Ninja Woodfire Professional Join XL assessment

The Ninja Woodfire Professional XL was already a agency favorite right here at The Ambient and the Join takes issues to the following stage, making it simpler than ever to cook dinner – and crucially, smoke – meat to perfection because of the companion app. But it surely’s not simply all concerning the meat, because the Woodfire Professional Join XL additionally boasts different cooking modes together with air frying, roasting, baking and grilling, with an enormous 45 x 30cm cooking area on supply. Nonetheless, it’s undoubtedly the smoking component of the Woodfire that impresses essentially the most, making it tremendous easy for even novice BBQ cooks to create tender, smokey meat with little or no effort or trouble.

  • Wonderful smokey flavour

  • Glorious app options

  • 7 cooking modes

  • Weatherproof

  • Gradual pre-heating

  • Not dishwasher secure

Ninja Woodfire Professional Join XL: Introduction

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL
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It was just a few months in the past that Ninja took the covers off of the Professional XL model of its Woodfire electrical grill, and now the convection cooking specialist has a brand new prime canine for the vary by means of the Ninja Woodfire Professional Join XL.

The Join a part of the moniker, you might have guessed, refers back to the new connectivity options of the newest Woodfire Professional mannequin, permitting you to sync up the Ninja and your smartphone, opening up a bunch of helpful app-based options.

But it surely’s not simply the app connectivity that’s added to the combination with the Ninja Woodfire Professional Join XL, there are additionally just a few extra additions to the combination too together with further cooking modes.


In the event you’re new to the Woodfire social gathering then allow us to get you on top of things. No matter mannequin you go for, whether or not it’s the unique, the Professional XL or the brand new Join on assessment right here, you’re taking a look at a multi-skilled electrical cooker that may allow you to dip your toes into the world of American-style BBQ smoking, with none of the arduous work.

Not like a standard smoker, the place a smokey flavour is created by burning wooden that additionally acts as the primary gasoline for the warmth, the Woodfire vary permits you to cheat by including pellets to a cooking session, that are infused to present you a variety of smokey finishes, alongside digital heating components and a convection fan for even cooking.

Learn on for my full Ninja Woodfire Professional Join XL assessment to search out out why it justifies an ideal 5-star assessment.

Design and parts

  • Dimension: 30 x 45cm cooking plate
  • In actual phrases: Large enough for 2 3kg chickens or 40 sizzling canine
  • Weatherproof: IPX4 rated with RCD plug

Whether or not your go for the non-Join XL Woodfire, or the Professional Join XL mannequin that I’m reviewing right here, you’re getting the largest Woodfire within the vary, coming in at 30% bigger than their non-XL brethren.

It appears to be like a heck of lots like the unique XL, actually I’d go as far to say that the chassis is similar, aside from the apparent new blue hue of the Join.


Because the XL a part of the title suggests, the Ninja Woodfire Professional Join XL an absolute beast of an electrical cooking machine, weighing in at a whopping 18KG and measuring 41cm x 57cm x 51cm.

Which means it’s in no-way a transportable machine, so that you’ll most likely wish to discover a everlasting spot for it in your backyard.

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL convection oven
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It’s secure to depart exterior all yr spherical; it’s totally weatherproof. Constructed with premium supplies, it’s designed to resist out of doors use and year-round cooking and it’s IPX4 rated for water resistance.

Ninja does promote a canopy for it when you do wish to preserve it a bit safer and there are additionally leg and table accessories that flip it right into a extra conventional wanting grill.

As talked about, it’s utterly secure to cook dinner outdoor with it in all components; the plug itself is an RCD one, that has its personal weatherproofing and shut-down capabilities in-built.


Ninja Woodfire Connect XL rcd plug
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The rubber-covered bodily energy button on the non-Join XL has gone although, changed by a extra conventional push button on the entrance, akin to the likes of the Ninja Foodi FlexDrawer.

That huge bulk of the XL vary means you’ll have loads of area for cooking; Ninja tells us that the 45cm x 30cm grill plate can deal with 10 burgers, 40 hotdogs, 2 full racks of ribs, 6 steaks, or two 3kg chickens. The crisper basket can air fry as much as 1.8kg of meals.


  • Pellets present smokey flavour
  • Grill, smoker, air-fry and roast modes
  • Constructed-in BBQ thermometer and room for an additional one
  • Extra modes than the non-Join mannequin

The key to the Woodfire vary’s smokey flavour could be discovered on the aspect of the machine the place you’ll discover a smoker field that burns pure hardwood pellets. That is what provides the meals you cook dinner that BBQ smoke style.

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL smoking box
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Ninja offers two luggage of pellets within the field – an all objective mix and a strong mix – and a scoop to pour them in.

