Ninja AF101 vs AF161 – Which one is better?

Ninja is one of the most popular air fryers among users. They have quite a few standalone air fryer models. Among them, Af101 and AF161 are the models that are loved by thousands of air fryer lovers. In this article, I am going to compare Ninja AF101 and AF161 air fryers and discuss the pros and cons of these models. After the read, you will have a clear understanding of the features of these models that will help you make a better decision. 

Comparison at a glance

FeaturesNinja AF101Ninja AF161
Capacity4 Quart5.5 Quart
Dimension (Inch)13.6 x 11 x 13.314 x 11 x 14.75
Weight9.7 lbs11 lbs
Temperature105F to 400F105F to 450F
Power1500 W1750 W
First ArrivalAug 13, 2018Jul 5, 2019
Cooking PresetsAir fry, roast, preheat, dehydrateAir fry, roast, preheat, dehydrate, broil, bake, max crisp
Prest Function47
Color VarientsBlack/ GrayBlack/ Gray
Control PanelDigital TouchDigital Touch
Ceramic CoatingYesYes
Ninja AF101
Ninja AF161

Differences in the features 


Ninja AF101 is a smaller size air fryer having a basket capacity of 4 qt. On the other hand, AF161 has a capacity of 5.5 qt. Therefore, the latter one is more suitable for a larger family. A 4 qt air fryer is mostly suitable for a single person or a family of 2. But if you choose it for a large family, then you will have to cook in multiple batches when you need to cook for all of the family members. 

Color, Weight, and dimension

As a higher capacity model, Ninja AF161 is proportionately heavier and bulkier. Although the shape of these two air fryers is almost the same. Both of them are black with a glossy finish. To me, they look premium. 

Heating element

Ninja AF161 has a more powerful heating element than the counterpart. The rated power of this unit is 1750W where the other has the rated power of 1500W. Heating element with higher power ensures more uniform cooking in less time. 

Cooking functions

Ninja AF101 has four preset cooking options in the digital touch panel. The preset functions are air fry, preheat, roast, and dehydrate. On the other hand, AF161 has air broil, bake and max crisp functions in addition. 

Temperature range

Both of these air fryers has a lower temperature of 105F. Therefore, both of them can dehydrate food. But the maximum temperature of AF161 and AF101 is 400F and 450F respectively. Therefore, the earlier model has some additional cooking options such as max crisp. 

Special feature

Ceramic coated basket is a feature that both of this model has. It makes the air fryers nonsticky. Another special feature of both of them is dehydration function that you will not find in smaller size air fryers. Additionally, air broil is a function that is available in the AF161 model which is also an exceptional feature for a comparatively smaller size air fryer. 

Advantages of Ninja A161

  • It has a higher capacity than the AF101 model. Therefore, it is suitable for either a small or a large family. 
  • The temperature of this unit is higher. Therefore, you will get some additional cooking functions in it such as air broil, max crisp, and bake. 
  • The control panel has 7 preset cooking options where the AF101 model has only 4. 
  • AF161 is a later version air fryer model. Therefore, it is comparatively advanced. 
  • The heating element of this unit is more powerful. 

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Advantages of Ninja AF101

  • It is comparatively compact and lighter. Therefore, more suitable for a smaller countertop. 
  • The cost of AF101 is less than the counterpart. 
  • It has so many good features that a small air fryer usually doesn’t have. Although these are also common to the AF161 model. 

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Which one is the winner? 

From the comparison, it is clear that Ninja 161 model the winner. But if you consider the value for money, then AF101 is not bad either comparing with similar models of other brands. Therefore, it fits your purpose, then the Ninja AF101 model is also a good choice. On the other hand, the AF161 is a bit pricy comparing with a 6 qt air fryer of other brands. But it gives more value than the additional costs. 

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