Tower Xpress Pro Combo Air Fryer review: a smart oven alternative

The Tower Xpress Pro Combo Air Fryer is the perfect air fryer for those who don't have access to an oven or want something smaller, but it was a little fiddly in testing

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Real Homes Verdict

The Tower Xpress Pro Combo air fryer lacks the convenience of a drawer air fryer, but it's a brilliant alternative to an oven for those who want to keep energy costs low or don't have much space in their kitchen.

Reasons to buy
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    Multiple levels of cooking

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    Heaps of attachments

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    Inner light and see-through door

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    Simple controls

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    Easy cleaning

Reasons to avoid
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    Fiddly attachments

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    Uneven cooking across different levels

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    Food needs to be flipped midway through cooking

The Tower Xpress Pro Combo air fryer is not the does-it-all air fryer that you'll see in our best air fryer guides. Instead, it meets quite a specific requirement for those with limited kitchen access, a shortage of cooking space, or a rubbish oven. 

Bridging the gap between the American-style toaster oven and the conventional air fryer, this 10-in-1 cooker not only circulates hot air to cook food from all angles, but it also comes with attachments that can be used to grill, air fry, rotisserie, and roast a variety of different foods. 

I put the Tower Xpress Pro Combo to the test for over a month, making roast vegetables, rotisserie kebabs, and air-fried chicken burgers to see how well it held up in a busy kitchen. While I don't think I'll be swapping out my air fryer any time soon, it certainly offers some added cooking functions that you won't find anywhere else. It's not the most tactile and I struggled a bit with handling the inserts, but it's a versatile choice that could put your oven out of a job. 

Tower Xpress Pro Combo Air Fryer specs

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  • Capacity: 11 litres
  • Size: 33.9 x 32.4 x 38.2 centimetres
  • Settings: Air fry, dehydrate, rotisserie, grill and roast
  • Comes with: Rotisserie fork and handle, reversible chargrill and pizza plate, 3 x air flow racks, 10 x rotating kebab skewers, non-stick oil tray, multi-function wire rack, heatproof finger mitts
  • Power: 2000 watts
  • RRP: £139.99

Setting up the Tower Xpress Pro Combo Air Fryer

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The Tower Xpress Pro Combo came, predictably, packaged in mostly single-use and non-recyclable packaging. A lot of the component parts came wrapped in what felt like unnecessary plastic, and there was polystyrene at the top and bottom of the air fryer itself. 

Once out of the box I was struck by the size, which is tall but not too wide, and quite hefty. The Tower Xpress Pro Combo Air Fryer claims to have an 11-litre capacity but this wouldn't be a fair comparison to drawer-style air fryers, where you can stack a lot of food inside one basket. On the Tower Xpress Pro Combo you need to use different levels and stack your food in one layer across the whole cooking shelf, so you won't get the full 11-litre capacity of cooking space. 

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This air fryer comes with a lot of parts. There is a plate that can be heated and used for grilling and searing, a shelf that can toast multiple slices of bread at once, a rotisserie for chicken or other cuts of meat and a kebab shelf that rotates and will )in theory) fit ten kebabs at once. 

I got the most use out of the three cooking shelves which have an open grid design that will allow air to circulate while cooking your food from all angles. You also get a non-stick drip tray that needs to sit at the bottom of the air fryer while it cooks. This is essential, so use it with every dish you cook. 

A drawer air fryer will allow you to open and close the cooking basket with a handle, meaning you won't burn your hand when cooking. With an air fryer like the Tower Xpress Pro Combo, you will have to handle the hot shelves like you would in an actual oven, so Tower gives you some mini oven gloves to keep you from hurting your hands. Cute! 

Roasting vegetables

The first thing I made in the Tower Xpress Pro Combo was roasted vegetables. Unlike an air fryer, where you will typically need to add all of your vegetables to one basket, the Tower Xpress Pro Combo allows you to spread your veggies across multiple levels. 

This meant I was able to roast potatoes, carrots and sprouts all in the same machine, but independently. A big win for families with picky eaters or foods with different cooking times. 

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I was able to fit a lot of food into the Tower Xpress Pro Combo. I actually used it to cook the trimmings for a Sunday roast, so it had a crowd to feed! I chose to roast my vegetables for 25 minutes, checking halfway to see how they were doing. After the 25 minutes I decided they needed a little longer, so put them in for an added five.

It seemed that this pushed the top shelf of potatoes over the edge. They were pretty burnt, while my carrots and sprouts were still lacking the crispiness I was looking for. I suspect that this was because the potatoes were at the top of the oven which was closer to the heating element, so I would recommend moving cooking shelves around in the oven to get an even result.  

Air frying in the Tower Xpress Pro Combo

Air fryers circulate hot air around food as it cooks, giving a crispy finish from all angles. Despite this, you will often still need to flip your food midway through cooking to give an even and crisp finish. 

I cooked a vegetarian breaded chicken burger in the Tower Xpress Pro Combo to see how well it could crisp up breaded food and cook from frozen. 

