The Max is a Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker designed for the home chef looking for superior flavor and gourmet quality results. It combines the functions of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté/Searing pan, Steamer, Sterilizer, Warmer, and Sous Vide cooker, and now introduces the power of a Pressure Canner to the Instant Brands™ family. “Max Pressure” operates at 15 psi and provides the temperature needed for pressure canning low-acid vegetables and meat. The Sous Vide Smart Program offers a customizable setting which allows you to choose a precise cooking temperature for perfect cooking results every time.
The Max’s control panel consists of a large, blue LCD screen for ease of readability, while touch-sensitive keys and a central dial provide precision in program selection and adjustments. A new remote venting system for steam release has been integrated, while a cooking progress bar provides a complete visual on the progress of your dish, all the way from the Pre-heat stage, through the Cook cycle, and into the automatic Keep Warm once cooking has completed.
What’s more, the Max can automatically convert recipes for cooking at altitudes above 2000ft/610.
Why do you refer to the Instant Pot as a “smartcooker”?
The Instant Pot is a smartcooker because of its pre-programmed cooking instructions, useful for various food ingredients and cooking methods. As it remembers the last customization on each Smart Program, it can provide a more personalized cooking experience.
How do the Smart Programs work?
The Instant Pot is developed with an embedded microprocessor. The microprocessor carefully runs lab-tested algorithms to control the time, cooking pressure and temperature to ensure consistent cooking results. Since users can customize the Smart Programs to achieve their preferred cooking results, over time the Instant Pot® will become their own one-touch personal chef.
Why do I need to do the Initial Test Run (Water Test)?
The Initial Test Run helps you become familiar with your Instant Pot while ensuring the Max is operating at peak performance before you start preparing your delicious dishes.
Is the Max currently available outside of North America?
No, currently the Max is available for purchase and use within North America. To stay informed as Instant Brands Inc goes global, sign up for our newsletter.
What size is the Max available in?
The Max is available in a 6 Quart size.
What is the power of the heating element on the Max?
Max 6 Quart: 1100 W
What is the power supply of the Max?
All Max models are 120V – 60Hz.
Note: The 120V models are designed for use in North America. Use outside of North America will void the warranty.
What color is the Max?
The Max is brushed stainless steel and black.
What are the dimensions of the Max?
6 Quart in: 13.8L x 13.8W x 13H cm: 35L x 35L x 33H
How much does the Max weigh?
6 Quart: 13.25 lbs / 6.01 kg
Why is the power cable different on the Max?
The Max has a higher maximum wattage draw than other models of Instant Pot®, and so required a dedicated power cord.
What is the NutriBoost™ feature?
The NutriBoost™ setting creates internal movement during the Cook cycle of the Rice and Soup/Broth Smart Programs. The intermittent bursts of steam from the steam release valve create the boiling motion effect that we refer to as NutriBoost™.
How do I activate NutriBoost™?
First, choose a supported Smart Program (Soup/Broth or Rice) and set up your cook time and pressure selections. Refer to the User Manual provided with the Max for detailed instructions.
Next, touch the Venting field and toggle to the Pulse Release (PR) icon .
What is a Cooking Progress Indicator?
The Cooking Progress Indicator is a bar that runs across the display which shows the real-time cooking temperature, and tracks cooking progress in the Pre-heat, Cook, and Keep Warm cycles.
How many pressure settings does the Max have?
The Max has 3 pressure settings – Low, High, & Max.
What are the psi (pounds per square inch) on the Low, High, and Max settings?
Low Pressure – 5.8 ~ 7.2psi (40kPa)
High Pressure – 10.2 ~ 11.6psi (70 ~ 80kPa)
Max Pressure – 15psi (100kPa)
How does venting work on the Max?
The Max has an automated venting system, which can be activated by touching the venting field. Toggle between:
– Natural Release (NR)
After the Cook cycle has completed, leave the Instant Pot® alone to dissipate heat and pressure over time.
– Pulse Release (PR)
After the Cook cycle has completed, PR releases incremental bursts of steam at precisely programmed intervals.
– Quick Release (QR)
After the Cook cycle has completed, the Max will emit a short warning burst of steam from the steam release valve, followed by a continuous stream of steam.
Will the cooker start by itself?
No, the Max will not start until you touch the Start key.
What kinds of foods can I pressure can in my Max?
Using the Canning Smart program on the Max, it is possible to pressure can high and low-acid fruits, vegetables, and various meats.
Check the System Settings on the Max control panel.
