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Tower Air Fryer Review & Buyer’s Guide

Need an air fryer big enough to feed the whole family? Well, the Tower Vortx 5-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven is here and ready to impress you and the family with its versatility, faster cooking times and large capacity. Find more in this Tower air fryer review that we prepared for you!

It has been designed with families in mind being 75% larger than other air fryers with its 11Litre capacity. The innovative Vortx technology allows for the air to circulate meaning you need little to no oil and it reduces cooking times by 30%. You and your family will be loving healthier meals you will be able to create. 

The Tower T17039 5-in-1 Air Fryer Oven Review

Tower Xpress Pro T17039 Vortx 5-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven with Rapid Air Circulation, 60-Minute Timer, 11 L, 2000 W, Black

Let’s look at what this air fryer can do. 

No need to compromise on taste and flavour with the 5-in-1 functionality that allows for air frying, rotisserie, roast, dehydrate and bake! Pretty much replaces the need for 5 different appliances in the kitchen bringing convenience, flexibility, and amazing food all in one.

Sounds too good to be able to do all this while making healthy meals with 99% less fat than traditional fryers. It uses its Vortx technology to circulate the high temperature air around the food, meaning less need for using oil and leaves you with a crispy texture. 


  • Rotisserie function 
  • 5 in 1 cooking (8 Pre-Set Menus) 
  • 3 Year Warranty 
  • Larger Capacity- family size 
  • Faster cooking time


  • Need to plan what food is on each shelf  
  • Can’t be used to cook freshly battered foods (unless pre-fried or frozen)

Features And Benefits 

It's a stylish machine that will look great on the bench, even though it may not look big enough the inside capacity was impressive. It has an easy-to-use digital display and 8 pre-sets in the menu and a manual setting. It is a one touch led display allowing you the freedom to cook how you choose. You can manually adjust the temperature and timer settings which I prefer to use, that way it is like an oven for reheating or cooking other foods not on the pre-set menu. I’d suggest playing around with the settings until you get the cooking and timing tweaked to your preferences. It does cook a little faster so make sure you reduce cooking time and check on your foods, so they don’t end up over done. 

The Tower air fryer comes with 3 wire shelves and a drip tray for use with the air frying function. So good to finally have an air fryer where you don’t pile everything into the basket on top of itself and you can get a nice even cook. You’ll need to plan your trays so that fats and juices from the trays about don’t drip onto the food below. So, if your making chips and sausages place the chips on the higher rack and the sausages below. This will prevent the fat dripping from the sausages onto your chips. The air blast technology it boasts makes sure your chips are crispy every time, though they are more oven cooked than deep fried you won’t be disappointed. 

Tower Xpress Pro T17039 Vortx 5-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven with Rapid Air Circulation, 60-Minute Timer, 11 L, 2000 W, Black

Frozen breaded items like crumbed fish and nuggets cook up well in this air fryer. They turn out golden and crispy every time without the need for turning, feel free to turn halfway through if you like. The Tower air fryer is also great for homemade potato chips (parboil first) and even zucchini chips. Dust will a little salt and garlic powder, spray with little oil on to create a tasty snack that is a healthy option

Use the rotisserie to cook a 1.2kg chicken in under an hour with golden crispy chicken while still being succulent on the inside. The rotisserie spit comes with a handle to take the spit out when hot which is very handy. It can be a bit fiddly to set up the first time but after that it is easy to use, and you won’t be disappointed with the result. The drip tray catches all the juices and fat that fall from the chicken which makes it easy to clean the fryer.  

Dehydrate your favourite nuts and seeds to store them longer and give them that extra crunch. The dehydrate is something you won’t think you’d use to much but once you get started, you’ll find so many foods to dehydrate. Let over herbs from the fridge are no longer wasted as you can dehydrate and store in the pantry. My favourite is to make homemade granola for healthy breakfast that are full of oats, nuts, and fruits without all the extras that processed granolas have. If you have a garden, you’ll love using this function to dehydrate and store produce for the rest of the year. 

