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.

26 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!

    • 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!!

  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!

  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!!

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