We tested 8 garlic presses in 2021 – these 3 are worth your money

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  • A quality garlic press is easy to clean and produces a high yield of crushed garlic.
  • Our top pick is the Orblue Stainless Steel Garlic Press.
  • It offers a full range of motion, is dishwasher safe, and can press multiple cloves at a time.

Garlic is a versatile ingredient used every day in many kitchens. Preparing it can be a sticky and smelly task, which is where a garlic press comes in. A garlic press has two primary goals: prepare garlic to a grated-like consistency and keep your hands cleaner than chopping does.

Garlic’s smell and taste become stronger when it’s cut because of a compound called allicin that forms when the cells are crushed. The smaller the garlic pieces, the more allicin is formed and the heavier the garlic flavor. Garlic presses combine crushing and mincing motions to produce garlic paste that is fragrant and flavorful. A high quality garlic press can also save time, especially if you have several cloves to press.

The most difficult part of using a garlic press is cleaning the leftover pieces of garlic skin from the basket. This will be an issue in any garlic press you use, but factors like full rotation of the press or mobility of the basket can make it easier. We tested eight garlic presses to identify the ones that make prepping garlic easy and fast.

Here are the best garlic presses in 2021

Our testing methodology

garlic presses loaded with garlic cloves for testing of the best garlic press in 2021

As a kitchenware reporter, I have tested many tools to determine not only if they work as intended, but also if they make life in the kitchen easier. For this guide, we used a central question to inform our testing: does this product make preparing garlic easier and keep your hands cleaner than using a good knife or a microplane grater? I tested seven garlic presses and rated them on the following criteria:

Performance: We used each press to prepare both large and small cloves, peeled and unpeeled. We looked for the garlic produced to be uniform in shape and near a paste-like consistency. When using the press with unpeeled garlic, we noted if less pressed garlic was produced or if the press was more difficult to squeeze and clean. 

Ease of use: We noted how many cloves could fit comfortably in the basket at once. We attempted to squeeze each press with one hand and then two hands to see which was easier and more effective. 

Cleaning: We considered how easy the tools were to clean. We ran dishwasher-safe presses through the regular dishwasher cycle and hand washed any presses that weren’t dishwasher safe.

The best garlic press overall

product image of orblue garlic press, the best garlic press overall in 2021

The full rotation and stainless steel construction of the Orblue Garlic Press makes it the easiest to load, press, and clean. 

Pros: Full rotation, handles have looped ends so the press can be hung for storage, dishwasher safe, can accommodate multiple cloves at once

Cons: Water spots appeared on stainless steel after washing

This heavy duty kitchen tool features an almost 360 degree range of rotation. While most garlic presses feature a hopper (where the cloves go) that is attached to the handle, a feature of this press is that the hopper swings out separately from the handles. This allows you better access for loading garlic and for cleaning.

The Orblue is on the heavier side, but not unwieldy, and the heft makes squeezing easier when crushing multiple cloves at once. The crushed garlic came out even and paste-like. The press comes with a silicone garlic roller for peeling cloves and a small cleaning brush.

The best garlic press for unpeeled cloves

product image of kuhn rikon garlic press, the best garlic press for unpeeled cloves in 2021

Whether used with unpeeled cloves or peeled cloves, the Kuhn Rikon Garlic Press consistently produced the same amount of crushed garlic and required minimal pressure.

Pros: Presses both peeled and unpeeled cloves with ease, can accommodate multiple cloves

Cons: Heavy, expensive

The Kuhn Rikon was the most consistent garlic press I tested. Regardless of how the garlic was positioned or whether it was peeled or unpeeled, the Kuhn Rikon felt the same to squeeze and produced the same amount of garlic paste from each clove. This is a big plus if you’re making something that requires a lot of garlic, like garlic bread or aglio e olio. 

