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Ninja Foodi Digital Oven Review

One of the best multifunction cooking devices on the market
Ninja Foodi Digital Oven
Credit: Ninja
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Price:   $230 List | $210 at Amazon
Pros:  Great baking performance, great temperature accuracy, cna also air fry and dehydrate, flips on its end when not in use to save space
Cons:  Somewhat expensive
Manufacturer:   Ninja
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Mar 25, 2021
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  • Baking - 30% 9
  • Ease of Use - 25% 9
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 9
  • Frozen Food - 15% 8
  • Toasting - 10% 8

Our Verdict

Multifunction cooking devices often make sacrifices in the performance of at least one of their functions, or at the very least cost considerably more than competing devices. Impressively, neither is the case with the Ninja Foodi Digital Oven, which combines toaster oven, air fryer, and dehydrator functionality into a single device. In our baking and toasting tests it proved to be one of the most capable toaster ovens on the market. It did similarly well in our air frying and dehydrating tests. Despite this well-rounded performance, it costs about what one would expect a high-performing, single function toaster oven to cost. It also costs close to half of what most competing toaster oven/air fryer combo devices cost. To top it all off, it can fit a 13" pizza, yet easily flips up on its end, barely taking up any space when not in use. Overall, it's hard to find anything to complain about with this device.

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Pros Great baking performance, great temperature accuracy, cna also air fry and dehydrate, flips on its end when not in use to save spaceExcellent temperature accuracy, great all-around cooking performance, bevy of cooking modes, user-friendlyEasy to use, great all-around cooking performance, great temperature accuracyGreat temperature accuracy, good all around performanceCompact, great all-around cooking performance, great temperature accuracy
Cons Somewhat expensiveVery expensive, may be too large for smaller kitchensExpensiveExpensiveSmaller capacity
Bottom Line A top notch oven that adds air frying and dehydrating functions as wellThe best option for versatile cooks that don't mind paying extra for better performance and more featuresLikely as good, if not better, than your conventional ovenTop notch cooking quality and temperature accuracy, but is just slightly inferior to competing modelsPerfect for space constrained, discerning cooks
Rating Categories Ninja Foodi... Breville Smart... Breville Smart... 12" Convection... Breville Mini...
Baking (30%)
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Ease Of Use (25%)
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Temperature Accuracy (20%)
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Toasting (10%)
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Specs Ninja Foodi... Breville Smart... Breville Smart... 12" Convection... Breville Mini...
Outer Dimensions 19.7" x 7.6" x 15" 17.2" x 21.4" x 12.8" 11.2" x 18.5" x 16.2" 16.1" x 18" x 12.1" 15.5" x 14" x 8.8"
Maximum Pizza Diameter 13" 13" 12" 12" 11"
Accesories Wire rack, air fry basket, sheet pan 13" Pizza Pan, Oven Racks x2, 9"x13" Broil Rack, Enamel Roasting Pan, Mesh basket rack Baking pan, Broil rack, Pizza pan Baking pan, Broil rack Baking pan
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year Limited 2 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 1 Year Full 1 Year Limited
Power Consumption (W) 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Ninja Foodi Digital Oven manages to be a top-notch toaster oven, a great air fryer, and an effective food dehydrator, all while conveniently flipping on its side to take up an inconsequential amount of counter space when not in use.

Performance Comparison


Credit: Laura Casner

Baking


All around, the Ninja Foodi Digital Oven served up delicious food in our baking tests. Everything from chicken to cookies to cakes came out evenly cooked with near perfect texture.


The only thing to pay attention to when baking with the Ninja Foodi Digital Oven is its speed. In general we found that it baked things faster than most ovens, meaning there's a decent chance that leaving cake or brownie mix in for the time specified on the box may lead to drier or slightly burnt results. However, by keeping an eye on the cake we made and taking it out when the outside got golden, we got better results from this countertop oven than we did from a fully-fledged conventional oven.

The Ninja Foodi Oven baked everything well in our tests. Jest be...
The Ninja Foodi Oven baked everything well in our tests. Jest be aware that it cooks faster than many other ovens.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


The Ninja Foodi Digital Oven is definitely designed with user friendliness in mind, and that starts with the interface. Despite taking up very little space, and thus contributing to the relatively minimalistic design of the device, it is quite clear and easy to navigate. A single knob allows for quick scrolling through the multitude of cooking presets, as well as temperature and time settings.


On top of the slick interface, the Ninja Foodi Digital Oven utilizes a simple crumb tray that is both easy to remove and easy to clean. The door handle is on the side of the oven, which allows for a clear and unobstructed view of its contents.

The interface is simple and well designed.
The interface is simple and well designed.
Credit: Laura Casner

Perhaps most importantly, the Ninja Foodi Digital Oven has a foot with a hinge so it can be easy folded up when not in use. In its folded configuration it can fit underneath most cabinets and takes up barely more counter space than a traditional slot toaster. Once folded back down it can easily accommodate a full sized 13" pizza.

The Ninja Foodi Oven flips up both for convenient, space-saving...
The Ninja Foodi Oven flips up both for convenient, space-saving storage and for easy cleaning access.
Credit: Laura Casner

Temperature Accuracy


The Ninja Foodi Digital Oven was one of the most accurate ovens we tested. Occasionally when set to 350˚ it would run just a tad hot. Otherwise, it managed to stay almost exactly at the set temperature. It also heated up much faster than most ovens, able to go from totally cold to 450˚ in under 7 minutes.

Frozen Food


Throughout our frozen food testing the Ninja Foodi Digital Oven produced great results. Tater tots came out crispy and evenly cooked, lasagna came out fully cooked with just the right amount of moisture, and flatbreads came out perfectly crispy.


The one minor issue we ran into was with frozen pizza. When cooking a full-sized pizza, one side tended to come out a little darker than the other. This discrepancy was small enough that it didn't affect our enjoyment of the pizza, but it was noticeable.

Toasting


The Ninja Foodi Digital Oven continued to excel in our toasting tests. It was able to get a very even browning on bread and managed to get the cut side of bagels crispy while leaving the backsides warm and gooey. If you prefer your bagels toasted on both sides, it can do that too.


The only slight imperfection we found in the Ninja Foodi Digital Oven's toasting performance was in its toast map. When we loaded up the oven wall to wall with toast, the toast placed close to the door came out slightly lighter than the toast in the center. However, this problem is much worse in most of the other models we've tested.

Credit: Laura Casner

Value


The Ninja Foodi Digital Oven is priced on the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to toaster ovens. However, it performs better than the vast majority of ovens on the market, and it can effectively air fry and dehydrate as well. If you're willing to spend a bit extra for premium performance, we think the Ninja Foodi Digital Oven delivers everything you'd expect and then some.

Conclusion


For those looking for a premium toaster oven, the Ninja Foodi Digital Oven is a fantastic choice. Not only does it bake superbly, it can also function as an air fryer and dehydrator, and it flips onto its end for space saving storage.

Max Mutter and Michelle Powell