Ninja Max XL Air Fryer review: a neat air fryer for small servings

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The Ninja Max XL Air Fryer is 1 of the brand's astir fashionable models. It's got a circular insert with a 5.5 quart capableness that's susceptible of cooking for smaller households, oregon making sides for the full family. 

While we recovered that the handbasket signifier was not perfect for cooking circumstantial types of food, the aerial fryer did bash an awesome occupation of cooking bacon and adjacent frozen nutrient successful genuinely grounds times. 

We tested it alongside immoderate of the champion aerial fryers to spot however it held up, making fries, roasting vegetables, and trying retired some its regular aerial frying mode and the Max Crisp setting. 

Ninja Max XL Air Fryer: specs

Ninja Max XL aerial  fryer

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Capacity: 5.5 quartsCooking modes: Air Fry, Max Crisp, Air Roast, Air Broil (US only), Bake, Reheat, DehydrateTemperature: 105°F–450°FSize: 14 x 11 x 14.75 inchesWeight: 11.7 poundsPower: 1750 wattsCleaning: Nonstick and dishwasher-safe baskets and insertsCord length: 2.6ftGetting started

Ninja Max XL Air Fryer successful  its box

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We tried the Ninja Max XL successful the UK, truthful determination are a mates of precise flimsy differences worthy noting. In the UK it's known arsenic the Ninja Max AF160UK aerial fryer, and successful the US it's called the Ninja AF161 Max XL Air Fryer. 

The lone different quality is connected the power panel. While the settings enactment successful the nonstop aforesaid way, wherever the US aerial fryer has an aerial broil button, the UK has nary alternative, and lone features 3 cooking modes. We don't thin to broil things successful the UK, truthful we were incapable to trial this setting, but we inactive tested against the 4 recipes we usage successful our aerial fryer reviews and simply adjusted the settings for timings and temperature. 

Ninja Max XL Air Fryer

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The merchandise comes successful a container with mostly cardboard packaging, which meant we didn't person to consciousness blameworthy erstwhile disposing of it successful the recycling. It has a removable circular tray with an insert that elevates nutrient to let aerial to circulate astir it for an adjacent cook. This besides lifts away, and some this and the interior of the handbasket are coated successful a sturdy non-stick coating. 

We noted that the drawers felt secure, and slid into spot without immoderate difficulty. This felt precise precocious quality, but the silver-coated grip and apical of the instrumentality did look and consciousness rather cheap, and portion successful our continued investigating it's not flaked away, we preferred the handles connected the Instant Vortex aerial fryer, and adjacent the Ninja Dual Zone we besides tested. 

Cooking fries

Ninja Max XL Air Fryer

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Our archetypal modular trial is making fries from scratch. We chopped potatoes into chunky wedges, soaked to region starch, and past dried and tossed them successful a small lipid and immoderate seasoning. It's existent that making fries from scratch successful an aerial fryer volition importantly trim the magnitude of abdominous successful your finished meal. We lone needed a fewer tablespoons, and this was divided betwixt 3 antithetic aerial fryer tests. 

To spot however good the aerial fryer tin navigator connected a somewhat little temperature, we acceptable it to 360°F for 18 minutes connected aerial fry mode. Unlike models from Instant brands, the Ninja scope of aerial fryers person nary pre-heat clip and nary midway reminder to shingle your fries erstwhile cooking. Despite this, we bash urge shaking your fries to get an adjacent finish, but portion it's bully to person a pre-heat clip we bash find that it is not ever indispensable erstwhile aerial frying. After all, it lone takes a infinitesimal oregon truthful to pre-heat. 

Ninja Max XL Air Fryer

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After 18 minutes we were disappointed that our fries were not good cooked astatine all. Where successful immoderate aerial fryers we inactive negociate to execute a fluffy wrong and crisped extracurricular successful this time, the Ninja Max XL needed an other 10 minutes. 

After this, the fries inactive lacked a crisp coating but were cooked through. Some were a small much cooked than others, but for the astir portion our fries were even, which is awesome fixed the smaller handbasket size of this aerial fryer. They had a bully taste, but we suspected that this is an aerial fryer that performs amended astatine higher temperatures. 

Ninja Max XL Air Fryer

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Cooking frozen food

Air fryers are famously bully astatine cooking nutrient from frozen. This particularly applies to breaded food, which tin often instrumentality a agelong clip successful a accepted oven oregon adjacent 1 of the best toaster ovens, and volition request to beryllium flipped halfway done cooking to forestall immoderate sogginess. Air frying makes this a happening of the past, truthful we tried retired the Max Crisp mounting to spot however good the Ninja Max XL could navigator immoderate frozen chickenhearted goujons. 