That said, the Kuhn Rikon is $26 more than our top pick and only performed better with unpeeled cloves. If you’re looking to avoid peeling garlic, the Rikon is easiest to use, but it may not be worth the increased price for everyone.

*This press is currently out of stock on Amazon, but is still available for purchase. New inventory is expected to ship in August 2021. 

The best garlic press for easy cleaning

product image of zyliss garlic press, the best garlic press for easy cleaning in 2021

The Zyliss Garlic Press comes with a cleaning tool that was the most effective of any that we tested and stores neatly inside the press so you don’t lose it.

Pros: Mobile lever, cleaning tool stored in the press, can accommodate multiple cloves at once

Cons: Stationary basket, requires a lot of force to press larger cloves

Cleaning a garlic press is the worst part of using it, but the Zyliss makes it almost painless. The cleaning tool is stored tucked into one of the handles, ensuring you don’t lose it. The tool has small spikes that match up with the holes in the basket, so you can push the garlic remains out from the holes, making it easier to remove the peels from the press. 

The Zyliss is made of aluminum and does not have the power of the heavier presses, so you have to apply more force. Though the basket is stationary, the press itself opens 180 degrees and the lever is mobile, so you still have space to fill and clean it.

What else we tested

hand holding a garlic press with crushed garlic coming through holes as part of testing for the best garlic

What else we recommend and why:

Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker: The main difference between this tool and a traditional press is the size of the garlic pieces produced. Garlic is pushed through larger holes in the Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker, so the texture is less like garlic paste and more like finely diced garlic. Despite that, I do recommend this tool because it is easy to clean, takes up less space than a typical garlic press, and it doesn’t require hand strength. As long as you can lean down and push on the edges of the curved steel, you will successfully crush the clove.

KitchenAid Classic Garlic Press: This press performed similarly to the Orblue, our top pick. It was a little lighter and had a removable basket, but the force required was the same. A removable basket made it easier to clean the press, but it was hard to keep track of this small part and the press would be useless without it. I still recommend this press for someone confident in their ability to keep all the pieces together.

Dreamfarm Garject Self-Cleaning Garlic Press: This press had the most bells and whistles, with a built-in scraper and peel ejector. I loved the addition of the scraper because it pushes all the garlic off the front of the press. While the peel ejector works, it doesn’t make a huge difference in cleaning because smaller pieces of garlic still stick in the basket. The basket is big enough for multiple cloves, but it was very difficult to press when full.

What we don’t recommend and why:

Faberware Garlic Peeler and Press Set: This press was made of plastic and substantially lighter than the stainless steel presses. However, this meant I had little leverage when I squeezed it. This resulted in more work for less output. 

Chef’N Garlic Zoom Chopper: Though not technically a press, we tested this product as an option for finely chopped garlic that didn’t require squeezing. While it did fit multiple cloves and chopped them easily, there were flaws in the design. The blade is removable, but it is not secured, so it tends to fall out when you open the top to get garlic out. Additionally, the garlic sticks to the sides.

What we’re testing next

Alpha Grillers Garlic Press: This press can be used with unpeeled cloves and has an extra large basket to press several cloves at once. We will test whether this basket holds more garlic than the standard baskets of our top picks.

OXO Good Grips Garlic Press: We have reviewed many OXO products and find them to be consistently high-performing. We are curious if this garlic press lives up to that standard, and if the padded handles make it easier or more comfortable to use. 

FAQs

What is the best way to clean a garlic press?

Consult the manufacturer’s instructions on whether or not your press is dishwasher safe. If it isn’t, the hardest part will be getting the pieces of garlic out from the basket. A press with a full range of rotation or removable basket is easier to clean because you have access to the nooks and crannies. If your sink has a spray nozzle, blasting the basket with a steam of water can push out stubborn pieces of garlic. 


Can you use unpeeled cloves in a garlic press?

