Ninja Foodi vs Instant Pot: high end multicookers compared

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Reasons To Choose The Ninja Foodi FD401:
  1. Performance & Reliability: If you want an appliance that delivers top quality food, every time, and is durable, reliable with superb longevity, the Ninja Foodi is for you.
  2. Attractive Appearance: Ninja manufacture some of the best looking appliances on the market, and the Foodi is no different. Add a little style to your kitchen with this sleek multicooker.
  3. Substantial Capacity: With an 8-quart capacity, you will have enough room to cook almost any meal you desire for the whole family. There might even be some leftovers.
  4. Better Basket Design: Despite being the same quart size as the Instant Pot model, this basket is wider, enabling you to fit in broader ingredients for cooking.
  5. Excellent Versatility: The Ninja Foodi is called the ‘9-in-1,’ but it has more functions and capabilities to ensure this is the only cooking appliance you’ll ever need. Versatility is enhanced by the dual-layer cooking rack that comes with this device.
Reasons To Choose The Instant Pot Duo Crisp:
  1. More Affordable: The Instant Pot Duo Crisp is substantially more affordable than its Ninja counterpart, despite being almost equal to it in every way.
  2. Performance & Reliability: Instant Pot are a brand name synonymous with multicookers thanks to their superb quality that ensures delicious meals and an appliance built to last.
  3. Vast Capacity: Ok, it might not have the more efficient design, as does the Ninja Foodi, but this 8-quart capacity should be more than sufficient to cater to your every need.
  4. Versatility: The Duo Crisp & Foodi FD401 are almost identical in terms of settings and programs, giving you the ability to experiment in the kitchen and cook all kinds of foods you never thought possible in one appliance.
  5. Easy To Clean: Instant Pot chose to use stainless-steel for their cooking pot, which is super easy to clean, and more durable when using harsher cleaning utensils.

Ninja and Instant Pot are powerhouses in the world of multicookers, so we decided to pit their champions (The Ninja Foodi FD401 and the Instant Pot Duo Crisp) against one another to see which would be crowned king of the kitchen.

In this extremely close fight, the Ninja Foodi FD401 emerged as our favorite multicooker because it’s far more attractive than the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, has marginally more functionality, and has a little more thought put into the design.

So if you’ve got the funds and space for a massively versatile and reliable multicooker, Ninja has got you covered with the Foodi FD401 8-quart 9-in-1 Multicooker.

Ninja Foodi FD401 8-Quart Multicooker vs. Instant Pot Duo Crisp 8-Quart Multicooker

If you’re searching for a new multicooker, you’ll have heard and read the names ‘Ninja’ and ‘Instant Pot’ multiple times, as these companies are among the best in the business at manufacturing the most functional and durable multicookers on the market.

In this head to head battle, we’re going to compare two of the most versatile small kitchen appliances on the market, the Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 8-quart Multicooker and the Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 8-quart Multicooker, to see which one comes out on top.

We’ll examine all areas of what defines the best multicooker, to help you make the right decision. Let’s get into it.

What’s in the box?

Let’s open the box and see what comes with each product.

Ninja Foodi FD401 8-Quart Multicooker 

  • 1 x Ninja Foodi 8- Quart 1760 Watt Cooker (With attached Crisp Lid)
  • 1 x Pressure Lid
  • 1 x Ceramic Coated Cooking Pot
  • 1 x Cook and Crisp Basket
  • 1 x Reversible Rack
  • 1 x Recipe Book With 45 Recipes

Instant Pot Duo Crisp 8-Quart Multicooker 

  • 1 x Instant Pot Duo Crisp 8-Quart 1500 Watt Cooker
  • 1 x Air Fryer Lid
  • 1 x Pressure Lid
  • 1 x Stainless-steel Cooking Pot
  • 1 x Ai Fryer Basket
  • 1 x Multifunctional Rack
  • 1 x Protective Pad & Storage Cover

Affordability:

When you consider the price of traditional cookers, even the most expensive multicookers put these large kitchen appliances to shame. Of course, each appliance has its pros and cons, but for the price point, multicookers represent excellent value for more with incredible versatility.

While the Ninja Foodi FD401 is relatively affordable when compared with a traditional cooker, the Instant Pot Duo Crisp is markedly cheaper still, making it more widely available to those who are more frugal in nature or are on a tighter budget.

Ninja Foodi 0-1 Instant Pot

Capacity:

If you’re looking into buying a new multicooker, then you must consider the capacity (the amount of food you can fit into your cooker) of the appliance. People of the single persuasion or couples may not need a large capacity device. However, with larger capacity comes more versatility to cook entire meals with ease and efficiency.

On paper, the Ninja Foodi FD401 9-in-1 8-Quart Multicooker is exactly the same capacity as the Instant Pot Duo Crisp 8-Quart Multicooker. But let’s take a closer look if this is the case.

Despite having the same 8-quart capacity, the basket that comes with the Ninja Foodi has a little less height than the Instant Pot counterpart, meaning it is wider and you can fit in more substantial cuts of meat and whole chickens into the appliance more easily.

Ninja have also managed to fit that 8-quart capacity into a smaller footprint and the multicooker, as a whole, is much lighter than the Duo Crisp.

Ninja Foodi 1-1 Instant Pot

Versatility:

The whole point of a multicooker is to have as much versatility in one appliance as possible, eliminating the need for overcrowding of devices in the kitchen.

