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You might have known Ninja Foodi as the main rival of Instant Pot. However, its product offering has outgrown the Pressure Cooker/Multi-Cooker market.
Ninja Foodi also has a range of indoor grills, air fryers, blenders, convection ovens, and cookware. If you’re thinking of getting one of their pressure cookers, here’s a more in-depth buying guide for that specific kitchen appliance.
Otherwise, if you want to learn more about the entire Foodi catalog, allow me to give you the best of the best.
By the way, it took us two grueling months to review their entire product line. Though there are only 13 official products, the brand assigns multiple model numbers for each kitchen appliance. Doing a quick math will give us over 50 product variations.
Don’t you worry, as we’ve already summed up all your options in this ultimate buying guide. It will only take you 5-10 minutes to read the entire article.
So without further delay, let me present you the Best Ninja Foodi Multi-Cookers of 2021!
- Ninja FD401 Deluxe XL 8-qt 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker
- Ninja FG551 6-in-1 Smart XL Grill and Air Fryer
- Ninja DZ201 6-in-1 8-qt Double Basket Air Fryer with Dual Zone Technology
- Ninja DT251 Smart XL Pro 10-in-1 Air Oven
- Ninja SS351 Power Pitcher System (Blender & Smoothie Maker)
- Ninja Neverstick Cookware Set
- The Ninja Cold Press Juicer
That’s the short version of this buying guide. Feel free to read the full review of each Foodi Ninja by clicking the links above, otherwise let’s continue exploring all your options down below.
Top 7 Ninja Foodi Multi-Cookers
#1 Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL – Best Pressure Cooker
We’ll start this roundup with the best Ninja pressure cooker—the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL or simply the Ninja FD401.
For starters, it’s a 9-in-1 multi-cooker with the following functions—pressure cook, slow cook, steam, bake/roast, air fry, sear/saute, broil, dehydrate, make yogurt, and keep warm.
It’s the same functionality you’ll get with an Instant Pot, but what’s fantastic about the Ninja FD401 is the TenderCrisp feature. Pressure cooking and air frying is a match made in heaven.
Please note that you can’t pressure cook and air fry simultaneously. You’ll have to pressure cook it first, then finish it off with the air fry function. This combo will give you a tender, juicy protein that is crispy on the outside.
The Deluxe XL Model is definitely their best pressure cooker. However if you want a more compact alternative, you might want to check the Ninja FD302 Foodi Pro Pressure Cooker or the Ninja OP101 Foodi Compact Pressure Cooker.
#2 Ninja Foodi Smart XL Grill – Best Indoor Grill
Now, if you want your chicken or any protein to be crispier, we need to talk about the best Ninja indoor grill—the Ninja FG551 Smart XL.
Among all the Foodi multi-cookers that doubles as an air fryer, this product produces the best result in giving your dish a golden brown finish.
With its heating element positioned closer to the food, it achieves the highest cooking temperature. It’s more efficient at broiling.
If you love grilling, guess what? You don’t need to wait for summer ever again to taste that beautifully charred steak or perhaps enjoy a Korean-inspired grilling night.
What I like about this product is the integrated thermometer. Inserting it on the right spot will give you an accurate reading. And if you’ll refer to the quick start guide, you’ll have the list of all the desired temperatures for each type of cut of meat.
If you want a cheaper option, you might want to check the original Indoor Ninja Foodi Grill.
#3 Ninja Foodi 2-Basket Air Fryer – Best Air Fryer
Except for the last two items, most of the products in this list have an air frying feature. However, if you’re looking for a proper Ninja air fryer, nothing comes close to the Ninja DZ201.
It’s also known as the Ninja Double Air Fryer, Ninja Dual Zone Air Fryer, or simply the 2-Basket air fryer.
In simple terms, it comes with two drawers which gives you a generous cooking real estate. With a total of 8-qt capacity, it can take on four pounds of fries or chicken wings when using both zones.
The beauty of it though, lies in its smart features—Smart Finish Technology and the Match Cook function.
If you’re cooking the same thing, you can copy all the settings into the other zone by pressing the Match Cook button. On the other hand, the smart finish function will allow you to synchronize the cooking time of different dishes.
Currently, only Ninja Kitchen offers this functionality. Other brands have yet to develop their own double basket air fryer with convenient features like those I just mentioned.
In the world of air fryers, the Ninja DZ201 is certainly the one to beat.
