Tower Xpress Pro Combo 10 in 1 Air Fryer T17076 review 2022
This air fryer oven has accessories that let you cook kebabs and rotisserie chicken, which you can’t do in many other air fryers. A solid capacity and viewing window add to its virtues. Watch out for those sticky mesh racks, though!
- £130 at Currys
|Functions include||Air fry, Grill, Roast, Bake, Toast, Dehydrate, Rotisserie|
|Capacity and size||★★★★★|
|Overall Finder score||★★★★★|
Tower Xpress Pro Combo 10 in 1 Air Fryer T17076 review
What can you cook in a Tower Xpress Pro Combo 10 in 1 Air Fryer T17076?
When you open your Tower Xpress, there’s a neat envelope inside, containing the user manual and 70-page recipe book.
The recipe guide is one of the clearest and most informative we’ve seen, on a par with Ninja’s guides. It features all sorts of dishes: chicken, meat, fish, vegan, pizza, desserts and cakes, plus healthy snacks made via the dehydration function.
The Xpress Pro can do things other air fryers can’t. It’s the only air fryer in our reviews to feature a kebab function, with its 10-skewer rotating wheel – great for a dinner party. Its rotisserie fork can hold a whole 1.3kg chicken and the trays are large enough to cook a 9-inch pizza. Of the models we’ve reviewed, only the Russell Hobbs Air Fryer Oven can fit larger, 12-inch pizzas.
Unlike basket air fryers, this beast can handle curries and stews. Finally, here’s a sizable air fryer that can do liquid dishes! Of course, Ninja Foodis like the OP350UK or OP450UK are heavyweights in the saucy meals category, but they’re designed to be multi-cookers and are a bit more pricey.
If Tower had included the rotating frying basket for chips and nuggets, that would be a brilliant bonus, but sadly, it’s an extra £19.
How big is the Tower Xpress Pro Combo 10 in 1 Air Fryer T17076?
At 5.8kg this is one of the lighter models we’ve compared, which is more surprising given its impressive 11 litre capacity. For reference, the Power XL at only 5 litres capacity weighs 7.5kg as does the 5.5 litre Breville Halo.
This machine is slightly taller than our average air fryer at 38cm. Its 32cm width and 34cm depth are great for small kitchens, though. Looking at other multifunctional air fryers like Ninja’s OP450UK, it comes in much smaller.
Is the Tower Xpress Pro Combo 10 in 1 Air Fryer T17076 convenient to use?
It’s not the most convenient we’ve seen. With any machine that has many functions, there’s typically a lot of reading the instruction manual and recipe guide if you want to maximise its use. The Xpress Pro is no different.
You’ll need to decide which grill plate or mesh tray to use. And you’ll have to set the temperature and time for your desired tastes.
Some functions seem to mingle with presets (shortcuts for cooking certain foods like chips) on this machine.There are 8 presets, with dehydrate and rotisserie included, and they’re clearly displayed.
Its functions are: air fry, bake, roast, grill, chargrill, pizza and toast. But there’s no distinct pizza making function or air fry function, just different times and temperatures. The accessories add functions, though – the reversible grill plate is flat on one side for grilling and ridged on the other for chargrilling.
An inconvenience with the tray cooking system is that you’ll have to rotate the trays halfway through cooking for the bottom trays to get as even a fry as the top. This is a downside with another decent air fryer in our reviews – the Innoteck Kitchen Pro.
The mesh racks will inevitably soak up grease. But the accessories are dishwasher safe and the door comes off, which you can wipe down.
The Tower redeems itself with a useful viewing window.
A better air fryer for convenience is the Tefal Actifry Genius XL.
Tower Xpress Pro Combo 10 in 1 Air Fryer T17076 customer reviews
This model went on sale in August 2021, just a few months before our review, so there aren’t lots of user reviews of it. Most of the reviews are for the 5-in-1 older model – the T17039. They are the same capacity, but the former doesn’t come with all the accessories nor the multifunction rack.
Reviews of the older model include praise for the viewing window and criticism for uneven cooking, and while the rotisserie function is useful, the chicken has to be small to rotate fully without hitting the edges.
Pros and cons
- Many cooking accessories included
- Viewing window
- Extremely versatile
- Multi rack capacity
- Removable door
- Excellent warranty
- Rack system means rotation needed for even cooking
- High energy consumption
- Mesh racks are hard to clean
- Functions blend into presets
Our verdict: Is Tower Xpress Pro Combo 10 in 1 Air Fryer T17076 any good?
This Tower earned a “Finder Recommended” accolade because it’s our top pick for families of 4. It’s a very good machine for cooking a bundle of dishes with a robust recipe guide. It will fit in most kitchens and you won’t be guessing whether your chips are cooked or not with its transparent door. Using the accessories will make the most of its 10-in-1 capabilities.
The racks make even cooking an issue, and they aren’t the quickest to clean – a chink in the convenience. The rotating basket should give food a uniform fry, but it’s extra.
Frequently asked questions
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.
The Tower Xpress Pro Combo is an excellent all-round air fryer oven for a family. You can cook your own kebabs in this machine, it can take pizza, a whole chicken, chargrilled steak and plenty of chips. It just won’t steam or pressure cook.
The presets for particular foods are convenient, but the functions (roast, grill and so on) aren’t displayed. So you’ll have to know how to use your trays or griddle plates, and time/temperature combos correctly to make the most of the 10-in-1 functions.
It’s neither too big nor too heavy, so it’ll sit happily in a small kitchen. It does use quite a lot of power, though, compared with some models.
A typical downside of ovens with mesh trays like this one is the grease that will drip down from the food, far and wide. The accessories can be thrown in the dishwasher, though.
This machine won’t pressure cook like a Ninja Foodi, and we wish Tower included the rotating frying basket in the box, but we think it’s a valuable piece of kitchen kit nonetheless.