How does an air fryer work & more FAQs


How does the air fryer work to air fry food? Do I need to use oil?
The Vortex Air Fryer generates a commercial-grade whirlwind vortex of superheated hot air (instead of deep fryer oil) at high speed to give your favorite fried meals and snacks a crispy, golden-fried taste and texture without adding hundreds of extra calories.

Some people feel they get the best results not using any oil at all, while others like to spray food with a light mist of oil before putting it into the fry basket.

Why do you think the Vortex is the best air fryer for crispier results vs. other air fryers for sale?
We designed our air fryer with Vortex Rapid Air Technology, an extra-hot, high-speed air flow system designed for maximum crispiness that works by generating rapid air flow at higher temperatures. This produces a food with a crispier fried texture that cooks faster than traditional appliances like a deep fryer or oven.

What size air fryer do I need?
Whether you’re looking for a large air fryer or a small air fryer, the Vortex collection includes a variety of sizes to fit your needs:

• 2-qt. personal air fryer: A small air fryer in comparison, this space-saving air fryer is perfect for smaller kitchens, dorm rooms, apartments with a 2-qt. basket that fits 1 lb. fries and serves 1–2 people with 4 cooking presets: fries, chicken, shrimp, and bake.

2-qt. dimensions: 10.3” (D) x 8.1” (W) x 12.2” (H)

• 3-qt. air fryer: Our signature air fryer with a 3-qt. nonstick basket serves 3+ and fits 2 lb. fries with 8 cooking presets to choose from: fries, fish, bake, shrimp, chicken, steak, reheat, dehydrate.

3-qt. dimensions: 13.3” (D) x 10.4” (W) x 13.3” (H)

• 5-qt. air fryer: This family-size air fryer is built with capacity large enough to fit 3 lb. of fries while serving 5+ people with a 5-qt. nonstick basket and 10 cooking presets to choose from: fries, roast, bake, fish, shrimp, chicken, steak, pizza, reheat, dehydrate.

5-qt. dimensions: 15.2” (D) x 11.3” (W) x 13.5” (H)

• 7-qt. air fryer XL - Our biggest air fryer with 7-qt. nonstick basket serves 6+ people and fits 5 lb. of fries with 10 cooking presets to choose from: fries, roast, bake, fish, shrimp, chicken, steak, pizza, reheat, dehydrate.

7-qt. dimensions: 15.7” (D) x 12.5” (W) x 14.4” (H)


What can I cook in besides fried food?
Our air fryers are multifunctional with presets that give you a variety of ways to create meals at home using different cooking methods, like grilling, roasting, baking, or broiling, all in one. You no longer have to spend the time, effort, and expense of buying and maintaining multiple appliances.

Choose the cooking method you want form menu of customizable presets. It can be different for every cooking cycle. Our air fryers are great multi-taskers. Use them to roast a pork loin for dinner, air fry crispy onion rings for a snack, or bake cookies and muffins with less time and effort than using a traditional oven.

What’s the best way to make healthy meals? How many calories am I saving?
Many people using an air fryer to create healthy meals choose lean proteins, like chicken breast and shrimp, along with a variety of vegetables and complex carbohydrates, like Brussels sprouts and sweet potato. The Vortex Air Fryer is virtually greaseless. The appliance generates an extra-hot vortex whirlwind of air that surrounds food on all sides, replacing the need for a lot of oil – some people use none at all. This is what allows lean proteins, like chicken breast, to cook evenly and stay juicy inside with a crispy, golden finish on the outside. Cooking in a Vortex Air Fryer vs. traditional frying in a deep fryer, for example, saves up to 70% fewer calories from fat.

Can I cook frozen food from my freezer without having to wait for it to thaw first?
Yes! The Vortex Air Fryers cook food from frozen, so you don’t have to plan ahead or remember to take things out of your freezer before mealtime. When cooking from frozen, we recommend adding a few minutes to the cooking cycle for the best results.


What parts and accessories are included? Where can I buy more?
Every air fryer comes with a nonstick fry basket and crisper tray. Shop our air fryer accessories collection at factory-direct sale prices for air fryer racks, grill pans, and more.

Is a recipe book included? 
Yes! You will receive a recipe guide created exclusively by the chefs at the PowerXL test kitchen filled with air fryer recipes for beginners with easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions.


How do you give back?
We work with partners whose mission it is to create systematic change in the community. As part of our mission to help raise food insecurity awareness, our current charity partner is Feeding America®. We have donated 1.5 million meals* to help Feeding America fight to end hunger and food insecurity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

What is the PowerXL kitchen appliance brand?
PowerXL is a USA-based company, from the makers of the #1 best-selling air fryer brands. Our products simplify everyday life with efficient solutions for the kitchen and throughout your home – from air fryers and indoor grills to high-performance blenders, juicers, and more. When life keeps you busy, our home and small appliances are your functional experts – those go-to products that help you excel.