Ninja Foodi 2 Basket Air Fryer with Dual Zone Technology (Ninja DZ201) Review

Ninja Foodi 2-Basket Air Fryer, model no. DZ201
Ninja Foodi 2-Basket Air Fryer, model no. DZ201

The Ninja Foodi 2-Basket Air Fryer, also known as the Ninja DZ201 Dual Zone Air Fryer, is one of the best in the market. It has the biggest cooking capacity with a double basket setup. You won’t find any other brand that offers the same feature: zip, zero, zilch, nada.

Apart from the generous cooking real estate, it also boasts a few smart features.

Let’s start with its Smart Finish setting.

The Smart Finish option is useful when you’re cooking two recipes with different cooking times. They will finish at the same time when you configure this setting. There’s nothing more comforting than a perfectly warm meal.

On the other hand, if you’re making the same recipe, there’s a shortcut for copying the setting of one zone to the other. The brand calls it “Match Cook.” Instead of entering the temperature, cooking time, or mode over again, you can just press the match cook to port all the settings to the other basket.

This copy-and-paste feature can be helpful when you’re cooking a large batch of fries or chicken wings.

Well, those are the best parts of the Ninja Double Air Fryer, now let’s get to all its pros and cons.

PROS

  • Sleek design
  • Midrange budget
  • Basket air fryer design is easier to use than a pressure cooker air fryer
  • Dual basket for bigger capacity (8-qt total)
  • Rectangular basket design to fit more food
  • Dual-zone technology
  • Match Cook (copy and paste settings across zones)
  • Smart Finish feature (syncs the cook timemill)
  • Wide temperature range (105-450ºF)
  • 6 Cooking functions: Air fry, broil, roast, bake, dehydrate, reheat
  • Adjustable temperature and cooking time
  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • BPA-free
  • 1-year warranty

CONS

  • Bulky size
  • Lightweight food can fly to the heating element, which will result in burnt smell
  • Non-stick are usually not long lasting
  • Several reviews have reported a chemical smell
  • No auto-pause
  • The baskets are not interchangeable

What can I cook with Ninja Foodi 2-Basket Air Fryer?

Aside from crisping up your french fries with less oil, this Ninja double air fryer has a total of six functions up its sleeve. It can also broil, roast, reheat, dehydrate and bake. With a generous capacity, it can be your go-to kitchen appliance for preparing dinner for the family.

Let’s take a closer look at all its capabilities.

broiled chicken
Air Broil
fries
Air Fry
roasted chicken
Roast
pizza
Reheat
dehydrated fruits
Dehydrate
brownies
Bake

Air Broil

It goes the same way with your conventional oven. If you want a golden brown finish for your dish, then the broil function is your friend. It’s Ninja Foodi DZ201’s perfect setting for melting cheese or achieving a crunchy texture for your protein.

Sadly, you can only use one zone for broiling. You can’t broil on both baskets at the same time. Zone 1 will default to this function, but you can switch zones if you need to.

Air Fry

Here’s the kicker:

If you read my review of the Ninja Air Fryer Max XL, you’ll know that it has a Max Crisp function. You won’t find the button in the Ninja Foodi Dual Basket Air Fryer since it’s already built right into the system. It has the same temperature range of 105°F–450°F.

Making your fries or fried chicken more crispy can be done by simply adjusting the temperature and adding more time. There’s no need for a separate Max Crisp button.

Air Broil

It goes the same way with your conventional oven. If you want a golden brown finish for your dish, then the broil function is your friend. It’s Ninja Foodi DZ201’s perfect setting for melting cheese or achieving a crunchy texture for your protein.

Sadly, you can only use one zone for broiling. You can’t broil on both baskets at the same time. Zone 1 will default to this function, but you can switch zones if you need to.

Roast

You can roast your protein on one basket, and on the other side, you can caramelize your carrots or perhaps Brussels sprouts. That’s the beauty of having a two-basket air fryer.

Bake

The bake function is not at all impressive. For instance, using a water bath is a challenge. In other words, baking in the Ninja DZ201 is rather limited.

Nevertheless, having the option to make a dessert in an air fryer is still a win.

Dehydrate

While it cannot replace a traditional dehydrator, the ability to dehydrate is a nice thing to have.

On that note, if you were to buy the multi-layer rack accessory, the dehydrate function will be an excellent asset. It takes a long time to dehydrate foods, so it’s better to do it in bulk using a multi-level platform.

