Best Ninja air fryer of 2024 in the UK – our favourite air fryers from our top rated brand, ranked

We've tested every Ninja air fryer ever released. Here's our definitive ranking

The three best Ninja air fryers, as decided by the Ideal Home team
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The list in brief ↴
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Best overall: Ninja FlexDrawer
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Best dual zone: Ninja Foodi Dual
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Best small: Ninja MAX PRO
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Best oven: Ninja Foodi 10-in-1
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Best mid-size: Ninja AF100UK
How we tested
FAQs

If you know someone who owns one of the best Ninja air fryers, chances are they've told you all about it. That's just how good these genius appliances are. Perfect for combining multiple functions into one unit as well as revolutionising cooking methods and time, there's no brand we can recommend that's quite as good as Ninja.

Never tried a Ninja before? Fear not, as we've designed this guide as your one stop to picking up the air fryer that will best suit you and your cooking capabilities once and for all. That includes ranking them based on the same criteria as we do in our guide to the best air fryer on the market full stop - which spoiler alert, is in fact a Ninja.

Keep reading to discover the best Ninja air fryers that we have tried and loved at Ideal Home - from the infamous Ninja Foodi Dual Zone air fryer to the brand new sized-down Ninja MAX PRO. And, remember, no matter which item tempts you, be sure to check out our Ninja Kitchen discount codes to ensure the best deal possible.

The best Ninja air fryers - the quick list

Best Ninja air fryer overall

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The best Ninja air fryer out there

Specifications

Size: 32.7 x 49.6 x 31.6cm
Capacity: 10.4 litres or 2 x 5.2 litres
Programs: Max crisp, air fry, roast, bake, reheat, dehydrate, prove

Reasons to buy

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Spacious capacity
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No need to preheat
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Dual zone or single zone
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Very intuitive to use
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Can simultaneously cook in a different mode and temperature on each side

Reasons to avoid

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Can’t open each side individually
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Quite dominant on worktop

We think this is Ninja's best innovation yet, with the ability to switch two drawers into one at the drop of a hat. That means that you can use the cavernous 10.4-litre single space for cooking family-sized meals or cuts of meat, and switch to the two drawer system for when you want to cook different things at various temperatures. 

Our tester proved this true when she took the Ninja FlexDrawer for a spin, using it to cook a 2kg leg of lamb, various fried foods and even an entire loaf cake. It's much quicker than a standard oven, easy to use, and a super high max temperature (of 240C). After using this air fryer, you'll find that your built-in oven will feel more and more redundant.

Though it's mighty, this is an expensive buy, coming in at £269.99. It has the power to do it all in your kitchen, however, so we think it's worth it if that's what you're looking for. 

Our Ninja Foodi FlexDrawer Air Fryer review has the full details. 

The best dual zone Ninja air fryer

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The best dual zone Ninja air fryer

Specifications

Size: ‎27D x 41.5W x 32.5H cm
Capacity : ‎9.5 litres
Programs: Air Fry, Max Crisp, Bake, Roast, Dehydrate and Reheat

Reasons to buy

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Stylishly designed
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Straightforward, no-nonsense controls
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Large cooking space
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Incredibly powerful
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Excellent results

Reasons to avoid

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Can be difficult to find in stock
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No glass windows to check on progress
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Unless you've been living under an air-fryer-proofed rock, you'll have heard of the Ninja Dual Zone Air Fryer. This has been the air fryer of the last few years and for good reason, with the space and power to make family cooking much easier. 

In short, you can cook two different foods in two different ways (pick from six functions including the ability to bake) at the same time, and then sync them up to finish at the exact right moment so that everything will arrive at the table still hot. What that allows you to do in reality is to experiment with a range of different food types at home that you might not have even imagined yet, such as dehydrated fruit snacks or a lemon drizzle cake.

Our expert tester thinks this is 'one of the best ever' air fryers. She loved just how high the temperature could be set - up to 240 degrees, a feature which makes it so versatile due to the type of things you can cook up. She also found that it was a standout winner for crisping up potato wedges and other fried favourites. 

While it might be too hefty for smaller kitchens, this air fryer is a real all-rounder, with controls so easy that your grandmother and your kids could use it. I would say that you can achieve four portions with ease in this air fryer, but it's also a fine choice for fewer people thanks to its energy efficiency. This is the air fryer you should opt for if you can stretch your budget and the one that will make even reluctant cooks more excited about cooking dinner for an evening. 

Our Ninja Foodi MAX Dual Zone air fryer review has the full details.

Best small Ninja air fryer

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The best small Ninja air fryer

Specifications

Size : H30.5 x W 28 x D 36cm
Capacity : 6.2 litres
Programs : Air fry, max crisp, roast, bake, reheat, dehydrate.

Reasons to buy

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Intuitive control panel
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Compact
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Spacious cooking drawer
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Dishwasher safe

Reasons to avoid

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No auto preheat or reminder to shake

The Ninja MAX PRO sounds like a hefty appliance, but it is in fact the brand's most space-saving offering, with a compact square design that will make small kitchen owners rejoice. And even though it's small in terms of dimensions, it's pretty roomy regarding capacity comparisons with the Ninja AF100UK, which makes it an all-round winner in our book.

The smaller size is the real unique selling point of this air fryer, but it's also got all of the functionality of our bigger favourites too, including simply excellent cooking power and dishwasher safe parts. Our expert tester, who has a smaller kitchen herself, is sold on this as her favourite Ninja design yet. And it was still big enough for her to roast a small 1.5kg chicken, which is impressive. 

