Instant Pot Pro Plus Review (2022) Smart Instapot Pressure Cooker

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Instant Pot Pro Plus 6 Quart Pressure Cooker, Black
Instant Pot Pro Plus 6 Quart Pressure Cooker, Black

The Instant Pot Pro Plus is the newest addition to the Pressure Cooker family of Instapot. Honestly, I’m quite doubtful about its smart feature due to the lackluster performance of their first and second app.

Their new app is different though, it’s not perfect, but it has tons of improvements. Not to mention, you’ll get access to more than a thousand guided recipes.

For that reason, it’s our #1 Best Instant Pot of 2022 and at the same time, the Best 6-Quart Instant Pot.

Here’s a quick preview of the app:

Instant Brands Connect App
Instant Brands Connect App

Alright, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty details.

The features of the Instapot Pro Plus 60 (6-quart) is the culmination of the previous machines, particularly Instant Pot Smart Wifi, Instapot Max, and of course Instant Pot Pro.

It’s a 10-in-1 multicooker like the original Pro model, but it comes with fewer automatic cooking presets with a total of 16 smart programs. That’s compared to the Instant Pro’s 28 walk-away settings.

The best thing about it, though, is how good-looking it is. Among all the Instant Pots, it has the most refined design. It’s a perfect addition to a smart kitchen.

That being said, these are just a few highlights of its massive features.

For now, let’s explore its pros and cons.

PROS

  • Stunning design that will complement your whole kitchen
  • Easy to use touchscreen control panel
  • Connects to your smartphone and monitor your recipe’s progress effortlessly
  • 10-in-1 appliance
  • 1000+ available guided recipes
  • Programmable pressure, temperature, and duration
  • Adjustable settings (volume, Fahrenheit or Celsius)
  • Hands-free steam release (automatic or through the app)
  • 3 venting methods (natural, quick, pulse)
  • Quiet steam release
  • NutriBoost Technology
  • Delay cooking + keep warm
  • Generous 6 quarts cooking capacity
  • Stainless steel inner pot with handles and stove-top safe
  • PFOA, PTFE, and BPA free
  • Dishwasher safe lid and pot for straightforward cleaning
  • 1-year warranty

CONS

  • Excellent multi-cooker, but with a midrange price sticker
  • Requires significant space on your countertop
  • Not compatible with the air fryer lid
  • Not available in 3-qt, 8-qt, 10-qt cooking capacity

What can you cook with the Instant Pot Pro Plus Smart Cooker ?

As I mentioned a while ago, the Instant Pot Pro Plus 60 has the same cooking functions as its siblings. It can replace most of your kitchen appliances, such as your rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sous vide, etc.

To be more specific, here are all its possible use cases.

Pressure Cook

Pressure Cooked Meat

Pressure cooking is handy on many levels—you can easily have tender, juicy meat with minimal time and effort. More importantly, it infuses better flavor than traditional cooking. Therefore, if your favorite recipe can be pressure cooked, it’ll be effortless and more delicious.

What can you cook: mac and cheese, curry, roast beef, beef stroganoff, whole chicken, pork tenderloin, shredded chicken, etc.

If you want to come home with a perfectly cooked meal, this is a better option than pressure cooking. Slow cooking produces tender and juicy meat, albeit for a longer time. In other words, you should plan your meal ahead as some recipes require 6 to 10 hours of cooking time. 

What can you cook: roast beef, beef stroganoff, pulled pork, turkey, corned beef, etc.

Slow Cook

slow cooked stew

Sear/Sauté

Seared Beef

Most pressure or slow cooking recipes, if not all, require you to sauté some ingredients. And the good news? Sautéing in the IP Max will save you time since you don’t need to clean a different pan or skillet.

The Sous Vide function will level up your cooking game. For instance, when you cook steak with the addition of sous vide, you’ll achieve juicy and tender meat. And, to be honest, that’s a bit difficult to replicate using traditional methods.

What can you cook: veggies, eggs, steamed cakes or buns, fish

Steam

steamed vegetables

Rice

Rice

Your Instant Pot Pro Plus 6 Quart Multi-Cooker will replace your rice cooker (if you have one), no questions asked. In short, Instant Pot is essentially a rice cooker that can do so much more.

The Sous Vide function will level up your cooking game. Five-star restaurants use this technique to achieve a perfectly medium rare steak. And, to be honest, that’s a bit difficult to replicate using traditional methods.

What can you cook: steak, eggs, veggies, etc.

Sous Vide

vacuum sealed protein for sous vide

Yogurt

yogurt

By having this function, you can make your own yogurt flavors—the sky’s the limit. And most importantly, it’ll be more budget-friendly than buying yogurts from the store.

Thanks to the cooker’s ability to reach 15psi (and many other factors), it can handle canning. If you must know, Instant Pot Max is one of the only two (at the time I’m writing this) electric pressure cookers that can do canning. With that said, this machine is indeed one of the best.

Caution:  When home canning, please read and carefully follow USDA’s Complete Guide to Home Canning.

Canning

Canning

So, other recipes that may not be so obvious are desserts such as lava mug cake, cheesecake, pudding, etc.

One more thing that I have to note is that this smart cooker is not available in 3-quart, 8-quart, and 10-quart configuration.

Is Instapot Pro Plus easy to use?

