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Instant Vortex Plus Review

A high-performing and multi-functional that leaves very little to be desired
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $120 List | $100 at Amazon
Pros:  Fantastic cooking performance, easy to celan, 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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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

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

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.

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.

Temperature Accuracy

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


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.


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