Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker Review

Serving a large family a different meal seven nights a week is exhausting. With only a limited range of kitchen appliances to work with, how do you get out of the macaroni-and-cheese-recipe rut? Simple. Get a multi-purpose appliance like the incredible Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker!

Casseroles, stews, meat pies, roasts, steamed vegetables, crispy chicken, and even your favorite flavor of yogurt are all within reach with this 7-in-1 multi-purpose appliance in your arsenal. Even the experts here at Fire Food Chef were blown away by the performance, versatility and quality of this compact pressure cooker.

But find out for yourself. Our Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker review gives you a complete breakdown of all the pros and cons. The overview sums up the findings of our full review below.

Read on for more!


Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 Overview

Product Name: Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 Pressure, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer and More, 5-Quart, Black/Gray

Product Type: ​​Multi-purpose Compact Pressure Cooker

Best Suited For:

  • Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Crisper
  • Can also steam, bake/roast, slow cook, yogurt, and sear/saute 

Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-In-1 Machine Rating

Review Criteria

Score (out of 5)

Functions

5

Ease of Use

4

Durability

4

Cleaning and Maintenance

5

Affordability

5

Overall Score: 92%

Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker Review

Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker Review (Full)

Key Features

  • Dimensions: 15.94 x 13.9 x 11.69 inches
  • Weight: 23.9 Pounds
  • 5-Quart Ceramic Coated, Non Stick Pot (PTFE/PFOA free and dishwasher safe)
  • 3-Quart cook And Ceramic Coated, Non Stick Crisp Basket (Dishwasher safe)
  • 4 lb Capacity
  • Auto-warming Function (keeps food warm up to 12 hours after cooking)
  • 5 Stovetop Settings
  • 7 Different Cooking Functions (includes)
  • 14 Safety Features

Amazon Rating: 4.8/5 Stars (5,883 Ratings)

Description
Crispy delicious chicken, hot beefy stews, savory casseroles or creamy yogurt, the Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker turns your kitchen into an all-night diner! Expand your recipe options by combining the best of a pressure cooker, air fryer, slow cooker, and crock pot all in one.

Whether you want to quickly rustle up a cozy dinner for two or cook in bulk for a family of five, the 3-quart cooking pot holds up to four pounds of food, while the air fryer and TenderCrisper functions rapidly cooks your food in as little as twenty five minutes! Your food will be ready to serve between 70 - 75% faster than a conventional oven or stovetop.

Ceramic coated for durability and heat efficiency, the nonstick surface of this 5-quart cooking pot is PTFE/PFOA free, so you can safely cook vegetables and meat [1]. Choose from five different stovetop settings to sear, bake, saute, roast or steam, as your recipe calls for. You’ll never feel stuck for dinner ideas again!

Thoughtfully designed in its features, the Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 offers the ultimate in hassle-free cooking. Fourteen safety features are included to ensure a low-risk cooking experience in your home. When your food is cooked to readiness, an auto-warmer keeps your food warm and ready to serve for up to twelve hours. The Crisp basket and non stick crock pot are dishwasher friendly to make your clean up a lot easier. 

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Functions
While there are many multi-purpose slow cookers and pressure cookers on the market, you’d be hard pressed to find one that does such a great job so consistently across all of them.

Seven functions makes the Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 the ideal kitchen appliance. In only 25 minutes or less, you can pressure cook frozen meats to quickly defrost and cook them at the same time. Then drop the crisping lid to give your meal a crispy finish.

Whether you want to slow cook a stew over several hours, pressure cook, roast, steam, sear, fry or bake, you can get it done with this compact device.

There are 3 essential units to the Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 that, combined, allow for an impressive range of recipes.

  • Pressure Cooker: Cook dinner for the whole family 70% faster than a conventional oven or stovetop thanks to the amazing technology of this multi-purpose slow cooker.
  • Air Fryer: Enjoy your favorite fried foods at home with 75% less fat than traditional frying methods.
  • TenderCrisper: Pork, poultry or beef, the pressure cooker seals in your meat’s natural tender juices, then the crisper adds the finishing crispy outer layer.

