Suggest a Feature

The smart cooking appliance Instant Pot is designed with the objective to make cooking more enjoyable and less laborious. At Instant Pot Company, we plan to release a new design every 12~18 month.  We are constantly seeking new ideas that could make Instant Pot more convenient and useful to the life style of North Americans.

If you have any suggestion and request, please comment on this page.  When your new features are eventually realized, we’ll send you a free product.

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163 Responses to “Suggest a Feature”

  1. Helen says:

    I often use the adjust button for steam. It is very easy to hit the off button instead.
    Instead of the adjust button it would be nice if simply pressing the steam button again would cycle through the times. This would be more intuitive as many other kitchen things work this way and free up a button.

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    Donna Reply:

    Very good observation Helen. Thank you.

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  2. Jesper says:

    If it was possible to update the IntantPots’ firmware I would be less hesitant to buy one. The risk of missing out on future features, not confined by hardware limitations is making me postpone my purchase.

    The Smart pot is definitely a step in the right direction. I guess it can make the pot do almost anything it is physically capable off.

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    KP Reply:

    Jesper, I fully agree. I too am hesitant in fear of a newer model with these features.

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    skymom Reply:

    I agree Jesper. I heard that there is a “firmware” update coming out around now that early owners could install (by replacing the front panel if I read it correctly). People buying now would get that new version. What I’d prefer is the ability to do firmware updates via software only, which would truly make it a “Smart” appliance. Now if that hardware based “firmware” update enables all owners to update firmware going forward, I’d be on this like a hobo on a muffin! I don’t mind paying double for this vs the Duo60, but I would mind if it’s going to be obsolete / unable to improve features.

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    Donna Reply:

    If you are reading this thread, you might also be interested in Laura’s comments, posted here: http://www.hippressurecooking.com/forums/topic/instant-pot-smart-android-app-and-firmware-update/

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    Skymom Reply:

    Thank you Donna, I just checked this out and asked the question there. It’s great that they are protecting the investment of the early buyers by providing a new control panel, as well as offering the new control panel in the units becoming available in April/May. My question is whether the device will ever be able to have update firmware downloaded to the device – more of a software versus a hardware replacement (like you can update the firmware on a Smart TV, Tivo, router, etc., by downloading it and installing it). That would be more cost effective for Instant Pot, and better in the long term for buyers.

    Donna Reply:

    Hi Skymom, this is the planned direction the Instant Pot Company is going with future models. Remember, the revolutionary Instant Pot SMART is the first! I see that Laura has already written a thorough answer to your question at the link above, and mentions that the new batch of SMARTs (sold starting April/May 2015) will have the updated firmware installed. Thank you for your insightful questions, and for your interest in the most advanced electric pressure cooker the world has ever seen– so far!

    Helen Reply:

    I would like these features as well but I am still happy with my Instant Pot Smart. The new models will supposedly ship end of April and coupons have been announced.

    Doesn’t matter what you buy, someone will be selling a better/cheaper one soon.

    The Instant Pot Smart has changed the way I cook. 75% of my cooking is now pressure cooked.

    The big question is the Smart Pot worth the extra bucks. I bought a stovetop recently and it does just as well with not much extra effort.

    Comparing cooking appliance software updates to TV/routers is Apples to Oranges as the sales figures/support staff are vastly different. There are thousands of TVS and routers and phones sold for every electric pressure cooker, smart or not.
    Instant Pot company probably has one overworked programmer who is working with canned Apple software.

    Presently they seem to be selling all that they are able to manufacture and while I may snivel and whine on occasion that they do not have an Android or Windows app I am happy I bought one.
    I have never bought a more useful cooking appliance.

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    skymom Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your opinion Helen. I’m probably still going to get this one, since I hear such good stuff about the company and its product. It’s not unreasonable to ask a question, to base a buying decision on facts. I just wanted to know how this factored in. My analogy was to clarify my original question – hardware vs software upgrade.

    I’m with you on really liking pressure cooking too. I have a stove-top version now, but I’m really attracted to the automatic capabilities of the Instant Pot – for a variety of ways to cook in addition to pressure cooking. I had been looking at the Breville Fast Slow Cooker, but Instant Pot can do so much more (and I might be able to consolidate some appliances – yay!)

    Your recommendation as a happy customer carries a lot of weight – and it seems to be the norm with Instant Pot.

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    Helen Reply:

    You are welcome.
    Make sure you use the coupon code at hip pressure cooking. $60 discount.
    I have made a lot of recipes from Hip Pressure cooking and they have all turned out exceptionally well. I have also made the NOT Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon and baked beans from this site. Both very very good. Not even tempted to try slow cooking at this point but one of these fine days.

