When I was first looking into getting my Ninja Foodi, there was a lot of confusion caused by not knowing which Ninja Foodi to get. Let me help clarify the difference between the Ninja Foodi and the Ninja Foodi Deluxe; then, as a bonus, we will look at the differences between the 8-in-1 Ninja Foodi and the 9-in-1 Ninja Foodi, hopefully helping you make the right purchase decision.
Answer: Ninja Foodi, aka Ninja Foodi Original 6.5 qt, is noticeably more massive than the newer Ninja Foodi Deluxe 8 qt. The Deluxe also has a simplified control design using a dial nob to eliminate several buttons and make changing temperatures and cook times easier. Finer increments on the temperature in 5(degree) increments instead of 10(degree) increments as the Ninja Foodi Original.
Many home chefs are going to select their cooker based on the additional options and features it offers. However, the Ninja Foodi landscape is a little confusing. Because not only do you have the Deluxe and non-Deluxe, but you also have XL and non-XL.
In researching this before I made my purchase, and about five months later, I have learned the following for writing this article.
There is Ninja Foodi Original in the 6.5 qt and 8 qt verities.
There is Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL is only 8 qt, with no 6.5 qt available.
I think the confusion comes from stores and used sellers not entirely listing the item’s name for sale. My wife and I visited five different stores with slight variations in the Ninja Foodi 2. These were other Target locations, and I can say that when we looked at them in person, they were the identical Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL 8 qt versions.
Due to the nature of proof. We can not disprove the existence of something, however, it is looking like there is not a Ninja Foodi Deluxe 6.5 qt, but I would love to see one if you’ve got one!
Closer Look at Ninja Foodi and Ninja Foodi Deluxe
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|Feature||Ninja Foodi (original)||Ninja Foodi Deluxe|
|Dehydrate||Yes for 8 qt /|
No**** for 6.5 qt
(up to 12 hrs)
|Wattage||1400 watts /|
** This is called TenderCrisp Technology and is a combination of pressure cooking and air frying
*** This is not called out specifically on the Deluxe but can be done
**** This is not called out on the 6.5 qt model but can be done
The list above might clear up some of the confusion that is caused between the models. However, one of my favorite changes is the simplified control panel on the Deluxe model. They have essentially eliminated ten buttons while giving you more control over the cooking temperatures.
There is also a considerable improvement in space savings. The new Deluxe 8 qt model has a smaller footprint than the original 6.5 qt model. Add a little extra wattage to that, and you might find it cooking food faster (but we will have to test this later in a video; once that is done, you will find a link to the article with the video inside).
|Increments||NFD||O. 6.5 qt||O. 8 qt|
8-in-1 or 9-in-1- Which Do I need?
The internet and ads you will find can get very confusing when it comes to the Ninja Foodi. Some ads touting 9-in-1 and others claiming 8-in-1, and here you are left just trying to figure out what is different between them.
For most of them, this is going to be the difference between the dehydrate or yogurt functions. However, the tricky part is that you should be able to do both of these things even if your Ninja Foodi doesn’t explicitly say you can. At the time of writing this, I have not tested this out, but I can assure you we will be testing this out and post a video to our YouTube covering this topic. Good job on Marketing and product design teams working together, but I’m suspecting shame on them… And we will have to wait on that upcoming video to see the results. (Of course, when the video is done, I will embed it just below this paragraph, so if you see it, great! If you do not see the video, it will come soon.)
I can say that making yogurt at home is a rewarding experience and something we will make a video about (once that is ready, you will find a link here to the article with the video).
6.5 Qt vs 8 Qt A Few Other Things to Think About
As I said before, the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL has a larger internal capacity at 8 quarts, but it has a noticeably smaller footprint. This is a massive advantage if your kitchen or cooking space is small. It also makes storage a little easier if you keep it under the counter or on top of the fridge, however, it is a little heavy, and you still need to figure out something to do with the lid.
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We might design and print our own lid holders if enough people express interest.
The larger version is taller. So going back to the earlier example of it is suitable for storage, you might have issues if your counters are small. We can not put the Ninja Foodi Deluxe in the same place we keep our other pressure cookers. It simply will not fit as it is too tall.