5 Best Ninja Air Fryers (2022) Comparison, Reviews & Buying Guide

If you’re on the hunt for the best Ninja Air Fryer, you’re in the right place.

Here’s the deal:

Ninja sells different types of air fryers. They have a basket air fryer, oven air fryer, grill air fryer, and a pressure cooker that doubles as an air fryer. All in all, they have eleven products under this category. Not to mention that the brand has different model numbers for each product.

That’s a lot of options and it gets confusing.

But we’ve spent over two dozen hours reviewing their air fryers so you don’t have to.

So without further delay, let me give you the best Ninja Foodi Air Fryers of 2022.

#1 – Ninja DZ201 – Foodi 8 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone 2-Basket Air Fryer

Best Overall Ninja Air Fryer
Ninja Foodi, 8 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone 2-Basket Air Fryer
4.5
$170.00

In terms of capacity, simplicity, and easy clean up, the Ninja Foodi DZ201 Air Fryer is in a class by itself. Everything except the unit itself is dishwasher safe and cleans easily. The device is simple and quick to use once you spend a few times getting the hang of it.

Simply put: This device quickly cooks healthy meals and cleans up easily. If you are a busy parent and need to quickly air fry meals for up to 4 people, this is the device for you!

Pros:
  • Easy to use once you get past the short learning curve
  • All parts are nonstick and dishwasher safe
  • Can cook two items at different temps & have them finish at the same time. How cool is that!
  • One touch "match cook" feature
  • Optional wire rack allows you to increase cooking capacity for certain foods
  • Overwhelming loved by buyers
Cons:
  • Timer doesn't pause automatically when you open drawer to inspect food
  • Can't cook large items like roasts or a large chicken
  • No preheat feature
  • No shake reminder
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The Ninja DZ201 or the Ninja Foodi 2-Basket Air Fryer comes with features that you won’t find in other brands. Apart from its dual drawer design, it boasts a few intelligent capabilities—Smart Finish & Match Cook.

Let’s start off by highlighting its capacity. Each basket can handle 4 quarts of fries or any protein of your choice. Adding both zones, you’ll have a generous 8-qt cooking real estate. You can roast chicken breast on one side, and you can caramelize your side dish on the other.

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The Ninja Foodi DZ201 has the following cook presets:

  • Air Broil
  • Air Fry
  • Roast
  • ReheatRoast
  • Dehydrate
  • Bake

If you’re making different recipes, you can set it to finish simultaneously by pressing the Smart Finish button. How cool is that? You can delight your guests or family members with a perfectly warm meal.

What if you’re cooking 4 pounds of fries?

That’s where the Match Cook will come in handy. Pressing the button will duplicate the mode, temperature, and cooking time over the second drawer. It’s like a copy-and-paste feature, which is pretty convenient.

The device only has a few drawbacks.

Inserting the crisper plates is recommended on most dishes. But it immediately takes away from the 8 quart cooking capacity. And while the manufacturer claims you can load up each basket with french fries, for example, that isn’t really recommended.

The device also doesn’t come with a preheat feature. It isn’t a big deal for me since I never use preheat on anything. But if that’s important to you, it’s worth taking note of.

The Ninja Double Air Fryer is really a well-thought product. That’s why it’s the best in the market. So, a big hats off for the Ninja Kitchen team!

Oh, and it gets even better. If you want a bigger capacity, the brand just released an even bigger version of their 2-basket air fryer—the 10-quart Ninja DZ401.

You can read the full review of Ninja Foodi 2 Basket Air Fryer here.

Need to cook bigger recipes

Consider the DT251 unit featured below. It comes with a smart thermometer that cooks meats perfectly and can cook an entire turkey.

But what you get in added features and size, you give up all the dishwasher safe elements. The DT251 is much harder to keep clean.


