Ninja Foodi Compact Review: Ninja OP101 5 Quarts 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer

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Ninja Foodi 7 in 1 5 Quarts Compact Pressure Cooker, Ninja OP101
Ninja Foodi 7 in 1 5 Quarts Compact Pressure Cooker, Ninja OP101

The Ninja Foodi Compact 7-in-1 5-Quart Pressure Cooker or the Ninja Foodi OP101 is the entry-level Instant Pot contender of the brand. It’s succeeding the Ninja Foodi OP300 Series. Though the previous model is bigger in capacity, Shark Ninja has to offer a compact pressure cooker.

So, if you have limited space in your kitchen, this 5-qt model might better fit your available real estate.

In terms of functionality, it’s equally capable as its bigger siblings. It’s a 7-in-1 multi-cooker. It can pressure cook, slow cook, saute, steam, air fry, bake/roast and keep your food warm.

While I’m writing this review, I found out that Ninja already released an upgraded version of this product, The Ninja Foodi OS101. It has the same 5-quart capacity with an added broiling function.

I guess at this point, it would be a no-brainer to get the newer model. However, if you’re still into the 7-in-1 variant, let’s go over its pros and cons.

PROS

  • Sleek grey/black finish
  • Faster cooking than traditional one
  • 7-in-1 cooking functions—pressure cook, slow cook, steam, bake/roast, air fry, sear/saute, and keep warm
  • Can evenly cook from frozen to crispy
  • Substantial 5 quarts cooking capacity
  • Adequate 3 quarts air frying capacity
  • Easy to clean ceramic-coated pot
  • Comes with a recipe book
  • Excellent safety features
  • Smaller footprint than the Ninja FD302 and and Ninja FD401 counterparts
  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 1-year warranty

CONS

  • Excellent product for a premium investment
  • Ceramic coating is not long-lasting
  • Despite being compact, it takes a significant space on countertop
  • The steam release valve is right next to the vent
  • Does not include the reversible rack
  • The air frying lid can get in the way sometimes

What can I make with the Ninja Foodi Compact?

Ninja markets the Ninja Foodi OP101 as a 7-in-1 appliance, so surely, it can handle several recipes.

With that said, here are its main functions:

Pressure Cooked Meat
Pressure Cook
slow cooked stew
Slow Cook
steamed vegetables
Steam
brownies
Bake
roasted chicken
Roast
fries
Air Fry
Seared Beef
Sear/Sautè

Just like the Ninja Foodi XL Pro Air Oven, one of the best things about this pressure cooker is the Air Crisp function. 

Here’s why that’s excellent:

Two different kitchen appliance usually accomplish recipes that call for pressure cooking and air frying (or broiling). With the Ninja Foodi Compact, however, you can do both in one machine. Therefore, you only need to cleanup one equipment, which is less of a hassle.

The saute/sear function plays a significant role too. Instead of sauteing the aromatics like onion and garlic in a different pan, you can do it in one pot! And again, your kitchen task will be a lot easier.

Here’s the catch:

Sadly, it doesn’t include the reversible rack. Nevertheless, you can still make great recipes with the pot and basket, so that shouldn’t be a big issue.

Pro tip: ONLY use silicone or plastic tongs and spatula when cooking. By doing so, you prevent any scratches to the ceramic coating, and your Ninja Foodi will live longer.

See the 5 Quart Ninja Foodi OP101 in Action

Don’t take my word for it, watch this quick video demo from the brand.

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The Ninja Foodi Compact Pressure Cooker is an incredible addition to the kitchen arsenal. It highlights 5 quarts capacity, which is excellent for a small group of people. Also, it features 7 cooking functions making it a proper multi-cooker. On top of all that, it doubles as an air fryer too!

Is the Ninja Foodi 7 in 1 easy to use?

All multi-cookers have an understandable learning curve, including Ninja Foodi Compact Pressure Cooker. Luckily, it includes a recipe guide to get you started.

Better yet:

ninja foodi pressure cooker controls

Ninja Foodi made it more manageable thanks to their intuitive controls. For instance, the button arrangement separates the pressure cook functions from the TenderCrisp modes. More importantly? You can adjust the temperature and duration accordingly.

Also, the machine tells you when something is incorrect. For example, when the water is too low, it prompts you to “ADD WTR.” If you’re a beginner, that will be a wholesome feature.

Here’s more:

The unit assembles effortlessly. You don’t need to line up the cooking pot and crisper basket, so that’s not a problem. The lid, however, needs to be aligned correctly. Luckily, there’s an indication of where to position it, so you’ll get used to it in no time.

On a different note:

Despite being dishwasher safe, you should wash the ceramic coated parts with a gentle sponge. Don’t worry; cleanup will be easy, thanks to the non-stick coating. 

On the other hand, the base unit (including the air crisp lid) should only be wiped with a damp cloth.

As for the pressure lid, here’s the correct way to clean it (from Scott):

Technical Specifications

TypePressure Cooker / Air Fryer / Multi-Cooker / Slow Cooker
Brand/Series Ninja Air Fryer | Ninja Pressure CookerThe Ninja Foodi Collection
Model #OP101, OP300 Series, OP400, OP101BRN, OP101C
Price$$
Rating4.3 out of 5
Wattage1460-watt
FunctionsPressure cook, Air fry, Steam,
Bake/Roast, Slow cook, and Sear/saute
PotNon-stick ceramic coated
Capacity5 quarts cooking pot, 3 quarts crisp basket
Dishwasher safeYes
BPA FreeYes
ColorBlack/Grey
Dimensions (LxWxH)15.9 x 13.9 x 11.73 inches (40.4 x 35.3 x 29.7 cm)
Cord Length2.7 ft. (82.3 cm)
ApplicationPersonal Use
Warranty1 Year
Related ProductsNinja Foodi Pro 6.5 qt 11-in-1 Pressure Cooker, Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL 8-qt 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker

*Some Product Images and Video Courtesy of Shark Ninja

Is the Ninja Foodi Compact worth it?

Suppose you’re looking to replace your old pressure cooker and air fryer. In that case, the Ninja Foodi Compact 5-Quart Pressure Cooker is a fantastic option. Plus, when you factor in its other functions, it’s an excellent bang for your buck type of deal.

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