Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL Review
Pros: Good pressure cooking performance, can air fry and dehydrate, intuitive interface
Cons: Expensive, cripsing lid can get in the way and be hard to clean
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|Pros||Good pressure cooking performance, can air fry and dehydrate, intuitive interface||Perfect size for meals for 1 or 2, easy to clean, good pressure cooking performance, doesn't need much counter space||User friendly, easy to clean, reasonably priced, pressure release button||User friendly, easy to clean, large LCD screen||User friendly, easy to clean, reasonably priced|
|Cons||Expensive, cripsing lid can get in the way and be hard to clean||Too small for family meals, meat just shy of perfectly tender||Meat slightly less tender than some other models||More expensive than its equally capable sibling||Marginally less tender meat than the Breville|
|Bottom Line||A great choice for those that want both air frying and pressure cooking capabilities in a single device||All the convenience and performance of larger models in a more compact package||Offers all the useful bells and whistles one could want while remaining simple and easy to use||A great product, but not enough of an improvement over its predecessor to justify the extra cost for most people||Combination of great performance and middle-of-the-road price makes this the a great option for the vast majority of people|
|Rating Categories||Ninja Foodi Deluxe...||Instant Pot DUO Mini||Instant Pot DUO Nova||Instant Pot DUO...||Instant Pot DUO60|
|User Friendliness (35%)|
|Cooking Performance (30%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (25%)|
|Cooking Features (10%)|
|Specs||Ninja Foodi Deluxe...||Instant Pot DUO Mini||Instant Pot DUO Nova||Instant Pot DUO...||Instant Pot DUO60|
|Pot Material||Nonstick||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Capacity||8 quart||3 quart||6 quart||6 quart||6 quart|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL is one of the best iterations we've seen of the recent pressure cooker/air fryer multipurpose device trend. If you have any inclination that you'll want to have both options available to you in the near future, we think it's worth the investment. Yes, this device is more expensive than more pressure cookers, but is comparable in cost to and takes up far less counter space than buying a separate air fryer and pressure cooker.
Despite offering a multitude of functions, we found the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL to be quite easy to use and uncovered only a few small annoyances along the way.
The best part about the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL's user experience is its interface. Dedicated buttons let you select the time, temp, and function modes. Within each mode there is a selector knob that allows for quick scrolling to find your desired temp, cook time, or cooking function. Then you simply press the knob to start cooking.
As the name implies, the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL offers more cooking capacity tham many competing models — 8 quarts when in pressure cooking mode and 5 quarts when in air frying mode. This makes it a great decision for larger families, or those that like to cook in large batches and then eat leftovers.
The largest annoyance we encountered when using this device is the presence of the permanently attached air frying lid. When in pressure cooking mode, this lid often gets in the way when stirring or serving. It also makes the unit quite tall, enough so that it may not fit underneath some kitchen cabinets. While this is less than ideal, we see it as a fair tradeoff for the multifunctionality the crisping lid adds.
We saw relatively little difference in pressure cooking performance amongst the models we tested, and the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL kept pace with the rest of the field. Bottom line, we don't think anyone will find its pressure cooking abilities lacking.
In our tests, the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL was able to produce very tender, fall off the bone ribs. It also managed to get vegetables tender without drying them out. Rice came out tasting good, but more on the moist/sticky side of things rather than the fluffy side. Overall, we enjoyed every meal we made with this device. Importantly, it offers a saute function that we found to work well. This greatly increases the number of one-pot meals you can make.
In terms of air frying, we found the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL's results to be on par with those of the dedicated air fryers that we've tested.
The combination of pressure cooking and air frying is where this device shines the most. You can prep any meal quickly and easily with the pressure cooking function, then pop off the pressure cooking lid and shut the cripsing lid and finish that meal off with a crisping cycle to get a delightful crunchy crust. We had great luck using this technique on chicken and brussel sprouts.
Ease of Cleaning
The required cleaning of the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL is generally on par with that of most other pressure cooking devices. If you put it into air frying mode the crisping lid general stays clean. However, if your recipes pops or splatters at all the crisping lid can be a bit annoying to clean.
This device uses a nonstick pressure cooking pot, which we found to be quite easy to clean. Even after slightly burning veggies using the saute function the pot was easy to scrub out. The pressure cooking lid is similarly easy to clean.
Most of the time the air crisping lid remained fairly clean when we used the air frying function, requiring no more than a quick wipe with a rag. However, if a recipe popped or splattered the air frying lid did get quite dirty. Because it is permanently attached to the device, it then required some fairly awkward scrubbing and wiping down to get clean and dry.
Some pressure cookers offer specific presets for almost every imaginable cooking scenario. For example, some offer a preset for poultry, red meat, vegetables, and so forth. The Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL doesn't go this route, so it technically has fewer cooking features than some of its competitors. However, its crisping lid adds air frying and dehydrating capabilities into the mix, meaning it can accomplish more cooking tasks than almost any other model on the market.
A Full List of The Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL's Cooking Functions
Pressure Cook, Steam, Slow Cook, Saute, Air Crisp, Bake, Broil, Dehydrate
The Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL is significantly more expensive than the average pressure cooker. However, it costs about the same as it would to buy both a pressure cooker and an air fryer. Seeing as this takes up less counter space than two devices, and that being able to pressure cook and air fry in the same chamber opens up a number different cooking possibilities, this is a great value for those seeking both cooking functions. If you don't see yourself using the air fry mode that much, however, you can save a lot of money elsewhere.
For those seeking a device that can both pressure cook and air fry, or those that want a pressure cooker that can add a crispy skin to their chicken, we think the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL is one of the best options on the market.
— Michelle Powell and Max Mutter