Healthy cooking does not mean staying away from fried food. Thanks to the air fryer! If you are considering large capacity, multi-function air fryers, you should take a close look at the ones offered by Power XL. Here we examine two different models for our Power XL Air Fryer Grill reviews.
(We have another post if you generally need help figuring how what size air fryer you need.)
The PowerXL air fryer is a versatile 8-in-1 air fryer that resembles a countertop oven. It has a range of options to meet your everyday cooking requirements. You can grill, roast, air fry, bake, broil, toast, sear, and reheat a wide range of food items in this air fryer. You can also grill and fry or roast and fry simultaneously, thus saving a lot of your valuable time.
The multi-cooking capability of this indoor grill and the family size capacity make it a favorite of most cooking enthusiasts.
- Multiple functions
This multi-cooking indoor grill and air fryer offers 8-in-1 functions, including grill, bake, air fry, broil, roast, sear, toast, and reheat. It is also possible to carry out two functions simultaneously in this air fryer. While you are roasting the chicken, you can fry the French fries at the very same time. That will cut down your meal prep time considerably!
Plus, the 450 degrees high-density grill pan with superheated air circulation ensures that you get tender yet crispy food.
- Large capacity
Are you looking for a fryer that accommodates your meal in one go? The PowerXL air fryer grill is the answer. This air fryer comes with a volume of 930 cubic inches. It is designed to cook a meal for a family of 4-8 members. You can bake six huge burgers or roast 10 lbs of chicken at the same time using this fryer.
A fryer grill is nothing without the necessary accessories. The Power XL air fryer grill comes with a non-stick grill pan, mesh fry basket, baking pan, roasting rack, rotisserie spit and drip tray.
All accessories are dishwasher friendly, thus making it easy for you to clean them. The recipe book that comes with the fryer contains tasty recipes that you can try out.
- Manual control
The PowerXL air fryer grill is not a digital appliance. You should control it manually. The fryer comes with three knobs that let you select the cooking function, temperature and time and thus have better control over cooking.
What We Like About This Product
- Large capacity that can accommodate up to 10 lbs of chicken and six huge burgers at a time.
- High-quality accessories made of top-grade stainless steel.
- Easy to clean parts that are dishwasher safe.
- A small footprint that does not take much counter space.
- A free recipe book that comes in handy for beginners.
- Superheated air that ensures that the food is ready in no time.
What We Do Not Like About This Product
- The drip tray is very thin, so it heats up fast.
- Some items take more time for cooking than you would typically expect.
- Makes a lot of noise compared to other brands.
The PowerXL grill air fryer combo is an upgraded version of the Power XL 8-in-1 air fryer and has 12 in-built functions. Similar to a slow cooker with a nonstick inner pot, this combo appliance offers all the functions of the PowerXL 8-in-1 air fryer grill along with options to saute, steam, slow cook, and simmer.
The 180°F – 500°F temperature control of the grill offers the flexibility for slow cooking and high heat cooking.
- Multiple functions
The PowerXL Air Fryer Grill Combo is a 12-in-1 countertop appliance that offers endless meal opportunities. Apart from grilling and air frying, this appliance offers slow cooking, steaming, sauteing, baking, roasting, simmering, sous vide, rice making, frying and keeping warm.
This versatility allows you to experiment with new cooking styles such as sous vide without investing in entirely new equipment.
Whether you want to prepare soups and stews or bake desserts, this appliance would be a great choice.
The PowerXL grill air fryer comes with a six-quart capacity and can fit six salmon fillets, half a chicken or four burgers at a time.
This all-in-one appliance comes with a non-stick inner pot, non-stick grill plate, tempered glass lid, serving ladle and an instruction guide. The recipe book that comes with this appliance contains quick and easy recipes that you can prepare in no time.
What We Like About This Product
- One-touch operation using the LED digital display panel.
- High-performance grilling with beautiful grill marks.
- Very low sound.
- Very easy to clean with dishwasher-safe parts.
- Provide chargrilled result without any smoke.
What We Do Not Like About This Product
- Inadequate instructions for the many different operations. You need to experiment to figure it out.
- You cannot buy accessories separately.
- Extended cooking times.
- The fryer becomes extremely hot while using.
- There’s a history of customer complaints about the coating coming off the inner pan.
What Are The Things To Consider In Purchasing Power XL Air Fryer Grill?
If you have a large family or have guests coming over quite often, the 8-in-1 air fryer is a great choice. This is a comparatively larger appliance and can cook six huge burgers or 10 lb of chicken at a time.
While the 12-in-1 air fryer has more functions, it is actually more compact with only a six-quart capacity. You can fit only four burgers or half a chicken in this appliance. Thus, if you are staying alone or have a small family, the PowerXL grill air fryer combo 12-in-1 could be the better choice.
Related Content: What Size Air Fryer Do I Need?
