You can now control the Instant Pot with your voice—another reason why it may be worth an upgrade.
Instant Pot earned its reputation by revolutionizing kitchens with 13 different pre-programmed features, which slash cooking times for everything from slow-roasted meat to a layered cake—making most dishes less intensive than they once were. Most home cooks couldn't imagine a way to make the Instant Pot more accommodating than it already was, but then the team behind this super multi-cooker released a model that can be controlled by a smartphone, from anywhere.
But now that model is being supercharged with a feature that lets users control the gadget with just their voice.
Instant Brands, the parent company behind its signature product, is currently showing off an upgraded Instant Pot Smart WiFi model at the the Consumer Electronics Show, one of the biggest technology events of the year hosted in Las Vegas. According to reports from Engadget, the Smart WiFi model now supports Google Assistant, allowing cooks to get dinner started or change controls entirely without even using a phone or the appliance display.
Google Assistant comes preloaded on gadgets like Google Home, but you don't even need one to use this feature on your Instant Pot. Simply download the free app onto a phone or a computer and you can check in on the progress of your pressure cooker in another room entirely.
It's definitely one of Instant Pot's less crucial bells and whistles, but if you're busy working with a bunch of ingredients or smack in the middle of a meal prepping a big batch meal, simply calling out to your Instant Pot will certainly make the process even faster.
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Alongside the voice and WiFi feature, the Instant Pot Smart goes hand in hand with the free Instant Pot app, loaded with 750 pre-programmed recipes that just require you to load the ingredients. It's designed to hold six quarts, and while the appliance is currently on sale for just under $150, it has been previously placed on deep discount—on Cyber Monday, it was sold for a mere $80. If you've been thinking about upgrading your old Instant Pot Ultra, this model is definitely one to keep an eye on.