Hullo! Sharing what I believe to be an all-time low for this pressure cooker (minus the Amazon pricing error in 2017).
I've been attracted to the idea of an Instant Pot for quite a while, as an all-in-one unit to replace my slow cooker & rice cooker, as well as experiment with a modern safe pressure cooker that allows me to chuck all the ingredients in and walk away while it's cooking. While they go on sale for a decent price relatively often, that $150-$200 mark was still a little bit more than I wanted to spend on a whim.
So, I got researching, and was about to bite the bullet on the Phillips All-In-One for $149 off Amazon as one of the most commonly suggested alternatives, but diving deep into the reviews was reaching a common consensus: the non-stick pans aren't great, start to flake unhealthy stuff even if you avoid using metal implements, and most people ended up spending another $50 for a stainless steel pot (which the Instant Pot comes with by default).
The hunt was on: a good budget alternative that comes with a stainless steel pot. After ages trawling reviews across multiple sites (most of the reviews on eBay FYI), I reckon this Heller model is the one. I got it today and have made a rice pudding & spaghetti bolognaise (threw dry pasta in with the sauce!), and while they were pretty good, I can tell meals out of this are going to be excellent after I dial in the right times through experimentation.
Things to note:
- The Instant Pot gets to a maximum pressure of approximately 11-12 PSI pressure, while this gets to 10. I couldn't find this stat for the Philips. You may have to experiment with a slightly longer cook time when you're transferring over recipes written for the Instant Pot.
- This doesn't have a yoghurt setting like the Instant Pot & Philips has. Unsure if it's still possible to dial it in manually.
- This has a fixed pressure (as mention above, 10PSI), which would be cross-compatible with recipes that mention the 'high' setting for other units. There is no comparable 'low' setting
- The manual / presets are a little bit dorky compared to the other more prominent units, and it makes mention of a glass lid for the pot (for slow cooking) and a steamer rack that it does NOT come with. You could buy both of these accessories as generics just fine (I believe any 22cm glass saucepan lid should fit).
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