CR’s take: The As Seen on TV Power AirFryer XL has a 5.3-quart capacity—one of the largest in our ratings—and is easiest to clean, in part because of the basket’s nonstick coating; it rates Excellent in our cleaning tests. The digital controls and preprogrammed settings are a snap to read and use. This model is on the noisy side, about as loud as a typical countertop microwave. That’s not a big drawback if you’re cooking something that takes just a few minutes. But the sound might prove annoying for longer tasks. The Power XL’s warranty is the shortest of the bunch—just 60 days.
Once the chicken was in the fry basket, I simply hit the “fry” button which set the air fryer at a temperature of 390°F for 30 minutes. The setting seemed accurate to me, so I didn’t adjust it. I started with the unbreaded and let it run the full 30 minutes. For the oven, I lined a sheet pan with foil and placed a rack over the foil. I baked the chicken on the rack, putting it in the oven at the same time as I set the air fryer. The air fryer works on a timer and shuts off when the food is done, decreasing the potential to burn the food or overcook your food. When the air stops circulating in the air fryer, the cooking process stops, unlike a hot oven that has recently been turned off—food left in the warm oven will continue to cook.  
When deciding whether or not to buy an air fryer, it’s important to ask yourself why you want one. Most foodies will tell you that air fryers can’t really replicate the taste or texture of typically fried food -- but they can still deliver a nice, crisp exterior and moist interior without the need for all that oil. How? They basically circulate hot air all around the food inside of them, so they’re able to cook food at a fraction of the time that a typical oven could.
Ease of use. If you are a tech minded millennial, you will most likely be looking at air fryers with a digital touch screen interface. Personally, that’s always my choice, as I’m always afraid to break the control knob. On the other hand, for those of us more traditionally inclined in our gadget choices, there are air fryers with an analog interface.
After unboxing my ( new ) power air fryer I noticed the black unit does not look new. I see surface scratches on the control panel. I figured it had been returned by someone and Decided to try it out. I made boneless ribs and they were okay a little dry would have to tweak the cook time. Clean up on the spit was easy but the drip pan I soaked in hot soapy water and cleaned with a dishrag and the black coating started coming off. I will be returning this product after paying almost 200 bucks I expect better.
Someone told me an excellent suggestion - use Reynolds PARCHMENT PAPER directly under the food to be cooked. If not at your grocer, you can get it on Amazon. No mess to be cleaned up in the fryer; just toss the parchment paper. After cutting off the necessary size of the Reynolds parchment paper, perforate it by poking about a dozen slits/holes with tip of a sharp knife to cook the food evenly. Or you can get 200 9" diameter circular perforated parchment papers for a reasonable price also on Amazon. Philips - take note.
CR’s take: With a 5.8-quart capacity, the high-performing NuWave 6-Quart 37001 air fryer is the largest we tested. So, depending on how many folks you’re feeding, this one will require fewer batches. Plus, our experts find its electronic controls with preprogrammed settings to be among the easiest to see and use, earning this model a rating of Excellent in this test. The inside and outside of the appliance are both a cinch to clean, but cleaning food out of the holes in the basket takes a little extra effort. This air fryer is on the noisy side—according to our measurements, the fan is as loud as a countertop microwave, so you'll hear it running. The warranty is good for one year.
So, we try this Power Air Fryer Oven, okay. Four easy payments of $49.99 = $199.96 + 6-year Protection Plan $29.96 + 2 "free" Skillets $14.99 (S&H) + $14.69 tax = $259.60. I hated it the moment I got it. Which 7 appliances is this thing supposed to replace? The 6-Qt Elite is as small as my toaster and I can't bake biscuits in it! So, I call to get a return authorization, and they offer to reduce the cost by $30, when I say I don't want it, they offer to reduce the cost by $60. I say I just don't want it, do I send "free skillets" back with the oven? Nope, keep the skillets. Which by-the-way, I paid $14.99 shipping for, but okay, the skillets are nice. I went to Walmart and bought a beautiful Oster Digital Convection Countertop Oven for $99. I can bake biscuits and "air fry" my fries in it if I must "air fry" them!

