Ninja Foodi DZ401 6-in-1 XL 2-Basket Air Fryer review

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In this Ninja Foodi DZ401 6-in-1 XL 2-Basket Air Fryer reappraisal we enactment Ninja's flagship fryer to the test. Pitting it against a enactment of aerial fryers from the existing Ninja lineup, arsenic good arsenic immoderate of the best aerial fryers from Instant brands, we were capable to straight comparison the cooking results against immoderate of the starring aerial fryers connected the market.

A souped-up mentation of the existing Ninja Foodi DZ201, the DZ401 has a larger capableness and a dial to prime your cooking mode, clip and temperature, arsenic opposed to relying connected buttons either broadside of the power panel.

We tested the Ninja Foodi DZ401 6-in-1 XL 2-Basket Air Fryer successful the UK, wherever it's known arsenic the Ninja Foodi MAX Dual Zone Air Fryer AF400UK. There are a fewer superficial differences, but nether the hood it's the aforesaid instrumentality nary substance wherever you bargain it. Both person afloat removable non-stick cooking baskets with non-stick inserts that tin spell done the dishwasher. 

They besides travel with six cooking modes, an expansive somesthesia scope of 105°F–450°F (although successful the UK this is 40°C-250°C), and 2 modes that tin sync your cooking modes oregon your cooking clip for astute finishes erstwhile making implicit meals. Here's however it held up successful testing. 

Ninja Foodi DZ401 6-in-1 XL 2-Basket Air Fryer: specs

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Capacity: 10 quarts divided betwixt 2 5 quart baskets  Cooking modes: Air Fry, Air Broil, Roast, Bake, Reheat, and Dehydrate Temperature: 105°F–450°F Size: 17.1" L X 13.9" W X 12.8" H Weight: 19.8 pounds Power: 1690 watts Cleaning: Nonstick and dishwasher-safe baskets and inserts Cord length: 2.6ft Getting started

Ninja Foodi DZ401

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The Ninja Foodi DZ401 came successful a ample container that was, satisfyingly, packaged successful mostly recyclable materials. With the objection of a integrative screen that coated the inserts, the aerial fryer itself, and the acquisition manual, everything other was made of cardboard and could happily beryllium recycled.

As we said above, we tested the Ninja Foodi DZ401 successful the UK, wherever it is known arsenic the AF400UK. If you're looking for a Ninja Foodi MAX Dual Zone Air Fryer review, this volition reply each of your questions, but with the objection of a fewer tiny outer differences the Ninja Foodi DZ401 is fundamentally the aforesaid machine. It has the aforesaid power, dimensions, capacity, appearance, and somesthesia range. 

Ninja Dual Zone aerial  fryer

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The main quality is the power panel. In the UK it comes with: Max Crisp, Air Fry, Roast, Reheat, Dehydrate, and Bake. In the US it tin Air Fry, Air Broil, Roast, Bake, Reheat, and Dehydrate. The lone quality is the Max Crisp setting, which is fundamentally the aerial frying mounting but astatine at a higher somesthesia to make added colour and crisp. In the US this is replaced with Air Broil, which is precocious vigor broiling but wrong an aerial fryer basket, to make a charred effect. So essentially, it's the aforesaid function, but with a antithetic name.

The different cardinal quality is the sanction fixed to the Match and Sync settings. In the US you tin take betwixt Match Cook and Smart Finish. In the UK these settings are called Match and Sync. Sync volition navigator 2 foods astatine antithetic settings but with the aforesaid finishing time, meaning you tin acceptable them up astatine the aforesaid clip but the 2nd drawer volition lone commencement cooking erstwhile the archetypal has the aforesaid magnitude of clip near needed for them to decorativeness cooking astatine the aforesaid time. This is the aforesaid arsenic Smart Finish connected the US Ninja DZ401. The Match mounting simply replicates the settings you've applied connected the archetypal drawer implicit to the second.

Cooking fries

Ninja Foodi DZ401

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In each aerial fryer reappraisal we commencement with homemade fries. To bash this I chopped immoderate potatoes into wedge-shaped pieces and past soaked them to region the starch, dried them off, and tossed them successful lipid and seasoning. 

We pre-set the aerial fryer to navigator astatine 360°F for 18 minutes. This fitted good into 1 cooking basket. The aerial fryer does not pre-heat similar the Instant Vortex Plus 6 Quart 6-in 1 Air Fryer, and I archetypal noticed that it's rather a noisy aerial fryer astatine implicit 80dB. 

Ninja Foodi DZ401

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The fries required a small other time, though truthful did each of the aerial fryers we tested. After the archetypal 18 minutes my fries came retired rather pale, but I felt that it mightiness person taken a batch little clip astatine person to 400°F. After 25 minutes the fries were good browned and even. 

There was nary reminder to shingle mid-way done the cooking rhythm but I would urge doing this to marque definite that determination is nary uneven cooking. 

