INSTANT VORTEX PLUS
The Instant Vortex Plus excelled in every one of our tests, making it a great choice for those looking for a high-quality air fryer, even if it comes at a slightly above average price.
- Cooking Performance
The Instant Vortex Plus left itself very little room for improvement in our cooking tests, prepping everything to near perfection. Read also: Power XL Air Fryer vs Ninja Air Fryer.
Our kitchen experts and panel of taste testers really struggled to find anything to complain about with the Instant Vortex Plus’s onion rings, doughnuts, and tater tots. The onion rings came out evenly cooked with a solid and satisfying crisp. The doughnuts managed to stay delectable and fluffy on the inside, while taking on a crispy and flaky consistency on the outside. The tater tots displayed such a combination of crunch and fluffiness that we’re pretty sure someone might classify them as deep-fried in a double-blind study — a compliment we would give to very few of the foods we’ve prepared in air fryers.
When cooking chicken, the Instant Vortex Plus produced cuts so tender and moist they could be cut with a fork. However, the outsides only had a slight crisp to them — some models were able to make chicken taste just a bit crispier.
|16.7 x 15.1 x 15 inches
|20 x 20 x 17.5 inches
- User Friendliness
The Instant Vortex Plus provided us with one of the most pleasant air frying experiences we’ve encountered.
The control panel couldn’t be simpler. There are dedicated buttons for selecting each one of its six cooking functions, and a knob for quickly scrolling through cooking temperatures and times. The basket can easily be slid in and out using just one hand. This makes removing the basket mid-cooking to shake the contents (a requirement for many recipes) quick and simple. The tray can fall out when you’re dumping its contents onto a plate, but this problem is easily remedied with a spatula or pot holder.
- Extra Cooking Features
On top of air frying, this device is capable of roasting, broiling, baking, reheating, and dehydrating.
- Ease of Cleaning
Thanks to a unique fry basket design, the Instant Vortex Plus is easier to clean than most air fryers on the market.
Most air fryers utilize fry baskets with small holes in order to maximize airflow. These small holes tend to get gunked up with grease and present a cleaning challenge. The Instant Vortex Plus instead uses a removable tray that allows air to circulate under the food. We found this tray much easier to clean than the more common fry baskets.
- Temperature Accuracy
The Instant Vortex Plus displayed near perfect temperature accuracy in our testing, reliably hitting the set temperature every single cook cycle.
The Instant Omni Plus 11-in-1 140-4001-01 is part of the Toasters & Toaster Ovens test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Toaster ovens models like the Omni Plus 11-in-1 140-4001-01 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Reheat: An indication on how well the toaster oven reheats lasagna.
Baking: Reflects how evenly each model baked a batch of muffins and cookies.
Color range: How well the toasters or toaster ovens produced a range of light to dark toast.
The Instant Omni is larger than the Vortex and can fit a 12 inch pizza. Of course this also means that it will take more counter space. But for larger families, the larger size is good news as the Vortex does not fit enough food to feed a larger family. The oven is 1800 watts and bakes up to 450 degrees. It gets hot to the touch on the outside just as any toaster oven does, and in fact I found that it got quite hot, but it also does not heat up the whole kitchen, so it doesn’t radiate too much heat.
This Instant 1800 watt toaster oven was Good in overall performance, and has
- dial and pushbutton controls
- a temperature range of 135-150
- digital display,
- convection oven,
and the following additional functions:
bagel, convection bake of 6 presets, convection roast of 6 presets, convection broil of 5 presets, air fry of 8 presets, slow cook, reheat of 8 presets, proof, dehydrate.
- Detailed Test Results
Full batch: This model had good performance in our full batch tests, which reflects color evenness among all slices in a batch on medium setting
One slice: This model had very good performance in our one slice test. One slice of bread is toasted to a medium brown.
Toasting times: This model had very good performance in our toasting time tests. The time it takes to toast a full batch at the medium setting.
Ease of use: This model was very good in ease of use. How clear the controls are and how easy they are to set on the toaster oven.
Ease of cleaning: This model was very good in ease of cleaning. How easy it is to clean both the exterior and the crumb tray.
Baking: This model was good in baking. How evenly the toaster oven bakes corn muffins and cookies.
Reheat: This model was very good in reheat. How evenly the toaster oven was able to reheat lasagna.
Instant Vortex vs Instant Omni
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The Instant Vortex Plus is one of the best air fryers currently on the market. Its exceptional performance and larger 6-quart capacity make it the perfect choice for any air frying application.