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Everyone knows the Instant Pot is the thing right now. In fact, programmable pressure cookers have become a full industry, thanks to their versatility and their ability to cook things faster than, say, a Crock Pot. And in an age when people coming home from a long day of work might not have or want to spend a lot of time cooking, this is a big deal.
Starting in 2018, Aldi started selling pressure cookers, including the Ambiano 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker and the Ambiano 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker. Earlier, in 2019, Aldi sold the Ambiano 9-in-1 6-Quart Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker. The trend has been for Aldi to sell a 6-quart pressure cooker in the fall — in late August or early September — and then sell a larger 8-quart pressure cooker closer to the holidays — in late November or early December.
So here we are, in late November and — sure enough — Aldi is selling another 8-quart programmable pressure cooker.
What We Know:
The Ambiano 8-Quart 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker (product code 57491) is an ALDI Find, meaning it’s only in stores for a short time. It retails for $69.99. That makes it $10 more than the 2018 model of this type, although it’s still less than a comparably equipped Instant Pot.
The pressure cooker comes with:
- the pressure cooker
- stainless steel steam rack
- rice paddle
- soup spoon
- measuring cup
- condensation collector
- recipe book
Here are the features, according to Aldi:
- There are nine program settings: steam, keep warm, slow cook, cook rice, make cake, pressure cook, sauté, make yogurt, and canning
- There are seven additional “bonus” programs: bean/chili, egg, poultry, meat/stew, multigrain, oatmeal, broth/soup
- The cooking timer runs between 30 minutes and 9.5 hours
- The ability to use up to a 24-hour delayed start time
- The ability to use an automatic keep warm function up to 24 hours
- A one-touch control panel as well as an LCD display panel
- A stainless steel cooking pot with no chemical coatings
- “Eleven safety mechanisms”
We took particular note of the fact that it’s a stainless steel cooking pot. Some of the previous Aldi pressure cookers have used nonstick pots, a fact that has been sharply polarizing to people who have commented on our posts. The presence of a stainless steel pot would be more in keeping with what an Instant Pot uses, and apparently it is more of what shoppers who comment on our posts seem to want.
This cooker looks a lot like the 2018 8-quart model, and in fact may be similar, if not identical. Last year’s model had a 3-year warranty, serviced through Customer Care USA, and we wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case this year, too.
What We Don’t Know:
Because each Aldi pressure cooker is a little different than ones that came before it, we’re not sure exactly how this one performs, even if we have a strong suspicion it’s like the 2018 model. As always, we’re curious to hear what users think.
Have experience with this pressure cooker? Let us know in the comments.
I’ve had the Ambiano 8 qt. 2019 model for 7 months now. To start: I’ve not had any problems with it. I love it. Aside from my Bunn, my Gram’s ‘never say die’ Kitchen Aid, and Rival Crockpot that lasted 20 years – it’s the best appliance I’ve had. I use it at least 3x a week. Hard boiled eggs that peel so easy that it seems like magic, roasts, chicken, soups galore, perfect rice, canning, simmering, sauteed veggies, browning meats, sloppy joe’s, super fast meatballs from frozen for subs, and bone broth. Probably more, but it’s not coming to mind. Everything is consistent. The meat is always tender and flavored the whole way through. And the best part is that my kitchen doesn’t get filled with steam! Lastly, if I’m cooking a food that generally sticks easy to the side of the stainless pan, I spray it with non-stick spray and it wipes of reasonable well. Since I’ve been doing that, I haven’t had to scrub it at all. It gets a solid A+ from me!