What Is the Difference Between an Air Fryer and a Multi-Cooker?

Published On: December 21, 2023

In the world of modern cooking appliances, the air fryer and multi-cooker shine bright, each offering unique features that make mealtimes effortless. Understanding their key differences can help determine which one suits your culinary needs best.

What is an Air Fryer?

An air fryer is essentially a super-efficient mini oven which cooks food faster by circulating hot air around the food. This results in a delightfully crispy exterior without excessive oil, making meals considerably healthier too. Imagine making a kilo of perfectly crisp chips with just a tablespoon of oil. Another perk? Air fryers save you lots of money due to heating up a much smaller capacity, therefore using less energy.

Instant Vortex Air Fryers aren’t just for frying; they also grill, bake, roast, and dehydrate, offering a range of cooking possibilities. Some even feature ClearCook windows, allowing you to easily monitor your cooking progress without opening the drawer.

Explore our full range and read our guide to help find the one for you.

Vortex dual draw with clear cook

What is a Multi-Cooker?

An Instant Pot Multi-Cooker is a versatile kitchen essential, designed to make cooking a simple and stress-free experience. These appliances are great for three solid reasons: saving time, money and space in the kitchen.

Firstly, it can cut cooking times by up to 70% compared to traditional methods due to its smart pressure-cooking function. Plus, you can set it and forget it – just simply throw your ingredients in, and the pot does the rest. Imagine cooking a fancy risotto in just 6 minutes or a delicious one-pot pasta in only 4 minutes!

Secondly, cooking with an Instant Pot is an energy-efficient solution, saving you money by using up to 80% less energy compared an electric oven.

And last, but definitely not least, Instant Multi-Cookers offer up to 10 different cooking functions. From pressure cooking to slow cooking, sautéing, steaming, cooking foolproof rice, making yoghurt and more – it’s like having multiple kitchen gadgets but in one pot. Declutter your kitchen and replace multiple appliances on your countertop with an Instant Pot. It’s a game changer for busy households!

Pro 10-in-1 Multi Cooker 8L

Instant Pot with Air Fryer

For those looking to have the best of both worlds, these combination multi-cookers do exactly what they say on the tin. They seamlessly switch between Instant Pot cooking, to air frying either with a separate lid, or all built into one! Picture this: a delicious one-pot pasta pressure cooked in 4 mins, finished off with a crispy cheese air fried top. It’s the perfect dream team.

Duo Crisp Combi air fryer

Which Should I Choose?

Ultimately, selecting between an air fryer and multi-cooker depends on your culinary preferences and lifestyle. If you seek healthier, crispy delights the air fryer might be your go-to. Conversely, the multi-cooker’s array of cooking modes and time-saving capabilities might sway those with a taste for diverse cuisines and busy schedules. Or, why choose? Combine both for endless cooking possibilities with an Instant Pot with Air Fryer!