– All sounds are ON.
– All sounds are OFF; error codes cannot be silenced.
What is the Delay Start program?
Delay Start offers the option to postpone the cooking start time for up to 24:00 hours.
Can Delay Start be used for all dishes?
The Delay Start setting is not recommended to be used in conjunction with auto-venting features (PR or QR) when cooking thick or foamy foods. The liquid may cause spattering during the Cook cycle.
Delay Start can be applied to all Smart Programs with the exception of Sauté, manual Keep Warm, and Yogurt.
How do I adjust the altitude on the Max?
Touch the System Settings icon on the control panel to unlock the settings.
Touch the Altitude icon to toggle between feet (ft) and meters (m).
Turn the central dial to adjust the altitude in ft or m.
Touch the System Settings icon to lock the settings.
Do I have to set the altitude every time?
No, once the altitude has been adjusted, it will apply to all Smart Programs.
Note: Altitude will need to be adjusted after a full factory reset, or in the case of an interruption to power while the cooker is ON.
Is there an indication that the program has been adjusted for Altitude?
No, there is no indication the altitude has been adjusted. However, you may note the Cook time will be adjusted once the altitude has been updated. For example, depending on your altitude, a 00:30 minute Cook cycle may be automatically adjusted to 00:34 minutes when it begins cooking.
Can I make cooking adjustments after the Cook cycle has started?
Yes, you can make adjustment to the Time, Temperature, and Pressure settings during the Cook cycle. Refer to the User Manual provided with the Max for detailed instruction.
How does the Cancel key work?
The Cancel key is used to end any program at any time. Touching Cancel returns the Instant Pot to Standby mode, and the LCD will display OFF.
How do I turn the Max OFF?
Touch Cancel to ensure the Max is in Standby mode.
Unplug the cooker when not in use, or before cleaning.
How do I return a specific Smart Program to factory default settings?
Touch Cancel to ensure the Max is in Standby mode.
Touch the Smart Program you wish to reset.
When it starts flashing, touch and hold Cancel for 2-3 seconds until a beep sounds.
How do I return the Max to factory default settings?
Touch Cancel to ensure the Max is in Standby mode.
Touch and hold Cancel for 2-3 seconds until a beep sounds.
How long will the Max pressure cook for?
The Max can pressure cook for up to 08:00 hours.
How much liquid is required in the inner pot to pressure cook?
Liquids should have a thin, watery consistency so enough steam can be generated to cook under pressure. These liquids include cooking sauces, wine, beer, and stocks.
Note: Oils and oil-based sauces do not have sufficient water content, and do not account for the required liquid volume.
Many Instant Pot recipes are written for a 12psi pressure cooker—how do I convert them for the Max?
To convert a 12 psi recipe for use in a 15 psi pressure cooker such as the Max, simply remove 10-20% from the cook time, depending on what you’re preparing—denser foods may take longer to cook.
If your percentage outcome results in a decimal point, round to the nearest 1.
How do I know which settings to use for my dish?
Refer to the User Manual provided with the Max. If working with an Instant Pot® recipe, please follow the instructions indicated.
Note: All recipes use High Pressure as default, unless otherwise . You can use any stove-top pressure cooker recipes with your Max.
What pressure levels are available?
The Max has 3 pressure settings – Low, High, & Max.
How do I know when I should use Natural Release (NR) or Quick Release (QR) venting methods?
Please refer to the recipe.
Quick Release is used for meats and delicate dishes such as custards and fresh vegetables
Natural Release is used for chilis, stews, soups and grains.
Does the pressure level have any effect on non-pressure cooking Smart Programs, such as Sauté, Sous Vide, Slow Cook or Yogurt?
No, pressure is only linked to temperature in pressure cooking Smart Programs, such as Pressure Cook, Rice, Soup/Broth, and Canning.
How do I manually release pressure on the Max?
Even from OFF, steam release is controlled through the Venting field. Touch Venting to toggle to your desired venting method:
– Natural Release (NR) : cooker dissipates heat and pressure over time.
– Pulse Release (PR) : releases incremental bursts of steam at precisely programmed intervals.
– Quick Release (QR) : A short warning burst will be released, followed by a continuous stream of steam.
How do I access the System Settings?
When the Max is in Standby mode, touch the Gear icon to unlock the System Settings.
What is the maximum time for the Sauté Smart Program?
You can use Sauté for up to 00:30 minutes. After that time, the Max will turn off to prevent overheating.
Should I use the lid for the Sauté Smart Program?
