperature and time manually – and having to scroll through the internet for the recommended cooking times for certain foods in your model – you can simply push the button on the face of the machine and let it set the temperature and time automatically. If you’re buying your air fryer for a specific purpose – if you’re interested in making healthier fries, for instance – then it’s a great idea to pick a machine that has an inbuilt fries setting to save time and energy, rather than doing the same thing over and over every time you want fries.

This model comes in two sizes, which is massively beneficial because it means you need not subscribe to only one size. If you cook for a family, choose this larger 5.3-quiart model, which fits six portions; if you’re a solo cook or part of a couple, get the smaller 3.4-quart model. This also allows you to choose the size that fits best in your kitchen space; you don’t need to opt for a too-large machine just because you like the other specs.

Design and build quality

The Power Air Fryer XL is an attractive, sleek machine that comes in two colors: black and red. It’s tall, so it will take up less countertop space in your kitchen than some other models of air fryer, and its pull-out frying basket makes it easy to use anywhere.

This model has a digital interface, with touch buttons to change the temperature, the timer, and to choose between seven pre-programmed settings. The display shows the temperature at which the machine is running so that it can be easily changed. This model comes in two sizes – 5.3 quarts and a smaller 3.4-quart model that can be found here. No matter whether you’re serving for one or for six, the Power Air Fryer XL has a size that will work for you.

Ease of use

One of the major benefits of this model is its design, which makes it very easy to use. This model comes with seven pre-programmed settings, so it’s incredibly easy to use. Instead of having to manually set the machine to the recommended temperature and cooking time settings for that particular food, you can simply push a button and let the machine figure it out. If you’re interested in keeping your cooking time to a minimum, especially for the boring parts of the process, it’s a great idea to invest in a system like this.

The touch-screen also makes it very easy to change the temperature and timer settings if you do end up cooking something that isn’t covered by a pre-programmed setting. Donuts, for instance – like these chonut holes – have a very specific cooking time. Being able to set the time and temperature exactly through the digital display is much more efficient than analog systems, as you can be more precise with the temperature you choose.

Some models don’t even have variable temperature control, so the fact that this model does is a massive benefit when it comes to cooking a wider variety of foods.

Cleaning

Unfortunately this model may not clean well in the dishwasher even though it is said to be dishwasher safe, so it may be slightly harder to clean than some of the other air fryers on the market. If you’re easily put-off using your kitchen appliances because of the clean-up factor, it may be worthwhile to invest in a dishwasher-safe model instead.

We Compare the Power Air Fryer XL to Other Models:

The GoWISE 4th Generation Electric Air Fryer is a smaller (than their 5.3-quart model, anyway), but very similar model to the Power AirFryer XL. Both feature variable temperature control that reaches 400°F; both have seven pre-programmed settings, and both have an assortment of color options.

However, the GoWISE outstrips the Power AirFryer XL in two important ways: it’s dishwasher-safe, so you can clean up more easily after frying, and it has a one-year warranty (found at the manufacturer’s website here) rather than a 60-day warranty. As a result, you could probably surmise that the build quality’s going to be better and that the machine is going to last longer on average.

Seeing as both models are almost identical in design and functionality, it’s probably a better idea to go for the GoWISE model over the Power model for its longer warranty and easier clean up unless, of course, you need a model capable of creating up to six servings, in which case the Power AirFryer XL is the machine for you.

The Philips Viva Digital Airfryer is a slightly simpler version of the Power AirFryer XL, with fewer advanced features and a simpler interface. It has a moderate capacity – 1.75lbs, which is roughly the size of a bag of frozen fries – and a variable temperature control system that reaches 390°F, which is very close to the AirFryer’s 400°F. Both have digital touch-screen interfaces as well.

Where they differ is in the smaller things. The Philips has a 12-month warranty, which is substantially longer than the Power’s 60-day warranty, and it comes with a double layer rack that allows you to cook two types of food at the same time. It also comes with a free app full of recipes, which the Power AirFryer does not have.

The Power AirFryer, on the other hand, comes in two colors – black and red (linked above) – while the Philips model only comes in black. It also comes with pre-programmed settings, which make it much easier to use than the Philips model. Plus you can choose two different sizes – so if the capacity of the Philips isn’t enough for you, the Power is a great pick.

If you cook large amounts regularly, the Power AirFryer XL is a much better bet for you than the smaller Philips model; if you’re attracted to longer warranties go for the Philips instead.

The Farberware Fast-Cooking Digital Air Fryer is a large, powerful, and very efficient machine. Like the Power AirFryer XL, it has variable temperature control up to 400°F, a bunch of pre-programmed settings (six, compared to the Power’s seven), and is dishwasher-safe to boot.

Where the Power comes in two sizes and two colors, this Farberware comes at a 5L capacity and we were only able to find it in white. The warranty was unclear, both on retailers and the manufacture's website. However, given that the Power is only 60 days it would be hard for the Farberware to be worse than that given their brand reputation - may be worth contacting the manufacturer if you're considering this model.

It’s claimed to have a very fast pre-heating time, which could be helpful if you’re always in a rush or forget to pre-heat your appliances, and comes with a food separator so that you can cook two types of food at the same time.

These models are some of the most similar on the market. The differences between them come down to the color options and the food separator, so whichever option is more important to you is the option you should go for. Of course, the final purchase price will no doubt play a large role in your final decision.

About the Author Joey Bruno

Cooking healthy, delicious, plant-based meals has been Joey’s true passion since he went vegan in 2015. He has a masters in Nutrition and Food Science and is committed to making the internet a place of education and knowledge rather than misinformation and clickbait. He currently lives in Delaware with his wife.

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