Instant Pot Air Fryer Reviews: great value for money

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Instant Vortex Pro 9-in-1 Air Fryer, 10 Quart

All of the air fryers that 'Instant' produce are decent appliances and are worth taking a look at; they meet a variety of different needs that consumers may have, however, our favorite is the Instant Vortex Pro 9-in-1 10-Quart Air Fryer.

With a 10-quart cooking capacity, superb outward appearance, and a multitude of different attachments and functions, it is worth spending a little extra money because it’ll get a lot more in return.

1. Instant Vortex Pro 9-in-1 Air Fryer, 10 Quart

BEST INStANT AIR FRYER
Instant Vortex Pro Air Fryer Oven 9 in 1 with Rotisserie, 10 Qt, EvenCrisp Technology
  • Healthy: The Vortex Pro Air Fryer Oven gives you all the flavor of deep-fried cooking, without the oil and mess. Get perfect crispy on the outside, tender on the inside results every time.
  • Save kitchen space: The Vortex Air Fryer Oven comes with 9 built-in smart programs: Air Fry, Roast, Broil, Bake, Toast, Reheat, Proof, Dehydrate and Rotisserie, all in one appliance.
  • The perfect crisp: One-step even-crisp technology allows you to achieve a crispy outside and tender inside. Whether you tumble-fry in the rotating basket or roast meat rotisserie style, deliciousness is guaranteed.

This 10-Quart appliance, made by ‘Instant’, has nine pre-programmed settings to help the user cook a variety of foods to perfection.

It has a gorgeous stainless-steel exterior and a bright LCD for ease of use. However, that ‘ease of use’ will come following trial and error as Instant’s instructions are far from clear.

The Vortex Pro comes with additional attachments such as the rotisserie spit and basket that give further cooking capabilities.

Pros

  • Large Capacity with a Small Footprint
  • Looks fantastic
  • 9 Presets
  • Additional Utensils
  • Fingerprint resistant exterior

Cons

  • Flimsy Door
  • Quite Heavy

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H18 inches x W16.2 inches x D15.8 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 21.9lbs
  • Capacity: Quarts 10-Quarts
  • Available Colors: Stainless Steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Wattage: 1500W
  • Min/Max Temperature: 100°F/400°F

Looks

This sizable air fryer gave the design team at Instant Pot an opportunity to provide the appliance with a traditional oven-type look for a device that will sit on work surfaces and countertops.

The fingerprint-resistant stainless-steel exterior is a classic appearance that will look at home in any modern kitchen, while the large LCD is bright, colorful, and easy to read.

Score: 4.5/5

Capacity

With 10-quarts of cooking capacity, the Vortex Pro is a substantially sized air fryer capable of cooking delicious meals for larger families. With different cooking functions, it’s easy to roast even whole chickens inside the spacious interior.

Score: 4.5/5

Features

9-in-1 Fryer: Instant Pot has stepped up their game with additional presets on top of those featured on the Vortex and the Vortex Plus. Air Fry, Roast, Broil, Bake, Toast, Reheat, Proof, Dehydrate, and Rotisserie, all in one appliance.

Additional Utensils: Most air fryers usually come with a simple basket/grid combination; the Vortex Pro has lots of extra utensils, giving the consumer a variety of different cooking options.

Alongside the traditional cooking trays, owners can use the rotisserie basket or spit for succulent, crispy chicken or the drip tray to catch unwanted grease, making it easier to clean.

Double Tray Cooking: Unlike an ordinary air fryer basket, this appliance can simultaneously cook two layers of food using its dual trays, essentially doubling the cooking capacity.

Score: 3.5/5

Performance & Cleaning

The cooking performance for this air fryer is up to usual ‘Instant’ standards. The appliances are built to a good standard and rarely fail or malfunction. The different modes work as they should enabling the user to cook healthy meals quickly and easily.

While the cooking aspect of this device is as it should be, there are consumer reports of the overall build quality not being up to standard. Multiple reviews cite oven door failures, from loose hinges to the glass being fragile and prone to cracking.

