Ambiano 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker

Instant Pots are all the rage. Just about every cooking website, mom blog, and foodie site has, at some point, chronicled their experiences with the versatile little machine. An Instant Pot is a high-tech take on a centuries-old device, a pressure cooker, which uses pressure and steam to considerably speed up the cooking process. Several design choices set the Instant Pot apart, but one of the most important is the fact that the Instant Pot’s programmable cooking modes take out much of the guesswork.

Aldi is not one to shy away from cloning popular appliances, and the grocer has done it here, too.

The Ambiano 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, an Aldi Special Buy (ALDI Find), retails for $39.99. At press time, this is about half the cost of a comparably equipped Instant Pot, so on paper this is a pretty solid deal. The Ambiano’s materials don’t indicate who the manufacturer is, but the device does come with a 3-year warranty backed by a company called “Customer Care USA,” which has been known to appear on Aldi-related products in the past.

The pressure cooker’s features include:

  • A 6-quart capacity
  • Six operating functions: traditional pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, saute, and warmer
  • 10 pre-programmed cooking modes: chicken, oatmeal, beans/tenderize, fast cooking, long cooking, rice, meat, soup, steam, fish
  • A 24 hour delay timer
  • A keep warm function
  • A self-locking lid that claims to close easily and prevents the lid from being opened when the contents are under pressure
  • Indicator lights for power and for when the pot is ready
  • Cool touch handles

In addition, the Ambiano Pressure Cooker comes with:

  • An inner pot
  • A rack
  • A measuring cup and spoon
  • A recipe book
  • A manual

It’s worth noting here that the Ambiano uses a nonstick interior for its inner pot. This is different from the stainless steel inner pot of an Instant Pot. Which one you prefer will probably depend on individual taste. Users will want to make sure they use a nonscratch utensil such as a wooden spoon.

The accessories.

The Ambiano, like most electronic pressure cookers, is a complex device, and users would be well-advised to spend some time with the manual before first use. There are a lot of important steps and safety considerations, especially for those who haven’t used a device like this before, and while the learning curve does get easier over time, it’s important to make sure everything is assembled, cleaned, set up, and used correctly.

Once properly set up, it’s a matter of setting the appropriate cooking setting, setting the cook time, and starting the process. The Ambiano, like many Instant Pots, has six functions and ten pre-programmed cooking modes, which are the meat and potatoes, figuratively speaking, of the device. The timer allows for delayed start, meaning that users can set the Ambiano, go out, and have it start cooking while they’re gone.

The Verdict:

While it’s hard to argue with the success — and generally positive reviews — of the name brand Instant Pot, shoppers looking to try out the Instant Pot cooking approach on a budget might want to give this Aldi appliance a close look, especially as the Ambiano Pressure Cooker has many of the same programming functions for a lot less money. The 3-year warranty is a nice extra.


About Joshua

Joshua writes about a variety of topics, including video games, parenting, and, of course, Aldi. He's also a science fiction novelist. You can learn more about him at www.joshuaajohnston.com.

5 Comments

  1. I had been tossing around the idea of buying an Instant Pot, but the price tag for another appliance that I really didn’t need was a bit high. When I saw this one for $39.99 in the Aldi ad, I ran down and purchased one.

    My first thought was “where have you been all of my life?” I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! The first meal I made was a pot roast with potatoes and gravy. It was perfect. Next I tried some chicken and rice. The rice was fluffy and chicken was tender and juicy in 5 minutes cooking time. I see what all of the hubbub is about.

    If you can still find one, buy it. At about 1/3 of the price of an Instant Pot, this is a steal. You will love it!

  2. I bought this last year and absolutely love it. I could not justify buying a nice InstantPot because I wasn’t sure how much I’d use it. After using this pressure cooker I am sold with the technique, I use it pretty often and never have had issues (besides my own mistakes)

    When it breaks I’ll buy an InstantPot because they reach higher pressure and are generally higher quality but this one works just great for now.

  3. Did you take the cooker at of the box and give it a test run? I am interested in the unit’s performance. I just bought one as a companion to my Farberware 7 in 1. I love pressure cooking and I’ve had a pretty steep learning curve.

  4. Will the Ambiano 6 in 1 do yogurt? I have a small yogurt maker and do batches at least once a week, I like the larger size of the Ambiano, but the ad copy doesn’t indicate if it can do yogurt.

  5. What setting do I use for cooking hard boiled eggs?????

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