Last Updated on November 5, 2022 by Stewart
Ninja are well known for their variety of cooking products, and in this review I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the 9 in 1 7.5l Foodi Max Multicooker OP500. Yes the full name is quite a mouthful!
What’s in the box?
In the box there is the unit itself, a pressure cooker lid, an air crisping pot (and the legs for it), as well as a two tier rack. The rack can be split in two depending on what you’re cooking. There is also a 7.5 litre ceramic pot which needs to be in the multi-cooker at all times. There is also a slightly smaller version of the same multi cooker, with it having a maximum capacity of 6 litres.
Is It Easy To Use?
The short answer is yes. Included in the box is a recipe guide, as well as an instruction manual.
Everything in it is extremely straightforward and after the components have been washed for the first time, you’ll be using it within minutes. The buttons on the front of the Foodi Max are easy to press and it registers on the on screen display right away.
Similarly, selecting the mode of choice is very easy to do thanks to the easy turn dial on the front of the unit. The same dial is also used to set the cooking temperature and also the run time.
What I really like about it is that (with the exception of the pressure cooking function), you are able to check how well the food is cooking mid run. When doing this, the Foodi Max will remember what time is left on the clock that you had originally set.
If you need to add more time onto the cooking, or you want to change the temperature on the fly, it’s as simple as pressing the temperature or time button and then adjusting it accordingly.
It might look a bit daunting at first to use because of it’s size, but this is even easier to use than a microwave.
How Good Does The Food Taste?
I’ve been using it for just over a week now, and everything I’ve made in it has tasted great. It should be noted though that poor quality food won’t taste great in any device. Having said that, the food has always been cooked to perfection.
I’m not the best chef in the world. However, by taking the time to read the recipe book, you can get great results from this. Another great bonus is that there are a lot of channels on YouTube that use the Ninja Foodi lineup. Whilst every video won’t be using this model, the principles are the same and should only require slight deviations to the cooking temperature and time.
I also cooked French fries and tempura battered prawns in the air crisping basket. The Foodi Max cooked it within 14 minutes and it tasted brilliant. The chips had a nice level of crisp to them, and the batter on the brawns tasted amazing. It did not leave the batter soggy. Instead, it has a nice level of crispness to it, too.
I also tried making my own ready salted crisps. This was really easy to do and only require 20 minutes in the air crisp mode.
There hasn’t been a single thing I’ve cooked in the Foodi Max that I haven’t loved. Since it is so easy to change the temperature and cooking time, you’re really able to tweak the cooking to suit your taste needs.
A Selection of Modes Are Available
Since it’s a multi-cooker, you would of course expect a variety of modes on offer. The modes are:
- Pressure cook
- Slow cook
- Air Crisp (which is Ninja’s name for Air Fry)
The modes all work extremely well, and I’m genuinely impressed that such a compact device can carry out so many tasks, so well.
How Much Energy Does It Save?
One of the big selling points of multi-cookers is that they save energy over a conventional oven. As an experiment, I took frozen oven chips and put them in my oven. The following night, I used the Bake function with the same weight of frozen oven chips in the Foodi Max. The Foodi Max cooked them much quicker than what the oven did. It also used less energy in doing so. Using the oven, the total energy use was 0.76kWh. In comparison, using the Foodi Max, the total energy usage was 0.38kWh.
It may not seem like a huge difference, but add that up over the year with how expensive energy prices are (and to increase to), and it really does it add. Of course, in order to really save even more money, you could take the chips out of the freezer and let them thaw out before cooking them.
Likewise, I made cheese on toast in the Foodi Max using the grill function on it. It took 3 minutes to have this cooked to perfection. The thing with the grill function on the Foodi Max is that it only has one temperature of 240°C. Having said that, there’s no way an oven would be able to make cheese on toast within the same time frame. A rough estimate is that it also only cost me 9p to make this. Not bad at all in my opinion.
For any foods that say that you can cook when thawed, or cook from frozen, I now always let them thaw to save energy.
The oven in my house is 2 years old, and I’ve noticed how much energy (and ultimately money) I’ve saved so far. For those with even older ovens, the energy savings by switching to the Foodi Max could be even larger.
Which Size Should You Get?
Regardless if you get the 6 litre or 7.5 litre version, it’s actually going to take up near enough the same amount of room due to the cubic capacity. I would personally opt for the 7.5 litre version. I’m always a fan of having a bit more room to cook things in as opposed to having a smaller unit and then wishing I had opted for the larger one instead.
There are two of us in the house, and the 7.5 litre version of the multi-cooker meets our needs perfectly. There isn’t a huge difference in price between the two variants either, so if you can afford it, I would opt for the 7.5 litre version.
My big negative from this though is the size of the power cord, it really should be longer than what it is. You also cannot use an extension cable on this.
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- Ease of Use
- Taste Of Food
- Value for Money
The Ninja 9 in 1 Foodi Max Multi-Cooker is truly one of the best kitchen gadgets I’ve used in a long time. It’s extremely versatile and it makes cooking exciting.
Great way to save energy
A range of modes available
Food tastes amazing in it
The power cable could be longer