Cooking Capacity
With a 5-qt cooking pot and 3-qts of air fry capacity, the Foodi Compact makes it easy to cook for a large family or a couple. The crock pot holds up to four pounds of food or a whole pot roast at one time. You can quickly fry up to 2 pounds of french fries in the Cook and Crisp Basket.

Ease of Use
Compared to similarly priced brands of multipurpose pressure cooker appliances, the Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 has a more simplified design that makes it easier to use. While there is a learning curve to using all the different functions, there are some built-in features to guide your cooking.

The timer on the interface is super easy to read, for example, in contrast to some of the Instant Pot models. When the countdown timer reaches zero, it starts again, counting upward. A pressure release valve on the pressure lid allows you to easily adjust the internal pressure and moisture.

Cut down the need for using your oven and enjoy using the air fry and TenderCrisp functions. The sealed lids retain heat and moisture in the perfect ratio to achieve crispy tender meat every time. Fries, chicken, pork, fish and vegetables can all be air fried in only twenty five minutes or even less!

A user manual, along with fifteen recipes are also included to further help you master the intricacies of this incredible multi-purpose pressure cooker pot.

Durability
Solidly built of heat resistant silicone and plastic on the outside, the Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 boasts a sturdy interior as well. A removable crock pot and air fryer are included, and the sleek black finish hides stains and blemishes well as it ages with use.

Due to its compact design, you’ll find the Foodi Compact can be stored on most kitchen countertops without inconvenience. You do need access to an electrical outlet, however. When not in use, it weighs about 23 pounds, which is a bit on the heavy side if you suffer from chronic,muscle pains, wrist injuries or back-related pain.

Cleaning And Maintenance
Cleaning the Ninja OP101 Foodi is a breeze, since many of the parts are dishwasher safe. The pressure lid is not detachable but the silicone gasket is. The gasket does absorb the smell of the food you cooked but a little soaking in soap and water will take care of that.

Wipe down the exterior with a damp cloth, or use a scrubbing pad to gently remove food debris after each use, and this is sure to last you several years.

Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 Pros and Cons

What we like...

  • The Ninja interface is a more simplified and easier to use version of the Instant Pot. Instead of duplicating functions, the Ninja breaks it down to a few simple basic options so you’re not overwhelmed. It also reduces the learning curve considerably, especially if you’ve never used a multi-purpose appliance before.
  • Pressurizes food incredibly fast. Really does deliver on the manufacturing claims. You can air fry and pressure cook in less than half the time it takes a conventional oven or stove. Even compared to the Instant Pot, the Ninja seems to outperform it in speed.
    Bright LCD interface features an easy-to-read timer for added convenience.
  • Bright LCD interface features an easy-to-read timer for added convenience.
  • An auto warm function to make sure you never burn your food or serve undercooked food ever again.
  • Even the manual is detailed, and the color cookbook with fifteen recipes makes this a really great gift idea as well.

drawbacks but not dealbreakers...

  • At close to twenty three pounds, the Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1 is a bit on the heavy side for a kitchen appliance. With the pressure cooker lid attached, it can take up a lot of real estate in a galley kitchen, for example, with narrow countertops. Needs some considerable clearance above as well for opening the pressure cooker lid.
  • The Release valve is an older-style mechanism for steam release instead of a push-button. It’s not terribly inconvenient but be careful with your fingers when venting hot steam.
  • Since the air fryer lid isn’t detachable, the unit can be quite unwieldy. There isn’t a locking mechanism to hold the lid in place either, which you’ll often find on an air-fryer. Not a big deal but worth noting.
  • Placing the lid face up on a flat counter after you remove it can actually be a bit tricky and awkward. There’s no side-mounted holder, as in the case of the Instant Pot, which saves space and is really handy to have.

Conclusion

We really could go on and on about the amazing performance and quality features of the Ninja OP101 Foodi 7-in-1. Affordably price in contrast to other models, this is one kitchen appliance you won’t regret investing in. Whether it’s for your own home or as a gift, the Ninja Foodi is a robust multi-purpose pressure cooker that will provide years of delicious meals, appetizers, and desserts!


References

[1] Teflon and Perfluorooctanoic Acid - PFOA (American Cancer Society)

This post was last updated on April 6th, 2020 at 04:28 pm

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