#2 Ninja AF161 – Best Basket Air Fryer

Cooks Fast & Easy to Use
Ninja AF161 Max XL Air Fryer
4.5
$149.99

Max Crisp, Air Fry, Air Roast, Air Broil, Bake, Reheat & Dehydrate, with 5.5 Quart Capacity, and a High Gloss Finish

Pros:
  • 30% Faster Cooking vs. Previous Model
  • Dishwasher Safe Parts
  • Very Easy to Use
  • Sleek Design Looks Great on Countertop
Cons:
  • Internal Fan Can Blow Light Items Around
  • Harder to Fit Large Items in Round Basket Design
  • Area Around Heating Element Tends to Accumulate Stains
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If you’re looking for an air fryer that’s playing around a hundred bucks, then you might want to opt for a smaller capacity. Ninja AF161 is an affordable compact product offering that is equally capable as the Dual Air Fryer Ninja.

If you look at the air fryer patent, the obvious genuine air fryers on the list above are basket air fryers. The grill air fryer and the pressure cooker model also work. However, the drawer type is on top of the game in terms of convenience. You can easily take the basket out to flip or shake your dish.

You just have one zone with the Ninja Air Fryer AF161, but it can crisp it up the same way as its big sibling. IMHO, it’s perfect if you’re not cooking for a party and you don’t have room for a large countertop appliance.

In terms of cooking capacity, it can handle two pounds of fries or chicken wings. It has the following cook function: Max Crisp, Air Fry, Air Roast, Air Broil, Bake, Reheat & Dehydrate. This little air fryer is much better than microwave ovens at retaining the moisture and crispiness of the dish.

The device does have a few quirks and drawbacks.

The AF161 is advertised as having a 5.5 quart capacity. But if you insert the crisper plate–as you will with most recipes–the capacity shrinks to 4.4 quarts.

Finally, the basket and inserts are dishwasher safe and clean easily. However, the top of the inside of the basket area doesn’t clean easily. That is where the heating element is located and if grease splatters up there, it is impossible to remove.

Despite the few drawbacks, this is a solid air fryer by Ninja. It is perfect for a single person, a small family, and someone with limited counter space.


#3 Ninja Foodi OL701 – Best Pressure Cooker Air Fryer

Best Pressure Cooker Air Fryer
Ninja Foodi 14-in-1 SMART XL 8 Qt. Pressure Cooker
4.5
$340.99

Easy to use & easy to clean. Versatile unit that allows you to cook an endless number of recipes. Perfect for a college student, new couple, or small family.

Use it to pressure cook, steam, bake, air fry, broil, roast, dehydrate, sear/sauté, slow cook. Use it as a sous vide, a slow cook, yogurt maker, warmer, or bread proofer. About the only thing it can't do is fry an egg! LOL!


Pros:
  • Smart Thermometer Dials In Perfectly Cooked Meats
  • Very Intuitive
  • Dishwasher Safe Parts
  • 14 Programmable Cooking Functions
  • Cooks Up To 3 Different Items At Same Time
  • 8 Quart Capacity for Soups
Cons:
  • Lid Can Be Tricky to Clean.
  • Condensation May Drip On Countertop When You Open Lid
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09/25/2022 04:27 pm GMT
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Box on Arrival. Seen Better. Seen Worse.

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The Ninja Foodi OL701 Steam Fryer is hard to beat in terms of versatility and quality. It isn’t the best at air frying, which is why it isn’t #1 on our list. But it may be the best device in terms of what it can do and how easily it does it

The Ninja OL701 does has something unique to offer—SteamCrisp Technology.

Essentially, this technology combines pressure cooking and air frying in one machine, resulting in a tender, juicy, yet crispy dish. Something that can’t be easily achieved by other air fryers.

But wait, here’s the best part:

Unlike previous ninja pressure cookers, the Ninja Steam Fryer only has one lid that allows you to air fry, steam, and pressure cook. You can say goodbye to switching lids between different recipes. That’s a huge convenience upgrade, IMHO.

Better yet? It has a total of 14 cooking functions—pressure cook, slow cook, air fry, steam & crisp, steam & bake, steam, sous vide, yogurt, sear/sauté, bake/roast, broil, dehydrate, keep warm, and proof.

