XRF test results for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot: Heating element positive for 443 ppm Lead (+ 642 ppm Cadmium). Instant Pot is the “Lead-safest” option out there!

This post has the XRF Test Results for a Pioneer Woman Instant Pot purchased from Walmart in December, 2018. 
All components with test results listed below; 
please scroll down past each the images to see full results.


XRF test results for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot: Heating Element Positive for 443 ppm Lead. Instant Pot is the "lead-safest" option out there.

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Overview:

As a result of the above set of considerations, it is my personal opinion that the Instant Pot is currently the safest choice for a slow cooker or rice cooker type appliance (“safest” from a toxicant perspective).

Personal note: after testing this Instant Pot, we promptly got rid of our other pressure cookers and our rice cooker (which were each positive for higher levels of Lead than the Instant Pot in one or more component), and now use a regular (not this pretty Pioneer Woman version) Instant Pot [this exact one] in our home. 


Each test results set that is reported below is from a test done for a minimum of 60 seconds. If a metal is not listed, the test was non-detect (“negative”) for that. Each test is done in Consumer Goods Mode, unless otherwise noted.

All accessible components were tested.

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XRF test results for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot: Heating Element Positive for 443 ppm Lead. Instant Pot is the "lead-safest" option out there.

Floral Exterior (image above):
120 seconds

  • Chromium (Cr): 72,600 +/- 600 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 150 +/- 35 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 336 +/- 73 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 1,045 +/- 155 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 518 +/- 226 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 775,100 +/- 1,500 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 130,100 +/- 900 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 7,378 +/- 965 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 11,200 +/- 900 ppm

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XRF test results for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot: Heating Element Positive for 443 ppm Lead. Instant Pot is the "lead-safest" option out there.Electrical Cord (Black, image above):

  • Chromium (Cr): 300 +/- 165 ppm
  • Antimony (Sb): 8,195 +/- 159 ppm*
  • Bromine (Br): 9 +/- 4 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 437 +/- 36 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 171 +/- 68 ppm

*This is a common level of Antimony to find in a modern electrical cord. It is a component of fire retardants. It is also a known carcinogen in rats.

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XRF test results for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot: Heating Element Positive for 443 ppm Lead. Instant Pot is the "lead-safest" option out there.Heating Element (painted gray – image above):
120 seconds

  • Lead (Pb): 443 +/- 25 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): 642 +/- 23 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 1,796 +/- 170 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 459 +/- 94 ppm
  • Selenium (Se): 25 +/- 12 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 4,729 +/- 76 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 4777 +/- 91 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 8877 +/- 146 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 205 +/- 24 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 6,189 +/- 138 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): 57 +/- 14 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 14,000 +/- 500 ppm

NOTE: Aluminum (Al) was also listed at 928,800 +/- 3,400 ppm in “Metals Mode” [In Consumer Goods Mode, the instrument doesn’t report for (i.e. list detection data for) Aluminum; that’s why it’s handy to have the optional Metals Mode software module — developed for aerospace companies (for alloy confirmation and certification purposes) — for expanded XRF detection data that lists additional metals.

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XRF test results for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot: Heating Element Positive for 443 ppm Lead. Instant Pot is the "lead-safest" option out there.

Center Dot of Heating Element (silver in color – image above:)

  • Lead (Pb): 227 +/- 20 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 5,504 +/-271 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 221 +/- 109 ppm
  • Bromine (Br): 9 +/- 5 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 453 +/- 40 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 70 +/- 20 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 81 +/- 24 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 1,552 +/- 97 ppm

NOTE: In “Metals Mode”: Aluminum (Al): 994,400 +/- 1,600 ppm

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XRF test results for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot: Heating Element Positive for 443 ppm Lead. Instant Pot is the "lead-safest" option out there.XRF test results for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot: Heating Element Positive for 443 ppm Lead. Instant Pot is the "lead-safest" option out there.Black Painted Logo on Glass Lid (images above):
(I really thought this black paint might turn out positive for a high level of Lead, but it was NEGATIVE!) YAY! #GoodJobInstantPot.

  • Chromium (Cr): 20,500 +/- 600 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 72 +/- 15 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 3,456 +/- 134 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 6,636 +/- 228 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 893 +/- 146 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): 104 +/- 15 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 2,228 +/- 153 ppm

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XRF test results for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot: Heating Element Positive for 443 ppm Lead. Instant Pot is the "lead-safest" option out there.Stainless Interior Vessel (image above – back right):
60 second reading: Stainless Steele #304

  • Chromium (Cr): 155,200 +/- 1,100 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 88,300 +/- 1,700 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 736,600 +/- 2,400 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 1,086 +/- 208 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 4,190 +/- 1,428 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 13,100 +/- 1,200 ppm

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XRF test results for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot: Heating Element Positive for 443 ppm Lead. Instant Pot is the "lead-safest" option out there.

Black Enamel Interior of Pot (image above):

  • Barium (Ba): 6,587 +/- 183 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 1,780 +/- 448 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 146 +/- 42 ppm
  • Bromine (Br): 55 +/- 13 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 351 +/- 162 ppm
  • Ta: 845 +/- 354 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 12,000 +/- 900 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 908,500 +/- 2,100 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 3,520 +/- 365 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 21,100 +/- 1,100 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 43,200 +/- 1,700 ppm

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XRF test results for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot: Heating Element Positive for 443 ppm Lead. Instant Pot is the "lead-safest" option out there.XRF test results for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot: Heating Element Positive for 443 ppm Lead. Instant Pot is the "lead-safest" option out there.Interior Valve of Lid [Smaller/”Octagonal” component – image above]:

  • Chromium (Cr): 14,300 +/- 500 ppm
  • Aluminum (Al): 877,600 +/- 14,000 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 217 +/- 39 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 169 +/- 62 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 2,824 +/- 202 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 57,400 +/- 1,800 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 182 +/- 42 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 133 +/- 48 ppm
  • Platinum (Pt): 157 +/- 62 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 1,649 +/- 522 ppm

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XRF test results for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot: Heating Element Positive for 443 ppm Lead. Instant Pot is the "lead-safest" option out there.

White Enamel On Exterior of Lid (image above):

  • Chromium (Cr): 101,200 +/- 1,100 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 806 +/- 148 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 1408 +/- 367 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 69,000 +/- 1,400 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 632,300 +/- 2,600 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 164,100 +/- 1,700 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 9,022 +/- 1,378 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 19,400 +/- 1,600 ppm

Exterior Teal Plastic (image above):

  • Barium (Ba): 20,500 +/- 1,100 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 15,400 +/- 800 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 35,600 +/- 1,700 ppm

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Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama

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XRF test results for Pioneer Woman Instant Pot: Heating Element Positive for 443 ppm Lead. Instant Pot is the "lead-safest" option out there.

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