Power Air Fryer Oven Review: Is It Worth It?

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 airflow 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 the 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 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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  • 22 out 30 people found this review helpful

    Great oven and I love it!

    • By John Nunya,
    • Webb City, MO,
    • Jan 12, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought the Power Air Fryer Oven from Bed Bath & Beyond, and it's great. I love the basket that turns as I tried fries first, being that I've never had one of these, and they turned out great. I've had the 10-quart Brio from NuWave, and it doesn't work like I thought it would because the fries or other foods cook better when they're rotated. If not, they get done more on one side, and the Brio doesn't rotate them. The idea of the fan circulating the air to cook the items thoroughly, in my opinion, is not always correct for everything since some things need to be turned to get done on both sides. My NuWave oven, which I love, need foods to be turned as well.

    The Air Fryer Oven basket rotates, and that makes all the difference. The three shelves you get with the oven fit great. I don't know why there are so many comments about the shelves not fitting correctly or problems getting them out. Just like in a regular oven they are hot, and they need to be removed carefully. Maybe other ovens have issues or are made wrong, but mine does fine.

    The rotisserie works great, as earlier today I made a bacon wrapped tenderloin that I cooked 50 minutes on the rotisserie spit and it turned out awesome. I wish I could show you a picture. The oven will only fit up to certain sized foods. The people that say the foods they're trying to cook don't fit, well, they're probably trying to cook a food that is way too big for the oven. That's just absurd; if you buy the oven, you should be able to look inside and tell how big of, let's say, a tenderloin you can cook. If you buy one and it's too big, then cut some off so it fits or cook it in a bigger oven.

    I've tried chicken tenders, and they came out great. I haven't made a whole lot of food in it yet, but it so far surpassed my expectations. The comments that people make are ridiculous because you can see the dimensions of it. Between this oven, my NuWave oven, the two NuWave Pics, and my power pressure cooker, I never use my oven. If I didn't live in an apartment, I'd sell the oven.

    If you buy the power oven look at the dimensions and choose your food according to the size it can cook, buy it at a store like Bed Bath & Beyond so if you don't like it or there's something wrong, you can return it. I have mine sitting on a table with a tablecloth and nothing got hot enough to melt even a plastic tablecloth. The door and glass get hot, sure, but the rest of the oven is fine and touchable. Maybe these people got a bad one because it does happen, but I am more than satisfied. I wish this site would allow pictures so I can show you the food. I will buy more as gifts, and I highly recommend this item.

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

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  • 25 out 35 people found this review helpful

    Absolutely love it

    • By Misty,
    • Mobile, AL,
    • Feb 13, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I love this machine. I was scared to use it after reading the reviews but was pleasantly surprised because it works GREAT. You will love it. I recommended to start it up before you cook in it the first time to burn the plastic smell off.

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

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  • 23 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Great for chicken breasts, but plastic smell

    We have had this for about two weeks and have cooked in it approximately 25 times. Chicken breasts without skin turn out wonderful, juicy inside, slightly crisped on the outside with a fabulous flavor. German sausages also turn out great, but they make a mess inside the cooker due to high-fat content.

    The only complaint is there is a strong plastic smell and taste that overpower the taste of fries but doesn't affect the chicken breasts or sausages. Fries turn out a little dry, the husband has recommended shaking frozen fries in a bag with a tiny bit of oil before putting in the cooker but I haven't had a chance to try that yet.

    If it wasn't for the plastic smell (and taste on fries) this would be the most wonderful cooker. I keep waiting for it to dissipate with use, but it hasn't happened yet. Because of that smell/taste, I recommend if you cook a lot of meat, but not if you cook veggies.

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

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  • 3 out 4 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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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Best air fryer oven created

    • By Teresa L.,
    • 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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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful


    • By Jessica M.,
    • Henderson, NV,
    • Jun 20, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I just received my Power Air Fryer Oven 6 qt 1700 watt oven yesterday and let me tell you it is by far the best product I have had the pleasure to own, aside from my Shark brand Vacuum. I have already used it 3 times since last night! It does everything it has promised to do. I can not wait to cook more diverse foods in this oven! I live in the desert and it is very hot outside, I can cook foods in this oven at minimal cook times and my house does not heat up like a traditional oven would! My foods are crispy, hot, cooked and crisp 360-degree cooking! I highly recommend this product! Definitely worth the price.

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

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful


    • By Leonard R.,
    • Pasadena, TX,
    • Jul 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have had my Power Air Fryer 7 months and have had no problems. It has done everything I have asked to do. I have had to adjust some of the cooking times, but, that is only a minor thing to deal with. I would recommend this very much.

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

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Love it!

    • By Deb W.,
    • Fremont, NE,
    • Oct 1, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I don't know how I went without this. Yes, it does take a little longer, but last night I made baked potatoes and they were awesome! Had that crispiness outside and perfectly done on the inside. Granted it took about 40 minutes but they were very good. I have use this alot from making a cherry pie to chicken nuggets and fries and so on. The only con I found was it seems like it takes a long time for homemade fries. With frozen fries, it's half the time so I think we will stay with them and you can't put very many in the basket. It's just my husband and I so I make small portions. I made minute steaks and steak fries on the racks, they turned out so tender and no grease! The best thing about this is I have had nothing fail and it's so easy to use and clean. It may wear out before the warranty is up, lol, I use this almost every day. Tomorrow I am making an apple pie. I have also made an apple crisp that was really good. All in all, I love my air fryer and until it quits I will never stop using it. I think it should get a better rating but that's my own opinion. This is genius what you can do with it. I wish I had one a long time ago. I give it a 5. Thank you!

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

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  • 21 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Pretty good alternative to frying

    • By Robert Flint,
    • California,
    • Dec 3, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I found that most of my fried foods came out crispy using the 400F setting. I spray my potatoes a light spray with PAM for flavor, and the fries definitely came out great. I haven't tried a pizza in it yet, but I'm confident it would likely do pizza just as well. We'll see.

    The only things I could find wrong with it would be the amount of heat it puts out as you're cooking. This puppy gets hot enough that you can't touch the sides or back and the counter gets hot enough that you can't touch it for long. This in itself doesn't cause any hazards as long as you keep your hands away from the hot areas until cooking has completed. The door handle was cool and safe to touch throughout cooking.

    I wouldn't expect this to replace your deep fat fryer if you're set on fried foods, but it's a respectable alternative. The price was fair and the product seems to be decent quality for the price. Easy to use. I can't say how the rotisserie is because I haven't had an opportunity to try it yet.

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

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  • 21 out 26 people found this review helpful

    Power Air Fryer

    • By Mario Frosio,
    • Oceanside, CA,
    • Dec 13, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Great machine. So far I made dried apple slices and fried items. A great-looking machine, perfect for my three-person household. I tried 4 models and this is the best one so far. I love that it also has light and front opening.

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

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  • 18 out 18 people found this review helpful

    So far so good

    • By Lonnie T.,
    • Michigan,
    • Aug 19, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I did not buy from the company, it was a great deal at Sam's Club for $139.99. I used it seven times so far and other then readjusting cooking times and temps, they are not bad. I rotisseried a couple of cornish hens, sirloin pork roast, and some cowboy cut pork chops and some fried chicken, roasted potatoes, and also some frozen fries and jerk chicken wings. I just needed to adjust cooking times and temps. I am making some Mexican corn muffins tonight. Again, the best deal at Sam's Club for the price and return policy.

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

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