No, do not use the Instant Pot® lid on the Sauté program or there will be a warning sound. The Sauté time is set for a maximum of 30 minutes as a safety precaution.
How many Sauté settings does the Max have?
The Max has 3 Sauté settings:
Low – simmering or thickening sauce.
High – searing, sautéing meats and vegetables.
Custom – Set the desired temperature in °F or °C.
When the cooker reaches the working temperature the LCD will display Hot. Add food to the inner pot and begin sautéing.
How do I set a custom temperature?
When you see “Cus” appear on the display, turn the Central Dial to adjust the temperature.
How many hours can the Max slow cook for?
The Slow Cook Smart Program has a time range of 00:30 minutes to 24:00 hours.
How many Slow Cook settings does the Max have?
The Max has 3 Slow Cook settings:
Low – Heats slowly, used with a longer Cook time. Equivalent to the low setting on a traditional slow cooker.
High – Generally used with a shorter Cook time. Equivalent to the high setting on a traditional slow cooker.
What is the minimum temperature to pasteurize milk when making yogurt?
Milk must reach a minimum of 161°F (71°C) for pasteurization to occur.
What is the maximum fermentation time allowed for making yogurt?
Fermentation may be set to run for up to 99:30 hours.
How do I know if Keep Warm is ON or OFF?
Check the System Settings on the Max control panel.
– Keep Warm is ON.
– Keep Warm is OFF.
– When steam symbols are flashing, Keep Warm is running.
How do I know the time lapsed when the Max is in Keep Warm?
Check the Cooking Progress Indicator on the display. The time elapsed will be shown within the Keep Warm range.
How many temperature settings are there for the Keep Warm Smart Program?
The Max has 3 Keep Warm settings to maintain food at different serving temperatures. To select a temperature for Keep Warm, touch the Keep Warm field to toggle between Low, High, and Custom.
How long can the Max run manual Keep Warm?
The Max can run the manual Keep Warm Smart Program for up to 99:30 hours.
How long can the Max run automatic Keep Warm?
The Max can run the Keep Warm program automatically after a Smart Program finishes for up to 10 hours.
What is sous vide cooking?
The term ‘sous vide’ is synonymous with superior taste and gourmet quality. French for ‘under vacuum’, cooking sous vide refers to the process of vacuum sealing food, submerging it in a precisely controlled water bath, and holding the temperature for a period of time to achieve delicious, restaurant quality results every time.
Why is sous vide cooking a healthy way to prepare food?
Sealing food in pouches permits it to cook in its own juices, retaining vitamins and minerals from within the food. Not only is food healthier, more tender, juicier and tastier, natural flavors are intensified so a little goes a long way.
How much water should I fill the inner pot with when cooking sous vide—is there a minimum and maximum water depth for cooking?
Ensure that the inner pot is always 3/4 full, and that the food within the air-tight cooking pouches is completely submerged. Use the lid to help prevent rapid evaporation.
What tools do I require to get started cooking sous vide?
Getting started is easy! Most materials are available in your home: BPA-free freezer bags, sealing machine (optional), the Instant Pot® inner pot, and tongs to pull the food pouches from the hot water.
Is it safe to cook in plastic bags?
Bags made of polyethylene and polypropylene that are labeled BPA-free are perfectly safe for Sous Vide cooking. Always avoid bags that do not indicate BPA-free. Most brand-name air-tight bags should indicate on the package BPA-free or indicate their composition on the box.
Note: Eggs are on one of the few foods you do not have to vacuum before cooking Sous Vide as they are in their own watertight shell. For scrambled eggs, they will need to be sealed in a vacuum pouch.
Where can I purchase the plastic bags?
Purchase these food-safe pouches from any grocery store.
Do I need to cover the Max when cooking sous vide?
No, sous vide cooking is not affected by whether the container is covered or not.
Once everything has been setup and the cooking process has begun, do I need to watch over it?
No, once in progress you can forget about it until the Cook cycle has completed and you are ready for the final stage, a quick sear to complete the dish. Check periodically that the water level is still above the food level in the pouches.
Is cooking at low temperature safe?
Reducing the risk of food-borne illness by cooking food is dependent not only on the temperature but also on the time. The lower the temperature, the longer the cooking time. Almost all potentially harmful organisms will be eliminated at 130F/54.5C. Cooking sous vide between 130F/54.5C and 195F/95C will result in food that is safe to consume.
Sous Vide cooking seals in a food’s natural flavors, so seasoning can be lighter than traditional methods.
