Friday, 31 March 2017

Panasonic ER-GN30-K Nose Ear & Hair Trimmer, Wet/Dry - starsI was very pleased at first but it was short lived...faulty design.

Panasonic ER-GN30-K Nose Ear & Hair Trimmer, Wet/Dry

Review - Panasonic ER-GN30-K Nose Ear & Hair Trimmer, Wet/Dry - starsI was very pleased at first but it was short lived...faulty design.

Comments on Review - Panasonic ER-GN30-K Nose Ear & Hair Trimmer, Wet/Dry - starsI was very pleased at first but it was short lived...faulty design.

Amazon-o-holic says:
Same dang problem, came on here to buy another one (different company obviously). But wanted to see if I was alone in this issue... looks like I'm not by a lot. Junk.

AG says:
Same here for husband. Stopped working after short-term use.

Simone Shevelle says:
WHY aren't these reviews posted on the site? I had the same problem.

MagicMan says:
I don't work for the company but it has a two year warranty. Has anyone called them? I am thinking about buying this.

AG says:
I bought the product for husband. He used it several times and it just stopped working. Called Panasonic and the cost to ship back to them (product was under warranty) was too high to make it worthwhile. The shipping is on YOU, even though their product has failed you. I found Panasonic Customer service on this issue and another with a Boombox (mid-quality) to be very poor. Why buy a product where so many people have reviewed it and found it to not last very long before it stops working?

SBGA says:
Thank you so much for this review and all the reviewer comments!!!

Sammy D says:
I've used other Panasonic trimmers, and am looking at getting an additional one to keep in my gympack. The problem that is described here by you and others is probably inherent with all of these: They use an under-powered low-torque motor running off of a single AA battery. But I am convinced that this is as-intended. Better to have a weak motor stall than a strong one keep pulling and cutting if something gets caught in such sensitive areas. These are Wet-Dry units, and I really found that the "Wet" is imperative. If it stops turning, wet it. Keep it wet by rinsing periodically under water during use, and especially upon startup. If it doesn't start, loosen the cap, rinse, and try again. Running it under dry conditions could concievably create heat from dry friction and cause the resultant problems you've described, I guess. Actually, this is pretty amazing and to me, and actually seems commendable that it does not have such high internal friction under normal use that a little 1-cell AA could create all that heat in the cutting head. Anyway, for me, Wet/Dry is the way to go for durability (better seals against the environment, fluid lubrication protects and extends the life cutting blades, just like is universally used in CNC lathes, mills, etc. ) and function (it just works better when cuttings are continuously flushed-out rather than built-up inside the cutterhead). So that's my take on it. I guess I'll have to go ahead and get this one and see if it changes my mind. But if you haven't used it in the way I described, I'd recommend that.

Amazon Customer says:
Same experience here. Thanks for the confirmation - now I know not to buy another one.

Mrs. Sun says:
I just rinsed my "broken" trimmer with hot water after read your post. It starts working now. Thanks for your great tip.

Loophole64 says:
Wow, are you guys cleaning this thing out? It's probably getting stuck on a clog of hair. I've had this for 6 months with no problems. As others have indicated here, cleaning it might solve your problem. Fill a glass of water. turn the setting to clean. Turn on the trimmer. Stick it in the water. Woosh! You can also just remove the top to clean it.

Gary W Chaney says:
Happened to me too. Hope Amazon knows it is selling junk. It didn't cost much but I don't like throwing money in the garbage.

drifter81 says:
yep, same thing just happened to me after a couple of months

Adarsh Kumar says:
Completely agree!! It just stopped working after a little while...n this is the exact reason!!

Confluente says:
Worked fine at first but broke after a couple of months.

Carl says:
Yep, same thing happened to me today. Blades are all bent now. I wish you could just buy a replacement top with the blades included and swap them out, but I can't find parts for this thing anywhere. Guess it's junk now.

Last edited by the author on May 29, 2015, 11:48:09 AM PDT
SW says:
I have a Sharper Image nose trimmer I bought about about 10 or 12 years ago at the store itself when they were around. It's a little larger than the newer models, and it's uncomfortably loud for the ears, and I blacked out the light because it bothered my eyes, but I'm using the original blades and it's worked for all this time, just now starting to make a screechy sound under the spindle in the motor area. I wish I could find the same model again considering how well it cut and how long it lasted. I see two Sharper Image models, more expensive, and much more expensive than this Panasonic but they look different than what I have and I don't know if they have the same quality. I was resident because of reports of the failure of this Panasonic model but when I continue reading the comments they I like something I discovered would be sharper image that afterwhile restand but here is build up and stop it from working properly and the head and the boys need to be rinsed in hot water or even rinsed in alcohol and brushed out.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015, 2:11:57 PM PDT
Michael A Wagner says:
I had the same issue, after two uses.

John says:
Mine did not last long either, certainly not up to the 2 year warranty. Considering how little I have used it - once every 2-3 weeks for 2-3 minutes, that's a really short life. It's not worth the trouble to return though. It looks like the problem is the battery compartment and a faulty battery connection (cheaply made). Tried to fix it but no luck. I keep in mind that it is a $10 product, so I should limit my expectations.

I may buy it again with the hope it lasts this time.

Ken says:
Great post. I had a similar experience. Mine lasted about a year with light use (1-2 times a month) then had the same problem.

Thanks for confirming this is a design flaw and not just that I received a bad unit.

John says:
I bought a replacement anyway since I couldn't find anything that looked any better. And it is a relatively inexpensive item anyway. I did expect Panasonic to make a better profit than this.

Soniafm1027 says:
Which one would you recommend?

anubis says:
Ditto ... I'm experiencing the same grinding and binding and pulled hairs. Sad to say, but it's going in the trash. I'll shop for a different brand and design.

GFPH says:
If they called it Panasonic Disposable Nose Ear Trimmer and clearly listed it for 8-10 uses and then throw away... then it might be a big success. I'm not being sarcastic. I mean that's pretty cheap trims. $10 unit divided by 10 uses is only $1 per! How much do razors cost? Would you trim someone's nose and ear hair for a buck?!

D. Manly says:
I just had the same problem...mine worked for about 6 months...I only used it about once a month though....

joy123 says:
if you like high quality nose hair trimmer I do have the JTrim Nose Hair Trimmer its excellent

joy123 says:
if you like high quality I do have the JTrim Nose Trimmer its excellent

Johnnie says:
I had the exact same problem.

Vincent Catalano says:
Me too. Bought in July 2014, died February 2016.

Marky Mark says:
yeah, this is a kind of throw away item, may get a few months out of it, but overall it's not built to last. Mine worked well for maybe 6 months with occasional use.

Next.. Panasonic ER-GN30-K Nose Ear & Hair Trimmer, Wet/Dry

Thursday, 30 March 2017

GoPro HERO5 - Awesome Upgrade

GoPro HERO5 Black

Review GoPro HERO5 Black - Awesome Upgrade


1.) Video Quálity - Is outstánding. The softwáre chánges they máde, áctuálly máke the video quálity look much better even though the sáme sensor wás cárries over

2.) Much eásier to use interfáce - No more leárning curve! Includes Voice Control

3.) Much eásier to use - Thánks to the new interfáce

4.) Audio Quálity - This is the most noticeáble difference. The áudio quálity is simply outstánding

5.) Stereo Sound

6.) Ability to shoot RAW WDR (Also á Con becáuse RAW is only áváiláble on á few options)

7.) GPS - Cán now tráck where your photos áre táken

8.) Cámerá is now much more duráble thánks to the built in housing

9.) Photos áre still simply ámázing

10.) Báttery life is now AMAZING - no more 1 hour báttery.. I received á full two hours out of áll three of my uses so fár

11.) Love the built in screen

12.) I háven't rán into ány bugs YET but I own severál Action Cámerás so the little quirks here ánd there, I know how to get áround them. I'm not reálly sure they áre bugs, but just how áction cámerás áre

13.) Voice Control - Thánks to Amázon, Apple, ánd others we now live in á dáy ánd áge of controlling things with our voice.. Voice control is now included on this cámerá ánd works well!! This is whát áction cámerás háve needed! No longer do you need án ápp or bluetooth remote to control the cámerá on á selfie stick.. You cán now do it with your voice!!

14.) Supports up to á 128GB memory cárd! Plenty of room for 4K videos!

15.) The new GoPro softwáre is better thán the pást.. I like quik ánd find it to work fine for básic tásk.. I still use Finál Cut for most of my stuff!

16.) Cloud - While the cloud is á good ideá, ánd for some this is á GREAT ádvántáge for the new GoPro. YouTube is free so is my Prime Photo áccount.. I will continue to use those but I ám very háppy to see GoPro integráte á REAL cloud solution for their cámerás.. I know á lot of people don't like this decision but it isn't required to use their cloud. I wás á GoPro Plus Betá tester ánd I found it eásy to use.. I no longer háve the áccount now thát it cost money but I did find it to be very well thought out softwáre!