    Vita Reply:

    Skymom, I am endlessly trying to decide. Instant Pot seems like a wonderful company as well as making great products. I am amazed to hear you say that IP can do so much more! please say how. I find through sifting through the manuals that Breville gives far more control most notably being able to program in the pressure release method to take place in my absence. I can’t figure out what is possible with a smart pot (is that what you are referring to?)I do not have the technology to hook into that. The limitations with Breville for me revolve around the cooking pot’s size and materials. What other features for you “do so much more” There is Fagor also with their 8QT SS pot. But Instant pot is a great company with a thriving community which for me is a big plus. If IP would give me more control of programming the pressure release and keep warm functions and facilitate canning with pt sized jars Instant pot would win hands down.

    Helen Reply:

    Vita
    The Breville you are referring to was not manufactured when Skymom wrote that. The newest Duo does give you more control of keep warm and the pressure will release:)

    Canning brings with it possible liability issues. Pretty sure Breville does not facilitate either.
    Read the articles and decide for yourself.

    skymom Reply:

    Thank you for the tips on the recipes to try Helen! I did use the coupon from Hip Pressure Cooking – I’m now just counting the days till they ship them out (they say April 30), but I’m planning at least another week past then since it appears they ship orders from Vancouver, BC, and I’m on the East Coast of the US.

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  3. Jesper says:

    SOUS-VIDE
    It would be brilliant if the InstaPot could double as a sous-vide.
    In light of the build in microprocessor it should be possible to make an option to manually program the InstaPot to maintain any temperature range.

    DEEP-FRYER
    Other ‘brands’have a deep fryer function, again it should be possible for the microchip to ensure the optimal oil temperature for deep frying and include a frying basket. Of course it should be impossible to close the lid with the deep-fryer function turned on.

    If those features were included the product would be remarkably versatile. Buying it would be a no-brainer.

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    Helen Reply:

    The Instant Pot will do basic sous vide even without the app. With the app and possibly with the new control panel should be even better.
    I have done sous vide steak med-rare, pork chops and tenderloin roast on the keep warm low setting. I bought a sous vide controller eventually as often I want to pressure cook and sous vide at the same time, but for meat Instant Pot works just as well. Probably for other things too if you have the app.

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  4. KP says:

    I would love to see this machine have a Sous Vide feature, which should be a pretty simple addition. A deep frying feature would also be nice, as well as getting the pressure up to 15 psi for canning (if at all possible).

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  5. Angela says:

    What an amazing machine, here is my 2 cents!
    1. Offer a split pot, to cook two things that might need to be separated. Stew & rice for example
    2. Add on a “microwave” feature to use when needing to reheat food. I would love to eliminate my microwave!
    3. Pasta setting, easily bring water to a boil and cook for set time…this can probably be easily done on the current model though
    4. I like the deep fry option, with thermometer keeping the oils temp. That would be awesome!

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  6. Don says:

    Maybe this has been suggested before. A sealable lid for the inner pot so it can be stored with food in it, in the fridge.

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    Helen Reply:

    You can buy a silicone lid that works very well at most stores selling pots and pans.

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  7. Susan Chandler says:

    The plastic piece on the floating value came off and floated down the drain…how do I get another one?

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    You can purchase on from our store: https://instantpot.com/store/home.php

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  8. Aysha White says:

    Are the float valve and steam release parts lead-free?

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Yes, the float valve and steam release are all lead-free on all Instant Pot products

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  9. Markus says:

    I’d be really great if, in addition to an iphone and Android app there was an API one could use to connect to via scripts/applications (say, via REST). A lot of geeks are actually fairly good cooks, and this would open up a lot of possibilities for “hacking with food”.
    I know a lot of manufacturers are afraid of opening up their devices in such a way, so I’m not holding my breath. But it sure would be great.

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  10. Jeff says:

    Like other reviewers, I’d like to see an 8 quart model. Your page that describes how pressure cookers work said that a larger model than 6 liters would be bulky and prohibitively expensive. How expensive? And I can deal with bulky in order to be able to make larger quantities at a time.

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    Kate Reply:

    Yes I agree, an 8 quart model please! Any plans for that? That is what is really preventing me from purchasing the current models, I need a larger size to cook meals for my whole family.

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    Nicole Reply:

    ditto…8 qt would be awesome for making broth from bone/meat. Steaming rack and rack w/ smaller holes will also be good for making 2-3 dishes at the same time (i.e. similar to the Fissler model show in this blog page: http://kellyandruby-mami.blogspot.hk/2014/09/Fissler.html#more).

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    Jeff Reply:

    And I haven’t bought one yet because 6 is too small.
    Funny, the product sounds like a new start-up company in Colorado. :-)

    IF YOU BUILD IT (8 QT), I WILL BUY.

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  11. Ray says:

    The inner pot needs to be redesigned.
    When I use it in saute mode, the inner pot moves around. It needs some way to lock into place.

    Also, I’d like to see the bottom of the inner pot flat at the bottom. When I pour a bit of oil, the center is not covered because it is more elevated.

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    Ray Reply:

    I should mention, the inner pot moves around when I;m using a spoon to move ingredients around.

