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Shopping for a Pressure Cooker

I think I'm officially sold on the idea of a multi-pressure cooker. It seems an Instant Pot is the brand most people like. My sister has one and loves it. I just don't want to spend quite that much. Looking online I see there are some other less expensive brands. But do you get what you pay for with these? I'm curious if anyone uses a pressure cooker "off brand" and has had any trouble with it. I just don't want to buy something that dies in a few months... cuz then it's not a savings at all! For a kitchen gadget, these things seem great for the time savings and all that. Just want to get a good one at a good price. Thanks in advance. :)

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May 9, 20180 found this helpful

I have an Instant Pot. I got it brand new and in the box off a neigborhood Facebook group for a great price. I would get this brand, as it is a good product and the customer service is good.

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May 9, 20180 found this helpful

The Instant Pot runs about $30 more than the Crock Pot version but seem to be pretty comparable.

  • I actually won an Instant Pot at a Church bazaar but since I do not do that much "heavy" cooking I gave it to my daughter-in-law who does a lot of every type of cooking and she really loves it.
  • I received a Crock Pot version as a Christmas gift so I decided I would try it out. I really like it and I can cook and save the excess for later (or freeze it for much later).
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    Everything that I have tried turned out really great and I have found that most of the Instant Pot recipes work with this brand also.
  • Occasionally, one of the major stores (Walmart or Target) will have a special and sell the Crock Pot for $49.95.
  • I did find a site that shows a comparison between these two products.
  • www.consumerreports.org/.../
  • www.walmart.com/.../56206232?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId...
  • If you really think the Instant Pot is better then the $30+ dollars may not be a big deal.
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May 9, 20180 found this helpful

I personally believe in paying for a well known, good quality brand that will last long than an off brand. Worse case scenario, do purchase in stores and for whatever reason you may not like the product - stores will accept a return. :)

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May 10, 20180 found this helpful

Most people I know have the Instant Pot but I have friends who have purchased off brands and have regretted it, for one reason or another. I have an Instant Pot myself and I really enjoy using it. It's very easy to understand and has lots of features and accessories.

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Good luck! I hope you enjoy whatever pressure cooker you purchase and let us know it turns out.

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May 10, 20180 found this helpful

I cannot speak to pressure cookers or IP (though my mom has it, loves it, and gave me her old crockpot) but I can attest to the value of paying premium for a high quality kitchen appliance

I received as a gift though was prepared to buy the Vita Mix which is an amazing blender machine, professional grade. I very heavily rely on smoothies and juices for my nutrition and though i only buy clothing at Goodwill I was willing to spend the $300 or whatever for the Vita Mix and have never ever regretted it.

all the blenders i used to go through , or that never did what they were supposed to do, and all the hours cleaning up, whereas with the Vita Mix it's clean in 3 minutes.

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so i would say go ahead the price more than pays for itself in function and saving you time (because time is money, haha)

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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks all for your honest and insightful answers! It seems that getting a quality model from a reputable brand is better in the long run. It's an investment I suppose...having to spend a little more money upfront knowing that you're not just paying for a better performing unit, but one that will actually last. The risk is higher with the off brands...while it's nice to say "I got one for 50% less than this expensive one", you won't feel too great if it all comes crashing down when the thing stops working one day.

Ok, just self-talking here to help me come to grips with spending the extra $$. I'll stick with the IP brand...now just have to decide which model. Probably the DUO is good enough but the Ultra is newer and does have some nice stuff. Just even more money!

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