About Power Air Fryer Oven

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff Published on: Oct 31, 2017

With eight one-touch presets and turbo cyclonic Rapid Air technology that surrounds your food, Power Air Fryer Oven is an all-in-one device that promises to air fry, roast, grill, and bake, with little or no oil. It also includes rotisserie and dehydrator settings that can preserve fresh fruits, veggies, and other foods.

Using its digital touchscreen panel, the website indicates you only have to set the time and temperature, and the device will “virtually eliminate oil from the process,” while reducing potential mess.

During the process, Power Oven’s air flow racks will allow the hot air to circulate 360° around your food for crisp, golden results, while the drip tray catches the extra fat, for meals with fewer calories than traditional frying.

With three levels of cooking surfaces, the manufacturer claims you can cook an entire family meal with just one device, while keeping an eye on the whole process through its crystal clear, extra-large window. When you’re finished, the Rotating Mesh Basket and other accessories are made of durable stainless steel, so they’re dishwasher safe for fast, easy cleanup.

Has Tristar hit another home run with Power Air Fryer Oven? Can you expect it to take the guesswork out of cooking, while also delivering delicious fried food without the fat or calories? Let's start by comparing its core functionality to conventional methods.

How Does Traditional Frying Compare to Power Air Fryer Oven’s Rapid Air Technology?

With traditional frying, battered food is immersed in oil that’s heated to between 350° and 375°. This quickly seals the exterior, creates a golden-brown Maillard reaction (one of the main reasons fried foods are so delicious), and evenly cooks the food inside, while retaining moisture.

Despite its great taste, though, WebMD reports that fried food is typically loaded with fat, calories, and sodium, too much of which can lead to side effects like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

Instead, the Rapid Air Technology in Power Oven heats its internal air to between 150° F and 400° F (depending on the setting chosen) and then uses a fan to quickly circulate it. As a result, the manufacturer claims this can provide much of the same crisp, delicious browning as traditional frying, without the unhealthy oil.

But will it deliver in this regard? First, we need to discuss features.

Taking a Closer Look at How Power Air Fryer Oven Works

We’ll talk about important aspects to consider when purchasing an Air Fryer in a moment, but one frequently mentioned by consumers is capacity—in other words, the larger, the better. And while no capacity is specifically mentioned, the FAQ indicates it’s large enough to hold “a 9" round pizza or cake, a 9 x 5" loaf pan, or a 5 lb. chicken.”

Important: Although The Air Fryer Oven website and commercial promote a five-pound weight limit for chickens, the device’s user manual recommends not exceeding 3.5-four pounds.

On the inside, you can choose between using air flow racks (ideal for dehydration, as well as crispy heating), or the rotating mesh basket (for fries and roasting nuts). If you’re in the mood, the rotisserie shaft, forks, and set screws can be used to cook roasts and whole chicken.

Then, you’ll use the included Fetch Tool to gently extract them, without burning your hands. And regardless of what you’re cooking, its Drip Tray promises to catch fat and make for easy cleanups.

Once your food and appropriate accessories are in place, you’ll use the digital numeric interface to get started. The Oven’s power button doubles as a start/stop button, and you’ll use the temperature control to adjust between 150° and 400°, in 5° increments.

The time control buttons allow you to select cooking times between one and 60 minutes, except for dehydration mode, which defaults to 30-minute intervals between two and 24 hours.

On this panel, you’ll also find an internal light button that allows you to check progress during operation, a rotation button for use during any mode (not just rotisserie), and eight cooking preset buttons.

By default, selecting any of these will set the time and temperature based on that particular food, although this can be overridden by manually pressing the time and temperature buttons.

Keep in mind that, according to the site’s FAQ, some foods will have to be flipped mid-cooking, the device can never be used to cook or reheat liquids, and you’ll need to add three minutes to your cooking time when starting cold.

Regardless of the mode or manual setting you choose, the Power Oven’s built-in shut-off mode will automatically turn the device off once the timer reaches zero. From there, the fan will continue running for 20 seconds to help cool the device down.

