You could pretty much expect that with the success of the Instant Pot, that Ninja would have a competing product. As expected, the Ninja Foodi would have more features and do more. However, it is surprising how large, costly, and ambitious the Foodi turns out to be. It is foremost an automated pressure cooker. But to add versatility, it is also a browning/crisping convection oven, and a rice cooker, and a slow cooker, and a …, well you get the point. I couldn't wait to bring the Foodi into my everyday cooking. Rather than trying all the recipes in the included book, I tried the Foodi and what I was going to cook any way. Since nobody is going to read a 10-page review, I'll just talk about two things I needed to cook.
First, as the all-important pressure cooker, I was going to make beet root chutney, a delicious condiment I encounters on my recent trip to New Zealand. The large beets were placed in the cooking pot and cooked under hi heat and under pressure for 15 minutes and then allowed to decompress naturally. They were perfect! The next step was to cook the beets again with onions and apples until all ingredients were soft. Here I wanted to cook the ingredients as if they were in a regular covered pot on the stove. There was not a simple way to do this. Amazed, I looked in the included recipe book for a soup dish which would be equivalent to what I wanted to do. There were none to be found. Now, I might have been able to use the pressure, steam, or slow cook mode, but none of them really worked the way I wanted. So, I had to revert to my Le Creuset to finish the job.
Next, I cooked up some frozen sweet potato fries using the convection mode crisper. I loaded the machine with a pound of potatoes and fired up the crisper mode for 19 minutes at 360 degrees. After 10 minutes, I used tongs to rearrange the fries. The machine opens easily with no fuss nor a blast of hot air. The fries turned out nice and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – absolutely perfect.
My overall impression is that this is a good machine, but it duplicates functions that can be performed by your existing kitchen appliances. It can definitely replace your manual pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, or rice cooker, if you have one these. It can't really replace you range or wall over. It doesn't perform better than the appliances it replaces but is more convenient and easier to use. However, it is large and heavy. You may be challenged to find a place to store the beast in your kitchen.\