Instant Pot Smart Bluetooth 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer
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- Instant Pot 7-in-1 Smart electric pressure cooker is a revolutionary kitchen appliance with Bluetooth connectivity, easy to use interfaces to control and monitor cooking progress through graphics. Free app provides recipes and more - Cooking procedures can be written in recipe scripts to execute and share.
- Built with 14 Smart Programs – Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Yogurt, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, and Pressure Cook; now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button
- Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution
- Built with the latest 3rd generation technology with an embedded microprocessor. The microprocessor monitors the pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time. Includes dual pressure (low/high), 3 temperatures for sauté and slow cook, and automatic keep warm.
- UL certified with 10 safety mechanisms designed to eliminate many common errors providing you with peace of mind. Saves up to 70% in time and energy
- Accessories include – steam rack with handles, recipe booklet, serving spoon, soup spoon, measuring cup, and mini red mitts. To maximize performance of cooker only use genuine Instant Pot accessories
- Replaces 7 common kitchen appliances – pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge cooker, yogurt maker, sauté/searing, steamer, and warmer
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Smart Bluetooth 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker
With Advanced Microprocessor Technology.
Program and monitor cooking progress in graphics from your smartphone or tablet.
Alexa Skill & Free App
Alexa guided cooking, and free app allows you to program complex cooking steps in recipe scripts and execute on cooker.
Write your own recipe script to program and cook with precision. Share your favourite recipe scripts with your friends.
Replaces 7 common kitchen appliances
Including a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Steamer, Sauté and Warmer.
Custom Timer Pre-sets
Time your cooking with accuracy with two programmable timer pre-sets.
Ultimate Custom Programming
For the home chef looking for a greater degree of customization and control for even greater precision cooking.
Stainless Steel Cooking Pot, Steam Rack & Lid
Healthy, food grade 304 (18/8), no chemical coatings with inner pot markings at and 2/3 for pressure cooking safety. The cooking pot, lid and steam rack are dishwasher safe.
Through Microprocessor technology monitors the pressure, temperature, keeps time and adjusts heating intensity and duration.
UL & ULC certification:
Instant Pot has been designed with 10 safety mechanisms and patented technologies.
Safety Without Compromise
Has been carefully designed to eliminate many common errors which may cause harm
- 1. Pressure Regulator ensures working pressure below the safety limit.
- nti-Blockage Vent prevents food debris from blocking the vent.
- 3. Safety lid lock prevents accidental opening of the cooker while it is pressurized.
- 4. Designed with a sensor for lid position detection, monitors whether the lid is in an unsafe position for pressure cooking.
- 5. Automatic temperature control regulates temperature based on the type of program being selected.
- 6. Temperature monitoring avoids burning food.
- 7. Pressure controller keeps pressure always in the safe range.
- 8. Electrical current and temperature fuse cuts off power if the current or internal temperature exceeds safety limits.
- 9. Pressure protection releases excess pressure into internal chamber in a dangerous situation.
- 10. Smart detection of leaky lid (e.g. steam release is in the open position).
