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Instant Vortex Plus Review

Exceptional frying performance and an easy to clean design makes this one of the best options on the market
Instant Vortex Plus
Credit: Instant Appliances
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $120 List | $94.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Fantastic cooking performance, easy to clean, easy to use, great temperature accuracy, multiple cooking functions
Cons:  Cost
Manufacturer:   Instant Appliances
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Jun 26, 2020
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  • Cooking Performance - 35% 8.7
  • User Friendliness - 25% 8.4
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 9.0
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 10.0

Our Verdict

Featuring impeccable cooking performance, an easy-to-use interface, and a fry tray that is easy to clean, the Instant Vortex Plus offers a nearly impeccable air frying experience. It even features a larger than average six-quart capacity, allowing you to prepare larger meals or bigger batches of sides. The only slight complaint we can levy against it is the price — it costs a bit more than the average air fryer. However, for those that are looking to approximate the taste of fried food while using a lot less oil, the Vortex Plus delivers results and a user experience that are well worth the extra cost.

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Pros Fantastic cooking performance, easy to clean, easy to use, great temperature accuracy, multiple cooking functionsEven cooking, accurate temperature, good crunch, non-stick, sleek, controls are straightforwardGreat cooking performance, user friendly, excellent temperature accuracyInexpensive, easy to clean, good cooking performanceSimple design, great price, always-on mode for longer cooking, easy to clean, non-stick, cooks juicy chicken, solid temperature accuracy
Cons CostTouchscreen occasionally doesn't register touch, one level in basket, limited one-hour timerNot the easiest to clean, costFry basket can stick, medicore temperature accuracySmall basket, large footprint for such a small basket, lacks functions
Bottom Line Exceptional frying performance and an easy to clean design makes this one of the best options on the marketEvenly cooks food, offers straightforward controls, and provides easy cleaning - all at a great priceThis high performing, four quart model offers some of the most consistent qualityAn effective and inexpensive model that offers decent cooking performance and good temperature accuracyThis simplistic model is easy to clean, but it trades price for performance, as it is not very intuitive and the small basket is limiting
Rating Categories Instant Vortex Plus Beautiful by Drew B... Ninja Air Fryer Ultrean Air Fryer Amazon Basics Compact
Cooking Performance (35%)
8.7
8.3
7.7
7.5
7.8
User Friendliness (25%)
8.4
8.4
8.8
7.4
5.2
Ease of Cleaning (20%)
9.0
9.5
7.0
8.0
7.5
Temperature Accuracy (20%)
10.0
9.0
10.0
7.0
9.0
Specs Instant Vortex Plus Beautiful by Drew B... Ninja Air Fryer Ultrean Air Fryer Amazon Basics Compact
Outside Dimensions 11.5" x 13.3" x 12.8" 6.1" x 10.4" x 7.4" 13.6" x 11" x 13.3" 13.2" x 11.3" x 12.4" 15.5" x 11" x 12.5"
Capacity 6 qt 6 qt 4 qt 4.2 qt 3.2 qt
Accessories None None Multi-layer rack for dehydrating None Cooking tray
Power Consumption 1700 watt 1700 watt 1550 watt 1500 watt 1400 watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Instant Vortex Plus excelled in every one of our tests, making it a great choice for those looking for a high-quality air fryer, even if it comes at a slightly above average price.

Performance Comparison


Instant Vortex Plus air fryer
Credit: Laura Casner

Cooking Performance


The Vortex Plus left itself very little room for improvement in our cooking tests, prepping everything to near perfection.


Our kitchen experts and panel of taste testers struggled to find anything to complain about with the Vortex Plus' onion rings, doughnuts, and tater tots. The onion rings came out evenly cooked, with a solid and satisfying crisp. The doughnuts were delectable and fluffy on the inside, while taking on a crispy and flaky consistency on the outside. The tater tots displayed such a combination of crunch and fluffiness that we're pretty sure someone might classify them as deep-fried in a double-blind study — a compliment we would give to very few of the foods we've prepared in air fryers.

When cooking chicken, the Vortex Plus produced cuts so tender and moist they could be cut with a fork. However, the outsides only had a slight crisp to them — some models were able to make chicken taste just a bit crispier.

Instant Vortex Plus air fryer - the vortex plus served up some of the most delectable treats in our...
The Vortex Plus served up some of the most delectable treats in our testing.
Credit: Laura Casner

We've been using sweet potato fries as a bit of a torture test for our air fryers because we've yet to find a model that can get sweet potato fries truly crispy. The Vortex Plus didn't fully scale this mountain, but it made the fries crispier than any other model we've tested. Crispy enough, in fact, that we'd call them a reasonable replacement for deep-fried sweet potato fries.

User Friendliness


The Vortex Plus provided us with one of the most pleasant air frying experiences we've encountered.


The control panel couldn't be simpler. There are dedicated buttons for selecting each one of its six cooking functions, and a knob for quickly scrolling through cooking temperatures and times. The basket can easily be slid in and out using just one hand. This makes removing the basket mid-cooking to shake the contents (a requirement for many recipes) quick and simple. The tray can fall out when you're dumping its contents onto a plate, but this problem is easily remedied with a spatula or potholder.

Instant Vortex Plus air fryer - the fry basket is very easy to remove with one hand.
The fry basket is very easy to remove with one hand.
Credit: Laura Casner

Extra Cooking Features


On top of air frying, this device is capable of roasting, broiling, baking, reheating, and dehydrating.

Ease of Cleaning


Thanks to a unique fry basket design, the Vortex Plus is easier to clean than most air fryers on the market.


Most air fryers utilize fry baskets with small holes to maximize airflow. These small holes tend to get gunked up with grease and present a cleaning challenge. The Vortex Plus uses a removable tray that allows air to circulate under the food. We found this tray much easier to clean than the more common fry baskets.

Instant Vortex Plus air fryer - the basket of the vortex plus is one of the easiest to clean.
The basket of the Vortex Plus is one of the easiest to clean.
Credit: Laura Casner

Temperature Accuracy


The Vortex Plus displayed near-perfect temperature accuracy in our testing, reliably hitting the set temperature every single cook cycle.


Value


The Vortex Plus is a bit more expensive than the average air fryer, but not to a ridiculous degree. Seeing as it provides exceptional performance, this slight bump in price is well worth it, making it a great overall value.

Instant Vortex Plus air fryer
Credit: Laura Casner

Conclusion


The Instant Vortex Plus is one of the best air fryers currently on the market. Its exceptional performance and larger six-quart capacity make it the perfect choice for any air frying application.

Max Mutter and Michelle Powell
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