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Instant Vortex Plus Review

Exceptional frying performance and an easy to clean design make this one of the best options on the market
Instant Vortex Plus
Credit: Instant Appliances
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Price:   $120 List | $120 at Amazon
Pros:  Fantastic cooking performance, easy to clean, easy to use, great temperature accuracy, multiple cooking functions
Cons:  On the expensive side
Manufacturer:   Instant Appliances
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Jun 25, 2020
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  • Cooking Performance - 35% 9
  • User Friendliness - 25% 9
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 9
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 10

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 6-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 Instant 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 functionsGreat cooking performance, user friendly, excellent temperature accuracyGreat cooking performance, relatively easy to clean, inexpensiveGood cooking performance, easy to cleanVery intuitive, relatively good cooking performance
Cons On the expensive sideNot the easiest to cleanMediocre temperature accuracyNo digital readout, lower temperature setting somewhat inaccurateExpensive, can sometimes be difficult to clean
Bottom Line A high-performing and multi-functional device that leaves very little to be desiredCan cook the widest variety of foods well, and is quite easy to useCan cook some great dishes yet costs significantly less than most competitorsA capable cooker, but better value can be found elsewhereVery easy to use and makes good food, but fails to live up to its relatively high cost
Rating Categories Instant Vortex Plus Ninja 1550 Watt 3.7 Quart... BLACK+DECKER Purifry Philips HD9641/96...
Cooking Performance (35%)
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8
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7
User Friendliness (25%)
9
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9
Ease Of Cleaning (20%)
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Temperature Accuracy (20%)
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Specs Instant Vortex Plus Ninja 1550 Watt 3.7 Quart... BLACK+DECKER Purifry Philips HD9641/96...
Outside Dimensions 11.5" x 13.25" x 12.75" 13.6" x 11" x 13.3" 12" x 8" x 8" 11.1" x 9.8" x 11.5" 14.4" x 10.5" x 11.3"
Capacity 6 qt 4 qt 3.7 qt 2.1 qt 2.8 qt
Accessories none multi-layer rack for dehydrating none basket divider none
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 2 Year Limited 1 Year Limited
Power Consumption 1700W 1550W 1400W 1200W 1425W

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


Credit: Laura Casner

Cooking Performance


The Instant 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 really struggled to find anything to complain about with the Instant Vortex Plus's onion rings, doughnuts, and tater tots. The onion rings came out evenly cooked with a solid and satisfying crisp. The doughnuts managed to stay 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 Instant 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.

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

We've been using sweet potato fires 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 Instant 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 Instant 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 pot holder.

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 Instant Vortex Plus is easier to clean than most air fryers on the market.


Most air fryers utilize fry baskets with small holes in order to maximize airflow. These small holes tend to get gunked up with grease and present a cleaning challenge. The Instant Vortex Plus instead 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.

The basket of the Instant Vortex Plus is one of the easiest to clean.
The basket of the Instant Vortex Plus is one of the easiest to clean.
Credit: Laura Casner

Temperature Accuracy


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


Value


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

Credit: Laura Casner

Conclusion


The Instant Vortex Plus is one of the best air fryers currently on the market. Its exceptional performance and larger 6-quart capacity make it the perfect choice for any air frying application.

Max Mutter and Michelle Powell