Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer AF300UK review 2022
The Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer is likely to be a family favourite, with 2 compartments for complete meals. But you’ll need to check on your food as it’s not transparent.
|Functions include||Air fry, Roast, Bake, Dehydrate, Reheat, Max crisp|
|Capacity and size||★★★★★|
|Overall Finder score||★★★★★|
What can you cook in a Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer AF300UK?
Ninja air fryers come with their own recipe book. The 35-page guide that comes with this model offers some sumptuous stuff such as sweet and sour tofu with veg, Indian spiced chicken with masala fries and peanut butter choc chip cookies.
This air fryer is a hot tamale, with the max crisp function going all the way to 240°C, which is 30°C hotter than Ninja Foodi 7-in-1 Multi-Cooker 7.5l OP450UK. The air fry and max crisp functions should leave chicken wings, fries and onion rings with a crunchy exterior and soft inside. Roasting is great for pork chops and salmon while baking covers pasta bakes, pies and cake. If you’re craving a healthy snack, you can dehydrate fruit and veg, or even make jerky. Dehydrating starts from as low as 40°C.
What’s great about the Dual Zone is that it can accommodate 2 chickens for roasting. This is a bonus compared with another dual-compartment air fryer we reviewed, the Tefal Actifry Genius XL 2 in 1.
Unfortunately, if you’re looking to cook curries or stews, this air fryer may let you down. No gravy-laden dishes are mentioned in the recipe book. If you’re looking for an all-purpose air fryer for a mouthwatering chicken korma, consider the Ninja Foodi 7-in-1 Multi-Cooker 7.5l OP450UK or Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Multi-Cooker 6L OP350UK.
How big is the Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer AF300UK?
The Dual Zone is a little bulky and heavy but it sits happily on most worktops. At 31.5cm high, it’s one of the shortest we’ve reviewed, so you’ll have ample clearance between the top of it and your cabinets. Its depth isn’t an issue but it’s about 2cm wider than the average air fryer at 38cm. And, at just over 8kg, it’s 3kg heavier than its main opponent – the Tefal Actifry Genius XL 2 in 1. You don’t have to be Popeye to lift one up but it’s worth keeping this in mind if you’re going to be ferrying it from the cabinet to the counter a lot.
To see which air fryers were largest and smallest among all those we reviewed, use our comparison table.
Is the Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer AF300UK convenient to use?
On the whole, this air fryer is convenient, but we’ve seen others that beat it for convenience. Where it excels is its ability to cook complete meals with its “Match” or “Sync” features. Match works wonders when you want to double your serving size, cooking similar foods at the same time in different trays. Sync is useful for cooking different foods using different functions at different times, like air-frying fish fingers whilst roasting some veg. A bonus is it doesn’t need to preheat, compared to the Ninja AF100 or Ninja OP350K models.
The 2 trays and crisper plates are easy to remove and clean, either by hand or in a dishwasher. They’re non-stick, too.
The fryer comes with non-slip feet, cool-touch handles and a cool exterior.
Its downfall, as with most Ninja fryers, is that it doesn’t have any presets. This isn’t the end of the world as you can learn cooking times from checking the recipe guide or by your own knowledge. However, air-fryer newbies may have to open the baskets from time to time to ensure that chicken leg isn’t overcooked.
It would have been easier if the compartments were transparent – alas, they aren’t. Plus you’ll have to remember to give your chips or wings a good shake halfway through cooking so they turn golden all over. These aren’t issues with the Tefal Actifry Genius XL 2 in 1, which has a stirring paddle and a viewing window.
Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer AF300UK customer reviews
This Ninja is one of the top dogs among air fryers reviewed on Amazon, Argos, Currys and John Lewis. Users praised the independent cooking zones and how quick it is compared with their oven. They also highlighted how easy it is to use (after getting the hang of it).
A few complained about how hard it was to shake the food, and about being unable to figure out the right temperature to cook certain foods at. But overall, there weren’t many complaints.
Pros and cons
- 2 compartments can cook a complete meal or larger quantities of food
- Good set of functions for different foods
- Can take 2 chickens
- Dishwasher safe
- No presets
- Wide and heavy
- Not transparent
- Shaking food required
Our verdict: Is the Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer AF300UK worth it?
Yes. It’s pricey, but you definitely get value for the extra few quid. There aren’t many other air fryers with double compartments that can sync or match the cooking times. Impress your guests not only with fish and chips, but homemade banana chips with a solid range of functions.
If you could see your food while it cooked, and didn’t need to turn it for an even coat, this air fryer would be a 5-star wonder machine.
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Ninja has been slicing its way through the air fryer undergrowth and has launched many variations since its inception. The Ninja Foodi Dual Zone AF300’s stand-out feature is the 2 separate cooking zones that sync for a complete meal in 1 machine.
Its 6 functions (max crisp, roast, bake, reheat, dehydrate and of course air fry)
are easy to grasp and the drawers have capacity for 2x 1.5 kg chickens. It can sync cooking times so one starts after the other, or match both for similar foods. Clever, eh?
Its parts are dishwasher safe, too.
Where it falls short is the lack of preset options for specific foods and no viewing window to see your chips turning the perfect golden brown. That means turning to Ninja’s user manual or using trial and error to see how long broccoli cooks versus steak simultaneously. But these drawbacks shouldn’t overshadow the versatility of a great multipurpose air fryer.