Power Air Fryer OvenWith 1,700 watts of power, Power Air Fryer Oven’s superheated cyclonic air claims to deliver the same taste as fried foods, but without the oil, fat, or calories. Image credit: Tristar Products, Inc.

How Much Does the Power Air Fryer (CM001) Oven Cost?

Available in white, black, or red, the Power Air Fryer Oven is priced at four payments of $39.99 plus free shipping, or a single payment of $159.96. For this price, you’ll receive:

  • AirFryer Unit
  • Fry Basket
  • Basket Divider
  • Recipe Books, as well as access to an online recipe library

During checkout, you can add the Accessory Kit (Rotisserie Carving Stand and 6-Quart Basket w/removable handle) for an additional $39.96, a six-year warranty for $29.96, and a Copper Chef fry pan set (11-inch family size and a 9.5-inch square fry pan) for $29.96.

We also found the device sold through Amazon for $179.99, plus free shipping.

All direct purchases come with a 60-day refund policy and a 60-day limited warranty against defects in materials workmanship, less S&H charges.

In order to request a refund or file a warranty claim, you’ll need to reach out to Tristar Products’ customer support line at 973-287-5197.

Are There Any Online Customer Reviews For the Power Air Fryer Oven?

The only website where we encountered any customer feedback for the Power Air Fryer Oven was on Amazon, when two reviewers had given the device an average rating of three stars. One (five stars) reported that it delivered great results, cooked without using oil, and worked as well as a traditional oven. On the other hand, the one-star reviewer reported that it featured less-than-stellar functionality.

From a company perspective, Tristar is the second largest manufacturer in the As Seen on TV industry and has been in business for more than 30 years.

Recent standout releases include Clear TV, the Copper Chef lineup, as well as other products bearing the Power Air Fryer brand name. In fact, since they use the same Rapid Air cyclonic technology and pre-set functionality, it’s worth pointing out that we performed an in-depth review of the Air Fryer, which could help provide some meaningful insight into some of what you might expect:

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.

Power Air Fryer Oven vs. Power Air Fryer XL: What’s the Difference?

Functionally, both the Power Air Fryer XL and Oven (shown side-by-side below) feature the same Rapid Air cyclonic technology, digital panels, dishwasher-safe parts, vented air chambers, and temperature settings between 150° and 400°.

Power Air Fryer Oven vs. Power Air Fryer XLThe Power Air Fryer Oven (right) appears to provide a larger cooking chamber than the previous XL version (left), although support couldn’t provide any specifications. Image credit: Tristar Products, Inc.

As such, their biggest differences seem to be mostly related to design, as the Oven is meaningfully larger than XL, with a more substantial touchscreen. So, if you have vision or mobility issues, this might be a meaningful value-add.

There are some other differences worth noting:

Features Power Air Fryer Oven Power Air Fryer XL
Number of Pre-sets 8 7
Capcity 3.4 quarts Listed as large enough for a 5lb. chicken, though no specifics provided. Customer support didn’t have additional details.
Heating Increments 10°
Basket Adjustability No Yes

While these are two popular models from a well-known manufacturer, they’re not your only air fryer options, by any measure. Other top Google and Amazon marketplace search results at the time of our research included:

  • Philips HD9240 High Capacity Digital Airfryer ($300)
  • NuWave Brio ($100)
  • Farberware Air Fryer ($70)
  • Cook’s Essentials Digital Air Fryer ($100)
  • Dash Compact Air Fryer ($50)

Given the variety of manufacturers, styles, and price points, what’s the best method of deciding which air fryer is right for you?

The HighYa team has reviewed several of the most popular air fryers over the years. And during our research, we’ve learned that capacity (cooks greater amounts of food), the wattage (cooks faster and more evenly), and number of available features (adds convenience) often have the biggest impact on customer satisfaction, according to their online reviews.

To this extent, it’s our opinion that a good place to start is by selecting one (or perhaps even two) of these factors to focus on, and then moving from there. Just keep in mind that if you place more emphasis on one aspect, you might need to make an accommodation in another.