You don’t necessarily need to peel garlic before pressing it through a garlic press, though some presses are better at processing unpeeled garlic than others. The manufacturer will list if a press is intended for use with unpeeled cloves. During testing, I had to squeeze harder when pressing unpeeled garlic with all the tools, except the Kuhn Rikon. 


What is the best garlic press for weak and arthritic hands?

In general, we do not recommend a garlic press for people with weak hands. None of the garlic presses we tested were easy to use with one hand. Most garlic presses operate by squeezing the handles together to crush the garlic. This is a difficult motion for folks with weaker hands, and we will be testing other methods of preparing garlic for our next update. We’ll also be looking for garlic presses with soft grips, which may be easier to squeeze for some.

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We tried 6 baking sheets and cookie sheets to find the best ones you can buy in 2021

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  • Baking sheets are multi-purpose items, used for everything from baking cookies to roasting wings.
  • Our top pick is the Nordic WareNaturals Half Sheet, made of uncoated aluminum.
  • It did not warp at high roasting temperatures, and was the easiest to use.

Baking sheets are incredibly versatile pieces of cookware; they can be vessels for everything from one-pan meals and cookies to grandma-style pizza and loaded nachos.

A quality baking sheet doesn’t have hot spots, is easy to clean, keeps its shape, and evenly browns your food. Full-size sheet pans don’t fit in most home ovens, so a half sheet measuring 13 by 18 inches is the largest option appropriate for home cooks, according to Kristy Greenwood Bortz of Victory Love + Cookies. Check our FAQ section for a brief rundown of the four most common sheet pan types and their dimensions.

In this guide, we use the term “baking sheet” to refer to all of the products, while “cookie sheet” specifically means a flat pan with only one elevated edge. According to Beth and Maddie Barnett of Eat Me Cookies, cookie sheets’ unique structure allows you to slide baked goods on and off without having to lift them over a rim. That’s something to consider when choosing the best baking sheet for your particular needs.

In order to select our top three picks, we consulted food industry experts and ran each baking sheet through a series of tests. We baked butter cookies, roasted potatoes, and noted how each sheet handled being rotated in an oven. We also considered the sheets’ capacities and cooling times, as well as how difficult it was to scrub away burnt food.

Here are the 3 best baking sheets of 2021:

Our methodology

Two sets of cookies side by side: each set was baked on one sheet, and one cookie is top side up and the other bottom side up, showing how one sheet browned cookies more than the other.
The cookies in the above photo were cooked at the same temperature for the same length of time, just on different sheets.

We consulted three experts on their professional experiences with different types of baking sheets: Kristy Greenwood Bortz, owner of Victory Love + Cookies, and Beth and Maddie Barnett, founders of Eat Me Cookies. Their input informed our own testing methodology and the answers to our FAQs.

For this guide, we tested six baking sheets, including two rimless cookie sheets. We used a holiday cookie recipe from King Arthur Flour

Baking test: We baked 12 butter cookies on all test products, baking one sheet at a time and rotating the sheet once during baking. We evaluated the browning on the bottom of the cookies, comparing cookies on the edges of the sheets to the ones in the center. We did not use parchment paper. 

Roasting test: We roasted potatoes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to evaluate how much they stuck to the sheet. We also noted the sheet’s capacity, and how well it handled the weight of the potatoes. 

Cleaning test: After baking, we washed the sheets according to manufacturer instructions. Dishwasher-safe sheets were washed in a dishwasher and then examined for surface damage. If a sheet was hand-wash only, it was cleaned with a non-abrasive sponge. We noted how difficult it was to scrub away burnt food by hand. 

Ease of use: During baking, we noted how it felt to handle the sheets and how easy it was to rotate them in the oven. After baking, we noted how long it took before we could hold the sheet without a potholder.

The best baking sheet overall

The top sides of nine cookies baked on our best overall sheet pan, the Nordic Ware Naturals Half Sheet.
We baked a batch of roll-and-cut butter cookies on every sheet we tested, including the Nordic Ware Naturals Half Sheet, above. The half-moon shape made it easy to evaluate spread and color.

