Ninja Foodi vs. Instant Pot Duo Crisp with Comparison Chart

Now that Instant Pot has put out their own competitor to the Ninja Foodi, I thought that a comparison chart of the two was in order for those deciding which to get between the Ninja Foodi vs. Instant Pot Duo Crisp. This post will look at the three most comparable versions of the Ninja Foodi v. the Instant Pot Duo Crisp. Update: This comparison can also generally apply to the upgraded Instant Pot Pro Crisp and Air Fryer, which is a newer version of the Duo Crisp.  you can view that here at Amazon:  Instant Pot Pro Crisp. You can see user Pro Crisp reviews there too.

Ninja Foodi vs. Instant Pot Duo Crisp

What is the Ninja Foodi? What is the Instant Pot Duo Crisp?

For those unfamiliar with the products, both are pressure cookers with air fryer functions. So, the Ninja Foodi is both a pressure cooker and and air fryer, and is the original product that offered both functions. The Instant Pot Duo Crisp is the same. It is newer, and I am surprised that it took Instant brand so long to do so since I suspect that Ninja has been a pretty big competitor for them.

To learn more about the Duo Crisp, see also my full Instant Pot Duo Crisp review. If you are looking or stand along pressure cookers or air fryers, look at my Instant Pot Comparison Chart and Instant Air Fryer Comparison Chart.   

You can view the products discussed in this post here:

Ninja Foodi OP302 6.5 Qt TenderCrisp Presuure Cooker (also here on Amazon)

Ninja Foodi 8 Qt. OP401 TenderCrisp Pressure Cooker 

Ninja Foodi 8 Qt. Deluxe XL

Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer (Also here at Kohls’s where you can often get 20% off if you use the new customer discount)

Yes, it is spelled Ninja Foodi, not Ninja Foodie. And the Instant Pot is not Instapot or Insta Pot although you will often see it called that.

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Ninja Foodi vs. Instant Pot Duo Crisp

When deciding which model of Ninja Foodi to buy or deciding if you want the Duo Crisp instead, it might simply just come down to price since the products are all very similar. 

Instant Pot Duo Crisp

All of the Ninja Foodie pressure cookers with TenderCrisp and the Instant Pot Duo Crisp are highly similar products. Each offers the ability to do the following:

  • Pressure Cook
  • Saute
  • Steam
  • Slow Cook
  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Air Fry
  • Dehydrate
  • Keep Warm

The only real key differences between the product features are that the Instant Pot Duo Crisp adds a Sous Vide function and The Ninja Foodie Deluxe XL adds a yogurt feature. Then, the Ninja Foodie also offers and smaller 6.5 Qt. product. The others are all 8 Qt.

The 8 Qt. Ninja Foodi products are pretty comparable in price to the Instant Pot Duo Crisp , although at any given time, you might be able to find one cheaper than the other, depending on sales. 

Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL

Which Ninja Foodi Should You Buy? Or Should You Get the Instant Pot Duo Crisp?

I recommend getting either one of the 8 quart Ninja Foodi products or the Instant Pot Duo Crisp. While the 6.5 quart Ninja Foodi is a more manageable size for counter space, it isn’t very big for air frying. I have found through my Instant Pot Duo Crisp that I would not want something smaller for air frying functions.  You can fit a pretty big chicken in an 8 Qt! 

Between the Ninja Foodi products, the 8 Qt OP401 is the best value. Then, at any given time, the Instant Pot Duo Crip might be cheaper.  The products are so similar and both get good reviews, so I recommend checking the prices and getting the best bargain that you can find. 

I happen to own the Duo Crisp, because I am a huge Instant Pot fan. That seems pretty obvious given the topi of this site right!?! But the Foodi is a great product too.

If you want to make yogurt without trying to figure out how to do it on a  slow cook setting, then get the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL. It is the only one that adds that as a preset. If you really want the Sous Vide function then the Instant Pot Duo Crisp is for you. In all honesty though, I recommend using a true sous vide product over doing it in the Instant Pot. Reports are that the Instant Pot does not maintain proper water temperature well for it. I still need to test that. 