For example, the Philips model featured the highest wattage of the above bunch, but was also priced the highest. But if capacity and price are your main focus, the largest option was Cook’s Essentials at 5.3 quarts, which also featured a competitive price along with a total of 10 total functions.

Our Final Thoughts About the Power Air Fryer Oven

Can the Power Air Fryer Oven help you enjoy guilt-free fried food, as claimed on the website? Based on what we’ve read from consumer feedback for many popular air fryer models, this certainly could be the case, especially related to pre-fried foods like french fries, chicken strips, fish and cheese sticks, and so forth.

Writing for The Alternative Daily, Krista Hillis reports that in a 2015 study published in the International Food Research Journal, researchers cooked potato strips at 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) for 40 minutes, using both air fryers and traditional oil-based methods. They found:

“… air frying significantly reduced moisture and oil uptake. In terms of free fatty acids, peroxide values and other physicochemical changes, researchers reported greater changes in the oil extracted from traditional frying methods, in comparison to air frying. Overall, researchers concluded that using an air-fryer is, in fact, a healthier technique.”

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.

While maintaining realistic expectations, it’s also important to point out that pre-fried frozen foods are often loaded with salt, preservatives, oils, and fat that could outweigh any health benefits you might achieve from the Oven’s little-to-no-oil operation.

Finally, with a meaningfully larger size than the previous XL model, Power Oven isn’t exactly a small appliance, so make sure you have enough cabinet or drawer space in your kitchen. The user manual also emphasizes that you’ll need at least five inches of free space at the back, sides, and above the appliance, so you’ll need a fair amount of counter room while it’s in use.

With all of this in mind, Power Air Fryer Oven seems to deliver a lot of convenient features and a large capacity, and at a very competitive price. And if it doesn’t meet your expectations, Tristar provides a 30-day refund policy.

Just remember that based on the device’s size, it might not be exactly inexpensive to ship it back to the manufacturer, depending on your location.

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  • Returning the oven

    • Williamsburg, VA,
    • Apr 18, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I tried the Power Air Fryer Oven and it was not for me, too small, even the 8-quart would be too small, so I called and spoke with a man named Ben, told him I did not want the oven and would like a refund and why. He gave me a number to put on the box in the proper place and I took it to UPS to be sent back. I asked that I be able to track the package and get confirmation of the delivery. I also included a paper with the reason why I was sending it back and that I did not want a replacement.

    A week after I got the confirmation, I got an email that they had sent me another oven! I called as soon as I got the email and was told they could not stop the shipment (which they can), and they said if I didn't want it that I would just have to refuse the shipment...meanwhile the charge is still on my credit card! AND I found that I could stop the shipment that is on its way and turn it around to go back to them.

    Is this some kind of scam to get people to buy the oven? Just so they don't have to rescind the payment made to them from the credit card? This review will probably not be published, but I'm glad I've done it. I would only recommend this oven to a friend if they buy it locally.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Air Fryer cons

    • Newhaven, IN,
    • Apr 3, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    The oven is to small - a chicken that weighs 4lbs is too big. Very difficult to get the fryer to turn when attempting to rotisserie a bird or sausages. Skewers are not strong enough to hold weight.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Best air fryer oven created

    • Eureka, CA,
    • Apr 3, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I love my Power Air Fryer Oven! I had one of the first ones with the basket from the same company. Then I got a larger one. And then came the Oven. The one where the door opens out, not down. I've rotisseried a 4.5 lb chicken. It came out moist and so much it came right off the bones. While I let the chicken rest, I dumped out the drop tray and wiped it with a paper towel. There were two tiny specks on the inter which a damp sponge took care of. I did wash the tray in soapy water, but no scrubbing. I use this every day. I love that I can cook a meal at the same time. Try cooking hamburgers on the bottom and bacon above it. Buns on the top. I bought online from Bed Bath & Beyond in case I needed to return it. No shipping fees. I highly recommend this!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 11 people found this review helpful
    Updated review

    Another update

    • Harrisville, NH,
    • Mar 9, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Just received the replacement unit, have not used it yet, but this unit is labeled as a Power Air Fryer PRO DELUXE. Not sure what that means, but so far looks like a better unit. Stay posted, I will let you know.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Mar 3, 2019

      Roger P.