|Lux V3 6Qt||Duo Mini 3 Qt||Duo 6Qt, 8Qt||Duo Plus 6Qt||Smart Bluetooth 6Qt||Ultra 6Qt|
|6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker||7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker||7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker||9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker||7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker||10-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker|
|Smart Built-In Programs (microprocessor technology)||12||11||14||14||15||16|
|Pot Size , Heating Element Power, Voltage and Display||6 Quart / 1000W / 120V~60Hz / LED||3 Quart / 700W / 120V~60Hz / LED||6 Quart / 1000W / 120V~60Hz / LED 8 Quart / 1200W / 120V~60Hz / LED||6 Quart / 1000W / 120V~60Hz / LCD||6 Quart / 1000W / 120V~60Hz / LCD||6 Quart / 1000W / 120V~60Hz / LCD|
|Control Type||Button||Button||Button||Button||Button and through Smartphone or tablet||Dial and Button|
|Pressure Cooking Time||Up to 4 hours||Up to 6 hours||Up to 4 hours||Up to 4 hours||Up to 2 hours||Up to 6 hours|
|Safety (UL/ULC certified)||10 Safety Features||10 Safety Features||10 Safety Features||10 Safety Features||10 Safety Features||11 Safety Features. 11th feature - Quick Release Button|
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Instant Pot Smart 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Cooker is a revolutionary Smart kitchen appliance designed with the objective of being convenient, dependable and safe. Bluetooth allows you to program and monitor the progress from your smart devices. A free app not only provides recipes, it allows you to program cooking steps in recipe scripts on your devices to execute and share. It speeds up cooking by up to 2-6 times using 70% less energy while producing nutritious, healthy and tasty dishes with consistent results. It replaces 7 common kitchen appliances - pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge cooker, yogurt maker, sauté/searing, steamer, and warmer; and, built with 14 Smart Programs - Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Yogurt, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, and Pressure Cook – Your favorite recipes are as easy as pressing a button. Dual pressure settings for fast and flexible cooking, 3 temperatures for Sauté and Slow Cook, a 24-hour “Delay Start” for delay cooking, and, “Automatic Keep Warm” hold the temperature of the food until you serve. The cooker generates almost no noise and leaks no steam; aromas are trapped in the food without heating up the kitchen. The 3-ply stainless steel inner pot bottom is extremely durable and leaves no health concerns associated with non-stick coatings. Developed with the latest 3rd generation technology with an embedded microprocessor which monitors, the pressure, temperature, keeps time and adjusts heating intensity. These greatly improve cooking results and maintain consistence. Instant Pot is carefully designed to eliminate many common errors that may cause harm or spoil food. It passed stringent UL certification providing you uncompromised safety and peace of mind; protect you with 10 safety mechanisms and patented technologies.
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Having purchased 2 extra pot inserts for my Duo, many times I found myself preparing two or three courses, one right after the other. I wanted another Instant Pot so that I could cook two things at a time and get dinner on the table even faster. So- I bought the Smart Cooker right when they were being released, and received it in December 2014. I love to cook, and the technology as well as the ability to have an app where I could store everything to do with my Instant Pot in one place really excited me, so rather than purchasing another Duo I decided to go for the Smart Pot for several reasons, one of which was the convenience of using the app to store recipes that I have created along with cooking/timing instructions that I thought could be stored in the app. I could pull out my phone and have everything at my fingertips...I thought. Unfortunately I am disappointed to say the least with the app that accompanies the technology.
With several months of use now behind me, the following are complaints I have about the app: (I have zero problems with the pot)
1. Except for the included recipes that come with the app, you must access your recipe elsewhere instead of having your downloaded or created recipes available to reference within the app itself. There is also no way to write in the app to add custom recipes or make notes.
In other words, you can download scripts that go with recipes from the web, but you can't download the recipe itself, nor the photo included with the recipe/instructions. Therefore, you must access your recipe from another source. As of today there are 21 recipes in the app which were included with the app. That's it. All you can do is put scripts that go with recipes in there, but no recipes to accompany the scripts.
***Note: The very limited number of recipes that are included with the app have the full recipes, photos, plus instructions included, as well as the script that accompanies the recipe. I assumed when purchasing the Smart Pot, that the recipes on the web which were advertised as being downloadable by Instant Pot would appear the same in the app as the recipes included with the app. I also assumed I could add my own recipes.
2. Disorganization of recipe scripts: there is no way to categorize or alphabetize added scripts-
As if not being able to write and add recipes or download recipes isn't bad enough, additionally there is also no way to organize scripts. The scripts are difficult to locate, as there is no way to organize them to help you locate the scripts that you have downloaded or customized and added.What happens when you download or create a script is that the name of the script will show up in a little box at the bottom of your app. No photo (or recipe) to accompany that, but just the name of the script and script instructions for pot. What you will have are scripts which you have downloaded mixed in with scripts that you've created yourself. To find a recipe script you will have to laterally and literally scroll through all the other recipe script names. There is no search window to search, no way to categorize nor alphabetize. When you're in a hurry, that's a real drag.
