Can you believe that it’s already been a decade since the Instant Pot was released? For the past 10 years, that cooking appliance has reigned supreme over the countertop cooking world, but now there’s some competition that is a worthy successor to the throne. The CHEF iQ Smart Cooker weighs and calculates for you, making cooking an easier process.
The CHEF iQ Multi-Functional Smart Pressure Cooker comes in a 6-quart size and weighs only 10 pounds. It can easily prepare a meal for a family of four to six. It comes with a solid black exterior and has a 2.83-inch LCD display that is controlled by a dial knob. The other buttons on the screen are capacitive touch, making the screen easy to clean. The cooker has a built-in scale that measures the weight of your food so adding just the right amount of ingredients is a snap. There are several modes of operation for the smart cooker, including pressure cook, slow cook, sear/sauté, steam, warm, ferment, and sanitize. Using the favourites button lets you access recipes that you have saved in the companion CHEF iQ app. When you do access this feature, the instructions for the recipe will be displayed on the screen. The smart cooker also features an option for either quick release or natural release. There’s also a pulse option for releasing pressure.
The CHEF iQ App updates the cooker regularly, adding new recipes an improving performance. You can simply put input the ingredients into the app and the cooker will take care of the rest, determining the ideal cook time and temperature. The cooking pot is nonstick and dishwasher safe, so clean up is a breeze. All of that and the cooker is priced at only $199.99. That makes this new smart cooker a viable contender for the throne.