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    wjbinokc Reply:

    I don’t work for Instant Pot but maybe I can help a little. First, the pot cannot really be locked down totally because of the need to allow for metal expansion. The pot is locked down when the lid is closed. This gives the pot the ability to expand in every direction (except the rim).

    Second, the elevated bottom is most likely a safety feature used for pressure cookers. An elevated or concave bottom can handle pressure more easily than one that is completely flat.

    To keep the pot from moving, put an oven mit on your other hand and hold the pot from the rim. That should work.

    And, it is not necessary to saute from the middle of the pan. But, if you prefer the middle, as needed, move some of the oil from the sides to the middle. The oil will naturally adhere to the food (and the excess drains back to the sides).

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    againstthegrain Reply:

    I actually LIKE that the inner pot rotates around. I’m 5’3″ tall and can’t see the entire inner bottom surface of the pot even when on my tip toes. Quickly rotating the inner pot with minimal effort allows me to see the entire bottom of the pan while sautéing/deglazing. If I want the pot to stay still I hold it in place with a mitt. Simple.

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    michael otter Reply:

    I agree, you can spin the pot slowly while keeping a spatula against the inside to help keep the contents at the bottom (after sauteing etc).

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  12. Maria says:

    Please do cater to Europeans. 220 voltage would be great. The plug does not matter as there will always be an adaptor.

    thanks

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    Kasi Viswanath Reply:

    I too have requested this feature (220V/240V) support time & again. I hope InstantPot team will implement this feature in their new product right from the start.

    As long as the cable is detachable, it is ok what kind of pins the cable comes with. We can get that replaced very cheap. Or in the worst case, use a plug adaptor (NOT voltage adaptor).

    For now, this is the only product that I known which listens to customer feedback in the right spirit. I hope, they take this request from their eager-to-wanna-be Indian/European/Australian/etc customers seriously.

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    Chris Reply:

    Maria / Kasi
    The 220v version is available ex UK Amazon with despatch to 26 Eu countries – or from the Instant Pot UK website
    http://www.instantpot.co.uk for despatch in UK.
    If you are elsewhere please email me or contact me via the UK Facebook site, http://www.facebook.com/instantpotUK
    Thanks

    Chris
    Instant Pot UK

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    Ben Reply:

    Hi Chris,

    Is there an option to buy in Israel / ship to Israel?

    Many thanks.

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  13. Ray says:

    When the iPOT does come out…will the ANDROID version be available at the same time as the iOS version? Too often the ANDROID version for an app is months behind.

    Also, when is the iPOT coming out? I thought it was suppose to be the second quarter of 2014.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hello Ray,

    The iPot is currently scheduled for Q4. The delay was caused by extended testing required to make it safe. The Android app will come out a month or two after the iPot debut. It’s much harder to build and test the Android apps, due to fragmentation of Android devices and OS versions.

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  14. J Shaffer says:

    Add a setting that allows you to completely disable all beeps and chimes. Something along the lines of pressing a sequence of buttons that would otherwise be uncommon so people don’t accidentally change the setting.

    This would be a useful feature for people who live in shared spaces, like dorms, where the beeping could be irratating and distracting to others.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Thanks for the suggestion. This will be supported in our upcoming iPot in Q4 2014.

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    Adam Reply:

    I just bought an instant pot in Q4 2015, but don’t see a sign that this feature has been implemented. Any clues to when it might be?

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  15. VC says:

    It would be great if this cooker shuts off automatically after the cooking is done, instead of switching to Heat Mode.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Thanks VC. This will be implemented in the coming iPot.

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    Elaine Reply:

    Please make this feature optional. I like the keep warm feature. I don’t want my to shut off automatically.

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  16. Krum Valkov says:

    For making yogurt after the first step of pasteurization it would be helpful the display to have a thermometer showing the temperature of the milk so you know when is ready for second step. According to the instructions you have to wait until the milk cools down to 115 F, which means you have to keep checking the every so often.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Krum,

    Thank you for your suggestion. We’ll implement this feature in the upcoming iPot.

    After pasteurization, it’s recommended to take the inner pot out to allow the milk to cool down faster.

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  17. Renee Nakatsui says:

    I saw an advertisement of a new feature 7 in 1 with cleaning feature, is it still available?
    Renee

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Renee

    What do you mean “cleaning” feature? Instant Pot cannot clean itself as in some of ovens.

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  18. Tina C says:

    The IP DUO is almost perfect. I would like to see the black arrows on the lid that align with the pot for closing, be white rather than black so it is easier to see. I used a dab of white nail polish on the arrows. Works fine. An oval pot would be good. Other than that, there is little you can improve. After using the Wolfgang Puck and the Cuisinart I truly appreciate the IP DUO.

    As for all the requests about a steamer rack. Amazon has one called the Secura 6-quart Electric Pressure Cooker Steam Rack Basket Set that fits perfectly.

