We are looking at one particular countertop multi-talented item today, the Power Air Fryer Oven. This “As Seen on TV” number is described as an “all-in-one” appliance with rotisserie and dehydration abilities. It can bake, roast, grill, steam and fry in a healthy, grease-minimizing fashion.
However, as tasty as the results can be, there are a few issues which have irked a fair number of customers. We’ve found out the dish on the Power Air Fryer Oven so you can make an informed choice.
What do the reviews reveal? Are the parts and accessories reliable? Is it easy to use and clean? How does it compare to other popular air fryers?
Let’s find out.
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What’s interesting about the Power Air Fryer Oven?
The clue is in the name, it’s an air fryer as well as an oven. In theory, you can cook almost anything in this appliance provided that it’s not too wet or liquidy. It is controlled either by the pre-set functions or by manually adjusting the time and temperature.
Speaking of the pre-set functions, those are what interested me the most when first studying this model. There’s something novel and a bit fun (maybe that’s just me, embarrassingly) about having food symbols on an appliance which correspond directly with your meal. I know this is common for many appliances, but it still catches my eye every time. We will get further into what those symbols and functions are later on.
You need “little to no” oil to cook with the Power Air Fryer Oven, and can dehydrate fruits to make sweeter snacks without sugar. Therefore it does get a tick for healthier cooking options. That’s a given though, considering that’s the whole point of an AIR fryer.
Some air fryers have a drawer-style cooking cavity which pulls out to reveal a rounded basket where the food is cooked. Others such as this one have an oven-door style design and a square-shaped cavity inside. This allows racks and trays, as well as baskets and rotisserie tools to be used. This means that you can layer your food on racks and cook more food at one time. However, as great as the variety of cooking options sound on paper, there are some issues at play…read on to find out how other customers have found this machine.
What do other customers and reviews say?
The reviews for this particular model are very varied indeed. A surprising 31% of the reviews are way down in the 1-star section, with 39% percent in the 5-star section. What was so bad about this air fryer for some people? What was so good for others?
Very versatile/great for everyday use: many pleased customers have commented that they use this machine every day and use it for a wide variety of dishes. Meats, seafood, veggies, it’s all listed in some way or another.
Easy to use: this comment is not often elaborated on in the reviews for this particular appliance. It is sprinkled throughout the comment sections simply as “it’s easy to use”. I take this to mean that the process of assembling, programming and cooking is simple.
Tasty result: a good dose of customers have said that the food they have cooked in their Power AirFryer Oven has come out tasty and well-cooked. That’s what I like to read when it comes to a cooking appliance. But hold on, what do the “bad” reviews say?
The basket doesn’t rotate: the rotating basket has proved to be a frustrating feature for some. Many customers have found that the basket doesn’t rotate after a while, or is far too slow if it does manage to rotate. This is annoying for people who want to use this machine for fries, as the rotating basket is the ideal feature.
The fan stops working: this is by far the most common and frustrating “con” associated with this appliance. Many people have found that the fan simply stops working after a week or so, resulting in a burning smell and an all-around useless machine.
Food sticks to trays/trays hard to clean: some people have found the trays are a bit of a nuisance to use as they have found they aren’t large enough to fit securely in the unit. This should be taken with a grain of salt, as others have raved about the trays. What’s more, the trays have proven to be hard to clean for quite a few people. They say that the trays become very easily stuck with food and must be soaked for a long time and scrubbed vigorously. Others have noted that they opt to use baking paper to avoid this issue. In my experience, trays and racks caked with food are always hard to clean when they aren’t lined with paper, whether you’re using them in an oven or countertop appliance.
What are the technical specifications?
|Cooking capacity||You can choose from the 6 quart or the 8-quart models|
|Timer (yes/no)||Yes, you can adjust the time manually or select a pre-set function|
|Temperature control (yes/no)||Yes|
|Special features:||The control panel is filled with lots of different digits, symbols and arrows. They are easy to figure out, but here’s a brief tutorial on what they do and how to use them:
Power start/stop button: this button turns the machine on and off. It also begins the cooking process when pressed a second time. The default temperature is 370 degrees Fahrenheit and the default time is 15 minutes. From there, you can adjust the temperature and time.
Internal light: the light inside the unit allows you to keep an eye on your food as it cooks. The light will/should come on whenever you open the doors. Just press the light bulb button whenever you want the light to come on when the food is cooking and the doors are closed.
