Announcing the General Availability of the World’s First Bluetooth® Smartcooker: Instant Pot Smart

By November 24, 2014

Instant Pot SmartIf you live a fast-paced, health-oriented and green-conscious life style, Instant Pot is designed specifically for you.

Instant Pot Smart is a revolutionary Smartcooker designed by Canadians with the objectives of being Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It is Bluetooth® enabled allowing programming and monitoring from smartphones or tablets. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion.

Convenience, Simple as Pressing a Button

Instant Pot Smart is a multi-functional fully-programmable Smartcooker combining the benefits of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté pan, Yogurt Maker, Food

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Warmer and more. It is built with our patent-pending technology which lets you program complex cooking steps in recipe scripts on your smartphone/tablet and execute on the cooker wirelessly. A free iOS app (Android app to be available soon) can be downloaded from iTune App Store.  This capability allows the cooker’s functionalities to be expanded after purchase by upgrading apps, and the recipe scripts can be shared with friends.  Your favorite dishes are within the reach of pressing a button. Green peas, sweet corn and baby carrots can be steamed in 2 to 3 minutes, fresh or frozen. To make mashed potato, don’t boil potatoes in water for 50 minutes leaching nutrients into the water; steam them in Instant Pot for just 15 minutes. An entrée of chilli or Irish stew can be done within an hour, without you watching over it. Want to try the Japanese Onsen Tamago (Hot Spring egg)? There’s recipe script in the free app.  You can also write a recipe script to turn Instant Pot Smart into a hot pot cooker.

IP Smart control panel final 21 225x300 Announcing the General Availability of the Worlds First Bluetooth® Smartcooker: Instant Pot SmartTailored for varying tastes and food conditions, the programs come with 3 adjustable modes. Special features include 3 temperatures in Sauté for browning, simmering or thickening, and 3 temperatures in Slow Cook to complete the tasks of a common slow cooker. Most traditional, modern and international recipes can be easily adapted for Instant Pot.

A 24-hour timer allows for delayed cooking. Automatic keep-warm holds the temperature of the food until you are ready to serve. It works as a perfect porridge maker allowing you wake up with a fresh made porridge.

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Instant Pot generates almost no noise, leaks no steam, traps food aromas, and cooks without heating up the surroundings. The durable 3-ply bottom stainless steel inner pot eliminates the health concerns of non-stick coating. The slim body offers a smaller foot print and right and left lid holders are convenient for all. The brushed stainless steel exterior is finger print resistant. Its elegant and durable industrial design makes it easy to clean and pleasurable to use for the years to come.

Dependable Consistent Results

Instant Pot Smart series uses the latest 3rd generation technology with an embedded microprocessor. During the cooking process, the microprocessor monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration. Even the volume of food is also taken into consideration. The cooking programs have been lab-tested hundreds of times for optimal effect. These greatly improve cooking results and maintain consistency.

Safety without Compromise

Instant Pot is carefully designed to eliminate many common errors from causing harm or spoiling food. It has passed the stringent UL & ULC certification giving you uncompromised safety and peace of mind.  Instant Pot protects you with 10 proven safety mechanisms and patented technologies.

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  1. Safety Lid Lock prevents accidental opening while the cooker is pressurized
  2. Pressure Regulator ensures working pressure to be under the safety limit of 15.23psi (105kpa)
  3. Smart detection of leaky lid (e.g. steam release is at open position)
  4. Anti-blockage Vent design prevents food debris from blocking the vent
  5. Using a magnetic sensor, Lid Position Detection monitors whether the lid is in an unsafe zone for pressure cooking.
  6. Automatic Pressure Controller keeps pressure always in the safe range
  7. Excess Pressure Protection releases excess pressure into internal chamber in a dangerous situation
  8. Automatic Temperature Control regulates temperature based on the type of program being selected
  9. High Temperature monitoring avoids burning food
  10. Electrical current and temperature fuse cuts off power if the current or internal temperature exceeds safety limits

Instant Pot Smart will be available on Amazon.com and Instant Pot store in Dec. 2014 and in UK and EU later in 2015.