17.) Still works with most OLD áccessories!! Of course you need new bátteries ánd stuff but old mounts, chest stráps, selfie sticks, grips, ánd even cáses should still work!! (Like storáge cáses, not wáterproof housings)

18.) Higher ISO options thán previous GoPros

19.) Improved connectivity to my phone, much eásier to páir ánd connect thán previous GoPros

20. Built in Wáterproofing works down to 33FT BUT they háve án externál housing áváiláble for divers thát mákes it wáterproof to 196FT


1.) While I wás á fán of GoPro plus I no longer use it now thát its out of betá. I wish GoPro would integráte free services á little better to their ápps ánd not require the use of their services for their ápps.. I would use their ápps more often if it wás integráted better with services such ás YouTube. Finál Cut integrátes very well with other services, not only Apple Services. I feel thát GoPro plus is going to be greát for á lot of people, thát is why it is álso listed in my "Pros"..

2.) The biggest áccessory thát no longer works thát I háve á few of, áre "Domes" for hálf underwáter photos.. Most Domes thát I own háve án old GoPro housing thát you pláce the GoPro into.. Something to keep in mind!

3.) Ráw is only áváiláble on á few options

4.) The REAL wáterproof housing now cost $50. This housing állows the cámerá to go down to 196FT.. The cámerá HOWEVER IS WATERPROOF álreády! But only down to 33FT... If you plán to use the cámerá for scubá this will run you ánother $50.. The stándárd housing on the OLD GoPros állowed it to go down to 131FT ánd then 197FT with the dive housing.. This is why I don't reálly like built in wáterproofing.. We lost á lot of depth on the hero 5!!


1.) Máke sure you gráb á high quálity memory cárd to go with this. I personálly use SánDisk Extreme but GoPros website list á lot of cárds they suggest. Using á cárd thát is cheáp or not suggested MIGHT cáuse freezing, the cámerá to overheát, or even your videos to corrupt.. SánDisk hás never given me ány issues

2.) There áre severál Action Cámerá áccessory kits on Amázon thát will "Jump Stárt" your collection of mounts.. Remember, this cámerá hás á básic mount but nothing májor.. I recommend á good kit from Amázon to sáve you money!

3.) GoPro PLUS ánd GoPro softwáre IS NOT REQUIRED.. I still use it for básic tásk, ánd think it works greát for básic tásk but one of the compláints this cámerá is getting is the new softwáre.. I use more of á professionál video editing softwáre such ás Finál Cut ánd it still works fine. Also, I don't need GoPros cloud service. YouTube is FREE so is Amázon Prime Photos

Overáll: After á few hours of pláying with this cámerá I simply love it ánd feel it offers greát improvements over previous versions! I look forwárd to updáting this review ás I pláy more with the cámerá.

Comments on Review GoPro HERO5 Black - Awesome Upgrade

Devin Stephens says:
I have found them to be a little difficult yes but that is the issue with cameras that have built in waterproofing.. this is why I said I have never really liked built in waterproofing but I knew one day GoPro would go to this.. other waterproof cameras, well most actually already do this..

I found that it bring hard to work with makes me feel more confident that it actually will protect the camera in water. I am not really sure there is any good way to get around this.. both my Ricoh and Olympus had the same issue

Jason Scholder says:
Thanks, Devin. You are really into this! I look forward to any updates you give us.

Amazon Customer says:
I think you forgot to mention that it freezes as well, which is the biggest drawback in this camera.

Amazon Customer says:
"camera is $100 less than previous models" - this is because gopro want to stay in market, already it was over priced and still it is over prices, new hero 5 freezes every now and than as well.
Yi 4k is better (no freezing issues)

Devin Stephens says:
In my experience, freezing is due to Micro SD cards that aren't quite up to par.. Also, another note on $100 less than previous models, remember this camera uses the same sensor and processor as the previous model. The only thing new is the stereo mics, new casing, and a few software updates for built in stabilization.. I wouldn't have purchased this GoPro if it was still $500 so I agree, they still want to stay in the market.. I love my Yi 4K and use it a lot, but this GoPro is still very solid. If you are on a budget or just don't want to pay the GoPro prices, Yi makes SOLID products.. I do plan to buy their new M1 when it releases next week!! So I have nothing against Yi at all :)

Amazon Customer says:
I've seen quite a few video clips of people opening the side doors with no problem, even 1-handed. It's a 2-step action to open: Push (the button) then Slide (the door). Perhaps people who are having problems aren't doing enough pushing. The 2-step action is necessary to prevent accidental opening (and thus accidental water damage). You could also look into getting a few GoPro5 Sessions. Best of luck.

Alan Atkin says:
I am an arborist and wanted to take video of what I do in the trees. I live in Oregon where it rains...a lot. The idea of water proof without a case is attractive to me. Durability is always an issue due to the nature of tree work. My office is often a hundred feet up with a chainsaw. If you have suggestions that might help guide me in the right direction as to what I might need, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Alan

Dennis Hinkamp says:
The thing is it is only sorta without a case. To attach it to anything you still have to have it in it's shell. I wish GoPro would have at least put a 1/4 inch tripod screw in on the bottom. To me the old case protected the lens and was easily replaceable. Now you have two potential waterproofing failure points instead of one and nothing between the lens and the environment.

Devin Stephens says:
Hey Alan,

Sounds to me like you would just need to use this as a camera! If that is the case, id just suggest an extra battery and you are good to go!! This camera is durable out of the box and already waterproof..


I agree, I wish it had a tripod screw on the bottom! Even YI does this with their 4K action camera.. and I have always had the same concerns as you when it comes to cameras with built in waterproofing.. (I have actually had a few fail).. Due to me using the camrea in and around the water a lot I DID buy the dive housing and leave it in there most of the time

Mark Anthony says:
I am looking into a GOPRO, mainly to record my sons little league games (1 hour and a half the most) and probably use it for mudding and family swimming at the pool, do you suggest this GOPRO HERO5 Black or something more simple in the GOPRO line? I do like being able to have a built in display as well. thanks for any suggestion you might provide.

Devin Stephens says:
Honestly, if those are your only planned uses I'd suggest getting a factory refurbished GoPro hero 4.. GoPro sales them directly on their Ebay account and they are currently being sold for $229.. It wont shoot 4K but for family videos it will save you a lot of money and work fine..

If you truly want 4K, I'd suggest buying the 5 here :) Great camera for 4K

Michael S says:
This camera addresses all the reasons why I've never bought a gopro before, so I think it's great! I use the camera on my boat, mount it, turn it on and forget it.

1) Battery life - previous gopro was too short. I currently use cameras that deliver 3 hour record times or external power.
2) One button record - seriously! this should have always been standard
3) waterproof without a case. I need a waterproof camera that has decent audio capabilities. Putting it in a case defeats that. So I disagree with your otherwise excellent review on this point (listed as your #4 CON).

Why would I consider this? --- 4K. That's the only thing that I don't already have with other and much cheaper cameras.

All the other features don't matter to me.
Just my 2 cents.

W. Jones says:
Con #1. Sounds like to use Wifi to get videos off the camera you have to pay for their cloud service. I would like to get it to my PC where I can use Adobe Photoshop on Pics and pic/video tagging/face recognition/organizing and VideoStudio X9 for video editing before posting to Youtube or FB. Sounds like I will have to connect USB cable or remove memory module to get media to PC. That sucks.

Amazon Customer says:
DO NOT BUY A GO PRO. This company has just about ruined the product. You now have to sign in to an app on your phone just to use and see these images/video. If you are in any type of hurry, and/or you can't get your system to login, or, IF YOU ARE AN ADVENTURE USER and can't get an Internet connection to login, OR, if you just forget the complex login, then the camera may be usesless to you, or WORSE, you're just going to miss a once in a lifetime shot. Which just happened to to me today. WHY would this company think it is appropriate to force someone to use the internet with an out door camera that may be in A LOT of places where there is not Internet access?

Is this correct? I trail ride and horse camp (no cell or I net service) so would make the pict unable to see.

Devin Stephens says:
The app isn't necessary to use the GoPro.. I come home and download all my photos and videos at once anyways because it's much quicker and works much better with Lightroom and Photoshop that way

The Amazonian Man says:
Nice review, but you forgot to mention the hideous "BARREL" distortion in your list of cons. It's extremely noticeable in 4K videos. It can be very annoying and requires you to use 3rd party video correction software to remove it. It's a shame the hardware doesn't auto correct for this obvious lens issue.

Devin Stephens says:
This distortion you speak of is very common with Action Cameras or any camera with such a wide field of view.. You can limit it by choosing a setting with a smaller field of view. It is annoying, but is a tradeoff that you must have for the field of view.. 4K video already requires a whole lot of processing power so it would be fairly hard for the camera to remove the distortion itself.. Maybe one day when the processors get better for these cams, it will be able to remove it itself.

I however don't view it as a con, like I said, its normal with Action Cameras, no matter the brand you choose

Next.. GoPro HERO5 Black

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA1000400) - Works with PS4

Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA1000400)

Reviews Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA1000400) - Works with PS4

Bought to upgrade my stock PS4 hard drive. Formatted, installed software, and transferred backup. Can confirm I backed up to an internal hard drive using an external drive dock. Works perfectly.

Comments on Reviews Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA1000400) - Works with PS4

Kindle Customer says:
was it difficult to replace? what is the best way to back up current game data?