Temperature control: you can adjust the temperature by intervals of 5 degrees Fahrenheit. There are “up/down” arrows which you press to select your desired temperature. The lowest cooking temperature is 150 degrees F and the highest is 400 degrees F.
Time control/timer: hit the “up/down” buttons next to the clock symbol to set the timer for any duration from 1 minute to 60 minutes.
Pre-set cooking functions:
The pre-set cooking functions are labelled with little illustrations. They have been programmed to cook at a particular temperature, for a set time. The functions are:
Dehydrator: the dehydrator functions from 90 degrees F to 170 degrees F and the time can be adjusted by 30-minute intervals. You can dry-out all kinds of fruits to make healthier treats for sweet-toothed snackers.
Rotisserie: this includes a rotating rotisserie spit and an oil-drip tray. This function corresponds with the “rotation button”. This button is the one with the curved arrow symbols.
|Colour||Black with a white label and illuminated control panel. They do make these in white and red too|
Dimensions & Weight
|Size||6-Quart: 14.96 x 13.4 x 14.56 inches
8-Quart: 16.25 x 14 x 15 inches
|Weight||Approximately 18 pounds|
How do you use it?
There are a few comments scattered about various review sections about this being an easy machine to use. On the flipside, there are also a handful of comments saying that it takes a little bit of getting used to. I think it depends on what you’re using it for, how closely you read the manual, and what your prior air-fryer experience is. Anyway, here is a brief (ish) rundown on how to use the Power AirFryer Oven.
When you take it out of the box: get rid of all the packaging, wrapping, stickers…anything that clearly shouldn’t be there past the delivery process. The manual states that you must wash all of the parts and accessories before your first time using the machine. You can put the accessories in the dishwasher, which is a handy bonus. Dry the parts and reassemble them into the machine. The manual comes in handy here.
When you’re ready to cook: so, figure out what you are cooking and how you’d like to cook it. Do you want to use the rotisserie feature, the rotating basket or the racks? Pick which one you want, and place your ingredients in or on it (either in the basket, spread out on the rack or secured with the rotisserie tools). Pop the tray/basket/rotisserie and food into the oven unit. Close the door and make sure the unit is plugged in and turned on. If you’re using a pre-set button, simply press the one you want and leave the machine to do the job. It will automatically set the appropriate time and temperature.
If you want to choose your settings manually, press the time button and use the arrows to increase or decrease the time. Do the same with the temperature. Your manual gives you a good guide as to what temperature and time to use for different foods.
When you’re done with cooking, make sure you clean the equipment so they don’t hang around with caked-on food for too long. Give the interior of the unit a wipe with a damp cloth and throw the trays/basket/rotisserie tools into the dishwasher. You can also wash them manually with soapy water.
How do you clean it? Is it easy to clean?
Some people have had a bit of trouble with cleaning the basket and the trays, finding that they must soak them to soften caked-on food. Apart from that, yes, it is fairly easy to clean.
The basket, trays and other accessories (rotisserie skewers etc.) are all made of stainless steel and are dishwasher safe. The manual does address the “caked-on food” situation by saying that a good soak will take care of that. That’s pretty standard for any cooking tray or rack. It is also advised that no abrasive surfaces be used on the accessories.
The unit itself needs to be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Obviously, safety precautions apply. Make sure the unit is unplugged and cold before cleaning, so on and so forth.
What’s the verdict on cleaning? Yes, it’s easy to clean if you have a dishwasher. You may need to do a bit of soaking and scrubbing for caked-on food. The unit needs a quick wipe-down.
How does it compare to other models?
Power AirFryer Oven vs. Power AirFryer XL
The XL has a smaller capacity: it comes in two sizes of 3.4 or 5.3 Quarts. The XL has a different size and shape: it is a smaller, rounder construction with a pull-out “drawer” basket as opposed to an oven-style construction like the Power AirFryer Oven. The XL does have pre-set cooking functions for roasting, frying, baking, steaming, sautéing and grilling. However, it doesn’t have the rotisserie or dehydrating features of the Power AirFryer Oven.
Which one’s for you?
If you want a simpler air fryer with a more compact design and fewer accessories, you might prefer the Power AirFryer XL.