Ninja Max XL Air Fryer

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We tested this aerial fryer alongside different Ninja model, the Ninja Foodi DZ401 6-in-1 XL 2-Basket Air Fryer. This aerial fryer allows you to set the Max Crisp temperature, whereas successful the much basal Max XL you cannot alteration the somesthesia from a preset 450°F. That's hotter than we could adjacent execute successful the Instant Vortex Plus 6-in 1 Air Fryer which is constricted to 400°F, truthful it is nary astonishment that the Max XL cooked the chickenhearted successful by acold the slightest clip successful our lineup. 

The chickenhearted was done successful conscionable 9 minutes, erstwhile the packaging suggested it would instrumentality 25 minutes successful an oven. It was precise blistery each the mode through, though the precocious somesthesia did overly brownish the goujons successful immoderate areas. If anything, it was a small overcooked! 

Cooking bacon

Ninja Max XL Air Fryer

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Cooking bacon successful aerial fryer takes minutes, and it often drains retired a batch of the abdominous that renders distant from the nutrient arsenic it cooks, leaving you with crispy rashers and a small little oil. 

We noticed that the streaky bacon we utilized was a small agelong to acceptable into the aerial fryer basket. Other aerial fryers could happily acceptable 6 oregon much rashers successful 1 go, but you would conflict to acceptable much than 4 successful this aerial fryer without overlapping. 

We enactment the aerial fryer onto 400°F and acceptable the cooking clip to 5 minutes. This aerial fryer is not the quietest aerial fryer we tested, astatine 67dB, it's connected par with different Ninja aerial fryers. Its instrumentality is precise powerful, arsenic evidenced by the finished result. Our bacon had intelligibly been blown astir the cooking handbasket arsenic it cooked, meaning it had folded successful places. Laying this connected apical of pancakes would person been a struggle!  

Ninja Max XL Air Fryer

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However, the bacon was cooked precise easily, and we recovered that it would adjacent person benefitted from a small little cooking time. This is perchance down to the tiny cooking country which means the aerial fryer pre-heats precise quickly. 

Roasting vegetables 

Most aerial fryers travel with roasting modes. Is this immoderate antithetic to the aerial frying mode? Fundamentally, no. Air fryers each enactment similar a convection oven, truthful the main quality volition beryllium the preset cooking temperature. In this lawsuit it is little than the aerial fry mode, which means nutrient volition beryllium little crispy but volition navigator done successful a mode that is akin to accepted roasting. 

Ninja Max XL Air Fryer

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We were blessed with the roasting successful this aerial fryer. Not each of the nutrient cooked astatine the aforesaid pace, but this is due to the fact that we chopped the vegetables into antithetic sizes. After 15 minutes we were peculiarly impressed with the flimsy browning of the saccharine potato, which had a batch of flavor. We didn't shingle the tray astir portion cooking either, but owed to the slats successful the removable insert the vegetables were cooked rather evenly connected each sides. 

Where different aerial fryers we tested struggled to get immoderate browning connected the zucchini, we recovered that the Ninja Max XL Air Fryer did a bully occupation of this, meaning it was effectual astatine removing the moisture from vegetables. This near them inactive with immoderate crunch, but without immoderate sogginess.

Ninja Max XL Air Fryer

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Cleaning the Ninja Max XL Air Fryer

Ninja Max XL Air Fryer

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One large vantage of Ninja aerial fryers is that the removable parts are dishwasher safe. This convenience origin is partially wherefore you'll find the marque successful our guides to the best blenders and best nutrient processors, too. 

Even if you don't person a dishwasher to cleanable the removable insert and aerial fryer drawer, the non-stick coating is precise casual to cleanable by hand. We person guidance connected how to cleanable an aerial fryer if you privation to cleanable the heating constituent and power panel. 

Should you bargain the Ninja Max XL Air Fryer? 

The Ninja Max XL Air Fryer gets a 4 prima standing aft our reappraisal process, and weeks of ongoing use. It's well-designed, casual to clean, and works particularly good connected precocious temperatures. However, it doesn't execute rather arsenic good arsenic different aerial fryers connected little temperatures, and the Max Crisp mounting is not adjustable, meaning you volition beryllium somewhat constricted if you privation afloat power of the machine. 

This aerial fryer is 1 of the noisiest models connected the market, but it's not truthful large that you couldn't talk implicit it. It cooked frozen nutrient and bacon successful grounds time, but the circular signifier of the cooking handbasket volition beryllium champion suited to broadside dishes oregon smaller servings of meat, arsenic it volition conflict to acceptable successful nutrient of definite sizes. We besides recovered that the look and consciousness of the aerial fryer is not our favorite, and it wouldn't beryllium our archetypal prime of aerial fryer to show successful our kitchen. If looks are not your main concern, you'll emotion the Ninja Max XL Air Fryer for speedy cooking and its amazingly expansive scope of cooking modes, including Reheat, Dehydrate, and Bake. 

About this review, and our 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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