Someone told me an excellent suggestion - use Reynolds PARCHMENT PAPER directly under the food to be cooked. If not at your grocer, you can get it on Amazon. No mess to be cleaned up in the fryer; just toss the parchment paper. After cutting off the necessary size of the Reynolds parchment paper, perforate it by poking about a dozen slits/holes with tip of a sharp knife to cook the food evenly. Or you can get 200 9" diameter circular perforated parchment papers for a reasonable price also on Amazon. Philips - take note.
I ordered the Power Air Fryer Oven March 11th. The thing has never worked, it never would heat up. Wish i would have read these reviews before i got suckered into buying this. The only positive is that i purchased from Kohls and they have a hassle free return so I don't have to deal with the Power Air Fryer customer service or pay to have it shipped back to them.
Of course you can cook this oil free, but you’ll get a much better result if you lightly spray with a bit of oil. This is the oil sprayer I use. Basically it’s easy to clean and it was highly rated. I have Mistos but I really don’t like them since they are hard to clean and remember any oil residue will get rancid…YUK. One or two quick sprays on both sides is all you’ll need.
Tristar held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on 17 reviews (100 percent of which were negative) and nearly 750 closed complaints, as of 10/30/17. Where details were available, most of these appeared to revolve around lower quality than expected and customer service difficulties. In each instance, a company representative responded with a proposed solution.
I preheated the air fryer and my oven, prepped the birds and immediately ran into trouble. I had to cram the tiny chicken into the air fryer basket, and as soon as I closed the door, I could smell something burning. I'd clearly exceeded the height limit for this ride, and now dinner was running late. I fished the slightly singed chicken out, set it on a cutting board and—getting a little desperate since people were on the way over—did what must have looked like man-on-chicken chest compressions in an attempt to break the backbone, or at least flatten the thing out a bit before performing some innovative re-trussing. Surprisingly, it worked.

People are enthusiastic about air fryers these days, but we think that’s because they don’t realize they already have appliances in their home that will create the same (or better) results. Given that all air fryers do is blow hot air around, we don’t think any of the ones we tried are worth the money—especially if you already have a convection oven or toaster oven. Here’s a full rundown of air fryers’ flaws.
Finally, we compared the basket weight of the products, how easy the controls were to operate, and whether the machine was actually hassle-free to clean up. Fortunately for our co-workers, the air-frying process was measurably less messy than deep frying. We didn’t have an oily pool to clean up afterward; the components were smaller than deep fryer parts; and the total cook time was pretty short, so you don’t have to waste all that time waiting. The controls are all pretty intuitive and simple to use: You can choose from the presets or go rogue and set your own temperature and time.
My daughters got this oven for me last year for Christmas. At first, I just loved it, after about the 15th time I went to use it, it quit working, it would run for 3 or 4 mins & shut off. Called the number & a man who I talked to was very rude, I asked if I could get just the oven as I had all the goodies that came with it I didn't need doubles, he said very snotty, " you have to buy it all or nothing". I will never ask for or buy any of this companies products again. So buyer beware.
Pro Tip: Our best tip for evaluating quality is to read the reviews as they go in-depth into the issues that customers faced with individual products. Each air fryer model has similar quality issues discussed in the reviews. This feedback will help identify which air fryers have quality issues, what the problems are, and how this might affect your choice.
Overall, this air fryer is an excellent pick for anyone looking to get a quality analog appliance that does a fine cooking job.  We do find it to be slightly expensive considering the limited accessories that come with the unit.  However; if you’re happy to fork over the cost then we highly recommend this little cooker.  One more thing…it’s endorsed by Gordan Ramsay.
Air frying is much more similar to baking in an oven than deep frying. And although most air fryers say you can cook without any oil at all, we found the best results with a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Even then, our top picks produced food that tasted closer to baked fries and chicken than deep-fried food. Instead of the comforting crunch of a fry, we were met with a tough, sometimes chewy exterior. We found the air-fried insides were thicker and more substantial than the almost puffy, creamy texture one gets from a traditional fryer. The chicken strips most closely imitated the deep-fried, crispy texture we were looking for. For a more detailed breakdown, check out our article comparing deep fryers vs. air fryers.
Before buying an air fryer, you first need to understand what are you looking at in a fryer. If your focus is on food, taste, texture, and getting your recipes right, then skip the air fryer and buy a deep fryer. It uses a lot of oil and is unhealthy, but you won't get the exact taste and texture from an air fryer, and you risk drying out some foods.
The intuitive design almost hits a home run but falls short on the timer implementation.  Once the timer expires, there is no auto shutoff with only a buzzer sounding.  It means the unit will continue cooking your food until you manually turn it off.  Whist this job is made easier due to the steam free viewing window, it’s still a relative annoyance that you need to be around when the cooking is nearing completion.