    Keep up the good work. This pressure cooker is quality.

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    wjbinokc Reply:

    I’ve noticed a lot of requests for an oval shaped pot so that foods that are “wide”, like brisket, can be browned more easily.

    I haven’t noticed a reply from InstantPot but there may be one. However, I do want to point out that round pots are generally sturdier than most other pot shapes. This is the primary reason a round pot is used. I bet an oval pot can be designed but I would not be surprised if the walls of the pot are a little thicker to compensate for the weakness of that type of shape.

    Since the walls of the pot would be thicker for an oval pot, then the pot would be heavier and everything related would have to be redesigned, like the lid, the base, steaming baskets, the led touchpad would have to be changed to fit a different base shape, etc., etc., etc.

    Assuming that all the above is correct, I bet that InstantPot will not make a cooker that uses an oval pot. It is not a bad idea but unfortunately an oval pot is not as practical as one would like.

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    againstthegrain Reply:

    I bought the Secura rack and steamer set and agree that it is a VERY useful accessory set for the Instant Pot. Unfortunately, the Secura set doesn’t seem to be available anymore.

    I also agree that the embossed black alignment arrows are hard to see on the Instant Pot. I printed arrows on white laminated label tape with a Brother label maker and applied those to the lid and outer housing to make it easier to see the alignment settings.

    I also applied a white label to the lid handle with a reminder to put the vent knob in the sealing position.

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  19. Chris says:

    What I would like to know is, as awesome as the iPot looks (I want one), will the power cord be retractable? Or at the least afforded the ability to be curled underneath the unit for storage?

    It’s one of my biggest complaints with the IP-LUX60 I’ve had for a few years.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Chris,

    The IP-DUO model has a cord rack which can hook the cord. iPot has the same rack.

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  20. Jesse says:

    After getting the Duo, there are a few things I would like to see as features.

    1) Sterilize setting
    2) No-pressure steam
    3) The ability to change temperature and pressures while cooking, particularly for saute and slow cook.
    4) Steamer basket
    5) Silicone grip inside of the body of the unit so the pot doesn’t spin when being used.
    6) Attachable handle for the pot so it can be moved around easier when hot or used on the stove top easier
    7) Increase in max times for all functions
    8) Deep fry function, or alternatively, add more temperature options for the saute function to make frying with various oils more precise.
    9) Rather than slow cook and saute, just offer a normal cook function with many temperature ranges covering slow cook up to saute.
    10) Showing the temperature of the selected setting alternating with the actual temperature of the pot.

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    Jesse Reply:

    4) Steamer basket for larger items but also one that has smaller holes for things like rice.

    11) sous vide, precise low temperature options (1 degree increments, 100-200)

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hello Jesse,

    Many of your suggestions will be implemented in our upcoming iPot, e.g. 3, 8, 9, 10, 11. Regarding Sous Vide, temperature accuracy won’t be 1F, but rather 1C. Is this good for you?

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    Jesse Reply:

    That would be great.

    One other thing, an an easier method to change settings rather than repeatedly pressing a button to up or down the temperature, either a keypad to type in a temperature or a dial that you can turn to adjust the temperature easily and quickly like on a stove.

    Also having intensity settings, so you can get the pot to temperature more gradually or as quickly as possible.

    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Jesse,

    Yes, these are considered in the iPot app design. Thanks for your feedback.

  21. Bettina says:

    Exciting Tale of Instant Pot Suspense:

    Last night I cooked a couple of beets in the instant pot, which I’ve been eager to do for some time now. (No, that’s not the exciting part.) All worked out as advertised, the beets were great, and just before I ate them with the leftovers from my last not-quite-successful batch of rice, I gave everything a quick rinse and got my oatmeal for the morning ready, set it and forgot it, and went off to eat my beets and rice. So far so good.

    Until I got up this morning (here comes the fun part) and arrived at the pot to find it covered in dried goo. Pot still on keep warm. Steam release valve was open!!! Aargh! I have to devise something bright red I can stick on there to remind myself to close it!

    Here’s an idea for the next instant pot: put a sensor on that thing. Make a light shine purple or blue or something that’s a different color from any other light on the pot, when the valve is set to vent, then turn to green when it’s set to seal. But I digress.

    Meanwhile back at the ranch, I rinsed everything off, took off the protective cage on the underside of the lid and scrubbed the valves, or what I could reach, dried it all and started a new batch, this time with the vent closed, and now there was really a problem . . . steam and oatmeal goo bubbling out of both the release valve and the float valve. Darn!

    So I scrubbed Mission Oatmeal 2.0, took my lid to the sink again and started examining the working bits more closely and discovered you can just pull the silicone stopper off the bottom of the float valve and the weight just comes right out, leaving a hole and the weight and the stopper. Also the steam release valve comes right off as well. So I gave everything a good scrub and dry, replaced the bits, added a little extra water to my V2.0 oatmeal to replace what was lost in steam and goo, restarted the program, and it all worked like a charm.

