Introducing the Instant Pot Rio Wide: A Modern and Versatile Multicooker
Are you looking for a new kitchen appliance that can do it all? Do you want to cook faster, easier, and healthier meals for your family? If so, you might be interested in the Instant Pot Rio Wide, a new multicooker that combines seven cooking functions in one device. In this blog post, I will review the features, benefits, and drawbacks of the Instant Pot Rio Wide, and share some tips and recipes to help you get started.
What is the Instant Pot Rio Wide?
The Instant Pot Rio Wide is a 7.5-quart multicooker that can pressure cook, slow cook, rice, steam, sauté, yogurt, and keep warm. It is an enhanced version of the popular Instant Pot Duo, with a modern design and a wider cooking pot. The wider pot allows more surface area for sautéing and can fit standard kitchen pans, such as 9-inch cake and cheesecake pans. The Rio Wide Plus also has an easy steam-release switch for fast steam release & a cooking progress bar that shows the preheat, cook, and warm.
Watch my Instant Pot Rio Wide detailed review video
What are the pros and cons of the Instant Pot Rio Wide?
Like any kitchen appliance, the Instant Pot Rio Wide has its advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the pros and cons that I found while using it:
- The exterior is made of durable plastic & has a modern design.
- Has 13 customizable smart cooking programs.
- The stainless steel inner pot is anti-spin, made of stainless steel & has a tri-ply bottom for even heat distribution and better sautéing results.
- The inner pot is 7.5 quarts & wider with more cooking area than a 12″ skillet, perfect for large-quantity cooking.
- The lid has a steam release switch for sealing & venting.
- 70% faster cooking hence 60% energy savings.
- Has 10+ proven safety features, such as overheat protection, lid lock, anti-block shield, etc.
- It is larger and heavier than other models, so it might take up more space on your counter or in your cabinet.
- The inner pot is wider & will take up more space in the dishwasher.
- Does not have an air fryer function or a crisp lid option like some other models do.
- Does not have WiFi or Bluetooth connectivity or an app like some other models do.
- Does not have sous-vide or cake-cooking programs.
- The inner pot is not sold separately.
How to use the Instant Pot Rio Wide?
Using the Instant Pot Rio Wide is similar to using other Instant Pot models. You need to plug it in, add water and food to the pot, close and lock the lid, select a cooking function, adjust the time and pressure if needed, and press start. When the cooking is done, you can either release the pressure manually or let it release naturally. Then you can open the lid and enjoy your meal.
Here are some tips to help you use the Instant Pot Rio Wide more effectively:
- Watch my video before using the device for the first time. I’ve explained in detail how to set up, operate, clean, and troubleshoot your device.
- Always use enough liquid in the pot to build pressure. The minimum amount is 1/2 cup for most recipes. You can use water, broth, sauce, juice, or any other liquid that does not thicken or foam.
- Do not fill the pot more than two-thirds full for pressure cooking or half full for foods that expand such as rice or beans. This will prevent overfilling and clogging of the vent.
- Use natural pressure release for foods that are foamy or starchy such as oatmeal or pasta. This will prevent spitting or sputtering of the vent.
- Use the trivet that comes with this pot to elevate foods that you want to keep intact such as eggs or cheesecake. This will prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pot or burning.
- Use pot-in-pot cooking for foods that you want to cook separately such as rice or vegetables. This will prevent them from overcooking or mixing with other foods in the pot. You can use any oven-safe dish that fits inside the pot such as glass bowls or metal pans.
What are some recipes for the Instant Pot Rio Wide?
The Instant Pot Rio Wide can cook a variety of dishes, this pot is ideal for cooking 5 to 6 lbs of chicken, and 3 racks of ribs, perfect for meal prep & batch cooking. Here are some recipes that you can try in this pot:
Meet the Rio Family
There are 3 Instant Pots in the Rio family
Instant Pot Rio, Rio Wide & Rio Wide Plus. Here is the comparison chart:
The Instant Pot Rio Wide is a versatile and modern multicooker that can help you cook faster, easier, and healthier meals for your family. It has a wider and shorter pot that can fit standard kitchen pans. It also has 10+ proven safety features. However, it does not have an air fryer function, a crisp lid option, WiFi or Bluetooth connectivity, an app, or customizable settings or presets. If you are looking for a new kitchen appliance that can do it all, you might want to give the Instant Pot Rio Wide try. You can purchase Instant Pot Rio Wide from here.