They recommend you solely use Ninja-branded pellets with the Woodfire, nevertheless I’ve experimented with my non-Join Woodfire with non-Ninja branded pellets and it hasn’t blown up but.

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL pellets
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I discussed above that the Join and the non-Join XL Woodfire fashions are principally similar however, look nearer although and also you’ll see that the underside panel has been redesigned.

Gone is the dial on the left which modifications the cooking modes and, as a substitute, a button to cycle via the modes such as you’d get on a Ninja Air-fryer.

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL buttons and modes
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And look even nearer and also you’ll see that the Join boasts some further modes too: dehydrating, reheating and baking.

So, just like the non-XL Woodfire, we’re again to 7 cooking modes in whole with the Join: grill, smoker, air fry, bake, roast, dehydrate and reheat.

There’s additionally a Woodfire Flavour button which signifies that it’s not simply the smoker mode that advantages from the pellet infusion.

By default, the smoker mode will ignite the pellets and create a smoke-based cook dinner, however the entire different modes don’t – except you press this button. Which means you’re in full management of precisely what meals you wish to smoke when cooking on different modes.

For longer cooks, the smoker could be refilled twice, you simply want to recollect to press the Woodfire Flavour button whenever you prime up, to restart the ignition course of.

A brand new addition on the Professional XL was the built-in BBQ thermometer; a digital probe you insert into your meals to maintain monitor of ingredient temperatures.


Ninja Woodfire Connect XL temp probe
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It’s saved on a tray that slides beneath the entrance panel, the probe plugs in like a pair of headphones when you must use it.

That’s additionally included with the Join and there’s really room to plug two in, though you’ll solely get one included within the field.

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL temp probe 3.5mm port
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You’ll be able to clearly manually cook dinner with this probe, serving to you to realize precise goal temperatures however it’s also possible to use Ninja’s Good Prepare dinner system too, which is even higher now with the app, however extra on that in a bit.

Relying in your cooking mode you may have both the inner cooking temperature or the temperature of the meals is displayed on the LED on the entrance, alongside cooking timers, and also you’ll additionally get messages when the cook dinner is completed.


Ninja Woodfire Connect XL LED cooking time
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The LED show can be helpful through the ignition modes of the smoke field and pre-heating; which is important for all modes besides the smoker one.

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL get food on LED
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Pre-heating could be a bit sluggish really however you’re knowledgeable of the progress on the LED show and, extra precisely, on the app, which brings us properly onto…

The app

Whereas the LED show is okay and does the job, the brand new Ninja app is the place the Join actually kicks it up a notch from its non-connected brethren.

After you have paired up the app over Bluetooth and acquired your Ninja up and working on your house Wi-Fi community you then’ll be introduced with a plethora of digital bells and whistles to make the cooking expertise simpler and extra intuitive.


Ninja Woodfire Connect XL app cooking
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Something you are able to do on the LED show via the dials and buttons – i.e. altering modes, setting temperatures and including a Woodfire enhance – can all now accomplished via the app.

However that’s simply scratching the floor. The app may also be used to begin cooking periods based mostly on recipes and charts that it provides, permitting you to look via completely different proteins, cooking varieties and so forth.

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL recipes in apps
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When you’ve discovered the meat and mode you’re after, the cooking time, temperature and mode are all pinged over to the Ninja and you can begin a cook dinner with out each touching these bodily dials and buttons.

It’s additionally attainable to begin a cook dinner utilizing these bodily controls although – helpful if you wish to manually choose your individual goal temperatures – and monitor the progress via the app. And, simply since you initiated a cook dinner on the gadget itself, you may nonetheless amend it utilizing the app.


Probably the most helpful facet of the app although is the visible monitoring. Not solely does it make it clearer simply how lengthy, and at what stage, the ignition and pre-heat phases are it, it additionally provides you a terrific breakdown of your cooking stats together with temperature readings from the machine and the probe, and cooking instances.

Which means, on days whenever you’re entertaining at one finish of the backyard, you don’t need to preserve going over to the Ninja to test in your meat as you may merely whip your telephone out to test the progress – offering you’re nonetheless in Bluetooth vary or have sufficient Wi-Fi sign in your backyard to your Ninja to remain on-line.

You’ll be able to even remotely test in your cook dinner’s progress utilizing cell knowledge in case your Ninja is linked to your Wi-Fi.


I’ve been utilizing the non-Join model of the XL in my backyard for just a few weeks now, so I’m fairly used to how properly it performs.

I’ve solely had the Join up and working a few weeks now however I can guarantee you that, in the case of cook dinner efficiency, it’s the very same excessive commonplace I’ve come to anticipate from the vary.