Homemade fries made successful  the Instant Vortex Plus aerial  fryer

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I besides noticed that the drawers were precise creaseless to insert and instrumentality retired of the aerial fryer, making the instrumentality consciousness precise high-quality to use. The baskets clicked close into spot with nary occupation oregon other unit needed. 

Cooking frozen food 

Air fryers bash a superb occupation of cooking frozen breaded food. The Ninja Foodi DZ401 6-in-1 XL 2-Basket Air Fryer was nary exception. I cooked immoderate pre-made chickenhearted strips with a breaded coating to spot however good they could crisp up the exterior of the chicken. 

I tested this by utilizing the maximum vigor of the aerial fryer, 460°F, and acceptable the aerial fryer up to navigator for 12 minutes. 

Ninja Foodi DZ401

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Even 12 minutes was excessively overmuch time, and I was blessed with however the chickenhearted was cooked aft conscionable 9 minutes. It was precise crisp outside, possibly adjacent a small burnt successful immoderate places, and steaming blistery inside. 

This conscionable goes to amusement however accelerated this aerial fryer tin navigator erstwhile you amp it up to precocious vigor oregon usage the Air Broil mode. The Ninja Foodi DZ401 6-in-1 XL 2-Basket Air Fryer does spell up successful ten-degree intervals, whereas an Instant aerial fryer goes up successful idiosyncratic degrees. 

Ninja Foodi DZ401

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Roasting vegetables 

Air fryers travel with modes that tin roast and cook arsenic good arsenic aerial fry. To trial these, I made immoderate roasted vegetables arsenic a delicious and steadfast broadside dish. Vegetables travel with a precocious level of moisture naturally, which volition mean it's harder to crisp them up wrong an aerial fryer oregon adjacent the best toaster oven. 

Ninja Foodi DZ401

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This is simply a bully trial of evenness. The Ninja Foodi MAX XL we tested didn't bash the champion occupation of this, but the Ninja Foodi DZ401 6-in-1 XL 2-Basket Air Fryer did impress. Although immoderate vegetables were much cooked than others, this is to beryllium expected erstwhile cooking zucchini and onion, which person antithetic moisture levels. Across the finished basket, everything was cooked successful conscionable 15 minutes astatine 370°F.

Ninja Foodi DZ401

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Cooking bacon

We navigator bacon erstwhile investigating to spot however evenly the aerial fryer cooks, and to trial however beardown the instrumentality wrong the aerial fryer is. Especially with streaky bacon, the interior instrumentality successful an aerial fryer tin origin it to determination astir the aerial fryer tray erstwhile cooking. 

I was pleased that my bacon fitted perfectly into 1 cooking drawer. It was well-shaped to instrumentality up to 5 rashers, though I stuck to three. 

Ninja Foodi DZ401

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The bacon came retired evenly rendered and crisp connected some sides with nary request to turn. After conscionable 5 minutes astatine 400°F, the bacon was really a small overcooked. It was besides evident that it had been blown astir the cooking basket. It did not travel retired successful consecutive rashers but alternatively curled up and rather hard, a motion that it was overcooked. 

If you bash navigator bacon successful this aerial fryer, beryllium prepared for it to beryllium cooked successful arsenic small arsenic 3 minutes!

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Cleaning

This aerial fryer is simply a imagination to clean. Just region the inserts and the trays and enactment them done the dishwasher. The Instant Vortex Plus 6 Quart 6-in 1 Air Fryer outperformed this Ninja exemplary with fries and bacon, but its handbasket cannot spell done the dishwasher, which is simply a large setback. It besides marked easily, but the Ninja Foodi DZ40 did not person this occupation acknowledgment to the dial and carnal buttons, arsenic opposed to the Instant aerial fryer's touchscreen. 

Should you bargain the Ninja Foodi DZ401 6-in-1 XL 2-Basket Air Fryer

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The Ninja Foodi DZ401 6-in-1 XL 2-Basket Air Fryer is simply a precise ample aerial fryer. It's perfectly suited to ample households oregon those who find their solitary aerial fryer lacking. A dual drawer plan does earnestly alteration the cooking options successful your home, due to the fact that you tin navigator 2 elements of a repast astatine once, but enactment that with the cooking controls connected the Ninja Foodi DZ401 I did find that determination was a spot of a learning curve. Perhaps it's conscionable me, but I recovered it casual to confuse the Match and Smart Finish settings. 

I besides noted the deficiency of shingle reminder oregon pre-heat settings with this aerial fryer, which is thing that could interaction the precision of your cooking times. However, it's a speedy prime with a precise precocious maximum somesthesia that tin crisp up frozen nutrient successful nether 10 minutes. That's truly impressive. Plus, cleaning was a breeze.  

About this review, and the reviewer

Millie Fender is our Editor for each things tiny appliances at Homes & Gardens. She spends a batch of clip investigating everything from toasters to air fryers in her ain flat and recommending the precise champion ones to readers. 

Millie enactment this aerial fryer to the trial for a fig of weeks to marque fries, bacon, and roasted vegetables. She volition support this reappraisal updated with immoderate thoughts connected however it compares to different models connected the market.

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