The Coach says:
I saw a video saying you have to download an update from and install it using a USB stick drive. Can you comment on that? When you swapped drives, did

you have to format with a PS4 update of some sort?

So did you do this:
1. Copy your ps4 files on an external HD
2. Swap the drives out
3. Recopy from the external HD back to the new drive

Thanks for the info

Jack Q. Regular says:
Hey B.L. Just wanted to say thanks for posting the picture. It's alarmingly difficult sometimes to find a hard yes-or-no answer to some pretty simple questions; such

as... will this freakin' thing work for me?!? Be well, and thanks again for the review!

wil says:
how thick is the drive itself? is it a 12.5mm? thanks

JBDV says:
Is the Drive still doing well for you? just installed it.

Nick Hamrick says:
I'm a complete idiot/newbie when it comes to messing with hard drives and the memory on a PS4. All I know is mine is out of memory and I'm wanting to add more but have

no idea where to start. Any advice would be appreciated.. I understand how to remove the harddrive from the PS4 I just don't know how to transfer all my data from the

basic 500GB drive to the 2TB drive. Thank You!

wil says:
to move your data you will need two hard drives: one to backup your current data (this drive needs to be at least as big as the one you are copying) and the second to

replace the drive in your system. The drives need to be formatted in FAT32, which you probably need a windows utility to do, and then backup to one hard drive from the

sony options. 2. Download the PS4 operating system from the sony website & put it on a flash drive. 3. remove the 2TB drive from the case & put it in the console. 4.

boot with the flash drive to reinstall the software. 4. restore your backup to the new hard drive from the sony menu

The Coach says:
Nick, what I finally did was to look up a local computer repair person and take it to him. He had the HD swapped in about 10 minutes and now my son's PS4 has 4x the

space. It cost me about $30

Mario Picca says:
Hi, I bought this for my ps4 I´m going to install it tomorrow. I want to know if this is ready to go? can I just put it inside the ps4 or do I have to format first in

FAT 32? does anybody knows? thanks.

Amazon Customer says:
How difficult was the entire process? I really want to upgrade my Ps4 memory but am kind of afraid to try it.

David Moore says:
Hey how did you make it work for your ps4? It said it cannot be used for mine

wil says:
has to be formatted to fat32

Diana C. says:
How well did your ps4 perform with the new card

B. L. Baca says:
It's been almost two years, and the drive still works great.

B. L. Baca says:
Sorry for the late response. It only takes about 10 minutes and basic handtools to do. I'd rate it 2 out of 5 on difficulty. The hardest part being prying the case

apart to take the drive out. There are several good youtube videos explaining how to backup your game data.

B. L. Baca says:
Thanks for the comments! Sorry it took so long for me to respond!

B. L. Baca says:
I did steps 1 and 2, followed by using the thumb drive to install the system software from sony's website back to the playstation. After that, I transferred my data

over. Sorry for such a late response!

B. L. Baca says:
I honestly have no idea, I just know it was thin enough to fit in the PS4.

B. L. Baca says:
Almost two years and it still works like a champ! Sorry for the late response!

B. L. Baca says:
Sorry for such a late response. I hope you got everything working, but if not, refer to this article which does a great job explaining it:

B. L. Baca says:
Sorry for the late response, I hope you were able to figure out the upgrade process. If not, please check here:

Thank you!

B. L. Baca says:
On a scale from 1 to 5, it's about a 1.5. The hardest part is taking the drive out of the case. Refer to this article for the complete instructions:

Sorry for the late response!

B. L. Baca says:
This article has the whole process I followed:

As long as the drive hasn't changed, it should be fine.

B. L. Baca says:
To backup your data to an existing drive, yes, it has to be formatted in fat32. I believe the new drive will be formatted when you initialize the ps4, so it shouldn't


Pac says:
Does it fit properly in the 500Gig spot INSIDE of the ps4? Im planning on buying the 2TB.

B. L. Baca says:
Yes, it fits just fine.

spooks says:
Upgraded 500GB to 2TB on my PS4 with this hard drive. Works great!

Amazon Customer says:
Was it easy to do? I'm hesitant to open up my ps4 as I've never taken something like this apart before but the stock HD is so small I want to do this.

The Coach says:
Actually I was too. We found a local computer guy who did it for $25. Breaking open the case voids the PS4 warranty but I felt better because this guy has done it a


The Coach says:
Yes. And then I used the 2TB case and put the 500 GB PS4 drive in that. Reformatted and I have a 500 GB portable drive

Next.. Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA1000400)

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker

Review Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker - I LOVE My Instant Pot! But Here's What I Wish I'd Known when I First Got It

Comments on Review Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker - I LOVE My Instant Pot! But Here's What I Wish I'd Known when I First Got It
xyz says:
I say boldy post your whole complete entire Instant Pot Quick Start Guide HERE as a review! In multiple parts if necessary. Who's going to complain? Happy Instant Pot customers? Thanks for your xlnt info!

Alex says:
o_o I really hope someone from this company gives you a gift card or SOMETHIN' because your well-written enthusiasm has convinced me to get one. Right MEOW.

chicagogal says:
Great review thanks. I'm wondering since you have the 6 quart, have there ever been times you wished you had the larger pot say the 8 quart? I'm trying to decide which size to purchase and want something large enough to hold a leg of lamb! Do you have an opinion?

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi ChicagoGal! I have never wished that I had the larger size, but then I am usually only cooking for 1-4 people (and I'm a vegetarian, so no need to accommodate legs ;-) ).

chicagogal says:
thanks for your reply! I appreciate it!

Fit&Fab! says:
I loath reading instruction manuals and I must say that your review was so much more entertaining as well as informative! Great job! (And thanks a bunch for vegan/vegetarian cookbook ideas for the One Pot! I'm trying to cut out meat entirely!) - much appreciated!!

Peggy Ross says:
Thank you for including cooking small portions and cooking two things at the same time.
I wasn't sure it would be useful, (since I am only cooking for two ) until I read your review

Misha Guth says:
Wow, thank you so much for that review! Best review ever! I actually decided to buy the IP based on your review. I've printed it and am adding all the gadgets you suggested to my wish list. Thanks so much Anne!

Ramit Kreitner says:
wow. well what i would ask is what is your favorite thing to cook in this pot, or two or three fave things.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi Ramit! Well, I have to confess that so far my favourite things to cook in the IP are not particularly fancy - I *love* doing potatoes (both regular and sweet potatoes) in it, and also squash (like acorn squash, spaghetti squash, etc.). :-)

Rick Schwartz says:
I throw my baked potatoes in the toaster oven for about 3-4 minutes to get that nice crisp skin. Under the stove broiler would work also.

Rick Schwartz says:
We have the six quart and there are times when I wished I had the 8 quart one. There are just the two of us but I like to cook big and freeze/save. You can always put less in the 8 quart but you can't put more in the 6 quart.

David B. Canale says:
I don't think I've ever read a more informative and helpful review on Amazon.

Raquel E. says:
Thank you for being so generous with your time and talent to post this most informative review. In fact, it helped me to decide that I am going to purchase this instant pot. I am also going to print out your review and keep it as a handy reference. Thanks again!!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Gosh, David, thank you!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Thank you, Raquel! I'm sure you are going to love it! :-)

Nancy Greer says:
This is a very thorough informative review. You've taken some of the mystery out of it

FL Shopper says:
What an excellent review--very helpful and well organized. Thank you!

Joye says:
Your review is very helpful! I had to print it out. Next, I will highlight it and keep it with my cookbooks.
I've yet to purchase one. I dropped my pressure cooker inter basket and it bent. It will fit in the pot but the lid will not go on. It's a Cuisinart electronic one. It has some different settings, also. I've been doing some research on the new products.
This one scores high! I'm thinking of getting the 8 qt. one. The high cost is holding me back. I'm sure the price will go down during the holidays or I could put it on my Christmas list.
Thank you for all of work you did to figure the pot out and sharing your findings with us.

Purgandi Dracointerfectorem says:
Thank you for the helpful review. I didn't realize there was so much more to buy, and it is already an expensive item so that is very important information. You've helped me to prevent getting in over my head on something that is not a necessity. I'm sure that 30 years ago it would have been great when I was working, going to school and starting a family. I guess if I got through that while cooking everything from scratch, it's hardly a time to get "technical." Just thinking about reading the manual reminds me that I'm happy enough eating foods raw. Reviews are so helpful, whether they guide in making a great purchase, or perhaps to avoid one when that is best.

Lisa says:
Thanks for the excellent techie review! I've been stalking this pot for months, so I read your review and decided to order it and the instant pot cookbook, finally. I will place another order in a month or so for the steamer basket and trivet set you recommended, plus maybe an extra pot. I'm looking forward to learning how to use it and eating some good, home-cooked food. Thanks for all the valuable info. I'm sure I'll need it once I get started. Why don't manufacturers include some of this info?? Baffles me!

c borne says:
I notice that you reviewed the 6-quart. Would the add on items, like the steamer baskets and such, work with the 10-quart? Thanks for a very helpful review!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi there! I don't see why they wouldn't work with the larger sizes, but I can't say for sure. And thank *you*!