Note: Certain raw seasonings may not develop flavors in the same way as they do at higher temperatures. For instance, garlic will remain raw at temperatures used to cook steak, lamb, pork game, fish, shellfish, or chicken. When added to the sous vide cooking pouch, garlic works better as a powdered spice or already sautéed or roasted.
Here we have provided you with some seasoning guidelines:
Beef: (approximately 500g or 1 lb.)
50 g / 2 oz. butter, 2 cloves crushed garlic (roasted or sautéed), 2 sprigs fresh thyme
50 g / 2 oz. butter, 2 cloves crushed garlic (roasted or sautéed), 2 sprigs fresh parsley
50 g / 2 oz. butter, 2 tablespoons fresh chives, 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 sprigs fresh thyme, 50 g / 2 oz. cooked bacon
Lamb: (approximately 500g or 1 lb.)
2 sprigs fresh rosemary and 1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 sprigs fresh mint
2 sprigs fresh thyme
3 anchovies, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground coriander and 1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon Moroccan spice rub
2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon zest and 1 teaspoon garlic powder
What kinds of marinades can I use when cooking sous vide?
The alcohol often used in marinades such as wine, beer, liqueurs, and spirits will not evaporate in sous vide cooking as it does in traditional cooking methods. If you wish to use alcohol-based liquids to flavor food to be cooked sous vide, heat the wine or spirits prior to cooking to evaporate the alcohol, use it to marinate the food, pat the food dry, and vacuum seal prior to cooking. Do not include the marinade in the pouch.
Can I cook different food types in the same water bath?
Yes, as long as the food types are all to be cooked at the same temperature and are each sealed in vacuum pouches. As well, there must be enough room in the inner pot for water to circulate freely. Flavors and aromas will not transfer between pouches.
Is there a way to speed up the cooking process?
Yes, to speed up the cooking process, heat the water on the stovetop in a pot or a kettle, then pour the water into the inner pot once it has heated.
Should I flavor the cooking bath water?
No, it is not necessary to flavor the cooking bath water as the liquid does not penetrate the bag during the Cook cycle. To add spices or marinades, place the contents with the food inside the bag.
Am I required to sear / brown, or is this step optional?
We recommend not skipping this step; searing on a cast iron pan or barbeque is the extra step required to achieve gourmet quality results.
Why is one pouch floating?
There may be air or gas trapped in the pouch and air is lighter than water.
Does it matter if a pouch floats?
Yes. Air or gas trapped in the pouch can lead to uneven cooking. If this occurs, carefully remove the floating pouch, open it and remove the air, dry the edges, reseal, and re-submerge.
What do I do if the seal of my freezer bag goes underwater?
Pull the freezer bag out of the water to verify that no water has entered the bag. If water has entered, remove it. Adjust seasoning as required, dry the edges of the bag, and reseal it. Submerge the bag back into the water and continue the Cook cycle.
Where can I find sous vide recipes?
One can discover plenty of excellent recipes to try online. In addition, we are currently developing recipes for our customers to access through our web site www.InstantPot.com.
What accessories are included with the Max?
Stainless Steel (18/8) Steam Rack with handles to lift and lower food into the inner pot.
Condensation Collector to be placed at the rear of the cooker base, catches drips
Rice Paddle for fluffing and scooping rice
Soup Spoon for ladling liquids
Rice Measuring Cup
What is the pin on the bottom side of the Max lid?
The Max is fitted with a thermal sensor for added temperature accuracy.
Why is the power cable different on the Max?
The Max is our most powerful pressure cooker to date. As such, the Max’s power cable is designed to handle the higher wattage—1100W.
Why does the outer pot look different on the Max?
The outer pot is comprised of the same quality materials used in all other Instant Pot® pressure cookers, and was redesigned to give it a modern look and feel.
What is the plastic cup on the top of the Max lid?
The Steam Release Cover is used to further disperse the steam released from the steam release valve.
What is the quality of the stainless steel inner pot?
The inner pot is made from food grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel, and has a 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution. Compliant with FDA food safety standards, the inner pot does not have a chemical coating, and is dishwasher safe.
Can I use the inner pot from another Instant Pot® in the Max?
Yes, 6 quart inner pots made by Instant Pot®are interchangeable.
Why does the stainless steel inner pot have a rainbow or blueish-white stain after washing?
The discoloration on the stainless steel inner pot is called “rainbowing” and can be caused by exposure to high heat, cooking starchy food (e.g. rice, pasta) or even detergent staining after hand or machine wash. This is common and normal in all stainless steel cookware and is safe to cook with.
