Even if you wouldn’t describe yourself as a minimalist, there’s something so alluring about all-in-one appliances that promise to do it all. As someone who’s finally become more confident in the kitchen, I’m always looking for more ways to save time on cooking. And so when the opportunity to review the NinjaFoodi XL Pro Grill & Griddle came up, I couldn’t resist. Here’s my honest review of the latest all-in-one appliance.
What’s the NinjaFoodi XL Pro Grill & Griddle?
The latest innovation in the NinjaFoodi series allows you to air crisp (AKA air fry), BBQ griddle, bake, roast, dehydrate and broil a large amount of food at once. The powerful indoor grill is the winning feature of this machine and promises to defrost foods from frozen to perfectly char-grilled in less than half an hour.
Meal Prep Made Easy
Every home cook knows that meal prep is the key to eating well throughout the week. This latest innovation of the NinjaFoodi series makes cooking large quantities of food easy (we’re talking grilling six steaks at once, easy). It’s a total meal solution, and the appliance also includes a four-quart air crisper, meaning there’s more than enough room to make batches of your go-to side dishes, like crispy air fryer parmesan brussels sprouts.
NinjaFoodi XL Pro Grill & Griddle, amazon.ca, $400.
The Smart Thermometer Will Be Your New BFF
The intelligent thermometer is my favourite part of the NinjaFoodi XL Pro Grill & Griddle. Thanks to the smart thermometer feature, the grill automatically adjusts to 9 customizable doneness levels in just a touch of a button, allowing you to set cook proteins from rare to well with ease. I like that the grill also gives you on-screen prompts from when the appliance is preheated to when it’s time to flip the meat.
Although I’ve been more than happy doing most of my cooking in my petite air fryer over the past year, the NinjaFoodi XL Pro Grill & Griddle has opened my eyes to what I’ve been missing in my tiny downtown condo kitchen. In addition to the grill and the air crisper, I didn’t expect to love the griddle as much as I do.
Pancakes are pretty much my love language, and in my opinion, sharing a stack of flapjacks is the best way to start a slow Sunday morning with a loved one. Making pancakes on a griddle for the first time has been game-changing (I used to make them on a pan one-by-one), and I know now I’ll never look back. If you appreciate a pancake breakfast as much as I do, be sure to try these easy pink beet pancakes for a festive start to your morning this holiday season.
You Need Space
As a single twenty-something-year-old living in a 350-square foot studio, I’m more conscious about appliance real estate than most. My unit doesn’t have an oven, and my cozy kitchen stovetop only has two burners (the joys of downtown living). Since I don’t have much counter space, I need to store almost all of my kitchen devices in my cupboards when they’re not in use. The NinjaFoodi XL Pro Grill & Griddle weighs 27 pounds and measures at almost 12 inches high and 17.5 inches wide. It’s a pretty big product and I usually opt for smaller all-in-one products.
Due to its size and weight, it’s the type of product that you should buy only if you’re confident that you want it out on your countertop long term, since maneuvering it is pretty heavy. That being said, I am moving to a bigger space in 2022, and I’m excited to host more of my family friends with the NinjaFoodi XL Pro Grill & Griddle in a new home that comes with much more room to cook and entertain.
It’s an Investment
I’ll never forget how I refused to buy a $15 toaster when I moved into my first “big girl” apartment at 23. I was saving for a toaster oven and money was tight as a new university grad, so I chose to sacrifice warm and toasted bread for a few months until I could invest in a product with multiple uses.
Retailing around $400, the NinjaFoodi XL Pro Grill & Griddle isn’t the most budget-friendly option if you think you might be mainly using the air crisper component or the griddle. That said, it’s worth the cost if you are the type of person that loves to fire up the grill and miss the opportunity to do so during Canada’s long and unpredictable weather.
There’s a Learning Curve
Using new all-in-one appliances can be intimidating, and the NinjaFoodi XL Pro Grill & Griddle took a while for me to get used to before I felt comfortable using it.
As someone who doesn’t use all-in-one appliances often, I had a hard time quickly switching from the grill component to the air fryer, and since there are a lot of detachable parts to the product, it wasn’t as intuitive to switch functions as I thought it would be. The good news is that it gets better over time. After using the product for a few weeks, I’ve been able to get my sea legs with the NinjaFoodi XL Pro Grill & Griddle, and I’m confident other foodies will, too.
The NinjaFoodi XL Pro Grill & Griddle was made for home cooks who frequently cook for many people. It makes the perfect gift for the grill master in your life, and anyone cooking for a family will appreciate it if you know that you’ll be using at least two components of the product, such as the grill or the air crisper, or the grill and griddle, regularly. Alternatively, you should consider this product if you’re looking to upgrade your current air fryer, griddle or grill for one product that does it all.
Overall, the NinjaFoodi XL Pro Grill & Griddle is a win in my books. It saves you so much time in the kitchen, and it takes the guesswork of preparing proteins.
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