Instant Pot Nova Plus Review (2022) Multi-Use Instapot Pressure Cooker

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Instant Pot Nova Plus 6 Quart Pressure Cooker, silver/black
Instant Pot Nova Plus 6 Quart Pressure Cooker, silver/black

Instant Pot Nova Plus has already been discontinued by the brand and is only available as as a preloved item on eBay. Just in case, here are the latest Instant Pot Pressure Cookers.

The Instant Pot Nova Plus 60, also known as the Nova Pressure Cooker or simply the Instapot Nova, is a 6-quart electric multicooker with nine core functions.

Apart from pressure cooking, it can also slow cook, sauté, replace your rice cooker, heat your soup, steam, and keep your food warm.

It’s a good reason to get rid of multiple kitchen appliances in your kitchen. I’ve ditched my rice cooker since getting my hands on an Instant Max. IMHO, it’s a safer way to pressure cook than the classic cooktop model.

After comparing it to the original Instant Pot Duo, I found out that they are basically twins. All their cooking functions and buttons are pretty much the same. They also share the exact vent mechanism, which is quite out of date.

Based on the brand’s old web page for the Instant Nova Plus, it’s apparently a Costo-exclusive product.

The bad news, however, is it’s no longer on the market. So, go ahead and check the Instant Pot Duo Plus or their latest models—Instant Pot Max and the Instant Pot Pro Plus.

PROS

  • 9-in-1 kitchen equipment
  • 15 one-touch programs
  • Programmable pressure and duration
  • Delay cooking + keep warm
  • 6 quarts capacity
  • Durable stainless steel pot
  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher safe lid and pot for easy cleaning
  • Compatible with the Instant Pot Air Fryer accessory
  • 1-year warranty

CONS

  • A bit outdated product
  • Classic user interface
  • Requires significant space on your countertop
  • Sautéing in IP is not the most convenient
  • No progress (preheat) indicator
  • Classic steam release
  • Not available in 3-quart, 8-quart and 10-quart cooking capacity

What can you cook with the Instant Pot Nova Plus?

While the Instant Pot Nova Plus is advertised as a 9-in-1 electric pressure cooker, it’s the replica of the original Instant Pot Duo, which is a 7-in-1 multi-cooker. It confuses me for a bit, but at the end of the day it’s just a marketing strategy.

In reality, the Instapot Nova has more than a dozen built-in smart programs, not to mention that any 6-quart Instant Pot is compatible with the air fryer lid. Getting that accessory will open up to six more cooking functions.

Anyhow, here’s what you can do with the Nova Plus 60.

Pressure Cooked Meat
Pressure Cook
slow cooked pot roast
Slow Cook
sautéd onion
Sauté
yogurt
Yogurt
Soup/Broth
Soup/Broth
slow cooked stew
Meat/Stew
bean/chili
Bean/Chili
steamed chicken with rice
Poultry
Rice
Rice
uncooked multigrain
Multigrain
porridge with blueberry and walnuts
Porridge
steamed vegetables
Steam

In terms of cooking capacity, the Instant Nova is not available in 3-qt, 8-qt and 10-qt configuration.

Is the 6-Quart Instant Pot Nova Plus easy to use?

All multicookers have a certain level of difficulty, and the Instant Pot Nova Pressure Cooker is not an exception. It’s not like a Instant blender that you can operate out of the box. It’s a bit challenging at first, but it will surely be a piece of cake after a few weeks of using it.

instant pot duo nova plus control panel

A lot of consumers fear that their Instant Pot might explode, and that includes me. After a few months of using it, it never exploded on me. I later found out that it’s equipped with ten advanced safety features, so there’s a very slim chance that it will accidentally blast off.

But that doesn’t give you a pass from reading all the safety precautions from your product manual.

One disadvantage that it shares with the Instant Pot Duo is the classic vent release. It’s still built right into the vent itself. You need to be careful with the steam when releasing it.