    Thanks to Instant Pot for a great design! I love how the silicone seal and the weight work together – it’s really quite elegant. And how it all comes apart to clean it. But think about that sensor for the darn steam vent valve, would you? I can’t be the only absent-minded cook out here forgetting to close that thing.

    Also, please consider sending a couple of brushes right along with the pot, one that fits down the steam vent opening and one that fits the float valve opening. Or a double-headed brush with one on each side. Luckily I had the latter, but not the former, and had to spend a bit of time blasting the vent opening with the spray setting from the faucet.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Thank you Bettina, The idea of a sensor for the steam release has been in consideration. We surveyed many users regarding whether to have a lid connected to the cooker base. Most users prefer the lid to be total detachable. A detached lid makes the sensor connectivity a bit hard. Nevertheless, we will take this as a requirement for our future design.

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    Donna Reply:

    Have you had trouble with your lid Andrew? We have a tutorial available in the Instant Pot® Community Facebook group, though most people report no problems, and the DUO lid with holders is very popular with users.

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  22. Sascha DeNinno says:

    Sanitize function! For baby bottles, pacifiers,pump pieces also for boiling and cooling the filtered water used for baby formula.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Sascha,
    If your baby equipment is safe to be boiled at 118°C/244°F, you can steam the baby equipment for 2 minutes. This takes 7~8 minutes, using quick or natural release. We will add a program in the upcoming Instant Pot Smart.

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  23. Mark says:

    I’d like more specific documentation on what the Soup, Bean and Congee buttons do.

    I have pressure cooker recipes for soups, bean dishes, and porridge, but they aren’t made for the Instant Pot so they just advise general cooking times.

    Since the Instant Pot documentation of these features is vague, it’s not clear when they would be a better choice than just using the recipe’s recommendation for manual use.

    Currently I end up ignoring these buttons for the most part, because it’s not clear how they are different from the manual program and recipes don’t call for their use.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Mark,

    We’ll measure the temperature/pressure graph of the functions and publish them on our website.

    The function buttons on Instant Pot IP-CSG/IP-LUX/IP-DUO are designed to work for their respective type of food in general. If you have a recipe with specific details, please use the Manual function. If the recipe is for 15 psi cooker, please add 7~15% additional time.

    Our upcoming Instant Pot Smart will have functions tailored to specific recipes.

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  24. AB says:

    Like scott, I’d love to be able to buy a steamer basket/tray made specifically for Instant Pot. And since the IP-LUX50 comes with a trivet, it’d be nice to be able to buy the steamer basket separately, not only as part of a set that comes with another trivet. Thanks!

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    B1uebird Reply:

    AB, I bought this steamer basket on Amazon. It is made by another manufacturer but fits my 6 quart InstantPot Duo 6 perfectly.
    http://www.amazon.com/Secura-6-quart-Electric-Pressure-Cooker/dp/B007AMYB06/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397658736&sr=8-1&keywords=secura+steamer+basket

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    againstthegrain Reply:

    I have that Secura steam rack/basket set and agree it is great and worth the price. However, it doesn’t seem to be available anymore.

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  25. Kasi Viswanath says:

    Hi,

    I have been eagerly waiting for the new IP-DUO model in hopes that it would support multi-voltage (100-240V). But looks like, I will have to wait further or looks elsewhere. My need is to be able to use this in a 240V country. And I am not a big fan of using voltage converters. I hope you would consider this request in your future products. Does this feature cost that much?

    Thanks,
    Kasi

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hello Kasi,

    240V version of Instant Pot will be available in UK in early Q2 2014. But we won’t be able to make a multi-voltage version. Unlink the laptops and other gardgets, the power draw of Instant Pot is 900~1000W. That substantially increase the cost of a voltage converter within the cooker. Because the majority of users use Instant Pot in one country, this doesn’t justify the extra cost for all users. Please understand.

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    Kasi Viswanath Reply:

    Thanks for the quick reply. Just only the 240V will do for my needs. I hope I can buy it from your store directly (paying in dollars). And I also hope the price will be similar to its US counterpart.

    Again, thanks for the response. I will look forward for the 240V model then. Keep us posted.

    Thanks,
    Kasi

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  26. Claudia says:

    More than one in four Canadians lives alone, so I’m sure there are lots of people like me who would love a SMALLER version of the Instant Pot!

    I usually only cook for one or two people. I don’t mind eating leftovers the next day, but I’m not crazy about eating the same thing all week long.

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    Claudia Reply:

    I should’ve been more specific — a 3.5 litre version of the Instant Pot would be ideal for smaller households like mine.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Claudia,

    We had considered a smaller size. However the manufacturing cost is only 2~3% apart, but the utility of a smaller cooker is much much less, especially if you use Instant Pot for steaming with containers. Meanwhile, Instant Pot can cook small potions with no problem, using the same amount of energy. If you ever have a few friends over, large size has its advantages.

