Instant Pot Ultra 10-In-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart

Last updated date: December 31, 2020

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Instant Pot Ultra 10-In-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart

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Overall Take

This electric pressure cooker for families expands the capabilities of previous models, with the ability to replace 10 kitchen appliances, including your rice cooker and your slow cooker. The large screen is not only easy to read, but it keeps you updated on the progress of your meal. Once your meal is done, simply push the steam-release button to let out the pressure.

In our analysis of 126 expert reviews, the Instant Pot Ultra 10-In-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart placed 3rd when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Instant Pot Ultra 10 In 1 Multi-Use Programmable Cooker is the next generation in kitchen appliances. Designed for the home chef looking for a greater degree of customization and control for even greater precision cooking. The Ultra combines the functions of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice/Porridge Cooker, Cake Maker, Yogurt Maker, Saute/Searing, Steamer, Warmer, Sterilizer, and, a truly new and unique feature, the Ultra program. The ‘Ultra’ provides complete custom programming for pressure and non-pressure cooking. Now, one can set the exact parameters desired to achieve perfect results each and every time. With the ‘Altitude’ adjustment, the guesswork is eliminated from a recipe conversion providing a more precise cooking time. Designed with a large, blue LCD display with a ‘Cooking Indicator’ to provide one a clear visual on the progress of your dish from preheating, cooking, and Keep Warm. A central dial with a simple turn and press provides added precision in program selection and adjustments. And, the new – ‘Steam Release Reset Button’ ensures the safer handling of the steam release after cooking is completed. Built with 16 smart programs: Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Cake, Egg, Slow Cook, Saute/Searing, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Sterilize, Yogurt, Warm, Pressure Cook, and Ultra. Now, your favorite dishes are as simple as selecting your preferences and having them ready up to 70% faster. With the ‘Sterilize’ program one can pasteurize dairy products, sterilize baby bottles, jars, and utensils; as well as, perform certain types of canning much more conveniently than ever before! The ‘Cake Maker’ is designed to prepare soft and moist cakes and the ‘Egg’ prepares perfect eggs in just a few minutes. America’s most trusted brand has moved into a category of its own with the Instant Pot Ultra! Delay Start time – Up to 24 hours. How It Works: The microprocessor carefully runs lab-tested algorithms to control the time, cooking pressure and temperature to ensure consistent cooking results. Users can customize these settings to control pressure level, adjust cooking time and a cancel button, allowing one to achieve their preferred cooking results. For instance, the “meat/stew” key is programmed to prepare perfectly tender, thoroughly heated meat dishes; however, users can attain fall-off-the-bone results by adjusting the cooking time. The fully sealed environment traps the flavors, nutrients, and aromas of the food instead of releasing them throughout the home. During pressure-cooking, heat is distributed evenly, deeply and quickly once pressure is built. In addition, minimal water is required for steaming so vitamins and minerals are not leached or dissolved. As a result, greens retain their bright colors and phytonutrients, meats and bones are thoroughly cooked yet tender, and whole grains and beans are soft and delicious, all with remarkable consistency. Designed to cater to varying tastes and food conditions, Ultra has adjustable settings to achieve one’s desired cooking results; 3 temperatures in ‘Sauté’ for searing, simmering or thickening for a maximum time of 30 minutes, and 3 temperatures in ‘Slow Cook’ to complete the tasks of a common slow cooker, ‘Keep Warm’, and 3 temperatures in ‘Warm’ to preheat food. The 24-hour delay start allows users to postpone the cooking start to have dinner ready when you are. Automatic ‘Keep Warm’ holds the temperature of the meal until you are ready to serve. With the Ultra, one can easily turn the ‘Keep Warm’ function ON/OFF.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

