Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie Review
Pros: Good air frying performance, quite user friendly
Cons: Relatively poor temperature accuracy, additional cooking functions somewhat lackluster
Manufacturer: Instant Appliances
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Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie
|Price||$120 List||$120 List|
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|Pros||Good air frying performance, quite user friendly||Fantastic cooking performance, easy to clean, easy to use, great temperature accuracy, multiple cooking functions||Great cooking performance, user friendly, excellent temperature accuracy||Great cooking performance, relatively easy to clean, inexpensive||Good cooking performance, easy to clean|
|Cons||Relatively poor temperature accuracy, additional cooking functions somewhat lackluster||On the expensive side||Not the easiest to clean||Mediocre temperature accuracy||No digital readout, lower temperature setting somewhat inaccurate|
|Bottom Line||Performs quite well when air frying, but falls short of being a truly useful multifunction device||A high-performing and multi-functional device that leaves very little to be desired||Can cook the widest variety of foods well, and is quite easy to use||Can cook some great dishes yet costs significantly less than most competitors||A capable cooker, but better value can be found elsewhere|
|Rating Categories||Instant Vortex...||Instant Vortex Plus||Ninja 1550 Watt||3.7 Quart...||BLACK+DECKER Purifry|
|Cooking Performance (35%)|
|User Friendliness (25%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (20%)|
|Temperature Accuracy (20%)|
|Specs||Instant Vortex...||Instant Vortex Plus||Ninja 1550 Watt||3.7 Quart...||BLACK+DECKER Purifry|
|Outside Dimensions||13.2" x 13.2" x 14.4"||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"|
|Capacity||6 qt||6 qt||4 qt||3.7 qt||2.1 qt|
|Accessories||2 cooking trays, rotisseries basket, spit, and fork, drip pan||none||multi-layer rack for dehydrating||none||basket divider|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 Year Limited||1 Year Limited||1 Year Limited||1 Year Limited||2 Year Limited|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie air frys well, but we found its other cooking modes slightly disappointing. If we were to live with one of these devices in our kitchen we feel we would only really use its air frying function, and in that case there are better options on the market.
The Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie did quite well in our air frying tests. In fact, it produced some of the best sweet potato fries we've ever cooked with an air fryer — a notoriously difficult task for most air fryers.
It also performed exceptionally in making tater tots, as the rotation of the basket made them come out near perfectly even and golden. It struggled a bit more to get a good crisp on onion rings and doughnuts, but was still able to cook both dishes with aplomb.
The Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie's various other functions, including baking, toasting, dehydrating, and rotisserie cooking, all worked relatively well in our tests. However, the non-traditional size and shape of the device limits what exactly you can cook in baking or toasting mode.
Overall, the Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie is quite easy to use. In particular, its touchscreen interface is clear and intuitive. This is key, as the device has many cooking settings to navigate through.
All multifunction air fryers have to make some sacrifice in air frying convenience in order to offer other cooking features, and the Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie is no exception. You can air fry either with the rotisserie basket or with one of its two trays. The trays must be carefully handled with pot holders as they get hot during cooking. The rotisserie requires a special tool to remove, and then it must be handled with potholders. Either of these options are less convenient than the built-in handles on the fry baskets of most dedicated air fryers. In many cases, multifunction air fryers make up for these inconveniences with their versatility. In our opinion, the Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie is not one of those devices.
Ease of Cleaning
All of the Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie's cooking accessories, including the fry basket, the rotisserie rack, and the baking sheets, are dishwasher safe. Like all oven-style multifunction devices, the difficulty in cleaning comes if a recipe splatters and gets the inside of the baking chamber dirty. In that case you have to somewhat awkwardly scrub out and dry the inside of the oven.
The Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie was one of the lower performers in our temperature accuracy tests. In general our calibrated testing thermometers read 15-30˚ over the set temperature, occasionally getting as much as 50˚ above the expected temperature. In general we didn't see too many negative consequences of this in our cooking results, but it does seem it would be easy to dry out food given how hot this device can run.
The Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie's price is right in line with what we'd expect for a high-quality air fryer. Seeing as it does air fry fairly well, we think this represents a reasonable value. However, we have found models at around the same price that provide slightly better overall performance.
The Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie performs quite well as an air fryer, but we weren't impressed enough with its additional features and functions to ignore the idiosyncrasies that those features bring along.
— Michelle Powell and Max Mutter