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Ninja 1550 Watt Review

This high performing, four quart model offers the most consistent quality of the bunch
Ninja 1550 Watt
Credit: Ninja
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Price:   $120 List | $99.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Great cooking performance, user friendly, excellent temperature accuracy
Cons:  Not the easiest to clean
Manufacturer:   Ninja
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Jun 17, 2021
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  • Cooking Performance - 35% 8
  • User Friendliness - 25% 9
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 7
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 10

Our Verdict

For those that want reliable cooking performance and a streamlined user experience, the Air Fryer from Ninja is one of the best. In our testing, it reliably added a delightful crispiness to food, and it provides one of the easiest to understand interfaces of all the models on the market. It also maintains nearly perfect temperature accuracy, meaning you can count on it to provide the same results over and over again. Our only small gripe is that the crisping plate does have some grooves and holes, which can make cleaning slightly more difficult than it needs to be. However, overall, this machine makes air frying about as quick, convenient, and tasty as it can get.

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Pros Great cooking performance, user friendly, excellent temperature accuracyFantastic cooking performance, easy to clean, easy to use, great temperature accuracy, multiple cooking functionsGood air frying performance, quite user friendlyInexpensive, easy to clean, good cooking performanceGood cooking performance, inexpensive
Cons Not the easiest to cleanOn the expensive sideRelatively poor temperature accuracy, additional cooking functions somewhat lacklusterFry basket can stick, medicore temperature accuracyVery small capacity
Bottom Line This high performing, four quart model offers the most consistent quality of the bunchExceptional frying performance and an easy to clean design make this one of the best options on the marketGood for air frying, but its extra cooking functions don't quite live up to expectationsAn effective and inexpensive model that offers decent cooking performance and good temperature accuracyA fairly good appliance that is held back by a relatively small capacity
Rating Categories Ninja 1550 Watt Instant Vortex Plus Instant Vortex Plus... Ultrean 4.2qt Dash Compact
Cooking Performance (35%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
User Friendliness (25%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Ease Of Cleaning (20%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Temperature Accuracy (20%)
10.0
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5.0
Specs Ninja 1550 Watt Instant Vortex Plus Instant Vortex Plus... Ultrean 4.2qt Dash Compact
Outside Dimensions 13.6" x 11" x 13.3" 11.5" x 13.25" x 12.75" 13.2" x 13.2" x 14.4" 13.2" x 11.3" x 12.4" 10.2" x 8.1" x 11.4"
Capacity 4 qt 6 qt 6 qt 4.2 qt 2 qt
Accessories Multi-layer rack for dehydrating None Two cooking trays, rotisseries basket, spit, and fork, drip pan None None
Power Consumption 1550W 1700W 1500W 1500W 1000W

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


If you're looking for a dedicated air fryer, the Ninja provides both...
If you're looking for a dedicated air fryer, the Ninja provides both fantastic results and a great overall experience.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Cooking Performance


The Ninja is one of the top-scoring models in this metric. While no particular dish was the absolute best of the bunch, it proved to be far more versatile than most other machines, as all of its food offerings were above average.


In our testing, the Ninja cooked great food across the board. Both its onion rings and tater tots came out golden brown, with a nice crisp. Likewise, the doughnuts had great texture, with just a slight crunch on the outside, and nice, fluffy insides. It also excelled at making chicken. Like all of the fryers we tested, it certainly couldn't replicate actual fried chicken, but it did cook a super tender chicken breast that had just a bit of a crispy skin.

The Ninja excelled in nearly all of our cooking tests, with only...
The Ninja excelled in nearly all of our cooking tests, with only sweet potato fries being a slight weak spot.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The one area where none of the fryers we tested excelled, including the Ninja, was in making sweet potato fries. No model was able to get these fries truly crispy, but there were a few models that did noticeably better than the Ninja — at least in this arena. While we wouldn't call this a weakness, as no model made exceptional fries, the Ninja may not be the best choice if all you're looking for is a healthier way to make sweet potato fries.

User Friendliness


Thanks to a clear interface, a well-designed frying basket, and a thoughtful range of cooking settings, the Ninja earned one of the highest scores in our user-friendliness testing.


This machine offers four different cooking settings: air fry, roast, reheat, and dehydrate. Within the air fry setting, it provides a temperature range from 300˚ to 400˚. In our experience, these settings can accommodate pretty much any air frying recipe you'll find.

The interface is simple and intuitive.
The interface is simple and intuitive.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Despite having several settings, the Ninja still manages to make its operation relatively straightforward. Just push the dedicated button for one of the four cooking settings, set the temperature and cooking time with the dedicated arrow buttons, press start, and you're off to the races.

The fry basket is amongst the smoothest we tested, making one-handed...
The fry basket is amongst the smoothest we tested, making one-handed removal a breeze.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Possibly the nicest thing about this device's user experience is the fry basket design. It has a nice, sturdy handle, slides in and out easily, and fits snugly. This makes it really easy to use just one hand to remove the basket, shake your food to encourage even cooking, and then slide the basket back in. This may seem trivial, but other models have baskets that stick when you try to take them in and out, or even ones that require pot holders, and a healthy dose of caution when you need to redistribute food mid-cooking.

Ease of Cleaning


While the Ninja certainly isn't difficult to clean, this is the one metric where it didn't earn a top score.


Overall, cleaning this device is fairly painless. The frying basket doesn't tend to gunk up or hang on to grease too stubbornly, so there generally isn't any overly zealous scrubbing required. However, the crisping plate on the bottom of the basket has some smaller grooves and holes, as well as a small handle in the middle that provides some places for gunk to hide. Thus, you do have to do a bit of extra precision scrubbing to ensure it gets totally clean.

The bottom of the fry basket does have some areas where grease can...
The bottom of the fry basket does have some areas where grease can gather, sometimes necessitating some extra scrubbing.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Temperature Accuracy


In our temperature accuracy testing, the Ninja was essentially perfect. It locked our testing thermometers into nearly the exact temperature we set it to every time. If you're one that likes to experiment with recipes or just one that values an accurate machine that is likely to replicate the same results over and over, this is the fryer for you.


Value


The Ninja is fairly middle-of-the-road when it comes to price, yet offers top-notch performance, making it quite a good value. If you're looking to save some cash, we have several models in our fleet that offer similar performance, though you will end up sacrificing some temperature accuracy.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


The Ninja Air Fryer is one of the best-dedicated air fryers we've tested. It offers top-notch cooking performance, impressive temperature accuracy, and a good overall user experience.

Max Mutter and Michelle Powell