Review of Ninja Foodi 5 in 1 Indoor Grill 4 Quart Air Fryer
Has your doctor “suggested” that you lose some weight? Or discuss with you that you need to lower your cholesterol? People are turning to Air Fryers as a way to still have the hamburgers and French fries they enjoy and please their doctors at the same time.
The Ninja Foodi 5 in 1 Indoor Grill 4 Quart Air Fryer is a top-of-the-line appliance. This Air Fryer is built to work for a family of 3 to 5 people. It offers options not found in other standard units. One feature that is included in 4 presets for the type of cooking you will be doing. On this Air Fryer, you get an air fryer setting, a roast setting, a dehydration setting, and a reheat setting. With these settings, you are allowed to change the amount of time and the temperature to best suit your style of cooking. The basket and the crisper plate are ceramic coated. The ceramic coat increases its durability. The Ninja Foodi 5 in 1 Indoor Grill 4 Quart Air Fryer has excellent customer support. I give them a 9.7 out of 10 for the unique features, outstanding functions, great customer support, and price.
Main Features of the Ninja Foodi AG301 Air Fryer
Air Fryer Dimensions:
17 Long x 14 Wide x 11 Hieght.
Air Fryer Weight:
Basket Size (Volume):
4-qt crisper basket.
10″ x 10″ grill grate.
6-qt cooking pot.
Number of Persons Designed For:
Black & Silver.
Analogue/ Digital Display:
10″x 10″ nonstick ceramic-coated grill grate.
4-qt nonstick ceramic-coated crisper basket.
6-qt nonstick ceramic-coated cooking pot.
5 stainless steel kebab skewers.
FryDay Davie does not recommend using a dishwasher for cleaning any coated item, as this will reduce the life of the coating. He recommends using hot water and a rag with degreasing dish soap to clean any items.
Nonstick ceramic-coated grill grate, crisper basket, and cooking pot.
Easy to cleaning.
Use indoors or outdoors.
Optimized for low-fat grilling.
Rotisserie / Self-stirring:
Monday – Friday 9 am-9 pm, Eastern Time.
Saturday 9 am-6 pm, Eastern Time.
Check out this video on the Ninja Foodi 5 in 1 Indoor Grill 4 Quart Air Fryer to learn more about how it works.
Pros of the Ninja Foodi 5 in 1 Grill 4 Qt Air Fryer
The Many Different Ways to Cook
The Fryer offers many ways of cooking and is an enormous help in the kitchen, especially when you are in a hurry. The one item mentioned mainly as a show stopper when first used is the preheating and cooling of the Fryer. The ladies I spoke with all agree that when you have learned to include this “heating up and heating down” in your cooking time., you have a GREAT machine.
Between all of the chefs I spoke with, they all agree they use most of the different ways listed on the Fryer. As of right now, none of them use all of them. The most popular is grilling and air frying. They took the top of the list. Dehydrating came in last. Usage ranges from grilling and/or air frying at least once a week to Dehydrating to use it for summer and fall fruit.
If Used Properly, It is Smoke Less
One of the complaints I have come across is the smell the Fryer gives out when you overheat it. The person complained about how this smell lingered no matter what she used to clean the Fryer. It was caused because the oil was heated passed the smoking point and the grill overheated.
The Ceramic Coating Is for Hard Knocks
Both the basket and the grill plate are coated with a nonstick ceramic coating. This coating is both PTFE and PFOA free. It can withstand the heat of over 800°F. This is the upscale non-stick surface for air fryers.
Ceramic coatings are made from inert materials. So you will not find any of the chemicals that are associated with Teflon coatings. It will not scratch like Teflon either, but you can shatter it that is why it is recommended to use wood or plastic utensils.
I recommend seasoning the surface with canola oil before your first use. This will help maintain your non-stick surface for a longer time. If you place it in the dishwasher you should re-season as the harsh chemicals take the seasoning away. This is the reason I do not recommend placing these items in the dishwasher. If you maintain the surface will last a long time for you.
With a high-temperature rating of 800°F, your air fryer will never reach that temperature. If for some reason it does reach that temperature it will not release any gases that are harmful as it is made of inert material. As you can see Ninja has provided the best coating for your basket and grill plate.
Rapid Cyclonic Air Technology
With an Air Fryer, you use air in the place of oil. With regular frying, you use oil to encase the item being cooked or you have to turn it over in order to fry both sides.. With air frying, the air is used to cook both sides. This way you do not have to turn the item being cooked. It is a simple matter to put it in and taking it out.
Easy to Clean
The Fryer has a nonstick ceramic coating on the various items that are dishwasher safe. This includes the grill, the grate, the crisper basket, and the cooking pot.
However, FryDayDave does not recommend using a dishwasher as it will reduce the life of the coating. He recommends using hot water, with a degreasing dish soap and a dishrag. All of the parts wash easily and do not present problems.
The ladies I talked with stated that they have not had a problem with this. They do, however, clean the fan area every time they use the Fryer.
I called in to find out about how the timer was set up for this unit. They were able to answer all of my questions and seemed to be very knowledgeable. They also answer all of their negative comments in the reviews on Amazon.
No flip required
Because air is used to cook both sides of the item at the same time, there is no flipping involved. The item (mainly fish) is prepared for cooking and placed in the Air Fryer. It is then cooked on both sides at the same time. It means you only have to set it in the cooker and take it out when it is finished. This almost guarantees a whole neat item.
Cons of the Ninja Foodi 5 in 1 Grill 4 Qt Air Fryer
Can Smoke if Used Improperly
Most products of this type will smoke if used improperly. I see this more as a user problem than as a product problem. If you exceed the smoke point of your oil or the food fat, it will smoke or even catch on fire. It is very important to know the smoke point of the items you are cooking with this unit or any air fryer you are using. If you read the instruction book and follow the directions there is basically no smoke involved.
Have to purchase the recipes book
Most products of this type supply a basic primer recipe book that provides one or two user-friendly recipes. Books with various other recipes need to be purchased.
Takes a long time to cool down
When asked about this point, most of the ladies I talked with, stated that the recipe(s) used stated there were 15 to 20 minutes of cool downtime. They include this in the time it takes to cook, along with the “heat up” time.
Ninja Foodi 5 in 1 Indoor Grill 4 Quart Air Fryer is the first combination appliance we have reviewed here at AirFryersforHomeUse.com. It had successfully combined indoor grilling and air frying in one appliance.
It offers safety features of PTFE/PFOA/BPA-free ceramic coating that you find on higher-end cooking appliances. It can be used indoors or outdoors and is optimize for low-fat grilling and air frying. It offers the ability to air fry, grill, roast, bake, and dehydrate food. Shark Ninja offers excellent customer service that you can depend on.
The only problems we found with this unit were cooking at a temperature that exceeds the smoke point of your oil and/or food’s fat, the unit will smoke. Shark Ninja only offers a cooking guide with the unit. You have to purchase their cookbook separately. With these cons, I still recommend this unit. Consolidate your kitchen by purchasing the Ninja Foodi Five in One Indoor Grill today.
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