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Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven Review: Here’s how it actually works

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Second only to the Instant Pot, air fryers are still one of the hottest kitchen gadgets on the market. But these contrivances, which typically serve just one purpose, eat up a considerable amount of valuable counter space. No wonder there’s been a rash of new products that seek to combine air fry technology with the traditional appliances people already have in their kitchens.

The latest entry, the Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven, builds off the success of the existing Ninja Foodi products by combining an air fryer and toaster oven into one convenient package. But is it worth the investment? We tested the Ninja Foodi oven to see if it could actually combine two pieces of equipment in one without sacrificing on the performance of either.

How the Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven looks and feels

Ninja Foodi Oven - Closed

Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The Ninja Foodi oven is narrow and can be flipped up on its side for storage.

As soon as you take it out of the box, you get a sense that the Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven is a high-quality product. Constructed of brushed stainless steel, it’s beautifully finished with rounded corners and has a digital control pad. It’s also wider and shorter than a typical toaster oven.

When cooled and not in use, the Foodi oven can be flipped up on one side to stand up at the back of the counter, an odd but convenient storage solution. Rather than a towel bar handle in the front, it has a small one off to the side that you use to open the door. While it’s unusual and takes a bit of time to get used to, this handle functions perfectly fine and helps make the oven more space efficient.

The Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven comes with an air fry basket, a cooking rack, a nonstick sheet pan, and a crumb tray that also seem sturdy and well made. They’re larger than the ones you typically find in a toaster oven, as the oven is so wide.

What can the Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven do?

Ninja Foodi Oven - Pizza

Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

This toaster can air fry, dehydrate, toast, bake, air broil, and keep food warm.

As the name implies, the Ninja oven air fries. And just like a typical toaster oven, this Ninja toasts and bakes. It also air roasts, air broils, dehydrates, and keeps food warm. Because it’s so short, however, it can’t hold a whole chicken like many toaster ovens in its price category.

The manufacturer encourages using the large sheet pan to make sheet pan dinners and includes a formula and some recipes for them.

If you’re looking for other multi-functional appliances that can slow cook, pressure cook, grill, and more, Ninja also offers the classic Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker, which we love, and the Ninja Foodi Grill, which we’ll be testing this fall.

What we like

  • It’s beautifully designed.
  • The digital controls are easy to read and intuitive to navigate.
  • It’s quiet.
  • It’s an excellent toaster, and does a good job of baking a sheet pan dinner.
  • To check on food, there’s an oven light.
  • For storage, it easily can stand on its side.

What we don’t like

  • It’s expensive.
  • It can’t roast a whole chicken.
  • There could be more cooking guidelines for specific foods in the cookbook.

How does it perform?

Ninja Foodi Oven - Fries

Credit: Reviewed / Sharon Franke

The air fry setting left fries unevenly cooked.

Air Frying

To be blunt, it’s not the best air fryer on the market but it’s also far from the worst. The Ninja Foodi oven air fries unevenly, and food prepared from scratch seemed baked, not fried. On the website the manufacturer claims it can air fry four pounds of food at once. While we could pile up that amount of fries in the air fry basket, the loaded basket couldn’t fit in the oven at the rack position recommended for air frying.

Toasting

Ninja Foodi Oven - Toast

Credit: Reviewed / Sharon Franke

The Ninja toasts very evenly, but there’s no setting that allows for extremely light toast.

The Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven can accommodate nine slices of packaged bread without squishing them. And it can toast them fairly evenly, too. When used to toast two slices, it gives impressive results, browning exceptionally evenly. It does, however, toast to a golden-brown shade on both the light and medium settings, so it could be a disappointment if you like your toast only lightly browned. It has a special bagel toasting setting and it browns bagel halves very uniformly.

Air Roasting

Ninja Foodi Oven - Sheet Pan Dinner

Credit: Reviewed / Sharon Franke

Our sheet pan dinners came out beautifully cooked.

Ninja recommends using their oven to air roast sheet pan dinners with a protein (like steak, chicken, or seafood), vegetables and spices. After following the oven booklet’s recipe for Spicy Chicken, Sweet Potatoes & Broccoli, I was impressed with the result. All of the ingredients (about three pounds in total) came out lightly browned and tender in just 22 minutes and made a tasty sheet pan dinner for four. This technique does seem like a very good use for this appliance.

Baking

Ninja Foodi Oven - Biscuits

Credit: Reviewed / Sharon Franke

Biscuits browned evenly in this toaster.