To sum it up, multi-cookers have a moderate learning curve, but it’s all worth it.

How to clean the Instapot Nova Plus 60?

Here’s a short demonstration on how to clean any Instant Pot.

If you’re dealing with a non-greasy dish, cleaning your Instant Pot Nova Plus is pretty much straightforward, as demonstrated above. The only thing that you need to pay close attention to are the small components of the lid. Losing any of it would mean buying a new one.

See the 9-in-1 Instapot Nova Plus in Action

Don’t take my word for it, here’s a short video demonstration of the Nova Plus 6-quart Pressure Cooker.

The Instant Pot Nova Plus is a 9-in-1 electric pressure cooker with a 6-quart capacity. It can also slow cook, sauté, sear, cook rice, steam, make yogurt, and keep your food warm. Unlike other multicookers from the brand, the Instant Pot Nova Plus is a Costco-exclusive product.

What accessories can I get with the Instant Pot Nova Plus?

These are must-have accessories for the Nova Pressure Cooker.

Inner Pot

Inner Pot

Model # IP-POT-SS304-60

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I highly recommend getting an extra pot. It’s really helpful when you’re making both the primary and side dishes in your pressure cooker. Instead of cleaning the same pot after cooking, you can prepare the next dish and cook it right away.

Instant Pot Transparent Lid

Instant Pot Tempered Glass Lid

Model # 213-0201-01

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Another excellent accessory to buy is a transparent lid. It’s exceptionally beneficial when slow cooking as you can see the contents. However, if you already have a transparent cover that fits, you don’t need to get another one. 

Extra Sealing Ring

Instant Pot Sealing Rings

Model # 211-0007-01

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Some odors, especially from intense recipes, stick to the sealing ring. Consequently, milder recipes might pick up some of the odor/flavors if you use the same sealing ring. Therefore, it’s ideal for getting extra sealing ring(s) for different tastes (mild and strong).

Steamer basket

Instant Pot Mesh Steamer Basket

Model # 5252247

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Here’s the deal: Some ingredients don’t fit well with the included steamer rack. Therefore, if you’ll frequently steam, getting a steamer basket with small holes is more advantageous.

Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid

Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid

Model # 140-3003-01

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The Nova Plus Pressure Cooker is compatible with the Instant Pot Air Fryer Attachment. Getting this accessory will give you six more cooking functions—air fry, broil, bake, roast, reheat, dehydrate.

*only compatible with selected 6-qt Instant Pots

*Product Images and Video Courtesy of Instant Brands

Technical Specifications

TypePressure Cooker / Multi-Cooker / Slow Cooker
Brand/SeriesInstant Pot by Instant Brands
Model #Nova Plus 60
Price$$
Rating4.3 out of 5
Pressure11.6 psi
Wattage1000-watt
Functions9-in-1: Pressure Cook, Slow Cook, Sauté Pan, Rice Cooker, Stock Pot, Steamer, Yogurt, and Warmer
PotStainless Steel
Capacity6 quarts (5.68 L) cooking pot
Dishwasher safeYes
BPA FreeYes
ColorStainless Steel
Dimensions (LxWxH)13.4 x 12.2 x 12.5 inches (34 x 31 x 31.7 cm)
Cord Length2.9 ft. (0.9 m)
ApplicationHome and Personal Use
Warranty1 Year
Related ProductsInstant Pot Ultra, Instant Pot Viva, Instant Pot IP Lux, Instant Pot Smart Wifi, Instant Pot Duo Nova 100, Instant Pot Duo
This table shows the technical specifications of Instant Pot Nova Plus 60.

Is the Instant Pot Nova Plus 60 worth it?

The 6-Quart Instant Pot Nova Plus Electric Pressure Cooker has already been discontinued, you might find it as a used product, but you won’t have the standard 1-year warranty. In short, I would recommend getting the Instant Pot Duo Plus instead of this old model.

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