The Vortex Pro is easy to clean as all the removable parts are dishwasher safe, while the drip tray helps with cleaning the rest of the utensils. If the use of a dishwasher isn’t available, cleaning the utensils is relatively simple, using a sponge and warm water. However, the rotisserie basket is a lot more challenging to clean.

Score 3.5/5

Should you buy the Instant Vortex Pro 9-in-1 10 Quart Air Fryer?

Despite being the most expensive air fryer that ‘Instant’ manufactures, it is still the best value for money. It has a much larger cooking capacity with an only slightly larger physical footprint.

With the Vortex Pro, there are more options for cooking different foods using a variety of attachments and utensils, giving it the edge over other ‘Instant’ models.

If you’re in need of a large capacity device, then the Instant Vortex Pro is worth considering.

Overall Score: 16/20

2. Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 6-quart Air Fryer

Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer 6 in 1, Best Fries Ever, Dehydrator, 6 Qt, 1500W
  • Healthy: Enjoy the taste and texture of all your favorite deep fried foods with Instant Pot’s new air fryer, the Vortex Plus and trade in the mess, fuss, oil and fat for clean, fast and healthy cooking
  • Save space: 6 built in smart pograms include an air fryer and programs to roast, broil, bake, reheat and dehydrate, all in one appliance
  • Save time: The Vortex Plus heats in a fraction of the time of a regular oven, and cooks by blowing super heated air around your food; Food is cooked faster and more thoroughly in the air fryer than when using traditional cooking methods

This appliance is a step in the right direction for Instant Pot. It looks fantastic and has a reasonable size 6-quart cooking capacity, which is helped by the rectangular basket design.

It has a couple of useful features and superb LCD and timer dial, making it simple to use once you’ve figured out the instructions. It’s also dishwasher safe, so it is easy to clean. 

Pros

  • Reliable
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Mid-Cycle Notifications
  • Uses 95% Less Fat Than Conventional Cooking Methods
  • Heat Resistant Housing

Cons

  • Fairly Loud
  • Over Complicated Instructions

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H17 inches x W16.54 inches x D14.8 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 20.6lbs
  • Capacity: Quarts 6-Quarts
  • Available Colors: Silver
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Wattage: 1500W
  • Min/Max Temperature: 100°F/400°F

Looks

The brushed-steel appearance of this air fryer is an almost classic kitchen look. The silver exterior is only limited to the front of the unit while the back and sides have black plastic. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful appliance.

The LCD is a wonderfully designed screen that is bold, colorful, and clear completing the Vortex Plus’s overall appearance.

Score: 4/5

Capacity

Like the original Vortex, the Vortex Plus has a 6-quart cooking capacity used alongside a rectangular basket to give the air fryer maximum space efficiency, suitable for providing foods for around four to five people.

Score: 4/5

Features

6-in-1 Fryer: With the ability to not only air fry foods but also roast, bake, broil, reheat and dehydrate all your meals, the device is a little more expensive than the original Vortex, so a couple of extra functions is very welcome.

Customizable Cooking Times/Temps: Alongside the 6-in-1 cooking settings, this appliance can also save your preferred cooking temperatures and times, so you only need to input them once.

Notifications & Auto-Pause: The Vortex Plus does have the same features as the cheaper Vortex. The appliance will notify the user when it’s time to add/turn the food and will also pause the timer when the basket is removed and resume the process when it is replaced.

Dishwasher Safe: One significant improvement over the original Vortex is the ability to put the basket and grid into the dishwasher for ease of cleaning.

Score: 3/5

Performance & Cleaning

It appears as though the overall Vortex Plus unit is the same as the Vortex, which is a sturdy, reliable air fryer that offers consistent cooking every time. It’s also fairly loud, and the instructions are not clear enough, leaving the consumer to figure things out for themselves.

The extra features and customizable presets are what sets it apart from its younger brother. The other main benefit is the addition of being able to clean the basket and grill in the dishwasher. Even if the consumer doesn’t have that capability, it is still relatively easy to clean using a sponge and warm soapy water.

Score 4/5

Should you buy the Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 6-Quart Air Fryer?