Unlike many other air fryers on the market, this unit solves one big issue: flipping the food over. The inbuilt paddle stirs the food, preventing it from sticking together and making sure the it is cooked evenly. There are some disadvantages to the stirring paddle as well, since cooking delicate foods like fish fries or sweet potatoes may be problematic.


We tested chips – the staple food of the air fryer.  The recipe book that comes with the unit recommended a temperature setting of 450 °F and a timer of 20 minutes.  At the end of the time (including flipping the chips over midway) we found the chips on the edge of the mesh basket to be cooked more than the ones in the center.  We had to cook the chips for 5 minutes longer to get all of them to a good level of crispiness.  It’s not a huge deal, but other air fryers like the Phillips XL and Black and Decker obviously have a better way of circulating the hot air more evenly.  Luckily there is a 60 minute timer which we feel is needed since food is probably going to take longer then you expect with this unit.

However, my kitchen just didn’t need another gadget but last week, I was finally convinced. A Nourish student showed off golden egg rolls fried in her airfryer. My husband and I ordered the best fried brussels sprouts from Falasophy in the Fourth Street Market in Santa Ana. And I discovered that Trader Joe’s now sells crinkle cut butternut squash, which clearly were screaming, “Fry me, Jess!”


The bottom of the Airfryer XL cooking chamber has fan-shaped grooves meant to distribute the airflow evenly. Our tests indicate that the design works – at least the food tests. Our temperature testing highlighted pretty big gaps in the temperature from one side to the other, but we were only testing surface temperatures, not the temperature of circulating air during the cooking process. Judging by the universal crispiness of every wing and french fry, this one does a practically perfect job of moving the air into every corner of the interior.
I purchased Power Air Fryer Elite from the TV commercial. I thought you could cook foods by the selection, I was wrong. You have to set the machine up for every item, and it did not cook any faster than my built-in oven. Also, the meats that I cooked in it came out a little dry. I decided to dehydrate some fruit, and it took all day. I own a dehydrator, so I was not impressed.
"When you deep fry okra it gets greasy and slimy. When you bake it it gets soggy and slimy. But when you air fry it, it kind of dehydrates it a little bit. The heat gets through the skin of the okra to crisp it up a bit and take away a lot of the sliminess." In the book, there's a recipe for charred okra with a peanut chile sauce, which gives the appealing crispy texture of that southern favorite covered in cornmeal breading and deep fried, with only a little oil and some salt and pepper.
I received my Air Fryer Oven Elite and found I was missing the basket handle and the air fryer diffuser. I called customer service. The guy said I would have to return it at my expense. I called again. The guy said they would ship the handle but the air diffuser was optional, and I would have to purchase it separately. I asked how much it cost. He told me it was out of stock and had no idea when it would be available, no price quoted. All I want is what was promised me when I ordered. For $199.00 it should have everything. I hate companies that show one thing and then they don’t deliver the goods. Shame on you Tristar Products. How about sending me all the missing parts?
The digital touch screen allows you to set the temperature up to 390 °F which is high enough to fry any food.  There is a also a smart pre-set button to save your cooking settings for when you want to cook the same dish again.  When it’s time to clean, a dish washing safe detachable basket and drawer ensures the components that gets most dirty is also the easiest to clean.  However; we did find the mesh basket to be a bit bothersome to clean as food and residue can get caught between the grates.
