Instant Pot Nova Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker Review

Instant Pot Nova Plus Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker














*NEW* The Instant Pot Nova Plus Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker is the latest multi-cooker in the Instant Pot line-up. It is the next tier in the DUO series.

The Nova Plus caters to varying tastes and dietary food restrictions with additional settings for a large variety of smart programs.

Name: Instant Pot Plus Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker
Price:Click the image at bottom of page for current price on Amazon
Owner: Instant Pot® Company
CEO: Robert Wang
Rating: 93 out of 100

Instant Pot Nova Plus 6 Quart 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker – Overview

Instant Pot Nova Plus

The Instant Pot DUO is the #1 selling cooker in North America. The Instant Pot Nova Plus Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker adds features to the DUO for more versatility.

It has the same large, blue LCD display but adds 4 new status indicators to monitor the progress of your cooking.

Additional settings that cater to your personal needs and preferences include 3 settings, ‘Less’, ‘Normal’, and ‘More’. See features below for details on how these additional settings are used to adjust the various smart programs to your taste.

The fully sealed environment traps steam, nutrients, and aromas inside the pot enhancing the flavor and healthiness of the food.

Instant Pot Nova Plus 6 Quart 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker – Features

  • Nova Plus replaces many of your most used small kitchen appliances with 1 –
    • Pressure Cooker
    • Slow Cooker
    • Sauté/Searing Pan
    • Rice/Porridge/Multigrain Cooker
    • Steamer
    • Yogurt Maker
    • Warmer
    • and more
  • 15 Smart Programs are available at a single touch
    • Soup/Broth
    • Meat/Stew
    • Bean/Chili
    • Poultry
    • Slow Cook
    • Sauté
    • Rice
    • Multigrain
    • Porridge
    • Steam
    • Yogurt
    • Ferment
    • Warm
    • Pressure Cook
  • Four icons have been added to the display:
    • Heat – shows when heating or cooking is in progress
    • Pressure Cook – is shown when the pressure cook program is in use
    • Keep Warm – indicates whether auto-keep warm feature is selected ON or OFF
    • Sound – can be turned ON/OFF as indicated by this icon
  • Adjustments to settings are quick, easy and can be done at any time, even after cooking has started.
  • Personal customizations, ‘Less’, ‘Normal’ or ‘More’, are remembered for each program.
  • Cooking start time can be delayed up to 24 hours.
  • For your health food grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel is used for all parts in contact with food. This includes the inner pot, lid, and steam rack with handles. No chemical coating is used.
  • The 3-ply bottom spreads heat evenly, quickly, and efficiently throughout the contents.
  • The exterior is a high-quality, brushed stainless steel that resists fingerprints and enhances any kitchen design.
  • Cool handles incorporate lid holders for either right- or left-handed users.
  • Clean up is quick and easy. The lid, inner pot, and steam rack are all dishwasher-safe.

Pressure Cook

  • Fast and flexible pressure cooking reduces cooking time by as much as 70% on High pressure setting.
  • Low pressure setting allows you to cook delicate foods like broccoli reducing the risk of overcooking.
  • The inner pot is clearly marked at 1/2 and 2/3 full as guides for max fill for pressure cooking.
  • The pressure cooking setting allows cooking up to a maximum of 4 hours.

Slow Cook

  • Three slow cooking temperatures can be chosen with the ‘Less’, ‘Normal’ or ‘More’ settings. Cooking time is adjustable between 0.5 – 20 hours.


  • Customize temperature settings (‘Less’, ‘Normal’, or ‘More’) for a maximum of 30 minutes (for safety).

Keep Warm

  • Three temperature settings ‘Less’, ‘Normal’, or ‘More’ are available. These different serving temperatures can be held for up to 24 hours.


  • 10 proven safety mechanisms ensure your peace of mind
    • Regulated working pressure prevents exceeding safe operating pressure limit
    • Anti-block mechanism keeps food debris away from the vent
    • When the cooker is under pressure, the lid cannot be opened
    • The unit will not operate unless the lid is locked in the proper position
    • Automatic temperature control is set by the selected program
    • Temperature is monitored and controlled to avoid burning food
    • Pressure is monitored and controlled to keep pressure in the safe range
    • Overpressure is directed into an internal chamber preventing discharge into the atmosphere near you
    • Electrical overcurrent shuts the power off
    • Smart leak detection detects an open release valve or leaking seal


6 Quarts
Brushed Stainless Steel
Food Grade 304 (18/8) Stainless Steel
1000 Watts
120VAC, 60 Hz.
13.4″ (34 cm) x 12.2″ (31 cm) x 12.5″ (31.7 cm)
11.5 lbs. (5.22 kg.)

Instant Pot Nova Plus 6 Quart 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker – Pros & Cons

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  • Replaces 9 most commonly used kitchen appliances
  • Up to 70% quicker for more efficiency
  • Versatile smart programming
  • Flexible programming
  • Made in North America
  • Long 35″ detachable power cord
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  • A transparent lid for the non-pressure cooking modes like slow cooker would allow monitoring of cooking progress without lifting the lid and losing heat.

Cooking With The Instant Pot Nova Plus 6 Quart 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

Cooking is quick and easy with the Instant Pot Nova Plus Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker. The 15 built-in smart programs are accessible with a simple push of a button.

