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This the Ultimate Small Appliance — And It’s on Sale Ahead of Prime Day

published Jul 7, 2023
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Every time another countertop appliance enters my home, I have to seriously ask it: “What are you even doing here?” An appliance has to work some kind of magic in order to justify its existence in my space-limited kitchen. Last year I said goodbye to my Instant Pot because I wasn’t using the pressure cooker. So when I tell you I’ve made space for the Ninja Speedi Rapid Cooker and Air Fryer, it must mean it’s got something special going on.

Quick Overview

A Look at the Ninja Speedi Rapid Cooker and Air Fryer

  • A multicooker with 12 different functions, including combinations
  • Functions include air fryer and slow cooker
  • Dimensions: 14.1 x 13.8 x 12.4 inches
  • Capacity: 6 quarts
  • Weight: 16 pounds
  • Removable interior for easy cooking

What Is the Ninja Speedi Rapid Cooker and Air Fryer?

The Ninja SF301 Speedi Rapid Cooker and Air Fryer is a multicooker that lets you cook two different things using two different methods at the same time. A few examples include the following:

  • Steam and crisp
  • Steam and bake
  • Sear and sauté

Other Functions

  • Air-fry
  • Bake
  • Broil

Dimensions

  • 14.1 x 13.8 x 12.4 inches
  • 16 pounds
Credit: Adriana Velez

Why I Love the Ninja Speedi Rapid Cooker and Air Fryer

Cooking two different foods using two different methods at the same time is a pretty nifty trick. The heating element is up top, under the lid. Inside there’s a removable pot with a steaming/crisping tray you can set near the top or bottom. I’ve cooked sausages on the top rack and steamed greens below. The cooker comes with a little cookbook to guide you through the timing of other combinations.

Credit: Adriana Velez

It’s energy efficient. I love the concept of cooking two different foods in one device at the same time. And I like that I’m taking a break from my gas stove and oven. It’s good to have options.

It’s easy to clean. I can take the tray and inner pot out and clean them in the dishwasher. The non-stick surface is living up to its name so far. Occasionally (due to user error) I’ve had to clean the heating element with a wet sponge.

It’s versatile. I don’t fry often enough to justify a single-function cooker. But I have been air-fryer curious for a while. I tried an air fryer pork belly recipe in the Ninja and the result was a dream. Will I ever get around to making air fryer donuts or air fryer tortilla chips? Maybe. But at least the Ninja won’t be collecting dust — I’ve been using the slow cooker function to make homemade chicken stock and this perfect ginger chicken congee.

Credit: Adriana Velez

It’s a better warmer for leftovers. You know what happens when you warm certain foods in the microwave: Crusts go cardboardy (I’m looking at you, pizza and samosas).

Two words: crispy potstickers. This is my favorite use. I spritz the tray and Trader Joe’s frozen potstickers with a little avocado oil. Then I set the tray on top and air-fry (with a little bit of water in the pot below for steaming) for about seven minutes. Ta-da.

Buy: Ninja SF301 Speedi Rapid Cooker & Air Fryer, $184.99 (normally $199.99)