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I bought the previous revision of this pressure cooker (PC100) on clearance at Walmart about a week ago. Looking at both the specs, functions, and pictures they look to be identical. I did end up returning it and opted instead to go for the 2019 version of Aldi's $40 Ambiano pressure cooker you can find sometimes at their stores even though it's slightly inferior in a few aspects because the return and refund policy is way, way better than any other pressure cooker I could find. As long as you keep the receipt, box, and accessories Aldi will accept it for a refund or replacement within the 3-year warranty vs this, the Instant Pot and all the others I've seen where you have 30 days with the retailer and for the remaining 11 months after that you're pretty much SOL because you'll have to pay shipping to send it out (which since these weigh about 10lbs and are a pretty decent size it'll cost you close to what the item is worth anyway) and after the one year is up you're on borrowed time. Usually I don't take warranty too much into consideration but when it comes to these appliances that have a lot of electronics and a processor inside of them coupled with immense heat and pressure they generate inside of them there's more of a chance of an internal component going bad and you needing to use it.

That being said, the things I liked about the Ninja in comparison to both the Ambiano and the IP Lux60:

Not only does it (IMO) look much sleeker, simpler and nicer but that also translates into how intuitive and easy it is to use, especially when it comes to any non-pressure cooking because you can just select the Saute/Sear button and cook the food at whichever one of 5 different temp settings works best. In the case of pressure cooking you can select between high and low pressure and it made a difference for me when I used it to cook spanish yellow rice.

On the high pressure setting, despite only setting 75% of the amount of time I did on low pressure, there was a thin layer of rice that burnt at the bottom though otherwise they both cooked it fine, with very similar texture and taste. The thing that you have to keep in mind with the pressure cookers that don't have temp control buttons is that you have to make sure you use the function buttons for that; otherwise, there's a risk you'll undercook or burn your food--for example, there's about a 40F difference in cooking temp between selecting Saute and Steam.

One other thing I liked about the Ninja more as well is that if you already started cooking something but you want to make a change to the temp or time you don't have to cancel and put in your new settings, it just lets you adjust it on the fly. For example I was making a stew in the Ambiano and was using that option but realized it'd need about 5 more mins than I set to finish cooking so I had to cancel, select stew again, and then I could change the time. Not a big deal, but something to take into consideration especially if you're gonna be using it all the time.

Lastly I really liked that it had a ceramic-coated nonstick pot. Unlike teflon which can flake off, especially at high temps, with ceramic you shouldn't have any issues as long as you're not using metal utensils and intentionally trying to scrape it. The IP uses a regular stainless steel pot. The Ambiano I'm not sure what nonstick material they're using. I know it's not ceramic because of the color but I'm not sure that it's teflon because in the 5 times I've used it at high pressure/high temp so far none of it has come off even though we've paid attention to use rubber, wood, and plastic utensils (in that order of preference).

Apart from the warranty I like that the Aldi/Ambiano comes with a few utensils in the box and it does come to boiling temp noticeably quicker than the Ninja, especially helpful when you're not pressure cooking. It also comes to pressure more quickly but it cancels out though: in my findings its pressure cooking is between the low and high setting on the Ninja which means food needs to pressure cook for about 20% more time. For example for making 3 cups of rice the way I like it I needed to set 12 mins on the Ninja and 15 mins on the Ambiano. Not a big difference, but noteworthy.

Anyway, hope this helps someone looking for a pressure cooker on a budget out.
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anyone have one and if so is it any good ? I know these pressure cookers tend to break quickly
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I bought the previous revision of this pressure cooker (PC100) on clearance at Walmart about a week ago. Looking at both the specs, functions, and pictures they look to be identical. I did end up returning it and opted instead to go for the 2019 version of Aldi's $40 Ambiano pressure cooker you can find sometimes at their stores even though it's slightly inferior in a few aspects because the return and refund policy is way, way better than any other pressure cooker I could find. As long as you keep the receipt, box, and accessories Aldi will accept it for a refund or replacement within the 3-year warranty vs this, the Instant Pot and all the others I've seen where you have 30 days with the retailer and for the remaining 11 months after that you're pretty much SOL because you'll have to pay shipping to send it out (which since these weigh about 10lbs and are a pretty decent size it'll cost you close to what the item is worth anyway) and after the one year is up you're on borrowed time. Usually I don't take warranty too much into consideration but when it comes to these appliances that have a lot of electronics and a processor inside of them coupled with immense heat and pressure they generate inside of them there's more of a chance of an internal component going bad and you needing to use it.

