Ninja Air Fryer Max XL Review


In my official test of the best air fryersthe Ninja Air Fryer Max XL had the best combination of functionality and efficiency, earning this product the top spot as Best Overall—read on to find out why I loved it so much.

Air fryers should be able to achieve the same crispy, crunchy results as a deep fryer, without the added calories of cooking with oil. That’s why I loved the Ninja Air Fryer Max XL so much during my tests to find the best air fryer—the Ninja turned out perfectly cooked french fries and extra crispy and tender chicken wings, both of which look like they came straight out of the deep fryer. And if you want to use your air fryer for other cooking tasks, it also yielded moist, chewy cookies, with edges that were perfectly golden without being too crispy.

Though many of the air fryers I tested performed well, the Ninja produced perfect results every time, no matter which of the seven functions I used. I loved that this oven is able to walk the line between producing super powerful and delicate heat to handle a range of recipes, which is a challenge that some other air fryers struggled with in testing. The Ninja had one of the widest temperature ranges of the ovens I tested, so it’s easy to achieve super-crispy, precise results. Though it has multiple functions, it’s a streamlined machine with a control panel that’s easy to understand and easy to use. Here’s why I loved it.

Style: basketball | Max Temp: 450 degrees | Warranty: 1-year | Features: 7

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  • A variety of cooking projects in one easy-to-use machine
  • Quick, even frying
  • Deep fried texture without the mess of cooking with oil

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Ninja Air Fryer Max XL Features

A Multifunctional Countertop Oven

Counter space is prime real estate, and this was one of the most versatile basket-style ovens I tested. The Ninja can perform multiple tasks in one convenient and easy-to-use machine. With a base that’s 14 inches wide and 11 inches deep, it takes up less space than many of the other models I tested, yet still has the capacity to hold up to 3 pounds of fries or chicken wings. It has seven presets—bake, reheat, dehydrate, air broil, air roast, air fry, and max crisp—that make it easy to achieve precise cooking results. It looks sleek and streamlined on the countertop—it’s glossy, black, and pod-shaped. The ceramic-coated interior is completely nonstick, and it’s easy to wipe off any dripping juices or grease. The Ninja was the best air fryer for crisping foods in all of my tests. In fact, this air fryer can reach a maximum heat of 450 degrees Fahrenheit, which means it can achieve supremely crispy results right from your countertop. I found that this machine produced the most consistently-fried food of any of the other ovens, and everything I cooked was browned, crispy and uniform.

This air fryer has a 1-year limited warranty as well as a 60-day money back guarantee. Replacement parts like a rack, multi-layer insert, and silicone mitts can be purchased separately through the brand’s website.

Straightforward And Easy To Use

Though many multifunctional kitchen gadgets can be difficult to understand, that’s not the case with the Ninja. The control panel is extremely intuitive—the digital screen clearly states the different functions—which means there’s little to no guesswork involved in the cooking process. Simply select the function you’d like to use, then toggle to manually increase time and temperature. The drawer itself is easy to remove, and it’s lightweight enough to carry to different parts of the kitchen. I loved that the basket and insert is dishwasher-safe, which made it easy to clean in my tests, too. The handle is easy to grab and the drawer is intuitive to use, so you can easily pull it out to check foods or give them a shake.

Perfect For Reheating Leftovers

Thanks to its many features and wide temperature range, this oven is perfect for busy families looking to streamline their dinner prep. If your household has lots of leftovers that could use a second chance, this air fryer is a fantastic way to bring them back to life. The air fry function quickly and efficiently circulates hot air, which means even the soggiest leftovers can be revitalized. Although it’s an easy way to whip up a completely home cooked meal, it’s also perfect for warming up take out like fries, quesadillas, or chicken fingers.

My Expertise

With years of professional experience cooking in both restaurant and home kitchens, I’m always on the hunt for products that will make cooking easier and more efficient. I use my Culinary Arts degree from the Institute of Culinary Education to create thoroughly tested product reviews that help shoppers make more informed purchasing decisions. My product reviews can be found in Food & Wine, FoodNetwork.com, Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, and more.

How Does The Ninja Air Fryer Max XL Compare To Other Air Fryers?

This air fryer took the top spot in our test because it’s fast, functional, and easy-to-use. It produced perfectly golden french fries, crispy and tender chicken wings, and moist and chewy chocolate chips with ease. The streamlined functionality is easy to understand and use, and the nonstick coating makes it easy to clean. Though it performed similarly to the Instant Vortex 6-quart Air Fryer, it can reach a higher temperature, which means it’s even more effective at achieving crispy results—like browned chicken skin or crunchy potatoes. Though it’s not as versatile as the Breville Joule Oven Pro, which has a larger capacity and also works as a toaster, when it comes to air frying, there’s no question that the Ninja produced superior results. Overall, it’s the easiest to use and achieved the most consistent results of any other fryer.

How I Tested The Best Air Fryers

To see how the Ninja compared to other air fryers in my tests, I first examined its design to consider how easy it would be to store and clean. I considered size, and looked at how it fit on my countertops and in my cabinets. I also checked the material on the inner basket, which is coated with nonstick ceramic to prevent foods from sticking.

To determine functionality and versatility, I ran the Ninja through three culinary tests. First, I fried dry french fries with just a bit of cooking spray to determine how quickly the oven heated up and how evenly it distributed heat. I examined the color of the cooked fries, and evaluated how golden and crispy they were after cooking. Next, I fried chicken wings to see how the oven handled dripping grease and chicken juices. I examined both the color and texture of the skin as well as the texture of the meat. I made sure that the chicken was juicy and perfectly cooked through, and I also noted if any of the meat stuck to the inside of the oven. Lastly, I baked chocolate chip cookies and examined how crispy or moist they came out to test the baking capabilities of this fryer.

After the cooking tests were complete, I cleaned the oven according to the brand’s instructions and observed how easy or challenging it was to clean. Throughout the process, I made note of how convenient the product is and how straightforward the controls are.

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