Can you put a Ninja air fryer basket in the dishwasher? The rules you need to know

Here's what to do with your Ninja air fryer baskets to keep them looking pristine for as long as possible

Ninja Dual Zone Air Fryer
(Image credit: Ninja)

It's no secret that there are multiple benefits to upgrading your kitchen with one of the best air fryers - especially one from everyone's favourite brand Ninja. 

It can be less straightforward knowing exactly how to clean a Ninja air fryer without unknowingly causing harm to your expensive appliance. 

Unlike cleaning your oven, the rules on how to maintain your Ninja air fryer can vary from model to model, especially if you're lucky enough to have bagged the best dual zone air fryer out there, the Ninja Foodi Max Dual Zone Air Fryer.

Knowing what to do with those two smaller baskets when it comes to clean-up time is essential for getting the best value for money out of your air fryer. So can you put a Ninja air fryer basket in the dishwasher or is it best to stick to hand washing? 

Can you put a Ninja air fryer basket in the dishwasher?

Ninja has a whole host of air fryers, so always make sure to follow the advice that is specific to your machine. You can find manuals to every model on the Ninja website.

If you have the dual basket Ninja Foodi MAX Dual Zone Air Fryer AF400UK, then the drawers of your air fryer can indeed be washed in the dishwasher. It is very important to note however that in order to extend the lifespan of your air fryer Ninja recommends hand washing the baskets instead. 

This short task can be massively helped along by a Dishmatic sponge, which you can pick up for £6.07 at Amazon. This tool is amazing for getting into the corners of each basket and the entire task should take you a maximum of a couple of minutes.

Ninja Dual Zone Air Fryer

(Image credit: Ninja)

If you own the smaller, single-drawer model from the brand, the Ninja AF100UK Air Fryer, then you're also safe to pop the basket into the dishwasher if you want to. The advice from the manufacturer remains the same, however - for a longer life in your home, handwashing the baskets is absolutely your best bet.

Image of Tower air fryer tray being cleaned

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Regardless of whether you handwash or pop the basket in the dishwasher, make sure to always either hand dry the parts or allow them to air dry thoroughly before returning to the main unit.

Can you put other parts of Ninja air fryer into the dishwasher?

For both the AF100UK and the AF400UK, you're safe to go ahead and also pop the crisper plates that sit inside your baskets into the dishwasher too. Again, Ninja recommends that you opt for hand washing if you can, but if you're in a pinch, your dishwasher can save the day.

Molly Cleary
Kitchen Appliances Editor

Molly is Ideal Home’s Kitchen Appliances Editor and an all-around baking and cooking enthusiast. She joined the team in September 2022 as an Ecommerce Editor after working across Real Homes, Homes & Gardens and Livingetc. She's been reviewing products for 4 years and now specialises in weighing up kitchen essentials' pros and cons, from air fryers to bean-to-cup coffee machines. 

She's always been a keen reader, so after graduating from the University of Exeter in 2020 she was thrilled to find a way to write as a full-time job. Nowadays, she spends her days at home or the Ideal Home test facility trying out new kitchen innovations to see if they’re worth a space on your worktop. Her most beloved and hard-working appliance is her Sage coffee machine though she also takes the title of Ideal Home’s in-house air fryer expert after writing about them religiously over the past few years.

When she's not thinking or writing about kitchen appliances, she loves getting around London exploring new places, going for a dip at the Ladies’ Pond and consuming every bit of pop culture she can get her hands on.