Features

  • Bluetooth® Smart compliant (Bluetooth® 4.0) to connect to smartphones/tablets, providing easy to use interfaces to control and monitor cooking progress in graphics. The cooker’s functionalities can be upgraded and expanded after purchase.  Cooking procedures can be written in recipe script and shared with friends.
  • Free iOS app with built-in recipes. Android app is to be available shortly.
  • Multi-Functional Programmable Cooker: Pressure cooker, Slow cooker, Rice Cooker, Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté/Browning, Yogurt  Maker & Warmer
  • 10 Proven Safety Mechanisms, UL and ULC certified
  • 14 Micro-Processor controlled programs: Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurize and Fermented Rice (Jiu Niang)
  • Dual pressure settings for fast and flexible cooking: Cooking with the high pressure reduces cooking time by up to 70% and the low pressure avoids overcooking delicate food
  • Yogurt Maker function can heat the milk for pasteurization and fermentation, making yogurt in either jars or the cooking pot for up to 5L of milk.
  • 3 Adjustable Modes for most functions. 3 Sauté temperatures, 3 Slow Cook temperatures and 3 Keep-warm temperatures.
  • Slow Cooker function allows selecting time between 0.5 ~ 20 hours
  • Delay Cooking Timer: Up to 24 hours
  • Manual pressure setting: Up to 120 minute cook time
  • Automatic keep-warm: up to 10 hours
  • Manual keep-warm setting: Up to 99 hours and 50 minutes
  • Highly energy efficient saving up to 70% of energy
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  • Finger-print resistant brushed stainless steel exterior
  • Low profile 18/8 stainless steel steam rack with handles to lower and lift food into and out of the cooking pot, for maximal usable space
  • Accessories included: stainless steel steam rack with handles, silicone mini mitts, condensation collector, rice paddle, soup spoon and measuring cup
  • User Manual and Quick Reference Guide in English, Spanish, French and Chinese, Pressure Cooking booklet and cooking time tables are included
  • Instant Pot Smart has a 6 Qt cooking pot and a 1000W heating element.

Instant Pot is a registered trademark of Double Insight Inc. in US, Canada, UK and pending in EU and China.

Instant Pot Smart Product Introduction (PDF format)

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56 Responses to “Announcing the General Availability of the World’s First Bluetooth® Smartcooker: Instant Pot Smart”

  1. Helen says:

    Is the Android app still scheduled for March. I am anxiously awaiting this.
    Helen

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  2. Jann Forrest says:

    I too just got my Instapot I{P-LUX 60 for Christmas. I have several stove top pressure cookers but this one really excited me. I have not yet been able to use because the instructions say to remove and install the anti-block shield. Problem is I cannot get it removed. It says to push from the side but will not budge. I emailed a request for help but not heard back yet.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Jann,

    You don’t need to remove and install the anti-block shield every time. Just need to ensure that the anti-block shield doesn’t have food residue. Please do clean all food contact parts with warm soapy water before first use.

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    Jann Forrest Reply:

    I wonder why it won’t come off. My husband has strong hands and it won’t budge. I of course can wipe it off before using and after each use. What would happen if it gets clogged and needs to be removed.

    Thanks for your prompt reply.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    You can use a flat screwdriver to lift it off from the base.

    Jann Forrest Reply:

    Thank you. I thought of that but also was afraid I would damage it doing that. Will give it a try.

  3. Helen says:

    I am having trouble browning meat with the sauté, even on less it sticks very quickly to the bottom of the pan.
    I put 3 tablespoons oil and rolled the meat around to be sure it was coated.
    Within 20 seconds it started to stick pretty firmly.
    Was a roast so hard to unstick and turn.
    Had to turn pot off.
    Added more oil, but next side the same so I just stood there and kept moving it.

