Multicookers are great, instead of having many kitchen appliances, you can own one that does it all. It’s also great if you want to save cabinet space.
One of the drawbacks of the majority of multicookers in the market today is not being able to do every type of cooking. Many decent multicookers can pressure cook, steam, slow cook, saute, sterilize, and more.
With the overwhelming demand, we’re starting to see multicookers include air frying capability. In this article, I am going to discuss all the brands of multicookers in the market that also comes with an air frying feature.
The technology to steam and pressure cook is vastly different from what’s needed to air fry food in a multicooker. All of the models in the market that can pressure cook and air fry in one pot come with specialized lids to do both types of cooking in a single pot.
Why it’s worth buying a multicooker with air frying
When looking to purchase a multicooker, I would highly recommend buying one with air frying capability. This will bring your cooking to a whole new level.
The typical pressure cooking enabled multicooker will not have the ability to make crispy french fries or giving chicken nice crisp golden skin. Having air frying capability is a gamechanger in the multi cooking appliance world.
You can do more than just frying with Air fryers. You can also roast, bake, broil, and dehydrate. Air Fryers work like traditional convection ovens.
They work more efficiently by saving time cooking and providing better-cooked food in some cases.
Many people prefer air frying over traditional deep/pan frying due to using less oil for cooking food. Using less oil can also provide healthier cooked food. In a recent article I discuss how to cook ground beef without using any oil.
I have put together a list of best pressure cooking enabled multicookers that also can air fry.
Instant Pot Duo Crisp plus Air Fryer
The Instant pot is one of the top-selling multicookers in the market today. This model has the ability to replace up to 11 different kitchen appliances.
With its wide variety of presets, you can push one button to cook all your delicious meals. This is one of the reasons why people love the Instant Pot so much! This brand has grown quite a cult-like following with users ranging from the top culinary chefs to amateur home cooks.
This pot has definitely simplified my life and is truly a simple lifesaver! 🙂
The instant pot has many models that don’t include the air frying feature. So make sure if you’re looking to purchase one with air frying, make sure it’s the Instant Pot Duo Crisp plus Air Fryer or the compatible Air Fryer lid only for your preexisting 6-quart Instant Pot.
Ninja Foodi 5-Quart 7-in-1
This version of the Ninja Foodi comes equipped with 7 food cooking functions. Functions like the pressure cooking, steam, slow cook, are used with pressure lid.
The air fryer lid will not only air fry, but it also bakes and roasts.
The lids are interchangeable, depending on the type of food you’re trying to cook.
The sear and saute functions for browning ingredients which can be achieved without the lid.
Ninja Foodi 6.5-Quart 9-in-1
This pot is 1.5-quart larger than its 5-quart version, and this comes with 9 cooking functions.
Pressure cook, air crisp, sear/sauté, bake, broil, steam, slow cook, dehydrate, and yogurt.
Don’t underestimate the size of this pot. This pot is still able to roast a 5 to 6.5-pound chicken and comes with 2 more cooking features than the Ninja Foodi 5-Quart 7-in-1.
Ninja Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL
This pot not only gives you 9 different cooking features it also large enough to cook meals for your whole family.
This large 8-quart pot comes in a stunning stainless steel. Being able to wipe your pot down will make clean up a breeze.
This pot can pressure cook, air crisp, sear/sauté, bake, broil, steam, slow cook, dehydrate, and make yogurt.
It’s one of the more versatile and best-selling multicookers in the market today!
In my opinion, the additional ability to air fry bake, broil, and dehydrate really puts the true meaning into a multicooker.
Compatible Air fryer lids for the Instant Pot and Mealthy
If you already own a multicooker like the Instant Pot or Mealthy and not looking to purchase a new one with air frying capability, here’s an option for you. You can find Air fryer lid that might be compatible with your current multicooker.
Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid 6 in 1
The Instant Pot Duo Crisp plus Air Fryer lid offers 6 cooking functions. You can air fry, roast, bake, broil reheat, and dehydrate.
The Instant Pot air fryer lid only fits on its 6-quart pressure cookers. This air fryer Lid is only compatible with stainless steel inner pots and NOT compatible with ceramic inner pots.
The Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid 6 in 1 has a maximum temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
This lid also includes a handy display that shows you temperature and cooking time.
Mealthy Air Fryer Lid
The Mealthy Air Fryer Lid for pressure cookers is compatible with 6-quart or 8-quart pressure cookers. In addition, it can only be used with a stainless steel pot. Avoid using this Mealthy Air Fryer Lid with ceramic, aluminum, or pots with nonstick coating.
The Mealthy Air Fryer Lid works with Mealthy 6-quart and 8-quart pressure cookers.
The Mealthy Air Fryer Lid was Not designed for the 6-quart and 8-quart Instant Pot, it still works just as well.
Although I’ve never heard of any cases where the Mealthy Air Fryer Lid has damaged the Instant Pot,
It can void your warranty by using not Instant Pot components with your Instant Pot.
Most air fryers have a maximum temperature of 400 degrees, but the Mealthy Air Fryer max cook temperature goes up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
This is pretty high for an air fryer and can damage some types of pot coatings. The Instant Pots inner pot is made using high quality 304 food grade (18/8) stainless steel.
Which can handel higher tempatures better than some of its coated inner pot counterparts.
List of air fryers without the pressure-cooking capability
If you’re on the hunt for an air fryer and don’t really need the ability to pressure cooking or steam. Here’s a list of multifunction air fryers without pressure cooking.
- Philips Airfryer XXL
- Cuisinart Compact AirFryer
- Cuisinart Airfryer Toaster Oven
- Dash Compact Air Fryer
- Breville Smart Oven Air
- GoWise 8-in-1 Air Fryer XL 5.9 Qt.
- Krups Easy Fry Deluxe Digital Air Fryer 4.2 L
- Farberware 3.2-Quart Digital Oil-Less Fryer
- Black and Decker Crisp ‘N Bake Air Fry Toaster Oven
- Krups Fry Delight
- Power Air Fryer XL
- Black and Decker 2L Purifry Air Fryer
- Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven
- NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer 6 Quart
- NuWave Bravo XL Smart Oven
- Oster DuraCeramic Air Fryer