    Nevertheless, we appreciate your feedback.

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    Bettina Reply:

    Claudia, if this response is still relevant to you, I have had no problem cooking smaller amounts of things in my 6.x liter instant pot. I do oatmeal for one every night and love the set it and forget it ease.

    Instant pot people, can you confirm the least amount of liquid that can be used in a recipe (if you wanted to do a very small amount of grain, for example, or a soup, could you use as little as a quarter cup of liquid for a recipe that’s going to only cook for a fairly short time?

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    Claudia Reply:

    Sorry, for some reason I didn’t get notified of replies so am only now seeing them. Thanks for letting me know the rationale behind not offering a smaller model and letting me know it can be stii be used for smaller quanties (thanks, Bettina, for attesting to this).

    That said, it’s still an enormous appliance to have in my tiny so I will get a stovetop 3.5-litre pressure cooker instead. Too bad, in many ways the convenience of the Instant Pot holds a lot of appeal!

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    Donna Reply:

    Many of our customers are singles cooking for one. Leftovers are real benefit! But of course, as you wish.

    skymom Reply:

    Donna, I’m with you. I’m a single, but I like to cook larger batches to freeze. Comes in handy after a busy work day to have some delicious healthy food ready. I do have an 8L stove top PC, but I plan to have that as a second one, and I got rid of my 8 qt stock pot when I bought this, so it serves double-duty as either a spare PC or a stock pot. I deal with limited kitchen storage space by looking for items that serve double duty, and the Instant Pot does that like no other! My goal is to have this replace my slow cooker and rice cooker. So while the 6L might be larger than a 3.5L, it takes up less space than having single purpose slow cookers, rice cookers and pressure cookers. Also I can cook a smaller batch in a 6L, but I can’t cook a larger batch in a 3.5L.

    Donna Reply:

    Excellent analysis SkyMom! Instant Pot is efficient in MANY ways!

    Bettina Reply:

    Claudia, you’re very welcome! :-)

    talat Reply:

    I totally agree with Claudia that given the vast number of people living alone, a smaller pot should be on the market. Not all of us want to cook and freeze big quantities or want to wash big pots when a small one will do. I for one find a big 6 liter pot overkill so regrettably will have to do without the Instant Pot until this segment of the population is given a choice. More is NOT always better even if the cost difference is negligible.

  27. Clint says:

    I would love to see the following features:

    * 8 qt size
    * Oblong shape similar to a crock pot.
    * Generic / higher res display with less specific buttons and upgradeable firmware to be able to install new cooking programs as they become available.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Clint,

    Thank you for your suggestions. We have investigated the first two of your suggestions. The production cost is rather high. Implementation of these features will be reconsidered in a later day when the situation at the manufacturing chain changes.

    We are working on your 3rd suggestion and the new product is planned for the end of 2014.

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  28. Sarah says:

    It would be very helpful if the User Manual came in a larger print font. Its rather hard using a magnifying glass while trying to work with the product. I was hoping the online version would print out in a full 8 1/2 X 11 format but it doesn’t.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Sarah,

    That’s a good suggestion. We have revised the user manual, which will print better. You can download the PDF here: http://instantpot.com/wp-content/uploads/IP-LUX-v2/InstantPot-IP-LUX-Manual-English-v2.pdf

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    Sally Reply:

    Yes, the revised manual is much better visually! Haven’t read it to see if there are other changes.

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    Bettina Reply:

    If viewing online, you can magnify the font in your browser. On a mac, this is command+. On a PC it’s either CTRL+ or OPT+. You can try it right now on this website. On the mac, Command0 (that’s a zero) returns the font to its default size. This works on html or pdf formats.

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    Sally Reply:

    Viewing online is fine because the .pdf format allows you to enlarge or shrink as the user sees fit; especially with the revised edition of the manual. However, trying to view the manual online in the office and running back and forth to the kitchen is not going to happen while I’m trying to use the pot.

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  29. Olefogey says:

    Instant pot is hands above all others. We are using all the time. Due to a recent a heart attack by our 42 year old son and his family. They are faced with another transition. A healthy heart diet. I think that would be a good category for you to add.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hello Olefogey,

    Thank you for suggesting the recipe category. We’ll add this category and research/create the recipes.

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  30. Sylvia says:

    Just used my Instant Pot for the first time. It’s awesome.
    I noticed non-stick inner pots on Amazon for other machines. Is there a non-stick bowl currently available on the market that is compatible with my Instant Pot 60 model?

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Sylvia,

    We provide non-stick inner pot in our own store https://instantpot.com/store/home.php New inventory will arrive in later Oct. 2013

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  31. Iris says:

    Hi,

    As others who’ve commented on the Instant Pot before me, I love the convenience and versatility it brings to my cooking. My suggestions for future models are as follows:

    1. Eight-quart capacity.

    2. As seen in the WMF Perfect Plus, a method of venting the pressure at slow, medium, and full speed.

    3. I’d be interested in seeing a “Cake” function too, when it becomes available.

    4. A Reheat function would be nice as well.

    5. A more oblong shape would be nice, but at least for me, isn’t essential.

    Thank you for making products with such exceptional quality, and please continue your great work.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Iris, Thank you for your suggestions.
    We’ll take them into our design for our 2014 model.