If you plan to buy this tool now, do not waste your time – because its price is quite affordable, while the quality is really high. But let us talk about the product first! Philips air fryer exists in the black and white color – you can decide what fits better to your kitchen interior. Were you aware of the fact that Gordon Ramsey teams up with this particular model to prove that making healthy and delicious food is possible? When you buy this tool, you get the recipe book with 150 amazing recipes for you.
Countertop oil-less fryers are gaining hype as a small appliance category, and many manufacturers now sell these products hoping to cash in on the air fry trend. Whether you should buy one depends on how much you enjoy fried potatoes and frozen snacks in all their varied forms. If the answer is a lot, then by all means choose a model that you can afford. Otherwise, consider relying on your trusty oven when the fried food craving strikes.
So, we try this Power Air Fryer Oven, okay. Four easy payments of $49.99 = $199.96 + 6-year Protection Plan $29.96 + 2 "free" Skillets $14.99 (S&H) + $14.69 tax = $259.60. I hated it the moment I got it. Which 7 appliances is this thing supposed to replace? The 6-Qt Elite is as small as my toaster and I can't bake biscuits in it! So, I call to get a return authorization, and they offer to reduce the cost by $30, when I say I don't want it, they offer to reduce the cost by $60. I say I just don't want it, do I send "free skillets" back with the oven? Nope, keep the skillets. Which by-the-way, I paid $14.99 shipping for, but okay, the skillets are nice. I went to Walmart and bought a beautiful Oster Digital Convection Countertop Oven for $99. I can bake biscuits and "air fry" my fries in it if I must "air fry" them!
The Air Fryer works with rapid air technology system. A combination of high-speed hot air circulation and a top grill, the hot air gets circulated around the ingredients in the basket. All sides of the basket get heated and cook the food very fast and properly. At last, by using rapid air technology, the food becomes crunchier from outside, without being dry from inside. Thus, gives a crispy taste by maintaining the ingredients balance. Check Air Fryer Review.
Piece of trash. I was so excited to buy this oven, thinking it would be healthier, convenient & faster way to feed our family. The oven on tv isn’t the same version, so we upgraded. Food looked so delicious on tv wrong wrong! I used the rotisserie for a whole chicken but can only have a chicken weighing 4 lbs. To return it you must insure & sent usps or ups $105 later we sent it back. What a rip-off.
Air fryers are healthier, if not necessarily better tasting, than deep frying. Our testers noted the lack of grease across all the finished foods — especially in the chicken strips. It was easily the biggest benefit we found with these products. We knew that air fryers only need a single tablespoon of oil to cook with, but we underestimated how favorable the results would be. Aside from that, though, none of the food really blew us out of the water. As our research had warned us, a lot of the air-fried foods were comparable to oven-cooked foods. The zucchini and broccoli were the major exceptions — they came out so dehydrated, they were nearly inedible.
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When cooking is complete, a beep will sound off and the unit will switch to standby mode.  Your food sits in a detachable, non-stick calphalon coated cooking basket which itself sits in a draw.  The smart design means that when you pull out the draw, you can then detach the basket via a button guard which prevents the draw from dropping off.  The parts that you need to clean – the cooking basket and the drawer – are dishwasher safe making the job super easy (a cloth with warm water should be able to get the job done).


