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Instant Pot Vortex Plus XL 8-quart Dual Basket Air Fryer Oven, 2 Independent Frying Baskets, ClearCook Windows, Digital Touchscreen,…

Original price was: $219.99.Current price is: $169.95.

(9 customer reviews)
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  • 8-IN-1 FUNCTIONALITY: Air fry, roast, broil, bake, reheat, dehydrate, SyncCook and SyncFinish
  • WATCH YOUR FOOD COOK: ClearCook windows and internal light to easily monitor cooking progress without opening the baskets
  • DUAL BASKETS: Save time and eliminate back-to-back cooking like a traditional single-basket air fryer! Dual baskets allows you to cook 2 meals/appetizers, 2 different ways or larger batches!
  • SYNCHRONIZED COOKING: SyncCook lets you cook both baskets with the same cooking settings; SyncFinish lets you program baskets with 2 different settings to automatically finish at the same time!
  • EvenCrisp TECHNOLOGY: Advanced technology that drives air flow from top down for a perfect golden finish and crispy, tender results every time!
  • ONE-TOUCH SMART PROGRAMS: Customizable programs for one-touch wings, roasted veggies, garlicky potatoes, cookies, cinnamon buns and more!
  • FAST PREHEATING: Little to no preheating time, from frozen to golden in minutes! Create gourmet meals with the versatility of a temperature range of 95 to 400° F.
  • DISCOVER AMAZING RECIPES: Download our free Instant Pot app, so you can create quick new favorites and prepare delicious meals, available iOS and Android.
  • EASY CLEAN-UP: Non-stick, dishwasher safe air fry baskets and trays.
  • PROVEN SAFETY FEATURES: Built-in safety features like Overheat Protection, auto-off and more to keep your mind at ease.

Specification: Instant Pot Vortex Plus XL 8-quart Dual Basket Air Fryer Oven, 2 Independent Frying Baskets, ClearCook Windows, Digital Touchscreen,…

Item Dimensions LxWxH

17.8 x 17.8 x 15.4 inches

Wattage

1700 watts

Control Method

Touch

Has Nonstick Coating

Yes

Is Dishwasher Safe

Yes

Product Dimensions

17.8 x 17.8 x 15.4 inches

Item Weight

20.4 pounds

Manufacturer

Instant Pot

Country of Origin

China

Item model number

140-3090-01

Date First Available

October 24, 2021

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9 reviews for Instant Pot Vortex Plus XL 8-quart Dual Basket Air Fryer Oven, 2 Independent Frying Baskets, ClearCook Windows, Digital Touchscreen,…

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  1. Zara

    There is lots to like about this … in terms of cooking foods for a meal, it is so much easier than using a single basket unit! Note that this unit has a 3-prong plug.
    Pros:
    – I was worried the controls, timer, synch function would be confusing and require a lot of reading of the manual. It actually couldn’t be easier! It’s self-explanatory and the synch feature is great where if you are cooking two items and one takes 10 minute and the other takes 20, the machine will start the other basket at 10 minutes in so they are ready at the same time.

    – For a larger machine, the footprint isn’t as bad as I thought it would be … meaning, while it does take up quite a bit of counter space, its rectangular shape makes it easier to fit into narrow spaces. My old single round one actually looked like more clutter on the counter than this unit, which is sleeker and about the size/shape of a toaster oven.

    – Having two baskets is like having two computer monitors, you cannot go back to having only one. You can make chicken nuggets on one side and brussel sprouts or fries or tots on the other and have them come out at the same time.

    – The machine is well made and looks good. It is pretty intuitive and all the parts seem well made. I like how the baskets have a ‘hidden’ window, meaning they look like solid black plastic but if you press the light button, a hidden window appears and allows you to monitor cooking. The same is true with the control panel. On the shelf, it’s a solid black when it is unplugged or in standby mode. When you need the digital control panel, it ‘magically’ appears vs. staying on all the time or being printed on the unit.

    Cons:
    – Cooking results are not the best compared to the 2 other air friers I have owned. I like the exterior a bit more crisp than this does. I find that the middle of what I am air frying stays a bit soft and the sides get a bit overdone. This doesn’t cook evenly on the top and bottom, so you will need to flip the items over, which could be tough if you are doing something like fries, which are small or not laid out in a single layer. You can see in my picture, the middle of the mini-potato pancakes are a bit underdone while the edges are a bit too crisp. I am hoping there is a learning curve and I get better. I am only one week into using this.

