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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86 Consumer Reviews for Power Air Fryer Oven

Average Consumer Rating: 1.6
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 3 4 star: 4 3 star: 6 2 star: 12 1 star:  61
Bottom Line: 9% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Scam

    • California,
    • Feb 15, 2019
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    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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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    DO NOT BUY!

    • Utah,
    • Feb 15, 2019
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    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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  • 1 out 1 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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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Only 2 days old

    • Indiana,
    • Feb 9, 2019
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    I threw the box away! Bought from Walmart...figures. Day 2 cooking french fries in the basket and the unit shuts off in the middle. After research, it's because its overheating...fan is working and has adequate air flow. There goes $140.00 out the door.

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

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Junk

    • Missouri,
    • Feb 3, 2019
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    I used it twice and it broke, I can't push the buttons. It did do a great job when it worked. A piece of crap. Junk!

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Totally worthless

    • Ohio,
    • Jan 27, 2019
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    I bought the first one on eBay. Used it five times and the fan quit working. After fighting with the seller, I contacted eBay and they managed to talk the seller into a refund. They did not want the unit returned (I still have it). I tried contacting the manufacturer to have it repaired - they would not do it (outside the 60-day warranty period). Asked if I could get the part - sorry we don't stock parts.

    I bought a new one from Kohls. It would not power on. I returned it to Kohls for a replacement. So far this one (number three) works. I would not recommend this to a friend.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Product and CS

    • South Carolina,
    • Jan 23, 2019
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    After receiving the Power Air Fryer Oven XL in the mail, I tore the box open, threw the packing materials behind me and took the oven out of the box with a smile on my face.

    My wife and I were really happy about getting and using it. The oven worked great for one year and one week, then it goes toes up on us. I call customer service and speak with a person with a very strong accent. So hard in fact he was hardly understandable. I told him my oven didn't want to turn on at times nor would it heat up. I asked where I could get parts to repair the oven and all he kept saying was the warranty was over.

    Repeatedly I asked him where to go to obtain the parts for repair. Repeatedly he said, "Warranty no longer covers the oven."

    Well, needless to say, I was very disappointed with this person. No longer was I a happy shopper. Will I make more purchases from Chef Weiss? Nope.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Door sensor issues

    • Minnesota,
    • Jan 23, 2019
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    The warranty is only valid for 60 days...seriously, I started having issues with the sensor for the door within 90 days. I spent $150+ on a piece of crap that doesn't work most of the time. Plus, the "new product plastic" smell you get gets into the food and leaves an after taste. I wish I would have never let my husband talk me into the biggest waste of money around. Oh, and air fried...you still need at least trace oil in the foods, and it only really works with premade processed foods. Yuck.

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

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    • Jan 25, 2019

      Dajacin D.

      I never use prepackaged foods in mine. I actually just took a pork loin out and it was delicious. I make chicken in it all the time, pork chops and even chicken parm.

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Air Fryer liars

    • Mantua, OH,
    • Jan 21, 2019
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    It's a glorified dehydrator that dries the food out so much it gives me a bellyache. What a lie. And I knew better, was not my idea. This lie is going back to Amazon today. If a company is going to build a product, then call it what it is, don't call it something that sounds better but is a lie. That's what politicians do, and unfortunately, it has trickled down to business.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    What am I missing?

    • Colorado,
    • Jan 20, 2019
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    I got this for Xmas, glad I didn't pay for it! I have uneven cooking! I tried bacon last night and well, the top rack cooked and the middle was semi-cooked, and the bottom rack was raw. It took two times longer and a few rotations, which caused more mess than I needed. Chicken, followed word by word in the recipe book, ehh uneven, again took way longer and multiple rotations. Dehydrated green beans for six hours! Came out chewy. Not sure I would recommend this product, maybe mine is defective?

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Problems

    • Salford, United Kingdom,
    • Jan 14, 2019
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    I'm on my third replacement. There is a Facebook power fryer oven group and it's getting alarming the amount of post photos of melting plastic burning plastic fumes, etc. Breaking glassdoor. Seems lots of people having different issues...all over the world. Maybe third time lucky now. I love the concept and design though.

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

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