Instant Pot today recalled 104,000 Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicookers because they can overheat and melt on the underside, posing a fire hazard.

The recall comes barely a week after Consumer Reports first reported that Instant Pot had asked owners of the Gem multi-cookers to stop using them while the company worked out a remedy.

At the time, Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, urged Instant Pot to provide consumers with more specific instructions, and, if the problem turned out to be a safety defect, to quickly issue a recall.

“Now that the maker of Instant Pot has announced a formal recall, more people should get the information they need about the problem and the specific steps they need to take to stay safe,” says William Wallace, senior policy analyst for Consumers Union. “At the same time, the company should investigate whether safety issues are limited to just the recalled products—and if there are other products affected, it should expand its recall and its warnings to consumers.”

Instant Pot’s parent company, Double Insight, reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission that it had received 107 reports of the multi-cookers overheating, including five that resulted in minor property damage. No injuries have been cited.

Instant Pot makes 14 models, and the Gem 65 8-in-1 is the only one that is oval. It was sold exclusively at Walmart stores and on Walmart’s website. Unlike the Instant Pot that was a gift sensation over the holidays, this model cannot be used as a pressure cooker. Its eight functions are roasting, baking, stewing, slow cooking, rice cooking, searing/sautéing, steaming, and warming.

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Instant Pot reiterated that the caution it posted on its Facebook page last month is still the safest option: Stop using it. “If you have an Instant Pot, you should check the number on the bottom of the pot to see if yours has been recalled,” says Wallace. “Anyone with a recalled Instant Pot should stop using it immediately, unplug it, and take it back to Walmart for a free replacement.”

Instant Pot Gem Recall Details

The recall: 104,000 Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicookers. Affected batch codes include 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, and 1746. The batch code is printed on a silver label on the bottom of the multi-cooker. (Read the recall notice.)

Photo: U.S. CPSC

The risk: The multi-cooker can overheat and melt on the underside, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/injuries: 107 reports of overheating, including five that resulted in minor property damage. No injuries.

Where and when sold: Exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide and at from August 2017 through January 2018 for about $80.

The remedy: Unplug the unit and stop using it. Return it to Walmart for a free replacement.

Contact the manufacturer: Call Double Insight at 888-891-1473 or go to

Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to