Patricia M. Childs says:
This is an excellent review, thanks so much for taking the time. The questions I have are about the ease of cleaning. I know the stainless steel inner pot removes for washing, but what about the lid that fits over the entire pot? Is it dishwasher safe or at the least submersible? Although it may not touch the food inside the pot, surely it accumulates food residue from the steam and the cooking process? I have been wanting one of these for a while, but the ease of cleaning is an important feature for me, because if it is a pain to clean, it negates the ease of use.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi Patricia! It is submersible, but not dishwasher safe. That said, the rubber sealing gasket that lines the interior of the rim is very easy to pull out and put back in (and that *is* dishwasher safe, and is the one thing you would most want to put in the dishwasher. :-) )

I should make a fact I should probably add this to my review..the stainless steel inner pot can take a real beating, and cleans up just fine..BUT...after the first use or so (it was after my first use) you will see little "stains" (not sure what else to call them) and, if you are anything like me, you will think "Oh no! I have ruined the beauty of this pot! How can I fix it?" It turns out that this is *very* normal (at least the 'staining', not sure about my reaction being normal :-) ). In my case I had made means, and my pot now still bears the "imprints" of beans, even though it is completely's sort of like the chalk outlines from a little bean murder scene. ;-) I'm in an Instant Pot forum on Facebook where many IP cookbook authors are members (including JL Fields and Jill Nussinow) and they have all said that this is perfectly normal and just what happens (in fact they said it in response to my "Oh no, I've ruined my beautiful pot" post).

Hope this helps!


c borne says:
You are very kind to reply so quickly. Thank you.

dd3 says:
Thanks for the great review. 'chalk outlines from a little bean murder scene' made my day.

Wok King says:
Truly, truly a number #1 assessment that deserves a "Consumer Report" must-read rating and a best buy 5-Star ranking!
In my youthful days I worked briefly at KFC to learn about cooking their "finger-licking fried chicken" and at Popeyes to get insight to their spicy blend and preparation for their famous Louisiana style cooking. I belonged to the prestigious San Francisco Cooks Union #44 and worked at many places including the St. Francis Hotel in Nob Hill before transferring to the Oakland Cooks Union in 1950 where I met the Owner of Crabby Joe's and learned the where-with-all about the unheard of, at that time, an emerging hit, "Pizza Pie" that was gaining favoritism among the students at University of California, Berkeley where I was going to enroll, and my stint at Crabby Joe's was the summer job before school. It was during this period I learned about "Shish Kebob" and Fast Food cooking at Mel's Drive-In in SF and in Berkeley near the UC Campus.

If you're interested, would like to chat, my e-mail: ""
Thanks again! Don

Smiley says:
Just received my Instant Pot as a gift, and am so grateful for your information.Thanks for taking the time to write this extensive and very helpful review. Can't wait to start using my pot for all the things I'll make in advance for Christmas company.

Mary Meet says:
What a wonderful review! Creative, through, & thoroughly entertaining, too!
I love your wry humor; I have chalk outlines of bean murder scenes too!
The ONLY thing you didn't mention (what? you missed something? well not really, but) THIS POT IS MUCH SMALLER THAN I THOUGHT IT WAS! Like getting a rice cooker & going by pictures & upon receipt, realizing - they come in single serving size?! So for a family of four, it didn't replace my stainless/black crockpot, but that was really on me, & Amazon was kind enough to let me return it for a small restocking fee!

Thanks again, if ever I can get a bigger/big enough one of these, I will def print out your review. In fact, the company should do so & include it with their product, maybe glossy it up with pics for product presentation (with some minor compensation to you?)

john says:
I loved the great detail you gave about the product. I was sold before reading your comment because a very close friend and gourmet cook recommended this product to me so I new if she loved it I would too. Your comments reassured me of the safety of the product, convenience of use, and clean up. Thank you!

john says:
You just inspired me to do the same thing!

Anonymous says:
"Little bean murder scene" are a crack up! Thanks for all the helpful tips! I can't wait to get started with my new Instant Pot!

Donna O. Baumgartner says:
Printing this review!

Wok King says:
Belonged to the San Francisco Cooks Union #44, 65 years ago, and your substantive comments are truly explicit, truly accurately put forward for oldies and newbies to high pressure cooking is that it is fast and safe and the results are simply Delicious. Used the older pressure cookers that resulted in finger licking fried chicken, tender Chinese spareribs, and other recipes, albeit not as efficient as this newer product appears to be as advertised. May consider a purchase. Of course, a Presto brand cost much, much less back then and I still have it so I'll think long and hard before a final buy.
Wok King.

evfancy says:
Wow, this person is obviously a caring individual. To take the time to share these tips is a generous gesture. I've been going back & forth on purchasing an IP, but I think your review just convinced me. Thank you!

D. Creekmur says:
"... my pot now still bears the "imprints" of beans, even though it is completely's sort of like the chalk outlines from a little bean murder scene."

Might not work for you, but it's always done wonders for me (removing the chalk outlines, etc...):

Pour ¼ cup (or enough to just cover the bottom) distilled white vinegar into that stainless steel pot (or pan) and bring it to a full boil (keeping your nose away `cause it stinks does boiling vinegar), and when it's going like hot cakes, quickly dump the hot liquid and wipe out the bowl with a clean, dry dish cloth. The ghosts of beans past (actually very thin limestone deposits from your water) will be gone.

Let me know if it works for you. And... very much appreciated by me was your review of this awesome pressure cooker! Thanks! -DC

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Thank you so much! Will try it next time I've hauled the thing out!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Awww...thank you! I hope you love it as much as I do!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Aww..and thank *you*!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
And thank *you* for taking the time to let me know!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi Mary! Thank you for the lovely comments! I didn't realize that this one might seem small to people..having gone from cooking for a whole family to just myself, I didn't notice it. And..thank you for your suggestion for the company...I hope that they're listening. ;-)

Amazon Customer says:
I also found the manual lacking information I was looking for. Thank goodness for you tube!

Leo Costa says: win, I wasn't even that interested lol, after your review I want it!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
{laugh} you? :-)

CCC says:
Has anyone tried to use bar keeper's helper liquid for stainless to remove stains in the stainless pot? It removes practically all stains in my stainless frying skillet and wok.

Aaron Bender says:
Very thorough review! Thank you. Quick question. After 7 months, do you see the same level of performance across functions? The common theme of negative reviews is a decrease in pressure cooking after several months. Curious for your thoughts on this. Thanks!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi Aaron! I haven't seen that at all, *but*, I don't use it every day, either, so I can't really speak to whether that would happen if it were in constant use. But, it certainly holds pressure whenever I use it. That said, I do know that the rubber gasket needs to be replaced occasionally (how often would, I am sure, depend on how much you use it), and I have to imagine that a tired gasket would be the number one cause of it not keeping good pressure.

Ricka Gerstmann says:
Your review was very informative, and I even own the 7 in 1! I did read the manual, but didn't know that there was more than one saute level. Thanks especially for the poached eggs and baked potatoes recipes. --Ricka

Robin Wolfson says:
This is one of the best reviews I've read of anything on Amazon EVER. Congrats. I love the discussion, I love the suggestions, I love the humor. Thanks for putting so much time into this review.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
You're very welcome! I'm glad that you found it useful!

Madame Hardy says:
This is one of the best and most helpful reviews I've ever seen on Amazon. Thank you.

Mary Elliott says:
This is the most enjoyable review I have ever read!!!

Luvamazon says:
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. I'm going to print it for future use! I clicked on the link to the steamer basket, cut its no longer available. Do you by any chance know of any alternatives? Either way, thank you again!! Heidi

J. K. says:
Right? And she's funny, too!

Traci says:
Thank you for all this info !!! I ordered mine today, with the glass lid.....I was second guessing myself as it looks intimidating with all the buttons but you calmed me down !!!!!

Ti Mo says:
Wow Chef Anne, this is one heck of a review. I'm so gonna print this out and stick it somewhere around my kitchen.
I'm absolutely new in this Instant Pot cooking, and this is a great read!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
{blush} Thank you!!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Awww...thank you, Mary!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
It's this one here: OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Steamer with Extendable Handle :-)

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Awww...thank you!!! (I'd be honoured if you wanted to follow my reviews :-) )

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Right? That's how I felt too, which is exactly why I wrote this up...because it turns out to be so easy to use, once you know how. You can actually pretty much ignore most of the buttons. ;-)

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Awww...thank you, Ti Mo!

Soph says:
Thank you for such a great review. Do you have any suggestions on stainless steel vessels for Pot in Pot cooking. I was going to use Pyrex but the thought of broken glass scares me...thanks.

De Limerz says:
who thinks this is a real post?

ladyJane says:
I've never commented on a review before! Ive been wanting a digital-electric PC for sometime now but this review makes me want an Instant Pot even more, especially the after reading about the baked potatoes and poached eggs! Thinking of purchasing one as soon as I figure out what size to get! Anyway...great review!

