The Ninja Foodi and Emeril Pressure air fryers are two appliances that are competing to outdo each other. They may be in the same price range, but these units come with several features to provide versatility. Therefore, whether you want to air fry, dehydrate, roast, steam, among other things, these units can serve you well. Generally, these units feature a pressure cooker, steamer, air fryer, etc.

But at the end of the day, there's still a clear winner between both. However, one of the units is considerably cheaper than the other, which could be tricky to say the latter is better since it packs in more features. Nonetheless, the better device of the duo is one that meets your needs and at the best price. We'd previously reviewed the Ninja Air Fryer Max XL. Now, here's a comparison between the Ninja Foodi and Emeril Pressure air fryer.

The Ninja Foodi Air Fryer

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The Emeril Pressure Air Fryer

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1. Design:

The Ninja Foodi comes with a 6.5-quart ceramic-coated pot that is large enough to cook food for a large family. There is also a 4-quart cook & crisp basket that can contain 3 to 5-lb of chicken. Either of these can be used to cook large portions of food at a time. Nonetheless, you'll have to free enough space on your countertop to support this unit and the accessories it comes with.

That aside, the same large capacity is evident on the Emeril Pressure air fryer. It comes with a 6.5-quart stainless steel cooking pot. You can also look forward to cooking large-sized portions of meals you'll prepare. And like the Ninja Foodi pressure cooker, you'll need a large space to support this unit.

2. Versatility:

The Ninja Foodi comes with programmable functions that help the unit to serve as a pressure cooker, steamer & air fryer. This means that there is a wide range of things you can make using this unit. Some of these include chicken, French fries, bacon-wrapped onion rings, casseroles, stews, chilis, pastry, etc.  There's also a dehydrate function to help you make crispy snacks and tender crisper function to cook your ingredients faster and give your foods a crispy, golden finish.

On the other hand, the Emeril pressure air fryer is a 12-in-1 appliance. In that regard, there are 44 preset functions on this unit. Some of these functions will enable you to air fry, slow cook, braise, simmer, bake, sauté, roast, canner, sous vide, make yogurt, and more. For example, you can slow cook beef, poultry, pork, ribs, vegetables or air fry beef, fish, vegetables, poultry, etc. According to the unit's manufacturer, the Emeril pressure air fryer can cook 70% faster than traditional ovens and cook with 70% less oil.

3. Maintenance:

The Ninja Foodi can be maintained using a dishwasher. However, the cooker base needs to be cleaned manually using a nonabrasive sponge or cleaning tool. For parts like the basket. they can easily be cleaned using an appliance. Hence, it makes it easy to clean up after yourself even after intense cooking. Like the Ninja Foodi, you also get a dishwasher-safe stainless steel cooking pot with the Emeril Pressure air fryer.

4. Price and Customer Reviews:

The Ninja Foodi air fryer's price is $144.95, while the Emeril Pressure goes for $199.78. This shows that while they are both in the same price range and under $200, the Ninja Foodi air fryer is considerably cheaper. Therefore, it'll save you over $50 even though you'll be sacrificing more features as can be found on the Emeril Pressure.

On the other hand, previous buyers of the Ninja Foodi air fryer said the unit makes cooking fun. However, it was also noted that cooking odor may sometimes stick to the cooking pot, and might be a bit difficult to get rid of. For the Emeril Everyday Pressure Cooker, previous buyers said it could cook frozen meat and makes it tender and delicious. However, it was noted that the unit is too large and comes with many pieces that may take up more countertop space.


The Ninja Foodi and Emeril Pressure air fryers try to outperform each other in terms of functionality. Either unit will enable you to air fry, bake, slow cook, amongst other things. Therefore, you can choose one that aligns with your budget and the level of functionality you expect.