The Power Air Fryer XL is a fairly straightforward and simple-to-use cooking appliance. The overall claim is “fewer calories” and “healthier meals” because essentially, it uses little to no oil. To cook your food, the Power Air Fryer XL uses turbo-cyclonic air, a super-heated air similar or very close to that of a convection oven.
Aside from frying, this cooking device can do 5 other methods of cooking: bake, steam, saute, grill, and roast. Now, here’s the big question. Does it deliver good results? In this Power Air Fryer XL 3.4 qt. review, we give you what previous buyers have said about their unit.
Power Air Fryer XL 3.4 Qt. Review, Consumer Feedback
Inside the cooking chamber is an inner basket where the food should go in. There is a red button that you need to press to release this basket. For first time users, it may be difficult to press this button, but over time, it’s manageable with only one hand.
When the company said the Power Air Fryer XL is “dishwasher safe,” it’s important to note that they mean only the inner basket. No other parts of this air fryer should go inside the dishwasher. The outer basket (of the chamber) should be washed separately by hand. The good news is that clean-up is very easy, and it should take only a few minutes.
The Power Air Fryer XL has a digital display that consists of 4 main button options – power, pre-set, time-control, and temperature control.
The pre-set button allows you to choose among a variety of pre-programmed settings to cook food items that are commonly fried. These settings come with set temperature-time combo, and they include the following: fries, chops, shrimp, baked goods, chicken, steak, and fish.
The maximum temperature that this air fryer can reach is 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Note that you can adjust this manually by simply pressing on the “+” button on the panel.
Testing the Air Fryer’s Cooking Abilities
The Power Air Fryer XL can do 6 different cooking methods. Does this air fryer deliver good results? In this video, the reviewer decides to test this air fryer using the 6 cooking methods it’s advertised to do. The results are as follows:
Test #1: Air fried French fries
– When the cooking is done, the device automatically shut off. All the residual oil is collected at the bottom of the outer basket.
– Taste-wise, it doesn’t give you that crispy deep-fried taste. However, the air fried fries tasted good. They weren’t oily or greasy.
Test #2: Grilled rib eye
– No grill marks
– The air fried product has a nice color.
– The takeaway is that it’s possible to make a medium to medium rare steak, but you won’t get that color that you want on your steak.
Test #3: Roasted chicken
– You need to constantly check the temperature during the roasting process for temperature to be consistent.
– A whole chicken can be too big to fit in the basket.
– The resulting chicken turned out to be juicy, but the flesh closer to the bone may need more time inside the cooking chamber. Doing this, however, can lead the skin to get burned and the outer parts to be overcooked.
Test #4: Steamed vegetables
– The resulting vegetables look more roasted than steamed.
– The vegetables were not tender. They still had some crunch to them.
– Instructions discourage against adding water into the basket, so these results are expected. You’ll need the pan to steam properly.
Test #5: Sauteed fish fillet
– The resulting fillet didn’t get that crispy skin, and there were parts that could use a couple more minutes in the air fryer.
– Most part of the fillet looked and tasted good.
Test #6: Baked mini-pies
– The air fryer can fit 3 ramekins.
– You can’t fit a 9-inch pan into this air fryer.
– As for the results, the pies baked just fine and turned out to be delicious.
Bottom Line: Power Air Fryer XL 3.4 Qt. Review
In this section of our Power Air Fryer XL 3.4 qt. review, we give you our recommendation: The Power Air Fryer XL is ideal for single-person households with no convection oven. Homeowners with an oven won’t be impressed with this cooking device because it may feel repetitive. It may feel like it doesn’t do anything that a normal oven can already do.
Here’s a rundown of its pros and cons:
– It heats up quickly. It only takes just a couple of minutes to get it fairly hot. However, note that it doesn’t go up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, but if you’re used to an oven, this can be a turn-off.
– With a 3.4-qt. capacity, this air fryer can be too small for different types of meals, especially if you’re preparing for a family.
– As can be seen at the results of the tests in the preceding section, this air fryer doesn’t deliver the results in all the cooking methods it claims to do.