While not inexpensive, the Cuisinart Airfryer Toaster Oven is definitely cheaper—not to mention more space efficient—than buying two separate countertop appliances. It comes with an air fryer basket to be used along with an air fryer setting. We found it worked as well, and in some cases better, than air fryers at browning and crisping. It also happens to be a darn good toaster oven. (See our toaster oven recommendations if you're in the market for one of those instead.)
Well, needless to say, they got me twice. The first unit I had already paid for, so I just donated it. I thought this one would be different since it has a different body style. I have tried to roast a chicken twice and neither time did it work. The first one cooked on 375, the second was cooked on 400, and the second one it took almost 2 hours until I just stopped and put it in the oven because the dark meat wasn’t done. I was given a 90-day return and of course, they are saying only 60 days, which is not what I was given when I was convinced to try the new model. You would think if they really stood by their product, they would have made an exception since this was my second unit and it has not been a full 90 days. Which means that I am about 15 days past 30 days. And I never got the Walmart gift card for ordering either.
We soon found that the majority of air fryer brands on the market carry essentially the same internal cooking technology — circulating hot air around the food — only really differing in their external designs and features. Philips and T-fal were the exceptions, and we discovered that both companies hold patents on air-frying technology. From there, we narrowed down our search by researching the technology, reading cooking blogs, and sifting through customer reviews to find top-performing brands and top air fryer models. That left us with a list of seven products. Philips dominated the list, but we brought in a few other recommended brands to see if anything could stand up to Philips’ models.

The Philips HD9240/94 XL Airfryer is basically a larger version of the Philips HD9641/96 Airfryer. In our tests, the two devices performed similarly, but we think the larger model is impractical for most people because it takes up a lot of counter space and costs $300. The booklet guidelines are not reliable, either: The directions say to cook 4 ounces of chicken breasts at 290 °F for eight minutes and then at 360 °F for six minutes. Unfortunately, 290 °F isn’t a temperature option on this model.
Let us have a look at the problems of the users with the machine. One person compared the air fryer with the toaster oven because it bakes the food rather than fries. Another one mentioned that this tool could not feed the whole family – it can only prepare food for the two or three people. Some say that it takes much longer time to cook than mentioned in the instructions.
This is where you control what’s going on inside of the fryer. Control panels can be as simple as an analog knob for temperature or as complicated as a digital touch screen with presets and a timer! Many air fryers also have an indicator as to whether the fryer is on, and sometimes also whether it’s still warm from the heated air, or it’s cooled down. Control panels are extremely varied depending on the air fryer, so it’s a good idea to check your specific model.
Obviously, you can cook roast beef in the oven to great success, but it takes a lot of tinkering with time and temperature to get that perfect medium-rare inside and, like, when was the last time you made homemade roast beef?! Air frying the roast gives you more precise control over the time and temperature and, if followed to a T per the recipe in my book, will give you perfect results in just 40 minutes flat, bringing yet another time-intensive and finicky dish into the world of easy weeknight cooking.
However, one of the most common complaints we’ve encountered among consumers in general is that, if you’re planning on using an air fryer to completely replace a traditional deep fryer for more robust, freshly-made foods like fried chicken or dumplings—and you’re expecting the exact same taste in all instances—you might be disappointed by their performance.

Eating from home frequently helps your health just as much as simply ordering nutritious food at restaurants. They might be a bit too small for that Thanksgiving dinner and, depending on the model you buy, you might not be able to do much else other than heat up frozen fries, but that’s a low price to pay for a machine that helps you eat healthy without much of a hassle. When talking about the Philips XL AirFry, Gordon Ramsay said, “Cooking healthy shouldn’t mean sacrificing taste.” We couldn’t agree more.
The air fryer is right on the coattails of the Instant Pot in terms of popularity with home cooks as an appliance that can “do it all.” So, what exactly is an air fryer? It’s essentially a compact convection oven that cooks your food at very high temperatures while circulating the dry air around with a built-in fan. It’s claim to fame is that it drastically reduces the amount of oil used during frying to achieve similarly crispy results. Given that these appliances can be quite pricey, I decided to test one out and see what all the hype was about. I tested with two variations of “fried chicken”— breaded and unbreaded. Both chicken variations were cooked in the air fryer and in a conventional convection oven. I wanted to find out if that hefty price tag was worthwhile, or if you should just stick to the oven.   
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