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Compare Ninja Foodi and Instant Vortex Air Fryers
(Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 vs. Ninja Foodi Pro 5-in-1 vs. Instant Vortex 4-in-1 vs. Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1)
Comparing the Selected Air Fryers
(Ninja Foodi 5-in-1, Ninja Foodi Pro 5-in-1, Instant Vortex 4-in-1 and Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1)
The following table compares the four selected air fryers. Please read the explanations to the table notes for a better understanding of the features that come with each.
Selected Air Fryers Comparison Table
All four air fryers are equipped with a removable non-stick basket used to prepare crispy fries and other foods. The basket itself is easily detachable from the unit which makes it easy to transfer food from the air fryer to a serving dish. There is however a difference between the Ninja Foodi and Instant Vortex air fryers:
- With both Instant Vortex air fryers, the basket is used for all the modes of cooking available that are offered.
The basket that comes with the Instant Vortex air fryers can hold 6 Quarts of food.
- With both Ninja Foodi air fryers, while the basket must be used for some of the modes of cooking that are offered, other modes of cooking are done in a non-stick cooking pot that comes with both Ninja Foodi air fryers. For more details on this, please refer to Note 4 below.
The basket that comes with the Ninja Foodi air fryers can hold 4 Quarts of food, while their cooking pot can hold 6 Quarts
All four air fryers are equipped either with dials and/or digital controls to set and adjust the temperature and the cooking time:
- Both Ninja Foodi air fryers use only digital controls with an electronic screen to set the temperature and the cooking time.
- Both Instant Vortex air fryers use digital controls with an electronic screen as well as a dial to set the temperature and the cooking time.
With all four air fryers considered here, cooking temperature and cooking time can be set as required using the appropriate temperature and timer buttons on their screens. However, the following programmed cooking modes are also available on each of the four air fryers considered here:
Ninja Foodi and Ninja Foodi Pro come with 5 programmed cooking modes:
- Grill (done using the cooking pot and the grill grate)
- Air Crisp (Air Fry) (done using the cooking pot and the basket)
- Roast (done using the cooking pot and the roasting rack)
- Bake (done using the cooking pot)
- Dehydrate (done using the cooking pot and the basket)
- Air Fry (done using the basket)
- Roast (done using the basket and the cooking tray)
- Bake (done using the basket)
- Reheat (done using the basket)
- Air Fry (done using the basket and the cooking tray placed at the bottom of the basket)
- Roast (done using the basket and the cooking tray)
- Bake (done using the basket and the cooking tray)
- Broil (done using the basket and the cooking tray)
- Reheat (done using the basket and the cooking tray)
- Dehydrate (done using the basket and the cooking tray)
Note that, with all four air fryers considered here, even though their programmed cooking modes have pre-set cooking times and temperatures, they can be customized to your own settings using the temperature and timer adjustment control buttons on their screens.
The following are some tips regrading what the various the programmed cooking modes listed above can be used for:
- Air Fry is good for making fries, cauliflower wings, chicken nuggets and more.
- Bake is good for making light and fluffy cakes and pastries, scalloped potatoes and more.
- Roast is good for making beef, lamb, pork, poultry, vegetable dishes and more.
- Broil is good for direct top-down cooking, melting cheese on French onion soup and nachos, and more.
- Reheat is good for preparing leftovers without overcooking or drying out.
- Dehydrate is good for homemade fruit leather, jerky, dried vegetables and more.
The following pictures show the control panels of the four air fryers considered here:
With Ninja Foodi Pro, when the temperature probe is used, you select the cooking temperature, but there is no need to set a cook time: the unit will automatically turn off the heating element and alert you when the probe senses your food has reached the internal temperature you set.
Using the temperature probe is very easy: after selecting the desired cook function and temperature, you just need to plug the temperature probe into the socket located on the right side of the control panel. Note that the probe cannot be used with the Dehydrate function.
- Ninja Foodi and Ninja Foodi Pro:
The cooking pot, grill grate, crisper basket, splatter shield, cleaning brush, and any other included accessories are dishwasher safe, except the temperature probe. DO NOT place the temperature probe in the dishwasher.
- Instant Vortex and Instant Vortex Plus:
Clean the air fryer basket with a sponge or cloth and a solution of warm water and dish soap. DO NOT immerse the basket in water or any other liquid and DO NOT clean the basket in an automatic dishwasher.
The cooking tray can be placed in an automatic dishwasher.
So which air fryer is best to buy?
- Only Ninja Foodi Pro comes with the smart temperature probe feature: when the temperature probe is used, you select the cooking temperature, but there is no need to set a cook time: the unit will automatically turn off the heating element and alert you when the probe senses your food has reached the internal temperature you set. Thanks to this feature, there will be no need to cut into foods or constantly probe them like when using an instant read thermometer. Guesswork will be eliminated, and you will never worry about under or overcooking your meat.
- The four different air fryers considered here come with different sets of programmed cooking modes. So, you should carefully read Note 3 above, and select the air fryer that offers you those programmed cooking modes that you will be using most.
Compared Air Fryers on Amazon
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Ninja Foodi Air fryers on Amazon
Ninja Foodi Pro
Instant Vortex Air Fryers on Amazon
Instant Vortex Plus
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