Is this cooking appliance the ultimate time-saver every household needs?

We all know pressure cookers are one of the greatest cooking inventions, ever. But what about one that crisps up your food, too?

I am all for time-saving hacks in the kitchen. I mean, who isn't? So when I got my first pressure cooker, I was over the moon at how simple it was to cook a whole roast chicken or feed a curry to a large, hungry tribe at dinner time.

However, what my previous pressure cookers could not do was diversify the way I could use them. Amazing for a roast or stew, it could bake or roast in no time, but I wouldn't be able to cook every element of a meal in the one appliance.

Enter the Ninja Foodi, which has a cult following in the US. This one-pot wonder claims to cook your food "70 per cent faster than traditional methods, without losing the integrity of favourite flavour-filled dishes."

How much does it cost?

There are a number of all-in-one machines out there that are in the vicinity of $1000 to $2000, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn the RRP is just $399, and between us, you can find it cheaper online from Myer, Bing Lee, Good Guys or other retailers.

In my opinion, this price point is amazing, considering before I used the Foodi, I wanted an air-fryer and they're around the two to the three-hundred mark alone.



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What's the deal?

The appliance combines pressure cooking with air-frying, to give a tasty flavour to food that isn't diluted or too 'sterile'. I say this because some machines I've used don't have that cooked-in taste you get - but the Foodi doesn't seem to have that problem.

The removable pot is dishwasher-safe and uses two pressure lids, depending on the type of cooking you're doing. The pressure lid is used to slow cook, pressure cook, roast, bake, saute and steam, whereas the crisping lid air-fries and gives food that lovely crunch. 

However, it's worth mentioning that the top, air-frying lid doesn't actually come off completely, as it's on a hinge and sits upright when not in use. It can feel like it's getting in the way at first, but I got used to it after time.

The machine itself is also quite bulky and heavy and isn't really a bench-space saver. But for me, as it does the work of multiple appliances, it's something I'm willing to overlook.

The verdict

This benchtop pressure cooker grills, steams, bakes, roasts, pressure cooks, air fries and slow cooks... delivering everything from my culinary masterpieces to frozen nuggets and chips. I love the fact that I don't have to sear meat before cooking it, and that it comes with a reversible rack that lets me steam veggies in the pot, too.

With the price point offering so much value for money, and my personal 'lazy-home-cook' boxes ticked, I have to say, I'm quite impressed!

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