The PowerXL 8-in-1 air fryer needs 1500 watt, and the 2-in-1 air fryer requires 1550 watts.
Ease of cleaning
While you don’t use much oil while air frying, the few drops of oil that you drizzle can become messy because of the high-speed air circulation inside the air fryer. So, your air fryer requires periodic cleaning.
In the case of both PowerXL 8-in-1 and 12-in-1 air fryers, the grill plate and inner pot are non-stick. Thus, they are very easy to clean. Other parts are made of stainless steel and tempered glass that can easily be removed and washed in a dishwasher. Thus, cleaning and maintaining both the air fryers are rather easy.
The temperature range of air fryers varies depending on the model. For cooking meat, you need a temperature as high as 400°F. Thus, having an air fryer with a wide range of temperature allows you to cook different food types.
The PowerXL 8-in-1 air fryer has a 450° high-density grill pan that is best suited for grilling chicken and meat. As for the 12-in-1 air fryer, the temperature control ranges from 180°F – 500°F. Thus you can slow cook a one-pot meal or grill meat at high temperature using this air fryer.
If you are using an air fryer for the first time, you could have difficulty adjusting the cooking and temperature settings. Having pre-programmed cooking settings makes your job easy.
Both the PowerXL 8-in-1 fryer and 12-in-1 fryer have preprogrammed knobs and buttons, respectively. All you have to do is turn the knob or press the button and set the time. You are then good to go.
You should pay special attention to the accessories that come with the air fryer and whether they are enough to meet your cooking requirements.
The PowerXL 8-in-1 air fryer comes with a nonstick grill pan, baking pan, stainless steel mesh fry basket, stainless steel roasting rack, rotisserie spit, drip tray and a recipe book.
The PowerXL 12-in-1 air fryer comes with a nonstick inner pot, nonstick grill plate, tempered glass slow cooker/ steamer lid, serving ladle, instruction guide, recipe book, quick start guide, and power cord.
Power XL Air Fryer Grill Reviews: Pot Style vs Oven Style
When you go shopping for an air fryer, you will notice two styles of fryers. One that looks like a toaster oven with a tray inside and the other which resembles a crock-pot or deep fryer with a pull-out basket. How do you choose between these two?
If you want an easy-to-use fryer for a small batch of food, the pot-style fryer is the right choice. For frying a batch of French fries in this fryer all you have to do is shake the basket in between, unlike an oven-style fryer where you have to flip the food (unless your air fryer comes with a rotisserie function). Moreover, it is very easy to clean the pot-style fryer. The pot can easily be removed and washed in a dishwasher.
An oven-style fryer works better for cooking large quantities of food. Since this fryer comes with large trays, you can cook a whole meal in this fryer. You can easily bake large quantities of cookies or pancakes in an oven-style fryer.
Another advantage of this fryer is that you can adjust the tray for more or less heating. This function comes in handy while baking.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long does it take to cook in a PowerXL air fryer?
Most food items can be air fried in a fryer within 10-15 minutes. You can fry hash brown, French fries, and shrimp within a matter of minutes. Baking a cake would generally take around 25 minutes.
- Does the PowerXL air fryer need preheating?
No, the PowerXL air fryer does not require preheating. And that is one of the main advantages of this air fryer. You can start the cooking right away, even when it is cold. This can cut down the overall cooking time.
- How to prevent food from sticking on to the PowerXL air fryer?.
For certain food items like breaded chicken or fish, the chances of sticking to the air fryer are very high. You can coat the food item with vegetable oil before frying. This also provides a good flavor. You should never pour oil directly on to the fryer as it can damage it.
- Is it possible to check the food while cooking?
Yes, it is possible. You can open the fryer, flip the food item on the rack for even cooking. The PowerXL will resume from the point where it stopped. You can also turn the light on and watch the cooking process through the glass door.
- How to clean the PowerXL air fryer?
You can start cleaning the air fryer once it is completely cooled. In the case of the PowerXL 8-in-1 air fryer, you can remove the airflow rack and skewers and wash them in a dishwasher. You can wipe off all the other parts with a clean cloth. In case of any spill, you can use a small amount of non-abrasive soap.
For PowerXL 12-in-1 air fryer, you can remove the non-stick pot and wash it in a dishwasher. Alternatively, you can also clean it with soap and water. You can wipe the exterior of the fryer with a clean cloth.
You should never use abrasives or powerful cleaning products for cleaning the air fryer.
- What to do if you smell smoke from the air fryer?
An air fryer should not emit smoke while cooking. If you observe smoke or smell coming out of the air fryer, it could be because the fryer is not clean. You should clean the fryer immediately to remove any built-up residue.
Make sure you clean the fryer with a damp cloth and mild soap every time after using.
So, whether you want more cooking functions, more cooking capacity, or both, our Power XL Air Fryer Grill reviews should help you decide which model is best for you.
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