A Ninja multi-cooker uses up to 40% less energy than a conventional oven
The nine-in-one gadget has over 600 five-star reviews, customers saying it "saves time and money"
The versatile kitchen gadget is currently in high demand and has already sold out at John Lewis
Read on to find out how it works, what the reviews say and where to find the best deals
With no sign of the cost of living crisis easing anytime soon, savvy shoppers in the UK are currently investing in home gadgets that could help to save on their energy bills this winter.
Heated clothes airers and air fryers have already sold out at numerous high street stores such as John Lewis, Aldi and Lakeland. However, if you're looking to reduce your energy usage, plus save some time on meal prep this winter, a multi-cooker may be just what you're looking for.
In a nutshell, a multi-cooker is a one-stop-pot for all your cooking needs. One of the most popular is this top-rated Ninja Foodi MAX 9-in-1 Multi-Cooker, which is flying off the virtual shelves as you read, having been discounted from £229.99 to £199.99 in Ninja's Black Friday sale.
Why the sudden increase in demand? It can do almost anything from slow cooking to air frying, baking, roasting and steaming, to name a handful. And its efficient cooking methods could save you up to 40% on your energy bill, according to the brand.
Here's why it could be a great investment this winter, and it may even persuade you to retire your oven all together.
Why we rate it
For starters, having one gadget that can cook so many things in so many ways is a money-saving win – no need to buy loads of different bits of 'equipment'.
Ninja has also put its energy usage to the test by cooking sausages both in the multi-cooker's air fry function versus conventional ovens and discovered it used 40% less energy.
Its nine-in-one functionality is also space-saving, too. Because, if you're like us, anything that can do it all, thus reducing the amount of gadgetry on the kitchen counter is another big win.
The Ninja Foodi can also cook enough food for six people – for example, it can roast and crisp a 3kg chicken. Plus you can cook sides like vegetables, rice/grains at the same time.
Frankly, it has most people's cooking needs covered. It can pressure cook, air fry, slow cook, steam, bake/roast, sear/sauté, grill and dehydrate. You can even make yoghurt.
You can pressure cook all sorts of food, too (this method uses super-hot steam to lock in juices). The brand claims this cooks food 70% faster than traditional methods like slow cooking, braising or simmering, so it's a no-brainer that this will save money on your next energy bill.
Plus it has exclusive TenderCrisp technology which is great for giving food that tasty, golden finish. Mouthwatering, much?
How it works
You can quickly pressure cook tender meat (like steak, pulled pork, chicken) to lock in the juices. Then choose between air crisp, bake/roast, or the grill settings for a crispy, golden finish – and swap the pressure lid for the crisping lid.
If you want to cut back on using oil for healthier options, you can air crisp meals and sides and make anything from fries to fish fingers and chicken wings using 75% less fat than normal frying methods.
For those lovely, warming stews, casseroles, risottos and hotpots, choose the slow cook function up to 12 hours in advance so your meal can gently simmer away and be ready to eat when you finish work.
A fan of fluffy roast potatoes? The Ninja Foodi is at your service. You can also grill salmon, burgers, steaks or vegetables. Steam your sea bass, asparagus and veg. Sear your steak before cooking. Sauté ingredients for sauces and caramelise onions.
If you've got a sweet tooth the Ninja has you covered too – you can bake cakes and create all sorts of mouthwatering desserts. You can even bake bread!
And, if you love dried fruit, you don't need to nip down to the supermarket and fork out for an expensive pack. The Ninja will dehydrate your fave fruits including mango, apple, strawberry and banana. The same goes for making your own root vegetable crisps and dried herbs.
Plus you can also make homemade yoghurt, should you fancy giving it a go.
The two-tier reversible rack cooks mains and sides at the same time so it's convenient and time-saving. You can also cook food from frozen which is perfect if you're in a rush (or forgot to take the food out of the freezer before work).
As for the size? It has a 7.5L capacity with a 4.7L cook and crisp basket. So you can feed the family, cook for a dinner party or make food in batches to freeze.
It's easy to clean, too as it has ceramic-coated, non-stick parts that are, phew, dishwasher safe.
And for serious foodie inspiration, it comes with a recipe guide. And let's face it, we could always do with some more meal inspiration.
What the reviews say
Shoppers are raving about how easy the Ninja Foodi is to use, and how much time and money it is saving them.
"It’s amazing! I haven’t used my oven since my Ninja arrived. I make everything in it and it cooks better than the oven."
"Excellent, cooks lovely tasting food in a fraction of the time. Easy to use, easy to clean. Great purchase."
"I love love looove this machine!...I was worried that maybe an all-in-one machine wouldn’t be as good as a dedicated air fryer, but it my opinion it is excellent! Plus I never heard of a pressure cooker before but it is seriously amazing! The cooker is so user-friendly and just nice to use (everything clicks when it should, it doesn’t have a silly touch screen etc.). Highly recommend!"
"Very versatile. I manage to cook for 4 using it. Highly recommended as it uses very little electricity too."
"I bought this product almost a year ago and i cannot be more happy about my decision. The cooker is amazing. It cooks really healthy, faster than anything and on the top of that delicious. If you are looking for a cooker I would recommend 100% Ninja multi cookers."
Shop now Ninja Foodi MAX 9-in-1 Multi-Cooker 7.5L OP500UK | £199.99 (Was £229.99) from Ninja
Other Ninja multi-cooker deals and offers:
Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 6L Multi-Cooker Exclusive Accessory Bundle | £219.99 (was £229.97) from Ninja
This 6L gadget can cook enough for four people and comes includes a two-piece baking kit and silicone mitts.
Ninja Foodi MAX 9-in-1 7.5L Multi-Cooker Exclusive Accessory Bundle | £239.99 (was £264.97) from Ninja
This great deal on the 7.5L Ninja includes a deluxe baking kit and silicone mitts.
Want even more options? 3 other great Ninja options with even more settings
Ninja Foodi 11-in-1 SmartLid Multi-Cooker 6L OL550UK | £279.99 from Ninja
With claims that this can save you up to 65% on your energy bill, this has 11 cooking functions. And the SmartLid Slider means you can easily switch between cooking modes as the lid recognises which function you're using. Perfect for time-strapped parents.
Ninja Foodi MAX 14-in-1 SmartLid Multi-Cooker 7.5L OL650UK | £269.99 from Ninja
Feed up to six people with this amazing gadget that offers 14 different cooking methods which includes four Combi-Steam mode functions – this combines steam with convection cooking for speedy, but juicy food that's crispy on the outside. It also features SmartLid tech, too. You'll not only save up to 60% on energy bills, but you can have food on your table for the family in under 30 minutes.
Ninja Foodi MAX 15-in-1 SmartLid Multi-Cooker with Smart Cook System 7.5L OL750UK | £299.99 from Ninja
With a whopping 15 ways to cook your food – including five Combi-Steam Mode functions – this is a hassle-free way to cook for up to six people. And it could save you up to 60% on energy bills. Plus the integrated Smart Cook System has a Digital Cooking Probe which can precisely monitor your food's temperature as it cooks so you don't have to. Genius.
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