Last Updated on November 27, 2023 by David Michael
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Ninja Foodi XL – More than an Air Fryer
Juicy chicken with crispy skin, fall off the bone ribs, hearty chili, crisp wings; these are all possible with the multifunction Ninja Foodi Deluxe pressure cooker / air fryer and more.
We review the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL.
The Ninja Foodi XL combines 14 functions in one countertop unit. The larger capacity makes this a great choice for families and doing meal prep, in addition to cooking the perfect meal for one or two. The XL boasts 14 distinct functions:
Steam and Crisp
Steam and Bake
Sear and Saute
Bake / Roast
Ninja Foodi XL Advantages
The Ninja Foodi XL is a remarkably versatile multi-appliance. As a pressure cooker it has an 8 quart capacity. For air frying there is a 5 quart crisping basket. The real magic comes by combining the pressure cooker with the crisping features – what the Ninja Foodi calls the Tendercrisp function. Pressure cook a roast to tender perfection and then crisp the outside using the air fryer / crisping element.
This feature alone justifies the price in my mind – you can replace at least two appliances with this model.
You can also replace your slow cooker with the Ninja Foodi XL. Now you can use your favorite low and slow recipes in the roomy 8 quart pot.
Do you have a dehydrator on your counter also? Did you never get a dehydrator because of lack of counter space? The Ninja Foodi also functions as a dehydrator. That’s 4 appliances that can be replaced with just this one unit.
Baking and broiling can also be done in the Ninja Foodi XL – you can even replace a smaller toaster oven with this. The Ninja Foodi seems like a bargain not only by being able to cook in several ways, but by only taking up the counter space of one appliance.
Ninja Foodi Ease of Use
The Ninja Foodi Deluxe has an intuitive and easy to use interface. There are clearly labeled buttons for functions, time and temperature. The selector knob lets you adjust the settings, then just press the knob to start.
A lot of forethought and planning went into the interface, and as a result is one of the easiest to use. The display is large and clear and easy to read.
The user manual is clear and well written and illustrated.
Clean up is a breeze as both the pressure cooker / slow cooker pot and the air fryer / crisper basket are ceramic coated. This is a non stick coating that is PTFE and PFOA free. Both are dishwasher safe. I would use wooden or silicone utensils to prevent scratching.
Ninja Foodi Drawbacks
The Ninja Foodi is a great appliance, but there are a few cons.
It’s a little larger than other appliances that perform similar functions, but since it can replace so many I don’t mind this at all.
The crisper / air fryer lid is non-detachable. When using the pressure lid or slow cooker lid the crisper lid will be in the upright position. This adds to the height, but only temporarily while using. Again – this is inconvenient but not a deal breaker.
The Ninja Foodi XL is a space saving multi function appliance that can replace several kitchen counter appliances.
The Ninja Foodi XL is worth the price in our opinion. This countertop unit can do so much and easily replace several other countertop appliances. This is an appliance that I would keep on the kitchen counter at all times. We highly recommend it.
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