Open Thread: Ambiano 9-in-1 6-Quart Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post covers the 2019 6-quart Ambiano 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker. You can read about the 2018 6-quart Ambiano 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker here and the 2018 8-Quart 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker here.

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In 2008, a group of thinkers who had lost their jobs with telecommunications company Nortel began work on the design for a programmable electric mulitpurpose cooker. The lead inventor was Robert Wang, who had a PhD in computer science with an emphasis in artificial intelligence. Wang and others would found the company Double Insight in 2009, working with a Chinese company to manufacture what we now know as the Instant Pot. The device launched on Amazon in October 2010. By 2012, thanks to the second generation Instant Pot, the company turned a profit. On Amazon Prime Day in 2015, the company sold 215,000 units — its entire Amazon inventory — and Double Insight hasn’t looked back, changing its name to Instant Brands in 2018 and merging with kitchenware company Corelle in 2019.

Instant Pots remain a hot product, appealing to celebrities and regular people alike. They also cost enough money that there is a space for a company to produce something less expensive.

That’s exactly what Aldi has done. In 2018, Aldi sold two different imitations of the Instant Pot idea: the Ambiano 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker (2018) and the Ambiano 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker (2018).

In 2019, Aldi sold a new model of its programmable pressure cooker: the Ambiano 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker.

Ambiano 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

What We Know:

The Ambiano 9-in-1 6-Quart Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker (product code 98527) is an ALDI Find, which means that it’s only in stores for a limited time. It retails for $39.99, which is less than half the cost of a comparably equipped Instant Pot.

This 2019 model is different than both of the 2018 models. It’s smaller and less expensive then the 2018 9-in-1, but it has more functions than the 2018 6-in-1.

According to Aldi, the pressure cooker’s features include:

  • An adjustable temperature, from 40 degrees to 320 degrees
  • Functions that include pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute/searing, warmer, sterilizer and yogurt maker
  • Pre-programmed cooking modes that include soup, rice, oatmeal, cake, saute, slow cook, meat, multigrain, steam, egg, and poultry
  • A 24-hour delay timer
  • A keep warm function
  • A quick-lock lid
  • Power/Ready indicator lights
  • Cool-touch handles and nonstick feet

According to Aldi, the cooker comes with:

  • A stainless steel inner pot (see note below)
  • A rack
  • A measuring cup
  • A spoon
  • A rice paddle
  • A recipe book

Of note: Aldi says the inner pot is stainless steel, but some buyers have reported that inner part of the pot is nonstick. One of Aldi’s pressure cookers in 2018 used a stainless steel pot, while the other used a nonstick pot.

What We Don’t Know:

At this point, there is plenty we don’t know about this model, as it is different from the 2018 models. We don’t know about how it performs, for example, compared to either the Instant Pot or the Ambiano pressure cookers of past years, and we don’t know who manufactures it. We also don’t yet see an online manual.


Have experience with this pressure cooker? We’d love to hear your experiences in the comments.


About Joshua

Joshua is the Editor-in-Chief of Aldi Reviewer. He is also a writer and novelist. You can learn more about him at www.joshuaajohnston.com.

44 Comments

  1. Are there accessories available for the 9 in 1 6 qt programmable pressure cooker and if so, where can you buy them. Also, what is the return policy on the cooker. Thank you.

    • If you want more accessories like steamer baskets, silicone mitts etc. check out Amazon. Most of the items that fit a Insta Pot 6 qt will fit this one.

      This unit look a lot like the Insta Pot 5qt. I bet they are made by the same manufacturing plat in China!

      • My mother just got one of these, and I want to get her a steam diverter. Does anyone know which one(s) will fit? The ones on Amazon all say which models of Instant Pot they’ve designed for (and maybe a few others), but none of them mention this pot.

        • Are you talking about a shroud that fits on top of the pressure release so that the steam goes sideways instead of straight up?

          Here is what I did so that the steam does not blow into my cabinets above. I took a plastic lid from a shaving cream can and cut a u shaped hole on one side. The lit fits on top of the pressure release valve. So now I put that on top and turn that and the steam goes sideways instead of straight up.