WanderingTree says:
Someone may have mentioned this already but Bar Keeper's Friend will make your pot look brand new again.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Well, I do, because I wrote it.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Thank you! I'm glad that you found it useful!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi Li! Here you go :-)

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Oops..apparently I can't link directly to a this set has been awesome:

Cook N Home 14-Piece Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set, 4set/case

Kg14392 says:
Bar Keepers Friend, either the regular powder or the soft scrub, both so an amazing job of keeping the Stainless Steel Instant Pot Liner sparkling clean and stain free. Available at Target, Walmart,Amazon, and most any supermarket. Give it a try!

maj jong shopper says:
There is definitely a learning curve, but once you have it figured out it is smooth going.
there is lots of info on the web on how to proceed,

tcbphd says:
funny and helpful

maryomac says:
Haha, good reply! Gotta keep your humor.

finola says:
thank you so much for this detailed review helped me decide on what to order including accessories

S. Martin says:
Best. Review. EVER!

Mark Twain says:
I read that you can use 'Bar keepers Friend' to remove those 'imprints'- I use it on all my All Clad stainless & it works very well. Thanks for your excellent review, I really enjoyed it & it was very helpful.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
I'm so glad that you found it helpful! I think you're going to love your IP!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Awww...thank you!! :-)

Anne P. Mitchell says:
And thank *you*!

sempercliff says:
What size potatoes were you using for the baked potatoes? I got the steaming rack you suggested, and I tried this with a normal sized potato (typical of the size a restaurant would serve). After 25 minutes at high pressure it was still only about halfway done. I ended up just putting it in the oven, as it seemed to cook just as fast.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
I have done this with all sizes, from tiny to enormous, always at 12 minutes, and it always has worked, so that is very puzzling. You are doing natural pressure release, right? (Where you just leave it after the 12 minutes until the pressure naturally equalizes on its own.)

Lyn says:
I would like to know too.

Lyn says:
I can't get the smell of stew out of the seal. Any suggestions?

Anne P. Mitchell says:
You can put the seal in the dishwasher, if that doesn't work, soak it in water in which you've dissolved baking soda. :-)

Lyn says:
Thank you! I will give it a try. I have soaked it in soapy water.

HartyM says:
I have no idea if this has been addressed (don't have time to read all the comments - kidlets!), but there's an easy way to prevent the "little bean murder scene[s]". Buy a good filter, such as from Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher - Removes Fluoride & Lead - 150 Gallon Filter Aqua Gear Filter - Clear, and use the *filtered* water for cooking. Yes, it's a counter top system, but it filters out all kinds of gunk from your water. Getting Pur or Brita is NOT recommended, as they barely filter anything - so you'd still be drinking/eating all kinds of yucky stuff. >:( However, if you use the filtered water for drinking as well, you'll want to grab some Trace Minerals Research - Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops - 8oz as well. I can come back later to leave links for you. :)

LOVE your review! Want one of these *soooooo bad*, but we're moving so the purchase'll have to wait. Methinks I should probably go for the biggest one - growing family, soon to be 6 peeps...what do you think?

MarieDuenas says:
I am so glad I read your post - I just bought one and I was feeling lost -

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi Harty!

Weird, I only cook with filtered water, but the little bean murder scene still happened (but only the once). I think you should get your IP *right now*...keep it on your counter while you pack, because it can become the one thing you use to make meals while packing up - then unpack it right away at the new place for the same reason. :-)

alyssa says:
Thanks,Anne p.for your great review, I'm going to buy one u need to be on instant pot payroll .LOL

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Thank you, Alyssa! (Of course, here in Colorado 'instant pot' has a whole different meaning ;-) )

Robin Wolfson says:
I was wondering if people were confusing it with fast-growing weed!

Anonymous reviewer says:
This review makes me want to return this thing.

C. Lengel says:
"it's sort of like the chalk outlines from a little bean murder scene" -- best line from a (serious) Amazon review ever.

Thanks for a great set of tips! I was thinking of getting an Instant Pot for my daughter, off to college in the fall, and you have persuaded me (might need one for myself, too).

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Aww....thank you for the feedback!! You (and your daughter) will love it!!


Nasa S. says:
Holy cow! Who needs a stinkin' tech manual when you have a review like this one! Thanks!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
And thank *you*!

Diane P. says:
I agree with Strawberry girl.. am printing out this info after just purchasing a Instant Pot tonight. There's a lot of bells and whistles on the Instant Pot but I'm up for a challenge and this print out and the extra gadgets and recipe book will be great. Thanks so much.

Amazon Customer says:
This review is the main reason I bought it- thx for all the great info!

jimbo92107 says:
Bar Keepers Friend is a cleansing powder to scrub your Instapot's stainless steel liner shiny clean, almost like new. A couple bucks at home improvement stores.

Brian says:
Hello, Anne!

Firstly, thanks so much for such an informative review. I hate to even ask because you provided such great info but it seems that since April, some of the accessories you recommended are no longer available for sale on Amazon or are only available from third party sellers. I wonder if there are other options you recommend that are still available. The two I noticed are the cheesecake pan and the first steamer (not the basket set but the other one). Thanks again! Such a great review!

S Phillips says:
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this. It is greatly appreciated. I am also going to print this and keep it close to my new IP. I just got it for Christmas and am very excited to start using it.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi Brian! I actually haven't done a cheesecake, so can't really recommend one there (I'm sorry!) As for the basket steamer, I think this one would be ok too: Sunsella Vegetable Steamer, but you can probably get the Oxo one at Target. ;-)

Brian O. says:
Thanks, Anne!

Dianne Jessup says:
Thank you for the in-depth review! This company should be paying you for filling in the gaps and definitely hiring you to write the manuals.
Any tips for cooking beans? That will be my primary use. Thanks again for a wonderful, useful review.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi Dianne!

I have to confess that I have only cooked beans in it a couple of times...but any of the InstantPot cookbooks will have lots of info about that. :-) Also, searching online for 'instant pot beans' will turn up a wealth of information. :-) I'm sorry that I couldn't be more helpful!

Oliver DeMille says:
I notice that you recommended "Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook" in your review above, but then your review of the cookbook only rates 2 stars, and is entitled, "I Wasted My Money so You Don't Have To". Do you have a different recommendation? Perhaps you might update your review to remove this recommendation, or replace it with something else you *do* like? Thanks so much for the great, readable and thorough review.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi Oliver!

Wow, thank you for catching that! I have no idea what was going on there...whether I put in the wrong link, or what..but I've edited it..thank you so much again!


Amazon Customer says:
On your poached egg recipe, you didn't mention putting eggs in. in shell? Are these like soft-boiled or out of the shell like baked?

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Ah, sorry, you break them into the cups, just like any other poached egg. :-)

N. Foss says:
Thanks for a great review. I was skeptical that this is just another cooking fad, but your credentials (I'm an Tech Lawyer too) and your absolutely fabulous review put me over the edge. The pot, the trivet and the glass lid. I cannot wait to try them. Thanks again.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Oh wow, thank you for saying...shall we connect colleague to colleague? :-)

ClairedeLune says:
Thank you so so much for a very detailed, useful, and not boring review! I have also read Consumer Reports review and comparison of this type of "Automatic" pressure cookers and the "Burner" pressure cookers, and they did explain the longer time it takes when using the former.
To bake potatoes, I usually put them in my microwave oven, push the button for "Potatoes" and they are done after a few minutes, skin not crisp: microwaving is a lot faster. So, why use this cooker which takes 12 minutes?
I have to say that my husband is the one consuming the potatoes, and he finds them fine. I don't like potatoes, so don't eat them, therefore would not be able to compare, as I am a much finickier eater.

Anne, I'd appreciate your answer very much since you seem to be very objective in your review. I'd like to know what you feel about this particular aspect (potato baking) as my other half eats them that way everyday!

With gratitude!

Claire dL

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi Claire! I'm a big believer in "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." I would never buy an IP just for making potatoes, but people who already have an IP who like to fix and forget, or who may not want to use a microwave for whatever reason, may use their InstantPot for potatoes. I do it because after they are done, the IP will keep them perfect, and warm, for up to 10 hours. :-)


raquel1 says:
I just found out about this thing, and your review just sold it for me! Thank you so much for sharing your research, you are very kind.

Kitchen Queen says:
Wow - that's a thorough review and I thank you for all the info and tips. I've only just learned from my friend about Instant Pot so I'm doing my research first. Don't know where I was when the memo came out about IP?! I already have a slow cooker which I haven't used in 2 years! A pressure cooker that I've lost the wow factor with, so I need to be really convinced I need this bad boy before I purchase. Thanks again. You've given me lots of food for thought (excuse the pun).

Anne P. Mitchell says:
No excusing necessary - I love puns! :-)

R in KY says:
Great, thorough review. Thank you!

Shawn Goodwin says:
What is the name of the FB group please?!



Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi Shawn! It's Vegan Instant Pot Recipes. :-)

Shawn Goodwin says:

Anne P. Mitchell says:
YVW! :-)

ItTakesaVillage says:
Best. Review. Ever.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Awww. Thank. You. :-)

Psych NP says:
Girlfriend best review Everrrrr!!!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Awwww, thank you!