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  32. Dayananda says:

    Hi,
    I notice someone else has mentioned stackable steamer pot. There is a bamboo version; so should be a popular item. Glad that you are working on a model. I would buy one instantly!

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  33. Xiao says:

    Please make 220 v version!
    I recently bought 2 instant pots. They are perfect and make my daily duty cooking for 4 much, much easier! I plan to buy one for my parents who live in Asia but found out it won’t work due to this voltage difference. I saw some posts here from last year that this was being working on. Are you still working on that? Any timetable for that release yet? Thanks!

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  34. Melissa says:

    Please Please Please make a 220V version!!!!
    And I agree with the others about a larger size, oval will fit longer roasts in it, the lower heat, and being able to take the lid off for soups so one can adjust the flavours as they go. I love slow cooking and low temps and being able to adjust the food as I go. But I won’t use a regular slow cooker any more due to concerns about lead in the crock. I figure your cooker is less likely to leach toxins?…

    But really, I mostly want a 220V!

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  35. Rick Weber says:

    Get rid of the rubber seal. Use something more reliable like large metal threads, or some kind of clamp. Those rubber seals wear out, or fail to seat correctly, and the pot is then useless. I used to use my pot reliably, and lately it just never seals correctly, and it just sits there and beeps. Very annoying.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Rick,

    Due to the fact that the inner pot shifts up and down inside the cooker when pressure increases and decreases, the sealing ring is an integral part of the design. We cannot use metal threads or something fixing the inner pot to the lid.

    The sealing ring is a proven design and works very reliably. If you have an issue with your Instant Pot, please get in touch with our support team: support@instantpot.com. We’ll try out best to resolve it for you.

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    Rich Weber Reply:

    Clearly it would be a significant redesign. The entire pot and lid would insert into the heating assembly and the lid would no longer lock into it as it does now. There would be no need. The electronics would remain the same, obviously. I suppose that would defeat the purpose. It would then simply be a kind of cooktop/pot combo. However, I disagree that it’s a proven design. Our device has had problems off and on since we got it. We mostly considered it user error, but the problem has gotten progressively worse, which kind of rules out a user error. Visibly the gasket looks ok but it just doesn’t seal at all any more. We’ve noticed moisture contributes to the problem, as well as lid positioning, etc. Something does need to be reworked a tad with regards to the lid/gasket/pot if it’s not this idea, then something else. We’ve contacted support. We’ll see what they say.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Rich,

    Thanks for you feedback. We’ll take it to our design team to for their consideration.

  36. DJ Manuel says:

    My instant Pot is the best kitchen appliance ever! I just discovered it a month ago as an healthy easy way to whip up meals for plant based lifestyles! I probably have referred a dozen ppl to the amazon store! Now I wish I bought a bigger model. Especially for steaming… you can only make a couple of servings at a time. 8 qt minimum would be ok. Also, a steaming basket is a must! An additional pot with handles and lid for fridge! My 11 y/o daughter even loves it! She made homemade applesauce with a friend over the weekend!

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  37. T Philp says:

    2 things that I’d like to see in future iterations of the Instant Pot:

    1 – Instead of using a timer, an actual clock that can be used to tell when cooking should be done would be great. I like to have breakfast/dinner ready at a certain time so this would eliminate counting and math errors on my part.

    2 – Add an option to turn the sound on/off or change the sound settings. I know some like the loud beeps, but I’d like to be able to either eliminate the sound all together (to keep from waking up other members of the household) or reduce it in sound level or number of beeps.

    Other than that, I LOVE the Instant Pot! Probably one of the best purchases I have ever made.

    Thank you!

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    wendy Reply:

    I concur with the turn off sound option. Not really a fan of the loud beeps either…

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    Jake Reply:

    Yes on both accounts!!! I wish there was a way to silence the beeps. It has been the one thing preventing me from getting the instant pot. I just keep waiting for a “quiet” model. Will keep using my buffalo smart cooker until then :(

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    Donna Reply:

    Hi Jake, the ENW model, and now the v2 DUO both allow the beebs to be turned off.

    Jake Reply:

    That’s great! How?

  38. Lois says:

    I love my Instant Pot….Where does one find the glass lid, and if it came with a reset button, it would be nice.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Lois,

    The “Keep-warm/Cancel” button resets all existing program.

    You can find the glass lid on our store or Amazon: http://instantpot.com/store/product.php?productid=13&cat=0&page=&featured=Y

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  39. Helen says:

    need a bake/cake feature

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    We had the bake/cake feature before. Due to the sealed cooking environment, it’s critical to get the cake mix right. The result of cakes were inconsistent in our tests. Failure rate was over 3/4.