That being said, the things I liked about the Ninja in comparison to both the Ambiano and the IP Lux60:

Not only does it (IMO) look much sleeker, simpler and nicer but that also translates into how intuitive and easy it is to use, especially when it comes to any non-pressure cooking because you can just select the Saute/Sear button and cook the food at whichever one of 5 different temp settings works best. In the case of pressure cooking you can select between high and low pressure and it made a difference for me when I used it to cook spanish yellow rice.

On the high pressure setting, despite only setting 75% of the amount of time I did on low pressure, there was a thin layer of rice that burnt at the bottom though otherwise they both cooked it fine, with very similar texture and taste. The thing that you have to keep in mind with the pressure cookers that don't have temp control buttons is that you have to make sure you use the function buttons for that; otherwise, there's a risk you'll undercook or burn your food--for example, there's about a 40F difference in cooking temp between selecting Saute and Steam.

One other thing I liked about the Ninja more as well is that if you already started cooking something but you want to make a change to the temp or time you don't have to cancel and put in your new settings, it just lets you adjust it on the fly. For example I was making a stew in the Ambiano and was using that option but realized it'd need about 5 more mins than I set to finish cooking so I had to cancel, select stew again, and then I could change the time. Not a big deal, but something to take into consideration especially if you're gonna be using it all the time.

Lastly I really liked that it had a ceramic-coated nonstick pot. Unlike teflon which can flake off, especially at high temps, with ceramic you shouldn't have any issues as long as you're not using metal utensils and intentionally trying to scrape it. The IP uses a regular stainless steel pot. The Ambiano I'm not sure what nonstick material they're using. I know it's not ceramic because of the color but I'm not sure that it's teflon because in the 5 times I've used it at high pressure/high temp so far none of it has come off even though we've paid attention to use rubber, wood, and plastic utensils (in that order of preference).

Apart from the warranty I like that the Aldi/Ambiano comes with a few utensils in the box and it does come to boiling temp noticeably quicker than the Ninja, especially helpful when you're not pressure cooking. It also comes to pressure more quickly but it cancels out though: in my findings its pressure cooking is between the low and high setting on the Ninja which means food needs to pressure cook for about 20% more time. For example for making 3 cups of rice the way I like it I needed to set 12 mins on the Ninja and 15 mins on the Ambiano. Not a big difference, but noteworthy.

Anyway, hope this helps someone looking for a pressure cooker on a budget out.
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I had one for a week and used it both for pressure and non-pressure cooking multiple times before I returned it and yes, it was very good. No complaints regarding the item itself. The reason I got it is because it was the best option at the time--I got it on clearance at Walmart--given Aldi wasn't stocking their own version of the Instant Pot at the time.

I returned it for the exact concern you have: electric pressure cookers are not regarded as being very reliable, and with the difference in return/replacement and warranty policy between both I just wasn't able to justify the Ninja even if it is slightly better overall. It costs the same and Aldi's policy on electric appliances is incredibly lenient: as long as you have the receipt, box, and accessories they'll accept it for a refund or replacement within the product's 3-year warranty. In the case of the Ninja or an Instant Pot you have the 30 days with the retailer and the remaining 11 months you might as well not have anything because if it breaks you have to pay to ship it out and you won't have a pressure cooker until then. If you have an Aldi anywhere near you and they have it in stock (perhaps call ahead of time) I would go for that instead.
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I have had my Instant Pot for 4+ years. I use it 2-3 times per week. Never a single issue. I haven't even had to replace my seal yet.
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Same price at Best Buy and it's deal of the day at bestbuy and it looks like amazon matched it ...
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I bought the previous revision of this pressure cooker (PC100) on clearance at Walmart about a week ago. Looking at both the specs, functions, and pictures they look to be identical. I did end up returning it and opted instead to go for the 2019 version of Aldi's $40 Ambiano pressure cooker you can find sometimes at their stores even though it's slightly inferior in a few aspects because the return and refund policy is way, way better than any other pressure cooker I could find. As long as you keep the receipt, box, and accessories Aldi will accept it for a refund or replacement within the 3-year warranty vs this, the Instant Pot and all the others I've seen where you have 30 days with the retailer and for the remaining 11 months after that you're pretty much SOL because you'll have to pay shipping to send it out (which since these weigh about 10lbs and are a pretty decent size it'll cost you close to what the item is worth anyway) and after the one year is up you're on borrowed time. Usually I don't take warranty too much into consideration but when it comes to these appliances that have a lot of electronics and a processor inside of them coupled with immense heat and pressure they generate inside of them there's more of a chance of an internal component going bad and you needing to use it.

