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Instant Omni:Finding One,Choosing the Right Mode, and Getting Started

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As Julie Andrews sang to the Von Trapp children, “Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start.” So where do we start? Well, you’ve got to find one, and hopefully by the time you are reading this, they are easier to find then they are at the time I am writing this.

Where Can You Find the Omni?

So before I start talking about how to find an Omni, I will preface it by saying that at the time I found one (September 13, 2019), it was quite the ordeal. At the time I am writing this, Instant Omni’s can only be found in specific Walmarts. Rumor is that in December, the Omni Plus will be available and possibly you can order them on Amazon. Until then, here are the things I learned on my hunt to find an Instant Omni 9 in 1 Toaster and Air Fryer.

1. Utilize the Walmart App

I live in NYC and Walmarts near me are few and far between. Not only that, but tolls, traffic, and time make it impossible to just drive around to different Walmarts searching shelves. The best way to narrow it down is to use the Walmart app.  Make sure “NextDAY Delivery” is not selected and then type in “Instant Omni” in the search bar.walmartapp

Click on “At Your Store” tab. If one does not show up, then click on the “Change” link to find other stores near you.

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A list of stores near you will come up and you can click on those one at a time until you find a store that says they have some in stock. If you can’t find one in a store near you, change the zip code location and try ones farther away.

2. Call the store.

Once you find one through the app, you are going to want to purchase it right away. DON’T. I tried 3 times to buy them through the app. I would purchase it and get an email about 24 hrs later that they were no longer in stock and my purchase was canceled. I am not sure if that happened because they were sold out before they pulled them off the shelf for me or if the website was wrong. Either way, it was very frustrating. So if you find a store that has one in stock, call the store and ask them to check.

3. Go to the Store and buy it in person.

Once you have confirmation they have them in your store, I highly recommend going there and buying it in person. However, if you do buy it online, know that if they run out before they put it aside, they will refund your money.

Now that you have one, you can watch my video on unboxing and how to get started or scroll down to learn about each of the modes.

WHAT MODE DO I USE?

The great thing about Instant products, is their ease of use and their pre-set modes which they call Smart Programs. However, it can be confusing as to what makes each mode different and which mode you should use to cook your own recipes. I found it helpful in converting and creating my own recipes for the Instant Omni and other products, if I know exactly what each mode does so I can compare and contrast and set it to the perfect mode, temperature, and time.

First, here are the pre-set times and temperatures that default when you press each mode for the first time or reset it. However, the Omni will default to the last time and temperature you used previously.

  • Air Fry:        400 degrees F / 18 mins
  • Toast:            Temp 2 / Level 3
  • Bake:             350 degrees F / 40 mins
  • Broil:             450 degrees F / 10 mins
  • Roast:            365 degrees F / 40 mins
  • Dehydrate:   135 degrees F / 8 hours

Here are the specifics of each mode:

Air Fry

Temperature Range : 180 – 450 degrees F

Time Range: 5 – 45 mins

Functions available: Rotate and Preheat

Functions unavailable: Bottom Heating Element and Fan Adjustment

Bake

Temperature Range : 180 – 450 degrees F

Time Range: 1 min – 4 hours

Functions available: Top and Bottom Heating Elements, Preheat, and Fan Adjustment      (Hi/Lo)

Functions unavailable: Rotate

Broil

Temperature Range : 350 – 450 degrees F

Time Range: 2 – 20 mins

Functions available: Fan Adjustment (Hi/Lo) and Rotate

Functions unavailable: Preheat and Bottom Heating Element

Roast

Temperature Range : 180 – 450 degrees F

Time Range: 20 mins – 4 hours

Functions available: Fan Adjustment (Hi/Lo), Rotate, and Preheat

Functions unavailable: Bottom Heating Element

Dehydrate

Temperature Range : 85 – 175 degrees F

Time Range: 30 mins – 72 hours

Functions available: Rotate and Fan Adjustment (Hi/Lo), Bottom Heating Element

Functions unavailable: Preheat

Toast

Temperature Range : 1 – 5 Level

Time Range: 1 (1:20 mins) – 6 (4:20 mins)

Functions available: Top and Bottom Heating Elements

Functions unavailable: Fan, Rotate, and Preheat

Reheat

Temperature Range : 120 – 360 degree F

Time Range: 5 – 60 mins

Functions available: Bottom Heating Element

Functions unavailable: Rotate and Fan Adjustment

*On the functions that do not use the Bottom Heating Element (Air Fry, Broil, and Roast) you can place the cooking tray on the very bottom level above the heating elements to help with drips.