    Until we have a dependable program, Instant Pot won’t have a bake/cake function.

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  40. Helen says:

    1. Auto venting
    2. Table serving pot – can be served right after cooking, no extra dish to clean

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  41. Teresa Graham says:

    I would like to see a ‘braiser’. There are stove top ones but no electric ones. It would be so very convenient and I could Cook larger pieces of meat …..I often feed many people.
    Please consider this. A braiser is a flatter, but much wider pot.
    I would like to see a larger pot as well…..however, if braiser style was available, I would not need a larger pot. I would like to be able to make cheesecake in a larger than 6-7inch pan.
    I stack all my food without a special stacking tool……I use what I can find, one on top of the other.

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    Teresa Graham Reply:

    Please consider a braising style pot.

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  42. Helen L says:

    Suggest to have stackable steam trays with height adjustable rack, so can cook rire or soup and steam dishes at the same time. Would be great to have slow cooker ffeature.

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  43. Krealyn Brecht says:

    I am wondering when the Instant Pot with a lower pressure will be available, as I want to cook vegies in it.
    krealynb

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Krealyn,

    We plan to launch an Instant Pot with dual pressure settings (high and Low) in August.

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  44. Yuan says:

    I want to suggest a feature for the timer: when I adjust the timer, I have to count the hours, for example, at 9:00 the night before I set the timer for soup to start cooking at 7:00 in the morning, and I have to set the delayed start for 10 hours. If you can add a build-in clock so that I can set the actual time, for example, I set it for 7:00 am, it will make it much more simple. Thanks.

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    We’ll take this into account for our future models. Thank you.

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  45. Irina says:

    I would love to have a ceramic coated (PFOA & PTFE FREE) cooking pot.

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    Siu Reply:

    I second a clay/ceramic pot for some Chinese recipes.

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    April Reply:

    I would love a ceramic pot also. I saw on the UK site that it was a planned feature and my be released May 2016 (soon!). Is this true? I have a nickel allergy and don’t want to do the regular stainless. I would love to purchase an instant pot!

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  46. Joan Marie says:

    Hi,

    I love my Instant Pot. I would like to be able to adjust pressure in the manual mode from low to medium to high. A trivet and steamer basket for the inside would alaso be nice.

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  47. Tiffany says:

    I have had my Instant Pot only a couple weeks and I LOVE it! Everything has turned out really well. I bought this to try to stop using the microwave, and I think it would be wonderful to have a smaller sized version (2 quart or so) that I could use to make sides at the same time. This cooks so quickly that I am usually waiting on the sides to finish up on the stove. (Or the main dish – whichever I am not using the Instant Pot to cook!) My only other request would be a cookbook – it’s quite a learning curve if you’ve never used a pressure cooker before!

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    Helen Reply:

    I agree, Tiffany…a cookbook would be great! My first time at this, and took forever for me to find that I have to cook everything separately (like beans and rice). Plus didn’t realize at first that there’s a pressure keeping time and a cooking time. Smaller size, steamer baskets, and additional pots to purchase would all be great as well.

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  48. Susan says:

    Hi InstantPot,
    I’ve had my InstantPot for just a month or so — and, I LOVE IT !!
    (although, I’m still trying to figure out how to adjust the time… — probably user error…)

    Anyway, here are my suggestions:

    The InstantPot would be even better:
    (1) if it came with a FITTED SILICONE LID for storing the pot in the fridge.

    (2) I could purchase an EXTRA POT with SILICONE LID.

    (3) if it came with a SILICONE STEAMER BASKET with a HANDLE.

    (4) if it came with a SILICONE BOWL with a HANDLE for heating leftovers without submerging in the steaming water. (I prefer to use my InstantPot, rather than the unhealthy microwave, especially when the food comes out so much better.)

    Or, I suppose you could sell these as additional accessories.

    THANK YOU,
    Susan

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  49. scott hartley says:

    need to make a steamer tray or basket

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Hi Scott,

    Thanks for your suggestion.
    Yes, we are working on a stackable tray and basket to make the best use of the space in the inner pot.

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  50. Temenuga says:

    Hi,
    I think that would be very useful if Instant Pot products are with dual voltage.This will be great for many people from Europe who like your product but can not use is now.
    And will be awesome gift!
    Cheers!

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Thanks Temenuga. We have many inquiries from Europe and Australia. Unfortunately we cannot supply the product yet. We are working on this.

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    Laura @ hip pressure cooking Reply:

    Temenuga, you can use Instantpot in Europe as-is, with a voltage converter. This is not just a plug adapter but a heavy electrical box that you plug into the wall, and then plug the InstantPot to this box. Make sure that the voltage convertor can convert up to 1000W (Instantpot’s operating wattage) – since they make different “strength” converters.

    Ciao,

    L

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