To remove staining, add 1 cup of white vinegar to the inner pot and scrub the effected area with a sponge.
What is the purpose of the Condensation Collector?
The condensation collector catches excess liquid to prevent it from spilling onto the counter.
The Steam Release Valve is loose, is this normal?
Yes, the Steam Release valve should not lock tightly into the lid, it must fit loosely.
What is the Anti-Block Shield?
The Anti-Block Shield is the round component with 6 holes on the underside of the lid. The Anti-Block Shield prevents food particles from blocking the steam release valve/handle.
Does the Anti-Block Shield need to be removed?
Yes, the Anti-Block Shield must be removed and cleaned after each use, especially following the preparation of foods that may splatter. To remove: Using your thumb, push the side of the Anti-Block Shield towards the lid rim and lift up with some effort. The anti-block shield should pop out. To install: Position the Anti-Block Shield in place and push down.
What is the Steam Rack for?
The Steam Rack is used on the bottom of the inner pot when steaming vegetables or to elevate dishes outside of the liquid in the inner pot.
What is the quality of the stainless steel Steam Rack?
The steam rack it is made from food grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel, compliant to FDA food safety standards.
Is the Instant Pot Sealing Ring safe?
The Instant Pot silicone sealing rings pass UL, FDA and LFGB tests for safety, including food safety. The sealing ring is an integral part of the Instant Pot safety features. The sealing rings have been designed, engineered, and built with the optimal material to achieve the hardness and strength required to withstand high-pressure force during electric pressure-cooking.
Only use genuine Instant Pot authorized sealing sings.
How do I remove odour from the Sealing Ring?
The Instant Pot sealing ring is made from food grade silicone. Silicone may pick up food odors during cooking. To remove the odor, try the following:
Steam Clean – add 2 cups of water or white vinegar and cut-up lemon rind, run the Steam program for 2 minutes with the sealing ring in position. Then, allow the sealing ring to air dry.
Place the sealing ring in the dishwasher. High temperature and strong detergent will usually remove the majority of smells.
Soak the sealing ring overnight in white vinegar, lemon juice, tomato juice, or bleach. Then, run it through the dishwasher.
Store the sealing ring in a plastic bag with ground coffee or baking soda.
Alternatively, you may wish to have one sealing ring for savory foods and another for sweet foods.
How often should the Sealing Ring be cleaned?
It is not necessary to remove the sealing ring after each use. One should remove the sealing ring and clean following every 5-6 uses or if preparing foods that splatter.
How often should the Sealing Ring be replaced?
The sealing ring is made from food grade silicone and is extremely durable. Under normal conditions it should be fine for 18 – 24 months. If you notice cracks, leaking or deformation in the sealing ring, it should be replaced. However, the sealing ring is porous and may absorb odors and become discolored. To avoid discoloration and odors, one may wish to change the sealing ring every 6 – 12 months.
Can I use a different brand of Sealing Ring?
Unapproved and unauthorized sealing rings are not manufactured, tested or certified by Instant Pot; as such, we are unable to confirm if they meet Instant Pot established standards. The use of third party sealing rings may have unexpected effects on your Instant Pot, and will void the Instant Pot warranty. Only use Instant Pot branded sealing rings.
What are the 13 safety mechanisms on the Instant Pot Max?
Anti-Block Shield: During cooking, food particles may block the vent. Instant Pot has designed the anti-block shield to prevent food debris from blocking the vent.
Safety Lid Lock: If Instant Pot is still pressurized, the lid will remain locked to prevent accidentally opening. Do not force the lid open.
Automatic Pressure Control: Stops heating if pressure surpasses working pressure limit.
Automatic Temperature Control: Regulates temperature based on the type of program being selected.
Overheat Protection: If the Instant Pot is being operated without water or moisture, pressure will not build. Overheating will be the most likely outcome. Excessive temperature might also build due to the inner pot not in proper contact with the heating element, or, the inner pot having a heat distribution issue (burnt starch on the bottom which is not properly distributing heat). In these instances, the cooker will stop heating when the temperature surpasses its limit to avoid burning food.
ElectricalFuse: Cuts off power if the electrical current exceeds safety limits.
Thermal Fuse: Cuts off power if the internal temperature exceeds safety limits.
Pressure Regulator (Steam Release): Ensures the working pressure is below the safety limit. If the pressure becomes excessive, the steam release valve will be pushed up to allow the steam being released to depressurize the cooker.
