When shopping for a new product I often find myself trying to decide between getting the basic model that has all of the necessities, or going with the newest version with all the improved and extra features.
Usually that decision comes down to the price tag. All of the cool features drive the price way up. With the two electric pressure cookers I’ll be reviewing to day, this isn’t exactly the case.
I’ll be comparing the All-Clad Cz720051 and the Instant Pot Ultra. As I mentioned, these two pressure cookers don’t quite fit the scenario I described. The much simpler and older All-Clad is just about double the price of the recently released and feature rich Instant Pot Ultra.
What could possible warrant spending so much more money on a product that allows you to do less? We’ll see if there is a reason to choose the All-Clad over the Instant Pot. First I’ll give a brief overview of what both of these products have to offer. Then we’ll take a look at how they compare, so you can decide which of these products is right for you.
Overview of the All-Clad CZ720051
The All-Clad CZ720051 Electric Pressure Cooker mainly gets its hefty price tag from the quality of materials used to manufacture it. It has solid stainless steel body that is simple yet beautiful. It includes a 6-quart ceramic inner pot that is nonstick and dishwasher safe.
The All-Clad comes equipped with 8 simple cooking presets, including pressure cook, slow cook, steam, sear, sauté, reduce, rice and reheat. You can manually choose one of seven different pressure levels to cute at, as well as time and temperature. It has a very simple easy to read LED display.
This pressure cooker has a few safety features including an automatic steam release to minimize the risk of burns. You also have the option to manually release pressure or you can let it depressurize naturally during the cooling process.
You can read a full review of the All-Clad CZ720051 here.
Overview of the Instant Pot Ultra
The Instant Pot Ultra is only offered in a 6 quart capacity. It comes with a stainless steel cook pot that is also dishwasher safe.
- pressure cook
- soup and broth
- meat and stew
- beans and chili
- slow cook
- Ultra (manual)
The Instant Pot Ultra is about as customizable as you can possibly get with an electric pressure cooker. You can use any of the presets or manually adjust the temperature, time and pressure level.
It has a large digital screen that you use to make selections, and see where you are at in the cooking process. You navigate through the menu using a single large turn dial.
The Instant Pot Ultra has all of the safety features that are in all of the Instant Pot pressure cookers, with one addition. Instead of a valve that you must turn to manually release pressure, it has a single press button that will release pressure. This improves safety even more by allowing the operator to have their hands clear of the area of the hot steam as quickly as possible.
One of the more advanced features you will find with the Instant Pot Ultra is the sterilize option. This feature is great for ensuring utensils, jars or even baby bottles are safe for repeated use. You can even pasteurize milk with this setting.
When it comes to features and options, the Instant Pot Ultra can literally do it all. You would have a hard time finding any other pressure cooker on the market or slated for upcoming release that has more options than this pressure cooker.
You can read a full review of the Instant Pot Ultra here.
Which of these pressure cookers is right for you?
So now that you know the basics which one should you go with? First you might think that there is really no reason to get the All-Clad CZ720051, but that’s not necessarily the case.
The All-Clad CZ720051 is meant to be a dedicated pressure cooker. While it has a few extra options like simmer and sauté, these are simply there to do the prep work or finishing steps that one would normally do in a separate pot or pan.
The All-Clad CZ720051 is for people who only want a pressure cooker, and a high quality one at that. The heavy duty and high quality materials are meant for you to be able to use this pressure cooker on a constant basis without the fear of wearing it down or burning it out quickly.
Also the ability to choose seven different pressures settings rather than just high or low further caters to those who are avid presser cooks.
The Instant Pot Ultra is aimed at people who want to do it all, and do it with as few appliances as possible. That is why you will find such a wide variety of features with this product.
You can pretty much get rid of all other kitchen appliances and still be able to prepare the same meals. You can probably do even more than you do now with features like the sterilize function.
The bottom line is, if you are only interested in pressure cooking go with the All-Clad CZ720051. With a high price tag, this is an investment, but you won’t be disappointed with the quality and longevity of this pressure cooker.
If pressure cooking is just one of the cooking methods you like to use in the kitchen, then go with the Instant Pot Ultra. You will have seemingly endless possibilities for preparing meals.
Also, because Instant Pot makes such good products, even if you don’t believe you will use all of the extra features, for the price, an Instant Pot Ultra would still be a good choice for anyone.