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Old 02-27-2018, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I'm looking to buy a pressure cooker, a 6 quart size.

Do you prefer a stainless steel insert or a non-stick coating? I read that the stainless lasts longer. Is that true?

Also, what brand do you like? Is Instant Pot the best?

Thanks.
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Old 02-27-2018, 06:31 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I have a nonstick one that started peeling after the fifth time I used it. I was careful with it, but it didn't help. I also have an instant pot. If you let the pot heat up a bit before you put food in to saute, it doesn't stick. Now and then the stainless pot starts to look kind of stained, but a little bit of barkeepers friend cleanser cleans it right up.

Instant Pot is the best as far as design, the way it works, and customer service.

You can't fill the pot all the way up when cooking, so you may want an 8 quart instead.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I have a nonstick one that started peeling after the fifth time I used it. I was careful with it, but it didn't help. I also have an instant pot. If you let the pot heat up a bit before you put food in to saute, it doesn't stick. Now and then the stainless pot starts to look kind of stained, but a little bit of barkeepers friend cleanser cleans it right up.

Instant Pot is the best as far as design, the way it works, and customer service.

You can't fill the pot all the way up when cooking, so you may want an 8 quart instead.
Agree - except I'm only cooking for 2. The 6 quart works perfectly for me. If I need to prepare a meal for a bigger crowd, I use my slow cooker.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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I have the Instant Pot 6 qt Duo with stainless. I see no need for a non-stick coating as the stainless cleans up beautifully especially since you are cooking with moist heat. I didn't even consider other brands as I had heard so many wonderful things about the Instant Pot. I love mine and use it 2 or 3 times a week easily.

You should browse through the Instant Pot thread that's already on here if you haven't already.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker - Instapot - IP
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:36 AM
 
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I like my Instant Pot. I just got a new one. I had the original model that first came out but it finally died (as a result of overwork, I think). My new one will do more things, such as make yogurt.
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Old 02-27-2018, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I’ll echo everyone else and say stainless. More longevity. It’s not like you’ll be cooking scrambled eggs in your pressure cooker.
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Old 02-27-2018, 09:39 AM
 
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I have a Power Pressure XL and a T-fal.
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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I have the Instant Pot 6 qt Duo with stainless. I see no need for a non-stick coating as the stainless cleans up beautifully especially since you are cooking with moist heat. I didn't even consider other brands as I had heard so many wonderful things about the Instant Pot. I love mine and use it 2 or 3 times a week easily.

You should browse through the Instant Pot thread that's already on here if you haven't already.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker - Instapot - IP
We, too, have the SS model Instant Pot. Got it for Christmas and have used it to death. Love it, and it cleans up perfectly, no matter what we cook in it.
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:21 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I have a Power Pressure XL and a T-fal.
Has the nonstick coating in the Power Pressure XL peeled? Mine peeled almost right away, even though I was really careful with it.
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Stick with the Stainless Steel. Much healthier than eating non-stick coatings. Too bad that's an issue they can't fix because I dearly LOVE non-stick cooking! It's very unlikely that modern pressure cookers like the instant pot will blow up. They are much safer to use than the old ones I used to use!

I have a cheap rice cooker I use a lot that is non-stick but I know it's days are numbered!
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