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.
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.