Moreover, if you’re wondering if it’s an excellent pressure cooker, well, yes, it is!

The biggest hang up is there are some areas in the lid that can be hard to reach while cleaning. But running a steam cycle can certainly help make that job easier.

You can read the full review of Ninja Steam Fryer here.


#4 Ninja Foodi IG651 – Best Grill Air Fryer

Best Air Fryer Grill
Ninja Foodi Smart XL Pro 7-in-1 Indoor Grill/Griddle
4.0
$328.87

It's a grill; it's a griddle. It also can air fry, roast, bake, broil, and dehydrate. This flexible device from Ninja can just about do it all! And the smart thermometer takes all of the uncertainty out of perfectly cooked meats.

It's easy to clean and can reach temperatures up to 500°F (260°C). It has two heating elements–top and bottom–so it cooks really fast. Throw your George Forman out with this much more capable device!

Ninja Grill Rating:
4.5
Model #: IG651
Smart Cook System: Yes
Functions: Grill, Griddle, Air Crisp, Roast, Bake, Broil and Dehydrate
Grill Grate Size: 9 in x 13 in
Pros:
  • Smart thermometer = perfectly cooked meats
  • Even cooking temp from edge-to-edge
  • Cooks with lid open or closed unlike previous model
  • Very versatile. Use it to air fry wings or cook pancakes on the griddle
  • Griddle, basket, etc. are all dishwasher safe
Cons:
  • At 27 ½ pounds, its a beast!
  • Must use non-metal utensils or you'll damage the cooking surface
  • Cooking with butter, olive oil, and margarine may cause smoke
  • Cooking capacity not as large as pure air fryers
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09/25/2022 04:47 pm GMT
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If you love barbecue, you’ll fall in love with Ninja Foodi Pro Grill Air Fryer or simply the Ninja IG651. There’s no need to wait for summer to enjoy a perfectly charred patty with your friends and loved ones.

Like the previous model, the Ninja IG651 has a built-in thermometer to help you achieve the perfect doneness of your protein. For accuracy, you need to insert the probe on the thickest part of the meat.

This grill variant has the fastest cook time among other air fryers on this list. Essentially, it combines direct heat and air fry, mimicking (or enhancing) an outdoor grill’s performance. Just so you know, it reaches a maximum temperature of 500°F.

In terms of capacity, it can also process a whole chicken, six steaks, and four quarts of fries.

And, just like all the Ninja Foodi, it’s a multifunctional kitchen appliance. It has seven cooking functions: Grill, BBQ Griddle, Air Fry, Dehydrate, Bake, Roast, and Broil. 

In a nutshell, it’s a capable indoor grill with a lot to offer.

You can read the full review of Ninja Foodi Pro Grill here.


#5 Ninja DT251 – Best Oven Air Fryer

Best Oven Air Fryer
Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 Smart XL Air Fry Oven
3.5
$344.99

An extremely versatile air fryer/oven that can Air Fry, Sear Crisp, Rapid Bake, Frozen Pizza, Fresh Pizza, Griddle, Air Roast, Bake, Broil, Toast, Bagel, Dehydrate, and Reheat. Large enough to roast a turkey.

Like all oven-style air fryers, it can be difficult to keep squeaky clean. A few design quirks keep it from being as easy to use as it otherwise could.

Pros:
  • Cooks very fast... and that's not hype, our testing verified this
  • Smart thermometer makes cooking perfect meat a breeze
  • Very versatile cooker
  • Digital rack guide helps you achieve proper placement of your food in the unit
  • Large capacity cooker–can cook whole turkeys or large meals
  • Lots of accessories
Cons:
  • Can't see controls when door is open
  • Hard to remove stains inside the unit
  • All accessories need to be hand washed
  • Takes up a lot of counter space
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The DT251 Smart XL Pro Air Fry Oven is the largest capacity and most versatile cooker available. If cooking many types of large meals is what you are after, you won’t be disappointed with the DT251.

