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Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie Review

Good for air frying, but its extra cooking functions don't quite live up to expectations
Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie
Credit: Instant Appliances
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Price:   $120 List
Pros:  Good air frying performance, quite user friendly
Cons:  Relatively poor temperature accuracy, additional cooking functions somewhat lackluster
Manufacturer:   Instant Appliances
By Michelle Powell and Max Mutter  ⋅  Mar 22, 2021
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  • Cooking Performance - 35% 9
  • User Friendliness - 25% 8
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 7
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 5

Our Verdict

The Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie is a good air fryer that offers multiple other cooking modes as well. While we were generally pleased with its air frying performance, its other cooking features failed to impress us. Overall, we would recommend either getting a dedicated air fryer or investing in one of the better performing multifunction devices over getting the Instant Vortex Plus with Rotisserie. In fact, the non-rotisserie version of this device is one of our favorite air fryers on the market, and would certainly get our recommendation over this machine.

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Pros Good air frying performance, quite user friendlyFantastic 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 clean
Cons Relatively poor temperature accuracy, additional cooking functions somewhat lacklusterOn the expensive sideNot the easiest to cleanMediocre temperature accuracyNo digital readout, lower temperature setting somewhat inaccurate
Bottom Line Performs quite well when air frying, but falls short of being a truly useful multifunction deviceA 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 elsewhere
Rating Categories Instant Vortex... Instant Vortex Plus Ninja 1550 Watt 3.7 Quart... BLACK+DECKER Purifry
Cooking Performance (35%)
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8
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8
User Friendliness (25%)
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Ease Of Cleaning (20%)
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Temperature Accuracy (20%)
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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
Power Consumption 1500W 1700W 1550W 1400W 1200W

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.

Performance Comparison


Credit: Laura Casner

Cooking Performance


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 rotisserie basket used in the air frying mode often encourages...
The rotisserie basket used in the air frying mode often encourages more even cooking.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

We were impressed by the crisp this machine could impart to sweet...
We were impressed by the crisp this machine could impart to sweet potato fries.
Credit: Laura Casner

User Friendliness


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.

This machine has more pieces to clean than most air fryers.
This machine has more pieces to clean than most air fryers.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.


Temperature Accuracy


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.


Value


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.

Credit: Laura Casner

Conclusion


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