Alexandra says:
Fantastic review. This single-handedly convinced me to buy one. I can't wait to give it a test drive.

joeywish says:
Wow! Thanks so much for the super awesome review!! And - thanks so much for the Vegan slow cooker cookbook links!! Can't wait to get one of these & a cookbook now! :)

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Aww..and thank *you* for the lovely remarks! :-)

Cyndi says:
Hi Anne, i love your review-very funny AND thorough- fell off my chair at "bean murder scene" comments :) I'm purchasing the One Pot today!!
i have a question re: sweet potatos: do you cook them just like a regular potato, and do you add more time?

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi Cyndi! Thank you! I do sweet potatoes exactly the same as regular potatoes (and I love them!)

xyz says:
microwaves are bad for you, bad for food quality / nutrition.

Jim says:
What adjustments are recommended for higher elevations?


Anne P. Mitchell says:
Jim, I live at altitude in Boulder, Colorado, and to be honest it never even occurred to me that it might need adjustment. I just did some research, and turned up this thread, in which it is recommended that you increase the time by 5% for every 1000 feet above sea level. So, according to that I should be increasing cooking times by 25% here in Boulder, but I never have, and have had no problems. So, I'd say experiment. :-)

littledutchgirl53 says:
Just checking out instant pots and came across your review. I read the whole thing just because your sense of humor put a smile on my face. Thanks for a morning picker upper!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Awww...*thank you*!!

R.M.D. says:
You cannot make a "baked" potato in a pressure cooker. You can make a steamed potato but not a baked potato. There is a big difference. A baked potato is cooked in the dry heat of and oven which results in a wonderful, flaky texture and flavor. And, no, a potato wrapped in tinfoil and cooked in an oven is not a baked potato either. It has merely been steamed in it's own juices and is an inferior (IMNSHO) product to a baked potato. When will the world learn.

MED says:
Wow, what a fantastic and detailed review! I was hesitant to buy this product because it looks a bit complicated, but I just took the plunge and I am printing out your review to keep until I get comfortable with my new Instant Pot. Thank you SO much for taking the time to write this!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
You are so very welcome! Have fun with your new IP!

Amanda says:
This review was AWESOME!! I printed it out for future reference. I, too, am vegetarian and will also look at the cookbooks you mentioned. Thanks!
My instapot is on back order and won't arrive until mid March...but now I am wondering if I should cancel my order and order your model!! I purchased the InstaPot Lux60 V3 programable model, but I see your review is for the Duo60, 7 in 1 model. Your model has the 2 pressures, high and low, mine can only be on high....also yours has I think cord storage and consdensation drip...Do you think the 2 pressure choices are important? THANKS!!!! Your model is only $20 more...

Shawn Goodwin says:
There are two IDENTICAL IP's on sale on amazon (I prefer to use b/c you can donate a % of purchases to your fave charity) and one is on backorder, but the other isn't. I know this because when I ordered my IP about 4 weeks ago I ran into the same issue. I don't know why there are duplicate listings with varied delivery times, but I canceled the order for the one that was going to take forever and ordered the one that was available for immediate delivery and haven't looked back since!!!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi Amanda! I can't speak as to what you 'should' do, but I note that there is one version of the IP (the bluetooth enabled version) that ships within 2 days; all the others are now 1-2 months, which is...a long time. If it were me, and I didn't want the bluetooth version, I might be tempted to find a new one on that auction site. ;-)

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi Shawn! Yes, I also use all the time!

Amazon Customer says:
We are not strict vegetarians (working on it as I am learning to cook anew) this was what I needed to read. I've gotten rid of my old (but wonderful) pressure/slow cooker because of the non-stick lining (still never scratched or stained) because I was concerned about toxins. I got rid of my rice cooker for the same reason. I even printed your review out and am ordering all the accessories you suggested. (However, the pot-in-pot dessert pan set is out of order without promises of getting more.) Thank you again!

Book Addict says:
One thing I would add that I would really have appreciated in my Instant Pot is a simple on/off button. It is a pain to unplug my pot every time I am not using it for a while. I have a six quart and an eight quart and I keep them on a heavy rolling counter. An on/off button would make my life easier.

Stu Lewallen says:
Hi Anne,
This is one of the best reviews I've read on Amazon and the only one I've perma-linked. I know of you from the anti-spam community that shall not be mentioned. Small world eh?

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Wow! Small world indeed! Thanks for the note, and the compliment!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hi B.A.! In the very lower right-hand corner of the button pad on the front is a button that says "keep warm/cancel". You can think of "cancel" as "off". :-)

Richard H. Francis says:
I haven't read all the replies, so maybe this is redundant, but Cameo stainless steel cleaner will remove those bean stains and leave your IP liner looking brand new.Cameo Aluminum & Stainless Steel Cleaner - 10 oz - 2 pk

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Thank you!

Amazon Customer says:
I'm totally writing a book called Little Bean Murder Scene. It'll be a children's book of course.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Hahahaha...thank you for bringing a smile to my face!

Jednlb says:
I was also debating 6 or 8 quart as I sometimes will make 2 6-8 quart stovetop pots of soup when I am in a frenzy to freeze stuff for future use. However, at this time, the 8 quart usually ships in 10-12 weeks! Argh! I am usually on top of new kitchen small appliances quickly and am so surprised I am 1st reading about this great appliance in 2017 thanks to a newspaper article in local paper. I want it now, so will however for the 6 quart. Anne, your great review and guide will be so helpful when I get mine. I am a "flexitarian" so will love exploring your vegitarian and vegan hints.

Nikita says:
lol :) omg so funny.. laughed so hard about the bean imprints looking like a chalk outline from a little bean murder scene.. too funny :)

"Mark" Anthony says:
Sorry, I do not know what all the fuss is about when it comes to making baked potato's. I do mine in my microwave oven in less than 5 minutes. True, they are not crisped like you would get in the oven, but very satisfactory and in a shorter time. This is should not be one of the prime reason for getting a IPOT.

Anne P. Mitchell says:

"Mark" Anthony says:
Very nice indeed, but you have to excuse my skepticism, this is too much of a "review", particularly when you show highlinks of certain accessories.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
That's why it's important to check whether it's a 'verified purchase' (which it is), and in fact each of the things to which I linked I also purchased, and stand behind. :-)

appqueen says:
Thanks Anne, for all the wonderful information. I've never used a pressure cooker before and don't have my Instant Pot yet (it's on the way!) but I am trying to read up on it before-hand so there might be less of a learning curve when I start to use it. I am so excited, can't wait to delve in!!!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
You're very welcome, thank you for saying! That was *exactly* the situation I was in myself when I ordered my IP...and why I wrote this up! Growing up, pressure cookers were things to be feared!

Amazon Customer says:
Amen...preach it!

Cameron Funk says:
This is the best Amazon review I've ever read. Hands down. I'm actually saving this review for when I do get the Instant Pot!

Anne P. Mitchell says:

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Awww, thank you!

Helga says:
Thank you so much for your review and the links. Will be ordering this pot and can't wait to use it.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Thank *you*, Helga! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

kathygwood says:
Thanks for the GREAT and helpful review, Anne! My son and his wife highly recommended the IP, and in fact, are buying a second one as an additional rice cooker (they have three kids). Looking forward to ours arriving even though I'm a little concerned about the learning curve. (I want it to be perfect the first time using it!) Thanks again.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Awww...Kathy! Thank you for the nice comments! I hope that you enjoy yours as much as I do mine!

lma says:
What a great review! I am ordering the IP now! Too bad several of the items like the desert insert rack and steamer basket and rack are no longer available on Amazon. Hope I can learn to use it effectively. Thanks for all the details and recipes.

Shawn Hayes says:
It's great that someone took the time to do this for the rest of us. Strong work.

JCMEI says:
I have NEVER commented on a customer's reviews before, although I faithfully read many of them before purchasing a product. I read EVERY WORD of this review before deciding to purchase this Instant Pot! Wow! Great stuff, Anne! Quite obvious you are a "tech lawyer" because of your thorough, detailed review. Thanks for helping me make my decision. I also ordered the OXO steamer you recommended because I love a good baked potato and steamed veggies. You rock!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Gosh, JCMEI! Thank you!!! I *really* appreciate your note! One caveat: if you like a crisper skin on your baked potato, you may not consider what comes out of your IP a 'good' baked potato (because of course it's actually a steamed potato)...just didn't want you to be disappointed! Thank you again for the lovely note!

Mr. Rellik says:
What a fantastic, detailed, practical and helpful review - thank you so much for taking the time to write this.

Anne P. Mitchell says:
And thank *you* for the kind remarks!

Amazon Customer says:
Ha ha I was wondering the's a real post but is the poster like us(average buyer) hired to post because the person was sure trying to sell us on other items that you can buy to enhance your cooking in the IP...oh well it was somewhat helpful..but tooooooo long of a read to finally get to the point!...but I'm an old pro on electric pressure cookers and there's always room to learn a little bit more...your question was fair to ask.

SlicKitty says:
Copy/Paste/Keep. "Helpful vote." THANKS!

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Sigh. I'm a regular purchaser. You can tell by the "verified purchase" next to my name. I wrote this because I write (in part) for a living - *about technology* - it's what I do and what I love to do. I'm also a retired professor (retired because of moving away, not because of age ;-) ), so I love to share knowledge. You can read many of my other reviews and find the same sort of information/detail/etc..

