Ninja DT201 vs Ninja DT251 comparison – Which one is better?
Which convection oven has a better price/quality ratio? The DT201 or the DT251. In this article we will compare these Ninja® ovens and inform you about both their similarities and differences and their pros and cons.
The Ninja DT201 convection oven has a lot in common with the Ninja DT251. Both convection ovens can:
- air fry,
- whole roast,
- air roast,
- and dehydrate.
Due to the many baking/cooking options on the Ninja DT201 vs Ninja DT251 you can make many things including:
- and broil.
- Ninja DT201 vs Ninja DT251 comparison – Which one is better?
- Ninja DT201 vs DT251 comparison table summary:
- Differences of the DT201 vs DT251.
- What both the DT201 and DT251 have.
- What both the DT201 and DT251 don’t have.
- Conclusion: Ninja DT201 vs DT251 which one is better?
Ninja DT201 vs DT251 comparison table summary:
We put together a simple table so that you can see the differences and similarities of the DT201 and DT251:
|Ninja DT201||Ninja DT251|
|Has the Digital Crisp Control Technology (DCCT)||No.||No.|
|Has the Smart Cook System (SCS)||No.||Yes.|
|Has Enamel coating||Yes.||Yes|
|Has the True Surround Convection (TSC)||No.||Yes.|
|Has the Digital Display Handle (DDH)||Yes.||Yes.|
|Total Capacity||12LBS or 5.44KG.||12LBS or 5.44KG.|
|Amount of wattage used||1800W.||1800W.|
|Dimensions||17.09 L x 20.22 W x 13.34 H.||17.09 L x 20.22 W x 13.34 H.|
|Functions||Air frying, whole roasting, air roasting, baking, dehydration and reheating.||Air frying, whole roasting, air roasting, baking, dehydration and reheating.|
|Types of food you can make||Pizza, broil, toast, bagel and more.||Pizza, broil, toast, bagel and more.|
|Price||$269.99 = €230.00||$329.99 = €280.00|
Differences of the DT201 vs DT251.
If you want to compare the Ninja© ovens, you need to know the pros, cons and differences of both devices.
Ninja DT251 has the smart cooking system.
The DT251 has something the DT201 does not have: the smart cooking system (in short: SCS). The smart cooking system takes care of all the guesswork that comes with achieving a piece of meat’s perfect doneness, from rare to well done: the integrated ‘smart’ thermometer takes care of it.
If you make meat on a regular basis with an oven, I would say it is a big pro.
Ninja DT201 does not have the true surround convection function.
Due to the true surround convection, you don’t have to rotate your meal in the oven itself because the heat comes from all angles. Ninja® also claims that the function has 10 times the convection power of alternatives, but I think that is not true because your meal would probably be burned after a convection.
I think this is function is a big pro and a must have for people that often make convection meals.
The DT251 is more expensive than the DT201.
In terms of pricing, the DT201 is 40$ cheaper than the DT251 and with the average USA worker earning 25$ an hour, this means that you have to work ~two hours for the true surround convection and the smart cooking system on the DT251.
So if you pick one of these ovens, it means that you could pay 40$ extra for the true surround convection and the smart cooking system, if that is worth it for you, then pick the Ninja® DT251 and if you don’t need the extra functions, you should pick the Ninja® DT201.
What both the DT201 and DT251 have.
Whichever oven you pick, they have some similarities that you will always have.
Both Ninja® ovens have the same Enamel coating, this is a glassy like substance adding a really cool shiny effect to the coating of your oven.
An enamel coating doesn’t only look good, it also has some amazing properties (according to Wikipedia):
- Durable, this makes sure that your oven will be long lasting.
- Withstands extreme temperatures and is non-flammable, this is of course very handy for a hot oven.
- Long lasting UV, climate and corrosion resistance.
- Dirt-repellent and graffiti-proof, cleaning your oven could be really hard, but the enamel coating both have will repel dirt easily.
- Resistant to abrasion and chemicals.
- Easy cleaning and maintenance.
Digital Display Handle .
Both the DT201 and DT251 come with a Digital Display Handle preventing accidental changes to cooking cycles by freezing the display settings when the door is open.
I personally open my oven doors a lot when making something with meat to check the insides of the flesh, so for me this is a handy feature.
But for normal usage, this feature won’t really matter, it’s cool to have tho.
Capacity and size.
The capacity and size is the same in both the Ninja DT201 and DT251: 17.09 L x 20.22 W x 13.34 H with a capacity of ~12LBS/5.44KG, this should be enough for normal usage, but if you want to make a high cake or something, it could be a little too small. But you should be able to make two pizza’s at once.
In a Ninja DT201 vs Ninja DT251 wattage match, they would both win, because they don’t use that many energy at all. The average is around 4000 Watts (according to directenergy.com) and the DT201 and DT251 both use only 1800W. Wattage is an unit of energy used per second (joules per second), so a low wattage means that relatively less energy is used to heat your food than in alternative ovens.
Besides the normal whole roasting, air roasting, baking and dehydration functions, the DT201 and DT251 both have more in store than usual ovens: air frying and dehydration.
In the surge of healthier/less calorie dense snacks last millennia, an air fryer can come in handy because air-fried snacks have 70-80% less calories than deep-frying (according to newair.com).
Before learning about the Ninja© ovens, I had never heard of a dehydration function, but apparently it is used to dehydrate food to make it last longer/make it taste better and you can even make your own wraps, crackers or raw breads with this function.
I would say it is a pro that both oven have this function, because it could always come in handy and it is just a cool function to have.
Types of food.
Both ovens can make at least Pizza’s, broils, toasts and bagels. This was to be expected for an oven, so this is not a pro nor a con.
What both the DT201 and DT251 don’t have.
The DT201 and DT251 don’t have all features, some alternatives have and may be in need for your ideal cooking experience.
Digital Crisp Control Technology (DCCT)
The Ninja DT201 nor the Ninja DT251 has the Digital Crisp Control Technology (DCCT), so this is a con for both.
The DCCT is a Precision-controlled temperature, heat source, and airflow for ultimate versatility and optimum cooking performance (You can control time/heat/temperature precisely).
But once again, if you are not a professional cook wanting to control heat accurate to ~0.1 degree Celsius/Fahrenheit, you probably won’t really need it.
Conclusion: Ninja DT201 vs DT251 which one is better?
- The Ninja® DT251 is better if you want to pay 40$ for two extra features you probably won’t need.
- Else, the Ninja® DT201 is better.
In my opinion, both ovens are actually really good, but I would prefer the Ninja DT201 over the DT251.
What are the pros and cons of the the DT201?
- Low price.
- Low wattage.
- Enamel coating.
- Many functions.
- Does not have the digital crisp technology.
What are the pros and cons of the DT251.
- The real surround convection feature is great.
- The DT251 also uses a low wattage, has an enamel coating and has many functions.
- Price is relatively higher.
- New functions are a pro and not a pre.