Instant Pot Pro 6-Quart Pressure Cooker Review

Instant Pot Pro 60 is a newer model pressure cooker from Instant Pot. It features improved design that makes it easier and safer to use as well additional functionality that Instant Pot Duo and Instant Pot Duo Plus doesn’t have.


Cooking with Instant Pot Pro 6-Quart Pressure Cooker

If you have had any experience with Instant Pot pressure cookers you know how well they cook and Instant Pot Pro 60 is not an exception.

It still cooks fast, the food is still rich in flavor, meat still comes out tender and juicy. A good pressure cooker might be the best kitchen appliance you will ever own because it’s versatile, makes cooking simple, produces great results and Instant Pot Pro 60 is a good contender. There’s some learning curve but it’s nothing complicated.

Sealings rings still pick up the smell but it comes with two of them (you might want to order some additional ones).


Functions

Instant Pot Pro 60 has 9 Smart programs: pressure cook, rice/grain, steam, sauté, slow cook, sous vide, yogurt, bake and keep warm. Some of the smart programs has multiple cooking presets (for example “Pressure Cook” has “custom”, “chicken”, “sterilize”, ”pasta”, ”beef”, ”soup”, ”egg” and ”beans” presets) and pressure modes (Custom, Low or High).

Instant Pot Pro 60 automatically goes to “Keep Warm” mode after it finished cooking (so food stays warm if you forget or just don’t take it out right after the cooking has finished).

Instant Pot Pro 6-quart pressure cooker also has 5 buttons for programmable settings so you can save custom presets that you use or like the most.


Inner cooking pot

Inner cooking pot is made from cookware-grade stainless steel (18/8) with 3.5mm aluminum layer. It doesn’t have nonstick coating so it might be a bit harder to clean but it will also last longer.


Pressure release

After pressure cooking you have to release pressure before you can open the lid. There are 3 pressure release methods:

  • Natural Release (NR or NPR)
  • Quick Release (QR or QPR)
  • Timed Natural Release

With Natural Release you allow pressure cooker to release pressure on its own. This does take time however and can take as long as 40 minutes in some cases. Once all the pressure has mean releases the red float valve will drop down (it pops up when pressure cooker comes to pressure).

Quick Release method allows you to release the pressure rapidly. The obvious advantaged of this method is that it takes almost no time to release pressure however another upside is that you can stop cooking almost immediately. With Natural Release method since pressure is decreased slowly so is the temperature so the food might keep cooking during the release period.

The downside of quick release is that shoots hot steam from steam release valve (it’s not really dangerous if you have common sense not to put any body parts in the way of the valve). Another downside that if you cook foods with high liquid contents them some of that liquid might spurt out. Manual also states you shouldn’t use quick release with foods g fatty, oily, thick or high-starch foods or foods that expand when cooked.

To use quick release method simply move quick release switch from seal to vent position and wait a little bit for float valve to drop (this indicated that the pressure has been released).

Timed Natural Release is sort of a mix between natural and quick release. With this method you allow some of the pressure to be released naturally and then move quick release switch from Seal to Vent to release the rest of it. You can set 5 or 10 minute audible alarm (Vent reminder) that will remind you to change switch position.

Timed natural released works well for foods that don’t work well with quick release.


Other

Instant Pot Pro 6-quart pressure cooker has automatically locking lid and lid holder. You can switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature scales as well turn off sound if you don’t want any audible signals.


Verdict

Instant Pot Pro 60 is affordable yet exceptional and versatile kitchen appliance. If you are looking for your first pressure cooker then this is one of the best models you could choose.




Instant Pot Pro 60 6-Quart Pressure Cooker Specifications:

  • Voltage/Frequency: 120 V~ 60 Hz
  • Power: 1200W
  • Capacity: 6 quarts
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 13” x 12.7” x 12.8”
  • Model #: 112-0123-01
  • UPC #: 810028582194
  • Certifications/Safety listings:
    • UL
    • ULC

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