Ninja Air Fryer Max Review: The perfect takeaway at home?
IF you’ve been looking to create the feeling, look and taste from your own kitchen we have just the thing.
The Ninja Air Fryer Max promises the great taste of fried food, albeit with healthier results, but is it worth the cash?
We’ve given the Air Fryer Max a go, in the hope that we can recreate that comforting feeling of perfectly fried chips at home.
The Ninja Air Max promises to give you crispy results with just a splash of oil, thanks to clever air frying technology.
- Ninja Air Max Fryer, £129.99, AO – buy here
Long gone are at home fryers of the past, dunking potatoes in gallons of oil, or bubbling fat in a saucepan for tasty (but uber unhealthy) triple cooked chips.
Lockdown seemed a good as time as any to give one a whirl, so I've decided to give the Ninja Air Fryer Max a go, and see if I can create a yummy fakeaway at home.
With an extra 5.2L capacity, the Ninja Air Fryer Max is perfect for feeding the whole family and claims to use up to 75 per cent less fat than traditional frying methods,while being up to 50 per cent faster than fan ovens.
It also boasts six cooking functions, Air Fry, Max Crisp, Bake, Roast, Reheat and Dehydrate – so any home cook will be spoilt for choice.
First things first, it's big, and for two people we may have been better with a smaller model, but this is the Max, so we’d argue it’s better suited for large families or groups thanks to the larger fry basket.
This would be perfect for feeding a larger brood, but you’ll want to make sure you have the space (36cm x25cm x 32cm) to store it first.
How easy is it to set up?
Setting up the Air Fryer Max was pretty painless, you simply take it out and plug it in.
There’s no assembly to speak of, just taking the plastic off.
Ninja say to let it warm up for three minutes each time, which you do by pressing the function button and letting it go.
I would have personally preferred a warm up button – but it does the job.
My partner, who helped me with the testing, was over the moon with it, even declaring we 'never need to buy chips again'.
And that’s partly true, but there's a separate 'Max Crisp' function for frozen chips if you wish.
It made light work turning potatoes into wedges and fries – as all at home chefs need to is chop them up, chuck them in the drawer, and lightly drizzle with oil.
During cooking, we would open the tray and shake them a few times which was helpful to stop them sticking and make sure they cooked evenly.
When we first did this we assumed you need to pause and then continue, but this actually restarts the clock, all you need to do for this is simply pull them out,
After a twenty minute wait, we found we had 'posh pub' quality fat chips. We were pleasantly surprised with the time, as at first we thought this might not be long enough.
The end result had all the tastiness, crunch and satisfying quality of chips – no empty feeling of healthy substitutes but it was satisfying to know we hadn’t just dunked them in oil.
We've made these multiple times since first giving it a whirl, and we’ve found the bigger chips performed better as there was more space for the air to circulate.
There's also a number of extra functions that are perfect for cooks.
Frozen food can be cooked with the Air Max function, so think perfectly cooked nuggets, frozen chips, all with a super crunchy skin, and soft middle.
Bakers can even bake cakes in there – but make sure you check the instructions first – you don't want mix going through the basket holes – not to mention there's also roast, and dehydrate if you fancy something a bit different.
However, whilst these extra functions are great, the chance of you using them as often are small – therefore we did wonder when cooking for two whether we would be better off with less features and a smaller machine.
For those looking for an easy, quick and tasty solution for at home frying, the Ninja Air Fryer is worth checking out.
In hindsight we would have gone with a smaller model, but any home cook will be pleased with the range on offer.
At £129.99 it isn’t super cheap, but if you use it regularly it’s worth the cash.
Whether you’re a couple, or feeding a larger household it produced some of the best home cooked chips we’ve tried in a long time.
For fakeaway fans, this is one for you.
- Ninja Air Max Fryer, £129.99, AO – buy here
All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing, but may have since changed. Always do your own research before making any purchase.
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