The only thing that this air fryer is missing is a preheat setting, and it also lacks a shake reminder halfway through the cooking time. If you can live without those, and you need something small, then this is the compact Ninja for you.

Our Ninja Air Fryer MAX PRO 6.2 L AF180UK review has the full details. 

Best Ninja air fryer oven

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The best Ninja air fryer oven

Specifications

Size : 33.5 x 43.5 x 50.5cm
Capacity : holds 1.8kg of air fired ingredients, space for a 12" pizza, roast rack holds 5.5kg
Programs: Air fry, roast, whole roast, grill, bake, pizza, dehydrate, reheat

Reasons to buy

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Fantastically multifunctional
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Intuitive controls
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Great cooking performance
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Cook on two levels
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Short automatic preheat

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive and bulky
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Exterior gets very hot
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Accessories have to be hand washed

We think that in the debate of countertop ovens vs air fryers, the former deserves a little more attention. This Ninja Multifunction Oven is a perfect example of why, with our tester saying that it has unbeatable versatility, and that it is 'roomier than virtually all air fryers, with more functionality than most ovens'. High praise indeed!

So what can this oven do? Everything essentially, including toast bagels, roast veggies, cook an entire chicken and help to master the art of homemade pizza. Our tester was seriously impressed with all of the functions, stating it was the most impressive of its kind she's tried, with temperatures to carry out all of those tasks in extremely efficient times.

Her quibbles with this air fryer were that it's pretty large, but if you need it for family cooking then that's a price you'll be expecting to pay. She found that the exterior can also get pretty hot at times. On the whole however, it's by far the best Ninja air fryer to opt for if you want to try out a countertop oven. 

Our Ninja Foodi 10 in 1 Multifunction Oven Air Fryer review has the full details.

Best mid-size Ninja air fryer

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The best Ninja for smaller homes

Specifications

Size: 36 x 25 x 32cm
Capacity: 3.8 litre
Programs: Air fry, roast, reheat, dehydrate

Reasons to buy

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Simple to use
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Compact footprint
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Dishwasher safe
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Recipes and cooking charts included
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Great performance

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive for size
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No automatic preheat

The Ninja AF100UK Air Fryer is Ninja's cheapest air fryer, and it's also the smallest. It has a cooking capacity of 3.8 litres and a circular basket, which will be fine with most meals for single or two-person households. During testing the air fryer was fast, easy to use, and comes with four pre-sets that won't be too overwhelming for first-time air fryer users.

You can choose to air fry, roast, reheat and dehydrate in this air fryer, and because the basket insert can be removed, you can also reheat or cook food that has a bit more sauce or moisture without having to worry about it dripping through the grates. The exterior is simple, small, and grey, which may not be the most attractive addition to your kitchen but it will be very easy to store if you want to put it in a cupboard.

Those who need meals in a hurry should snap up the Ninja AF100UK, as cooking times with this air fryer were brilliant, with some of the speediest chips we've made. It's a simple model with a reasonable price tag of £129.99 too, making it a little more feasible for those on a budget.

Read our full Ninja AF100UK air fryer review for more information.

How we tested the best Ninja air fryers

We know how important it is to have real, unbiased opinions about the products that we recommend to Ideal Home readers, which is why as part of our testing protocol, we've had hands-on experience with all of the products in this guide. 

Our Ecommerce Editor Molly has also taken trips to Ninja's office and development spaces in London and Frankfurt, allowing us to get an even closer look at the brand itself and how they work to release products that solve all sorts of consumer problems. From these Ninja appliances to the best Shark vacuums, we're confident that Shark Ninja is one of the best home appliance brands out there.

Below you can find out exactly who tested each of the appliances on this round up, and learn more about our testing process.

Molly Cleary
Molly Cleary

Molly is Ideal Home's Kitchen Appliances Editor and is always on the lookout for the next must-buy product for your home. She regularly heads to Future's Test Facility in Reading to thoroughly put products through their paces.

She works on every product release from Ninja and Shark, and has tested the Ninja Dual Zone Air Fryer, as well as the Ninja Speedi and the Ninja Creami. She's also broken down the differences between the Ninja Double Stack vs the Ninja Dual Zone Air Fryer, for everything you need to know.

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Helen McCue

Helen is a freelance contributor who trained as a Home Economist. After starting her career in the food industry, she moved into home appliance reviews, utilising her cooking skills and experience to put all kinds of products to the test, and over the years has reviewed hundreds of home and kitchen appliances for a variety of publications.

For Ideal Home, Helen has tested out the Ninja Foodi 9-in-1, the Ninja AF100UK, the Ninja FlexDrawer, the Ninja PRO MAX AF180UK, the Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 Multifunction Oven, making her one of our resident Ninja experts.

FAQs

Is Ninja a good brand?

Ninja is one of the most well-loved appliance brands in the US and has made waves in the UK too over the last few years, especially with the emergence of the air fryer.

Their air fryers have been a sell-out success, but they really have a wide range of high-quality appliances and kitchen essentials, such as some of the best saucepans and the best knife sets too. All of these have scored highly in our independent review processes.

If you love spending time outdoors in the summer, you'll probably be interested in Ninja's range of outdoor appliances too. Our explainer on the brand's outdoor range breaks down whether the Ninja Woodfire Oven vs BBQ will be better for you. 

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.