I've accumulated a number of small cooking appliances over the years: a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker and more recently, and air fryer. Each of these appliances do one thing reasonably well, but they have slowly eaten into the free space in my cupboard which I'd prefer to set aside for essentials like wine and toilet paper, so I've been looking into the multi-cooker space again.
The last time I looked at the market, they ranged from '3-in-1' to '67-in-1' (accounting for every possible combination of porridge and kombucha), and generally seemed… trashy? With air fryers being all the rage, it seemed expected that they could add a +1 to these multi-cookulators. There only appears to be two on the Australian market at the moment:
Nutri Ninja Foodi Multi Cooker OP300
Pressure Cooking, Slow Cooking, Rice Cooking, Steam, Sauté, Brown, Air Fry, Bake, Roast, Grill
Intant Vortex Duo Crisp and Air Fryer
Pressure cooks, sautés, steams, slow cooks, sous vides, warms, air fries, roasts, bakes, broils and dehydrates
On the outset, my observations are:
* Both products seem on the chonk side of the 'small' kitchen appliance (seems somewhat necessary), but it's hard to tell when you're stuck in the house hitting refresh on the OzB front page.
* The video reviews suggest that the Ninja's ceramic pan might be easier to clean than the Instant Vortex.
* The 'drop in' air frying approach seems a bit more fiddly and less 'shakeable' than than my Phillips.
* Has anyone used one of these Multi + Air Fryer multi cookers?
* Is there a multi cooker 'sweet spot', eg. slow+rice cooker, but not pressure cooker?
* Can you recommend a non-air-fryer unit?