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I test kitchen products for a living, and this Ninja Foodi indoor grill is on my spring wishlist — it's 40% off at Amazon

The Ninja Foodi Smart XL Pro Grill and Griddle roasts, bakes, air-fries and more. Snag it at Amazon for the lowest price we've seen in months.

I love the flavor that comes with cooking on a grill, especially when the warmer months roll around. Unfortunately, I haven't lived anywhere with an outdoor space large enough to accommodate a grill since I was a kid, and the idea of using an indoor grill always conjured up visions of a smoke-filled house. No thanks! Then, I came across the Ninja Foodi Smart XL Pro Grill and Griddle. According to reviews, the majority of users experienced little to no issues with excessive smoke; not to mention, it can be used as an air fryer, among many other things. Needless to say, this appliance quickly earned a spot on my kitchen wishlist, and it happens to be marked down by $140 (that's 40% off). Now there's an Amazon deal I might have to take advantage of...

With seven one-touch functions and a built-in smart thermometer, this Ninja's got everything you need for whipping up delicious meals far, far away from the mosquitoes in your yard. 

$305 at Amazon

Why is it a good deal?

Our price trackers tell us that this kitchen workhorse has only been on sale for less once, and that was back in September, so if you're considering it, jumping on this Amazon deal would be wise. After all, spring will be here before we know it.

Why do I need this?

With seven cooking functions (grill, BBQ griddle, air crisp, roast, bake, broil and dehydrate), the Ninja Foodi Smart XL Pro can replace several appliances, and you just might find yourself using it more than your full-sized oven. Plus, who wants to turn their kitchen into a sauna come July?

The grill grate can reach 500° F for achieving a nice sear on your steaks, while the flat-top griddle is ideal for stir-frying proteins and veggies. And when it comes to enjoying your favorite crispy-crunchy foods, it also turns into a 4-quart air fryer. Cooking for a crowd? Its roomy capacity can hold enough food for a family: up to six steaks with sides on the grill, or six pancakes on the griddle.

One of its coolest features has to be the included Foodi Smart Thermometer, which has four protein settings and nine doneness levels to ensure your food is cooked to perfection. A smoke control system consisting of a temperature-controlled grill grate, splatter shield and cool air zone help prevent your kitchen from becoming a fume-filled mess.

As far as cleaning is concerned, its PTFE/PFOA-free, nonstick grill grate, crisper basket and griddle plate are all dishwasher-safe.

someone cooking vegetables and chicken on the ninja foodi indoor grill
This multitasking indoor grill is a summer savior. (Amazon)

What reviewers say

Need more convincing? Here's what some of its 1,200-plus five-star reviewers had to say.

"Bought this a week ago and have used it at least twice a day," wrote one happy shopper. "Easy to use and cooks everything to perfection. What have I prepared on my grill? Burgers, steaks, bacon, eggs, baked banana bread, stir-fried vegetables, baked potatoes, air-fried foods, grilled sandwiches and reheated foods. Replaced [my] toaster oven, air fryer and [I've] rarely used [my] stove except for steaming or boiling."

"I honestly like meat and poultry grilled on this better than on my outdoor grill," shared another impressed buyer. "I am able to control the temperature better. The meat is much juicier. It's just easier to use and I'm not standing outside in the heat in the summer."

"Single-handedly the best purchase I've made for the kitchen," raved a final fan. "It was so good, I also bought one for work. ... Steak, chicken, fish on the grill — so easy, and leftover pizza on the air crisper, so good. Only complaint is the top inside lid and having to clean it; that is a pain because of the awkward angle. If they can figure out a easier way to clean this, then it would be a perfect product."

My advice? Add it to your cart while it's down to its lowest price in months.

$305 at Amazon

One thing it can't do? Make ice cream. But that's what the Ninja Creami is for.

This No. 1 bestseller might be as close to a professional ice cream maker as you'll be able to fit in your kitchen. Its seven one-touch programs allow you to whip up everything from ice cream and sorbet to milkshakes and smoothies to keep you cool this spring and summer. Don't forget the mix-ins!

Check out our full Ninja Creami review for more.

$200 at Amazon
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