Last Updated on July 9, 2023
In 2009, three friends who had met while working at a company in Canada had an idea. Rather than have several different cooking appliances, each of them taking up space in the kitchen, why not just have one? Working together, the three designed a solution. Their device could act as a steamer, slow cooker, yogurt maker, rice maker, searing pan, and even a pressure cooker.
In 2010, the Instant Pot was born. It’s not an exaggeration to say that, within a few years, the all-in-one device had taken the world by storm. It became the must-have appliance, especially around the holidays. Not only could it do the work of multiple appliances, but it could cook fast — just what busy families needed. Instant Pots sold like crazy, with entire sites devoted just to recipes for the handy device.
Success breeds imitation, and so it was that a number of companies set out to make their own clones of the successful formula. Among those companies was the master of product imitations, Aldi. After years of selling a more conventional pressure cooker, the German supermarket rolled out its programmable pressure cooker under the Ambiano private label. Aldi sold a 6-quart and an 8-quart in 2018, a 6-quart and an 8-quart in 2019, and a 6-quart in 2020.
Aldi did not sell a pressure cooker in 2021. This was either by design or because of product delays; since Aldi did sell pressure cooker accessories, my guess is the latter. Regardless, in early 2022, the 6-quart version of the product made its return to the weekly ad.
What We Know:
According to Aldi, the cooker’s features include:
- Copper or Stainless Steel finish
- A 6-quart capacity
- 15 preset programs and 3 pressure levels
- A timer for delayed start
- A rack for steaming
- 3 safety settings
What We Don’t Know:
We haven’t yet tested this model, so we can’t speak to how well it functions. We’ve created this open thread for users to share their experiences.
Do you have experience with the Ambiano Pressure Cooker? Let us know in the comments.