While the Vortex Plus’s general application isn’t much different to the Vortex, it is a more attractive appliance, has a couple more features, and is easier to clean for a relatively small increase in cost.

If the 6-Quart basket fits the needs of your family, then this air fryer is worth considering.

Overall Score: 15/20

3. Instant Vortex 4-in-1 6-quart Air Fryer

Instant Vortex Air Fryer 4 in 1, Best Fries Ever, Roast, Bake, Reheat, 6 Qt, 1700W
  • Easy: Simple touch controls are easy to read and easy to use, for one touch air frying, roasting, baking and reheating with no hassle and no mess
  • Healthy: Quick and tasty meals using 95 % less oil and fat than deep frying
  • Save space: The vortex air fryer comes with 4 built in smart programs in 1 appliance (air fry, roast, bake and reheat) you can say sayonara to kitchen clutter

The Instant Vortex is a sleek 6-quart air fryer with a rectangular basket for a better cooking capacity. While the temperature dial is intuitive to use, the instructions for the overall appliance usage are not as informative as they ought to be.

The Vortex doesn’t have many features, but it is a reliable appliance that cooks crispy, healthy foods using 95% fewer fats than traditional cooking methods.

Pros

  • Reliable
  • Mid-Cycle Notifications
  • Uses 95% Less Fat Than Conventional Cooking Methods
  • Heat Resistant Housing

Cons

  • Not Dishwasher Safe
  • Lack of Clarity in Instructions
  • Very Few Features

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H16.3 inches x W15.1 inches x D14.9 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 15.87lbs
  • Capacity: 6-Quarts
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Dishwasher Safe: No
  • Wattage: 1700W
  • Min/Max Temperature: 100°F/400°F

Looks

The Instant Vortex 4-in-1 air fryer is an attractive appliance with a sleek, contemporary exterior made from black heat-resistant plastic.

The LCD makes good use of color to make it bright and appealing, while the silver dial in the center pops amidst the black background.

Score: 3.5/5

Capacity

With a 6-quart cooking capacity, this moderate air fryer is capable of producing meals for families of four quite comfortably. With its rectangular shape, it was designed to make the most of its exterior measurements. The quart measurement on air fryers refers to the basket depth, so a square/rectangular design will increase the unit’s cooking capacity.

Instant Pot claims you could cook a ‘4 pound butterflied chicken’ in this device with ease.

Score: 4/5

Features

4-in-1 Fryer: With the ability to not only air fry foods, but also roast, bake, and reheat all your meals, this is a versatile appliance that won’t take up much kitchen space.

Notifications: The Instant Vortex has a notification system that will inform the user when the appliance is up to the correct temperature when it’s time to add the food and give you a reminder when the cook cycle is about halfway through to turn the food if needed.

Auto-Pause: The auto-pause links to the notifications feature. When the appliance reminds you to add food or turn food, the timer will pause when the basket is removed, and once returned, it will restart the timer.

Score 2.5/5

Performance & Cleaning

The overall performance of the Vortex 4-in-1 is excellent, with minimal device failure over time. The air fryer consistently makes tasty and healthy food. However, consumers report that with the first few uses of this appliance it will emit an unpleasant smell, so we recommend a thorough cleaning before starting it up.

While not the loudest air fryer on the market, it is worth noting that this model is not the quietest when used either.

The heat-resistant exterior stops the outside of the appliance getting too hot when in use, this will also prevent your kitchen from getting hot when cooking.

Unfortunately, the cooking basket is neither dishwasher safe, nor can it be submerged in water, which makes it more tricky to clean than it needs to be.

Score 3.5/5

Should you buy the Instant Vortex 4-in-1 6-Quart Air Fryer?

While the Vortex is a reliable and attractive product, it lacks features and is overly challenging to clean. The user manual either lacks information on how to best use the air fryer or the information it does provide is convoluted and confusing.

The 6-quart cooking capacity is a sufficient size for most average-sized families, and for the mid-range price point, you’d expect nothing less. This Instant Pot product is a decent option, but considering its cost, we suggest comparing it against other brands first.

Overall Score: 13.5/20

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