#AskTamara: Does Your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from Amazon.

#AskTamara: Does Your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from Amazon#AskTamara: Does your Instant Pot have lead?

More important: When you unpacked your Instant Pot, did you read each and every warning label and wonder why it was there?

The short answer to the first question is (unfortunately): “Yes! The 2018 Instant Pot has at least two components that test positive for lead when tested with an XRF instrument.” Please read on for details and to better understand the concern.

This is the very first time I have unboxed an Instant Pot that was brand new in the box (never been opened, never been used – with all of the original plastic packaging, etc.)

Click here to see all of my posts on the Instant Pot, including a video we made in 2017 and a letter from the company about the lead we found at that time.

#AskTamara: Does your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from AmazonI was surprised to see a circular orange warning sheet that I had never seen before/did not know came packaged in with these pots. [Perhaps they added this warning sheet after we contacted them early in 2017 to let them know we found lead (Pb) in the heating element of the 2017 Instant Pots?] Here is what the warning says:

“WARNING: Make sure the heating element is free from grease and debris. DO NOT leave food on the heating element. *Use only genuine Instant Pot inner pots for cooking*. Remove card before use!”

[I also wonder if they added the bit about using ONLY genuine Instant Pot inner pots for cooking after they heard about the trend of people using their vintage Pyrex (painted with very high-lead paint in the decorative elements) mixing bowls for cooking inside their instant pots?]

#AskTamara: Does your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from AmazonWhile I have concerns about the lead found in the Instant Pot (see specific XRF test results below), it is among the lowest (if not the lowest) lead content that I have found when using XRF testing to test for toxicants (lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, etc.) in this type of appliance (electric rice cookers and pressure cookers).

Pretty much ALL of the electric rice cookers and pressure cookers I have tested (using an XRF instrument) have high lead in the heating element (the component at the bottom of the inside of the appliance that touches the interior pot but does not touch the food directly) and nearly all of the pressure cookers also have very high lead levels in the valves.

• This new (purchased in 2018) Instant Pot does not appear to have any lead in the valvePlease see more posts about this here.

• The older cookers also have high lead in the electrical cords, which this one does not (the electrical cord was completely lead-free!)

• While I would prefer to have a completely lead-free rice cooker/pressure cooker (and a completely lead-free kitchen for that matter!), in an effort to keep peace in my marriage, I will reluctantly allow my husband use this Instant Pot for cooking his rice and beans each day (he is vegan), as it is significantly lower lead than any other option we have found — and taking into consideration that the leaded component (the heating element) does not come in contact with the food.

• I hope that Instant Pot continues to honor their statement to me from last year about continuing their efforts to lower the lead in the heating elements of their cookware.

Below are the XRF Test results of the components of the 6-Quart Instant Pot purchased direct from Amazon in July of 2018. (Here is my affiliate link to this pot on Amazon.) All components were tested with an XRF. If a component is not listed it is because it is negative for lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury and does not have any other test results of interest. Here is are two posts (one and two) with more information about XRF testing.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama


XRF Readings For All Components For A 6-Quart Instant Pot (pictured) purchased new from Amazon in July of 2018.

Stainless Steel Inner Vessel (for holding the food) – #SS 304 (read more about #SS 304 here):

  • Chromium (Cr): 182,600 +/- 1,600 ppm
  • Bromine (Br): 31 +/- 14 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 163 +/- 53 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 3,138 +/- 482 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 81,700 +/- 1,600 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 712,800 +/- 2,700 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 1,302 +/- 461 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 13,800 +/- 1,200 ppm

Black Enameled Interior (that the stainless pot sits in)

  • Barium (Ba): 8,858 +/- 345 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 2,579 +/- 562 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 166 +/- 77 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 14,500 +/- 700 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 552 +/- 266 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 860,100 +/- 2,900 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 27,100 +/- 1,400 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 67,800 +/- 2,200 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 14,100 +/- 1,600 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 2,786 +/- 642 ppm

#AskTamara: Does your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from AmazonHeating Element (Dark Gray Disc, Under Stainless Pot):

  • Lead (Pb): 617 +/- 44 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 1,668 +/- 228 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 488 +/- 131 ppm
  • Selenium (Se):  35 +/- 23 ppm
  • Bromine (Br): 20 +/- 10 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 3,398 +/ 89 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 8,544 +/- 199 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 9,652 +/- 225 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 236 +/- 34 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 4,499 +/- 167 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 16,900 +/- 800 ppm
  • Balance (likely aluminum): 953,900 +/- 1,200 ppm

#AskTamara: Does your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from AmazonSilver Colored Plastic Button in Middle of Heating Element:

  • Lead (Pb): 30 +/- 9 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 572 +/- 245 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 233 +/- 101 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 483 +/- 45 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 127 +/- 22 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 1,915 +/- 67 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 1,371 +/- 87 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): 14 +/- 9 ppm

Valve Pin (on top & below lid):

  • ND for Pb, As, Hg & CD

Silicone Seal In Lid (underside of lid):

  • ND for Pb, As, Hg & CD

White Plastic Utensils – included in box:

  • ND for Pb, As, Hg & CD

Metal Circular “Grate” – included in box (likely #SS 304):

  • Chromium (Cr): 181,600 +/- 1,900 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 1,037 +/- 513 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 81,600 +/- 2,000 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 720,100 +/- 3,300 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 1,374 +/- 558 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 10,300 +/- 1,400 ppm

Black Electrical Cord:

  • ND for Pb, As, Hg & CD
  • Antimony (Sb): 7,129 +/- 212 ppm*
  • Zinc (Zn): 540 +/- 60 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 195 +/- 107

*I understand Antimony is a fire retardant and I am not surprised to see it in an electrical cord, but I think it is not ideal for it to be in a food preparation appliance at all. I don’t know if it wears onto your hands when you touch the cord or not. I have recently spoken to parents of children who have tested high for antimony in their blood and hair samples and therefore have a heightened concern for this as a potential issue. I have also found high levels of antimony in couches, mattresses, blankets, pillows, pajamas and other bedding items.

