Score! Instant Pot Detailed Comparison Chart — and other hidden gems!

 

Wooo!!! In case you haven’t noticed — the Instant Pot company completely redesigned their website and their online store in August!

And among many hidden gems is this beauty!

You can find it in all its 8.5″ x 13″ glory at http://instantpot.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Instant-Pot-Product-Comparison-1.pdf

 

What other secrets have been revealed in the site redesign?

Well, if you’re not up on the latest news, you’ll see from the above image that there is now an 8 Quart Lux which was very quietly announced a few weeks ago (especially when compared to all the Duo-Mini fanfare).

And speaking of the Duo Mini…. there is a little detail lurking in the manual for the aforementioned new LUX-80:

Can you see it in the above image?

How about now, in this next image?

It would seem that there is a Lux Mini lurking in the shadows!

So far this revised LUX manual is the only clue to its existence — and from what the manual reveals it won’t have a Cake or Multigrain button (necessary sacrifices to make the control panel short enough to fit on a 3 Quart base). Though it will have the Egg button.

Strangely — the entire LUX series seems to have retained the “Manual” button name, while at the same time progressing to the “Delay Start” button name. Which makes zero sense. Why not change both button names??

Other hidden details can be found simply within the wording used in the Products menu:

Did you see it?

The Duo Plus is listed as a “Series”!

Now… either someone messed up when they typed in the menu items here…

or, just maybe there is an 8-Quart Duo Plus in the works???!!?

Alas, the Ultra is not listed as a “Series”. But considering the likely retail price-point for 8 Quart Ultra, it does make sense that they might not want to take that gamble.

 

But wait — what trumpet’s that? Something called a “Gem 8-in-1 Multicooker” ??

It would seem they have quietly created a product for all those “I just wanted to upgrade my slow-cooker — but the Instant Pot slow-cooker function sucks” people!

For those of you who don’t obsessively stalk the IP Facebook Group, this “Gem” may be a total surprise to you. (See what I did there? 😉 )

However, there was one little post a few days ago where someone else already noticed this on a shelf at Walmart, and was asking if it was a counterfeit product!

Digging a little farther on the IP website it appears that this product is only available in the USA, and is exclusive to Walmart (in-stores and online).

…But who cares!? It’s something we can point towards for those “I just want to upgrade my slow-cooker” people!

Now, here’s the weird part…. This is one of the images on the page:

Why are the Bake and Roast buttons labeled “New!”???

Doesn’t that imply that this is a v2, and there was already a v1 available for sale somewhere?

The product’s FAQ page seems to confirm that it is indeed a v2 ( http://instantpot.com/portfolio-item/gem-multicooker-2 ) — so how has this escaped all of our attention for all this time???

But even bigger than that! Here’s one of the FAQ questions: “My Instant Pot® has stopped working, what do I do?”

GAH!

Do you see it?

“My Instant Pot® has stopped working…”

“Well, what’s wrong with it?”

“The Bake button doesn’t seem to do anything….”

“There is no Bake button on the Instant Pot!”

“Yes there is!”

“No there isn’t!”

I repeat: GAH!!

The name of our little Facebook clubhouse is “Instant Pot® Community” — not “Instant Pot® Pressure Cooker Community”.

So I repeat again: GAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s another FAQ question: “Why do you refer to Instant Pot® as the SMART cooker?”

Do you see it again?

“I cannot connect my phone to my Instant Pot® SMART via bluetooth.”

“The Instant Pot® SMART doesn’t have bluetooth!”

“Yes it does!”

“No it doesn’t!”

Once more for the people in the back: GAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

 

In summary:

  • Awesome new IP website and online store
  • New LUX-80
  • Presumed upcoming LUX-30 / Mini
  • Presumed upcoming Duo-Plus-80
  • Gem 8-in-1 is not a pressure cooker, it is a baker-roaster-slowcooker

 

So what do you think about all of this?

As for me: I question the need for a Lux-Mini unless it’s going to be a super low price point — like $39.99 (the Duo-mini is $69.99), and I am greatly disturbed by the wording / phrasing being used around this Gem product!

How about you?

 


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