Over the last IFA in Berlin, I noticed a trend that practically all companies operating in the household devices sector are following: in addition to the usual vacuum cleaners and robots, the brands are focusing a lot on the production of automated kitchen systems, designed to simplify cooking even more complex dishes that use dozens of sensors to obtain the best result.
Well, remember SharkNinja? The US brand, from poco in Italy, of which we tried the very comfortable vacuum cleaner with double rotating brush (here the review)? For some time now, a device that we could define an evolution of the air fryer has been sent to us for testing: it is called Ninja Foodi Max and it can play the role of a traditional air fryer, but enriched with a plate for cooking the meat, a system that eliminates smoke and a sensor that, together with a display positioned at the front, will cook the meat exactly to the point cooking required. In short, it is not just an air fryer, but it is one real smart grill.
Sounds comfortable, right?
Ninja Foodi Max Review: Air fryer, which can roast meat without smoke
Design and materials
With dimensions suitable for cooking two slices of meat at the same time, the Ninja Foodi Max it is one of those products that cannot be defined as very large, but not even small. 41 cm wide, 27 cm high and 39 cm deep, to use this device you will need enough space to guarantee “freedom of movement” when using this sort of oven / grill. And you will need to have this area available even near an electrical outlet because, and this is an important factor, the power cord could be quite short for the vast majority of people. For example, I only extract it when needed.
The lid is solid, you can easily open and close it, and inside there is a ceramic-coated cooking pot that must always be kept inside the device, whether it is used as an air fryer or as a grill for cooking. meat. On this container you can then place an additional container for frying, which is perforated, or the grill plate.
Right under the lid, then, the coil that will radiate the heat for cooking has been inserted, which has been protected by an excellent splash guard that can be disassembled and washed in the dishwasher.
On the front there is a rather simple display, on which, however, you can keep the entire cooking process under control and, above all, set all the parameters useful for using the device, such as the type of cooking (for example grill), the mode air fryer or even the mode of drying food.
But the real news is on the left of the product, and it is she who gives it to Ninja Foodi Max an extra gear: it is a cooking sensor, which is connected externally to the appliance and which will be inserted deeply into the meat before starting to cook it. In this way, the automated system of the Ninja Foodi Max will be able to understand the internal temperature of the meat and will stop the cooking process completely autonomously at the cooking level set on the display.
And it is a brilliant idea that is not only designed to be able to optimize the cooking of meat and fish, but which practically eliminates the need to open the lid during cooking and, therefore, prevents the room in which you are cooking fill with smoke.
Functionality and cooking
With a maximum power of 2460w the Ninja Foodi Max integrates 6 cooking modes: Grill (grilled), Air Fry (air fryer), Bake (like an oven for cakes, pies and more), Roast (roast cooking for meats, vegetables and fish), Dehydrate ( to dry food), Reheat (to reheat leftovers for example). And all these functions use a ceramic pan with a 3.8 liter capacity on which, as already mentioned, it is possible to place a 740 cm2 large grill or a frying basket that has the same 3.8 liter capacity as the pan. All elements of the Ninja Foodi Max they can be disassembled and washed in the dishwasher and it is possible to set the cooking temperature (reaches a maximum of 240 degrees) and the relative operating time via the front display.
The most interesting function, however, is the one that in the Ninja Foodi Max the company calls Smart Cook. Because it is in this mode that the digital probe can be used to fully automate the cooking process of meat and fish.
In a nutshell, after choosing the type of food (for example veal), this technology allows you to choose the desired degree of cooking between rare, medium and well cooked, and once you have reached the set degree of cooking, the probe will automatically stop the process, in order to have the food perfectly cooked according to your needs.
And that's what makes the Ninja Foodi Max one of the most versatile kitchen products that I have had the opportunity to try in recent times. Also because ok, to cook meat in the apartment is a real godsend and totally avoids the formation of smoke or persistent odors, but it can also be used to cook desserts or as an air fryer.
With the Ninja Foodi Max, for example, using the Grill function you can have a real barbecue at home, showing that you are intoxicated by the smoke and smell the cooking in the rooms for days and days. It is very convenient, especially since the cooking of the meat itself is always perfect, with uniform browning along the edges of the dish.
Price and considerations
The sale price of the Ninja Foodi Max is 279,00 euros and, believe me, if you have special needs in the kitchen it is worth all the money it costs. Not for nothing on Amazon has over 4300 reviews, all of them extremely positive. And it could not have been otherwise, especially considering the ease of use and the fact that it makes complicated cooking possible even for the less experienced in the kitchen.
What hasn't made me crazy is the size of the cooking compartment, which for a family may perhaps be too small. Then there is the consumption: 2.460w are not few.
But it is one of those products that I didn't think I needed, but which I won't do without now: the next challenge is to cook a Wellington-style fillet with it.
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