I was impressed by the large capacity inside this machine, the 3 trays are so good for allowing for a variety of food at the same time rather than just the one basket on smaller air fryers. Though the basket seems to have a larger capacity at first you must constantly turn and shake the food to ensure it cooks all over to get a crispy texture, the Tower trays allow for the food to cook evenly without the need to shake or turn. Having previously used a smaller basket style air fryer that only had one setting it is a big step up in capacity and usability. Being able to cook for the whole family in one go rather than in batches is a winner for me. The 11 capacity is surprising spacious and is 75% larger than other air fryers. And it cooks 30% faster! Who doesn’t need their food ready faster these days when we are all so busy? 

Tower Xpress Pro T17039 Vortx 5-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven with Rapid Air Circulation, 60-Minute Timer, 11 L, 2000 W, Black

It would also be suitable for smaller kitchens that do not have an oven, or you prefer not to use it. Being able to roast, bake and more in it makes it perfect for kitchens tight on space. You’ll be able to bake cup cakes and cakes, biscuits and slices as well as roasting vegetables and other foods. 

The 5 in 1 Functionality of air frying, rotisserie, roast, dehydrate and bake means you can have one machine to do a variety of cooking styles. That uses 99% less fat than traditional fryers are perfect for those watching the waistline and not wanting to give up the full flavour of foods. You can roast vegetables and bake healthy muffins.

  • Colour

    Black 5-in-1

  • Product Dimensions

    33.9 x 38.2 x 32.4 cm; 7.64 Kilograms

  • Capacity

    11 litres

  • Power / Wattage

    2000 watts

  • Material

    Stainless Steel

  • Special Features

    Digital control panel, Automatic switch-off, Overheat protection, 60-minute manual timer, Detachable non-stick oil tank

Best Used For 

The Tower 5-in-1 Air Fryer Oven is great for a variety of foods and cooking styles. It saves time and is healthier way to cook. From cheeky frozen battered treats to making crunchy roast potatoes you’ll be using less oil and still getting that crispy crunch in every mouthful.  

Here are a few favourites it is best used for: 

  • Rotisserie Roasts especially chicken 
  • Homemade potato & Frozen Oven Chips 
  • Baking Cupcakes 
  • Dehydrating fruits, nuts & herbs 
  • Roast vegetables 
Tower Xpress Pro T17039 Vortx 5-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven with Rapid Air Circulation, 60-Minute Timer, 11 L, 2000 W, Black

Reasons To Buy 

There are plenty of reasons to buy this air fryer oven for your family. The large capacity is impressive, and you won’t be disappointed with the rotisserie function. It is a much healthier way to cook meats and vegetables and it is well priced for what you can do with it. The multi functions give you a range of options in food preparation and use. As mentioned, it is great for smaller kitchens in place of an oven or if you do not have room to store multiple appliances. 


Is It Hard To Clean? 

No, not at all. The juices fall from the food into a drip tray which is removable. Remember to wipe it out the inside while still warm with a damp cloth to remove any food residue. The trays are easy to clean by washing in warm soapy water or placing in the dishwasher. Easy as! 

Can It Cook Battered Foods? 

If the battered food is pre-fried or frozen first it can. Freshly battered foods do not work well in this machine. 

Can It Bake Cakes? 

Yes, it can. Prepare your cake or cup cake batter like normal in your preferred baking tray. Preheat the Tower air fryer and place onto a wire rack. Bake like normal, though I would recommend checking the cake a little earlier as it bakes faster than the normal oven. 

Tower Xpress Pro T17039 Vortx 5-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven with Rapid Air Circulation, 60-Minute Timer, 11 L, 2000 W, Black

Does It Have A Light? 

It sure does. The light doesn’t stay on the whole time so press the button on the led display to light up your meal. 

Can You Buy Extra Wire Racks If Needed? 

Yes, you can. Just visit the Tower website for more details. 

Other Air Fryer Brands We've Reviewed:
> Tefal

Summing Up 

Overall, this is a great little Air Fryer Oven that will suit any household.

Being able to use it for a variety of different cooking methods means you only need this one appliance rather than multiple appliances in the kitchen. The larger size and being able to use it as an oven are perfect for kitchens with limited space or for a larger family that enjoy great recipes in a healthier way.

Have fun cooking! 

Tower Xpress Pro T17039 Vortx 5-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven with Rapid Air Circulation, 60-Minute Timer, 11 L, 2000 W, Black

The Tower T17039 5-in-1 Air Fryer Oven Review

Editors Choice

  • Rotisserie function 
  • 5 in 1 cooking 
  • 3 Year Warranty
Alison Stringer