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Where is the Instant Pot Max?

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I’ve been waiting patiently1 for the new Instant Pot Max. Rumors of the Max started early this year, saying a new Instant Pot was coming in the spring, with a “Max” pressure of 15 psi, like a stovetop pressure cooker. (The current Instant Pots, like other electric pressure cookers, top out at 12 psi, and cook a little slower.)

Spring turned into summer, and technology sites Wired and CNet published reviews of the Max. The reviews weren’t glowing, but the mention of an easier-to-clean lid and automatic pressure release make me want it even more. “Coming soon,” the reviews say.

Late summer and my fellow food writers start to get review units. Pressure Cooking Today, The Kitchn, and The Veggie Queen have write-ups, and they match what I assume my opinion will be: Better than the current units, worth the upgrade if you don’t mind the higher price. And, “Coming in August,” they say.

Now September is slipping away. Where’s the Max? Knowing my luck, Instant Pot will release it five minutes after I publish, but…I’m getting impatient. I want to try it out, to see if I like it better than my current Duo and Ultra. I want a new toy! Where’s my Instant Pot Max?

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  1. Not so patiently.

12 Comments

  1. Randal Oulton says

    Beware their directions for its use for home canning. All (certified) home canning experts have come out advising against its use for that as possibly producing unsafe home canned products.

        • I’m assuming that’s what the delay is. Their website states, “it’s positioned to be the industry’s first USDA approved…” and they make a point about it holding 15psi so it reads like they’re trying to get certified for canning before release. Being the first is something that would likely be stifled by delays and potential redesigns.

          I remember reading long ago when I got my first Instant Pot (2012) they said it wasn’t 15 psi because of how expensive the safety features would have to be plus extensive government testing. At work we just bought pressure relief valves for a few small tanks and they aren’t cheap ($100 each) and most pressure vessels have to be pressure tested for safety to hold much higher than operating pressure (15-17 max for us, they test for safety at 30psi in our case.) Wouldn’t be surprised if they had to redesign a couple things.

  2. Sherry in Willow Grove says

    Why oh why did they cave to the “canning” jive? That was my (one of many) objection(s) to the brand (which shall remain un-named) that was featured on a major shopping channel. I didn’t like the false and/or misleading information/advertising that it was safe to can in an electric pressure cooker…Unless the USDA has changed it’s tune?

  3. Rachel says

    I spoke directly to InstantPot and they said it will be a Williams Sonoma exclusive coming LATE FALL (probably a “Black Friday” exclusive lol)

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