Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Last updated date: December 31, 2020
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As a recognized name in electric pressure cookers, the Instant Pot is the go-to appliance for many interested in cooking that way. The Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart is designed to make pressure cooking as easy as possible, with an EasySeal lid that handles the process for you. You'll also get access to an app that has more than 1,000 recipes, as well as online communities stocked with plenty of great tips and recipes.
In our analysis of 126 expert reviews, the Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart placed 6th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
From The Manufacturer
The new Instant Pot Duo Nova is a 7-in-1, one-touch multi-tasking, space-saving, time-saving appliance that pressure cooks quickly, sautés, steams, slow cooks, warms, and makes delicious meats, eggs, rice, Soup, yogurt and more — all in one healthy, dishwasher safe, Stainless steel pot. With 14 smart programs — ranging from meats, soup, stew, beans, chili, poultry, rice and yogurt, to Multigrain, porridge and slow cook — it puts cooking on autopilot. The poultry smart program cooks moist and tender chicken, turkey and other poultry, even from frozen. The bean/Chili program takes dried, unoaked beans to flavorful cooked beans in no time. The meat/Stew smart program cooks beef and pork anywhere from rare to fall-off-the-bone. Three customizable temperature settings across each smart program let you program your Duo Nova to your preferences. For example, with the sauté function, you can set to simmer, sear or thicken for up to 30 minutes then pressure cook your dish to completion — all in one easy-to-clean pot. And with the slow cook function with three settings (low, medium and high heat), you no longer need a slow cooker. Easy-to-use controls and new easy-to-read icons that indicate cooking progress make selecting smart programs and making adjustments simple — even during cooking. And the Duo Nova is equipped with dual-pressure settings, giving you the option to cook at low or high pressure. High pressure can reduce the cooking time by 2 to 6 times, while low pressure prevents delicate foods from overcooking. It also has both automatic and manual keep warm programming to ensure that dishes are kept at ready-to-eat temperatures.
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Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.
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An Overview On Electric Pressure Cookers For Families
Unless you’ve been hibernating for the past few years, you’ve likely heard of electric pressure cookers. It seems every year, a new crop of friends tries one of these appliances out and has to shout to the world how great it is.
What’s all the hype about? The biggest draw to electric pressure cookers is that it can replace numerous kitchen appliances, including your slow cooker and rice cooker. You can also use pressure cookers to make yogurt, cheesecake, hardboiled eggs and oatmeal. Of course, most pressure cooker owners will tell you all about the soups, beans and delicious meats they make in their electric pressure cookers.
“I use my Instant Pot to sauté and brown proteins and veggies before switching over to pressure cook the stew they will become, as well as to cook hard boil eggs, rice, homemade yogurt, slow-cooked soups, beans, overnight oats and much, much more,” says Julie Chernoff, dining editor of “Better,” a lifestyle website and print magazine. “It can be a godsend for a smaller kitchen since you only need the one appliance.”
But before you invest in an electric pressure cooker, it’s important to know that there’s a steep learning curve with the appliance. If you’ve been making meals using your slow cooker for a while, you’ll love the slow cooker feature included with many pressure cookers. But there’s so much more you can do that you’ll need to research the options before you choose one.
Although you’ll primarily hear the name “Instant Pot” when it comes to modern pressure cookers, there are plenty of other competitors on the market, many from known brands. The Instant Pot has its own unique setup, so you may find another brand is easier to use, particularly if you’re a novice.
The Electric Pressure Cooker For Families Buying Guide
- Electric pressure cookers are usually offered in two major sizes: 6 and 8 quarts. The 6-quart version should be enough to cook a meal for a family of six, but if you cook for larger groups, a 10-quart pressure cooker can handle up to 10 servings.
- If you’re worried about safety, it’s important to note that today’s pressure cookers aren’t the same as the appliances your grandparents used for canning.
“There are safety features involved with the pressure-cooking function, including that it won’t start until the lid is safely locked in place, so you can rest easy,” Chernoff says. “Be careful not to fill the pot too full, especially if you are cooking items that expand while cooking, like legumes and grains.”
- If you’re looking for instructions, you’ll probably have to go online. Even if you get a manual with your pressure cooker, the best recipes and tips can be found in the many pressure cooker communities that have emerged on Facebook.
- One major difference from one pressure cooker to the next is the seal. The way your appliance seals while cooking, as well as how the steam is released when your meal is ready, can vary from one cooker to another. Some pressure cookers even have a manual release button to make it easy to manually release steam when it’s time.
- As fun as it is to make delicious meals, someone has to clean everything up after dinner. Many modern pressure cookers have nonstick surfaces to make cleanup easy. Also look for an electric pressure cooker that has accessories that are dishwasher safe.
- Speaking of accessories, those can vary from one pressure cooker to another. A ladle and rice paddle can come in handy, as can cooking mitts and an extra silicone sealing ring in case yours wears out. But as you dive further into different recipes, you’ll probably find yourself longing for a stainless-steel steaming basket that will expand the foods you can make.
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