Ambiano 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post covers the 8-quart Ambiano 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker. You can read about the smaller 6-quart 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker here.

Over the last few years, nothing has captured the attention of the home cooking world quite like Instant Pots. If a website covers food in any way, chances are that the site has not only has talked about them, but might even be collecting affiliate commissions for talking about them. Instant Pots are, to put it simply, modernized versions of an old-school device, the pressure cooker. Pressure cookers use pressure and steam to accelerate the cooking process, often producing excellent results. Where older pressure cookers require a bit of guesswork, modern Instant Pots reduce it to a programming science.

Aldi has its own version of one.

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The Ambiano 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, an ALDI Find (Special Buy), retails for $59.99, which is significantly less than Instant Pots of its class. This is actually the second Instant Pot clone Aldi has sold, the first being the $39.99 Ambiano 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker. In addition to the additional cost and number of modes, the 9-in-1 is also larger: it’s 8 quarts, in contrast to the 6-in-1’s 6-quart capacity.

The 9-in-1 model comes with the following features:

  • An 8-quart capacity
  • Nine program settings: steamer, keep warm, slow cook, rice cooker, cake maker, pressure cooker, sauté, yogurt maker, and canning.
  • Seven additional “bonus” programs: bean/chili, egg, poultry, meat/stew, multigrain, oatmeal, broth/soup
  • A one-touch control panel with LED display
  • A delayed start time function, good for up to 24 hours delayed
  • The ability to customize slow cooking between 30 minutes and 9.5 hours
  • An automatic keep warm function, also good for up to 24 hours
  • “Eleven safety mechanisms”
  • A 3 year warranty

The warranty is serviced by Customer Care USA, which services the other Ambiano pressure cooker, as well as a a number of other Aldi appliances.

In addition, the pressure comes with the following in the box:

  • A stainless steel cooking pot with no chemical coatings
  • A stainless steel steam rack
  • Rice paddle
  • Soup spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Condensation collector
  • Recipe book
  • Manual
  • Quick start guide

Of particular note is the stainless steel cooking pot, which is different from the nonstick pot used by the Ambiano 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker. While different people may have different opinions as to which kind of pot is better, stainless steel is more consistent with an Instant Pot experience.

The Ambiano pressure cooker is — like most electronic pressure cookers — a complex device, so you’ll want to spend some time getting the ins and outs from the manual before using it for the first time. Some of those steps relate to safety, which makes them especially important. These devices do have a learning curve, so spending some time reading things carefully the first time helps to make the experience better overall.

Once properly set up, it’s pretty much just about setting the cooking setting, setting a cook time, and getting started. With all the pre-programmed modes, there are a ton of different ways to use this device, and the delayed start even allows for setting the Ambiano to begin its work while you’re gone. On the other hand, it can also keep things warm when cooking is done.

The Verdict:

We haven’t had a chance to go hands on with this model (yet), but we’re obviously intrigued, especially given how cheap it is compared to an Instant Pot of the same feature set. Granted, Instant Pots tend to have pretty positive reviews, but Aldi appliances have come a long way in recent years, so we’re optimistic about this one. We’d love to hear individual user experiences in the comments.


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9 Comments

  1. I love my Ambiano 6-1 Pressure Cooker I got over a year ago, I’m glad they are upgrading it. This could be a tempting upgrade but a 8 quart is just a little too large for me.

  2. Is this pot lower pressure like the 6-in-1? I like that pot, but have an instant pot for higher pressure.

  3. I have and love two 7-in-1 Instant Pot DUOs, a 6 qt and a 3 qt. I picked up one of these Aldi pressure cookers on Wednesday, and did Instant Pot’s recommend water test (instructions are on Instant Pot’s website), to make sure it worked right without the risk of wasting food if it didn’t. That’s all I’ve done with it so far. There are a few minor differences, such as a button that you have to push to open the lid, a frame the sealing ring fits onto before placing in the lid, and I noticed in the description it says the keep warm temperature can be set for only 24 hours on this Ambiano pressure cooker, and up to 99 hours on the Instant Pot; other than that it seems to have the same functions, including the ability to choose high or low pressure. I like that has lid holder slots in the handles like the Instant Pot, though only one lid fin because of the lock button.

  4. I just took another look at the Ambiano’s manual, and it looks like you can’t adjust the temperature/heat setting when using it on “Saute” or “Slow Cook” like you can with the Instant Pot.

  5. Thank you for your replies, they help! I’m buying one today for sure!

  6. We bought the 8 qt 9 in 1 ambiano at Aldi’s the other day. We made the Beef stew tonight. It was so-o-o good! Even our picky 14 year old had seconds.

  7. The manual for this states 8.7psi operating pressure, low compared to Instant Pot, and the same as the 6qt Ambiano cookers sold earlier. I’m very curious whether this pressures up slowly and / or extra time needs to be added to the cook cycles due to such a low pressure. Other than that 8.7psi, the rest of the product’s features are stellar.

  8. I wonder why the PSI is only stated at 8.7, since this seems low. I have 2 other pressure cookers (Elite Brand) and they both cook at 12 psi. This also puts a concern using their canning feature on this, because that is about half of what is safe for canning. It should be okay for water bath canning, but I don’t know if it would work at all for pressure canning. I think most electric pressure cookers cook at 12 psi, so it may take longer to come to pressure and also longer to cook your food. This may be a miss for them to have a lower psi than other brands.

  9. Good catch on the lower PSI; I hadn’t noticed that! I use my Instant Pot pressure cookers as more of “set it and forget it” devices, so longer pressurizing time may not matter to me but I can see how it would to others.
    Needing longer cook time would change things; I’d have to compare cook time charts between this cooker and Instant Pot.

    It does state in the manual that it is to be use for only water-bath canning, not pressure canning. There is no electric pressure cooker that is safe to use for pressure canning.

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