An example of frustration due to this lack of organization capabilities: I have made my own scripts for many single items such as different kinds of dried beans, soaked beans, potatoes whole and chunked, frozen lima beans, etc. The reason why I do this is so that I won't have to look up the timing for said food somewhere else which is the same reason I wanted to add recipes. The problem in finding these scripts is that there is no way to categorize them or put them in alphabetical order to find them. Therefore, I must scroll through my entire list of scripts to find the one I'm looking for. It would be like going to the library and walking down the isle hoping to find the book your looking for, without the use of a card catalog. Frustrating and time consuming. I have a lot of scripts!
3. Some bugs in the included recipes that have not been fixed:
One example is "Perfect Basmati Rice". The creator of this script, Laura from "Hip Pressure" has told me a few months ago that the script should read "Hold to high pressure for 3 minutes," "Pause for 10," which is the way it is actually written on her site. (high pressure for 3, release pressure after 10 minutes) Yet still on the app, the script states "Hold to high pressure for 4 minutes", "Pause Hot for 10," "Pause done 01". The rice was turning out like mush. This has not yet been corrected in the script. Also, when the app is running this script the app says the pot is at low pressure when the pot is actually at high pressure. (evident by viewing pressure bars on pot) This bug presents itself when using other recipes in the app as well.
Things I LOVE about the Smart Pot that the Duo won't do:
*the ability to control the temperature. For example, I soak my dry beans for 5 hours at 115 degrees. (in a salt brine of 1 gallon water to 3 tablespoons sea salt..) The results are plump beautiful ready to cook beans, and when cooked are perfection. I also brought a chicken covered with water to high pressure for zero minutes, and had the pot hold the temp of 175 for about an hour. I was just experimenting and it turned out fabulous.
*making bone broth and using the script which brings the pot to high pressure for 30, goes off for 20, comes back on for 30,..etc for three hours. I could do this with my Duo but I would have to keep monitoring the pot and re-setting it every 50 minutes for 3 hours. The broth turns out fantastic. This is huge as bone broth is all the rage now.
*being able to sit on my sofa and see what's going on inside the pot and how much time there is left.
*being able to use it to proof dough if I want to. I also soak steel cut oats and other grains in there and choose the temp. (would be great for sprouting too which I will try)
*being able to create my own unusual scripts involving temperatures.
*I can make a script to slow cook on high for two hours and switch to low for 4 hours. Can't do that with a Duo unless you re-set.
*I can keep things warm with my own temperature choice. I can let it go off for a while and then turn it back on to warm things right before dinner.
*When I use scripts, the scripts finish and the pot doesn't go into "keep warm" mode. To me, "keep warm" can overcook and I usually only use it to warm up leftovers. On the Duo you have no choice.
*I might add that I've had no problem with the blu-tooth connection and it has worked seamlessly for me. My phone usually resides about 30 feet from my pot when in use.
I'm sure I've left some things out here that I love about the Instant Pot Smart, as there are more things that I like than things that I don't like. The technology is exciting and I had I to do it over again, I would still purchase it even though the app is truly lacking in my opinion. I wanted to be honest in my review so that potential buyers will know what to expect because what I expected was't the case with the app.
The pot does everything the Duo does but much more. If you are an adventurist in the kitchen like I am you will welcome the Smart Pot features.
Although my 3 star rating may seem a bit harsh, I stand by it at this time due to the fact the the app is an essential component that is necessary to let the technology shine with this product,..the technology that we are paying for here. This is a high ticket investment, and the app should live up to the technology. The Smart Pot app should have been more well thought out and designed BEFORE this product came to market.
As of to date, there have been no updates in the app and so I anxiously await. At that time, I am sure I will upgrade the Smart Pot to a deserved 5 stars.
