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Ninja Foodi AG301EU Grill and Air Fryer represents the next step of traditional air fryers: it has a grill function that allows you to grill meat, fish and any other food that you would cook on an outdoor barbecue, with the advantage of avoiding hassles such as smoke and complicated preparations. In addition, it is able to bake, dehydrate and roast. In our tests we achieved excellent results in air fryer and grill mode, but it is an expensive and bulky appliance, so not for everyone.
Ninja Foodi AG301EU Grill and Air Fryer Design
- Inductive commands
- Automatic preheating
- Dishwasher safe components
Ninja Foodi AG301EU Grill and Air Fryer is bulkier than we would have expected, in fact it measures 26 x 35.6 x 45 cm. Furthermore, its hinged lid configuration requires free space around it so that the appliance can be opened completely easily. Not being able to place it on the counter close to the wall makes it look even bigger, although of course you can push it back when not in use.
The main pot with ceramic coating has a capacity of 5.7 liters, but if you need to fry you will need to insert the fryer basket which decreases the capacity to 3.8 liters. For grilling there is the ceramic grill, always to be placed in the pan if necessary. All accessories are dishwasher safe, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry: you will also find a brush with scraper for manual cleaning of the grill included. Keep in mind that, since not all accessories can be contained in the main body at the same time, you will also need space to store those not in use.
The control panel is positioned on the front, and is easy to use. There are four heat levels to choose from for grilling. The air fryer can be set at a temperature between 150 ° and 240 °, for roasting you can choose between 120 ° and 160 ° and for baking between 120 ° and 210 °. To dehydrate, on the other hand, temperatures vary between 40 ° and 90 °, and of course it takes longer. The screen and buttons for adjusting time and temperature are intuitive and easy to use. The appliance preheats automatically, informing you when the temperature has been reached to start cooking. However, it will not notify you when it is time to stir or turn the food.
In addition to the instruction manual, a recipe book and quick guide on cooking times and temperatures for the most common foods are also included. For the roasting and baking functions there are a few suggestions, so if you want to get the best from these modes you will have to experiment.
Ninja Foodi AG301EU Grill and Air Fryer Performance
- Plenty of space to evenly distribute food
- The bars of the grid are curved, not straight
- Foods cook and brown to perfection
The way to fry is slightly different than a traditional air fryer, where the basket simply pulls out. In this case, the basket fits vertically into the main appliance, as if it were a saucepan. Then the food is removed by lifting the lid. The setting isn’t better or worse, but stirring the food halfway through cooking may prove slightly more inconvenient.
To test the air fryer we cooked thick cut frozen fries, setting the temperature to 180 ° and waiting for the appliance to preheat (it took 3 minutes). Once ready, Ninja Foodi AG301EU Gci warned to insert the food and automatically started the timer once the lid was closed. You will not be reminded to stir or turn the food during cooking, but we recommend that you check from time to time. After 20 minutes, the fries were crisp, golden and perfectly cooked. The flavor was great, and it took less time than in a traditional oven.
With the same cooking method we tried to cook the chicken wings, which we managed to arrange comfortably thanks to the available space. There were 7, but overlapping them slightly there would have been more. We added half a teaspoon of oil and preheated the fryer to 200 °. After 15 minutes, the wings were perfectly browned, with crispy skin and tender, juicy flesh.
In the third test we wanted to see how Ninja Foodi fares in cooking fresh and hand-cut potatoes. As advised by the included guide, we soaked the raw potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes. We then dried them, greased them with a teaspoon of oil and preheated the appliance to 200 °. The recommended cooking time is 23-26 minutes, but after 10 and 15 minutes we turned the fries. After 18 minutes they were ready, perfectly cooked and browned on the outside.
The grill is the flagship feature of this deep fryer, so we tested it with two meat burgers. We followed the guide’s suggestions, cooking them at maximum power for 6 minutes. The grill preheats more slowly, in fact it took 8 minutes. Remember to check that the grill accessory is inserted so that it is hot when adding food. Once the burgers were added, we turned them over after 3 minutes of cooking. We were impressed with the minimal amount of smoke and cooking smell emitted, plus the burgers were cooked to perfection. Given the predisposition of the accessory, the marks left by the grill are not vertical as one would expect, but curved.
Cleaning the pot, the grill and the accessories is simple thanks to the ceramic coating, either manually or with the help of the dishwasher. The grill requires a little more patience if washed without, but the supplied brush makes work easier.
Overall, the device is very quiet. The loudest mode is grilling, but it is a bearable sound.