Upgrade the one pan dinner with a time, cost and energy effective choice

chicken and vegetables
chicken and vegetables / Tawney Beans / USA TODAY NETWORK

While home cooks often focus on big flavors and complicated recipes, simple cooking can be both a time saver and cost effective. Instead of turning on that oven for another one pan dinner, Ninja has another solution that families will appreciate, the DoubleStack XL 2-Basket Air Fryer.

The air fryer has become a staple small appliance in many households. While some people first turned to the kitchen essential as a way to cook “lighter,” it is more than just avoiding “frying” food in copious amounts of fat. It is a quick, efficient cooking method for a wide range of food.

The downside to some air fryers are two-fold. First, larger ones take up a significant countertop footprint. From the person who prefers to have a clean countertop to smaller kitchens, few people want “small” appliance taking up half the counter.

Second, a conveniently sized appliance may not have the capacity to cook the portion sizes that a family wants. More importantly, the smaller sizes cannot adequately handle an entire dinner. For example, chicken would not cook at the same time or temperature as a bunch of Brussel sprouts.

Ninja has created a simple, effective option that will have families swapping out their current air frier for an upgrade. The DoubleStack XL 2-Basket Air Fryer is the only stacked, two-basket option. With the ability to cook four foods at once, it becomes the workhorse in the kitchen.

First and foremost, the size is convenient. Since the baskets are stacked, it is the same countertop footprint of a single air frier. Whether the Ninja is kept on the counter or stacked in the cabinet, the compact size is important in many homes.

More importantly, this Ninja cooks four foods at once. From the kids’ chicken nuggets to some carrots to anything that can be cooked in an air fryer, it is a new version of the one pan dinner.

Just like many people used the one sheet pan concept or the all-day slow cooker recipe to simplify cooking dinner, the Ninja DoubleStack modernizes that idea. Without having to burn electricity all day or heat up the kitchen with the oven, the air fryer can put dinner on the table quickly and efficiently.

Having tested the DoubleStack with two teenagers with voracious appetites, it handles the extra food that is required. From multiple chicken breasts to a box of mini tacos, the small appliance has become a workhorse for our household. Plus, the kids can cook the food themselves, which is always a bonus in a busy household.

Since many homes do have an air fryer, bigger families or families who use the small appliance frequently would benefit from the upgrade. The size, efficiently, and adaptability make the Ninja DoubleStack XL 2-Basket Air Fryer a must buy.

The Ninja DoubleStack XL 2-Basket Air Fryer is a 10 quart design. It offers six different cooking methods as well as Smart Finish option, where the whole meal finishes at the same time.  The suggested retail price is $229.99, but may vary depending on retailers.