Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL Review: Ninja FD401 8 Quarts 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer

Ninja FD401 Deluxe Pressure Cooker, Stainless Steel
Ninja FD401 Deluxe Pressure Cooker, Stainless Steel

The Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL or the Ninja FD401 Pressure Cooker is the brand’s flagship 8-quart multi-cooker. When I wrote this review, it’s a 9-in-1 multi-cooker. However, Ninja Kitchen is slowly rebranding it into a 12-in-1 product, including duplicate ones.

Some of these functions, by the way, are in the same mode—Pressure Cook, Air Fry/Air Crisp, Steam, Slow Cook, Yogurt, Sear/Sauté, Bake/Roast, Broil, Dehydrate, Sous Vide, Reheat, Keep Warm.

With the Ninja Foodi XL Pressure Cooker Steam Fryer’s release, I’m unsure if there will be room for two 8-quart capacity multi-cookers. Let’s see how it turns out.

For now, let’s go ahead and discuss all of Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL’s impressive features.

PROS

  • Sleek modern design with a turn dial
  • Faster cooking than the traditional methods
  • 9-in-1 cooking function: pressure cook, slow cook, steam, bake/roast, air fry, sear/saute, broil, dehydrate, make yogurt, and keep warm
  • Cook from frozen to crispy
  • Large 8 quarts cooking capacity
  • 5 quarts air frying capacity
  • Easy to clean non-stick pot
  • Comes with a 45+ recipe book
  • TenderCrisp Technology
  • Fantastic safety features
  • Includes the reversible rack with 2 layers
  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 1-year warranty

CONS

  • Excellent product with a premium price tag
  • Ceramic coating in general doesn’t last that long
  • It’s a huge kitchen appliance
  • The steam release valve is right next to the vent
  • Challenging at first
  • The air frying lid sometimes get in the way
  • According to some reviews, the slow cook function is not perfect

What can you make with the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL?

It’s general knowledge that multi-cookers have various functionalities for different recipes. And the best part? The Ninja Foodi 8 qt went one step further.

So, here are the cooking functions you can do with the Ninja FD401:

Pressure Cooked Meat
Pressure Cook
slow cooked stew
Slow Cook
steamed vegetables
Steam
brownies
Bake
roasted chicken
Roast
fries
Air Fry
Seared Beef
Sear/Sautè
dehydrated fruits
Dehydrate
broiled beef
Broil
yogurt
Yogurt

The combination of pressure cook and air fry in one device is undoubtedly mind-blowing. Think about it, pressure cooking deals with water, whereas air frying deals with oil. It’s literally an oil and water situation, and somehow, Ninja made it work.

Primarily, the pressure cooker produces juicy and tender protein while air fry attains crispy outer layer effortlessly. Hence, the name of the technology—TenderCrisp.

However, you can’t do pressure cook and air fry at the same time. The first order of business is to pressure cook your protein, then crisp it up with an air fryer.

Here’s more:

Considering it’s an XL version, you can cook substantial food at once in its large pot compared to the Ninja Foodi Compact. More than the size, the reversible rack with two layers is also noteworthy. Therefore, you can save so much time when you prepare sizable servings.

Tip: Only use silicone or plastic tongs/spatula with the Ninja Foodi. This prevents any damages to the ceramic coating and makes sure that your appliance will last longer.

Is the Ninja 9 in 1 Air Fryer easy to use?

ninja foodi deluxe xl pressure cooker controls

While the Ninja Foodi 9 in 1 air fryer has a learning curve, it’s within a reasonable margin. To begin with, it comes with a 45+ recipe book for you to try. In other words, you’ll get used to it in no time.

Here’s the best part:

The controls look so much simpler (and more modern) with only 1 dial and 5 buttons. More importantly, adjusting the temperature and cooking duration proves to be several times easier with a variable knob.

On that note, showing you would be better. Here’s a video from Shark Ninja:

Now, let’s talk about its maintenance.

As I have mentioned repeatedly, I don’t recommend washing any parts in the dishwasher. Sure, it makes things easier, but it can damage the coating over time.

Don’t worry; cleanup is still straightforward.

You don’t even need to soak the non-stick cooking pot and crisper basket for hours. Any food residue will likely wash off with a mild scrub from the trusty soft sponge.

Also, the base unit, along with the crisper lid, wipes off quickly with a damp cloth. 

The pressure lid, however, has a few different steps. Gently remove the silicone ring before you wash it. Then, scrub both the cover and ring with a soapy sponge. Remember not to submerge the lid underwater.

See Ninja FD401 in Action

Don’t take my word for it, here’s a short video demonstration from the brand.

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The Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL is undoubtedly one of the best pressure cookers in the market. It features 8 quarts cooking capacity (and a 5-qt crisp basket) for the whole family or when you host a party. On top of that, The Ninja Deluxe XL has 9 cooking functions, making it a total utilitarian package.

What accessories can I get with the Ninja Foodi 9 in 1 Air Fryer & Pressure Cooker?

The Deluxe XL has the most accessories, both included and sold separately in the Ninja Foodi Collection.

ninja foodi pro accessories
Deluxe Bake Kit on the left, Dehydrator Stand on the right

Of all the available options you can buy, I recommend the dehydrator stand the most. Dehydrating food takes about 8-10 hours, so the ability to process several foods in one round is a significant win.

The deluxe bake kit is also a good accessory if you plan on utilizing the bake function of the Ninja Foodi 8 qt. Therefore, you can easily make loaves, cakes, and even pizzas.

*Product Images and Video Courtesy of Shark Ninja

Technical Specifications

TypePressure Cooker / Air Fryer / Multi-Cooker / Slow Cooker
Brand/Series Ninja Air Fryer | Ninja Pressure CookerThe Ninja Foodi Collection
Model #FD401
Price$$$
Rating4.6 out of 5
Wattage1760-watt
Functions9-in-1: Pressure Cook, Air Fry, Steam,
Slow Cook, Yogurt, Sear/Sauté,
Bake/Roast, Broil, Dehydrate
PotNon-stick ceramic coated
Capacity8 quarts cooking pot, 5 quarts crisp basket
Dishwasher safeYes
BPA FreeYes
ColorStainless Steel/Black
Dimensions (LxWxH)16.1 x 14.6 x 14.3 inches (40.9 x 37.1 x 36.3 cm)
Cord Length2.6 ft. (79.2 cm)
ApplicationPersonal Use
Warranty1 Year
Related ProductsNinja Foodi Compact 5-qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, Ninja Foodi Pro 6.5 qt 11-in-1 Pressure Cooker

Is the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL worth it?

With all the factors considered, the Ninja Foodi FD401 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker is undoubtedly worth the splurge. More importantly, you can replace three or more kitchen appliances with this machine, so despite its size it will free up your counter space quite significantly.

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