Ninja air fryer review: I banned all other appliances to test this air fryer – now my oven won’t be on until Christmas


I’ve wanted to do a Ninja Air Fryer review for ages.

With a house full of adult children and their hungry friends who come to empty the refrigerator, a partner who works shifts and my busy work schedule, it’s safe to say that I need all the help that I can get to cook.

Can this double drawer fryer be twice as easy to cook as a normal oven and dine on the table in half the time?

  • Ninja Foodi Max Dual Zone Air Fryer, £229.99 from Ninja – buy here

Ninja Air Fryer Review: Quick Summary

Air fryers are a no-brainer these days, when electric bills are high and belts are stretching. Using less fat to cook in less time makes sense, doesn’t it?

Why should I preheat the oven and leave it running, ticking that electric meter, when I’ve been assured that this countertop gadget could do it all much more economically and with brilliant results?

Using electric elements and fans to force hot air around the ingredients in its two “drawers”, the Ninja Foodi Max Dual Zone Air Fryer has many useful features to play with.

Air Fry, Roast, Bake, Reheat, Dehydrate and Max Crisp will let you get your favorite dish just the way you like it, and with the included cooking time and method guide, it’s easy to figure out which method is right for you .


Ninja Air Fryer Review: Full Review


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I decided to ban the use of other cooking appliances and gadgets in the family kitchen to see how we got along with the Ninja for the week.

I thought of the Ninja as a two-chamber mini fan oven, with the elements and fans working together to force hot air all around the food inside. And it wasn’t long before I realized it had been days since I had turned on either oven on my stove.

I didn’t need it until kid number one came back from Costco with a giant pizza that was more than up to the Dual Foodi’s capacity.

It’s Ninja’s best-selling air fryer, and I can see why. It’s such a versatile helper in the kitchen. Working from breakfast toast to tea-time quiche to post-pub crisps, there was always work to be done and we didn’t once miss the gadgets that had been tucked away.

I could make fairy cakes and strudels, using silicone baking utensils. Children reheated takeaways and leftovers rather than throwing more rubbish in the bin – another saving.

Using the two completely separate baskets at the same time meant I could cook something for veggies and meat eaters separately, but at the same time.

I would say it is also a godsend for parents with difficult children who want different things at the same time. Cook frozen lasagna in one basket and fish sticks and chips in the other; the Ninja will even prepare different meals at the exact same time by simply pressing its “Sync” button.

The non-stick pull-out drawers and their interior trays were all sturdy and seemed like they could stand up to heavy use. I also found them easy to clean, which I did after each use because, after all, the grease was dripping off the dishes every time.

  • Ninja Foodi Max Dual Zone Air Fryer, £229.99 from Ninja – buy here

How much does the Ninja Air Fryer cost?

Get your Ninja Foodi MAX Dual Zone Air Fryer direct from Ninja for £229.99. I’ve also spotted this model at other stores such as Argos and Currys, but it’s hard to find a price difference, so keep an eye out for torque and cashback offers.

Ninja Air Fryer Review: The Verdict

So am I going to turn off my main oven for good? Well, I’ll keep the old faithful, but only for Christmas Day cooking for the masses or times when only a giant pizza will do.

Great crispy fries, juicy chicken and steaks, hassle-free pastries…and all without heating up the room in the hottest summer on record or skyrocketing my utility bills? Yes please.

  • Ninja Foodi Max Dual Zone Air Fryer, £229.99 from Ninja – buy here

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