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Instant Pot Max 6Qt. Multi-Cooker

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Pressure cooking

Pressure cooking

This score reflects the results using the pressure cook setting for our ribs and chili & beans recipes. Dry beans were used in our chili test. High scores indicate more tender meat for the ribs in about an hour (including preheat and steam release); and tender meat and beans in about an hour for the chili.

 /  5
Slow cooking

Slow cooking

This score reflects the results using the slow cook setting for our beef stew and chili & beans recipes. Dry beans were used in our chili test. High scores indicate more tender meat and vegetables at the end of 5 hours for the stew; and tender meat and beans at the end of 7 hours for the chili.

 /  5
Rice cooking

Rice cooking

This score reflects the results of cooking 1 cup of dry white rice using the rice setting.

 /  5
Steaming

Steaming

This score reflects the results of steaming 1/2 pound each of broccoli florets and baby carrots. High scores indicate the broccoli florets and carrots were firm but not mushy.

 /  5
Sautéing

Sautéing

This score reflects the results of sautéing onions using the sauté setting.

 /  5
Convenience

Convenience

Convenience indicates clarity of controls, ease of programming and cleaning (of both the exterior and the pot), and the inclusion of helpful features.

 /  5
Size

Size

Claimed capacity, in quarts.

 /  5

About

The Instant Pot Max 6Qt. is part of the Multi-Cookers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Multi-Cookers models like the Max 6Qt. are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Pressure cooking This score reflects the results using the pressure cook setting for our ribs and chili & beans recipes. Dry beans were used in our chili test. High scores indicate more tender meat for the ribs in about an hour (including preheat and steam release); and tender meat and beans in about an hour for the chili.

Slow cooking This score reflects the results using the slow cook setting for our beef stew and chili & beans recipes. Dry beans were used in our chili test. High scores indicate more tender meat and vegetables at the end of 5 hours for the stew; and tender meat and beans at the end of 7 hours for the chili.

Rice cooking This score reflects the results of cooking 1 cup of dry white rice using the rice setting.

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