    Any tips or should I just brown on the stove?

    Helen

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    Thais Reply:

    I’m looking forward to hearing an experienced response to this. Just got the instant pot for Christmas and made risotto the other day, but had the same problem saute’ing the onions. Too hot? Not enough oil?

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    cperrine Reply:

    Do you stir it often. I have it on the medium setting and just stir it often. Things don’t stick for me unless I saute for 20-30 minutes. Hope this helps.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Helen,

    During sauteing, it’s common that meat may stick to the bottom of the inner pot. This is ok if you start pressure cooking afterwards. The bits stuck to the bottom of the inner pot producing more flavour. If you prefer not to have meat sticking to the bottom of the inner pot, you’ll need to add more cooking oil (e.g. 6 tbsp) during sauteing and later drain the excess oil before pressure cooking.

    Hope this helps.

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    Helen Reply:

    Sort of helps. I am glad it is not just something stupid I was doing.

    Pretty sure I had at least 6 Tbsp. oil at the end and it was still sticking and not really browning.

    The pork roast turned out very good, and I am not worried about the sticky parts in the pan, just that it is awkward turning a larger piece of meat in a deep vessel when it is stuck firmly.

    No worries though, I will try a crockpot setting maybe or brown on the stove.

    Thanks for your help.

    Helen

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  4. Ryan says:

    Where can you download additional recipe scripts for the smart? Is this feature out yet to allow people to share recipes?

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Ryan,

    You can try: http://www.hippressurecooking.com/category/smartcooker/

    More Instant Pot Smart recipes will be available on the web. We’ll compile a list in the FAQ page http://instantpot.com/faq/instant-pot-smart/

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    Jann Forrest Reply:

    Also I found a neat one called pressurecookingtoday.com
    Lots of good stuff and help available.

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  5. Jeff Kang says:

    Register product. Application model?

    I see the serial number at the bottom, but where’s the application model?
    I see QC at the bottom.
    On the side, there’s a FCC ID.

    I have the Smart-60.

    Thanks.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Jeff,

    Smart-60 is the model ID. We’ll clarify the web registration page.

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    Jann Forrest Reply:

    I had the same issue with my Instapot but the model number was there (10 numbers) but no serial number. I got email stating that not needed for warranty.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Please register on our web registration page: http://instantpot.com/support/register/ This is much easier to manage.

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  6. Charles Tsai says:

    I got my iPot yesterday after battling with FedEx Ground for most of the day. Bottom line: don’t use them again! Horrible service.

    They came by and said they couldn’t find the buzzer number to my apartment even though I posted it on a bright orange sticky right by the keypad with the word FEDEX written on it.

    I called customer service several times to ask them to re-deliver. They said they’ll try but the last person said they don’t re-attempt on the same day for FedEx Ground. \

    They told me to go to their station which is a 40 minute drive away. I told them I would have to rent a car so they’d better have it there. They promise me they’ve already set it aside.

    I rent a car and drive to the station only to be told that they’ve already loaded it on the truck for delivery for Monday.

    Only after I insisted on not leaving until I get my iPot did they agree to unload the truck to find my package.

    PLEASE don’t use FedEx anymore. UPS has better service in my opinion.

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    Jann Forrest Reply:

    I have had issues with both but were much easier to resolve than yours. I do get a kick out of UPS screaming past our house just to watch for the screech of brakes and then watching him have to back up. Just my warped sense of humor. Anyway the absolute worse is for small packages and it is UPSP. Sometimes our mail comes after 8:00.

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    Helen Reply:

    UPS has been very bad for me lately. They say they have tried to deliver but there is never a notice, and sometimes it is weeks before the second (again no notice left) attempted delivery, then they put it for pickup 8 miles away when there are pickup locations within a mile.

    FedEx was 1 day after shipping and they actually delivered it.