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Only use the tray on the bottom position on modes that don’t use the bottom heating elements.

Inserting the Rotisserie Spit

Unlike the Vortex Plus, the Omni does not have a lever to engage the Rotisserie spit when inserting and removing it. To insert/remove the spit, you simply place the pointed end of the spit into the circular housing on the right side and then slide the square end onto the bracket on the left.

A Few More Tips

  • If you have a crazy dog like mine, that gets annoyed with beeping sounds, you can turn off all sounds by holding in the Temp and Time knobs for 3 seconds.
  • You can reset all the Smart Programs to their default Time and Temp, by pressing and holding your finger over the “CANCEL” button for 3 seconds.
  • Wipe down and spills or stains before starting the Omni oven again. I use a damp Norwex cloth which works great.
  • Use the wire rack in different positions and flip upside down to bake food.
  • When baking cakes or delicate desserts, press the “CONVECT” button and change the fan to “Lo”.
  • To preheat the oven faster, choose a mode that uses both top and bottom heating elements. Then once it preheats, hit cancel and then change to the desired mode.

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Hi Lana, Could you give me the internal dimensions and the dimensions of the accessories, please? I am trying to decide between this and the Cosori Toaster Oven! Thank you 🙂

Renee
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Renee

I’m confused – on Toast you wrote that it’s functions available are top and bottom heating elements but under functions unavailable it says bottom heating element.

So does the Omni toast both top and bottom at the same time?

Sara Denbo
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Sara Denbo

Do you think they will make extra wire racks and baskets available for the Omni Plus? I can only fit 8 wings on the basket, and had bought 32 to cook! My family doesn’t want me to cut off the little wing thing,.

Renee
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Renee

We found a crisp frying basket/pan combo at walmart. It’s copper in color and was less than 10 bucks. It’s working great in our Omni.

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traderdave007

Hi Lana, thanks for posting all your videos and I really appreciate this Mode guide. The manuals for the Omni plus are pretty bad, both the one that comes with it and the pdf version have inconsistency and errors. For example, on page 25 under the recommended cooking times and placements, for fries they manual says the placement is the rotisserie basket. The toaster oven doesn’t have rotisserie basket! They must have just copied this from the Vortex plus manual and erroneously put it in this manual. I wish the Omni plus did have a rotisserie basket, maybe eventually they… Read more »

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traderdave007

Hi Lana, thanks for posting all your videos and I really appreciate this Mode guide. The manuals for the Omni plus are pretty bad, both the one that comes with it and the pdf version have inconsistency and errors. For example, on page 25 under the recommended cooking times and placements, for fries they manual says the placement is the rotisserie basket. The toaster oven doesn’t have rotisserie basket! They must have just copied this from the Vortex plus manual and erroneously put it in this manual. I wish the Omni plus did have a rotisserie basket, maybe eventually they… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

I meant rotate

asnowrose
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asnowrose

Question. The black pan that comes with the omni is too tight to get in and out easily and is scratching the inside of the omni. Do you have that problem and if so any solutions? Thank you.

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Jeanne Jandt

Hi Lana, I love your reviews and videos, so thanks for making them! I’m considering the Omni Plus, but I’m wondering how fast it cooks and crisps? Specifically, I’m wondering about hard cooking eggs in their shells, what temperature and time does the Omni take to hard cook 6 eggs? I currently have a Power Air Fryer Oven 360 and 6 eggs take 21 minutes at 300° Also, does it crisp wings well? Mine doesn’t, so that’s another thing I’m interested in. I’m afraid to get another oven type and it not be any better then what I have already.… Read more »

Jennifer
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Jennifer

I just got the Omni and I am wondering what are the 2 metal tabs on the inside left side for, it stops you from using all the levels in the oven with the baking pan?

Fred F
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Fred F

You indicate that the bottom heating elements are not active in the Roast mode. This is not true of my new Omni Plus. Does this indicate a problem with my device?
Also, there appears to be a heating coil in the top center of the oven, just below the fan. This does not appear to heat in any mode (i.e., it does not glow as the heating rods do). Again, is this a problem?

Sue
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Sue

Are there additional wire racks available to purchase? If so, could you provide a link?