Instant Pot Reviews – As the world is moving fast traditional pressure cooker seems slow and we need something quick which matches with this fast-moving world where people have no time to wait for food to be cooked in traditional slow cooker.
Instant Pot Reviews: Buy Best InstaPot Electric Pressure Cooker of 2018
What is Instant Pot(Insta Pot)?
Instant Pot is the new product in the family of the pressure cooker. It cooks food instantly and quickly. It is a multi-use programmable electric pressure cooker with great functionality. It is of great use who cannot cook and also helpful for students who study abroad and do not know cooking can use this instant pot to cook food and they can also extend their menu for cooking good food. Cooking definitely becomes fun with this instant pot. It is perfect for the busy lifestyle.
This Instant pot speeds up cooking by 2-6 times as compared to the traditional pressure cooker and uses 70% less energy. It generates no noise while leaking steam and has lid holders for both left and right-handed users and the exterior stainless steel body is fingerprint resistant. This single kitchen appliance does the work of seven kitchen gadgets including rice-cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, sauté pan and pressure cooker.
It is designed with a touch screen’s intuitive interface which makes programming seamless. It displays the real-time temperature of the cooking progress of food. The automated steam release helps to avoid overcooking certain food. While steaming tomatoes for soup quick release method can be programmed and steam will be released as soon as the pressure cooking time is complete. You can also wash the pot safely even if there is the electronic lid.
Some of the key features of instant pot include:
- It is stainless steel which is a good material for cooking healthy food
- It is a multi-use gadget as it replaces stove and oven and also many other kitchen appliances
- It replaces traditional slow cooker and provides better results
- It saves a lot of time as it cooks quickly in very less time
- It is cost effective
- It also saves space and fits easily in small kitchens also
- It allows you to program up to 24 hours in advance and there are also other options for pre-programmed for easy use.
- It has three temperature settings for slow cooking, sauté making and keeping food warm.
- It is certified with UL & ULC which provides safety.
- It is built with 13 safeties proven technologies.
- It is energy efficient and utilizes 70% less energy,
- It is easy to clean and the dish washes it.
- It is made from stainless steel which guarantees to last long.
- The product is also available in different models such as Instant pot ultra, duo, smart, lux.
There are five sensors available with Max helps us to be more dependable and safer to use instant pot. These sensors are: pressure sensor, thermal sensors under the cooking pot and inside the lid, and position sensors for the lid and float valve;
Instant Pot Max is the first cooker which achieves the full temperature cooking spectrum from fermentation, sous vide, simmering, boiling, pressure cooking to searing and browning.
It also protects you with built-in 13 Instant Pot proven safety technologies:
- Anti-Block shield
- safety lid lock
- Automatic pressure control
- Automatic temperature control
- Overheat protection
- Electrical fuse
- Thermal Fuse
- Pressure regulator
- close lid detection
- on-screen error display
- smart detection of a leaky lid
- pressure indicator
- wireless lid detection.
Many versions of Instant Pot are available in the market each with slight variation in function and features.
- Instant Pot Ultra
- Instant Pot Duo
- Instant Pot Duo Plus
- Instant Pot Lux
- Instant Pot Smart Bluetooth
Let’s see in detail about these Instant Pot electric cooker.
Instant Pot Ultra 3-quart
Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Cooker for a greater degree of customization and control for even greater precision cooking. The Ultra combines the functions of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice/Porridge Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté/Searing, Steamer, Warmer, Sterilizer, and, truly new and unique feature, the Ultra program.
The ‘Ultra’ provides complete custom programming for pressure and non-pressure cooking. It is 3-quarts cooker with a 700W heating element. It has built-in 14 smart programs such as Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Egg, Slow Cook, Saute/Searing, Rice, Porridge, Steam, Sterilize, Yogurt, Warm, Pressure Cook, and Ultra.
The ‘Ultra’ is designed with a large, blue LCD display with a ‘Cooking Indicator’ providing one a visual on the progress of your dish from preheating, through the cooking phase, and Keep Warm. A central dial with a simple turn and press allows to select and adjust the program. And, the new ‘Quick Release Button’ ensures the safer handling of the steam release after cooking is completed. It has many smart programs for smart cooking such as Ultra program, Sterilize program, Egg program, Altitude Adjustment, Large, blue LCD display with a Progress Indicator, Dual pressure settings, and Quick & Easy Program Adjustments.
You can also customize each program and create your own detailed programs without the use of an app, with Instant Pot Ultra. There is a dial with which you can increase cooking temperature by twisting the dial. It also allows you to make detailed custom programs, selecting the cook time, pressure level, exact temperature, length of the delay timer, and whether or not to switch to “keep warm” at the end of the cooking cycle.
This is a 10-in-1 model with the following functions:
- Pressure cook
- Slow cook
- Make yogurt
- Cook rice
- Make Cakes
- Cook eggs
Instant Pot Duo
Instant Pot Duo Mini is 7-in-1 Multicooker which has all the features of Instant Pot Duo Series. It is developed with 3rd generation technology with the embedded microprocessor.
It has three models:
- Duo Mini(3-quart 700W)
- Duo 60(6-quart 1000W)
- Duo 80(8-quart 1200W).
