Ninja Foodi Health Grill & Air Fryer AG301UK review 2022
Chargrilling is this air fryer’s specialty. It heats up fast and has a dehydrator, too. But it comes with an expensive price tag and a few downsides.
- £180 at Argos
What can you cook in a Ninja Foodi Health Grill & Air Fryer AG301UK?
You can cook decent quantities in this fryer: 6 chops or 7 large sausages or 2 sirloin steaks will sit on the grill without overcrowding it. With the air-fry function, you can glaze 5 corn cobs or 450g of mushrooms or potatoes in the frying basket. If you want to roast some pork, that’ll take longer than an hour with the roast function. You can even whip up desserts like banana bread and scones with its bake function. An 8-inch (20cm) round cake pan fits inside the Foodi, but not a square one of the same width.
Dehydrate is the final function so you don’t have to hit the health food shop any more for apple crisps.
These functions aren’t gimmicks – each has its own temperature parameters. For instance, roast has a default temperature of 190C which can go up to 260C and down to 120C while the grill begins at 200C and its max setting is a sizzling 265C for quickly cooking vegetables, seafood and pizza. Dehydrate is way lower at 90C max and 40C minimum.
This Ninja is suited to small families (4 or fewer) and the speed of the air fryer means you can get food in and out in a jiffy; 4 burgers are ready in 5 minutes under a high grill.
As this model isn’t designed to be a pressure cooker, it won’t do a great job with a curry or casserole. A better option for these is the Ninja Foodi 7-1 Multicooker or the Instant Pot Duo Crisp. Finally, make sure you bread your food well otherwise the super-charged fan will fling the crumbs around.
How big is the Ninja Foodi Health Grill & Air Fryer AG301UK?
You’ll need to make space on your kitchen counter for this one. It’s not hugely wide, but at 45cm deep, it’s just 3cm less than the deepest we’ve seen, the Princess 182065.
Be mindful that it opens upwards so if you have low-hanging cabinets, you’ll need to move this air fryer out. It’s a tad heavy at 8.1kg, too.
Is the Ninja Foodi Health Grill & Air Fryer AG301UK convenient to use?
Ninja air fryers, including this one, don’t have a transparent front or a rotating paddle, which some fryers do have. If you want to see your steaks while they cook, a better option would be the Tefal Actifry Genius XL. But this model features an inferno of a grill which reaches 265C and gives an overall sear, so you don’t need to turn your food. This intense temperature doesn’t feature in other models like the Ninja AF100. You might want to flip certain foods like steak or salmon for that chargrilled look on both sides, though.
There’s a 27-page cooking guide with detailed grill, air fry and dehydrate charts, plus a sticker with recommended cooking times for typical foods like sausages and chicken on the side of the machine, as a quick reference. This somewhat makes up for a lack of presets which would otherwise make for too many buttons. However, a present for making steak rare through to well done would have been useful, since that’s what this machine prides itself on.
You can buy a temperature prong separately if you want to make sure your meat is cooked as you like it.
One inconvenience is that preheating takes 8 minutes, in which time you could’ve already made steaks in a pan. After this period, you’re free to grill as much as you want.
During cooking, the splatter guard prevents grease from hitting the fryer’s delicate elements – some air fryers don’t have this protection. However, some owners have reported it coming loose during cooking. The guard can be removed and cleaned easily in a dishwasher, as can the other parts.
Ninja Foodi Health Grill & Air Fryer AG301UK customer reviews
This Foodi basks in exceptionally positive reviews, with just a few niggles.
Many customers love its quick cooking times and how easy it is to use. They also praise how quick it is to clean, which you wouldn’t expect from a grill.
But the large size is a problem for many with small kitchens, and some have had issues with constantly having to check their food in fear of it burning or overcooking.
Pros and cons
- Specialises in grilling
- Rapid cooking times due to intense heat
- Functions serve their purpose
- Easy to clean
- Detailed cooking instructions
- Doesn’t cater for more than 4 people
- No presets for specific foods
- Preheating takes a long time
Our verdict: Is Ninja Foodi Health Grill & Air Fryer AG301UK any good?
This is an impressive grilling machine that can scorch your favourite foods in minutes but has a few disadvantages. The preheating time is lengthy and this fryer isn’t suitable for a small kitchen with little counter space. Those with an island or larger worktops won’t feel its dominating presence so much.
You’ll be forking out more for this air fryer than many others, mainly due to its super-grill function. But if grilling is your main aim, it’s worth considering.
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You love a barbecue… but you live in the UK so there’s a strong chance the sky is grey, it’s raining, or both. This Ninja can give your meat satisfying griddle marks from its cast aluminium grill plate. And while it doesn’t quite offer the same taste as a real barbecue, it’s one of the best air fryers for cooking steak. But it’s not all about the griddle.
The 5 functions mean you can cook a range of dishes and the whole thing is easy to clean, partly due to the grease-defending splatter shield.
However, this Ninja is one of the most expensive air fryers that doesn’t have a pressure cooker.