You’re not going to be able to fit an entire loaf or Bundt pan in this Ninja, but you can use it to bake a cake or muffins in a shallow pan, or small items like cookies right on the sheet pan. Biscuits baked up just as well as from a full-size oven.

Air Broiling

Chicken breasts came out juicy and browned on both sides in just 20 minutes. However, even when cooked well-done, steaks looked gray on the outside and in no way resembled broiled or grilled meat. So, while this oven is fast, it can’t consistently deliver the kind of searing you expect from broiling.

Dehydrating

Ninja Foodi Oven - Banana Chips

Credit: Reviewed / Sharon Franke

The dehydrate setting works fine, but you can’t fit enough to make it worthwhile.

Although its wide air fry basket holds more food than the ones in a typical air fryer (or the racks in a toaster oven), the Ninja is still only able to dry a small amount of food. After running the dehydrator for 10 hours, I was rewarded with a small bowl of banana chips. At least the machine kept quiet as it worked.

Keep Warm

The Ninja kept a small macaroni and cheese casserole at a safe serving temperature for a full two hours. As you would expect, however, the food was dried out by then. If you’re not going to serve food within a half hour or so, you are probably better off just reheating it in the microwave.

Is the Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven easy to use and clean?

Ninja Foodi Oven - Dials

Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The Ninja has an easy-to-use digital interface, although it does smudge.

The digital control panel on the Ninja oven is well laid out and easy to read. It interface centers around a knob that you turn to select the time and temperature (or number of slices and doneness) for each function, and it’s fairly intuitive to program.

We love the fact that the oven preheats automatically and the preheat time is just one minute, so it doesn’t add appreciably to the cooking time. During cooking, the product is quieter than most air fryers, and you can turn on an interior light to check on your food’s progress.

The sheet pan and the air fry basket can be cleaned in the dishwasher. In the standing position, the back opens, giving you access to the inside for cleaning.

The Ninja Foodi oven comes with a very thorough and easy-to-understand owner’s guide, as well as a booklet that contains recipes and cooking charts for air frying and dehydrating and a leaflet with instructions on how to build a sheet pan meal. It would be helpful if there were also charts to use as guidelines for baking, air roasting, and air-broiling.

Warranty

Ninja offers a one-year limited warranty on the Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven and a 60-day money back guarantee.

What owners say

At the time of writing this story, the Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven was only being sold through Ninja’s website, where it had 64 reviews and a star rating of 4.9. It’s now also available at Amazon, Walmart, and other retailers. In their comments, its early adopters rave about its multi-functionality, large capacity, and speed. They also love the ability to flip it up and stand it up and out of the way when it’s not being used.

Is the Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven worth it?

Ninja Foodi Oven - Pizza

Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

Although it’s not an amazing air fryer, this is a great toaster oven.

If you’re looking for an air fryer and a toaster oven, this product is definitely worth your consideration. It’s an excellent toaster and a fair air fryer. The only real drawbacks are that it has a large footprint on your countertop and can’t roast a whole chicken. If you have the counter space and are in the habit of buying rotisserie chickens at the supermarket, we say go for it.

We do recognize that it’s not an inexpensive appliance, but it costs equal to or less than the Breville and Cuisinart ovens that are its main competitors. If you decide to spring for it, definitely try out the sheet pan meals.



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If you’re anything like most parents-to-be, you selected the items on your baby registry based on what your friends who already had kids swore they could not live without. But as one quickly learns once the baby arrives, what one parent loves, another one loathes. I found, personally, that I hated many of the products that consistently received four and five-star rave reviews. I was curious to find out if other parents felt the same way, so I asked the parents on our staff, as well as all of my mom friends, to share their honest reviews of popular products.

The answers were informative—and hilarious.

Munchkin Click Lock Weighted Straw Cup

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Despite claims of being leak proof, Munchkin’s straw cups are an epic fail.

If you’ve got kids, you’ve also probably got a house full of colorful Munchkin products. The Munchkin Click Lock straw cup makes it possible for your toddler to drink from any angle, thanks to the weighted straw, and it consistently gets rated “best in class”. According to Munchkin, these cups have a no leak guarantee, but TJ Donegan, executive editor, core content—and dad of two—strongly disagrees: “The lid sucks, the handles suck, it constantly is misaligned so it becomes impossible to close and then even more impossible to open, it’s all slick plastic so if your hands are wet forget about even trying to use it, and then it freaking leaks everywhere.”

Avoid leaky sippy cups full of milk (gross) and opt for our top-rated straw cup instead, the OXO Tot Transitions Straw Cup.

Get the OXO Tot Transitions Straw Cup on Amazon for $9.99

Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack

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The Boon Grass drying rack takes up a lot of counter space, and is a breeding ground for bacteria.