      Received replacement, looks the same as the original oven only this unit is marked "Power Air Fryer PRO," other unit said "Oven." Door seems to be heavier made. Worked great so far. Have only used twice.

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    • Previous review
    • Mar 2, 2019

    Update

    Just receive notice - shipping a replacement. So far no cost. Will it last? I'll let you know.

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    • Feb 19, 2019

    Power Air Fryer failure

    I bought a Power Air Fryer oven online. Used once and worked great. On the second try it stopped 7 minutes in, in the middle of a 15-minute cycle. Now dead, nothing works. Power button inactive.

    Returning today, says it is in the 60-day guarantee - we will see.

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Product incomplete and customer service poor

    • Austin, TX,
    • Mar 6, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased the oven and upon arrival, I saw that the rotisserie cookbook was not included in the box. In addition, the skewers were not the correct size for the Rotisserie spit and only 8 were included. I purchased the larger size oven and it calls for 10 skewers instead of 8. In January I called and explained the problem to customer service and they agreed to send the book and the correct skewers. A couple of weeks later I received the book and again the incorrect size and number of skewers. I called again on 2/16/19 and explained again the problem with the skewer size and number, they agreed to resend the skewers. I received the new skewers for the second time and again they were the wrong size and only 8 instead of the 10 needed. I am going to call again and return this ASAP. I can only hope they will honor the return and refund all my money. I should have read the reviews before I ordered the oven.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Light quit working

    • Huntsville, AL,
    • Mar 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Overall I have been happy with the model CM002, until two months ago. I bought this oven about a year ago, then the light stops working. I called customer service to get a bulb, but am told I need to ship the unit back to the company. For a freaking LIGHT REPLACEMENT?

    The food that has been cooked in the power oven is good, so far. And the main reason I bought the oven was for the rotisserie to cook chickens on. Well, that have to be small chickens. Very disappointing.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Power Air Fryer Oven

    I brought it online. Use it to do different recipes and I love it. Just follow the instructions as it so easily to use. It’s great to dehydrate your fresh herbs. Can’t wait till we get the basket deluxe and the rotisserie stand over in the UK.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Very poor quality

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Feb 25, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased the item 120 days ago.

    Liked the convenience and how it cooks some, not all, food as described in the infomercial.

    The first issue was the drip pan losing paint - work around, just wrap in foil.

    Second issue was when washing the door, it would get water between the glass, the seal broke - work around, try not to get it too wet (roll my eyes).

    Last issue (now I'm really annoyed), the door handle came off on one side - no threads visible to reconnect.

    Current status (now I'm pissed), I can mail it back at my expense to be replaced - shipping cost for the weight would be $20 (steam coming from my ears).

    I believe expectations for an item that cost $125 would be that it would last longer than four months!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • California,
    • Feb 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My husband spent $175.00 with shipping for this and the chicken did not brown, fish was not crispy, French fries, and a whole chicken would not fit, I had to use a Cornish Hen. The oven is a scam. Wish I could get my money back.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 11 people found this review helpful

    DO NOT BUY!

    • Utah,
    • Feb 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I received this for Christmas, used it three times. In the middle of cooking the third time, inner glass on the door exploded...terrible product! So dissatisfied! Please save your money! Chinese-built piece of crap!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Good idea, cheaply made

    • Roanoke, VA,
    • Feb 14, 2019
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    I have been using this CM002 for 1 and 1/2 months. I was happy with the food results, but not happy with the actual product. The door wouldn't shut properly...kept having issues, until finally I have to put a piece of duct tape on the door, just to use the oven to get it to work. When I called the Customer Service Department, they basically could not help me, as this was given to me as a gift, purchased 60 days prior, before this was even given to me. So my recommendation is, if you want this product, make sure you have duct tape on hand for the door. Then it works great. I know that this will not be published...because of the negative nature. However, I will continue to express my views on other websites...I feel that everyone should know.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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