This is big news, people. The makers of the Instant Pot are coming out with a new and even more souped-up version of the wildly popular multi-cooker.
Instant Pot parent company Double Insight says the new Instant Pot Max will make its debut in June. It’s intended to be a more full-featured version of Instant Pot’s existing lineup, rather than a replacement to its existing cookers. This is a good thing, because the Instant Pot Max, initially available only in a six-quart model according to TheKitchn.com, will cost around $200. That’s roughly double the price of the bestselling six-quart DUO60 model (which you can sometimes snag for even less during events like Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day).
The Instant Pot Max will have a few extra bells and whistles for that price, including a touchscreen and a safer pressure-release valve. According to Today.com, you’ll be able to use it for canning, since it can reach a higher level of pressure than previous models — 15 pounds per square inch (a.k.a. PSI if you’re into foodie lingo), which is the same as stovetop pressure cookers, versus the 11.6 PSI of the current Instant Pot line. This means you won’t have to calculate the change in cooking time if you’re using a stovetop pressure-cooker recipe, although of course you could avoid this problem by picking up one of the many Instant Pot-specific cookbooks.