Ninja Max AF160UK review 2022
This is one of the best small basket air fryers we’ve reviewed. It can handle family-sized portions while maintaining a trim figure and is easy to clean.
- £149 at Currys
|Functions include||Air fry, Roast, Bake, Dehydrate, Reheat, Max crisp|
|Capacity and size||★★★★★|
|Overall Finder score||★★★★★|
What can you cook in a Ninja AF160UK Max Air Fryer?
A 5.2 litre capacity means you can cook for a family in this machine. The Max Crisp function, which remains at 240C, cooks a batch of frozen foods quickly. You can make 900g of fries or chicken wings in 25 minutes.
Air frying is good for fresh veg and meats, and you can even fit a 1.2 kg chicken in the basket, which the AF100UK can’t. The AF160UK’s capacity is a bit less than the Instant Vortex 6 and the Breville Halo.
Making the most of the other functions is important if you’re considering this air fryer. You can bake by putting cake mix into the basket without the crisping plate; dehydrating is a slow cooking process at low temperatures. This is great for making jerky, or fruit and veg crisps.
This Ninja won’t be a good curry cooker though. Wet dishes are better in a multicooker with a pot, like the Ninja OP350UK or OP450UK.
How big is the Ninja AF160UK Max Air Fryer?
This air fryer is one of the smallest we’ve reviewed and matches the smaller Ninja AF100UK model for dimensions. It’ll easily fit on most kitchen counters and will be easy to store, too. Only the Philips HD9252/91 is more petite, among the air fryers we’ve reviewed.
At 5.2kg it’s slightly heavier than the AF100UK but still very lightweight.
Overall, it’s a top candidate for small kitchens.
Is the Ninja AF160UK Max Air Fryer convenient to use?
As with all Ninja products, there’s no option to see your food cook nor a self-stirrer to turn your chips. The Tefal ActiFry Genius XL is the one to plump for with these convenient features.
Ninjas don’t have presets, so you’ll have to know how long to cook your food for. However, the handy little guide explains how to make the most common foods like chips, chicken and veg.
Aside from that, this little machine is simple to use. The functions are clearly displayed and cook food in different ways – in some air fryers, such as the Instant Vortex, functions pretty much blend into one.
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Roll up, roll up for one of the best small air fryers about. Its size is deceiving because this thing can cook a lot. A small whole chicken? Check. A whole bag of fries? Indeed. 5.2 litres is impressive given its dimensions are similar to those of its brother, the AF100UK, which has only 3.8 litres of space inside.
6 functions is generous, and Ninja’s own Max Crisp mode makes the air fryer like a furnace, cooking frozen foods much faster than you’d expect.
After cooking even messy foods, this machine is quick to clean either by hand or in the dishwasher.
The round basket has less room than a square version would, so food will be a bit more packed and you might need to shake it to get even browning. If Ninja incorporated a viewing window so you could see those chips browning, that would take these air fryers to the next level.