This nature-inspired drying rack makes an appearance on almost every baby registry, but despite it’s popularity—and 4.5 star rating—staff writer Rachel Murphy gives it two thumbs down. The Boon Grass drying rack may look cute on the counter, but Rachel says, “it takes up too much space, it was a pain to clean and I ended up scrubbing it every day because a slimy film would build up under the grass-looking part.”

Save yourself from mildewy faux-grass, and go with the OXO Tot Space Saving Drying Rack that Rachel now swears by: It takes up less counter space, has different sections to hold a variety of different bottles and parts, and doesn’t require frequent cleaning.

Get the OXO Tot Space Saving Drying Rack on Amazon for $24.99

Munchkin Step Diaper Pail

Munchkin diaper pail

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Ditch the diaper pails—they are useless at containing the stink.

A diaper pail is at the top of every new parent’s must-have list of baby gear, but no matter which model you select, not a single one of them is ever going to truly be odor free. The Munchkin Step Diaper Pail has a 4-star rating, and it claims to seal in odors as the lid closes, but Mike Roorda, senior video producer, strongly disagrees. He says, “Any diaper pail that claims to cut down on stink is a lie. There’s baby poop in there. It’s gonna stink. It might stink for less time than if you have it sitting in the open but you’re not going to avoid it altogether unless you’re emptying it after every dirty diaper, and honestly no one has time for that nonsense.”

Register for a diaper pail if you must, or save yourself the hassle of buying bags and whatever other accoutrements are required, and just take the dirty diapers directly outside to your trash cans. You will not regret this decision when your house smells like baby powder instead of baby poop.

NoseFrida

NoseFriday

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NoseFrida’s Snotsucker is difficult to use.

The delightfully marketed NoseFrida Snotsucker has loads of fans—and 4.5-star reviews—but Kate, a mom of four, can’t stand it. “I’ve never had a young child take kindly to anything being shoved up their nose. It’s pretty much a traumatic scream fest,” she reports. Kate suggests using a good, old fashioned bulb syringe, which the hospital sends home with you anyway. She says it’s faster and easier to use, and doesn’t have the “ick factor” that goes hand-in-hand with the NoseFrida

Editors note: there’s a piece of foam that keeps you from actually inhaling your child’s snot, but it’s still gross.

Get an Innovo Hospital Grade Silicone Bulb Baby Nasal Aspirator on Amazon for $13.95

Dr. Brown’s Bottles

Dr. Brown's

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Dr. Brown’s bottles have too many parts—and they leak.

I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why Dr. Brown’s bottles are so popular. Upon a recommendation from a friend, I registered for one of the starter packs when I was pregnant with my son. After just a few uses, I ended up sending back a box of used bottles because they never worked and were so impossible to clean that they actually made me cry (I was sleep deprived and hormonal, but still).

Well, it appears that I am not alone in my hatred for Dr. Brown’s. As one friend so eloquently put it, “Dr. Browns bottles leak constantly and have seventeen parts and if you throw them in your bag with its cap on it is guaranteed to soak everything inside. Shouldn’t someone sucking be the only way of getting milk out of there?” Don’t run the risk of ending up with a designer bag full of formula: Skip Dr. Brown’s and go with Philips Avent instead.

Get a Philips Avent Anti-Colic Baby Bottle with AirFree Vent Beginner Set on Amazon for $30.39

“Shouldn’t someone sucking be the only way of getting milk out of there?”

Moby wrap

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Many parents found the Moby wrap impossible to use.

Did you have visions of yourself being the picture of attachment parenting maternal bliss while carrying your infant around in the Moby Wrap? I did, too! The Moby is essentially one giant piece of stretchy fabric that a parent can fashion into an infant carrier. The videos and instruction manual make it look so simple, but it took me over an hour to figure out how to tie the thing, and by the end of it I was a sweaty mess and my newborn was screaming bloody murder.

The Moby doesn’t get a lot of rave reviews from my mom friends, either. Kathleen, a mom of twins, says: “The last thing I wanted with my newborns (especially two of them at once) was to be trying to wrap several body lengths of folded fabric around my body, keeping it straight and trying to keep track of the open edges for sliding a precious little baby into.” Skip the guessing game of the Moby wrap, and opt for the much-easier-to-use LÍLLÉbaby carrier instead.

Get the LÍLLÉbaby Complete Baby Carrier on Amazon for $99

Bumbo seat

Bumbo

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Bumbo seats are cute and colorful, but don’t work for babies with chubby legs.

