The Ninja Foodi FlexDrawer Air Fryer 10.4L AF500UK has an enormous capability if you simply must prepare dinner lots of meals, however can break up into two for if you need to prepare dinner two totally different meals without delay. Technically, you possibly can prepare dinner in simply half of the drawer, though you continue to have to clean your complete factor when executed.
- Simple to make use of
- Wonderful outcomes
- Large quantity of cooking house
- Complete drawer must be washed, even if you happen to use half
Cooking houseThere’s a complete of 10.4-litres of house, which an be used as one massive compartment, or divided into two smaller cooking areas.
Cooking modesMax crisp, air fry, roast, bake, reheat, dehydrate and show are all accessible.
I’m a giant fan of Ninja’s dual-drawer air fryers; they offer flexibility when required and double up on capability after I merely must prepare dinner extra. Properly, the latter is true to a degree: the dimensions of things is proscribed by the drawer measurement.
With the e Ninja Foodi FlexDrawer Air Fryer 10.4L AF500UK, there’s one large drawer with an optionally available divider that successfully turns this into two air fryers.
If you happen to want the only zone with an enormous capability, then it’s a superb selection.
Design and options
- Single massive zone
- Intelligent controls based mostly on one-zone or two-zone cooking
- Simple to make use of
There’s not a lot between the Ninja Foodi FlexDrawer Air Fryer 10.4L AF500UK and the Ninja Foodi MAX Twin Zone Air Fryer AF400UK. Each are roughly the identical measurement, however the brand new AF500K has a barely larger total capability at 10.4 litres, in comparison with 9.5 litres of house within the twin drawer mannequin.
That’s right down to the design of the AF500UK, which has a single massive drawer that pulls out the entrance; the AF400UK’s dual-drawer design means some house is misplaced to have a divider between the drawers, and the drawers themselves take up room.
Pull out the massive drawer, and there’s house for 2 crisper plates on the backside. I might then both use your complete house in a single, which provides greater than sufficient room for a big hen and accompaniments, or I might use the supplied divider to separate the house into two particular person zones.
Doing the latter turns into helpful for flexibility, because it’s potential to prepare dinner two totally different dishes on the identical time, utilizing totally different settings and timings.
As with Ninja’s earlier dual-drawer efforts, the AF500UK focuses on making issues easy, aided by the wonderful quick-start information that lists really helpful cooking modes, instances and temperatures for frequent dishes.
Cooking modes embrace air fry, roast, bake, reheat, dehydrate and show, all of which then provide you with a temperature setting and timer. There’s additionally the Max Crisp mode, which cooks at 240C, giving super-crispy outcomes on meals that want this degree of warmth, resembling hash browns.
With no divider in place, the air fryer operates in its Mega Zone mode: consider it as only a very large air fryer.
With a divider in place, the zones may be handled completely independently, functioning as their very own air fryers (and saving power if it’s good to prepare dinner on one facet solely), or you need to use the dual-zone controls.
Sync makes certain that the 2 zones end cooking on the identical time, permitting you to prepare dinner totally different meals at totally different temperatures in every zone, but have a whole meal at a particular time.
Match simply synchronises the 2 zones in order that they use the identical settings. This function is beneficial on a real dual-basket one, the place each drawers are loaded with the identical meals (say, doubling up on chips). Right here, it feels superfluous. Why not simply take the divider out and use all of the house if you happen to merely must prepare dinner extra of the identical?
There’s no pre-heat on this mannequin, with it warming quick. As with all air fryers, the meals must be agitated whereas cooking to verify it cooks evenly. Usually, a drawer makes this straightforward, as you pull it out and shake. With the very massive drawer right here, that’s a little bit tougher, so utilizing silicone tongs to maneuver meals round made extra sense.
I did discover that the divider just isn’t an ideal insulator. After cooking in a single zone solely, the empty zone was very heat. In observe, it didn’t make any distinction to the standard of the cooking after I had totally different meals on both facet.
On the finish of a prepare dinner, the drawer and crisper plates may be washed down, or you possibly can stick them in a dishwasher for comfort.
- Distinctive, crisp outcomes
- Even cooking
- Very versatile
Max Crisp mode on the Ninja AF500UK signifies that it will possibly prepare dinner at a really excessive temperature, which is ideal for meals that must be cooked rapidly with a crisp exterior, resembling hash browns. To me, the right hash brown has a crisp exterior and a mushy and fluffy inside, and the Ninja AF500UK delivers.
Subsequent, I moved on to cooking a complete meal within the air fryer, cooking chips on one facet and a hen breast on the opposite, getting them each to complete on the identical time.
My chips got here out completely: crispy exterior, fluffy inside and evenly cooked all through your complete batch.
I used to be happy with my hen breast, too, cooked on the roast setting. It’s straightforward to get hen improper and have it dried up and horrible, however the Ninja AF500UK did an ideal job, cooking by way of however leaving the breast moist.
I completed up dehydrating the final of my backyard’s herbs earlier than the chilly climate set in they usually all died.
Must you purchase it?
You want capability and adaptability
The only massive drawer means you possibly can prepare dinner an enormous quantity of meals in a single go, whereas the divider means you possibly can prepare dinner two totally different objects concurrently.
You largely prepare dinner totally different meals or smaller parts
A conventional two-drawer air fryer could also be extra helpful, significantly for smaller parts, the place you solely want to scrub one basket. Try the Ninja Foodi MAX Twin Zone Air Fryer AF400UK if that’s the case.
Simple to make use of, highly effective and producing glorious, even outcomes, the Ninja AF500UK is one other winner from the corporate. Whether or not it’s best for you is dependent upon what it’s good to do. If you happen to largely want most capability, with the choice for flexibility, it’s an ideal selection; if you happen to largely prepare dinner smaller parts or two totally different meals varieties, the prevailing AF400UK and its twin baskets might go well with you extra. In any other case, try my information to the most effective air fryers.
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A divider splits the primary drawer into two, and every half can be utilized independently.
Sure, the drawer and crisper plates can go into the dishwasher.
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Variety of compartments
Whole meals capability
Ninja Foodi FlexDrawer Air Fryer 10.4L AF500UK
496 x 316 x 327 MM
Ninja Foodi FlexDrawer Air Fryer 10.4L AF500UK
2x crisper plates
Max crisp, air fry, roast, bake, reheat, dehydrate, show