If you are looking for a cheaper Instant Pot alternative, this GeekChef Electric Pressure Cooker review is just for you. You will:
– Eat tastier food,
– Eat more vitamins and nutrients using quality ingredients of your choice,
– Save time on food prep,
– Save money by ordering less takeout food, and
– Save space on small kitchen counters.
The GeekChef offers a lot of value for significantly less money than the Instant Pot. If you are like me and also have fun while cooking, see current prices now on Amazon or keep on reading my review below.
Although the GeekChef Electric Pressure Cooker gives away its main function in its name, it is much more than that, it has 12 preset functions built in – and without needing to pay extra for accessories such as with the main competition.
The 12 functions are divided in:
- Rice: faster than a normal rice cooker
- Bean/Chili: preparing beans, chili, lentils
- Slow Cook
- Sous Vide
- Sauté: for sautéing, browning, or simmering
- Steam: steaming vegetables/seafood, or reheating food
- Yogurt: making yogurt and pasteurizing milk
- Pasta: cooking pasta, noodles, spaghetti, and so on
Plus the Insulation Warmer function, which makes a 13th pre-programmed mode.
- Super versatile. Lots of features packed as compact as a medium sauce pot.
- Easy to use. The machine automatically adjusts the pressure settings for each food while cooking. There is no need to make manual adjustments.
- Safe. The GeekChef has many safety mechanisms such as a lid liner, floating valve, and the anti-block shield. It is also built with heavy-gauge steel. Its AC cord sustains high heat and built to American electrical standards.
- Saves time and money. It is perfect for our busy and modern lifestyles because it allows you to can cook up to 70% faster than normal. You adjust cooking times for all preset programs, as well as the temperature for Sous Vide and Saute modes.
- Sous Vide. This is the only pressure cooker with a sous vide mode. Cook your food evenly keeping all its juices and moisture. The temperature range is 120-175 °F (49-80 °C), the default is 140 °F (60 °C), and the adjust increment is 10 °F (5.5 °C). The time range is 1-12h, the default time is 6h, and the adjust increment is 30 min.
The pressure can be released in two forms: on its own once the cooking cycle is finished or manually through a release in just a few seconds.
The 12 cooking modes are pressured and non-pressured.
First-time users can easily prepare rice as in a normal rice cooker; meats of all sorts with both the meat option for normal cooking or the poultry option when you need a higher cooking temperature; curry and lentils with the chili/beans menu; and even fish using the steam function.
Most users can figure out the menus and cooking times quickly, in one or two uses, depending on the degree of complexity of the dish you choose to prepare.
Open the box and you will find the GeekChef, with its industrial design and stainless steel finish.
The overall look is very elegant and will add plenty of style to any kitchen counter.
- stainless steel steam rack with a handle,
- measuring cup (especially important for measuring rice accurately),
- soup spoon, and
- BPA-free plastic rice spatula.
The package that arrives to your home measures 14.8 x 13.3 x 13 in (37.5 x 33.7 x 33 cm) and weights 13.85 lb (6.3 kg). The GeekChef itself weights 10.2 lb (4.6 kg).
In practical terms, its size is similar to a medium-sized sauce pan.
The cord length is 36 in (91.4 cm), long enough for comfortable use.
As for the internal volume, you can use it for canning 4 jars at a time with 1/2 qt capacity (473 ml), each sized 2 3/4 x 5 1/8 in (7×13 cm).
- Time saver. Leave it all prepped in the morning and use the slow cook function, or use the pressure cooker when you come home from work – either way you will eat a homemade, warm, delicious meal.
- Work smarter. Gather your kitchen scraps and bones and use the slow cook function to simmer it all for 12 hours. No need to watch the burner for having homemade beef stock!
- Glass lid. This GeekChef version includes a glass lid, meaning you can see what you are cooking while you use the slow cooking mode.
- Extra flavor and practicality: Brown your ingredients using the Saute function, then add the liquid, deglaze, and then switch to Slow Cook mode. Tastier and more convenient.
- Easy to clean. This is important because it ensures that the GeekChef gets used more often, instead of cluttering up your home until your next garage sale or salvation army donation. The inner pot is made of stainless steel and can go safely to the dishwasher. Cleaning the lid is also easy – just detach the splash guard and you can clean both the lid and the silicone seal.
- Poor quality instructions manual. It is not helpful and does not provide many details. On the other hand, the GeekChef is easy to use and has intuitive menus, so most users solve this issue by trial and error with their recipes. As for recipes themselves, it is easy to find them on Google by searching for instant pot recipes.
- Small pressure canner. If you want to can bigger containers, be aware that you cannot use pint size jars because the GeekChef is not deep enough for those. It is a quality pressure canner, however you will be restricted to half-pint cans.
- Unflexible cooking cycle times. For some recipes, the pre-programmed cycle times are longer than what you need – and you cannot adjust them. In this case, you have to set a timer and manually shut off the GeekChef when you wish.
The GeekChef provides substantial value, unmatched by its main competitor. If you want to buy a similar Instant Pot, you will then need to buy extra accessories and spend a lot more to get similar functionality.
While the GeekChef isn’t perfect, its many pros certainly overweight its few cons and ensure this is a great purchase, likely to be used for a long time in your kitchen.
The way I see it, the GeekChef works really well for two types of people:
1-) Busy people like me who like to eat warm homemade meals and need to save time on food prep and save money ordering less takeout food; and
2-) People like me who need to save space on small kitchen counters and like to have fun while cooking.
(Yeah, I overlap the two groups.)
What can I say? The GeekChef Electric Pressure Cooker is the way to go.
You can make rice (faster than a normal electric rice cooker), chili, beans, lentils, curry, easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs, steamed seafood and veggies, sous vide steaks, yogurt…. And so much more.
This is how versatile this machine is, and this is why I ordered one for myself.
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