The Ninja Foodi range offers a selection of kitchen appliances that have numerous functions and come in a variety of sizes.
When choosing the Ninja Foodi that is going to work best for you or your family, you’ll want to be aware of the benefits and limitations of each model, as well as the amount of food each size is capable of cooking. This way, you can make an informed decision on which Ninja Foodi size will be ideal for you or your family.
Ninja Foodi Functions
The Ninja Foodi is a really great all-in-one appliance for a kitchen. It can do pretty much anything all of your other kitchen cooking appliances can do but in one relatively small machine.
One of the main benefits of a Ninja Foodi is that it is able to cook food in a way that makes it both tastier and healthier. It is able to do this by using special technology that locks the moisture and juices into the food while creating a crisp outer surface.
The air frying feature allows you to cook fries and other foods with a fraction of the amount of oil, resulting in mouth-wateringly crisp foods that are lower in calories and fat compared with regular. Depending on what type of meal you are making, it can also make cooking easier and quicker.
Ninja Foodi pressure cookers come in multiple sizes to suit various needs. Let’s look at the capacity and dimensions of these appliances to determine suitability.
Smart XL Pressure Cooker Steam Fryer
This Ninja Foodi is a pressure cooker that also has the ability to steam and crisp food at the same time, reportedly resulting in juicier, crispier, and faster food. It also features a smart thermometer that is able to tell you the temperature of your food, so you no longer have to guess when your meals are ready.
This kitchen appliance boasts 14 functions, which include air fry, broil, keep warm, sear and saute, steam, dehydrate, bake and roast, steam and crisp, steam and bake, slow cook, proof, yogurt, and pressure cook.
The size of this Ninja Foodi is pretty hefty. It has a capacity of 8 quarts, which means you could cook a 7lb chicken in it, or a one-pot dish such as a casserole that would feed around eight people. It also has a 5-quart cook and crisp basket.
As well as understanding the size of this Foodi model in reference to how many portions it can make at once, you should also consider the size with regards to your available countertop space.
The dimensions of this Ninja Foodi are 15.39 inches long, 14.21 inches wide, and 14.25 inches high. It will take up some significant space on your countertop but is a size suitable for storing away in most standard-sized kitchen cabinets.
The appliance weighs just over 25lbs, so you may be reluctant to move it very often.
XL Pressure Cooker Steam Fryer
This model on Ninja Foodi is very similar to the Smart XL version in terms of size and capabilities. It has the same capacity as the Smart XL at 8 quarts with a 4 quarts cook and crisp basket, and it also has exactly the same dimensions, so it will take up the same amount of space on your countertop.
It has 14 different settings for baking, steaming, roasting, air frying, proofing, broiling, and slow cooking, among others, which means it is an appliance you will most likely want to use every day. This means it is best suited to leaving it out on your kitchen counter, rather than having to move it in and out of a cabinet for each use.
The weight of a little over 25lbs also makes it better suited to leaving in one place because it is heavy to handle. The main difference between the XL and the Smart XL models of Ninja Foodi is that the XL lacks the smart thermometer to tell you the temperature of your food while it is cooking.
Pro Pressure Cooker + Air Fryer
This Ninja Foodi is smaller than the XL versions but still offers a very generous amount of cooking space. The cooking pot capacity is 6.5 quarts, so for reference, you would be able to cook a 5lb chicken in this appliance. It also features a 4.5-quart cook and crisp plate.
This is a good size of Ninja Foodi for a family as it will easily serve portions of between 4 and 6 when you make one-pot meals in the slow cooker.
It will also be able to cook joints of meat that will serve up to 6 people. However, if you routinely entertain guests with a total party of more than 6 people, then it might be worth paying a little more and having the option of making larger meals in it with more portions.
The dimensions of this Ninja Foodi are 16.18 inches in length, 13.98 inches in width, and 13.23 inches in height, which means it will take up slightly less space on your countertop than the XL models, but it is by no means a small appliance.
This model weighs a little over 22lbs, so once again, it is a hefty machine that you won’t want to be moving around too often. This Ninja Foodi has 11 functions compared to the XL versions that have 14. It has a precision cook control that lets you adjust the temperature of the bottom plate for complete control over your cooking.
Compact Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer
This is a smaller version of the Ninja Foodi that has a cooking pot capacity of 5 quarts and an air frying capacity of 3.5 quarts. This makes it suitable for cooking meals for two or three people. It has 7 functions that include air frying, pressure cooking, steaming, slow cooking, and baking.
The dimensions of this Ninja Foodi are smaller than other models, as you would expect from a compact version. It measures 15.9 inches in length, 13.9 inches in width, and 11.73 inches in height. It is still a fairly large item but would be able to fit on the countertop even in most small-sized kitchens.
It weighs 18lbs, so it would be suitable for keeping in a kitchen cabinet and getting out each time you want to use it. The capacity of this Ninja Foodi makes it best suited to people who live alone, couples, or small families.
Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer
The Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer has a cooking pot capacity of 8 quarts, with a 5-quart crisp pan, making it a comparable size to the Smart XL Pressure Cooker. This size makes the Ninja Foodi suitable for cooking large quantities of food to feed guests at a dinner party or celebratory occasion such as Thanksgiving.
Depending on what type of food you were cooking, you could serve between 8 and 10 people using this appliance. The reversible rack allows you to cook 8 chicken breasts at once, or you could cook a 7lb chicken in the non-stick pot.
The dimensions of this model are 16.1 inches in length, 14.57 inches in width, and 14.29 inches in height. These dimensions make it just slightly bigger than the Smart XL version in terms of the space it would occupy on a countertop or in a kitchen cabinet.
The weight is over 26lbs, which makes it the heaviest of all the Ninja Foodi pressure cookers. Where this differs most from the Smart XL is the functions that it offers. This model has 9 functions, including steaming, slow cooking, air frying, pressure cooking, searing, roasting, broiling, and dehydrating.