The Instant Vortex PLUS air fryer comes with an advanced microprocessor and claims to make tasty and crispy deep-fried foods with just two tablespoons of oil. The Plus version has 6 pre-set cooking functions, two more compared to the basic Instant Vortex and Ninja Air Fryer models. The two extra extra functions are Dehydrate and Broil. The broiling option of Instant Vortex exposes the food DIRECTLY to the heat source which eliminates fat and speeds up cooking.
On the other side, The original Ninja Air Fryer has several short-comings when compared to the Instant Vortex models, small size, lack of cooking options like broiling were some of the shortcomings. The new MAX XL Air Fryer from Ninja comes loaded with these features and stands up to the Instant Vortex air fryers. The “MAX” and “XL” nomenclature indicate the improved size and power. The supposed MAX CRISP cooking feature claims to cook food 30% faster.
Compare Sizes: Size Matters when it Comes to Air Fryers
Instant Vortex Air Fryer PLUS are 6 quart while the Ninja Air Fryer MAX XL are 5.5 quarts respectively. Air Fryers are small in size, that is what makes them better than convection ovens, but this is a major drawback of air fryers as they are not suited to cook food for a whole family. You have to use them to cook food in batches. But smaller sized air fryers are just perfect for individuals and small families, also they take up less counter space. So if you are an individual living alone Ninja Air Fryer should serve the purpose, if you are a small family then go for Instant Vortex Plus or MAX XL. Read also: GoWise USA Air Fryers vs Gourmia Air Fryers.
Compare Cooking Methods
- Air Fry
This is to the core of all Air Fryers and their main purpose. Air Fryers come with a heating element at the top and a small fan that circulates hot air in a small cooking chamber, the small space of the chamber is the key to cooking faster and making the food crispy. There are certain disadvantages of air frying, like longer cooking time, small capacity, burnt and dried food (if not done as instructed). But the biggest benefit of air fryers is – “Oil-less air frying is way healthier than deep drying”. All the Instant Vortex and Ninja Air Fryers have this function.
|Ninja Fryer My XL||Vortex Instant Plus|
|Product Dimensions||14 x 11 x 14.75 inches||18 x 16 x 15.75 inches
|Shipping Weight||11 pounds||20.2 pounds
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- Roasting with Air fryer
since you do not use oil, roasting in an air fryer is not different from “Air Frying”. The built in hanging basket facilitates the hot dry air to envelope the food to roast it from all sides. Roasting makes your food (veggies and chicken) brown from the outside. Roasting in an Air Fryer makes your food more crispier. To brown the outer crust of the chicken, roasting requires temperatures as high as 400 degree F. All the four air fryers (Instant Vortex and Ninja) compared here have the roasting function and requisite high temperature range.
- Baking in an Air Fryer
Except for the Ninja Air Fryer all the air fryers have the “Bake” cooking option. Baking is also a type of dry heating cooking method similar to roasting which applies to food items like cakes and muffins which do not have the solid form before baking. Since air fryers have a closed cooking environment they are ideal for baking, but the small space does not let you bake too much stuff at a time. Also air fryers unlike toaster ovens have one one heat source at the top, which is not well suited for baking.
All the four air fryers have the reheat options, the Ninja Air Fryers with 3 minutes of reheat time seem to have an edge over the Instant Vortex models which have a reheating time of 5 minutes.
Only the MX XL model of Ninja Air Fryer and the Instant Vortex Plus have the “Broil” option thanks to the powerful heating source at the top. The infrared heat from the heating element penetrates the food below (chicken) and cooks it from the inside while the hot air makes the outer surface crisp. You need to to turn the turkey to make it cook from all the sides. The Ninja MAX XL with its max temperature of 450 Degree F is more suited for broiling as compared to other air fryers.
The Dehydrate option makes you prepare healthy homemade dried fruits snacks. All the Instant Vortex and Ninja Air fryers can be used to dehydrate fruits.
Instant Vortex Plus 1750 Watts
Ninja Air Fryer MAX XL 1750 Watts
The Instant Vortex Plus and Ninja Air Fryer MAX XL have higher wattage of 1750. Higher wattage imply faster cooking as the air fryer chamber reaches maximum temperature in lesser time especially while broiling. But higher wattage also mean more electricity consumption.
Ninja Fryer My XL vs Vortex Instant Plus
Instant Vortex Plus has better features as compared to the remaining two air fryers. Most of the aspects of Instant Vortex Plus are more appealing, hence it emerges the winner here.