That being said, the things I liked about the Ninja in comparison to both the Ambiano and the IP Lux60:

Not only does it (IMO) look much sleeker, simpler and nicer but that also translates into how intuitive and easy it is to use, especially when it comes to any non-pressure cooking because you can just select the Saute/Sear button and cook the food at whichever one of 5 different temp settings works best. In the case of pressure cooking you can select between high and low pressure and it made a difference for me when I used it to cook spanish yellow rice.

On the high pressure setting, despite only setting 75% of the amount of time I did on low pressure, there was a thin layer of rice that burnt at the bottom though otherwise they both cooked it fine, with very similar texture and taste. The thing that you have to keep in mind with the pressure cookers that don't have temp control buttons is that you have to make sure you use the function buttons for that; otherwise, there's a risk you'll undercook or burn your food--for example, there's about a 40F difference in cooking temp between selecting Saute and Steam.

One other thing I liked about the Ninja more as well is that if you already started cooking something but you want to make a change to the temp or time you don't have to cancel and put in your new settings, it just lets you adjust it on the fly. For example I was making a stew in the Ambiano and was using that option but realized it'd need about 5 more mins than I set to finish cooking so I had to cancel, select stew again, and then I could change the time. Not a big deal, but something to take into consideration especially if you're gonna be using it all the time.

Lastly I really liked that it had a ceramic-coated nonstick pot. Unlike teflon which can flake off, especially at high temps, with ceramic you shouldn't have any issues as long as you're not using metal utensils and intentionally trying to scrape it. The IP uses a regular stainless steel pot. The Ambiano I'm not sure what nonstick material they're using. I know it's not ceramic because of the color but I'm not sure that it's teflon because in the 5 times I've used it at high pressure/high temp so far none of it has come off even though we've paid attention to use rubber, wood, and plastic utensils (in that order of preference).

Apart from the warranty I like that the Aldi/Ambiano comes with a few utensils in the box and it does come to boiling temp noticeably quicker than the Ninja, especially helpful when you're not pressure cooking. It also comes to pressure more quickly but it cancels out though: in my findings its pressure cooking is between the low and high setting on the Ninja which means food needs to pressure cook for about 20% more time. For example for making 3 cups of rice the way I like it I needed to set 12 mins on the Ninja and 15 mins on the Ambiano. Not a big difference, but noteworthy.

Anyway, hope this helps someone looking for a pressure cooker on a budget out.
Is that rice cooking time include doing a natural release? I use a stove top one and I get perfect rice doing 6mins on high with 10 min natural release/depressure. Thinking about getting this because while stove top is great it does need more attention and this is pretty cheap to pick up as a spare second option.
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I bought the previous revision of this pressure cooker (PC100) on clearance at Walmart about a week ago. Looking at both the specs, functions, and pictures they look to be identical. I did end up returning it and opted instead to go for the 2019 version of Aldi's $40 Ambiano pressure cooker you can find sometimes at their stores even though it's slightly inferior in a few aspects because the return and refund policy is way, way better than any other pressure cooker I could find. As long as you keep the receipt, box, and accessories Aldi will accept it for a refund or replacement within the 3-year warranty vs this, the Instant Pot and all the others I've seen where you have 30 days with the retailer and for the remaining 11 months after that you're pretty much SOL because you'll have to pay shipping to send it out (which since these weigh about 10lbs and are a pretty decent size it'll cost you close to what the item is worth anyway) and after the one year is up you're on borrowed time. Usually I don't take warranty too much into consideration but when it comes to these appliances that have a lot of electronics and a processor inside of them coupled with immense heat and pressure they generate inside of them there's more of a chance of an internal component going bad and you needing to use it.