This Ninja Air Fryer has the following cook features:

  • Air Fry
  • Sear Crisp
  • Rapid Bake
  • Frozen Pizza
  • Fresh Pizza
  • Griddle
  • Air Roast
  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Toast
  • Bagel
  • Dehydrate
  • Reheat

The DT251 cooks fast, very fast! Our testing determined that the air fryer can reduce cooking times up to 25% relative to regular ovens. Be warned: when you first begin using this device, keep a close eye on your food!

In terms of capacity, the DT251 Smart XL Pro Air Fry Oven can cook prime rib or roast an entire turkey. It’s that big!

We tested the unit by cooking 36 chicken wings on two racks and could have fit a few more if we tried.

Our favorite feature is the smart thermometer. Just insert it into your meat, select what you are cooking on the controls, wait 90 seconds for the unit to preheat, and begin cooking.

When the meat reached the desired temperature, it cuts off and lets you know it is done. One of our favorite features is the ability to customize this temperature. That allows you to cook meat your way!

As I told you a while ago, Ninja also sells convection ovens that double as an air fryer. If our best Ninja Foodi air fryer has six functions, the DT251 Smart XL Pro Air Oven has ten—air fry, whole roast, air roast, bake, dehydrate, pizza, broil, toast, bagel, reheat.

It isn’t without its drawbacks. The top and the sides of the unit can become very hot to the touch. So be careful!

The controls are all on the door. That means if the door is open, you can’t see or manipulate the controls. Also, the door handle will hit your counter top if you try to open it all the way. If you need to insert or remove a large item, it can be a little quirky doing so.

While the outside of the unit is easily wiped down, the inside is a different story. If anything splatters on the fan inside the unit, you’ll never get it off. If grease gets on the sides of the interior (and it will) you’ll never get it completely off.

It’s not the cheapest in their line of air fryer ovens, but it definitely the best.

You can read the full review of Ninja DT251 here.

Alternatives to the DT251 Air Fry Oven

Don’t try to save a little money by purchasing the DT201 Model

The only difference between the DT201 and the DT251 is that the DT201 is a little cheaper and comes without the smart thermometer.

Don’t go cheap and buy the DT201. If you do, you’ll wish you paid the extra $20 and got the DT251 with the smart thermometer. It’s one of our favorite features.

SP351

Buy the SP351 If You Need An Air Fry Oven But Want to Save Space

The SP351 has a lot of the same features as the recommended DT251. It has the smart thermometer and the same cooking functions. But if you flip it when its not in use, it saves 220.7 square inches by our measurements.

Besides saving space, it has two more advantages over the DT251:

  • It costs a little less.
  • It doesn’t have the quirky “feature” of the DT251 that prevents you from seeing the controls when the door is open.

There you have it, the best Ninja Foodi Air Fryers of 2022.

If you’re still undecided after reading all those info, maybe this comparison table can clear your doubts.

Ninja Air Fryer Foodi Comparison Table

You can also use this comparison table to find out the best pick for you. (If you’re using mobile, you can scroll horizontally for more data.)