    • Hi. I just purchased the 2019 model!! It has a 3 year warranty with a 6 month warranty on removable parts, which you don’t get with many other brands. At $39.99 it’s a deal as it has the yogurt function too. The insert is metal non stick, It comes with a tiny metal ring insert, 2 small plastic spoons a plastic 1 cup measuring cup, user guide and recipe book.
      Most instant pot accessories should work with this. It’s solid. I can’t wait to use it!!

    • I bought one this week at Aldi. I did the water test and also cooked rice per the pre-programmed button. Each time, it took much longer than expected! With a standard pot on the stove, rice cooks in 30 minutes (including 15 minute rest). The pressure pot took 20 minutes, then another 15-20 for the pressure to release. My unit does not have a pressure release valve where the manual said it is, so I could not tell when the pressure was released enough to open!

      • No way it takes 20 minutes to cook white rice. It will burn it for that long. Take a look at the you tube videos on how to cook rice.

        Try this. Use one cup of rice to one and a fourth cup of water and pressure cook it for 8 to 10 minutes top. Put a drop or two of oil in the water and a pinch of salt. After it reaches the time you selected, you can natural release it or quick release. I do quick release mostly because I am ready to eat. The rice is perfectly cooked and all you need to do if fluff it with a fork before serving. I have used long grain rice and short grain rice of different brands. The shot grain rice are a bit more starchy so adjust your time based on your preference. I like starchy rice with Chinese food. I like dry fluffy rice with Stews and Gumbo.

  2. They give you a small trivet, 2 plastic spoons and a small measuring cup. Please note that the pot is non stick and not stainless steel as described. The temperature or pressure is not adjustable. Only the cooking time can be adjusted from the presets. There is a 3 year warranty and warranty service is through a separate website and not your Aldi’s store.

    • At present the specs we have here are the specs Aldi has publicly listed for the pressure cooker. We’ll check things out ourselves when the pressure cooker hits our stores later this week. In the meantime, if you have pictures of the pressure cooker you can share (particularly related to the discrepancies you noted), feel free to pass them along to us. Also, keep in mind that Aldi virtually always uses third party warranty services for its non-food ALDI Finds, including appliances (although Aldi does take returns on ALDI Finds, even those with a third party warranty). If you let us know who the warranty company is, that can sometimes help us narrow down who might have manufactured it.

    • I bought this last week and enjoy the way it works but I’m very disappointed that it doesn’t have a stainless steel pot but a non stick one!

      • You may want to keep in mind that the cookers with stainless steel pots cost way more than $39.99. You can buy a stainless steel pot on Amazon for under $20.

  3. My also had them in stock today, opened the box to be sure before buying, and it’s a stainless steel inner pot that’s got a nonstick coating in the inside. I’ll have to wait and see if they have an all stainless one in the future.

  4. I’m the store and it sure looks like non stick pot to me too

  5. The ones in my store were packaged with so much tape on the outside of the box that I couldn’t easily open them to see what kind of pot was inside. Glad some others were able to take a look.

  6. I bought one today, but have cooked anything in it yet. it has a nonstick coated aluminum pot, not a stainless one like the Instant Pot. It has no sterilizer function and no low pressure setting. It does have a yogurt function.

    • I got one too. 5Qt for 39.99 and it works great with the usual instant pot recipes on Youtube. I made Chili and it cooked just fine. I also make rice in 8 minutes using the pressure function. The pot is not stainless steel. It is aluminum with a nonstick coating so please do not use metal utensils. Use wood or silicone spatula. I also ordered from Amazon a steamer basket kit with misc. accessories for $17.

  7. I am using my 9-in-1 now, just bought it yesterday, it does have a nonstick pot. Making Vegetable soup …. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  8. I bought one today. Did the water test and hard boiled eggs. I was going to use the hard boiled egg recipe Tom Amy and Jackie (1 cup water and eggs at 14 minutes) but decided instead to use the recipe that came Witt the recipe book, which called for using the egg button. I adjusted it to 7 minutes because I felt 4 minutes like the recipe said was too little. With 7 minutes, the eggs cane out perfect!! Do you think I will have to adjust recipes for this pressure cooker?

    • Have you tried making eggs in a microwave? You can make it is 1 to 2 minutes depending on the power setting of your microwave. It is much quicker than cook pot.

  9. I took some pictures but how can I post them? The flow valve is in the handle, which, being as I am short, makes it hard to see or tell if the valve is up or down. The hardware under the cover is different. How do we get replacement rings? Not stainless steel inner liner bowl. My instant pot 6 quart bowl seemed to fit inside. Do you think it would work with this electric pressure cooker?

