Thanks, I'm looking at one of the AG models now which is more like a grill/hot pan. That might be the better way to go.
My brain is totally frazzled. I think I would be better off getting a set of new, good quality frying pans and a digital cooking thermometer. There seems to be downside with all these devices when you read further.
Is there any difference in the NINJA Foodi Max AG551UK 6-in-1 Health Grill & Air Fryer and the NINJA FOODI DUAL ZONE AIR FRYER AF300UK other than shape. Do they cook all the same things in the same way. My wife seems to think the Grill version cooks in a different way to the Foodi dual zone. Surely it's all cooking the same way and its the shape of the thing that is all that is different.
Both are £180 at present so i want to make sure we buy the right one.
Yep, I'm aware of that. It seems my wife just has a thing for the grill, but apart from a grill pan I can't see of any other cooking differences. Dual zone for me is the winner. I just can't seem to persuade her this is better than just having a grill pan. She seems to think it cooks in a different way but it doesn't, right?
The thing that put me right off the grill (even though it should do some foods better, like steaks) is the cleaning. The grill looks horrendous to keep clean because fat will splash right up into the fan area whereas the dual zone air fryer you just wash the entire drawer. I'm not sure you have to be as concerned with cleaning the top fan assemblies.
It might be worth watching some videos on YouTube to see.
I am looking at the dual zone as well. I recently purchased the grill for exactly this reason; better burgers and steaks.
The results are good! However I do agree that cleaning is a pain; especially for burgers. The amount of fat in the tray to wipe out and dispose - its astonishing; even high quality patties.
I used to use an oven grill burgers. At least with a grill you can have foil to catch the fat! The unit takes a while to cool down so its usually a morning job to clean the unit which is a bit grim.
The splash guard for the heating element works surprisingly well. It can easily be easily removed and cleaned. I frequently wipe the roof of the unit (like a Microwave) to keep the smells down.
Thanks @aVdub I wondered the same, to line the tray with foil to catch the fat as it would make cleaning a lot easier. Burgers so far are the worst culprit!
Good tip, dropping in hot water. Its a grim job mopping out fat and disposing in the morning; hate leaving mess until the next day!
Have to say that I am super impressed and see why Ninja and the like have such a good rep - they are good!
I put mine into a sink of hot water (oven gloves used) straight after use and it cleans up pretty quickly.
Sure I've seen foil used in the Foodi Ninja.
what is the thought process for using the grill for steaks and hamburgers where - don't you want a lower heated griddle plate to seal the meat fast,Not done burgers in there yet, but can imagine they will make a bit of a mess.
Won’t that risk of catching fire? Although that being said…I’ve put baking paper in mine when I use it for sausages. So I guess not.
what is the thought process for using the grill for steaks and hamburgers where - don't you want a lower heated griddle plate to seal the meat fast,
I can understand ninja grill use for air frying chips / chicken, but for steak/hamburger a cast iron griddle on the hob with a splash guard ,
isn't it better/more-economic/easy-cleanup, & valorizing the expensive meat, we'd typically put the oven on though to finish the foil wrapped steak though.