How do you go about choosing which Instant air fryer to get? Instant Vortex v. Instant Omni? How about Vortex Plus v. Omni Plus? Let this Instant Vortex and Instant Omni comparison and comparison chart help! Instant pot sure has been putting out a lot of appliances lately so helpfully this can get you up to speed on the Instant air fryer ovens.
For the full, long reviews, see my Instant Vortex Plus Review and Instant Omni Review. For a comparison of Instant Pots, See my Instant Pot Comparison Chart. You can also find information on the Instant Appliances page.
Instant Vortex v. Vortex Plus
The Vortex line of Instant air fryers have several large differences between the base Vortex model and the Vortex Plus. The Vortex is a 4 in 1 appliance that is a basket style air fryer. If all you want to do is basic air frying, it will suit your needs, but the Vortex plus adds a lot of good features.
The Instant Vortex Plus is an oven style air fryer with 7 in 1 features (which are basically presets) that includes a rotisserie and a rotating rotisserie basket. Those features allow you to use the Vortex Plus for a lot more things than the base Vortex Model.
Instant Vortex v. Instant Omni
Then, there is the Instant Omni. The Omni is billed as primarily a toaster oven, but it is an excellent air fryer as well and has 7 in 1 features. It is much larger than the Vortex and Vortex Plus and also has a rotisserie, but lacks the rotating rotisserie basket.
Key differences between the Vortex Plus and the Omni are:
- Omni does not have Teflon, Vortex Plus has Teflon.
- Omni lacks a rotating basket, Vortex Plus has the rotating basket.
- Door on Omni does not remove for cleaning but it does have a removable crumb tray. Vortex Plus has a drip tray and removable door.
- Omni is significantly larger than the Vortex Plus.
- Omni heats to 450, Vortex Plus to 400.
- Omni takes longer to preheat.
- Omni has bottom heating elements for toasting without turning. The Vortex Plus has top only heating.
Instant Omni v. Omni Plus
The Instant Omni Plus is not yet released, but reportedly will add two more presets for proofing bread and for slow cooking. I will update when I know more!
Which Instant Air Fryer Should You Buy?
Deciding between the models is, of course, a matter of personal preference to some extent. But my pick in terms of best value is the Vortex Plus. It has a lot of great features, and I adore using the rotating basket. It preheats quicker than the Instant Omni and it takes up much less counter space. It can also often be found on sale.
However, because the Vortex Plus is not super big, larger families might find it insufficient in size. In that case the Omni is a great choice.
Should you wait for the Omni Plus? From what I have seen so far, I say no unless you really want those extra presets. In reality, you can still proof bread or slow cook something in the Omni Plus simply by using the bake settings and manually setting the temperature. I also can only assume that the Omni Plus will cost more than the Omni.
Need to see the features side by side? Use this Instant Air Fryer comparison chart!
Instant Vortex v. Instant Omni Comparison Chart
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