Power Airfryer Xl Review
The popularity of air fryers has skyrocketed in what seems like the last couple of years as they’ve made baking and cooking more convenient for those who lead busy lives.
With so many brands producing air fryers nowadays, it’s difficult to know which ones are worth your money or not, however, one brand we always kept coming across was the Power Airfryer XL which has received a lot of attention both online and in the cooking world.
We wanted to see what all the fuss was about and try it out for ourselves to help share whether it’s worth the money or not with our readers.
So if you’re looking to find out more about the Power Airfryer XL (5.3 Quart) then keep on reading to find out more, including our thoughts and best tips on how to use it.
Dimensions: 15.9 x 14 x 13.8 inches (H x W x D)
Frying Capacity: 5.3 Quart
Digital Display: LCD
Temperature Control: Yes
Defrost Control: No
Dishwasher Safe Parts: Yes
Power Cord Length:
Warranty: 60 days
Power Airfryer XL Full Review
As we chose the 5.3 Quart Airfryer XL, we expected it to be slightly bigger than the usual air fryer and we were not wrong.
It does take up quite a lot of counter space and may be difficult to store if you don’t have much room in your cupboards, so it is something to consider if you’re interested in buying it.
We have our toaster, microwave, coffee machine, and other small appliances on our kitchen countertops so we chose to opt for storing it permanently in the cupboard and then bringing it out to use, which wasn’t an issue for us.
However, just make sure you’ve got room in your kitchen to store in a cupboard or on a counter as it is a surprisingly bulky unit.
We went for the 5.3 Quart air fryer and it has a generous frying capacity which allows you to be versatile when cooking. We cooked a whole chicken in the basket (albeit, a smaller one than usual), steaks, french fries, and even some fish which all turned out great.
This would be a great machine if you’ve got a larger family as you’ll be able to cook large quantities of food there in minimal time.
The Power Airfryer is operated using touch on the digital controls on the LCD which can help you pick what kind of meat you’re cooking, what timer and temperature controls you’d like to use, and also switch between any of the 7 presets.
The digital controls are illuminated so it’s easier to see what functions you need, even when the lighting is poorer in your kitchen.
The timer control can be switched from anywhere from 1 minute to 60 minutes for your cooking needs and the temperature can be altered to 180 to 400 degrees by pressing the - or + symbols next to the thermostat symbol on the controls.
We were so impressed with how much time the Power Airfryer XL cuts down our usual cooking time, which makes mealtimes a total breeze, especially when we’re cooking for larger groups.
You can cook up things like meats and fried foods in nearly half the time you’d spend baking it or cooking traditionally and also helps to cut down the number of kitchen utensils and trays you use to make a full meal.
Any machine that allows us to cook the perfect crispy spring rolls in less than 5 minutes is a winner in our eyes.
If you hate waiting around for frozen food to cook in the oven, but also hate the limp soggy results you get from cooking them in the microwave, then you’ll love the crispy baked results you’ll get from cooking in this air fryer and it’s all without excessive oils.
The Airfryer XL comes with a divided pan to help you cook different items at the same time without them touching each other, a baking pan, and also another sheet pan that you can alternate with when cooking numerous items.
The basket is super easy to clean after using, especially if you clean it straight after cooking in warm soapy water.
If you leave the basket to cool whilst you eat and food hardens on the surface, then it can be more difficult to clean but leaving it soak in warm water for a while will help break down food debris.
The Power Airfryer XL is marketed as being dishwasher friendly, so you can place the basket in there if you’re feeling a bit lazy, however, after reading other reviews from customers, this is known to decrease the longevity of the basket so washing up by hand is recommended.
We’d also recommend wiping down the exterior of the air fryer and anywhere else that may have leftover oil or food debris to prevent bacteria build-up. However, make sure that the unit is turned off before you begin cleaning it.
Easy To Use
The touchscreen digital controls can be pretty intimidating when you’re first introduced to the air fryer, but once you’ve glanced through what the symbols mean in the manual and used the system a few times it’ll become a lot easier to operate.
The user manual that comes with the Power Airfryer XL is not the best and it lacks in detail, so it can be difficult to perfect the foods you cook the first few times you use it as instructions and specifics are pretty vague.
If you’ve never used a machine like this before, it can be difficult to know what it's truly capable of and that’s why the inclusive cookbook that comes with this unit is handy as it’ll give you some good ideas of what to cook in there.
If you want to branch out then you can also check out the Power Airfryer XL recipe pages on Facebook where people share their best ideas.
The air fryer is equipped with a cool-to-touch, easy-to-grip handle which makes flipping and removing your food during or after cooking a simple task without having to whip a kitchen cloth out to protect your hands.
It’s also implemented with smart automatic shut-off technology which will immediately turn the system off and prevent it from operating further if temperatures get too high and become a possible fire hazard.
Do be aware that the machine vents hot air out of the back of the unit, so ensure it’s placed away from any materials which could be altered by high heat.
Some customers also choose to use the air fryer on top of a cutting board instead of directly on the counter as the base and back can cause the surface to heat up.
The air fryer comes with a 60-day limited warranty in which you can return and claim a refund or a replacement if you receive a defective product or if it breaks on you within your first few times of using it.
However, not following the user manual and incorrectly using the air fryer will result in your warranty being void and you’ll be unable to claim a refund if you happen to break the unit.
This is one of the major downsides of this model as there are other air fryers of a similar price point from brands such as Phillips or Cosori that offer 2-3 year limited warranties on their models.
Tips For Use
If you want to make the clean-up process easier after cooking in your Power Airfryer XL, then we’d recommend placing tin foil every time you choose to cook something oily in the basket.
We also recommend preheating your air fryer for 2 minutes before use, therefore you’ll get an efficient cooking time and your food will be cooked perfectly when the timer goes off.
If you’re cooking large pieces of food like meat that you want to thoroughly cook all the way through but without drying it out, then we recommend covering the item with foil once it's reached its desired crispness so then it will still be juicy on the inside and the perfect crisp on the outside without being burnt.
You may also want to use cooking spray for certain items such as chicken wings or foods that are more likely to stick to the bottom of the tray.
Concluding Thoughts: Is It Worth Buying?
If you’re looking for a new air fryer that won’t break the bank but still works great to help you cook versatile foods in minimal time, then we’d highly recommend this Power Airfryer XL.
The 5.3 Quart size that we bought was ideal for larger families or bulk cooking food for individuals in a short space of time, however, there are smaller versions of this model that are available for people who live on their own.
Once you’ve figured out the digital controls, the air fryer will be simple and easy to use and will quickly become an essential item in your day to day life, whether it’s cooking up a whole chicken for dinner for the family or heating some cheeky chicken strips in the middle of the night.