Ninja Woodfire Connect XL cooking ribs
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Over the weekend I put it to the last word BBQ smoker check… child again ribs; a standard favorite of the style, however one which is really easy to mess up and find yourself with a load of powerful meat that received’t come off the bone.

The app didn’t even have a cook dinner chart recipe for child again ribs, which shocked me, however the recipe e-book from the non-Join XL did… 2.5 hours, smoker mode, 120°C, turning and basting each 45 minutes or so.

I additionally used a probe to watch the inner temp, aiming for round 92°C.

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL cooked ribs
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The outcome – perfection. I’ve by no means cooked ribs this properly. I’ve put in much more effort cooking them lots worse many, many instances prior to now.


The fantastic thing about the Woodfire Professional Join XL is that it’s so, really easy to each preserve a gradual temperature and hit your goal temperature.

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL courgette prawn
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Subsequent up was a dish that the Ninja skilled cooks had really demoed for me again on the launch occasion… and one I’d cooked a few instances beforehand when testing the opposite XL.

It’s a easy grilled courgette and prawn starter and I requested the cooks on the time in the event that they’d marinaded or accomplished something particular to the elements earlier than cooking they usually assured me it was merely the smoke infusion offering the additional flavours.

And so they weren’t mendacity, I merely used the grill mode, with the Woodfire Flavour button pressed, and inside about 5 minutes, I’d just about replicated the dish.

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL chicken thighs
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Subsequent up, I used the roast mode, once more with the Woodfire choice chosen to cook dinner some boneless rooster thighs. This time, the app did assist me out and I simply chucked over the chart pre-sets from there; 20 minutes, grill mode, 140°C.

Once more, perfection and the probe confirmed the inner temperature of the meat was spot on.

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL smoked meats
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I even threw in some mini sausages and a few rooster kebabs for the cook dinner too they usually had been additionally each excellent.

The roast mode, with or with out the smoke perform, principally turns the Ninja right into a mini oven (properly, not that mini) and I’ve accomplished an entire rooster in there, together with some roasted greens.

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL oven vegetables
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The air fryer mode, you received’t be shocked to listen to, what with this being Ninja, can be wonderful; I’ve had success with chips, candy potatoes and even loaded nachos.

For the air frying mode, it’s greatest to make use of the basket as this enables the air to flow into across the meals and cook dinner evenly.

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL air fryer basket
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I’m but to attempt the rehydrate or baking modes and, confession right here, I most likely by no means will nevertheless it’s good that they’re again on board.

Whereas in use throughout all modes, the gadget emits a slight hum, which can be extra noticeable throughout air-fry mode, albeit not significantly loud.

Preliminary smoke emissions throughout cooking may trigger concern, particularly on the outset, however relaxation assured, that is totally regular and your machine just isn’t on hearth.


One downside is that post-cooking, whether or not utilizing the grill plate or air fryer basket, each require hand washing as they don’t seem to be dishwasher secure.

Ninja Woodfire Connect XL fat drip tray
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Fats drips via a rear gap on the grill right into a drip tray. Ninja provides disposable drip trays that match into the primary tray, facilitating simpler cleansing. Nonetheless, personally, I discover washing the metal tray after every use to be a simple sufficient process.

Remaining ideas

The Ninja Woodfire Professional Join XL is an superior, all-in-one, out of doors cooking machine which means which you could obtain the prefect BBQ style to your meat, each time – and it’s now even simpler because of the app.

How we check

After we publish our evaluations, you may relaxation assured that they’re the results of “dwelling with” long run exams.


As a result of we’re testing new units all day, on a regular basis, we all know what issues and the way a selected gadget compares to options that you may also be contemplating.

Our evaluations are complete, goal and truthful and, after all, we’re by no means paid on to assessment a tool.

Learn our information on how we check to study extra.


What’s the distinction between the Ninja Woodfire Professional XL and the Ninja Woodfire Professional Join XL?

The Ninja Woodfire Professional Join XL has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and works with the Ninja app.

Is the Ninja Woodfire Professional Join XL an air-fryer?

Sure, you may air-fry with the Professional XL however it may well additionally roast, bake, dehydrate, smoke and grill.

Is the Ninja Woodfire Professional Join XL waterproof?

Sure, it’s IPX4 rated so you may go away it outdoor and even cook dinner within the rain.

Ninja Woodfire Professional Join XL: Specs

UK RRP £449.99
US RRP $449.75
Dimension (Dimensions) H:41 x W:57 x D:51cm
Weight 18KG
Launch Date 2024
Connectivity Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Modes Grill
Air Fry
Coating Ceramic coated
Temperature Vary Thermostat as much as 240°C​
Grill Dimension 45cm x 30cm