Top positive review
January 4, 2018
I have been a pressure cooker user for over 15 years - first with stovetop, now with electric. I was originally leaning towards InstantPot, because they have swept the internet and are very well known, but ended up going with this one instead. Since I'm a very early reviewer, I thought I'd share some insight into the world of pressure cooking, why I chose this model, and why I'm happy that I did.
1. Why I chose the Mealthy MultiPot over all of the other pressure cookers on the market
Countdown screen - pressure cooking can be a huge time saver, but it often takes the pot as long as 15-20 minutes to come up to pressure. Most pressure cookers do not inform you where you are in the cooking process until the final BEEP that your food is cooked. The MultiPot has a time tracker that allows you to see where are are - in preheat, in cooking, etc. Very useful for mealtime planning.
Ability to change pressure level on all presets (some types of Poultry need High pressure, some need Low, it's important to be able to choose)
The pressure button actually pops UP, above the pot. Other models sit flush with the lid when at pressure, and below the lid when not at pressure - so you can never actually see it from across the kitchen. I love being able to see, from my couch, that my pot has come to pressure and started cooking.
Keep Warm button can be turned off at any point during the cook process
Keep Warm on this model is a very low, constant heat. Other models I've used have burnt the food when Keep Warm is left on.
6 quarts is the perfect size for 2-6 people. It requires a minimum of 1 cup of liquid, which is completely doable for a range of portion sizes.
6 quarts is also the standard size of most crockpots, if you're making the switch
I am most excited about the accessories that come with this pressure cooker. No other model on the market, according to my research, comes with as many. This one includes
- Pot holders perfectly sized for picking the inner pot up out of the coooker
- A trivet (I use mine most often to elevate veggies like sweet potatoes or spaghetti squash out of the water to steam them)
- A steamer basket. This, especially is a huge value add. It will allow you to cook two dishes at once - one in the liquid down below, one in the basket above.
- Not particularly an accessory, but this cooker comes with a one-pager guide to pressure cooking that basically teaches you how to cook everything you could ever want to cook. I've been pressure cooking for years, and I can say that the guide is spot on. I've actually taped it up to the wall behind where I now keep my MultiPot.
Hopefully this is useful. I love pressure cooking and have done a lot of research, so wanted to share my findings.