    – Don’t expect restaurant-quality oil frying here. The same is true with cooking meat. I miss the convenience of my old air fryer, which had preset buttons for meat, fish, chicken, french fries, etc. I have looked up recipes and cook times but find that with burgers, it’s still hard to get a good medium/medium rare burger. The edges get crispy and the meat gets dry. There is also some slime on the burger … you really cannot beat grilling or even pan frying burgers and for convenience, this is great … but you do sacrifice the quality of the cooking for a quick, easy process.

    – The two basket system is amazingly convenient. However, you do lose some cooking space. There is 1 or 2 of us in my household … and we find it fine portionwise. A family of 4 or 5 might have some issues with the size of the meals it can prepare, especially if you are doing individual portions of meat or fish.

    – This has a strong chemical smell at first, which does get better over time. However, after a week, there is still a little plastic-like odor when its used. I like my other Vortex air fryer from the same brand which has a filter that cuts down on smells when cooking. When you cook fish or chicken in this, because it vents air out the sides for convection cooking, it will broadcast odors further than a pan alone. (Because this has non-stick (teflon-like) coating, be aware that you should not use this directly around parakeets, gerbils, guinea pigs and other small animals. Cats and dogs should be fine.)

    It is as easy to clean as your standard pan. The basket has a pull out tray which you can wash off and then the basket itself wipes clean as the coating in non-stick. I have added a photo which shows the aftermath of cooking a burger. Easy clean up for sure.

    Overall, this is a unit of superior convenience over performance. I do tend to be a texture eater who likes crisp coatings. This doesn’t get the coatings of battered fish and chicken and tater tots quite where I like it compared to my other units. But, it performs adequately and the easy to use controls and the dual zone baskets make up for that. I am hoping with time, I will learn some hacks that will help me get better cooking results. I’d order this again. It is perfect for a bachelor … or for preparing kids’ meals. Especially if the kids like different things.

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  2. WorldTravelr

    After having two other air fryers from Costco that both died after 2-3 years I decided to look around and found this one. Immediately I can tell you it’s much better because of:
    The handle is connected top and bottom (other type of handle always felt flimsy, especially when shaking the contents during air fry)
    Having a window with light is amazing (you don’t have to keep opening the drawer to see how food is cooking)
    Having a removable bottom inside the drawer is much better than a basket (with the basket-style you’d have to be careful that the drawer doesn’t fall off when shaking the contents… it would happen only occasionally but when it did it would make a mess! …removable bottom is also easier to clean)

    I have nothing bad to say about this air fryer… I only wish I’d found it sooner. They also now have an 8qt. two drawer fryer which I would have purchased but it wasn’t available in Canada yet.

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  3. WorldTravelr

    Saw this new item on sale with the clearcook window. Looked nice. Out of the box, before I even able to turn it on, it was defective. The knob for temperature and time does not work. It will not turn and change the temperature or time. Clearly a work in progress. I bought this over the older Vortex 6 which was on sale at amazon for 89 dollars. I was on phone with amazon help for half an hour and they could not even make that switch. First review I’ve left in being a Prime member for years. Worst experience ever. The shipment had been guaranteed days earlier—and that was late.

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  4. David Jay

    I was worried this Air fryer would be too big, too bulky, and difficult to use. It’s fantastic. It’s so easy to use and all of our dishes have turned out great! From quick ‘n easy hash browns to fast and delicious chicken legs. Roasted veggies are also great using the Roast option. Cooking couldn’t be easier or faster! So glad I bought this air fryer.

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  5. KC

    Me before: Another gimmicky appliance. Hard to clean. Takes up too much space. I have two convection ovens, don’t need.

    Me AFTER: OMG! How did I ever function in the kitchen without one of these? Takes up as much space as a larger coffee pot. EASY PEASY TO CLEAN!! Super fast cooking even from a frozen state! Simple to use! Doesn’t heat up the whole kitchen. Quiet! Perfect for small portions!

    The box arrived and it was HUGE! Oh my! Well, it was just well protected as the unit itself, is very well made and not too big on the counter. After washing the basket and tray and removing minimal packing materials, it was ready to go.

    For the inaugural test, I pulled FOUR POUNDS of pre-cooked frozen crispy wings from the freezer. Having made these in the oven before (with lots of time and mess!) I knew exactly what to expect. WOWOWOW!
    A short preheating and 15 minutes and one turn later, it was wing central! Crispy, heated through, and little to no mess in the basket. And best of all, you can see what’s going on with the window in the front!! 🙂 You don’t have to open the basket and lose heat. After cooling, I drained the small amount of grease and easily cleaned the basket and tray in the sink. Ready for the next culinary delight!