What I am doing is using an app called Paprika to store my recipes along with the scripts for the Instant Pot. I simply go from there and create a script in my Instant Pot app to use temporarily. It saves more time and less frustration than trying to find a script within the disorganized Instant Pot app, and since I can't upload or enter a recipe in the app, I have to store recipes in an organized place. So other than controlling the pot, the app is useless to me.
Update April 21:
For those of you interested in the Instant Pot Smart, I have recently seen via the Instant Pot website (comments under the Smart Pot page and spoken by one of the Instant Pot people) that the new version will be released in May 2015. Whether this includes an app update, I do not know. If you have an android, the android version will be released in May as well if their scheduling is on target.
Copied from Instant Pot site comments:
"we expect the Android app to be available in May, roughly coinciding with availability of the updated Instant Pot SMART!"
UDATE October 16, 2015:
I'm happy to say that Instant Pot has finally updated their app. I'm much happier with the app than I was, but in my opinion is still lacking.
For example, you can do a search for recipes/scripts now but only the recipes included on the app. Recipe scripts you've entered yourself cannot be searched for. For example I have a script called "Bean Soak" but when I search for it the app can't find it. Downloaded and creative "scripts" are now in alphabetical order which makes the search easier but you still have to scroll to find what you want. I did notice that my Chicken Breast script is between Whole dried Peas and Hip Bone Broth however, but the rest of my entries are in alphabetical order. There is still no way to download complete recipes as far as I can tell, so you will have to use another source to store them. Paprika app is working well for me and I just build my scripts when needed.
Shared tip: For those of you with a Smart Pot, I would like to share my bean soak technique, which I love! It produces excellent beans that don't fall apart and are creamy in the middle. For some reason the results I have experienced are superior to beans that have been soaked overnight, and especially superior to quick soaked beans or beans that have been cooked from dry.
Make a script to hold to temp 120 for 5 hours. (this is very convenient when about noon you decide to cook beans!)
Mix 1 gallon water to 3 tablespoons salt. (I use pink sea salt) Dissolve salt and add 1 lb beans. You can tell when they are done soaking because they will be perfectly plump with no wrinkled skin. When soaked, drain and rinse WELL, cover by about an inch of water and add another tsp salt or to taste. For me it takes at least 1 tsp. (no the beans won't be hard...or salty) This is a Cook's Illustrated trick. It causes the beans to cook faster, hold their shape with creamy interior. Most beans I have found will cook in 4 minutes on high pressure with a natural release. (let pressure come down on it's own) If they aren't quite done then just put the lid on and let them finish cooking in their own heat, or turn the pot on low slow cook or keep warm. I don't like overcooked beans so I'd rather have them underdone than overdone.
I was recently short on time so I bumped the Smart Pot script up to 130 for 4 hours and that worked perfectly as well. The fagioli beans were perfectly soaked and made delicious ham and bean soup!
**I didn't temp the water at 130 setting but did at 120 setting and the Smart Pot will hover around 116-118 degrees. (it's 120 at the bottom of the pot)
**Also, for all you adventurous bean lovers out there, the best source I have found is Rancho Gordo online. The beans are outstanding and they carry many different Heirloom beans. If you like grocery store beans you will think you've gone to Heaven. Worth the extra money.
I do not use the app or bluetooth as often as I thought I would. I thought the 6 quart would be plenty since it's just me and my husband, but I cook most of our meals and have started to cook for our 2 dogs as well. I've included a few pictures, the one with all the meal prep containers took just 1 hour from start to finish. The eggs in a pepper takes about 10 minutes. 6 ears of fresh corn was perfect on 4 minutes high pressure. One of my other favorite things to make is cauliflower rice. I used to use a food processor which was a mess to clean, now I throw the whole head of cauliflower in my steam basket with 1 cup of water in the instant pot and it's done in 1 minute on manual. Then it just falls right apart with a potato masher. Cheesecake, beans, ribs, bbq sauce, chicken pot pie, whole spaghetti squash, hard boiled eggs, I've loved every single thing I've tried so far.