    UPS I have seen them get out of the truck, decide it was raining to hard to walk 30 feet, and get back in and drive away.

    Helen

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  7. Helen says:

    My Instant Pot arrived. Very fast service from FedEx.
    Mostly I am pleased.
    The markers on the lid/rim are hard to distinguish, and the finish on the rim wears of with just lightly turning it to he correct place for the test. I will mark it with little paper dots perhaps?

    The inner pot is slightly convex on the bottom. Is this normal? Seems to work fine.

    I steamed some potatoes for mashed for 8 minutes and came out close to perfect, maybe 1 minute more next time. Did turn the pot a bit blue on bottom but that can be cleaned.

    Made the Not Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon and meat is tender, so that makes me happy:)

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Helen,

    The concave bottom of the inner pot matches the convex surface of the heating element. This helps to position the inner pot for proper operation. This is by design.

    The blue rainbowing effect can be easily cleaned with a bit of vinegar, please see http://instantpot.com/how-to-clean-the-bluish-marks-at-the-bottom-of-the-instant-pot-inner-pot/

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    Helen Reply:

    Thank you.
    I have already cleaned the blue spots.

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  8. William Cassidy says:

    Just wondering if instant pot smart will be reaching the UK shores early mid or late 2015 is there a more accurate selling date to be had yet as I’m very excited about this product and look forward to purchasing it and spreading the word further concerning such a worthy purchase

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Our estimate is that Instant Pot Smart will be in UK around April~May time frame.

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    Annet Reply:

    Is this certain, because I was told that it would be march/april. I am a bit disappointed to read april/may here :-(
    I am very eager for it to be released in the UK.
    I have already two old models, but I can’t wait for the new bluetooth version, also looking forward to making yogurt in it. Would it be possible to make yogurt in the old model? Using one of the other options?

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Annet,

    You can make Yogurt with IP-DUO series, as well as the Bluetooth IP-Smart series, but not on IP-LUX series.

    Annet Reply:

    Unfortunately I just bought 2 IP-LUX series, when the IP-DUO became available in the UK.
    So instead of buying a third one being a IP-DUO, I now decided to wait for the IP-SMART being sold in the UK.

    Can you please tell me what’s the temperature that the instantpot uses to keep the food warm after being ready.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    For IP-LUX, the keep-warm temperature is 63 ~ 78°C (145 ~ 172°F)

  9. David says:

    Has the app been reviewed, or designed, for accessibility to visually impaired users? Text-to-speech capability of iPhone and Android devices would make this cooker a real benefit to the visually impaired community. What about porting the app to Mac/PC computers as well, as long as the interface is compatible with the accessibility utilities.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi David,

    The current app doesn’t support text-to-speech yet. We’ll add this into our required feature list.

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    David Reply:

    I think you could reach an additional market with an accessible app. Especially if you recruit some blind testers for the development. Perhaps you could offload the development of other bluetooth enabled control interfaces to third parties by publishing/licensing the control interface protocol.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Mobile is the future. We don’t have any plan for a PC/Mac version.

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    Helen Reply:

    I am curious as to why you exclude Windows phones and tablets from mobile devices.
    I do realize they are pricey, having a Surface Pro 3, but they totally rock.
    I asked a few (7) friends and colleagues to see my Instant Pot Smart. Theu were quite impressed till I told them no Windows App. Then they said it is nice but…
    None of my IOS using friends cook, and many, not all, like my my android friends, are pretty technologically challenged. None were interested in viewing your product except for the two windows users who had other phones.
    I can’t recall ever walking into a professional office or business and seeing an android or IOS computer. Outside of academic circles most business people use Windows.
    Most of us have blue tooth, most of us have the means to afford an Instant pot on a whim. and many of us cook.
    Blow us of as you will, by implying we are wheelchair bound, and not mobile, but I think you are ignoring and possibly insulting a significant market.
    Helen

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  10. DJ says:

    I look forward to ordering this as a first time user!