    I am sold! The only issue I have with this Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer is that it’s not intuitive how you change the time or temp settings. It appears that I have to download an app or use the internet to figure that one out, but the preset temps and times for the various fryer cooking options should be enough for now.

    I am no longer a skeptic and HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS GREAT Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer! ( At least one family member will be getting one of these for the holidays! )

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    Update: I received another one of these great Air Fryers, this one in Stainless with the OdorErase™. I must say, in addition to all the great features above, trapping odors is a huge plus if you use the Air Fryer for fish or other aromatic foods. Instant has hit a home run with these Vortex air fryers and I look forward to using it for every meal!

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  6. Nelson Garcia

    I’ve had the Instant Vortex Plus 6 qt. Air Fryer for a few weeks now and I must say that for the most part it does what it advertises. And does it pretty well. It does not, however (and for the best), make store bought fish sticks taste good like a deep fryer does 🙂

    So far my favorite use is to re-heat pizza. For this it works incredibly well. Crust turns toasty and crisp, toppings heat through, it’s just great. Second best are those frozen potato patties. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside – and no extra oil! (they have plenty on them to begin with). The third thing it’s great for is cooking sausage. Pan cooking a sausage is always an exercise in futility. Do you pan roast with the lid on? Lid off? Add water and boil with no lid or steam with the lid? Combination? Pre-Air Fryer I’d do the combination of steam and roast – but it took a long time and without cutting the sausage in half I could never tell if the center was cooked. The touch test you use to tell if a steak is done does not work on sausage. Air fryer – bang! 15 minutes and it’s done! Cooked through, but still juicy. And in the time it’s cooking I can get the plate set up and the sauerkraut out of the jar. I used the dehydrate feature once – it took quite a while and the end result was just ‘ok’. I’ll reserve thoughts until I’ve experimented with other items, but I don’t think this option should be a reason to buy.

    America’s Test Kitchen said this is the one they recommend (well, the prior version of this model was). They also said that it was one of the least noisy of the bunch. I’m certainly glad, because this one sounds like a 747 taking off! What do the loud ones sound like? 😮 America’s Test Kitchen isn’t my favorite place for recipes because they like to present ethnic foods that they’ve totally changed with ingredient substitutions, even though most people can get things from Amazon, but I’ve found their equipment reviews to be pretty spot-on.

    I am a little concerned about the control panel – the dial seems to be cheap and a little wobbly. I would have thought that the one moving part (other than the fan) would have been of better quality. But I’ll just treat it nicely and maybe it’ll continue to live long and prosper.

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  7. Alastair Bain

    Nice and quiet. Easy to use cleans up nicely. The only one thing on the negative side for the first twenty or so uses it has a terrible chemical smell to it. So I ran about 20 Cycles in the garage and it seemed to her gotten rid of that smell

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  8. KC

    It is wonderful!

    This is my first air fryer. I used it several times; it works perfectly.

    Preheating time is pretty short. It takes about 3 minutes to reach 400 F. Much better than an oven.

    Clearcook window and internal light are perfect designs.

    Touchscreen is sensitive, straightforward, and easy to use.

    The basket is non-stick and easy to clean.

    Before buying this air fryer, I read the reviews of this brand’s other fryers. Many reviewers said there was plastic smell when using them and the food tasted like plastic. But this air fryer emitted a little plastic smell just for the first and second time when preheating. So far we have made salmon, ribs and chips, and they all came out super good without plastic taste.

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  9. Merkles

    First-time user of an air fryer. After tinkering with the temperatures and times for different foods, I find that air frying is a great way to cook certain foods in a limited amount of time.

    The Instant Vortex Plus 6 Quart is easy to use and produces good results after some experimentation. Oil spray is a must for easy cleanup. Controls make sense. It is quiet and powerful. This size is good for families of 4. A second rack would be a useful option.

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    Instant Pot Vortex Plus XL 8-quart Dual Basket Air Fryer Oven, 2 Independent Frying Baskets, ClearCook Windows, Digital Touchscreen,…
    Instant Pot Vortex Plus XL 8-quart Dual Basket Air Fryer Oven, 2 Independent Frying Baskets, ClearCook Windows, Digital Touchscreen,…

    Original price was: $219.99.Current price is: $169.95.

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