Reheat

Instead of using the microwave oven to reheat fried foods, use the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer. It will achieve a crispier and better-tasting result.

Pro Tip: Shake or use non-abrasive tongs to flip your ingredients for even cooking.

See the Ninja Double Air Fryer in Action

Here’s how the Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer works. As you can see, it’s much much bigger than the Ninja AF101 or Ninja AF161.

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The Ninja Foodi Dual Basket Air Fryer or the Ninja DZ201 is currently the only air fryer with two cooking zones totaling eight quarts in capacity. It’s a 6-in-1 kitchen appliance that can handle air frying, broiling, roasting, baking, dehydrating, and reheating leftover food. In addition, the Ninja Double Air Fryer also has convenient smart features.

Is the Ninja DZ201 easy to use?

ninja foodi dual-basket air fryer controls
Ninja DZ201 User Interface

I’ll be honest, the Ninja Double Air Fryer can be intimidating at first with its multitude of buttons and the dual basket setup. Luckily, after a few runs, you’ll get the hang of it.

If you watched the video above, it’s just like a mini version of a full-sized oven. The only challenging part is setting the right amount of time and temperature for each recipe. You won’t be able to memorize it, but the good thing is you’ll have a quick start guide courtesy of Shark Ninja.

On top of that, there’s also an included recipe book to get you started right away.

In comparison to the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Max XL, this model doesn’t automatically pause when removing the air fryer basket. To ensure you’re following the cooking time religiously, you’ll have to pause and start it manually whenever you’re shaking or flipping your ingredients.

On a slightly different note:

The cleanup is easy-peasy.

First of all, it’s dishwasher safe, so you can simply load the basket and crisper plate into the dishwasher.

If not, then you can always hand wash it—which is also straightforward.

It has a non-stick coating, so most food residue will come off quickly.
By the way, only use a soft sponge and non-abrasive cleaners to prevent damaging the coating.

Last but not least, use a damp cloth to wipe the main unit.

Thankfully, the brand has a quick guide on how to clean it.

What makes the Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer better than its competitors?

The Ninja DZ201 Smart Finish

First off: As I have mentioned repeatedly, the Ninja Foodi DZ201 is the ONLY air fryer that features two baskets or what they call dual-zone technology.

Essentially, you can cook either different (or the same) types of food with distinct (or similar) settings across the two zones. I mean, even traditional ovens can’t do this. So, that’s a major win for the Ninja Foodi Double Air Fryer.

When you’re making two different dishes, it will cook at the same time using the Smart Finish Function. That’s the beauty of this 2-Basket Air Fryer.

The Ninja DZ201 Match Cook

Secondly: It features a smart finish. Simply put, the foods will finish simultaneously even if they have different cook times, temps, or perhaps functions.

It works together with the hold function. So, instead of cooking right away, the other zone will not start until it matches the cooking time of the other zone.

*Product Images and Videos Courtesy of Shark Ninja

On the other hand, if you’re cooking the same recipe, you can press the match function to copy the exact same settings. Brilliant right?

For advanced cooks or amateur cooks, this is an excellent feature. It makes sure that both foods will still be hot when served. Plus, you don’t have to worry about setting a timer for yourself on when to start the second dish.

Technical Specifications

TypeAir Fryer
Brand/SeriesNinja Air FryerThe Ninja Foodi Collection
Model #DZ200, DZ201
Price$$$
Rating4.6 out of 5
Wattage1690 Watts
FunctionsAir Fry, Air Broil, Roast,
Bake, Reheat, and Dehydrate
Air Fryer TypeDual Basket Drawer
Basket ShapeRectangular
Basket MaterialNonstick coated
Capacity8 quarts, fit 4 lbs of fries
Dishwasher safeYes
BPA FreeYes
ColorsBlack/Gray
Dimensions 15.6 x 13.9 x 12.4 inches (39.6 x 35.3 x 31.5 cm)
Cord Length2.6 ft. (79.2 cm)
ApplicationPersonal Use
Warranty1 Year
Related ProductsNinja AF161 Air Fryer Max XL, Ninja AF101 4-qt Air Fryer

Is the Ninja Foodi DZ201 Dual Basket Air Fryer worth it?

If you don’t mind the significant footprint in exchange for the ability to cook hefty portions of meal, then the Ninja Foodi DZ201 2-Basket Air Fryer certainly deserves a place on your kitchen countertop.

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