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Need advice — Electric pressure cookers

odkaty | Apr 28, 202008:29 AM     8

Our Instant Pot (6qt duo) died just before it's 3rd birthday. I'm in the process of dealing with Instant Pot customer service ... but, before I go too much further, I want to step back and consider my options.

The IP is primarily used to cook things like dal, chili, risotto, polenta, mashed potatoes, sauces, soups, hardboiled eggs, rice pudding for spouse, and occasionally other grains. No meat, ever.

The shortcomings are high pressure is only 11 psi, so larger beans like limas, black beans, and garbanzos take a long time to cook. Long enough in the IP, that I always cook those dishes (and beans) in the stovetop pressure cooker (yeah ... we have 3 pressure cookers).

Also, while I love the ability to sauté in the IP, the actual act of doing so leaves a lot to be desired.

ETA: The real benefit of the IP over the stovetop models is the ability to set it and walk away. We both have very busy careers, and work from home full time. Oftentimes we're running errands, or getting in a walk at dinnertime, so I'll start dinner, and we'll leave for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the IP does its thing, and switches to keep warm. The stovetop models don't offer that.

Are there better options out there in the 6qt electric PC range that you'd personally recommend? I'm hoping for better sautéing results and at least 15 psi.

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