22 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

4,163 user reviews

What experts liked

Stands out for offering 10 functions in one handy appliance including a pressure cooker, steamer, and sterilizer. Has more capabilities than other models in the Instant Pot family.
- BestReviews
December 1, 2019 | Full review
Has a bigger LCD screen that’s easy to read and displays a graph showing what’s happening inside the pot (preheat, pressure cook, keep warm)
- New York Times Wirecutter
August 1, 2019 | Full review
Can replace 10 kitchen appliances: pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, cake maker, yogurt maker, egg maker, steamer, sauté, sterilizer and warmer
- Merch Dope
March 31, 2019 | Full review
From the packaging to the new look, new design, and new features, it’s an exciting new electric pressure cooker that cooks well. We especially love the flexibility and versatility of the customization.
- Amy & Jackie Pressure Cooker Recipes
August 17, 2017 | Full review
The Ultra has a large LCD display with progress indicators, a steam release button for easier manual pressure releasing, and it has a dial that toggles between the different programs.
- Digital Trends
November 29, 2019 | Full review
The Ultra was the best model at replicating a slow cooker, so it should be easy to use this model without adapting recipes
- Tom's Guide
August 7, 2019 | Full review
Choosing a program on the ULTRA, is kind of fun. You just spin the wheel until you get to the program or function you want.
- Hip Cooking
November 10, 2017 | Full review
You can specify temperature to a single degree from 104 to 208 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also dial in specific values for cooking time, pressure level and delay time.
September 21, 2019 | Full review
You will definitely enjoy is the useful LED display. It’s bright and easy to read. Although it does take a little time to get used to maneuvering around the panel, the dial always offers easy access and adjustability.
- Healthy Kitchen 101
October 4, 2019 | Full review
Comes so clean in the dishwasher...use it constantly to steam fish.
- Sur La Table
Other useful bonus features include an indicator screen that shows you where you are in the cooking process, a sleek-looking dial, and a quick pressure release button.
- Reviewed
March 20, 2019 | Full review
The benefits of Instant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker are quite obvious and straightforward. This is one of the best kitchen appliances available in the market and can replace 10 common appliances saving more space and money.
- Pressure Cooker Tips
This is the easiest thing on a weeknight (or for meal-prep): Put a pound of seasoned boneless, skinless chicken breast in the Instant Pot, cover with a cup of your favorite salsa, then cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.
- The Gadgeteer
April 4, 2018 | Full review
The Instant Pot Ultra boasts of a greater flexibility and versatility than ever before. It can serve as many functions as you want, if only you wish to go ahead and give it a try.
- Carrie Cooks
November 23, 2018 | Full review
The biggest change with the Ultra is the new dial. You use the dial to select the cooking program, select the time, and make adjustments. You turn the dial and press to select a program, or make an adjustment to time or other settings.
- Pressure Cooking Today
May 7, 2017 | Full review
The biggest physical differences with the Ultra is the front panel and pressure release button on top.
- Jane's Kitchen
The Instant Pot Ultra features a dial knob for adjusting settings, along with preset buttons, to make this unit very easy to use. Special features in this model include altitude adjustment, a cooking indicator, and a safety-improved steam release button.
- Cook Taste Eat
It has 16 built-in smart programs that make you cook versatile food every other day. You can cook your favorite meal 70% faster than other stovetop pressure cooker. It saves energy as well as locks the nutrients and aroma into the food.
- Instapot Online
The AUTO-SET Pressure Valve is one of my favorite features in the ULTRA. Once I set my time and pressure, I press START and that’s it. The pressure valve automatically seals and the pressure cooking process starts. LOVE IT! It’s most appreciated by my kids and hubby, who don’t use the Instant Pot on a daily basis, so tendency to forget to turn that valve is way higher.
- Spice Cravings
April 18, 2019 | Full review
Things I like: Altitude setting makes it easier to use the ultra pot in all conditions, at all places. You can even carry it to a different country if you are traveling.
- TeckFlock
I used the Ultra as my daily driver for a few months. I got comfortable enough with the interface that I did not overshoot too often, or turn clockwise when I needed to go counter-clockwise.
- Dad Cooks Dinner
February 6, 2018 | Full review
Large blue LCD display – It's attractive and has some new features including a visual to let you know what point of pressurizing, cooking, or pressure releasing you are currently experiencing.
- The Primal Desire
August 17, 2017 | Full review

What experts didn't like

The downside of all the added functions is a slightly higher price and a bit of a learning curve in figuring out how to use them.
- BestReviews
December 1, 2019 | Full review
The instructions for changing the settings are lacking, so you may want to do some internet research for instructions by experienced users instead.
- Merch Dope
March 31, 2019 | Full review
Unfortunately, Instant Pot does not provide any information on how this function is supposed to be used. Instant Pot could not cite data, guidelines or research sourced to come up with the ULTRA’s recommended sterilization processing times, temperatures and pressures
- Hip Cooking
November 10, 2017 | Full review
Surprisingly, there’s no instructions on how to use the machine. You have to rely on bloggers or other people on the internet to get the hang of it.
- Healthy Kitchen 101
October 4, 2019 | Full review
We don’t like the lack of extreme versatility. While the Instant Pot Ultra is very versatile, it is not the most versatile in the industry. This model lacks some special features that we would like to see improved such as the temperature setting.
- Pressure Cooker Tips
Not everything with the IP is a breeze. It took me several tries to get hard-boiled eggs right, and sometimes recipes take longer than expected when something is a "natural release" meaning, you wait for the machine to release steam and de-pressurize on its own, rather than forcing the steam out with the "quick release" button.
- The Gadgeteer
April 4, 2018 | Full review
The greatest negative is perhaps the price. That would be a con for anyone on a tight budget.
- Carrie Cooks
November 23, 2018 | Full review
As the “full-loaded” model, it lacks Bluetooth functionality.
- Jane's Kitchen
Very different from the standard Instant Pots; recipes may need revisions to compensate.
- Cook Taste Eat
The ultra mode of ultra Instant pot is actually the same as the manual mode in other models of the Instant pot. It’s not at all a new thing that has to be priced for. I know it’s not lacking; it’s just my personal opinion about this model.
- Instapot Online

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Julie Chernoff
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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.

An Overview On

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 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.