Adding a pressure cooker to your collection of kitchen appliances can open a whole new avenue of cooking. Not only do they drastically reduce cooking time, they can replace many small appliances you may already own, like slow cookers, rice cookers and steamers.
With so many pressure cookers on the market, choosing a product can be a daunting task. This article intends to make this decision easier by going over two of the more popular makes of pressure cookers, the GoWISE Electric Pressure Cooker and the Instant Pot.
Hopefully, whether you’re venturing into the world of pressure cooking for the first time, or looking to replace your current cooker, this article will give you the information needed to pick the pressure cooker that best fits your culinary needs.
Both GoWISE and Instant Pot manufacture different models and sizes of pressure cookers. First, I’ll go over the different offerings of both brands, then I’ll compare the two brands. Finally, I’ll discuss how you can decide which cooker is right for you.
What does GoWISE offer?
- GW22620 – 6 Quart
- GW22623 – 8 Quart
- GW22636 – 12 Quart
- GW22637 – 14 Quart
Each cooker offers eight functions to replace other appliances. They function as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, bean cooker, yogurt maker, food warmer, steamer, slow cooker, egg maker, and can sauté. The cookers have a stainless-steel body and cool touch handles.
To make pressure cooking easy, they have 12 built-in presets and a delay timer that allows you to start cooking up to 24 hours later. You can also set the pressure and cook time manually.
The main differences between GoWISE models other than size, are that the GW22620(6QT) and GW22623(8QT) have a stainless-steel insert pot, while the GW22636(12QT) and GW22637(14QT) have a ceramic pot and a stainless-steel lid. All models include a rice scooper and measuring cup. In addition, the two smaller models include a steam rack and steam tray.
What does Instant Pot offer?
High and Low Pressure Cookers
- IP-DUO50 – 5 Quart
- IP-DUO60 – 6 Quart
- IP-Smart Bluetooth – 6 Quart
- IP-DUO80 – 8 Quart
High Pressure Only Cookers
- IP-LUX50 – 5 Quart
- IP-LUX60 – 6 Quart
Instant Pot calls their IP-DUO pressure cookers 7-in-1 multicookers, but they perform the same eight functions of the GoWISE cookers, they just don’t list bean maker as a separate function. They also have a 24-hour time delay and same cooking presets as the GoWISE cookers. The IP-DUO and IP-LUX models also have a stainless-steel inner pot and come with a steam rack.
The IP-LUX50 and IP-LUX60 have only 10 presets, and don’t make yogurt.
While the IP-LUX and IP-DUO models are similar, there is one standout from the group, the IP-Smart Bluetooth. Along with the included presets, the Instant Pot App allows you to sync with the cooker via Bluetooth, from apple and Android devices, to use other downloadable recipe presets. You can also create your own recipes with the app to avoid the need to use the manual timing and pressure settings.
Why are Instant Pot Pressure Cookers more expensive than GoWISE?
Both products offer some of the same essential features, yet the 6QT and 8QT Instant Pot cookers are about $30 more than the same size GoWISE cookers. What exactly are you paying the higher price for with Instant Pot?
One reason the Instant Pots are more expensive is the safety features. They have 10 different built-in safeguards, mainly to keep the pressure at a safe level, while GoWISE cookers have seven. Also, every Instant Pot cooker has a microprocessor that monitors temperature and pressure and can adjust cooking time and temperature based on the amount of food in the cooker. This is to keep cooking results consistent for every use.
Pros and Cons of GoWISE
- Less expensive with the same basic functions.
- Large capacity available.
- Easy to operate.
- Fewer safety features.
- The lid can be hard to remove and cause splashes or spills when opening.
- Can’t go from sautéing to pressure cooking without either allowing the cooker to completely cool down or unplugging the device first.
Pros and Cons of Instant Pot
- Microprocessor feature ensures food cooks to the same level each time.
- Ten built-in safeguards.
- Programming can be difficult and the manual is not detailed.
- Customer reviews found the Bluetooth connectivity of the IP-Smart Bluetooth to be sporadic at best, and many said it didn’t function at all.
- IP-LUX models can’t be used for making yogurt.
Which Pressure Cooker is Best for You?
If you find the few extra safety features and the microprocessor appealing, and you don’t mind spending a little extra money, then the Instant Pot would be the way to go. However, while Instant Pot touts their safety features as setting them apart from the competition, both Instant Pot and GoWISE products hold safety certifications from comparable national agencies.
If you choose to go with an Instant Pot, the IP-DUO50 or IP-DUO60 will be your best choice. Mainly because the smart model is substantially more expensive for a feature that doesn’t always work properly. They also offer both high and low pressure cooking, and the option to make yogurt, unlike the IP-LUX models. If you just want the bare minimum the IP-LUX should be fine because many recipes will have directions for cooking with high and low pressure.
If you do decide to go with an Instant Pot you should also be prepared to devote more time in the beginning to learning to use the cooker.
While both options would be a welcomed addition to any kitchen, most consumers would likely be happy with a GoWISE pressure cooker. They perform the same essential functions as the more expensive Instant Pots. If this is your first pressure cooker it will be simple enough to use and if you’re an experienced pressure cook, using a GoWISE will be a breeze.
Finally, the large capacity cookers offered by GoWISE, the GW22636 and GW22637 are a great option if you are regularly cooking for a big family or you like to prepare meals for the week ahead of time.