Okay, when I was taking this out of the box, I have to admit that I was disappointed with how it looked. First of all, it is definitely smaller than it needs to be, meaning there is wasted space in your Instant Pot. Also, under the top rim, there are folded over sections that I've never seen on any other mesh steamer basket. (If you sew, you will know what I mean when I say that these folded-over sections look just like a dart--it's clear that this is the maker's method of taking up excess mesh.)
All of that being said, I am really enjoying my steamer basket. It works great. It is as easy to clean as any other mesh steamer/strainer basket, either by hand or in the dishwasher. So, yeah, I really like it. I almost love it, but not quite.
The most common form of 304 stainless steel is 18-8, or 18/8, stainless steel, which contains 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel. The sellers are hoping 304 suggest higher quality stainless steel to you, It's not. The quality and feel is decent should hole up for 3 to 6 years of use.
Am I the only one who received an unevenly made, dented, warped basket? This is such poor quality, and it i wasn't cheap as far as price goes. It is extremely cheaply made, though. This has been happening a lot with Amazon lately; items that aren't the return postage fee they charge and the complete time hassle of returning these items priced less than $15. I was really looking forward to getting this and now it will probably just go into the recycle bin. I am already updating this review . . . . I actually didn't remember just how much I paid for this. It will be returned.