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  11. Helen says:

    Now your support 1 800 phone number has a fax answering.
    Helen

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Helen,

    It seems to be a temporary phone system problem. It’s working properly now. Please feel free to call us again.

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    Helen Reply:

    Still the fax is answering

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Helen,

    Did you call 1800 828-7280 our support line? We verified a few time and it’s working properly.

    Helen Reply:

    Sorry for not replying
    I did get through to a person but it took quite a while after your message for the fax to stop answering,

    The sales person helped me with my credit card problem and I successfully ordered an instant pot.

    You have a very nice and competent and patient sales person.

    Helen

  12. Henry says:

    Your description says the new Instant Pot can be used as a “Hot pot cooker”. What does this mean?

    Other than the bluetooth capability, what are the other improvements with this model?

    Is the warranty any longer considering the price is so much higher and the possibility of problems has increased with the more advanced technology?

    Can you write a script to switch from pressure to slow cooking?

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Henry,

    A hot pot cooker keeps the stock soup simmering. Ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table by the guests.

    Instant Pot Smart builds on our successful IP-DUO design. Apart from Bluetooth, it adds wall clock for timer operations, 3 temperature keep-warm and changeable keep-warm time to 99 hours.

    Yes, you can write a script with 6 commands, such as keep the pressure for a period, keep the temperature for a period, pause to add food materials. etc. and switch between pressure cooking and slow cooking.

    The warranty remains as 1 year which is the standard in the industry. The Bluetooth components are actually more durable than other cooker parts.

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  13. Helen says:

    Thanks for your reply.
    Is there no way to pay directly with Visa?
    I am trying to reset my PAYPAL account with little luck, but my Visa gives an additional warranty so I would prefer to use it directly
    Helen

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Helen,

    We are trying to avoid the security problem by not storing any customer’s credit card information. So we outsource credit card processing entirely to Paypal.

    You can pay directly with Visa on Paypal without a paypal account. You should still receive the additional warrant offered by your Visa card issuer (please do check with them to confirm this)

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  14. Helen says:

    I have been trying to order an instant pot.
    Your website says VISA or PAYPAL but only offers PAYPAL on checkout.
    I entered the codes correctly for your contact us page in every manner and variation possible
    At least 20 times
    Does not seem to work.
    I will try and call tomorrow.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Helen,

    You can pay with Visa or other creditcard on Paypal.com.

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  15. Steph says:

    yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa *breathe* aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa *breathe* aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!

    Looks great! Looking forward to a lot of yogurt and cheese and sous vide and soft-cooked eggs, not to mention bone broths, stews and rice and all the usual suspects for pressure-cooked delicacies.

    Ooh, and chocolate things and egg custard things. And fish. And … yeah, all sorts of things really.

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  16. Kasa says:

    How accurate is the thermal sensor at the bottom of the inner pot?

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    HI Kasa,

    The thermal sensor is pretty accurate. But using the reading as the temperature of the food insider the cooking pot is not so accurate. It’s in the range for +/-5C. This limitation has been compensated in the program with empirical data to achieve better temperature control.

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  17. Joy B says:

    Would I be able to use one in Australia on 240V? Have always wanted an InstantPot but ended up buying an ALDI cheapie, because previous InstantPot releases were not usable on 240V – disappointed & frustrated …!

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Joy,

    A 220~240V version will be produced later in 2015, to be released in UK and EU. That version will work in Australia’s power grid.

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  18. jc says:

    does it go all the way down to 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit? thanks.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Yes, temperature can be set to 68F or 20C, but the room temperature needs to be lower for this to work.

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  19. DrDre says:

    Is it possible to change the temperature per 1 degree directly on the machine in order to do sous vide cooking? Or is it only on the app?

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Changing temperature can only be done from the App. Sous Vide cooking is possible but may be limited by the thermal sensor accuracy at the bottom of the inner pot.

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