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Ninja SP101 or the Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven is the brand’s fold-away toaster oven. If there’s one reason to get this product, it’s that space-saving design.
It requires ample counter space, but you can still utilize that real estate for preparing food when you fold it away. Just make sure the distance between your cabinet and kitchen counter can accommodate a 15-inch tall kitchen appliance.
It also doesn’t have the surround convection feature, which eliminates the need for turning your recipe. Based on the SP101 quick start guide, you still have to rotate the air fryer basket. It’s probably because of the placement of the fan on the left side of the interior and how small it is.
If you don’t have enough space, the Ninja SP101 will complement your available real estate. You just need to keep in mind that it won’t help you cook a large serving of beef and poultry products.
Here are a few more things that you need to know about this oven toaster.
- Modern space saving design, you can flip it away when not in use
- Cheaper than the Ninja DT251 and Ninja DT201.
- Easy to maintain, you can open the back panel for deep cleaning
- 60-second preheat, quicker than traditional ovens
- 60% faster cooking time than full-sized ovens
- Generous capacity, fits 13″ pizza, 9 slices of bread, and 6 chicken breasts
- 8-in-1 function: air crisp, air roast, air broil, bake, dehydrate, keep warm, toast, bagel
- Dishwasher safe parts
- 1-year warranty
- Not a real air fryer, the fan on the side is too small
- Requires turning for even cooking/baking
- Not ideal for roasting a large portion of beef, whole chicken or turkey
What can you cook with the Ninja SP101?
The Ninja SP101 is a capable oven toaster. It’s also capable of roasting, air frying, broiling, baking, and dehydrating your favorite fruits.
Here are all the things that you can do with the Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven.
Air crisp is simply its air fry function. The Ninja Foodi SP101 has a small fan on the left side to maximize heat distribution. It’s perfect for cooking french fries, chicken wings, nuggets, and other breaded foods.
Pro Tip: Spray the cooking basket with non-stick cooking spray for easy cleanup.
While it can’t roast a whole chicken, it can work well with small portions of protein. It’s the ideal setting for making sheet pan meals.
With the air broil function, you can serve your dish with a professional golden brown finish. Aside from being a great tool to up your casserole game, it’s also useful for cooking steaks, fish, and nachos with high heat coming from the top.
The bake function of the Ninja SP101 has even heat from the top and bottom without the fan running. It’s the ideal setting for baking cookies, cupcakes, and frozen pizzas.
Dehydrating is a long game. It takes eight hours to dehydrate fruits from the air fry basket. It’s a nice feature, but it doesn’t have much space to dehydrate fruits and jerkies in bulk.
If you simply want to keep your food warm, this setting will engage low heat without the fan running for two hours. This way, you’ll always serve your main dish perfectly warm.
You can fit up to nine slices of bread with the Ninja Digital Air Fry Oven. With even heat distribution from the top and bottom, you’ll have even browning on both sides. This function will also work for English muffins and frozen waffles.
Like the toast function, you can also fit up to 9 bagel slices in the Ninja SP101. Just make sure to place it cut side up to ensure browning of the cut portion.
See the Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven in Action
Here’s how the Ninja Digital Air Fry Oven works, plus how you can flip it away.
The Ninja SP101 or the Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven is an excellent 8-in-1 oven toaster with a generous capacity. It can cook a 3-inch pizza, nine slices of bread, or six chicken breasts in one go. The Ninja SP101 is an oven toaster that folds up nicely when not in use. This space saving-feature is probably the best part about this product.
Is it easy to use?
Unlike the Ninja Foodi XL Pro Air Oven or the Ninja Foodi Smart Oven, the control panel of the Ninja SP101 is located on the right side. It’s pretty much the same except for the turn dial, which acts as the function selector and a start button.
If you watched the video above, you’d see how easy it is to use.
One advantage of this oven toaster is it only has two rack levels for cooking. Unless you’re toasting or air frying, you’ll most certainly use the bottom rack.
The quick start guide has plenty of tips to maximize all of the eight cooking functions of the Ninja Foodi SP101.
How to clean the Ninja Foodi Flip-Up Toaster Oven?
In terms of maintenance, you won’t have any issues with this oven toaster. Apart from you can flip it away, the sheet pan and air fryer basket are dishwasher safe.
To make cleanup even more straightforward, cover your sheet pan with aluminum foil to catch all the greases from roasting protein. It’s going to save you a lot of time cleaning up tough food particles.
When it comes to the air fry basket, spraying it with cooking oil before loading your recipe is highly recommended. It will prevent your dish from sticking, thus making it easier to wash.
Then, all that’s left is to wipe the exterior and interiors with a clean damp cloth. The beauty of the ninja foodi digital air fry oven is you can fold it up for storage. In this upright position, you can also open the bottom panel for deep cleaning.
Pro Tip: Let the oven cool down before handling. Don’t worry; the timer will display “FLIP” when it’s cool enough for storage or cleaning.
Ninja Foodi SP101 Accessories
Since the Ninja Foodi SP101 has massive cooking space, it doesn’t have many accessories. You only have a 13 x 13-inch sheet pan and an air fryer basket of the same size. Those are the core accessories, but you also get the essential parts like the wire rack and crumb tray.
And yes, those are the only things you need to perform all eight functions of the Ninja Digital Air Fry Oven. You can air fry, roast, broil, dehydrate, toast bread and bagel, and keep your dish warm with this multi-purpose oven.
When in doubt, you can always refer to the manual or the quick start guide. That’s one thing I like about Ninja, the manuals are very detailed, and the quick start guide is super intuitive. Not to mention that your purchase also comes with a recipe book.
*Product Images and Video Courtesy of Shark Ninja
|Type||Ninja Oven, Ninja Air Fryer|
|Model #||SP101, FT102A, FT102CO, SP100, SP101C, SP101H|
|Rating||4.5 out of 5|
|Functions||Air Crisp, Air Roast, Air Broil, Bake, Dehydrate, Keep Warm, Toast, Bagel|
|Capacity||Fits a 13″ Pizza, up to 9 slices of toast or 6 chicken breasts (6–8 oz. Each)|
|Dishwasher safe||Yes (Wire Rack + Air Fry Basket only)|
|Dimensions||19.72 x 7.56 x 14.96 inches (50 x 19.2 x 38 cm)|
|Cord Length||3 ft. (914 cm)|
Is the Ninja Foodi SP101 Digital Air Fry Oven worth it?
If you’re looking to replace your toaster oven and, at the same time, looking for an air fryer, the Ninja SP101 Digital Air Fry Oven is a good choice. Though it’s a huge oven, you can fold it up neatly when not in use.
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