Here’s the deal:

All multicookers have a moderate learning curve. It can be intimidating at first if you’re new to Instapot. At first, I was overwhelmed by the number of buttons and settings it had. But, now, it’s a piece of cake.

Instant Pot Pro Plus touch user interface

Thankfully, the Instant Pot Pro Plus has a minimal, more intuitive interface. It’s 100 times better than the previous models. It’s way easier for users to understand.

Here are Instant Pro Plus’ usability improvements:

  • A button to switch to Celsius and Fahrenheit
  • Automatic sealing and venting
  • Ability to release the steam from the control panel and from the app
  • Ergonomic cooktop-compatible pot design

So yes, you can directly sauté on your stove top.

How to clean the Instant Pro Plus?

Unlike using any of its cooking functions, cleaning is quite simple. The only thing that you have to worry about is the pot, which is dishwasher safe. The lid has a few small parts that you also have to wash, so you’ll have to be careful with it.

Anyway, here’s a video demo on how to clean your Instant Pot. 

Note: This is technically a video for Instant Pot Max, but the Instant Pro Plus is no different in terms of cleaning.

See the Instant Pot Pro Plus 10-in-1 Pressure Cooker in Action

Don’t take my word for it, here’s a short video demonstration of the Pro Plus Instant Pot Smart Multicooker.

The Instant Pot Pro Plus is the most recent multi-cooker from the brand. It features 3 venting methods, and not to mention it’s fully automatic, so there’s no need to get close to the steam. Most importantly, it can connect to your smartphone, and have access to the app’s 1000+ recipes.

What makes the Instant Pot Pro Plus better than other multi-cookers?

Now, as I mentioned in the introduction, the “smart” department of this product has improved drastically, compared to the previous Smart Wifi model

You see, the previous product was okay, but it’s missing a lot of actual “smart” features such as automatic venting and automatic sealing, so it still requires you to go to the kitchen.

As for the Instant Pot Pro Plus?

Everything’s better! Almost all the cons of the previous version have been addressed. Now, let me re-iterate the innovative features that makes Instapot Pro Plus better:

  • Automatic sealing when you close the lid
  • Hands-free venting (and you can do it through the smartphone). It’s also automatic if you set it prior to cooking.
  • Touchscreen sleek control panel
  • NutriBoost technology which adds nutrients and improves flavor + texture

Here’s the best part:

The Instant Brands Connect App. 

Instant Brands App Screenshot
Instant Brands App Screenshot

Sure, a mobile app isn’t all that exciting in our digital world. But, when you compare it to their previous app, it made huge leaps and bounds. 

It looks more modern and of course, user-friendly. Essentially, it’s a lot easier to use. Better yet? It has 1000+ guided recipes for your Instant Pot. 

Here’s the thing:

You can technically use the app for a regular Instant Pot. But, what makes it even better, is that it can be used as the remote for the Instant Pot Pro Plus. Essentially, you can select the program, adjust the duration, venting method, pressure, and/or temperature through your smartphone.

Here’s more:

IMHO, the best use for the app is to monitor your recipe. Therefore, even without going to the kitchen you can simply use your phone to check if it’s anywhere near finished. As a result, if you’re busy with something, you don’t need to break your focus.

You can download the Instant Brands companion app here: iOS | Android

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

One bummer about this amazing electric pressure cooker, is it’s not compatible with the Instant Pot Air Fryer attachment. However if your oven at home is a convection type, it’s basically an air fryer. No need to buy a fancy air fryer, if that’s the case.

Now here are all the available attachments for the Instant Pot Pro Plus.

Inner Pot with Handles

Inner Pot with Handles

Model # 212-0403-01

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I highly recommend getting an extra pot. It’s beneficial 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.

*Product Images and Video Courtesy of Instant Brands

Technical Specifications

TypePressure Cooker / Multi-Cooker / Slow Cooker
Brand/SeriesInstant Pot by Instant Brands
Model #112-0124-01, Instant Pot Pro Plus 60
Price$$
Rating4.8 out of 5
Pressure15 psi
Wattage1500-watt
Functions10-in-1: Pressure Cook, Slow Cook, Sauté Pan, Steamer, Rice Cooker, Canner, Sous Vide, Yogurt Maker, Warmer, and NutriBoost
PotStainless Steel
Capacity6 quarts (5.68 L) cooking pot
Dishwasher safeYes
PFOA, PTFE, and BPA freeYes
ColorBlack/Gloss
Dimensions (LxWxH)13.2 x 13 x 12.7 inches (33.5 x 33 x 32.3 cm)
Cord Length36 inches (91.44 cm)
ApplicationHome and Personal Use
Warranty1 Year
Related ProductsInstant Max, Instant Pot Pro Crisp, Instapot Pro, Instant Pot Star Wars, Instant Pot Ultra 80, Instapot Wifi
This table shows the technical specifications of Instant Pot Pro Plus 60.

Is the Instant Pot Pro Plus worth it?

If you’re new to Instant Pot or if you already have an Instapot, but wondering if you should upgrade to the 6-Quart 10-in-1 Instant Pot Pro Plus Smart Multi-Cooker, the answer to both is 100% yes. It’s not just the “smart” feature that makes it worth getting, other functional benefits that aren’t in older models such as NutriBoost and automatic (and remote) venting makes it all worth it.

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