Best Overall Ninja Air Fryer
Best Small Air Fryer
Best Pressure Cooker Air Fryer
Best Grill Air Fryer
Best Oven Air Fryer
Pros:
  • Easy to use once you get past the short learning curve
  • All parts are nonstick and dishwasher safe
  • Can cook two items at different temps & have them finish at the same time. How cool is that!
  • One touch "match cook" feature
  • Optional wire rack allows you to increase cooking capacity for certain foods
  • Overwhelming loved by buyers
Pros:
  • 30% Faster Cooking vs. Previous Model
  • Dishwasher Safe Parts
  • Very Easy to Use
  • Sleek Design Looks Great on Countertop
Pros:
  • Smart Thermometer Dials In Perfectly Cooked Meats
  • Very Intuitive
  • Dishwasher Safe Parts
  • 14 Programmable Cooking Functions
  • Cooks Up To 3 Different Items At Same Time
  • 8 Quart Capacity for Soups
Pros:
  • Smart thermometer = perfectly cooked meats
  • Even cooking temp from edge-to-edge
  • Cooks with lid open or closed unlike previous model
  • Very versatile. Use it to air fry wings or cook pancakes on the griddle
  • Griddle, basket, etc. are all dishwasher safe
Pros:
  • Cooks very fast... and that's not hype, our testing verified this
  • Smart thermometer makes cooking perfect meat a breeze
  • Very versatile cooker
  • Digital rack guide helps you achieve proper placement of your food in the unit
  • Large capacity cooker–can cook whole turkeys or large meals
  • Lots of accessories
Cons:
  • Timer doesn't pause automatically when you open drawer to inspect food
  • Can't cook large items like roasts or a large chicken
  • No preheat feature
  • No shake reminder
Cons:
  • Internal Fan Can Blow Light Items Around
  • Harder to Fit Large Items in Round Basket Design
  • Area Around Heating Element Tends to Accumulate Stains
Cons:
  • Lid Can Be Tricky to Clean.
  • Condensation May Drip On Countertop When You Open Lid
Cons:
  • At 27 ½ pounds, its a beast!
  • Must use non-metal utensils or you'll damage the cooking surface
  • Cooking with butter, olive oil, and margarine may cause smoke
  • Cooking capacity not as large as pure air fryers
Cons:
  • Can't see controls when door is open
  • Hard to remove stains inside the unit
  • All accessories need to be hand washed
  • Takes up a lot of counter space
4.5
4.5
4.5
4.0
3.5
$170.00
$149.99
$340.99
$328.87
$344.99
Best Overall Ninja Air Fryer
Pros:
  • Easy to use once you get past the short learning curve
  • All parts are nonstick and dishwasher safe
  • Can cook two items at different temps & have them finish at the same time. How cool is that!
  • One touch "match cook" feature
  • Optional wire rack allows you to increase cooking capacity for certain foods
  • Overwhelming loved by buyers
Cons:
  • Timer doesn't pause automatically when you open drawer to inspect food
  • Can't cook large items like roasts or a large chicken
  • No preheat feature
  • No shake reminder
4.5
$170.00
Best Small Air Fryer
Pros:
  • 30% Faster Cooking vs. Previous Model
  • Dishwasher Safe Parts
  • Very Easy to Use
  • Sleek Design Looks Great on Countertop
Cons:
  • Internal Fan Can Blow Light Items Around
  • Harder to Fit Large Items in Round Basket Design
  • Area Around Heating Element Tends to Accumulate Stains
4.5
$149.99
Best Pressure Cooker Air Fryer
Pros:
  • Smart Thermometer Dials In Perfectly Cooked Meats
  • Very Intuitive
  • Dishwasher Safe Parts
  • 14 Programmable Cooking Functions
  • Cooks Up To 3 Different Items At Same Time
  • 8 Quart Capacity for Soups
Cons:
  • Lid Can Be Tricky to Clean.
  • Condensation May Drip On Countertop When You Open Lid
4.5
$340.99
Best Grill Air Fryer
Pros:
  • Smart thermometer = perfectly cooked meats
  • Even cooking temp from edge-to-edge
  • Cooks with lid open or closed unlike previous model
  • Very versatile. Use it to air fry wings or cook pancakes on the griddle
  • Griddle, basket, etc. are all dishwasher safe
Cons:
  • At 27 ½ pounds, its a beast!
  • Must use non-metal utensils or you'll damage the cooking surface
  • Cooking with butter, olive oil, and margarine may cause smoke
  • Cooking capacity not as large as pure air fryers
4.0
$328.87
Best Oven Air Fryer
Pros:
  • Cooks very fast... and that's not hype, our testing verified this
  • Smart thermometer makes cooking perfect meat a breeze
  • Very versatile cooker
  • Digital rack guide helps you achieve proper placement of your food in the unit
  • Large capacity cooker–can cook whole turkeys or large meals
  • Lots of accessories
Cons:
  • Can't see controls when door is open
  • Hard to remove stains inside the unit
  • All accessories need to be hand washed
  • Takes up a lot of counter space
3.5
$344.99
09/25/2022 03:38 pm GMT

What to look for in a Ninja Air Fryer?

Air Fryer Type

There are generally four types of air fryer — basket/drawer, oven-air fryer, grill-air fryer, and pressure cooker that also doubles as an air fryer.

basket / drawer type air fryer

Basket or drawer type air fryers are genuine air fryers. The air fryer patent says it all.

In our opinion, the classic design beats any other type by a wide margin. As I’ve mentioned, the drawer type is more convenient and safer to use. You just need to take the drawer out, shake it off, or place it somewhere safe to flip the ingredients.

You won’t get that necessary feature with any other type of air fryer.

But there are still some scenarios where you might opt for an oven-air fryer, a grill-air fryer, or a pressure cooker-air fryer. That is, if you want to replace multiple kitchen equipment to save on counter space.

Maintenance

Here’s the thing:

Most of the air fryer accessories are nonstick and dishwasher safe. Whereas the rest of the unit only requires simple wiping. Thus, cleaning is not that big of a deal with any Ninja’s models

Size

The size solely depends on the space you have available. If you get an air fryer that’s a bit heavy, it should stay on your countertop. Otherwise, it’ll be cumbersome to bring out over and over again.

Here’s the best part:

pressure cooker type air fryer

Even though some of these appliances need a significant footprint, they might end up freeing some kitchen space. For instance, with the Ninja OL701, you can replace your standalone steamer, slow cooker, etc. (if any). And of course, you get the air fryer in the same machine.

That being said, if you don’t have space, then the Ninja Foodi AF101 is going to be your best bet.

Container Shape & Capacity

For air frying, I highly recommend something that can take medium to large volume of food.

Here’s why:

fries

When frying, it’s usually in bulk, right? Therefore, with a significant capacity, you have the option to either cook in large or small batches. Sadly, with a small-sized air fryer, cooking in bulk means doing it several times.

On a different note:

The container shape plays a huge role when getting your air fryer. Briefly speaking, you should get a more rectangular shape since it can handle more servings.

Extra Cooking Functions

All of these are multi-cookers, even the standalone air fryers. So, suppose you’re looking for a multifunctional appliance. In that case, you can never go wrong with any of the Ninja Foodi Air Fryers.

Over To You

Deciding which Ninja Air Fryer to get all boils down to your specific needs. If you want a genuine air fryer, get the basket model like the Ninja Foodi DZ201. Should you need a large capacity toaster that can take whole proteins, then the Ninja Foodi DT251 is a much better choice.

If you’re looking for an indoor grill with an air frying function, then you might want to give Ninja Foodi IG651 a go. Lastly, if you’re in need of a pressure cooker, that’s what the Ninja Foodi OL701 can offer.

With that said, let me leave you with the best Ninja fryer—the Ninja Foodi Double Air Fryer.

FAQs

Scoring Methodology

Our scoring of the best ninja air fryers was ranked using the following factors:

Ease of Use

Ease of Use was given 20% weight in our scoring system. This is a large amount but we know that if something isn’t easy to use, we as humans will avoid using it.

Ease of Cleaning

This could be folded into the Ease of Use category if we are honest about it. But we decided to break it out in a separate category simply because most people want to know how hard or easy it is to clean kitchen appliances. If something is hard to clean, we will likely avoid getting it dirty. Ease of cleaning was given 25% of the weight in our scoring system.

Versatility

Versatility was given 15% of the weight in our scoring system. Versatility for our purposes means how many types of foods and meals can be prepared with the device.

Features

How many cooking presets are there? How hard are they to use? How intuitive are they? Features was given 20% of our weighted score.

Capacity

Capacity was given 15% of our weighted score. Capacity means how big of an item can the appliance cook. And, for example, how many chicken wings, nuggets, fries, the unit cooks at one time.

Size

Size means how big the unit is. It is as simple as that. Bigger units with more capacity will take up more cabinet and countertop space. We also account for how efficiently the unit utilizes its size to cook as large of a capacity of food as possible.

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