Tower T17024 Low Fat Digital Air Fryer Reviews 2019 – 2020

Tower provide a booklet of instructions and recipes to induct you into various means of using the Tower. Essentially, the quantity of oil you add will dictate the styling of flavour you receive. More oil, more crunch. But don’t overdo it. The air circulation will cook in a drier way if not given some oil to work with.

The T17024 is one of the numerous air fryers Tower make, it is quite large in comparison to many of their other closed case models. With 4.3 litres of cooking volume. But it pales in comparison to their 12 litre models, which can extend up to 17 litres.

Being covered in shiny black plastic gives the T17024 the look of a kitchen appliance, not a catering bit of kit. Standing 35cm tall it can disguise itself amongst your toasters, your coffee makers and your kettles quite easily.

What’s great about Tower is that they’ve got a good, and by good I mean rapid, air circulation system know to them as VORTX. Yes, it makes a vortex around your chicken drumsticks. No we don’t think the name is necessary either.

What pushes the T17024 model further than its little brothers and sisters is its timer. You get a beefy 60 minutes to run down. This is only for the largest of joints of meat, and it still doesn’t give you enough time to properly dehydrate some root vegetables into crisps.

There is also no shake timer, which features on the higher end air fryers, the presets are non-existent. All you have is your wits and a timer. Like a game show with oil. The consequence of heating oil and blowing it around quickly is that it can let off a bit of a smell. This isn’t anything above and beyond cooking smells in general, nowhere near as stench-inducing as a deep fat fryer, but I still prefer to air fry with an extraction fan running, as the filters aren’t 100% filtering the air as it comes out.

What is pleasant in cleanliness terms is the basket. It is plastic on the outside, coated with Teflon or some non-brand, non-stick on the inside and dishwasher safe. The circular shape prevents crusts from forming if you happen to overdo the meat.

The power fitted, 1500W is great for nailing smaller portions in the Tower. It can handle a full basket of chips too, but the best recipes involve double-frying. Something irate reviewers sometimes struggle to understand.

The Tower T17024 comes with a one year warranty, this can be increased to two years if you happen to register your product within 28 days of purchase. On the Tower website are a host of digital manuals replacements, instructional guides and recipes to get your cooking juices flowing.

What’s not great about the Tower T17024

The digital interface seems rather superfluous as it doesn’t connect to any greater cooking modes or presets. You only set the time and the temperature. Speaking of heat, the range runs from 80°C to 200°C. Nothing is overtly mentioned about the dehydration or defrosting capacity, though this is possible in an air fryer.

I don’t think in terms of build quality or features it stands up to the Phillips or Salter models of air fryer. These include a range of preset options for cooking foods and reminders to shake or baste your food with oil. But then cooking can’t all be mediated by our robot friends, can it?

Tower Air Fryer with Rapid Air Circulation System, VORTX Frying Technology, 60 Minute Timer and Adjustable Temperature Control for Healthy Oil Free or Low Fat Cooking, 1500 W, 4.3 Litre, Black
  • Healthier cooking: With the use of rapid air circulation technology and a low calorie cooking spray, you can fry without the excess fat associated with traditional frying and in a reduced time
  • Digital display: The easy to read LCD display gives you a clear view of how long is left on the timer and the current cooking temperature
  • Temperature control: The adjustable dial ranges between 80 - 200 Degree so you can easily cook a variety of meals, including vegetables, chips, chicken and cake
  • 4.3 Litre capacity: The large cooking basket provides ample space for baking, grilling and frying a wide range of ingredients
  • 60 minute timer: Conveniently schedule the cooking cycle and the air fryer will automatically switch off once completed

The Tower T17023 Features

  • The ‘VORTX’ whips air around your food for an even coating
  • Looks like a small spaceship filled with chips
  • Weighs 4.7kg
  • Has a cooking capacity of 4.3 litres
  • 1500W of power
  • 35.4cm by 32.5cm by 32.5cm in width, depth and height
  • Runs temperatures between 80°C and 200°C
  • Has an hour long cook timer with an automatic shut off feature
  • The basket is detachable, non-stick and dishwasher safe
  • Comes with a 1 year guarantee as standard, and can be extended to 2 years on registration

Conclusions on the Tower T17023 Air Fryer

The Tower T17023 is big enough to feed a family of young children and adults. Although it would fall short of feeding hungry teenagers by some distance. The digital side of the air fryer is confined to the timer, don’t get fooled thinking you’ve got a robotic assistant. You are in charge of remembering to shake those fries and remove the basket for cleaning.

While the timer is longer, Tower could easily increase it to allow for easier baking and dehydrating processes. For the price and for the capacity, this is a decent air fryer, but not one to make it into our pick of the 2018-19 litter. The health benefits of buying any air fryer are well known, nothing specifically healthy comes from the Tower. But if you’re inclined towards making a purchase, and have a budget to meet, the Tower T17023 is a wise choice.

Tower Air Fryer with Rapid Air Circulation System, VORTX Frying Technology, 60 Minute Timer and Adjustable Temperature Control for Healthy Oil Free or Low Fat Cooking, 1500 W, 4.3 Litre, Black
  • Healthier cooking: With the use of rapid air circulation technology and a low calorie cooking spray, you can fry without the excess fat associated with traditional frying and in a reduced time
  • Digital display: The easy to read LCD display gives you a clear view of how long is left on the timer and the current cooking temperature
  • Temperature control: The adjustable dial ranges between 80 - 200 Degree so you can easily cook a variety of meals, including vegetables, chips, chicken and cake
  • 4.3 Litre capacity: The large cooking basket provides ample space for baking, grilling and frying a wide range of ingredients
  • 60 minute timer: Conveniently schedule the cooking cycle and the air fryer will automatically switch off once completed