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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|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||Inexpensive, easy to clean, good cooking performance||Good cooking performance, inexpensive|
|Cons||Relatively poor temperature accuracy, additional cooking functions somewhat lackluster||On the expensive side||Not the easiest to clean||Fry basket can stick, medicore temperature accuracy||Very small capacity|
|Bottom Line||Good for air frying, but its extra cooking functions don't quite live up to expectations||Exceptional frying performance and an easy to clean design make this one of the best options on the market||This high performing, four quart model offers the most consistent quality of the bunch||An effective and inexpensive model that offers decent cooking performance and good temperature accuracy||A fairly good appliance that is held back by a relatively small capacity|
|Rating Categories||Instant Vortex Plus...||Instant Vortex Plus||Ninja Air Fryer||Ultrean 4.2qt||Dash Compact|
|Cooking Performance (35%)|
|User Friendliness (25%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (20%)|
|Temperature Accuracy (20%)|
|Specs||Instant Vortex Plus...||Instant Vortex Plus||Ninja Air Fryer||Ultrean 4.2qt||Dash Compact|
|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"||13.2" x 11.3" x 12.4"||10.2" x 8.1" x 11.4"|
|Capacity||6 qt||6 qt||4 qt||4.2 qt||2 qt|
|Accessories||Two cooking trays, rotisseries basket, spit, and fork, drip pan||None||Multi-layer rack for dehydrating||None||None|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The 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.
Its 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, this product 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 this product 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 potholders 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, this is not one of those devices.
Ease of Cleaning
All of the 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 VortexPlus is 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. 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.
Its 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