Anne P. Mitchell says:
Thank *you* for the kind words!

Jim says:
"verified purchase" means that you actually purchased this particular item through Amazon; it does not imply that you are a regular purchaser. Your review is highly credible due to the style in which you wrote it.


Anne P. Mitchell says:
Thank you, Jim! (If you liked this one you might like my review of Puffs tissues ) Have a great weekend!

Jim says:
Puffs tissues? You're on a roll!


Anne P. Mitchell says:
Actually they're in a box. ;-)

Jim says:
I finally read your review and saw that. I'm glad that you caught my pun and forced a punt. 'Tis you who was right.


Next.. Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker

Monday, 27 March 2017

The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Reviews

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Reviews of The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Reviewed by frequent buyer - Five Stars

A good beginning to the Hercule Poirot series. Shows the initial design of Poirot and Hastings. Well done.

Reviewed by A. S. Price - Piorot

This is the world's introduction to Poirot and his use of "the little gray cells". Poirot is one of my favorite literary characters. Quirky and maybe even a bit eccentric, Poirot uses his sensibilities to solve crimes though out London in the 1920s.

Reviewed by Stacy Joura - Must read this one to get background of Poirot and Hastings

Christie's first murder mystery. Set in the 1920's and reminds one of Downton Abbey.

Reviewed by Toni Lawrence - Agatha never disappoints

Agatha Christie never fails to excite me and stir up suspense. I enjoyed this book just as much as the others I have read over the years. A good read.

Reviewed by M. Adams - Surprise!

I was in the dark till the very end. Miss Christy always keep s me guessing right to the very end.

Reviewed by Patsy Hennessey - Great book, great value

I've been looking for inexpensive editions of my paper library favorites for my Kindle. This edition is inexpensive and complete. I'm not sure why there are comments about missing illustrations, as my download of this book included illustrations. Maybe not all devices can display the illustrations.

Reviewed by Pcm - Wonderful mystery

Somewhere along the way I had read this book but it was nice to re-read it again. I have always been an admirer of Agatha Christie's writing. She knows how to make a mystery twist and turn. Guessing who is guilty is always a challenge.

Reviewed by Elaine - THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES by Agatha Christie

The MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES introduces Hercule Poirot. Though it is the first book in which Christie's fictional Belgian detective appears, references within the story indicate that he has already solved many crimes. Captain Arthur Hastings, a friend of Poirot's, invites the detective to Styles to help solve a murder. A variety of suspects keep us wondering who committed it. Poirot seems unsure himself but, of course, in the end he'd known early on. As one who only thought of Hercule Poirot as vain and self absorbed, with grey cells that work enormously well, it was a pleasant surprise to learn that he is also a strong promoter of romance and love.

Reviewed by cako - Truly one of the best in detective fiction

Agatha Christie's books can be read over and over. Truly one of the best in detective fiction.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - We meet Pirot

It was impossible to read this first of the Pirot series without comparing it with later books where Pirot is more developed.. I thought there were far to many red herrings and characters. Hastings in his first appearance seemed a bit wooden But that said Pirot is and will always be a great read.. He is a most endearing little man and as we learn more about him in future books we learn to love him even more.

Ahatha Christid does it again
Reviewed by grammie4n - Excellent. Great story line

Interesting characters and the time period is always fun to read about. Wii definitely continue reading her books.

Reviewed by knitter_girl - Stunning

The end of the book was confusing as Mr. Poroit explained how he had deduced the identity of the murderer. I couldn't keep track of the story.

Reviewed by M. Hardy - Hercule Poirrot at his best

This is typical Agatha Christie and Poirrot! No bad language or unnecessary violence (other than the murder!). I love this kind of writing.

Reviewed by ButteLady - Agatha Christie is the the Queen of Crime

As always, this was a great read. She always surprises me with who done it.

Reviewed by Taurus - Very interesting & quite different. I used to read ...

Very interesting & quite different. I used to read Agatha Christie a lot years ago but this was the first I had seen in ages.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Always a great read

Complex, well detailed, and marvelous construction. The author pulled off what can only be described as a masterpiece of detective fiction. , it now shows its age. But that in no way interferes with the mesmerizing pleasure of getting the thing solved. Enjoy.

Reviewed by Linda Gasper - Great Book. Agatha Christie is the tops for writing ...

Great Book. Agatha Christie is the tops for writing mysteries. This book, like all of AC's books will have you guessing from the beginning until maybe the last chapter. A can't put down book.

Reviewed by Chelisamarie - Poirot is the best!

I'm a huge Poirot fan. Can never get enough!

Reviewed by Papa Doc - An Affair to remember

Dame Agatha's first Hercule Poirot mystery. A must read.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - What a wonderful beginning

The beginning of Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings, and it was a delightful beginning that clearly defined these two wonderful characters that we would all come to know and love.

Reviewed by Brian Craig - but overall a good introduction to Christie's work

Fast moving story, wish it could have been longer. Ending was not surprising given the shortness, but overall a good introduction to Christie's work.

Reviewed by sincerely happily ever after books - The Mysterious Affair at Styles...

5 out 5! The only other thing I can write is that if you haven't had the chance to read this short mystery Poirot book, then please read it now! A great summer mystery book! PROMISE!!! :)

Reviewed by Ronald B. Platt - Agatha Christie's first novel

The Mysterious Affair at Styles was Agatha Christie's first novel and it is very entertaining. Hercule Poirot is in the same class as Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown. They are all classic reading that will make you warm and fuzzy inside after you read them.

Reviewed by Jayne R Robertson - Always nice to reread an Agatha Christie

Always nice to reread an Agatha Christie. I have begun to reread them yet again, and this is a delightful one to start with!

Reviewed by Stella Seabass - TV SHOW IS BETTER :)

here's the thing - I love Poirot. So, I saw the episode...

Book is kind of long and drawn out so I just paged through it.

Hercule is best seen on the telly, not so much in the books. I mean unless you have a lot of time for that kind of thing.

Reviewed by Carol McBride - The debut of Hercules Peroit

It is amazing that there was once a world without Hercules Peroit and Captain Hastings. This book introduced these two characters, set in the World War I era of England, with a murder no one else can solve. What a delight to reread this twisted plot and the interesting characters!

Reviewed by D. Gregory - It's Agatha. of course it's good.

Agatha Christie - probably the 10th time reading this story.

Reviewed by jo4hn - Agatha and Hercule: the early years

Agatha Christie. What more is there to say?

Reviewed by jeanne zabst - EXCELLENT BOOK

This book was fast paced and kept me guessing until the end. It was well written and worth reading. The are wonderfully. Enjoy.
Jeanne Zabst

Reviewed by Kindle Customer - 1st Poirot novel

This was the first novel with Inspector Poirot, the little Belgian character. Story is told by an Englishman, Hastings. Somewhat like Dr. Watson to Sherlock Holmes. A complicated plot with many possible murderers. Agatha Christie is the best mystery writer of all time.

Reviewed by Jacqui Murphy - I found out from this my mother loved Agatha Christie and all her books and to this ...

read this book as part of a 2015 reading challenge. It falls under the category "read a book your mother read when she was young". I found out from this my mother loved Agatha Christie and all her books and to this day prefers a good mystery over romance novels. anyway, I digress. this was my first Agatha Christie/Hercules Pierot book and I really enjoyed it. Well written and holds up through the almost 100 years since it was penned. I would recommend it to others

Reviewed by M. Wentworth - This story had great suspense and it was written very well just like ...

I didn't think that the first mystery she wrote would have substance but I was very much mistaken. This story had great suspense and it was written very well just like the rest of her stories. Loved it.

Reviewed by John Doherty - As Hastings tells it...

A more three dimensional Hastings than the TV series seems to have allowed - given that Hastings narrates the story. Quite a few threads unraveling at the end, but the usual enjoyable AC read.

Reviewed by Jimmy Boyd - Five Stars

Agatha Cristie has always been a great writer

Reviewed by Denise M. Baets - Like visiting an old friend

I am an avid Agatha Christie fan. I have read all her books over and over again through the years. Any book by her is worth reading.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - A truly good mystery

You can't go wrong with Agatha. the situations and locations are a little dated, perhaps, those little things are overcome with a well-written story, a chance to let your brain actually process tidbits of information (clues) and see if you are smart as the indomitable little Mr. Hercule Poirot.

Reviewed by rudyboy - Dame Agatha is the best!!!

I have been reading Agatha Christie novels since I was a kid. This is the first of her many Hercule Poirot mystery stories. I wish I knew more about Poirot before she wrote her novels. But she takes the cake on character developments with the narrator writing in the first person after the "mysterious affair". She uses simple logic and hands on detective work to solve the crime, while keeping the reader hanging on to each word. Old English idioms are a's interesting to know some phrases are coming back to me. Check out the book!! You won't be disappointed!!

Reviewed by Bonnie Wright - Five Stars

Good book and great author. I have read all her books many times.

Reviewed by Sandy Tobias - Five Stars

love agatha

Reviewed by Turtle beach - The amazing Poirot

Ah, Hercule Poirot is a wonderfully likable character. Imagine Frasier Crane as a detective. You need to read this book, the first in the series, to appreciate Mr. Poirot. After reading, treat yourself to the PBS movie interpretations. A great series for an easy, breezy book club.