The Nordic Ware Naturals Half Sheet delivers an even bake, wipes clean easily, and food slides off with little effort.

Pros: Conducts heat evenly, cookies release easily

Cons: Shows wear and tear after first use

The Nordic Ware Naturals half sheet is our top pick because it’s simple, effective, and affordable. When I roasted potatoes on this sheet, a coat of olive oil prevented most of the sticking, and any burnt pieces were easily scrubbed off with a scouring pad. In our bake test, the uncoated aluminum sheet baked the butter cookies in the time suggested by the recipe, as opposed to the nonstick sheets, which baked cookies faster than expected. Though there was slight resistance, the cookies came off without breaking. 

As someone who uses a baking sheet on an almost daily basis, it’s important that I don’t have to take my sheet’s limitations into account before I bake. It can be frustrating if you have to remember to position your cauliflower away from your baking sheet’s warped spot, or risk charring the bottoms of your cookies if you don’t take them out five minutes early. Using the Nordic Ware sheet requires little thought; it bakes evenly and keeps its shape. 

Here I should mention that this sheet will show wear and tear after the first use. I’ve already noticed scratches and slight discoloration from acidic foods, but the decline in appearance has had no effect on its performance.

The best cookie sheet

The top sides of nine cookies baked on our best cookie sheet, the Williams Sonoma Goldtouch Cookie Sheet.
The butter cookies came out crisp, but not burnt, on the Williams Sonoma Cookie Sheet.

The Williams Sonoma Goldtouch Pro Cookie Sheet‘s excellent heat conductivity and flat edges work to prevent underdone or broken cookies.

Pros: Sturdy, even browning, easy to maneuver 

Cons: Requires adjusted baking time or temperature

Cookie sheets can feel flimsy because they don’t have the structure of wire-reinforced rims. The Goldtouch Pro sheet felt sturdy, and when I held it using the one raised edge, I didn’t feel like it was going to tip out of my hands. When rotating it in the oven, I could lift the sheet with two hands on one of the rimless edges. 

In my experience with this pan, it bakes evenly browned cookies faster than usual. Since originally testing the Goldtouch Pro, I have used it to bake meringues and macaroons. With those recipes that tend to be low and slow bakes, there was no change in baking time and the cookie bottoms were golden and crisp. 

There was no resistance between the butter cookies and the surface of the sheet. I could pick them up with my hands and didn’t even need a spatula. The sheet didn’t warp in an oven heated to 400 degrees and cooled down quickly.

The best baking sheet for roasting

Chopped carrots, onions, and sweet potatoes roasted on our best baking sheet for roasting, the OXO Good Grips Baking Sheet.
Even the burnt onion pieces came off the OXO baking sheet easily with soap and a little scrubbing.

Oil and burnt food slide off the OXO Good Grips Half Sheet with ease, making it perfect for roasting vegetables, meat, and more.

Pros: Easy to clean, texture does not transfer to food, sturdy

Cons: Speeds up bake time, can’t clean it with steel wool

One of the OXO Half Sheet‘s main selling points is its textured diamond pattern, which is designed to limit direct food-to-sheet contact and thus increase airflow. While I didn’t see evidence of those benefits on the cookies I made, the pattern seemed to be a plus for roasting potatoes. 

I found that the burnt bits of potato and oil came off the OXO sheet much easier and with less scrubbing than the smooth sheets. And, the sheet is sturdy and balanced, so walking from the counter to the oven with a full, heavy pan of vegetables was easy. 

As with the other nonstick sheets I tested, the butter cookies baked in a shorter amount of time than the recipe indicated. While I expected the diamond texture to imprint on the cookies, that wasn’t the case.

What else we tested

Chopped potatoes on a rimmed Williams Sonoma Goldtouch Baking Sheet.
We roasted potatoes coated in olive and salt on all rimmed baking sheets.

