Ninja Foodi Digital Oven Review
Pros: Relatively easy to use and clean, good air cooking performance, toaster oven functionality, flips up for easy storage
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|Pros||Relatively easy to use and clean, good air cooking performance, toaster oven functionality, flips up for easy storage||Fantastic cooking performance, easy to clean, easy to use, great temperature accuracy, multiple cooking functions||Great cooking performance, user friendly, excellent temperature accuracy||Good air frying performance, clear interface, can also pressure cook||Good cooking performance, inexpensive|
|Cons||Expensive||On the expensive side||Not the easiest to clean||Expensive, crisping lid can be hard to clean||Very small capacity|
|Bottom Line||Ideal for those considering adding both a toaster oven and air fryer to their kitchen collection||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||A convenient machine that combines pressure cooking and air frying capabilities||A fairly good appliance that is held back by a relatively small capacity|
|Rating Categories||Ninja Foodi Digital...||Instant Vortex Plus||Ninja 1550 Watt||Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL||Dash Compact|
|Cooking Performance (35%)|
|User Friendliness (25%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (20%)|
|Temperature Accuracy (20%)|
|Specs||Ninja Foodi Digital...||Instant Vortex Plus||Ninja 1550 Watt||Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL||Dash Compact|
|Outside Dimensions||19.7" x 7.6" x 15"||11.5" x 13.25" x 12.75"||13.6" x 11" x 13.3"||16.1" x 14.57" x 14.29"||10.2" x 8.1" x 11.4"|
|Capacity||4 qt||6 qt||4 qt||5 qt||2 qt|
|Accessories||Wire rack, air fry basket, sheet pan||None||Multi-layer rack for dehydrating||Pressure cooking pot and crisping basket||None|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Throughout our air frying tests, the Ninja Foodi Digital Oven produced above-average results. Overall, we don't think you're making a sacrifice in using the Digital Oven to air fry over using a dedicated air fryer.
The Ninja Foodi Digital Oven excelled in air frying almost every dish we threw at it. It produced field-leading results when making onion rings, chicken breast, doughnuts, and tater tots. Its only weakness in this arena was that it took a bit longer than some other fryers to get the tater tots completely crispy.
We've found that getting sweet potato fries truly crispy is a big challenge for most air fryers, so we've used it as our torture test. The Digital Oven did struggle a bit in this arena, with the results tasking more like slightly crispy potato wedges than sweet potato fries.
As a toaster oven, the Ninja Foodi Digital Oven is spectacular. In fact, it was one of the top scorers in the baking tests for our toaster oven review.
The Ninja Foodi Digital Oven offers a great interface and some unique features that make it quite easy to use. The fry basket is a bit less convenient to handle than those of most dedicated air fryers, but we see that as a small tradeoff.
The interface on this device is simple, straightforward, and fast. A single dial lets you quickly scroll through settings. By pressing the dial you can switch between selecting cooking modes, times, and temperatures.
The digital Oven is fairly short and wide, allowing for a large cooking capacity. When not in use, you can flip the oven up on its end. In this configuration it is just under 15 inches tall, 20 inches wide, and 8 inches deep. In most kitchens this will be able to slide against the wall underneath the cabinets and almost disappear.
Like all multifunction air fryers, the Digital Oven has to make some sacrifices when it comes to air frying convenience. Namely, the air frying basket is all metal and is placed inside the oven chamber, meaning it must carefully be handled with oven mitts when shaking or removing the food. In comparison to dedicated air fryers that generally have exterior handles that don't get hot during cooking, this is a bit more challenging. However, it's well worth it if you value the machine's added functionality.
Ease of Cleaning
The Ninja Foodi Digital Oven isn't particularly difficult to clean but fell behind some of the dedicated devices in our cleaning tests.
The fry basket itself is actually quite easy to clean. The square shape and lack of a handle make it easier to scrub in the sink. It is also completely dishwasher safe. The slight problem comes with the oven chamber. If an air frying recipe splatters or pops at all the interior of the oven gets dirty, requires some elbow grease to get clean, and some careful wiping to get dry.
In our tests, the Ninja Foodi Digital Oven's temperature fluctuated a bit more than those of other air fryers, likely due to the much larger cooking chamber and the inherent challenge of keeping the extra space evenly heated. However, it never wavered more than 20˚ from the set temperature, and we didn't see any negative impacts of this slight fluctuation in the recipes we prepared.
The Ninja Foodi Digital Oven is significantly less expensive than most competing air fryer/toaster oven devices on the market. It is more expensive than a dedicated air fryer, but as long as you plan to take advantage of its versatility, we think it is a fantastic value.
The Ninja Foodi Digital Oven is one of the most effective air fryer/toaster oven combos that we've ever come across. It can even dehydrate as well. For those looking for a versatile and multifunction countertop appliance, it's hard to do much better. It manages to combine air frying and toaster oven capabilities into a reasonably priced and convenient device.
— Max Mutter and Michelle Powell