Black top valve (accessible components tested without destruction):

  • ND for Pb, As, Hg & CD

Clear plastic measuring cup (comes in box)

  • ND for Pb, As, Hg & CD
*Links on this post may be Amazon Affiliate links. If you purchase something after clicking on an Affiliate link I will receive a small percentage of what you spend at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my advocacy work in this way!

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22 Responses to #AskTamara: Does Your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from Amazon.

  1. Lili August 11, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

    Thanks for posting this Tamara!!!

    Would you mind sharing how would you clean the inner pot after each use, specifically the bottom. Would you wash in your sink with a particular soap? Sorry if this question it too silly:)

    Also, would you use the glass lid that instant pot makes or would you not buy it at all?

    Thanks!!!

    • Tamara August 11, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

      I’ll check with my husband (Leonard) since he is using it (not me!) and I will get back to you!

    • John McLaren March 18, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

      I use a bottle brush and a little seventh generation dishsoap. Anything burned on the bottom I just soak. When the bottom gets discolored or oxidized I’ll occasionally hit it with a soft cloth and a little Barkeepers Friend, which, though any cleaner is toxic, used carefully it is effective and safe. Like any dust, be careful not to spread it or breath it.

      Many cleaners and scrub pads like Scotchbright are abrasive and ruin the nice polished finish.

      https://www.whatsupfagans.com/bar-keepers-friend-ingredients/

      • John McLaren March 20, 2019 at 1:39 am #

        Update: the liner with Teflon or enamel finish *was special ordered* from instant pot. It’s a optional accessory. It came with the familiar polished stainless liner.

  2. Mari October 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

    Thanks Tamara! This is the most through information I have found on this!!!

    I just got an IP today and was shocked to see it’s made in China instead of Canada as I have thought.
    Have you or do you plan to test Ultra 6 quart model? This is the model I purchased and lead plus other chemicals is always my concern.

  3. Mari October 28, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

    I just opened the ultra and it didn’t have any of the warnings you shared for the prior model.

  4. Mari October 28, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

    Actually it did have the same warnings. Now I’m realizing the lead is in the heating element not the pot where you put the food. But I’m guessing it can still have some impact on the food and our absorption of the lead.

  5. Brittney December 7, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

    Have you seen this? What are your thoughts? Have you done any testing on the Vitaclay pots?

    https://amzn.to/2UkAyGZ (aflink)

  6. Sarah Davidson December 13, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

    Are glass lids free of lead? I am guessing the plastic ones have bpa?!

    • Tamara December 14, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

      What type of glass lids? for an Instant Pot?

  7. Nathan Handley January 5, 2019 at 6:50 pm #

    Just wondering if the Anchor Hocking 3 qt Splash-proof mixing bowl has any of the heavy metals in it, this happens to fit into the 8 qt instant pot because I don’t even want stainless steel touching my food… I wish there’s an XRF report on it.

    https://amzn.to/2VuWsaV

    This heavy metal hunting is driving me insane!

    Thanks!

    Nathan

    • Tamara January 5, 2019 at 6:53 pm #

      Hi Nathan,

      I haven’t tested this exact one, but as long as it does not have any painted markings my educated guess is that it is likely lead-free (or if it does have lead that it is only positive at a very low level.)

      Tamara

      • Nathan Handley January 6, 2019 at 9:53 pm #

        Thanks Tamara,

        I have used the splash proof mixing bowl to cook chicken soup in an instant pot but my soup ended up having an acidic taste.. since it is meant for it as a mixing bowl, I wonder if it leaches anything after being pressurized/heated??

        Thanks

        Nathan

        • Tamara January 7, 2019 at 8:51 am #

          Hi Nathan,

          Thanks for commenting. Sorry I don’t have an answer for that. I would love it if Instant Pot would make a lead-free clear glass insert!

          Tamara

  8. Laurie Nykaza February 3, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

    I ordered the Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure cooker from your link they had both of them on the page. Can’t wait to use it when it arrives this week.. Now to get rid of my old one and my rice cooker too. The information is so wonderful. Having a son with a heart transplant and a daughter who had Cancer at 7 your helping me to make the right choices for my family. I bought your same white dishes too.

    • Tamara February 5, 2019 at 8:19 am #

      Thank you!

      • Evelin Rodriguez February 5, 2019 at 9:26 am #

        Tamara is the Instant Pot with only the heating elements testing positive for lead the Instant Pot LUX60V3 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 OR the one Laurie just mentioned above (DUO80 8 Qt)?

        Thank you!

  9. Daniel Lanzotti March 10, 2019 at 6:52 pm #

    Also had prop 65 on bottom of box, Crock pot brand pressure did not have it on box, just saw it at my local Target.

  10. Fenny March 13, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

    Hi Tamara,

    What are your thought on these , i have been using them for years.

    https://amzn.to/2XWY5j1 (aflink)

    • Tamara March 13, 2019 at 8:06 pm #

      Hi Fenny,

      Thank you for commenting. I would need to see the inside (food side) of the lid to give you a better sense as to whether or not it might be positive for lead.) Send me an e-mail with picture: TamaraRubin@mac.com

      Tamara

  11. John McLaren March 18, 2019 at 11:52 am #

    A friend has a big fancy “instant pot ultra 80” 8 quart model in which the stainless liner is also coated in enamel or Teflon. I’m very doubtful about this finish which many users will abuse and abraid. Without knowing more I would recommend the pure stainless versions.

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