NUCU Gold-Coated Aluminum Cookie Sheet: The NUCU cookie sheet baked cookies faster than any other sheet we tested, requiring even more significant adjustments to time and temperature. 

Williams Sonoma Goldtouch Half Sheet: The Goldtouch Half Sheet baked cookies faster than the Nordic Ware and was slightly more difficult to clean than the OXO.  

Nordic Ware Naturals Quarter Sheet: This product performed just as well as the half sheet size, but can only fit small batches.

Great Jones Holy Sheet: This brand is known for having accessible, high-end cookware. However, this sheet pan hasn’t held up under heavy use from other Insider testers — the ceramic nonstick coating is easily damaged. 

What we’re testing next

USA Pan Warp-Resistant Nonstick Cookie Sheet ($17.50): We plan on testing more textured options for future updates, and are curious to try a textured cookie sheet. This one has a PTFE, PFOA, and BPA-free silicone based nonstick coating.

Farberware Insulated Nonstick Cookie Sheet ($12.99-$14.99): This nonstick Farberware cookie sheet is light gray, and we want to compare it to the gold cookie sheets we tested to see if its lighter color slows the bake time.

FAQs

Six baking sheets stacked on top of each other showing all the products we tested for this guide.
We tested six sheets from four different brands and in two different styles.

What are the standard baking sheet sizes?


What is the difference between a baking sheet and a cookie sheet? 

In this guide, we use “baking sheet” as a general term for all sheet pans. “Cookie sheet” refers specifically to a flat, rimless sheet pan with one raised edge to hold it by. The structure of a cookie sheet allows you to slide cookies on and off without having to lift them over a rim, thus preserving their shape and structure.

All cookie sheets are baking sheets, but not all baking sheets are cookie sheets.


Does the color of the baking sheet matter?

Like all bakeware, a baking sheet’s color affects its heat retention. “Darker pans absorb heat and can cause the bottoms of cookies to burn,” said Maddie Barnett. 

If you use your baking sheets often, you’ll learn how to adjust baking times and temperatures, but it may require some trial and error. Remember that you can bake an underdone cookie more, but an overbaked cookie can’t go back in time. “You can always pull a cookie a little early and then put it back in the oven to finish baking if you determine that the center is still raw,” said Greenwood Bortz.

PFOA and PTFE

If you’ve shopped for baking sheets online, you’ve probably noticed the acronyms PFOA and PTFE in product descriptions. Here’s what you need to know about each:

PTFE stands for polytetrafluoroethylene, and is more commonly known by its brand name: Teflon. There have been concerns over the health effects of PTFE and PFOA, although studies have been mostly inconclusive.

PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid, was originally used in the production of Teflon, which was invented in the 1970s. Most of the PFOA burns off during the manufacturing process, although trace elements remain in the cookware. These elements are then released if the cookware is overheated to temperatures of 570 degrees Fahrenheit or above. However, since 2010, the EPA has put programs and regulations in place to phase out the use of PFOAs in American manufacturing. The majority of cookware made in the United States since 2015 is PFOA-free, and so are all of our top picks. 

International standards are not the same as American ones, so PFOA may still be used in products from other countries.

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Here are the best kitchen deals from Amazon you can shop now. We’ll be updating this list as more deals become available.

Foodi Deluxe XL Cooker & Air Fryer (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Duo Plus 6-Quart (medium, Preferred: Amazon)MilkBoss Milk Frother (small)Air Frying Lid, 6 Quarts (small)Deluxe Electric Air Fryer (DFAF455GBAQ01) (small)Smart Cooker (small)Precision Cooker Nano (small)All Metal Sous Vide Precision Cooker Pro (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

What kitchen deals should I expect?

Amazon recently teased that SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker bundles, Stasher reusable storage bags, and Dash immersion hand blenders will be on sale, in addition to 40% off AmazonBasics kitchen products.