Power AirFryer Oven vs. Philips Avance Air Fryer XL
The Phillips Avance Air Fryer XL is around the $300 mark, give or take, so it’s a much more expensive investment than the Power AirFryer Oven. Like the Power AirFryer XL above, it has a pull-out, drawer-style basket as opposed to an oven-style door. The time and temperature are adjustable by using the digital screen, and you can fry, bake, roast, grill and steam.
Which one’s for you?
If your budget is larger and you prefer a drawer-style cooker, the Phillips could be the one. However, if different cooking styles (rack/basket/rotisserie) appeal to you, I’d still go for the Power AirFryer Oven. Just be aware of the “negatives” others have experienced.
Power AirFryer Oven vs. Todd English
The Todd English Air Fryer and Rotisserie is more along the lines of the Power AirFryer Oven. It has baskets, racks, pans and a rotisserie cooking option, just like the Power AirFryer Oven. The capacity of the Todd English is pretty large; it can hold almost 10 Quarts when the basket is not being used.
Which one’s for you?
If you have a large family and need something which holds lots of food, the Todd English is a good choice.
Power AirFryer Oven vs. Nuwave Brio
The NuWave Brio 6-Quart Air Fryer is similar to the Power AirFryer XL in the way that it has a drawer-style basket and different cooking styles. There are 6 different buttons for fries, frozen fries, nuggets, steak, poultry and fish. It also has “pre-heat” and “reheat” functions. The cooking abilities are similar to those of the Power AirFryer Oven, but it does not have the rotating basket or rotisserie features.
Which one’s for you?
It depends on which style of air fryer/oven you prefer. If you like the oven-style design with the ability to see your food as it cooks, the Power AirFryer Oven is a good one for you.
Power AirFryer Oven vs. Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven
The Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven is a totally different kettle of fish in terms of aesthetic and functionality. It has a brushed silver outer and manual-dial control panel as opposed to a digital screen. It is similar to the Power AirFryer Oven in the sense that it has a transparent oven-door and the option to cook on a rack. There are 7 cook functions: air fry, convection bake, convection broil, bake, broil, warm and toast.
Which one’s for you?
I think that if you have a very basic kitchen without a proper oven and toaster, the Cuisinart model could be the right one. You can use it as a mini oven and toaster and it looks much more like a “feature” or “main” appliance than an accessory or alternative cooking option. But that may just come down to aesthetics; I could be swayed by the more traditional “oven-like” look of the Cuisinart model.
Where can I find a replacement basket?
You can purchase a replacement basket from the Power AirFryer Oven website for under $20.00.
Are there other replacement parts or accessories? Where do I buy them?
You can find replacement parts and accessories on the Power AirFryer Oven website. They sell racks, baskets, drip trays and rotisserie sets.
What’s the warranty?
Does it come with a recipe book or cookbook?
Yes, you should receive all 3 of the AirFryer Oven recipe books. These are America’s #1 Favorite Fried Foods Revealed 2nd Edition, Rotisserie Mastery Cooking Guide, and Dehydration Creations Guide.
Can I find it at Kohl’s, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target or Costco?
- Kohl’s: yes, they stock the 6-Quart model and you might even catch it on sale
- Walmart: they stock the 6-Quart and they offer free shipping. If you can get it from Walmart when it’s on sale, it’s probably the best price you’ll find
- Bed Bath and Beyond: yup, they do stock this model, and if you catch them when they have a coupon for this model, you can pick it up at a discount. You can also sign up for the Bed Bath and Beyond emails and get a 20% off coupon code for one item
- Target: yes, they do stock the 6-Quart
- Costco: as of now, Costco does not seem to stock the Power AirFryer Oven
What’s The Best Price for the Power Air Fryer Oven and where can I buy it?
If you can grab one on sale from Walmart, that’s your best price at just under $140.00. Otherwise, you’re looking at between $150 and $170 from all other retailers depending on shipping and whether or not the model is on sale at the time.
The best option is to check at Amazon. Just make sure you check often as prices change all the time.
Verdict: Is this air fryer for you?
This is a tough one to recommend due to the high number of unhappy customers and the seemingly-regular issues with the fan and rotation. It seems that the cooking ability is just fine, if not great, but the risk of faultiness is quite high.
If you do require a bench-top cooker with frying, baking, rotisserie, dehydrating, grilling and roasting abilities, this would be ideal if you’re prepared to take a risk. If an oven-style design appeals to you, something like this is what you should aim for.
However, it might be safer to opt for something more like the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven which offers very similar abilities and design, with a better track-record with customers.