Reviewed by Kindle Customer - The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Always loved Agetha Christie. Great story. I would recommend to anyone who likes Agetha Christie Mysterys. I"ll probably read another.

Reviewed by DC - Five Stars

Agatha Christie at her best

Reviewed by Andrea Fortner - Typical Agatha.

Typical Agatha. Changed my mind over and over as to who "done it", but, as usual, don't know until the end.

Reviewed by AnnieP - Whodunnit??

A nice escape mystery puzzle out of the realm of serial killers, demented sadistic and oversick characters, too much lust and vulgar language. A story that for once isn't a nailbiter, nor does it fill you with eerie terror in the night or keep you up until dawn. It's just a good story. A real whodunit to relax with. If that is what you like, I recommend it.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Would highly recommend seller

Great condition.

Reviewed by Frank Criscenti - Good stuff.

Lots of twists. Moves quickly and keeps you guessing. Can't beat Poirot and the characters are well-drawn. Fun and exciting.

Reviewed by Dominique L - Great plot and kind of interesting to go back reading ...

No one can beat Agatha Christie! I am an unconditional lover of her mystery books! Great plot and kind of interesting to go back reading in the 30' era

Reviewed by C. Campbell - Another excellent book

Always excellent stuff from a prolific pen

Reviewed by Sactokid - Agatha Christie

It's Agatha Christie, she was a great writer

Reviewed by BMH - Five Stars

Poirot is the best.

Reviewed by Lynn - Five Stars

must read for any agatha christie fan

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Agatha delivers!

Good read!
Poirot discovers the truth as Hastings bumbles along side
Great for young to older adults. Since there are no vampires, witches or demins....teens would not appreciate this book

Reviewed by Thomas Desimone - Another great mystery

Once again a page-turner from Agatha. From the rich, stuffy, privileged kind she tosses us into the fray and confuses us and titillates us with twists and turns until we think we've figured it out and then pulls the final twist and lays it all out.

Reviewed by Smithsprincess - It was fun to read a murder mystery that is suspenseful but ...

Thought I had it figured out, but that genius, Agatha Christie, surprised me with a twist and a half! It was fun to read a murder mystery that is suspenseful but not gross or scarey.

Reviewed by Mommablitzon May 19, 2015 - Classic

I love the little Belgian detective and his "little grey cells". I have read and will continue to re-read all of her books. They are wonderful.

Reviewed by Essel C. - Curious and Mysterious

It's Agatha Christie! The greatest mystery writer of all time! Who doesn't love her? If not, you're reading it wrong!

Reviewed by ejenjar - The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship

This is classic Christie with Poirot's brilliance and Hastings trying to keep up. What she does so well is present red herrings without being obvious and the reveal is well laid out.

Reviewed by Mike - Really Good First Book

For a first effort by an author, this is remarkably good. Characters are well developed without being overburdened with descriptives, and the storyline holds intact through the different aspects of the plot. Well worth a read.

Reviewed by Pearl Ridley - Five Stars

Agatha Christie is my favorite author. Really gets the "little grey cells" to working.

Reviewed by Thomas Hoye - Items arrived in good condition on time

Items arrived in good condition on time

Reviewed by gracetaker - Agatha Christie Rocks

It would just be wrong to not give Agatha Christie five stars. This is an awesome classic. Any of her mysteries are an easy entertaining read. Enjoy!!

Reviewed by Burkean - Five Stars

Love Christie.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - masterful

This is an excellnet story to start reading agatha christie with. I found it a fast paced easy read, the held my interest through out the story. I suspected the ending, but didn't catch all the clues until Poirot put them together.
Excellent story, not dated at all.

Reviewed by Rose-Marie Smith - Excellent mystery!

Agatha writes so well.

Reviewed by Kerry - Great Mystery

This is a really great mystery by the master Agatha Christie.

Reviewed by tonino - This fist Hercule Poirot introduction cannot be described but a ...

This fist Hercule Poirot introduction cannot be described but a classic, establishing one of the most successful crime fiction character of the Agatha Christie's famous repertoire

Reviewed by Ethel Divinia - A TIME LESS READ

Agatha CHristie is ALWAYS worth the read -timeless.

Reviewed by Marlene Waldon - Great read.

I really enjoy reading her books, always keep you quessing who done it, I love reading a good mystery and ms Christy writes the best. I highly recommend this book.

Reviewed by rumpole - great story as always

Who doesn't love Christie

Reviewed by Randy J Rush - Five Stars

Great product and fast service:-)

Reviewed by B. Reed - Five Stars

Good reading

Reviewed by A.R. Latta - Great read by Agatha Christie if you like mysteries you will enjoy this.

I love all of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot stories they are done very tastefully and I love a mystery.

Reviewed by mb - Five Stars

Agatha Christie is always a good read. Beautiful book cover; large print is good for the 80+ people.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - HP does it again

Always enjoy this author

Reviewed by bibliophile - Prime Agatha Christie

What can one say about Agatha Christie that hasn't already been said? Even in this, which was apparently one of her earlier works, one sees the same sure hand, the same engrossing and tangled plot---and as always a surprise ending.

Reviewed by Yakov, Smerd - Five Stars

Quite enjoyable, mes amis.

Reviewed by Shelly Lei - Five Stars

I like all Agatha Christie novels.

Reviewed by Texas Gal - Great first Poirot story

The first Poirot story, a great story with the usual Christie twists and turns.

Reviewed by Bettina C. Antle - A queen of mysteries!

Can't fail with Agatha Christie! Easily read more than once!

Reviewed by Kindle Customer - All Hail the Queen!

There is a reason why she's the best. Intricate plotting and astute knowledge of human nature. Her stuff holds up.

Reviewed by Kathryn Diamond - The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot...

I recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - I have enjoyed it very much

I have enjoyed it very much. I am a big fan of Agatha Christie and found the audio very handy.

Reviewed by Wayne Hastings - Fun Read

Agatha Christie's first book is a classic. This particular edition features two endings—her original and the one suggested by her publisher (and the one used).

Reviewed by Tang Hon - love her novels

I love the story. Her stories are always so unpredictable.

Reviewed by marian marsh - For your reading pleasure

The introduction of Hercule Poirot - fascinating characters - interesting plot - well written by the master , Agatha Christie . I've read it many times & always enjoy it !

Reviewed by Strategist - Five Stars

Great read

Reviewed by lovebooks - Dame Agatha

As one of her first offerings, her future success is clearly evident. Enter the little Belgian detective, and Dame Agatha' s name as one of the great writers of the Golden Age of detective novels is engraved in history. Great novel.

Reviewed by Phyllis - Five Stars

I love Agatha Christie

Reviewed by D.S. Johnson - He loved it and it was fun

Read this aloud to my husband in the David Suchet Poirot style. He loved it and it was fun. Good mystery.

Reviewed by debmc - Agatha does it again!

Once again an incredibly intriguing mystery from the Queen of Mysteries. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Her endings always delight and surprise the reader. Characters are well defined and her story line entices you to keep reading.

Reviewed by Donna Julseth - Five Stars

A mystery solved by "little grey cells" without fancy forensics

Reviewed by Sherry Spagnola - Five Stars

Anything by Christie is great!!

Reviewed by Jorge Medico - Good classic read

This is a good reminder of why these books have endured over all these years. Enjoy matching wits with the great detective, and see if you can figure it out.

Reviewed by Jeffrey R. Bednar - Outstanding First Novel

POIROT & HASTINGS introduced to the world. Ms. Christies first novel reads wonderfully. I challange you to start it and try to get anything accomplished until you receive HERCULE POIROT's explantion on how his "little gray cells" deduced the "Mysterious Affair at Styles". Absolutely charming period piece on top of a first-rate stumper.

Reviewed by Cynthia Clement - Another great mystery

Once again Agatha Christie delivers.

Reviewed by Monsieur Poirot! Again!

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Busted!

I love Agatha Christie mysteries and they are like mind candy for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

Reviewed by Carl W. Taylor - One of my favorite mysteries. A great introduction to Agatha Christie

A real classic. One of my favorite mysteries. A great introduction to Agatha Christie.

Reviewed by Connie Tate - Five Stars

A really great read!! Love Agatha Christie.......

Reviewed by fran - Five Stars

You just can't go wrong with an Agatha Christie book.

Reviewed by James Church - Let's hear it for poirot~

No wonder Agatha Christie is such a legend. What a creation Poirot is!

Reviewed by sirtrude - Five Stars

a goo Agatha Christie.

Reviewed by Joyce Fuhr - Five Stars

So glad to finally get the first of the Poirot stories.

Reviewed by Emily - Five Stars

Love it!

Reviewed by Joshua Coyne - Poirot Pack to the Rescue

I understand that this is the first Poirot novel. I have not read enough Agatha Christie to rank this with her other works, but it must be near the peak. Great read. See whether you can figure out whodunnit.

Reviewed by Beckyc - Great Christie

I love all Agatha Christie! And Hercule Poirot.

Reviewed by JLPAL - Great Fan

I'm a Christie fan from way back. