So you’re searching for the right air fryer for you and you’re considering the Power Air Fryer XL. You’ve come to the right place as we are examining this very model here today. Part of the “As seen on TV” family, the Power AirFryer XL is a squat, rounded, shiny creature with pre-set functions and various cooking abilities. It does have some skeletons in its closet though, as customers have discovered.
Let’s get into the world of the Power AirFryer XL. What can it cook? Is it easy to clean? Does it have a sturdy and easy-to-use design? Does it cook tasty food?
Table of Contents
- 1 Whats Interesting About The Power Air Fryer XL?
- 2 What do other customers and reviews say?
- 3 What are the technical specifications?
- 4 How do you use it?
- 5 How do you clean it? Is it easy to clean?
- 6 How does it compare to other models?
- 7 Where can I find a replacement basket?
- 8 Are there other replacement parts or accessories? Where do I buy them?
- 9 What’s the warranty?
- 10 Does it come with a recipe book or cookbook?
- 11 Can I find it at Kohl’s, Walmart, bed bath and beyond, Target or Costco?
- 12 What’s the best price for the Power Air Fryer XL and where can I buy it?
- 13 Verdict: is this air fryer for you?
Whats Interesting About The Power Air Fryer XL?
The Power Air Fryer XL doesn’t just offer air frying; it can also bake, roast and grill. There are 7 pre-set functions to use for specific dishes such as steak, fries, chicken or baking. This isn’t uncommon for modern air fryers, but it’s worth pointing out the fact that it is more of a multi-cook appliance than a pure air fryer.
Depending on the size of your counter space and the number of people you generally feed, you can choose from two sizes: 5.3-Quarts or 3.4-Quarts.
If you’re looking for an oven-style air fryer with a transparent door, racks and trays then I would keep looking. The Power Air Fryer XL is a drawer/basket-style machine which you click in and out of place to prepare and check your food. It does have a divider so you can cook two “levels” of food at once.
What do other customers and reviews say?
44% of reviews have been ecstatic enough with this machine to award it 5 stars. But there are also 26% of reviewers who found the item worthy of only 1 star. Why the stark contrast?
It fits a lot of food: many customers have commented that their 5.3-Quart Power Air Fryer XL can hold a lot of food. Tales of whole 6lb chickens and piles of fries tell us that this air fryer has no trouble feeding a crowd. I wondered if this also meant that the unit itself was too big for some. And yes, some did find it too large. But I guess this just comes down to personal preference, kitchen size and counter-space.
Great-tasting results: so many comments mention crispy chicken, crunchy fries and great tasting food all around. The texture, flavour and general clean-tasting quality of the food have impressed many customers. That’s what you want from anything in charge of cooking your meals.
Easy to use: a simple “easy to use” is common among the higher review brackets. “Easy to clean” also pops up a fair number of times too. I can’t see how it would be difficult to use, unless you’ve encountered the infamous “warped” basket some have, more on this below. Overall, customers have found the cooking and cleaning process easy to handle.
Healthy: an air fryer is often purchased for bench-top convenience, but mostly for healthier food options, so this is a great comment to see. Customers have really appreciated not having to douse their food in oil in order to get a crispy result. The words “healthy” and “clean” come up many times, which is high praise, if not expected praise for an air fryer.
Now for the bad…
The basket can be tricky to insert: by far, the most common and most passionately-written comment in negative review sections concerns the basket. Many, many people have found that when the unit heats up through cooking, the outer basket can no longer be easily and correctly inserted back into the unit. They found that when they take the basket out to give the food a shake or to check on it, they have a nightmare trying to slot the basket back in. Positive reviewers have addressed this by saying all it takes is a little lift/tilt of the basket and a slight “scooping” motion.
Basket loses coating: some people have found that the coating on the bottom of the fry basket starts to chip away and peel off. The potential for flakes getting into your food is not ideal.
Poor quality/breaks easily: a few unhappy customers have reported that the Power Air Fryer XL simply broke down and stopped working. Some found that it over-heated and others said it simply…broke. This brings us to the next point…
The warranty is too short: the short warranty (60 days) has really rubbed people the wrong way, especially those who have encountered the above issues. This is something to think about. If you’re going to purchase an appliance with an unfortunate history of faults, you at least want a decent warranty to protect you.
What are the technical specifications?
|Power (watts)||5.3-Quart: 1700
|Cooking capacity||5.3 Quarts or 3.4 Quarts|
|Timer (yes/no)||Yes – can be controlled down to the minute
Has auto shut-off
|Temperature control (yes/no)||Yes – can be adjusted by 10 degree F intervals. From 180 to 400 degrees F.|
|Colour||the Power Air Fryer XL comes in solid black or solid red|
|Special features||The Power Air Fryer XL has a circular digital control panel with lots of little symbols to guide you. Here’s what each little icon does:
Power button: when you slot the baskets into the unit (if they’re clicked into place properly), the power button will light up for you to press when you’re ready.
When you press the power button it will set the unit to the default time of 15 minutes and the default temperature of 370 degrees F.
By pressing it again, the cooking will begin. But you can, of course, manually change the settings or just use a pre-set function.
Timer control: use the + and – symbols next to the clock symbol to increase and decrease the cooking time. The timer works in intervals of one minute, so you can get a really specific cook time.
Temperature control: use the + and – buttons next to the thermometer symbol to change the temperature by intervals of 10 degrees F. The temperature range is from 180 – 400 degrees F.
Preset button: the button labelled with an “M” is the one to press when you want to select a pre-set function.
Preset functions: these are the 7 pre-set functions, all with their own programmed time and temperature.
Blue fan symbol: this symbol will light up whenever the unit is on but not in cooking mode. It will also light up after the cooking process to show that the unit is still cooling down.
When the unit is actually cooking or heating up, there will be a red star inside the fan symbol to let you know that cooking has begun and the unit is hot.
It comes with a divider which allows you to cook two different kinds of foods at the same time without directly mingling flavours.
Dimensions & Weight
|Size||14.4 x 12.5 x 14.9 inches (that’s for the 5.3-Quart)
The 3.4-Quart is 12.8 x 11.4 x 13.2 inches
How do you use it?
When you first set up your Power Air Fryer XL you must remove all of the “rubbish” that comes with it. This includes all packaging, wrapping, tape and stickers. Find a heat-resistant, even surface for the unit with a power outlet nearby. Have a play around with the fry baskets to get used to locking them into place. Slot the fry basket into the outer basket and slot it into place in the unit.
Ready to cook? Put your ingredients into the fry basket, and the fry basket into the outer basket. Slot them into the unit and make sure everything is clicked correctly into place. You’ll know if they’re not because the cooking process won’t start.
Use whichever preset function you want by pressing the “M” button. Or, you can simply choose a specific time and temperature manually. Press the “start” button and the Air Fryer will get to work.
The manual specifies that you can give the baskets (when the fry basket is inside the outer basket) a shake during the cooking process. This is good for things such as fries which need a bit of circulating and agitating during cooking so they don’t stick, and so they cook evenly.
When the process is done, unplug the unit and allow it cool down before you wipe it down and clean the parts.
- Remove packaging
- Find heat-proof spot
- Get used to assembling and slotting the baskets
- Put ingredients in the fry basket (no liquids)
- Choose a pre-set function or manually select time and temperature
- Press “start”
- Take the baskets out during cooking to check on food or shake if you wish
- Clean the unit once it’s cold and unplugged
How do you clean it? Is it easy to clean?
The outer basket and fry basket both have a non-stick coating so they have to be treated gently, with no abrasive cloths. They are dishwasher safe so you can just throw them in with the load if you want to. If they do get coated with stuck-on food, just soak them in hot, soapy water to soften the gunk.
The outer unit only needs to be and only can be wiped down with a damp cloth. To clean the inside of the unit, just wipe it down with a damp, soft cloth or sponge.
Easy? Yes, it’s pretty easy. Unless you cook rather messy foods and have lots of caked-on food to deal with, you can just rinse the parts or let the dishwasher handle the job.
How does it compare to other models?
Power AirFryer XL vs. Power Air Fryer Oven
The Power Air Fryer Oven is part of the same family, but it has a different design. It has an oven-door design as opposed to a drawer-style pull-out basket. The Power Air Fryer Oven has trays/racks set on multiple levels for multi-food cooking. The Power AirFryer XL also has a rotisserie function and a dehydrator feature. They are similar in the sense that they have pre-set cooking functions.
Which one’s for you?
If you want an oven-style design with racks, trays and a rotisserie option, the Power AirFryer Oven might suit you better. (Although, be aware of the issues others have had with the rotation feature). Also, the Power AirFryer Oven comes in 6-Quart or 8-Quart sizes, which gives a little more room than the XL (ironically).
Power AirFryer XL vs. Chefman
The Chefman Air Fryer is quite similar to the Power AirFryer XL in its core design. They both have a drawer-style pull-out basket as opposed to an oven-style rack design. The Chefman is more basic in terms of controls and features. It has dials as opposed to a digital display to change the time and temperature. It’s really only a simple fryer and not as much of a multi-purpose cooker than the XL. It doesn’t have pre-set functions.
Which one’s for you?
Depends what you need your air fryer to do. If you just want healthier fried foods and do not need all the other functions, the Chefman could be just fine.
Power Air Fryer XL vs. Philips XL
The Philips XL Air Fryer is kind of like a more expensive, slightly better version of the Power Air Fryer XL. It has the same drawer-style pull-out basket and a digital display screen. It can fry, bake, grill, roast and steam. It can also memorize/program regular cooking methods. The technology and construction are of a higher quality than the Power AirFryer XL, and it is reflected in the price and the reviews.
Which one’s for you?
If you’ve got a higher budget, take a look at the Philips XL. It will give you similar options but with a higher quality design.
Power AirFryer XL vs. Nuwave Brio
The Nuwave Brio 6-Quart is probably the most similar to the Power AirFryer XL in terms of functions and design. It has a drawer-style basket, digital display, and 6 pre-set functions. (Note: the Nuwave Brio 3-Quart is simpler than the Nuwave Brio 6-Quart, as it doesn’t have pre-set functions).
Which one’s for you?
Take a look at both and compare the pre-set functions to see which set suits your cooking habits best. The Nuwave Brio does have better reviews, so that’s worth considering too. They fall within a similar price bracket.
Where can I find a replacement basket?
You can find a replacement basket from here:
Are there other replacement parts or accessories? Where do I buy them?
You can find replacement parts and accessories for the XL range here: https://www.unitycarts.com/AirFryer_parts_PAFPARTTW/cart.aspx.
What’s the warranty?
It has a 60-day warranty, (not long).
Does it come with a recipe book or cookbook?
Yes, it comes with a recipe booklet (approximately 27 recipes).
Can I find it at Kohl’s, Walmart, bed bath and beyond, Target or Costco?
- Kohl’s: as of now, they only stock the smaller sizes, not the 5.3-Quart. But if you can catch a 3.4-Quart while on sale, there’s a good chance you could get it for under $100.00. Note that the smallest model (2.4-quart) only has 4 pre-set functions.
- Walmart: they do sell it, but they are selling it at a higher price as of now (over $200) with added accessories such as oil spray, a new cookbook and extra baskets. Keep checking though, prices do change.
- Bed Bath and Beyond: they stock both the 5.3 and the 3.4-Quart models in black and red. They offer free shipping to US addresses with orders over $29.00.
- Target: yes, they currently stock the Power AirFryer XL in both sizes
- Costco: as of now, Costco doesn’t stock any Power AirFryer products
What’s the best price for the Power Air Fryer XL and where can I buy it?
Bed Bath and Beyond is probably the best option for the price, shipping and availability. If you sign up for their emails you can get a 20% off coupon code for one purchase. If not you can always check on Amazon (check often as prices change frequently).
Verdict: is this air fryer for you?
There are enough negative reviews of the Power Air Fryer XL for me to be wary of saying that it is for you. I don’t want to discount the very positive feedback about this air fryer, but I do think that the complaints are worth taking note of. So, to help you, here’s a list of things to consider:
- Want multiple cooking options
- Want to fry without added oil
- Want a large unit to fit lots of food for a family
- Like the drawer-style air fryers as opposed to oven-style
- Accept the fact that you might have trouble with inserting the baskets
- Accept that the lining on the bottom of the basket might start to peel and chip
- Accept that the warranty is rather short
Personally, I think you can find something similar but with less risk of frustrating faults and difficulties. Take a look at the air fryer range from Kalorik. They have a nice 5.5-Quart model (the FT 43380 XL Digital Family Air Fryer) with very similar abilities and design, but with a better track-record of happy customers.