For more versatility and flexibility you can press the program button again to select “Less”, “Normal” or “More”. You can fine tune the time by pushing the +/- buttons to add/subtract time.

Always remember to add water to pressure cooking programs. Do not fill the inner pot more than 2/3 full, but no more than 1/2 full for food that expands during cooking such as rice or dried vegetables.

Pressure can be released in one of two ways:

  1. For natural release, allow the cooker to cool down naturally until the float valve drops down. This can take from 10 to 40 minutes or more.
  2. For quick release, turn the steam release handle to the venting position. This lets steam out until the float valve drops down. However, always use caution when using quick release. Keep hands away from the venting steam to avoid scalds and burns.

To cancel any program during cooking just press the cancel button.

Thousands of recipes are available online. Most pressure cooker and slow cooker recipes are easily adapted to the Instant Pot. Or you can download the specifically designed for Instant Pot recipe app from iTunes or Google Play.

Who Is The Instant Pot Nova Plus 6 Quart 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker For?

The Instant Pot Nova Plus 6 Quart 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker is ideal for:

  • small families of 4 or 5 people
  • singles or couples that occasionally entertain small groups of friends
  • fast-paced lifestyles that need convenient but versatile and flexible cooking methods
  • small kitchens that need multi-function appliances to save space, time, and energy

However, if this is not the appliance that fits your lifestyle, don’t worry. Small Kitchen Appliances For You has lots of alternatives. Read this post, 7 Best Instant Pot Multi-cookers For 2019 or browse in “Categories” for more choices that may better suit your needs.

Instant Pot Nova Plus 6 Quart 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker – Final Opinion

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The Instant Pot Nova Plus Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker is fast, healthy, energy efficient and built with high-quality materials and workmanship. For the great features and attractive appearance I give this marvelous appliance 93 out of 100 and a highly recommended Buy.

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Instant Pot Nova Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Crock Pot, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer
  • Heat indicates heating and cooking are in progress.
  • Pressure Cook indicates the Pressure Cook option has been selected.
  • Keep Warm advises your Instant Pot is still on and food is warm.
  • Sound confirms the sounds are On/Off when cooking begins and completes.

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8 Replies to “Instant Pot Nova Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker Review”

  1. Hi this is an excellent review about Instant Pot Nova Plus 6. I have found all necessary information about this product and I think it is very useful for it’s multi function. But I have a question in my mind about electricity needed for different cooking process. Overall I love this product and I am planning to buy one of those soon. Thanks for sharing this information.

    1. Hi, thank-you for taking time to leave your comment and most challenging question. I’m glad you found my article informative.

      The Instant Pot Nova Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker is rated at max. 1000 Watts. This is the maximum amount of power needed for any cooking process. How much each program actually uses is dependant on many factors so there are no specs available for individual ones.

      For example, to pressure cook you need to bring the liquid inside up to pressure which will likely take the full 1000 Watts for a certain amount of time. High will take longer the Low to reach pressure and therefore use more electricity over that time period. Slow Cook and Saute have three modes, Less, Normal, and More. Saute requires a higher temperature than Slow Cook and thus will use more electricity. More modes will take more electricity than Normal, and Normal will take more than Less.

      Also, it depends on what you are cooking and how much. Denser foods like meat take more electricity to cook than veggies. And, of course, the more volume of food the more electricity will be consumed.

      Hope this helps a little.


  2. Hello Ed. Thank you for the review on an electric pressure cooker.  I have been living in a furnished apartment (kind of like an efficiency suite in the US) for almost eighteen months.  I have a small kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, and a hot plate that I don’t use because I simply don’t trust the electrical connection.  I have bought a steamer, and a small air fryer, that I swear by.  I have been thinking about getting an electric pressure cooker just so I can cook a wider variety of meals as well as other food choices.  

    Your review has given me several aspects to consider when I go shopping for an electric pressure cooker.  Thanks again, and good luck in your future endeavors.  By the way, if you haven’t already, it would be good to review a good air fryer as well as food steamer.  Especially for steamer, it would be useful to compare steamers with rice cookers.  There are similarities, but also marked differences.  

    1. Your comments and suggestions are much appreciated.

      Click this link to read my summary reviews of The 10 Best Air Fryers Of 2018. You can then click links on that page to find detailed reviews of the air fryers that best fit your needs to make a final choice. More to come in 2019 so come back often.

      As yet I have not compared steamers to rice cookers but now that you have expressed interest it is on my To Do list.

  3. Good choice of topic. Getting nonbiased opinions based on hands on experience is important when I buy new appliances and other goods off the internet. Since I cannoit touch what I am buying, it is important to me to read reviews, tests, and specs before I shop.

    This article clearly shows how the product works and how it can be used and the benefits.

    1. Thanks for taking time to leave your comments about my review.

      Small Kitchen Appliances For You is all about helping people find and use the best kitchen appliance that meets their needs. Glad I was able to help you.

  4. Wow! That’s what I call a super comprehensive review! This is the first time I read something where all my questions are already answered! And if this really works like it is supposed to, it sounds like we could definitely use one in our kitchen! Thanks a lot for putting all of this information together and making our decision so easy! Nathalie 

    1. Hi Nathalie,

      Thanks for taking time to leave your wonderful comment. I’m so glad to be able to help you make a decision on the best small kitchen appliance for you.

      Hope it works out well for you and please let me know after trying it out.

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