The Duo Mini kitchen appliance combines the functions of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice/Porridge Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté/Searing Pan, Steamer, and Warmer. It has built-in 11 smart programs such as Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Slow Cook, Saute/Searing, Rice, Porridge, Steam, Yogurt, Keep Warm, and Pressure Cook, your favorite dishes are as simple as pressing a button.
It emits very little steam, heat or cooking aroma and can be fitted in very small space also and therefore easy to carry while traveling. Since it is fully sealed it traps the flavors, nutrients, and aromas in the food instead of releasing them throughout the home. Little water is required for cooking so that the nutrients do not get dissolved in it and you get to eat nutritious food.
Each program has three option for settings such as (less, normal, and more), three temperature in Saute for searing, simmering or thickening. There are also three temperature option in the slow cooker and keep warm where keep warm holds the temperature of the meal until you’re ready to serve. It keeps the food warm up to 10 hours. It has LED screen that displays cooking time status. It is UL& ULC certified which gives you safety.
Instant Pot Duo Plus
Instant Pot Duo Plus is the next evolution in the Duo series and it is 9-in-1 programmable kitchen appliance with advanced microprocessor technology. The microprocessor monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration.
It has three models:
- Duo Plus Mini(3-quart 700W)
- Duo Plus 6(6-quart 1000W)
- Duo Plus 8(8-quart 1200W).
Duo Plus mini is perfect for the family of two and can easily be carried while traveling while Duo Plus 6 is perfect for the family of four and Duo plus 8 is perfect for the family of six and more.
It has 15 built-in smart programs such as Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Cake, Egg, Slow Cook, Sauté/Searing, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Sterilize, Yogurt, Keep Warm, and Pressure Cook, your favorite dishes are as simple as pressing a button.
The Duo Plus includes 3 new programs, Cake, Egg, and Sterilize. The Cake program has been designed to pressure cook soft and moist cakes; whereas, the Egg program has been created to prepare perfect eggs in just a few minutes. With the Sterilize program, one can pasteurize milk, and sterilize baby bottles, jars, and utensils. It also has the Front panel with 4 new options that indicate cooking status such as Heat, Pressure cook, Keep warm and Sound.
Heat– indicates heating and cooking in progress.
Pressure cook– indicates a pressure cook program is selected.
Keep warm– indicates if it is ON/OFF and accordingly keep food warm for up to 10 hours after cooking.
Sound-indicates if the sound is ON/OFF when the lid is closed properly and cooking starts or it is completed.
This DUO plus instant pot provides the power supply of 120V to 60 Hz.
Instant Pot Smart Bluetooth
Instant Pot Smart is a revolutionary multi-programmable Smart Cooker. It has Bluetooth connectivity that allows programming and monitoring from smartphones or tablets. Therefore it is said Smart Pot. There is also free iOS and Android application available to be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play Store. With this technology, you can program cooking steps in recipe script on your smartphone and execute on cooker wirelessly. With an app, you can also share the recipe with your friends. This pot can adapt any traditional, modern and international recipe easily. Also, the durable 3-ply bottom stainless steel inner pot eliminates the health concerns of non-stick coating.
It combines the benefits of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté pan, Yogurt Maker, Food Warmer and more. Special features include 3 temperatures in Sauté for browning, simmering or thickening, and 3 temperatures in Slow Cook to complete the tasks of a common slow cooker. It has built-in 14 Smart Programs such as Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Saute, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Yogurt, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, and Pressure Cook.
Instant Pot Lux
Instant Pot Lux 8 Quart 6 in 1 Programmable multi-cooker built with the latest 3rd generation technology with an embedded microprocessor. The microprocessor does the work of monitoring pressure, the temperature keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration. It replaces 6 kitchen appliances, it combines the functions of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer.
Lux series comes in four models:
- Lux 30: 3qt cooking pot and 700W heating element
- Lux 50: 5qt cooking pot and 900W heating element
- Lux 60: 6qt cooking pot and 1000W heating element
- Lux 80: 8qt cooking pot and 1200W heating element
It has 12 smart built-in programs such as Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Cake, Egg, Saute, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Keep Warm, Pressure Cook and Slow Cook, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button.
It has no chemical coating and 3-ply inner pot stainless steel bottom is extremely durable and leaves no health concerns as associated with non-stick coatings. Brushed stainless steel exterior is fingerprint resistant with a large, clear display panel.
Safety measures such as Electrical current and temperature fuse cuts off power if the current or internal temperature exceeds safety limits and Pressure protection will release excess pressure into the internal chamber in a dangerous situation.
Some Limitations of Instant Pot
Since it is an electronic appliance you have to be very careful about following all the essential steps for perfect cooking.
The rubber ring should be perfectly sealed inside the pot since it is steam and pressure pot, forgetting it will result in burnt food.
Also, you have to wait until the pressure is built completely to cook properly. If you forget to place the pot inside and start the pot it will be disaster and damage Instant Pot.
I think we should also keep updating ourselves in this competitive fast running world and adopt the changes and new revolutions. This Instant pot best fits new generation requirements and is the best cooking appliance which provides safe and smart cooking in this smart world.