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What is "improved"? Where is extra function?
January 10, 2019
OK, let's just be honest here -- the "instant pot" business is 99% direct TV product gone viral on social media and 1% technological innovation. I understand that. But I was incredibly disappointed when comparing this product (the one selling for $95 as of 1/18) to the one selling for $65. This is the "newer model" according to Amazon, and it is advertised as 9-in-one (whereas the other one is only 8-in-1 function). Well, bad news... they have EXACTLY the same functions. The only visible difference you'll note is a revised manual which has been shortened down from 30+ pages to around 20. There may be some changes to the pot construction -- something illustrated in their marketing blurb -- but I frankly doubt it. Their website has EXACTLY the same recipes that come with the "cookbook", no more no less. And if you're not a facebook-er, you'll find they haven't done anything on their website for you.
Now, let's talk about the device itself. Right out of the box, comparing to another "direct TV" power pressure cooker I have, this one's build quality seems cheap. From the cheap feeling plastic handles to the LED display to the control pad. You get a red 1980's "digital" readout that will flash back and forth from the cook time to the temperature. OK (the other one had a backlit color display with specific text descriptions, but it couldn't countdown cooking times, thus it is being replaced). With the Cosori pot, you kinda have to guess what's going on as you try to adjust the presets with a +/- framework.
Want to cook steel cut oats? You'll find it on the "cooking time" poster, but it doesn't tell you which preset to use. For that you have to go dig through a cookbook and a manual... I think it's multigrain but I already forget (and one plays say 10 minutes, another say 15-20!). Want a hard boiled egg? It will take you 7 minutes plus time to build up pressure on Steam Veg (this is a pressure setting). Want a soft boiled egg? That's 5 minutes on "Manual Level 1" (still don't know what that means... is it pressure or not. I can soft boil eggs on my stovetop in that time!
Also, if you actually read the reviews here, you'll discover shockingly that many of the people leaving 3 and even 4 star reviews had issues with their pots. If you visit the facebook feed, you'll find tons of people with seal issues, broken relief valves, etc. As said above, I think the build quality is pretty low. I am just completely underwhelmed by this product, particularly at this price. It says something about the type of company here that they have tried to say this model has more functions than the older one so they can price it higher, when in fact it appears not to.