Do not be fooled into thinking that the Instant Pot Duo Crisp is more versatile than the Ninja Foodi FD401 because it is named the “11-in-1 Multicooker”, because it’s all just a question of semantics.

In actuality, despite being named the “Ninja Foodi 9-in-1”, it has 12 different abilities, albeit a couple of these use the same settings. 

These two appliances both possess the ability to pressure cook, slow cook, air fry, steam, broil, bake, roast, sauté, dehydrate, and keep warm. While the Ninja Foodi can also sear and make yogurt, the Duo Crisp can sous vide.

Ninja also supplies a dual layer “reversible rack” to increase versatility and cook multiple foods simultaneously, unlike the single layer rack that comes with the Instant Pot, giving the Foodi the edge here.

Ninja Foodi 2-1 Instant Pot

Appearance:

Looks aren’t everything, so they say, and an appliance’s appearance has no bearing on whether or not a multicooker is a top performer in the kitchen.

But to steal a phrase from Robert Downey Jr in the movie ‘Ironman’; Is it too much to ask for both?

In the case of the Ninja Foodi, no, it’s not. Because the FD401 is ridiculously pretty. Far prettier than the Instant Pot Duo Crisp. That’s not to say Instant Pot have designed an ugly appliance, only that Ninja’s design is much more appealing.

The Duo Crisp is nice enough with a stainless-steel exterior and pale blue LCD on the front, but it is very middle-of-the-road. But Ninja put more thought into the appearance of their Foodi multicooker, keeping on brand with a sleek and stealthy exterior.

The control panel is more fun to look at too, and the dials and buttons have a much cleaner layout and intuitive design.

Ninja Foodi 3-1 Instant Pot

Functionality:

How effectively a device functions is one of the top two most important categories when it comes to comparing devices. Appearance, cost, capacity, and versatility will not matter if the appliance doesn’t do that for which it was built.

There is no separating the Ninja Foodi and the Instant Pot Duo Crisp. Both these appliances are superb multicookers that produce wonderfully crisp and tender meats, stews, and whole chickens. 

Almost equally versatile, these appliances can both provide you and your family with meals you can sit down and enjoy together. 

Ninja Foodi 4-2 Instant Pot

Reliability:

This is the second of the top-two most essential categories to examine when considering such expensive appliances. 

Much like the functionality category, both these appliances are on a level playing field when it comes to reliability and durability. There is a reason why Ninja and Instant Pot sell more multicookers than any other brand (probably combined), and one of the reasons is how reliable these cookers truly are.

The Ninja Foodi has an astonishing 95% of Amazon customers who rate this appliance at four to five stars, while the Duo Crisp has an equally impressive 92%. And the number of units they have sold is astronomical.

Long story short, both these appliances have almost complete consumer confidence.

Ninja Foodi 5-3 Instant Pot

Cleaning:

Nobody likes tidying up after spending time in the kitchen, or at least we’ve never met anyone who does, and using exceedingly high temperatures to bake, sear and sauté meats only exacerbates the situation, so a product that is easily cleaned is a god-send.

Both Ninja and Instant Pot went different routes when choosing the material for their cooking pots, yet they both managed to produce utensils that are dishwasher safe and very easy to clean.

The Ninja Foodi 8-Quart Multicooker comes with a ceramic-coated pot that consumers rate very highly on the easy to clean scale, while the Instant Pot Duo Crisp has a Stainless Steel cooking pot which is every bit as straightforward to get shiny and clean.

However, we’re awarding the point to the Duo Crisp in this category as you will need to be more careful cleaning a ceramic-coated pot otherwise you could risk chipping away at the coating and contaminating your food.

The stainless-steel pot is much more robust and allows for more elbow grease when cleaning up after a good meal.

Ninja Foodi 5-4 Instant Pot

Who Is The Ninja Foodi FD401 8-Quart Multicooker For?

Ninja have covered almost all the bases with the Foodi FD401 multicooker, its massive cooking capacity, substantial versatility and world class performance & durability make this an ideal choice if you want a multicooker that makes most other kitchen appliances obsolete.

While it is a pretty big device, it has a slightly smaller footprint and is lighter than the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, so if you’re tight for kitchen space that’s something to consider.

The Ninja Foodi 8-quart cooker is not cheap though, so it’s more suited to those with a little extra disposable income. We think it could even replace their own Ninja Air Fryer.

Who Is The Instant Pot Duo Crisp 8-Quart Multicooker For?

The Instant Pot Duo Crisp 8-quart Multicooker is the only appliance from Instant Pot with air frying capabilities, which makes it the only real contender against the Ninja Foodi FD401, and while we feel the Ninja cooker is marginally better, the Duo Crisp is significantly cheaper, which makes it a better choice for those on a tighter budget.

If you don’t mind a less attractive device and have the space for this gargantuan multicooker (it’s probably a good idea to have a permanent place on the countertop for the Duo Crisp as it is extremely heavy for a ‘small’ kitchen appliance), well you can make a fairly big saving whilst still having one of the best multicookers on the market. For the air frying we would recommend choosing Instant Pot air fryer instead.

Final Thoughts

So, the Ninja Foodi FD401 9-in-1 8-Quart Multicooker emerged victorious in our head to head, but that doesn’t mean the Duo Crisp doesn’t deserve your consideration. Both these models are excellent examples of appliances that have something to offer almost everyone who loves to cook.

Just take into consideration the categories that matter most to your individual needs and see which model is the right multicooker for you.

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