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Price£149
Capacity (litres)5.2
Functions6
Functions includeAir fry, Roast, Bake, Dehydrate, Reheat, Max crisp
Cooking zones1
Cooking tiers1
TimerDigital
Dishwasher-safe parts
Transparency
Rotating basket
Convenience★★★★★
Capacity and size★★★★★
Stated functions★★★★★
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.

Roast your veggies in its spacious round basket.Ninja

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.

So if you want to use Max Crisp to cook some frozen food, the temperature is rigidly set at 240C. Baking has a max temperature of 160C, while dehydration is at a lower temperature. It isn’t a loud machine, either.

This machine is simple to clean, with dishwasher safe parts and an easily washable ceramic- coated plate.

Ninja AF160UK Max Air Fryer customer reviews

This air fryer has fantastic ratings on Amazon, Currys and Argos. Many love its results, ease of use, and quick cooking times.

Some users complain that it’s hard to get the food out from the basket and others wish there was a bigger recipe guide and more accessories with the device.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Great capacity for a small size
  • Easy to use
  • Versatile functions work differently from each other
  • Will fit in most kitchens and is storable
  • Simple to clean
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Shaking food is recommended
  • No viewing window

Our verdict: Is Ninja AF160UK Max Air Fryer any good?

This Ninja earned a “Finder Recommended” accolade because it’s our top pick for small kitchens. This is an excellent air fryer for small families or even for a household of one. You can make 4 portions with the basket’s surprising capacity, although if it were square, you’d be able to spread out your food a little more. There are other air fryers, like the Instant Vortex 6-in-1 and Breville Halo, with a similar capacity but the Ninja aces them with more functions.

The cooking modes do what they say on the tin, and Max Crisp is a supercharged addition for rapid, and crispy results.

This Ninja will slide onto your worktop and is easy to store, although we doubt you’ll be putting it in the cupboard.

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Expert review

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.

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