  10. Are these insta-pots still available and are the in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa?

    Do they have a phone no.?

  11. ALDI in Athens ga on Atlanta highway still has them

  12. I just got one today and made sweet potatoes for four in 22 minutes. Also did eggs, They were delicious. One problem is the rack is tiny and will only hold 6 eggs. Did they give me the wrong size?

  13. The rack (trivet) is to hold the container up for steaming. This one is not the large egg rack that you want. Amazon has a kit that has that and some for a good price. If you buy a steamer rack with long handles you may have to bend the handle inwards a bit so that they don’t stick above the lip of the inner pot. It could interfere with the seal and not allow full pressure.

  14. I grabbed one yesterday in Nashville, $39.99, 6qt, non stick pot. Opened it, cleaned it, threw in some rice and water just as a first test. Worked great, so I made pot roast last night. It was pretty simple, only issue I had was I had to jiggle the pressure release once or twice for it to line up and seal that opening. Each time I brought it out of pressure, added something and started it up again, I had to jiggle the valve so it lined up just right. Other than that, it made a heck of a pot roast, first one I have ever made in my life, and it came out tasting better than I expected.

    I also have the Ambiano vacuum sealer and Sous Vide as well. Vacuum sealer is eh!, Sous Vide is awesome.

  15. If you pull the pressure weight (release valve) straight up you will be able to see that there is a ramp at the edge of the hole. In the exhaust position the weight rides up the ramp uncovering the pressure release hole at the top of the vent stem. So it really does not have to align exactly on the mark. To seal it just make sure the pointer is near the sealing mark and you push the weight down. It will seat itself. If you try it without the pot on you can feel the difference.

  16. I would like a more detailed users manual.

  17. You may have to call their support line to get answers to your questions. In my experience appliance makes like to publish manuals that just gets the job done by a lay person. They teach you how to tell the time, not how a watch works!!

    • I just meant more detailed instructions, esp when it comes to the manual setting. I’m not always sure I’m doing things right.

      • As a matter of fact all these manufacturers are overdoing it with the presents for marketing reasons. All they needed to do was manual setting with the user able to control, the temp, pressure and cooking time. Then give a programmable memory option when the user could store their favourite setting and call it what they want. It is just that simple. May be I will design the Ultimate Cook Pot!

  18. The Instant Pot lid has little fins on the sides, so that if you want to take the lid off while cooking, you can just stick that fin into the matching tab on the side of the Instant Pot. Does this Ambiano have this feature?

  19. Yes it does but I would not recommend using it unless you are very careful. It is not the most stable position to keep a heavy lid with hot contents in the pot. It could tip over if you are not careful.

  20. After using my Ambiano 5qt pressure cooker for a month, I am very happy with the performance. I have cooked Gumbo, Stews, Cheese Cake, steamed veggies etc. and every thing tasted fresh and crisp. I also purchased a glass lid for steaming because then I can see. I wish it came with a glass lid.

    Last weekend I was at Aldi and there is no more of these available for sale now. I asked the cashier and she had no idea if they will even get another batch. I wonder why Aldi takes them off the shelves? I did see a new Aldi bullet type blender on sale this week.

  21. Last week the Aldi in Florence, AL had a few of these left, on clearance, reduced to $27.99. Picked one up, at that price it seemed too good to miss. I’ll be using it for the first time tonight to make some ratatouille. I’ll be interested to see how it performs.

  22. I’ve had mine now for about three years but would like to replace the inner pot. Has anyone replaced their inner pot and if so, which inner pot did you order for replacement?

  23. Anyone ordered spare parts from somewhere in Amazon? I tried rings for instant pot and they are too large. Tried website on back of my manual and it is defunct. Is there another brand that has compatible parts. Great newest toy, but want to be able to swap out rings and replace any parts that go bad.

  24. I’ve been wanting an electric pressure cooker for a while but didn’t want to pay the ridiculous prices they wanted for them. So, the last time I was at Aldi they had one left in stock marked as clearance. I got it for $27.99. Haven’t tried it yet. It is the 6qt 9 in 1 model and it has what looks to be a stainless steel or aluminum pot with non-stick coating inside.

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