Power AirFryer XL Health Fryer review 2022
This air fryer blasts hot air and cooks frozen food fast. But you’ll need to contend with loud beeps, a tricky door and no apparent extra functions.
- £64.99 at Currys
|Functions include||Air fry, Grill, Roast, Bake, Steam, Sear/Saute|
|Capacity and size||★★★★★|
|Overall Finder score||★★★★★|
Power AirFryer XL Health Fryer review
What can you cook in a Power AirFryer XL Health Fryer?
This is not an air fryer for the experimental foodie, as confirmed by the basic recipe guide that comes with it. It’s more suited to a family or small household who want to make stalwarts like chips, onion rings and fish fingers, and need a machine to heat them up fast from frozen.
The golden basket to cook your chips and wings in is surprisingly spacious. It’s 25cm square with a solid 11cm of depth. You can throw in a standard Sainsbury’s 900g bag of thin fries with space left over. However, the more you put in, the more likely some of the chips in the middle won’t cook. You’ll need a longer cooking time and you’ll want to shake the basket for an even cook.
The basket can take 12 medium-sized wings or 14 standard fish fingers; a 2kg chicken will just about make it, but don’t expect to cram in any potatoes for roasting as well.
With the whole chicken, a disadvantage with the Power compared with other air fryers like the Ninja OP450UK or the Innoteck Kitchen Pro, is that you’ll need to flip it to get an even cook. The outside of the bird could be a blazing brown since it’s closer to the heating element, while the inside could be underdone. So just because something fits in a basket, doesn’t mean it’s meant for it.
For baking, you can fit a 20cm round tray in the basket, or 3 small ramekins for pies.
This air fryer states it can dehydrate fruit and veg for crispy snacks and you’d think it would, with a low temperature setting of 80C. But the timer’s upper limit is an hour, while dehydrating in other fryers we’ve used typically takes at least 6 hours on low heat. So maybe not so easy.
This air fryer is not suitable for liquid dishes. If you want an array of curries and stews, you’re better off with the Ninja Foodi OP350UK or OP450UK, or Instant Pot Duo Crisp.
How big is the Power AirFryer XL Health Fryer?
Most kitchens would be able to handle the Power XL. It’s not very tall at 35cm and the modest width is the same as the height. Its depth is a tad larger than average at 39cm. Other 1-basket models like the Instant Vortex 6 and Breville Halo 5.5 L are a similar size.
This Power is rather heavy at 7.5kg given its relatively small size. The TOWER Xpress Pro Combo T17076 weighs 5.8 kg, but has more than double the capacity of this one. The Power has no handles either, so could be tricky to lift with wet or greasy hands.
Finally, the power cord is a generous 110cm so you won’t be stretching to plug it into a socket.
Is the Power AirFryer XL Health Fryer convenient to use?
It’s easy to clean the Power XL in a dishwasher, but there are some drawbacks with the machine.
Setting the cooking time is a chore as the timer increases only by increments of 1 minute. So if you’re setting a cook time of 30 minutes, you’ll be holding down the + button for what seems like an age. And the buttons make a shrill beeping noise, which can also get annoying.
The air fryer has no pause button. You have to take the basket out of the air fryer for the Power XL to pause, unlike the Philips Essential HD9252/91 or Ninja AF100 which both have pause buttons. And this Power’s basket is not the easiest to push back in. Pausing can be useful if, say, you need to pop out.
But for all that, this air fryer has a major plus. It’s an absolute roadrunner when heating up. Preheating is not an issue and if you put a reasonable amount of food in the basket, it will cook much faster than a traditional oven while collecting grease in its lower tray.
Power AirFryer XL Health Fryer customer reviews
Overall, the Power XL has pretty good reviews on Amazon and Currys, but there are a few critical ones, too. Most users are pleased with the speed and the crispiness of their food.
One concern was the uneven cook if you put a lot of food in; another was about the door – some users felt it didn’t close as easily as it should. And that was certainly what we found when we tried it.
Pros and cons
- Sizeable basket for family portions
- Can cook a whole chicken
- Fast to heat up
- Good size for most kitchens
- Relatively cheap
- Won’t cook food evenly in a pile
- Annoying beeping noise
- Timer increases by 1 minute increments relatively slowly
- Unclear functions
Our verdict: Is Power AirFryer XL Health Fryer any good?
As a basic air fryer, the Power XL does the job. It’ll whip up crunchy fries, wings and other freezer staples in no time. Plus it’s big enough for the whole family to get a decent share.
But it lags behind some of its rivals in some key areas. All the stated functions really should be explained, but aren’t. We found the beeping buttons annoying – ditto the fiddly timer.
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Reemul is a writer at Finder, specialising in product reviews and news. He's a qualified journalist having worked at local papers in the UK covering breaking news, food and restaurant reviews. He has an MA in Film from UCL and a BA in History and French from Durham University.
This Power XL looks rather like an unhatched egg that turns into a whirring space capsule when it starts cooking.
The basket pulls out of the machine easily, but I found it hard to push back in, as it had to be done at the correct angle and with a bit of force.
There’s a piercing beep when you select a preset for a specific food and when it turns off. This is fine if you’ve left it to cook and wandered off to another room, but can be annoying if you’re close by.
The 5-litre capacity is on the low side but the well-shaped basket makes up for this. You can easily cook one component of a dish for a family of 4 or 2 smaller portions using the divider. Plus, it won’t take up too much space in your kitchen.
While it’s rapid to heat up, the Power XL can get ahead of itself – heating up if you’ve taken a brief pause when selecting a preset. This, and the fact that the functions aren’t intuitive to use, brings this space capsule quickly back to earth.