You may also want to check their single-basket air fryers: Ninja Air Fryer Max XL and the more compact Ninja AF101 4-Quart Basket Air Fryer. Just so you know, these are cheaper options than the dual-zone model.
#4 Ninja DT251 – Best Air Fryer Oven
Another Air Fryer on this is the most capable of them all, with a total of 10 cooking functions. It’s a Ninja Air Fryer Oven that can also perform the following functions—whole roast, air roast, bake, dehydrate, pizza, broil, toast, bagel, reheat leftovers—The Ninja Foodi DT251 Smart XL Pro Air Oven.
It can replace your good old pop-up toaster, your microwave, and to some degree, it can rival a full-sized oven. With a faster preheat time, you can bake or roast faster with this countertop convection oven.
The “smart part” of this product is the integrated thermometer. With this tool, you can achieve perfect doneness for any protein. Let’s say you want a medium-rare finish for your prime rib. Set the temperature to 130°F, and the oven will automatically stop and beep upon reaching that temperature.
Ohh, by the way, this oven has a 12-lbs capacity. You can fit a whole chicken, a large portion of beef, and a medium-sized turkey in it. If you like a cheaper model with the same capacity, you might want to go for its less smart sibling, the original Ninja XL Pro Air Oven.
Or, if you want a space-friendly countertop oven, the Ninja Digital Flip-Away Air Fry Oven is a great option. Not only it’s compact, but it’s also the cheapest among the Ninja Air Fry Ovens.
#5 Ninja Foodi Power Blender
I’ve initially known Ninja Kitchen through its range of triple-stack-blade blending machines, which do look like a Ninja. If there’s a product that truly represents their brand, it’s their line of countertop blenders.
They have hundreds of blenders, which I already covered comprehensively in my other blog. You might want to check it out if you’re looking for a good-quality blender.
Alright, let’s focus on the Ninja Foodi SS351 Power Blender System.
What I like about this machine is you can use it in three different ways. It comes with a full-size multifunctional 72 oz pitcher, 24 oz personal smoothie cup, and their proprietary 14 oz container that can handle thick blends like an acai bowl.
Apart from making your favorite smoothies, it’s also excellent at crushing ice and pureeing dips, sauces, and salad dressings.
On a different note, Ninja also sells a blender that can sauté: Ninja Foodi Hot & Cold Blender.
#6 Ninja Foodi Neverstick Cookware
To complete the Ninja Foodi collection, the brand also sells a Never Stick Cookware Set. You can get a single pan or get the entire package if you need to replace your good old cookware.
You can check all your options here (amazon link).
I’m not a fan of Teflon-coated cookware. I would only use it sparingly, like making scrambled eggs, sunny-side ups, and frying up bacon.
For the record, this product doesn’t contain PFOS or PFOA, which was the major toxic compound used in manufacturing Teflon before. Those compounds were phased out back in 2002 and 2015, respectively. Cooking with Teflon has been a little bit safer since banning those two chemicals.
Anyhow, if you’re still interested in the Never Stick Cookware Set, let’s talk about its features.
Here are its best parts:
- It’s compatible with metal utensils
- 5-year product guarantee
- It works with gas, electric, glass-ceramic, and induction stoves
- Free of PFOA, cadmium, and lead
- Some models are oven-safe up to 500°F
- Dishwasher safe
#7 BONUS: Ninja Juicer
This is the bonus round of this top 7 list. Technically, it’s not part of the Foodi collection, but it’s still worth mentioning. If you love juicing and you love the Ninja brand, you might want to give this masticating juicer a try.
They call it the Cold Press Juicer with Total Pulp Control. It’s the second-best masticating juicer on my list.
What’s unique about this product are the auger and interchangeable pulp filters. The drill has a stainless steel tip for extra durability, and you’ll get a total of three pulp filters. You can introduce more fibers into your drink by using a filter with bigger holes.
Indeed, you have complete control over your juice’s pulp content.
I will not go into detail on why slow juicers are better than centrifugal juicers. You can find more about it here.
Over To You
Now that we’ve discussed everything about the Ninja Foodi line, nothing is stopping you from getting a pressure cooker, air fryer, oven toaster, indoor grill, or at the very least a cookware set.
With that said, let me part with you with the best Foodi products.
- Best Pressure Cooker – Ninja FD401 Deluxe XL →
- Best Indoor Grill – Ninja FG551 Smart XL →
- Best Air Fryer – Ninja DZ201 Double Basket Air Fryer →
- Best Convection Oven – Ninja DT251 Smart XL Pro Air Oven →