Hard to wash by hand
Only one color available
Handles are less sturdy than base
We purchased the OXO Good Grips Silicone Pressure Cooker Sling so our reviewer could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
The Instant Pot is like the appliance version of a needy child—once you have one, you inevitably find yourself buying it all sorts of accessories, like this OXO Good Grips Silicone Pressure Cooker Sling. We were curious whether the sling would make our cooking experience better or simply end up in the black hole of gadgets we don’t love any more, so we put it to the test. After much cooking, we have a verdict.
Design: Highly functional
The base of the OXO Good Grips Sling has an open honeycomb design that keeps pans or food off the bottom of a pot while still allowing heat and water circulation. The base is sturdy enough to hold heavy cake pans or other pieces of bakeware without bending or flexing, so the pans will stay level during cooking.
The base is thick enough to keep food away from the bottom, but not so thick that it takes up a lot of space in the pot. It’s rigid enough to securely hold pans or bowls full of food when lifting them in and out of the pot, so we were never worried about spilling ingredients or messing up a completed dish.
The diameter of the base is a perfect fit for 6-quart Instant Pot pressure cookers, as well as other brands with a similar pot size. It leaves enough space around the perimeter that it’s easy to insert the sling into the pot, and it’s easy to remove when cooking is done, too.
We also liked the handle design. A simple hole and button holds the top of the two handles together so they don’t block the lid when inside an Instant Pot. When folded the opposite way, over the bottom of the sling, the handles stay close to the base for compact storage.
The base is thick enough to keep food away from the bottom, but not so thick that it takes up a lot of space in the pot.
Even though it’s built more for function than aesthetics, the OXO Sling still has attractive design elements, such as the bright red color that will stand out in the kitchen. However, we think it would be cool if the sling came in a variety of colors so cooks could choose a favorite.
Performance: Incredibly effective
The sling’s design proved useful in more ways than one during testing. For instance, when we removed the sling and the cheesecake pan it was holding, we didn’t need to look for a trivet, since the sling kept the hot pan off the counter and allowed air circulation for quicker cooling. A slightly wider pan that we used for cooking rice felt just as stable.
While this doesn’t have the perfect design for steaming eggs—which we prefer over boiling—we found that it still works well for this purpose. The honeycomb design gives the eggs resting places on their ends or sides, while the rim around the sling’s base keeps them from rolling off.
Plus, we were able to lift the eggs in the sling so we could grab them without sticking our hand into the pot. We probably wouldn’t feel secure if the whole sling was full of eggs, but three or four eggs can be carried in the sling without worry about dropping them.
The OXO Sling is made from sturdy silicone, so it’s heat resistant, even in the extreme heat of a pressure cooker. The least sturdy part is the handles, which are very flexible, but we don’t imagine they’d break under normal use.
However, if some terrible accident befell the handles, the piece would still be fairly useful. With the handles cut completely off, it would make a great rack or trivet.
Cleaning: Dishwasher recommended
The OXO Good Grips Silicone Pressure Cooker Sling is dishwasher safe, which we decided was the easiest method of cleaning.
When we used it for sous vide cooking, where it was only in contact with water, it was easy enough to simply swish the sling in soapy water and rinse it. However, when it had food residue on it, we found it a bit tedious to clean every surface inside every hole. While silicone is a nonstick material, there were still a lot of places we needed to wipe. After a run through the dishwasher, it came out completely clean.
When the sling had food residue on it, we found it a bit tedious to clean every surface inside every hole.
Other Uses: Nearly endless
While this sling is sold as an Instant Pot accessory and made to fit 6-quart cookers, we found that it was useful for much more. It works in other brands of electric pressure cookers and in 8-quart cookers, as well.
We also used it in our slow cooker as a rack for a pot roast, keeping the meat above the bottom of the pot. When it was time to remove the roast, we simply used the handles to lift it, with no need for awkward maneuvering with forks and spatulas inside the slow cooker.
That’s not all! We also used it for steaming in a standard pot on the stove. It worked well, but we kept a close eye on the amount of water to make sure we didn’t boil it dry.
We also used the sling for sous vide cooking, keeping food off the bottom of our pot for better heat circulation. When we had a sous vide bag that wanted to float, we used the sling as a weight to keep the bag from bobbing to the surface. All in all, it’s a surprisingly versatile accessory.
Price: A bargain
Even if the OXO Good Grips Pressure Cooker Sling worked solely as a sling for bakeware in our Instant Pot, the $15 price tag would be reasonable considering how well it works. Because it has so many other uses, it’s a total bargain.
OXO Good Grips Pressure Cooker Sling vs. Dreamfarm Vebo Cooking Basket
The OXO Sling and the Dreamfarm Vebo Cooking Basket have similar uses in a pressure cooker. The major difference is that the Vebo has tall, perforated sides, while the sling simply has a lip around the base. To use the Vebo to hold cookware, the pan would have to fit within the sides, whereas pans simply sit on the base of the OXO Sling.
However, the Vebo can also be used as a colander or to contain food in the basket—for instance, pasta could be lifted straight out of the water after cooking, and soup bones could easily be drained and discarded. The Vebo is the more expensive of the two at around $40, so unless you know you’d use it, we’d make the OXO Sling your first purchase for easy removal of cookware.
- Product Name Good Grips Silicone Pressure Cooker Sling
- Product Brand OXO
- SKU 11249500
- Price $14.99
- Weight 0.54 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 8.5 x 13.8 x 8.5 in.
- Color Red
- Material Silicone