Instant Vortex is the air fryer range from Instant Brands, which also makes Instant Pot. Easy to remember, huh? Now, in an instant, it has released three new Instant Vortex air fryers, each of which has its own killer feature. Only one of those features strikes me as super useful but all three fryers look great.
Our guide to the best air fryers is always lengthening, because there are a lot on the market. And now, well, there are three more. People love air fryers because they're a convenient way to cook and they have some health benefits. And because people just love kitchen gizmos – just look at the success of Instant Pots.
Brands and reviews arguably overstate the health benefits of air fryers in some cases. However, if you usually deep fry all your food or pan fry it in a ton of oil, lard, dripping and butter, you will definitely reduce your fat intake if you buy an air fryer and use that instead. That's because, as the name suggests, it 'fries' food using 'air'. Okay, air and usually a little tiny bit of oil. Like a teaspoonful, or a few quick squirts from an oil spray.
You can find out more in our handy guide, entitled What is an air fryer? In the meantime, on with the new Instant Vortex fryers!
Instant Brands' new range will 'help beginners and pros escape the food rut to create delicious and fuss-free meals in an instant,' it says here – air fryers are indeed pretty quick, because they heat a relatively small heating chamber, compared to a full-size oven, very quickly to a high temperature and then move the hot air around the food you're cooking using a powerful fan.
In the case of these new Instant Vortexes (Instant Vortices?), you can, 'create the perfect crunch with up to 95% less oil compared to deep frying.'
The top-of-the-range entry here is the Instant Vortex Plus Dual Drawer 8-in-1 Air Fryer with ClearCook. As usual with these things, the name tells you a lot about the product, and is way too long for anyone to remember. With two 3.8-litre drawers – that's 7.6 litres in all, which is even bigger than the Philips Airfryer XXL and the Ninja Foodi OL750 and about on par with the Tefal ActiFry Genius XL 2in1. It's a capacity vast enough for 'up to 8 servings', although that might depend on how greedy you are.
The standout feature here, at least according to Instant Vortex, is the ClearCook Window technology. As the name suggests, there's a window on each of the two baskets, so you can see how your food is progressing. Given how easy it is to cook with an air fryer, this is more of an aesthetically pleasing feature than a massively useful one. Instant says it's the only dual drawer air fryer, which seems to be true, and the only one that 'allows you to monitor progress without disrupting the cooking cycle.' But what's wrong with disrupting the cooking cycle? Opening a drawer to give some food a shake or stir is not a huge hardship IMO.
That aside, this looks like a great air fryer, with a SyncCook setting to cook both drawers on the same temperature for the same amount of time, and a cunning SyncFinish mode to cook a different food in each drawer – the machine will delay whichever one takes less time, so that both are ready at exactly the same time.
The eight functions here are air fry, bake, grill, dehydrate, roast, reheat and the aforementioned SyncCook and SyncFinish.
- UK: Available in stainless steel or black the Instant Vortex Plus Dual Drawer 8-in-1 Air Fryer with ClearCook is available to pre-order now from £199.99, shipping February
- USA: Buy now for $199.99
- Australia: View now at Amazon
Next we have the new Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer with ClearCook + OdourErase. This is a relatively compact machine with a capacity of 5.7 litres or 'up to 6 portions'.
The potentially killer feature here is the presence of two grease filters that 'work seamlessly to remove odours and aerosolised grease to ensure it doesn’t end up on your food.' Over time, grease build-up can become an issue with air fryers, particularly smaller and cheaper ones and it can have quite unpleasant effects on the food. Of course, the obvious thing to do would about this would be to design it out of existence by making the machines easier to clean thoroughly but a filter is an interesting approach. It should mean that the food will taste better, which is always a strong feature in my opinion.
As with the 8-in-1 Dual Drawer model, a windowed food container lets you see what's going on with your next meal. The function count here: six, with air frying, baking, grilling, dehydrating – seriously, who ever uses this one? – roasting and reheating.
- Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer with ClearCook + OdourErase is available to pre-order now for £149.99 with shipping in February
- USA: Buy now for $199.99
- Australia: Buy now for $290
If you prefer to keep things simple, and cost effective, the Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer with ClearCook is essentially the same as the above but without the grease filter. It will be very interesting to try both, and see just how much difference the filter – and the extra £30 – makes.
With a 5.7-litre/6-portion capacity, the functions here are again air fry, bake, grill, dehydrate, roast and reheat. Instant Vortex says the 'ClearCook Window and easy-to-use interface will transform the way you cook and will have friends and family asking for more,' and who can say fairer than that?
- Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer with ClearCook is available to pre-order now for £119.99 with shipping in February
- USA: Buy now for $129.95
- Australia: Buy now for AU$590