Closed Lid Detection: Monitors whether or not the lid is in a safe position for pressure cooking.
On-Screen Error Display: Constantly testing with diagnostic tools.
Smart Detection of Leaky Lid: If the lid has leakage (steam release not properly closed, sealing ring missing), Instant Pot will not reach the pre-set pressure level. If this continues, there is a risk food will burn. Instant Pot detects this by measuring the pre-heating time. If the pre-heating time is exceptionally long, the program automatically switches to the ‘Keep Warm’ program to avoid burning.
Pressure Indicator: Indicator light on control panel that shows when there is still pressure within the unit.
Wireless Lid Detection: Detects if the stainless steel lid is present on the cooker base.
How much liquid is required in the inner pot to Pressure Cook?
To pressure cook, always add at least 1.5 cups (375mL / 12oz) of water or other liquids to the inner pot. Liquids should have a thin, watery consistency so enough steam can be generated to pressurize the cooker. These liquids include cooking sauces, juices, wine, beer, and stocks.
Note: Oils and oil-based sauces do not have sufficient water content and do not account for the required liquid volume. Avoid recipes that call for more than ¼ cup (59mL / 2oz) of cooking liquid.
Pressure is not building—why not?
To build pressure it requires at least 1.5 cups (375mL / 12oz) of water or liquid.
Ensure you are using a Pressure Cooking Smart Program
Are there any foods one must be cautious of, or that cannot be prepared in the Instant Pot?
Yes, we recommend caution with foods such as applesauce, cranberries, pearl barley, oatmeal or other cereals, split peas, noodles, macaroni, rhubarb or spaghetti as they can foam, froth or spatter and can clog the anti-block shield, steam release valve, float valve or steam release vent. When preparing these types of food the inner pot should not be more than ½ full and a trusted recipe should be followed.
Note: Regular cleaning of the Steam Release Valve, Float Valve and Anti-Block Shield is important to avoid food debris from interfering with their function.
What should I do if the Float Valve is stuck during depressurization?
Touch the Venting field to toggle to Quick Release (QR) icon . Once all steam is released, tap the float valve with a long utensil.
What does “Food burn” mean?
Instant Pot® is built with a burn-protection mechanism. When a high temperature is detected on the bottom of the inner pot, a safety mechanism suspends heating to avoid food burning. This is indicated by the flashing code “Food burn”.
The only exception is with food that has a very high starch content. For instance, if you add flour to your stew, the flour will sink to the bottom of the inner pot, then solidify and block heat dissipation. For recipes that call for thickening agents, add them after the Cook cycle has completed. If required, you may cook the dish for an additional 1 – 5 minutes to activate thickeners.
How do I know when it is safe to open the lid?
Begin by touching Cancel. The LCD will display OFF.
Before opening the lid, make sure the float valve has dropped. Do not open the lid if the float valve has not dropped. Do not open the lid if it is locked and cannot be opened. Do not force the lid open at any time.
Make sure the Pressure Indicator on the top left of your control panel is OFF. If it is lit, do not attempt to open the lid.
Note: When opening the lid, the inner pot may adhere to the lid. This is caused by vacuum due to cooling. To release the vacuum, touch the Venting field to toggle to QR .
Why is there an occasional clicking sound when using my Instant Pot?
The clicking/cracking sounds in the Instant Pot comes from the following possible sources:
Water or moisture on the bottom of the inner pot
Instant Pot pressure switch turning on and off during operation
Friction between the lid and the housing created by expansion and contraction due to changing internal pressure and temperature
The flat flexible pressure board under the heating element bending under pressure (this is normal).
Food such as dry beans popping open during the Cook cycle
Can I place the Instant Pot on the stovetop or close to a heat source?
No, do not place the Instant Poton or near a hot stovetop, gas range or electric burner. Do not place the Instant Poton, near, or in a heated oven, as this will damage the cooker.
Note: Intended for countertop use only.
What accessories are recommended for use with the Max?
Instant Pot® recommends to only cook in the Instant Pot® stainless steel or ceramic non-stick inner pots for best results. Other brands may not have the correct curvature to match the heating element. Accessories and parts not branded Instant Pot® or recommended by Instant Pot® may cause the cooker to malfunction.
My Instant Pot has stopped working, what should I do?
Start by referring to our Troubleshooting webpage, or to the Troubleshooting page in the User Manual provided with the Max.
If you are unable to find your answer in the Troubleshooting guide, contact the Customer Care Team by: