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Ninja® Air Fryer

Model #: AF101

Meet the Ninja® Air Fryer, a fast and easy way to cook your favorite foods. Cook and crisp your favorite foods, like 2 lbs. of French fries, using little to no oil in a family-sized 4-quart basket.

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What's included
  • 1550-watt unit
  • 4-quart ceramic-coated, nonstick basket and crisper plate
  • Multi-layer rack
  • 20-recipe inspiration guide
Ninja® Air Fryer
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Time is precious, even more so when you’ve got hungry mouths to feed. Why wait for your oven to preheat and then slowly cook that highly anticipated meal when there’s a quicker way to put food on the table for your whole family? Meet the Ninja® Air Fryer, a fast and easy way to cook your favorite foods. It ensures even circulation of hot air around your food for quick, crispy, and golden finishes, every time. The secret is the smart processor that delivers a wide temperature range while powering the fan that automatically adjusts speeds based on your cooking function, allowing you to cook and crisp your favorite foods, like 2 lbs. of French fries, using little to no oil in a family-sized 4-quart ceramic-coated basket. The wide temperature range gives you the ability to roast, bake, air fry, reheat, or dehydrate foods, making it your new go-to appliance for any meal or snack. With the Ninja® Air Fryer on your countertop, you can pull crispy meals out of thin air.
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FAQs


This FAQ page is a great place to find info, tips and help. Just make sure you’ve read your Owner’s Guide before using your unit.

Cleaning

How often should I clean the basket?
We suggest cleaning the basket after each use. Before cleaning, unplug the unit from the wall outlet. To clean the main unit and the control panel, wipe them with a damp cloth. The basket and crisper plate are both dishwasher safe. If there is food residue stuck on the crisper plate or basket, place them in a sink filled with warm soapy water and allow them to soak. Use a soft sponge to help remove any remaining residue.
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General Information

Can I cook bacon in the air fryer?
Yes. To cook bacon in your Ninja® Air Fryer, refer to the cooking chart on pages 6 and 7 in the Quick Start Guide.
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Can you use parchment paper in the basket?
Yes. It is safe to use parchment paper in the air fryer basket.
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Can I put aluminum foil in the basket?
Yes. It is safe to use aluminum foil, and it is suggested in some recipes.
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Will the outside of the unit get hot?
Although the outside of the unit will heat up during the cooking process, the UI and basket handle will remain cool to touch.
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Do I need to add oil to air-fry?
Although oil is not required, we recommend starting with one tablespoon and adjusting for personal preference, or referencing the recipe for proper oil amounts.
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Can I pull out the basket to check on food while the unit is cooking?
Yes, we recommend checking on your food regularly throughout the cooking process. Simply pull out the basket and shake or rotate the food. When you are done, slide the basket back into place to continue cooking to your desired level of browning or crispiness. Please note that the timer will continue to run while the basket is removed.
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Where is the power button located?
The power button is located on the bottom left side of the unit.
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What is the warranty?
The Ninja® Air Fryer has a 1-year limited warranty. For more details go to ninjakitchen.com/warranty/1-year-limited-warranty/.
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Product Specifications

Is the basket nonstick?
Yes. The basket is nonstick and has a ceramic coating.
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What are the dimensions of the air fryer?
The Ninja® Air Fryer is approximately 14" (L) x 11" (W) x 13" (H) and weighs approximately 10 pounds.
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What is the capacity of the basket?
The basket holds up to 4 quarts. It can comfortably cook a 2-pound bag of French fries.
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What is the wattage?
This unit is 1550 watts.
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What is the temperature range of the unit?
The temperature ranges from 105°F (in Dehydrate) to 400°F (in Air Fry).
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What are the timer increments?
The timer increments vary depending on the function:

  • Air Fry: 1-minute increments up to 1 hour.
  • Roast: 1-minute increments for the first hour, followed by 5-minute increments for the next 3 hours.
  • Dehydrate: 15-minute increments up to 12 hours.
  • Reheat: 1-minute increments up to 1 hour.
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Is the exterior made of plastic?
Yes. The unit is BPA-free and uses FDA-approved food-safe plastic.
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What is the basket made out of?
The basket and crisper plate are both made out of aluminum and have a non-stick ceramic coating.
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Does the unit pause when I pull out the basket?
No. If you simply pull the basket out of the unit, the timer will continue to count down and the fan will continue to spin. To pause the unit, please press the START/PAUSE button.
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Where is the vent located on the unit?
The exhaust vent is located on the back side of the unit. This area will heat up during the cooking process. Be sure to keep the unit at least 5 inches away from any other surfaces.
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How long is the power cord?
The power cord is approximately 32 inches long.
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Product Usage

Can this unit do more than air fry?
Yes. The Ninja® Air Fryer can also roast, reheat and dehydrate food.
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How do I know if the unit is on?
When the unit is powered on, the digital display will show 0:00.
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Do I need to preheat the unit?
For best results, we recommend that you preheat the unit for 3 minutes before adding your ingredients. To preheat, simply add an additional 3 minutes to your total cook time and allow the unit to come up to temperature before adding ingredients.
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Do I have to shake the basket while cooking?
Yes. It is important to shake or rotate your food for consistent browning and crispiness. For best results, please follow the recipe or cooking chart to find out how often you should shake or rotate your ingredients while cooking.
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How do I set the timer?
To set the cooking time, use the Time up and down arrows on the right side of the digital display. You can change the time at any point throughout the cooking process with the up and down arrows.
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How do I set the temperature?
To set the cooking temperature, use the Temp up and down arrows on the left side of the digital display. You can adjust the temperature at any time throughout the cooking process with the up and down arrows.
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Product Care


This FAQ page is a great place to find info, tips and help. Just make sure you’ve read your Owner’s Guide before using your unit.

Cleaning

How often should I clean the basket?
We suggest cleaning the basket after each use. Before cleaning, unplug the unit from the wall outlet. To clean the main unit and the control panel, wipe them with a damp cloth. The basket and crisper plate are both dishwasher safe. If there is food residue stuck on the crisper plate or basket, place them in a sink filled with warm soapy water and allow them to soak. Use a soft sponge to help remove any remaining residue.
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Troubleshooting


This FAQ page is a great place to find info, tips and help. Just make sure you’ve read your Owner’s Guide before using your unit.

My food is not crispy/brown enough.
To achieve an even amount of crisping/browning it is important to shake or flip your food throughout the cooking process. For best results please follow the recipe or cooking chart to find out how often you should shake or flip your ingredients while cooking.

You may also add additional oil to your recipe in 1 tablespoon increments or increase the amount of cooking time. Continue to flip or shake your food to ensure even browning/crisping.
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The unit is not heating up.
The unit will need time to preheat before coming up to temperature. We recommend that you preheat the unit for 3 minutes before adding your ingredients to achieve the best results. To preheat, simply add an additional 3 minutes to your total cook time allowing the unit to come up to temperature.
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The crisper plate is not coming out.
When removing the crisper plate, wait for the unit to cool and remove the entire basket from the unit. To speed up the cooling process, remove the basket from the unit and run under cold water. Reach into the basket and grab the small handle located in the center of the crisper plate. Pull up firmly to remove the crisper plate from the basket.
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My food didn’t cook.
Make sure the basket is fully inserted during cooking. For consistent browning, make sure ingredients are arranged in an even layer on the bottom of the basket with no overlapping. Shake loose ingredients for even crispiness. Cook time and temperature can be adjusted at any time during cooking. Simply press the up and down TIME or TEMP arrows to adjust the time or temperature.
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My food is burned.
For best results, check progress throughout cooking, and remove food when desired level of brownness has been achieved. Remove food immediately after the cook time is complete to avoid overcooking.
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Why is my unit beeping?
If your unit beeps, the cook time is complete.
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Why won’t my temperature go any higher?
The max temperature is 400°F.
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How long does it take to preheat, and how will I know when it’s done?
We recommend 3 minutes of preheating. You can use the built-in timer to set a 3-minute countdown.
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Should I add my ingredients before or after preheating?
It is recommended to let the unit preheat for 3 minutes before adding ingredients.
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Do I need to defrost frozen foods before air frying?
It depends on the food! Follow package instructions.
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How do I make the countdown pause?
Press START/PAUSE.
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Is the basket safe to put on my countertop?
The basket will heat during cooking. Use caution when handling, and place on heat-safe surfaces only.
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How do I know when to use the crisper plate?
Use the crisper plate when you want food to come out crispy. The crisper plate allows for food to be elevated in the basket allowing for air to go under the plate and evenly crisp ingredients.
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Why is my food blowing around when air frying?
Occasionally, the fan from the air fryer will blow lightweight foods around. To alleviate this, secure foods (like the top slice of bread on a sandwich) with toothpicks.
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Can I air fry wet battered ingredients?
Yes, but use the proper breading technique. It is important to coat foods first with flour, then with egg, and then with bread crumbs. Be sure to press the bread crumbs onto the food with your hands. Because the air fryer has a powerful fan as part of its mechanism, breading can sometimes be blown off. Pressing the bread crumbs firmly on will help them adhere.
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The unit is beeping.
Your food is done cooking.
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The screen went black.
The unit is in standby mode. Press the power button to turn it back on.
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An "E" message appears on display screen.
The unit is not functioning properly. Please contact Customer Service at 1-877-646-5288.
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At the end of the power cord, there will be a 4-digit number engraved on the outside of one of the metal prongs. This is the date code of your unit, which tells you the date your unit was produced.