There should also be top deals on Cuisinart, Instant Pot, Le Creuset, and Nespresso, among other kitchen tools and small appliances.

What’s the best Instant Pot to buy?

We tested 10 Instant Pots and electric pressure cookers and found the Crock-Pot Express Crock XL Multicooker to be the best, based on ease of setup, cooking, and cleanup. For a budget option, the Instant Pot DUO is comparable, while the Chef iQ Smart Cooker is another great option for modern, smart features.

If you’re interested in getting the most multi-use appliance you can, we really love the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, which was not only named a pick in our guide to the best Instant Pots and electric pressure cookers, but also our guides to the best sous vide machines and the best air fryers.

What’s the best Nespresso machine to buy?

For at-home, cafe-style coffee, you can’t go wrong with Nespresso. The Nespresso Pixie by Breville is our favorite coffee and espresso pod machine and was also named a pick in our comprehensive guide to the best espresso machine.

For a machine that comes with a separate milk frother and pod sampler, the Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Machine is perfect for whipped-up brews.

What are the best Le Creuset products to buy?

Le Creuset is a leading kitchen brand, namely for its enameled cast iron cookware and Dutch ovens (which we love). Some products to watch out for this Amazon Prime Day include its classic mugs, kettle, frying pan, and casserole dish.

Other Amazon Prime Day FAQs

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is a perk exclusively for Prime members, so we suggest signing up for a free 30-day trial if you’re looking to shop.

When is Prime Day?

This year, Prime Day 2021 runs from June 21 to June 22. The savings will kick off at midnight PDT on the 21st. Be sure to sign up for Amazon Prime to take advantage of the big savings.

Though Prime Day began as a one-day event, it has been extended to a two-day sale in recent years. And, to help you score the best deals the internet has to offer, we’ll also be covering competitor sales, like Target’s and Walmart’s.

Do I have to be a Prime member?

Yes, you have to be a Prime member to qualify for the event. Be sure to sign up below for your 30-day free trial.

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KitchenAid’s online personalization tool lets you customize your stand mixer with engravings, unique bowl designs, and more

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If you’re in search of a personalized kitchen gift for the budding baker in your life, or simply looking to upgrade your own stand mixer, the KitchenAid stand mixer customization tool is a great place to start.

The tool allows for the purchase and customization of the Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer – an Insider Reviews favorite that we’ve dubbed the best overall stand mixer.

KitchenAid’s stand mixer customization tool includes the following options:

  • 30 stand colors, included in base price ($399.99)
  • Personalized engraving on the trim band, up to 24 characters, included in base price
  • Various bowl designs, including quilted stainless steel and patterned ceramic bowls (extra ranging between $59.99 to $99.99)
  • Attachment tools that can be used to spiralize vegetables, roll and cut pasta, make juices, and more (extra ranging between $19.99 to $199.99)

Once you create your custom design on KitchenAid’s website, you can print a downloadable PDF of your design to give your recipient a sneak peek. KitchenAid is currently offering free shipping and free 30-day returns on countertop appliances, including the Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. Custom mixers should ship in five days, plus an extra day if you choose to engrave your mixer.

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The Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL works as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and air fryer – I’d say it performs two of those tasks well

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Air fryers and electric pressure cookers have topped home cooks’ wish lists for the past few years, and they’ve inspired a library’s worth of recipe books. It’s not surprising that Ninja decided to combine both appliances into one countertop unit: the Foodi.

Since its introduction in 2018, Ninja has updated the Foodi with the more spacious Deluxe XL, which has all of the same functions as the original along with the ability to double as a food dehydrator. I had the opportunity to test out the new model and was impressed with most of its functions.

Design and specs

The Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL comes with a removable cooking pot, a crisping basket with a detachable base, and a rack with an optional second layer. It has nine functions that you can select from by using the dial in the center of the unit: pressure cook, air fry/crisp, sear/sauté, bake, broil, steam, slow cook, dehydrate, and yogurt.

The Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL is a lot like the wildly-successful original Foodi, only it holds more ingredients: five quarts of food when air frying and eight quarts when pressure cooking, as opposed to its predecessor’s four quarts when air frying and five quarts when pressure cooking.

As an air fryer, the unit is 16 inches wide by 15 inches deep by 15 inches high, and with the pressure cooker lid in place, the appliance is 20 inches tall, which is slightly too high to fit under standard cabinets.

The top temperature setting of the Deluxe XL is 400 degrees Fahrenheit for baking, air frying, and similar functions. The lowest temperature is just 80 degrees when dehydrating food, and it holds that temp for up to 12 hours.

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Setup process

To set up the Deluxe XL, all I had to do was unpackage everything and plug in the device. I hand-washed the pot and crisping basket before my first use and took a look at the quick-start directions, but for the most part, the unit was ready to go right out of the box. Within five minutes, I had the Deluxe XL toasting bread.

As I mentioned earlier, the appliance has two lids. The “air crisping” lid, which you use when air frying, is attached by a hinge. When pressure cooking, you simply leave the air crisping lid open and lock the pressure-cooking lid in place.

Review of the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL

For my first Foodi Deluxe XL dish, I tried making the herb-crusted chicken featured in the recipe book that came with the device. I appreciate that the unit is large enough to hold a whole roaster chicken, but while the meal was delicious, it came out slightly overcooked. Also, the skin wasn’t as crispy as I hoped it would be. I’d recommend adding more air fryer time and less pressure cooking.

I also made the recipe book’s panko-crusted cod with quinoa and asparagus. I liked that the meal was healthy and featured a main course and two sides in one pot. Cooking time was about ten minutes longer than the directions suggested, and the cod was unlike any breaded fish I’ve had before – not as crispy – but it was still absolutely delicious.

The Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL does a great job making dishes that require air frying and pressure cooking, but does it do as well when you only want to use one of these functions? To test the air frying capabilities, I turned to French fries. I made sweet potato and Yukon gold hand-cut and spiral fries from scratch. It took between 30 and 35 minutes for the fries to reach the crispiness I wanted, which isn’t bad.

I also cooked two pounds of chicken breasts in the crisper. They took about 23 minutes to get to a safe internal temperature, and the results were juicy and flavorful.

Out of all the dishes I made with the pressure cooker, a braised chuck roast stood out as particularly great. First, I seared the roast in the pot and poured two cups of red wine into the pot, and added some vegetables. Then I set the pressure cooker for an hour. Once the time was up, I released the pressure and enjoyed a tender roast.

All of the elements are dishwasher safe, except for the main unit and lid where all of the electronic components are located. These can be wiped down with a moist cloth. For the most part, I washed the pot and basket by hand, but on days when I wasn’t feeling motivated enough for a careful cleaning session, these pieces made it through the wash cycle unscathed.

Cons to consider

Slow cooking can be hit or miss. The heat is much lower than your typical slow cooker on its low setting. I ruined one meal because I didn’t notice that the slow cooker wasn’t getting hot enough until a few hours had gone by. I gave it another try a few weeks later, and the appliance continued to underheat whether it was on low or high. Surprisingly, when I tried it again several months later for our testing of electric pressure cookers, the Foodi did just fine slow cooking pulled pork. Not sure what accounts for the wild differences in cooking, but I wouldn’t count on the Ninja Foodi if you do a lot of slow cooking.

The air fryer doesn’t heat as evenly as I would have liked. I test how evenly air fryers heat by placing bread in the basket and observing the coloration of the toast. With the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL, the center of the toast was darker than the periphery. This is a good reason to shake up the basket’s contents at least once during cooking.

What are your alternatives?