One final consideration is that there currently are more dedicated Ninja Foodi recipes than Instant Pot Duo Crisp recipes. But that really should be a distinction without a difference because you can make a Ninja Foodi recipe in the Duo Crisp and vice versa.  So if you have a Foodi, you can still use my recipes here for it!

Ninja Foodi and Instant Pot Duo Crisp Comparison Chart 

Here is a comparison chart.  If you are on desktop, go here for a full screen desktop version.

Ninja Foodie OP302 6.5 QT Ninja Foodi OP401 8 Qt Ninja Foodie Deluxe XL Duo Crisp
Ninja Foodie OP302 Ninja Foodie OP401 Ninja Foodie Deluxe XL Instant Pot Duo Crisp
Pressure Cooker
Slow Cooker
Steamer
Sauteing/Browning
Warmer
Yogurt
Bake
Broil
Dehydrate
Air Fry
Sous Vide
Preset Temperatures 5 5 5 11
Safety Features
Sizes 6.5 Qt. 8 Qt. 8 Qt. 8 Qt.
Price

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15 Comments

  1. I’ve seen so many advertisements for the Ninja Foodi and I was wondering what the difference was. I’m not sure which I’d buy but I think that price is a good way to start.

    1. Price is definitely a great start. The products are both good and so similar that if you find a deal on one over the other, you might as well save a bit of money!

    1. You can make yogurt in some of them. The Duo Crisp does not have yogurt setting, but you could possibly make it anyway using manual settings.

  2. OK I just bought both. So here are my thoughts. I want to be clear that I already own an Instant Pot Duo Programmable 6 QT. for years. And I already make yogurt in it. That is a handy feature if you need non-dairy or pasture raised dairy yogurt for a whole family. If you are really serious about that you almost need a single unit dedicated just to that most of the time.

    1. WEIGHT The Foodi 6.5 QT is heavier than the IP Duo Crisp 8 QT, even comparing with the Air Fryer lids on. You can never take the Foodi Air Fryer Lid off, so it’s even heavier still to carry around. SO it has to have a permanent spot on your counter. And it needs still more space around it because of the attached air fryer lid. So consider your space carefully. Foodi 25 lb with lid on, Duo Crisp 22 lb w lid on & probably 19 or 20 lb without the lid.
    2. Duo Crisp has a Delayed Start , Foodi doesn’t. Another very handy feature to consider, esp if coordinating a meal with other cooking equipment.
    3. I can pressure cook with Quart Canning Jars in the Duo Crisp, but not the 6.5 QT Foodi & maybe not the 8 QT Foodi. One of my few frustrations with my Duo 6 QT. It’s hard to get inside dimensions from Ninja.
    4. The Foodi accessory pieces are awesome! The 2 layers Steam Rack, the Taco/Rib rack & the Crisper Pan! And included right now if you buy it at Costco. If I keep the Duo Crisp, I’ll be buying the Foodi racks & crisper pans to use in it cause now I know they all fit in the Duo Crisp.
    5. The Foodi 6.5 QT w multiple extra accessories was $149 at Costco. I scored the Duo Crisp 8 QT at Target on Tech Monday for $129. So I can afford to buy those extra Foodi accessories.
    6. SAME INTERNAL SPACE. I thought the Foodi would be wider than the Dup Crisp. It’s not. But the Foodi Crisper Pot is wider, so more crisping space.
    7. INNER POT. While the Foodi inner pot feels hefty, I cant get any info on what it is made out of. And I know the IP Inner Pots are commercial grade stainless steel, with triply on the bottom. The same quality I would look for in a serious chef’s pan. They will last forever & are healthier to cook in. I have to assume the Foodi air fryer pans are going to rub the non-stick surface off the Inner Pots fairly quickly.
    I’m test driving them both this week, so I’ll post my Cookoff results after that.

  3. I’m anxious to hear your final results. I have the 6.5 qrt foodi and live it. The wider pot is better as more surface area for chops, etc. But I would rather a stainless steel pot. Ninja 5 saute settings means more control sauteing. Man, they are so close.

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