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    Ninja Max XL AF161 Air Fryer
    Max XL AF161

    The Ninja Air Fryer Max XL is an exceptionally easy-to-use air fryer. Compared to other models we’ve tried both in the lab and at home, we’ve found that its one-touch presets for air fry, roast, bake, reheat, and dehydrate make operating it pretty foolproof. It’s large enough to put out enough fries, wings, and chicken tenders to feed four to five people. And its uniquely deep basket comfortably accommodates a whole head of cauliflower. Horizontal cooking is more of a challenge, however, given that its measured 4.1-quart capacity is mostly vertical. So it’ll cook only four strips of bacon at a time—assuming you prefer a nice, even crisp—whereas many air fryers this size can handle six. Another small drawback: While the basket was a cinch to clean, the machine’s top vent required a bit more effort.

    Description

    The Ninja Air Fryer Max XL is an exceptionally easy-to-use air fryer. Compared to other models we’ve tried both in the lab and at home, we’ve found that its one-touch presets for air fry, roast, bake, reheat, and dehydrate make operating it pretty foolproof. It’s large enough to put out enough fries, wings, and chicken tenders to feed four to five people. And its uniquely deep basket comfortably accommodates a whole head of cauliflower. Horizontal cooking is more of a challenge, however, given that its measured 4.1-quart capacity is mostly vertical. So it’ll cook only four strips of bacon at a time—assuming you prefer a nice, even crisp—whereas many air fryers this size can handle six. Another small drawback: While the basket was a cinch to clean, the machine’s top vent required a bit more effort.

    Ratings Scorecard

    Test Results

    Controls

    Controls

    We consider legibility of markings and ease of setting desired time and temperature.

     /  5
    Noise

    Noise

    Noise is measured with the appliance operated on a counter-top.

     /  5
    Cleaning

    Cleaning

    Our assessment of cleaning the air fryer includes both baskets, the interior of the machine and exterior surfaces.

     /  5
    Measured Capacity

    Measured Capacity

    Measured volume of air fryer basket.

     /  5

    About

    The Ninja Max XL AF161 is part of the Air Fryers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Air Fryers models like the Max XL AF161 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

    Controls We consider legibility of markings and ease of setting desired time and temperature.

    Noise Noise is measured with the appliance operated on a counter-top.

    Cleaning Our assessment of cleaning the air fryer includes both baskets, the interior of the machine and exterior surfaces.

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