Since the release of the Foodi, Instant Pot and Crock-Pot have come out with similar appliances at lower price points. We’ve tested Instant Pot’s version, the Duo Crisp and named it a top pick in not only our guide to the best electric pressure cookers, but also as a pick in our guides to the best air fryers and best sous vide machines. The Instant Pot Duo Crisp is comparably sized to the Foodi, but has more functions and costs $20 less. We think the Instant Pot is the better choice for most folks. That said, if you find a particularly good deal on the Foodi, it’s still a solid option.

The bottom line

Overall, I like the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL. I am kind of bummed that the slow cooker function doesn’t work, but it does a good job with the two functions that are most important to me: air frying and pressure cooking. I’d recommend the Instant Pot Duo Crisp in its place, unless you can find a really good deal on the Foodi.

Pros: 9 different functions including air frying and pressure cooking, easy to clean, large enough to cook a main and sides in one pot, one-year warranty

Cons: Pricey, slow cooking function didn’t work, the air fryer doesn’t heat evenly

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The best Amazon Prime Day 2021 kitchen deals, from Instant Pots to Nespresso machines

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 is quickly approaching, and with it are many discounts on cookware, countertop appliances, and kitchen essentials.

In addition to the savings on Amazon’s website, competing retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, Target typically offer steep discounts or price matching to coincide with Prime Day, so there will be plenty of opportunity to snag a bargain, even if you aren’t a Prime member. We’ll be here in the lead up to Prime Day giving you the inside scoop on the best kitchen and cookware discounts you can find across the web.

While Amazon hasn’t released any information about what deals to expect (or even the official dates for Prime Day), we’ve been covering the event for years and typically see sales on hot-button items like Le Creuset cookware, Instant Pot multicookers, and Nespresso machines. Check back on this page frequently in the weeks leading up to Prime Day; we’ll be updating it with more details as they become available.

FAQs

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is a perk exclusively for Prime members, so we suggest signing up for a free 30-day trial if you’re looking to shop.

When is Prime Day?

Amazon has yet to disclose the date for this year’s Prime Day, but we’re expecting it to fall in June or July, based on the company’s recent press release. That said, be sure to sign up for Amazon Prime in early June to be prepared for big savings.

Though Prime Day began as a one-day event, it has been extended to a two-day sale in recent years. And, to help you score the best deals the internet has to offer, we’ll also be covering competitor sales, like Target’s.

Do I have to be a Prime member?

Yes, you have to be a Prime member to qualify for the event. Be sure to sign up below for your 30-day free trial.

Prime 30-Day Free Trial (small)

What kitchen deals should I expect?

While more details are coming, you can be sure to find top deals on Cuisinart, Instant Pot, Le Creuset, and Nespresso, among other kitchen tools and small appliances.

What’s the best Instant Pot to buy?

We tested 10 Instant Pots and electric pressure cookers and found the Crock-Pot Express Crock XL Multicooker to be the best, based ease of setup, cooking, and cleanup. For a budget option, the Instant Pot DUO is comparable, while the Chef iQ Smart Cooker is another great option for modern, smart features.

If you’re interested in getting the most multi-use appliance you can, we really love the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, which was not only named a pick in our guide to the best Instant Pots and electric pressure cookers, but also our guides to the best sous vide machines and the best air fryers.

What’s the best Nespresso machine to buy?

For at-home, cafe-style coffee, you can’t go wrong with Nespresso. The Nespresso Pixie by Breville is our favorite coffee and espresso pod machine and was also named a pick in our comprehensive guide to the best espresso machine.

For a machine that comes with a separate milk frother and pod sampler, the Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Machine is perfect for whipped-up brews.

What are the best Le Creuset products to buy?

Le Creuset is a leading kitchen brand, namely for its enameled cast iron cookware and Dutch ovens (which we love). Some products to watch out for this Amazon Prime Day include its classic mugs, kettle, frying pan, and casserole dish.

Read the original article on Business Insider