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Canadians are no strangers to grilling, with some die-hard fans even donning their parkas and toques during the winter in order to get their fix of barbecued treats.
While winter grilling may be a fun way to keep the spirit of summer going strong, a warmer alternative is a compact indoor grill that offers the same results without having to stand out in the cold.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $200 (originally $240)
What is it?
The Ninja Foodi 4-in-1 Indoor Grill is the latest appliance that’s set to revolutionize your home. With its unique grilling technology, 500F rapid cyclonic air circulates around food to evenly sear your food from all sides. High-density grill grate gives you delicious char-grilled marks and flavour without the smoke, for the full barbecue experience indoors.
In addition to grilling your favourite foods like steaks, burgers, or sausages, the Ninja Foodi Indoor Grill is also an Air Fry crisper, allowing you to enjoy fried food with a fraction of the oil. As a part of the multipurpose Ninja Foodi family, you can also use it to cook meat directly from frozen, bake, roast, dehydrate, and more.
Regularly priced at $240, it’s currently on sale for $200, or a savings of 17 per cent.
Why shoppers love it
Boasting an impressive 4.7 star rating on more than 300 reviews, this countertop cooker makes the case for indoor grilling this season.
“I was not eating a lot of steaks as I didn't want to drag a barbecue out of my shed for small amounts of food. I now come home and cook quick and healthy meals for myself!” reads one five-star review. “I can cook chicken from frozen or a large batch of drumsticks to be reheated at lunch time. I have even baked banana bread in this unit.”
“I gave my husband this for Christmas after we watched some unsponsored videos on YouTube. It's actually pretty amazing — he's grilled pork, chicken, and beef and made potato wedges in the air fryer,” says another. “I was especially impressed by the steak, which had been in the freezer for several months. It turned out perfectly cooked, tender, and juicy but with a nice crust.”
As some reviewers have noted, this machine is on the heavier side and may not be ideal if you’re looking for a lightweight kitchen appliance. It’s also suggested that you lower the recommended cooking times advertised by Ninja Foodie, which can sometimes be too hot and result in dry foods.
“Love this grill! I have done pork chops, chicken and fish in it and all of them turned out wonderfully! Great for grilling or air frying. Only drawback is it is very heavy,” notes one reviewer.
Since many shoppers have rated this indoor grill as being both easy to use and easy to clean, it’s a great choice if you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen setup. Taking the place of multiple appliances, it’s also an easy way to streamline the cooking process.
Simply cook up your favourite foods on the Ninja Foodi 4-in-1 Indoor Grill, toss the interior pieces into the dishwasher when you’re done, and enjoy the taste of freshly-grilled meals year-round.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.