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Can Instant Pot replace 7 devices: TEST


Source: Consumer Reports

Do you already have an Instant Pot? This kitchen gadget captures the minds and kitchens of almost every housewife. Instant Pot DUO60 7-to-1 worth US dollars 100 has become the best-selling multi-function kitchen appliance on Amazon. It is tempting to buy a device for 100 dollars that will replace the 7 of other gadgets in the kitchen. But is it really?

Consumer Reports tested all 7 functions Instant Pot DUO60 7-to-1comparing it with seven devices that he promises to replace.

The manufacturer claims that after purchasing this device you will no longer need a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, appliance for heating and everything that you use for a sauté.


В Consumer Reports checked 7-functional Instant Pot and found that food didn't always taste better, but Instant Pot really cooked faster than the stove. But can Instant Pot Really replace 7 devices from the storefront?

In the laboratory kitchen, the testers decided to oppose each of the device's functions to another device, which it is said to replace.

Specialists Consumer Reports bought an autonomous pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker (Slow-Cooker), yogurt maker, electric steamer, food warmer and induction panel, choosing models of leading brands, and compared them with Instant Pot.

Instant Pot vs. T-Fal CY505E Electric Pressure Cooker

  • Test result: Instant Pot wins by a small margin

У Instant Pot It took 54 minutes to cook juicy and tender pork ribs. Have T-fal for $ 70, a similar result took 56 minutes (for objectivity, the same ribs were cooked for 2 hours in the oven). “To give the ribs a crispy crust, we brushed them with barbecue sauce and cooked in an oven set at 450 ° F for 15 minutes,” says Bernie Deitrick, CR test engineer.

Incidentally, T-fal offers the same cooking options as Instant Pot, with the exception of yogurt, but it also has automatic settings for making oatmeal, baby food, baking and soup. (Instant Pot Equipped with an uncoated 6 quartless stainless bowl and offers more cooking options than other electric pressure cookers that have passed the test, many of them have non-stick coatings.

Instant Pot vs Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S Slow Cooker

  • Test result: draw

Slow cooker function in Instant Pot and an autonomous slow cooker prepared tender and tasty pork. But y Instant Pot this process took a little longer than Crock-Pot for 55 dollars.

Since this is called slow cooking, the minimum time difference was not fundamental. Round bowl Instant Pot not suitable for large pieces of meat, such as pork loin, as good as an oval Crock-Pot, but in the end, there is practically no difference.

Instant Pot vs Aroma ARC-914SBD Rice Cooker

  • Test result: Instant Pot wins

Two cups of brown rice cooked in an 35 dollar rice cooker AROMA exactly an hour Whereas Instant Pot coped with the task for 45 minutes with the same taste of the resulting dish.

Instant Pot vs Hamilton Beach 37530Z Steamer

  • Test result: steamer wins

Double boiler Hamilton Beach for $ 40 spent more time on 5 minutes to prepare a vegetable mix of broccoli and carrots, but it was worth the wait: the vegetables were more crispy and kept their color. Steamed vegetables in Instant Pot, boiled soft, their color faded. Most likely, the fact is that Instant Pot cooks on pressed steam, and the lid is locked during cooking, so you cannot check the vegetables (or what you cook) in the process.

You can watch the cooking through the transparent lid. Hamilton Beach. This device offers the opportunity to cook a couple of dishes at once, which is also an advantage. You can arrange products with a longer cooking time in the lower bowl (for example, chicken breasts, fish steaks, red potatoes), and put those that cook faster faster — pumpkin, green beans, etc.

Instant Pot vs Euro Cuisine YM100 Yogurt Maker

  • Test result: draw

Both of these devices prepared delicious classic yogurt during the fermentation process, which takes at least 8 hours. Seven glass jars in Euro cuisine for 40 dollars hold 42 ounces of yogurt.

Same process in Instant Pot requires involvement - heating the milk to a certain temperature, cooling, again, to specific numbers before adding the leaven - but can make more yogurt in the same time, about 128 ounces, almost a full gallon.

Instant Pot vs. Nu-Wave PIC Flex Precision 30532 Induction Cooktop

  • Test result: winning induction panel

Most of us cook dishes that need to be fried quickly and strongly on the stove. But for the test, the testers decided to compare Instant Pot with plug induction hob. Grilling and zazharka - the weakest function Instant Pot.

The device does not have enough power for good roasting, therefore, although Kung Pao chicken prepared well, it didn’t get too brown, which slightly affected the taste. Induction hob Nu-wave for 70 dollars is a portable device with a single induction element, which proved to be much better when frying and frying both chicken and peanuts, in about half of the cases. Nu-wave Comes with a 9-inch nonstick frying pan, so you can start cooking by barely unpacking the device.

Instant Pot vs Oster Triple Warming Tray CKSTBSTW00

  • Test result: heater wins

You can cook pasta, for example, on a regular stove, transfer it to Instant Pot and use the temperature preservation function to keep the pasta warm for dinner or party. But you can not adjust the temperature for different products.

When you are taking family or friends away, you may need a special heater. Oster for 50 dollars, it allows you to set the temperature between 140 ° F and 180 ° F and offers 3 separate trays with transparent lids that allow you to see the heated food.

Conclusion Consumer Reports

"Even when Instant Pot does not work as well as dedicated devices for specific functions, it does, ”says Deitrick. And at the same time it takes up much less storage space than the 7 devices it replaces. "

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