Six of the best Ninja essentials, tested and reviewed by experts
We’ve tried and tested Ninja’s staple cookware products. Here are six of the best that deserve a spot in your kitchen.
When investing in an appliance, it’s important that it saves you time and energy, and serves to only enhance the meal you’re preparing.
Based on the performance of its appliances across our impartial category tests, Ninja seems to understand that no matter who you’re cooking for — whether it’s for yourself after a busy day at work, entertaining friends, or feeding a hungry family — there’s no greater win than preparing a delicious meal that’s faff free.
Our appliances experts put a range of kitchen products through their paces to bring you our tried-and-tested top picks of the best for every budget. Discover all our top picks of the best Ninja products below. Expect versatile air fryers, a high-tech ice cream maker, no-stick frying pans, and an efficient food processor.
What are the best Ninja products?
From multi-cookers and food processors to kettles and frying pans, Ninja offers a whole host of premium products. The Ninja Foodi MAX Health Grill & Air Fryer and Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Maker were particular stand-outs.
We’ve narrowed it down to six of our favourite Ninja products that cover a lot of the cooking you’ll be doing in the kitchen. Let’s take a look.
Ninja Air Fryer MAX
Air fryers, occasionally called ‘health fryers’, use hot air instead of oil to achieve that familiar taste and texture of deep-fried foods. They’re versatile, too, and this Ninja Air Fryer has a family-sized capacity, so is perfect for making home-cooked meals without consuming precious time.
What can you cook in the Ninja Air Fryer MAX? Well, anything from chicken and chips, to more extravagant meals. Its six cooking functions — Air Fry, Max Crisp, Bake, Roast, Reheat, and Dehydrate — give you the option to cook entire meals, plus puddings. All while having a compact footprint small enough to keep on a kitchen countertop.
Ninja Foodi MAX Health Grill & Air Fryer
Like the Ninja Air Fryer MAX, this Ninja Foodi grill comes with six different functions — Air Fry, Bake, Roast, Reheat, Dehydrate, and Grill. This clever machine lets you choose your desired finish on meats, like steak, and fish, then cooks it quickly and evenly to perfection with little to no added oil. Not only that, but you can cook other foods like chips and halloumi skewers, too, without the need to flip.
The price tag on the Foodi is justified, in our opinion, as its grilling capabilities rival those of the best griddle pans.
Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Maker
With the weather hotting up, it’s the perfect time of year to pull the ice cream maker out from your kitchen cabinet, and the Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Maker is a great option, rated 4.5/5 stars by BBC Good Food experts.
From tangy, refreshing sorbet to indulgent, soft ice cream, make it all with Ninja CREAMi. Simply fill the tub with your chosen ingredients, pop it in the freezer for 24 hours, then process in minutes, and serve straight away. There’s the option to personalise your dessert with the Mix-Ins program, which evenly distributes chocolate chips, sweets, nuts and biscuit pieces throughout the tub.
With seven pre-set programs — Ice Cream, Gelato, Sorbet, Smoothie Bowl, Light Ice Cream, Milkshake and Mix-Ins — it’s evident this kitchenware is a specialist piece. But if making ice cream is something you enjoy, it’s worth the investment.
Ninja Foodi ZEROSTICK 3-Piece Pan Set
The Ninja Foodi ZEROSTICK Pan Set comes with three pieces: 16cm, 18cm and 20cm saucepans, all with heat-tempered glass lids. They’re dishwasher-safe and oven-safe up to 260°C; Ninja guarantees the pans won’t flake or peel, and that they’re suitable for all hob types, including induction.
Ninja Foodi ZEROSTICK 20cm Frying Pan
If you want to cook with confidence, a well-engineered, non-stick frying pan is an absolute essential. Sear, sauté, caramelise and pan-fry with ease with the Ninja Foodi ZEROSTICK Frying Pan.
This 20cm frying pan combines plasma ceramic bonding with a non-stick coating. Like the three-piece pan set above, the frying pan is dishwasher and oven-safe up to 260°C, suitable for all hob types, including an induction hob, and is scrape-resistant to metal utensils and any other potential scratchers.
Ninja 3-in-1 Food Processor with Auto-IQ
A food processor acts as your very own sous chef — chopping, mixing, shredding, and blending all of the ingredients you need to prepare a meal.
This Ninja model is called the Auto-IQ because ingredient preparation can be done at the touch of a button; simply attach the food processing bowl, blending jug or cup (all of which come with stainless-steel blades) to chop, mix, puree, slice, and blend any ingredients. Each program works in a unique rhythm to ensure all the ingredients are prepared evenly.
How much do Ninja products cost?
When tested by BBC Good Food experts, the Ninja products featuring above all proved to be specialist and high-tech, but simple enough to use for pros and cooking novices alike. We rate products across a number of criteria, which includes quality and value for money. The six kitchen applications we’ve mentioned here range from £34.99 to £249.99. All felt worthy of the price tags.