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I would expect an air fryer like the Cosori air fryer to cook this chicken burger in as little as 10 minutes, but the Tower Xpress Pro Combo took 17 to reach a crispy texture. I did have to turn midway through, and when I did I noticed that the underside was a little wet, which is a sign that the air is not circulating fully inside the air fryer. 

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One of the good things about the Tower Xpress Pro Combo is its interior light, which enables you to look inside the air fryer as it cooks without having to open the door. This came in handy when I was checking on my burger as it cooked. 

You'll notice if you buy the Tower Xpress Pro Combo that it is quite noisy, but this is no more so than the Ninja Foodi Dual Zone air fryer. There are quieter models out there - I recommend the Instant Pot line of air fryers if you are worried about noise. 

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After the full 20 minutes my chicken burger was fully cooked, and while it was crispy I'd compare its texture to that of an oven-cooked burger, and not an air fried one. 

Making kebabs

Something that sets the Tower Xpress Pro Combo Air Fryer apart is its kebab rotisserie, so I decided to give this I go. I marinated my chicken and vegetables and began assembling them on the included skewers. I then went to insert them into place on the circular end pieces. 

This was definitely fiddly, especially because I was handling marinated chicken, but once everything was in place I used the included rotisserie fork to insert the skewers into place. To do this you need to make sure that the square end base of the rotisserie stick is in place at the left hinge inside the air fryer. This is the part that turns to create that true rotisserie effect. 

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When spinning in the air fryer the kebabs were quite wobbly, and I was worried that they would become dislodged. You can see in the image below how lopsided they looked, and that they dragged slightly along the bottom. I would expect this process to go a lot better if I were making koftas, or just making a whole rotisserie chicken. 

Although the process was fiddly, I was impressed by how evenly the food cooked. My chicken became charred and the vegetables cooked very evenly throughout. 

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The included gloves came in particularly useful for this recipe because it was quite hands-on. I was happy with the results, but I do think I would've had less trouble cooking in an oven and flipping halfway, or grilling the chicken. 

When finished, all my attachments went straight into the dishwasher. They were also easy enough to store in my cutlery drawer when I was done. 

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How other users get on with the Tower Xpress Pro Combo Air Fryer

As a Small Appliances Expert, I've got no shortage of cooking appliances to make use of in my kitchen. I'm by no means the ideal customer for the Tower Xpress Pro Combo Air Fryer, which is an excellent stand-in for those without a product. 

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Caroline Preece

"It's not a small appliance by any means, but it fits nicely in my studio space. As a temporary stand-in for an oven or an additional way to cook meals, it's pretty perfect."

Our Tech Editor Caroline Preece also has the Tower Xpress Pro Combo Air Fryer, so I was keen to find out about her experience of the machine.

She said "I bought the Tower Xpress Pro while living in a rental property that had a less than desireable oven situation, and is has allowed me to cook a huge range of things that would have otherwise been off-limits.

Basically a mini-oven with easy-to-use temperature controls, three racks for cooking multiple things at once, and a rotisserie attachment, it's been used to cook perfect chips, small joints of meat, and even a few single-serving pasta bakes."

Caroline has also been using the Tower Xpress Pro Combo Air Fryer for over a year, which is an indication that it's a long-lasting and well-built appliance that can stand up to heavy and regular use. 

Should you buy the Tower Xpress Pro Combo Air Fryer? 

If you're someone who lacks oven space or who needs a mini-oven to serve smaller portions of food, the Tower Xpress Pro Combo Air Fryer could be just the appliance for you. It's incredibly versatile, with an almost-intimidating amount of attachments to choose from. However, with this number of attachments comes pretty hefty storage requirements. 

I would be reluctant to call the Tower Xpress Pro Combo Air Fryer an air fryer. It's more of a mini-oven, with the ability to rotisserie or grill different foods. However, it does behave very much like an oven, with removable shelves that can be layered to cook different foods at once. 

If you're living in a smaller home or you can't justify turning on the oven to cook meals for one, this is a very smart choice. 

About this review, and the reviewer

Millie Fender is an ecommerce editor at Real Homes, specialising in small appliances and all things cooking. She loves putting new products to the test, whether they're air fryers, blenders, or even pizza ovens, and her family and friends love eating the results. 

Millie has a constant stream of new products waiting to be reviewed in her kitchen. It's a little snug, so if she thinks anything deserves to stay there, you know it's something special. 

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie joined the Real Homes team in 2021 after working at TopTenReviews as a Staff Writer. She is now the head of all things cooking, working as the Small Appliances and Cooking Editor on the Homes Ecommerce team. Millie is constantly on the hunt for the latest (and best) kitchen appliances, and reviewing these products hands-on. As a baking enthusiast, Millie’s job at Real Homes is the perfect excuse to cook up an endless supply of snacks. When she’s not in the kitchen though, she loves knitting and exploring London's top food markets.