Warning: Don't Buy an Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.

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    Agreed. I've bought several items from Amazon. Great time saver, great cost saver and great return policy. I don't understand the OP's mention of costing postage since, all those items which aren't covered by Amazon itself have been covered by the distributor upon return of the item.

    FWIW, I've only returned one item out of dozens (I don't know the exact count). Also, I do have the Instant Pot and have used it a few times. No problems so far.
     
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    Books.
     
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    I save a lot of money on smaller items too such as the time and expense of driving out to Fry's Electronics to purchase blank CDs, a camera, MP3 player, etc. Unlike Fry's, Amazon also offers used and refurbished.

    Amazon Prime video alone is worth $8/month. There's $96 alone. As a frequent flyer, I often download movies and TV series to watch either in flight or on the road in places with slow WiFi.
     
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    Hello, I buy on Ebay and I had a problem with a Bosch fryer it did not close completely and I when cooked my fries the oil burst everywhere.
    Now I prefer to cook my fries in an oil-free fryer although I must admit that the taste is far from being the same.
     
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    You are right and I was wrong. Very wrong.

    I must revise my complaint against Amazon. The fault is mine for being unable to pick my way through the website to find the appropriate return option.

    My granddaughter walked me to it and the result was Amazon issued a UPS pickup order. All I had to do was repack the defective item. UPS came next day with a label, stuck it on the box and took it away. Amazon issued a refund to my credit card two days later.

    Amazon is the best and I beg forgiveness for my incompetence.
     
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    To make air fries better you need an oil sprayer to spritz a little bit of oil, and if that oil is reused fry oil all the better.
    When I don't want to use my fryer for a small amount of food and decide to bake my fries, I use the few times filtered oil that has the fry flavor and put that in an oil spray bottle & spritz coat my fries and use a hallogen multi use oven on toast setting.
     
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    I need to revise this complaint. I was wrong. The fault is mine because I was unable to pick my way to the proper choice on the Amazon website.

    When I was shown the proper choice Amazon picked up the defective item at no cost to me and promptly issued a refund. So I must apologize to Amazon.

    But my comments about the Instant Pot remain the same. I wouldn't trust it.
     
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    Thank you for the honest mea culpa. Rare on this forum. [​IMG]

    Still love my Instant Pot. Still learning to use it, but so far every meal has been delicious.

    Last week I took a whole, solid frozen chicken and in four hours the meat was falling off the bone.
     
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    When the Instant Pot arrived I performed the water test and the pot worked perfectly. Next day I did a pot roast in it and, again, the pot worked perfectly.

    Few days later I started a beef stew and the pot would not seal and start pressure. I tried everything: I even took apart the sealing lock to be sure it was clean. The thing just wouldn't seal and I had to finish up the stew in the oven.

    I've found a few other complaints on YouTube about the Instant Pot failing to reach pressure and I notice the sealing lock just doesn't feel right. It's very loose and doesn't engage with a locking feel. It just flips loosely from the Sealing to the steam Release positions. So that appears to be the Achilles Heel of what otherwise seems to be a really nice appliance.

    Because a few of the similar complaints I found on YouTube say this problem appeared after the pot had been used numerous times, some three or four times, and a few after several months of continuous use. Were it not for this apparently consistent defect I would order a replacement but because of my experience and what I've learned about it I just wouldn't trust it again. I wouldn't want to take the time and trouble to prepare something while wondering if the pot is going to seal or not.

    So thanks for your comments. I sincerely hope your Instant Pot never fails you. It really is an impressive appliance and I wish I didn't have the problem with it.
     
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    The little valve for maintaining or venting pressure does seem loose, but it works fine for me.
     

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