That being said, the things I liked about the Ninja in comparison to both the Ambiano and the IP Lux60:

Not only does it (IMO) look much sleeker, simpler and nicer but that also translates into how intuitive and easy it is to use, especially when it comes to any non-pressure cooking because you can just select the Saute/Sear button and cook the food at whichever one of 5 different temp settings works best. In the case of pressure cooking you can select between high and low pressure and it made a difference for me when I used it to cook spanish yellow rice.

On the high pressure setting, despite only setting 75% of the amount of time I did on low pressure, there was a thin layer of rice that burnt at the bottom though otherwise they both cooked it fine, with very similar texture and taste. The thing that you have to keep in mind with the pressure cookers that don't have temp control buttons is that you have to make sure you use the function buttons for that; otherwise, there's a risk you'll undercook or burn your food--for example, there's about a 40F difference in cooking temp between selecting Saute and Steam.

One other thing I liked about the Ninja more as well is that if you already started cooking something but you want to make a change to the temp or time you don't have to cancel and put in your new settings, it just lets you adjust it on the fly. For example I was making a stew in the Ambiano and was using that option but realized it'd need about 5 more mins than I set to finish cooking so I had to cancel, select stew again, and then I could change the time. Not a big deal, but something to take into consideration especially if you're gonna be using it all the time.

Lastly I really liked that it had a ceramic-coated nonstick pot. Unlike teflon which can flake off, especially at high temps, with ceramic you shouldn't have any issues as long as you're not using metal utensils and intentionally trying to scrape it. The IP uses a regular stainless steel pot. The Ambiano I'm not sure what nonstick material they're using. I know it's not ceramic because of the color but I'm not sure that it's teflon because in the 5 times I've used it at high pressure/high temp so far none of it has come off even though we've paid attention to use rubber, wood, and plastic utensils (in that order of preference).

Apart from the warranty I like that the Aldi/Ambiano comes with a few utensils in the box and it does come to boiling temp noticeably quicker than the Ninja, especially helpful when you're not pressure cooking. It also comes to pressure more quickly but it cancels out though: in my findings its pressure cooking is between the low and high setting on the Ninja which means food needs to pressure cook for about 20% more time. For example for making 3 cups of rice the way I like it I needed to set 12 mins on the Ninja and 15 mins on the Ambiano. Not a big difference, but noteworthy.

Anyway, hope this helps someone looking for a pressure cooker on a budget out.
I found to make rice it was easiest to set manual and then only 3 or 4 minutes of actual cook time.....then let it do a natural pressure release (which takes about 15 minutes)....this gets perfect rice and as long as you remember to turn off the "keep warm" button right after the 4 minute cook time you won't have any burnt rice.


I love fixing spaghetti in these multicookers... 7 minutes on manual is right about time to thaw 1 lb of frozen hamburger with a cup of water...drain and then brown the beef before adding sauce and water then push the 8 ounces of noodles down under the sauce/water.......there are recipes for it on net..10 minute cook time...fast release. Perfect boiled eggs with no "green" overcooked portions with 6-7 minutes of cook time...easy peel too even with fresh eggs.
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Is that rice cooking time include doing a natural release? I use a stove top one and I get perfect rice doing 6mins on high with 10 min natural release/depressure. Thinking about getting this because while stove top is great it does need more attention and this is pretty cheap to pick up as a spare second option.
No, but keep in mind I like my rice crunchier and more cooked than most people. For the way most people like it it'd probably take me more like 8 mins on High on the Ninja, or 10 mins on the Ambiano/IP Lux60. I don't do natural releases. My kitchen is in a wide open space and i don't mind the loud hissing noise so I just let it do a quick release for 2 mins or so.
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