The cute and colorful Bumbo seat helps your baby sit up in a comfortable position, and keeps your little one contained—and entertained—when you need to do other things. People rave about the Bumbo—it has lots of 5-star reviews—but two friends said it did not work for their chubby-legged babies. One reports that the leg holes were so small that she couldn’t even wedge her kids into the Bumbo, and the other says “I would lift my kids up and the seat would come with them!”

The Bumbo isn’t something that gets used for an extended amount of time, so it’s definitely not worth shelling out for, considering the steep price. If you’re dead set on trying it out—and your kid has skinny legs—borrow it from a friend and invest in our favorite high-quality high chair instead.

Get the Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Total Clean High Chair on Amazon for $120.88

Fisher Price Snugabunny Swing

Snugabunny Swing

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The Snugabunny Swing takes up a lot of space and isn’t very practical.

The Snugabunny Swing gets plenty of rave reviews and is a popular baby shower gift, but a number of parents I talked to found it completely useless. The swing itself takes up a lot of real estate—not ideal if you’re a city dweller in a small apartment—and I constantly stubbed my toes on ours because the legs stuck out so far.

My friend, Devon, doesn’t get the appeal either. She says, “you can’t put a baby in a swing when they’re teeny tiny, and by the time you can, they’re too big for it! That got donated right away.” Skip the swing, and go for a Babybjorn Bouncer instead, which is actually useful when they’re infants.

Get the Babybjorn Bouncer on Amazon for $199.99

“It felt like bait for people who wanted to spend too much to have their child lightly jiggled by an iPod dock that resembled a Mork from Ork set piece.”

4moms Mamaroo

MamaRoo

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The MamaRoo can be synced to an iPhone—but parents still hated it.

Lest you think that the Mamaroo is a more practical option than the Snugabunny swing, my friend Stephanie and I urge you to not fall for the hype. The Mamaroo is a futuristic egg-shaped rocker that lots of parents swear is the answer to their child’s ceaseless crying, but it had the opposite effect on my kids and just made them cry harder. As Stephanie says, “I legit hated my 4moms Mamaroo soother/swing. Whatever it was, it was an egg-shaped, all-the-rage baby swing alternative. But it felt like bait for people who wanted to spend too much to have their child lightly jiggled by an iPod dock that resembled a Mork from Ork set piece.”

Snoo

Snoo

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The Snoo looks beautiful, but is overpriced and ineffective.

Invented by Dr. Harvey Karp of The Happiest Baby on the Block fame, the Snoo is supposed to be the secret ingredient for getting your newborn to sleep. The fancy bassinet is a major investment, but my friend, Angie, has passionate feelings about how useless this newfangled bassinet really is: “Getting an already asleep baby hooked into the Snoo was like playing the game Operation. It’s bananas that a $1300 crib uses some cheap elastic and a literal hook to secure your baby in there. Sure, you’re supposed to have a magical baby you put down awake who falls asleep on their own. But I didn’t have that, so the Snoo was so frustrating. In the end it ended up being a very expensive place to throw my clean laundry before I folded it.”

Don’t fall for the hype! Babies don’t sleep, and no amount of money will change that fact. If you really want a bassinet for your newborn, opt for the more affordable Halo instead.

Get the Halo Bassinet on Amazon for $229.99

“It ended up being a very expensive place to throw my clean laundry before I folded it.”

Chicco KeyFit 30

Chicco

Credit: Chicco

The Chicco KeyFit is heavy and difficult to use.

My own personal vitriol is directed solely at the Chicco KeyFit 30 infant carseat. I haven’t had an infant in four-and-a-half years, but just thinking about it makes me want to punch something. The Chicco is consistently showered with five-star reviews, but do not believe what you read (except when it’s written by me, of course). Both of my babies hated the Chicco so much that they screamed at the top of their lungs for the entire length of every car ride—my daughter would actually make herself hoarse, she screamed so hard. Taking my kids out in the car became such a miserable experience that I stopped going anywhere that wasn’t within walking distance and I essentially became a shut in.

As if the fact that my kids hated this seat wasn’t enough, it’s also incredibly heavy, far too bulky, and a total pain to buckle. The Chicco has a weight of 17 pounds without a baby in it! You’re not even supposed to lift anything for a while after giving birth (especially if you’ve had a c-section), yet somehow a new mom is expected to lift and carry this plastic behemoth that weighs more than a ton of bricks? HARD PASS. Please, do yourself a favor and get the Nuna Pipa instead: It only weights eight pounds and it’s so much easier to use.

Get the Nuna Pipa carseat at Nordstrom for $299.95

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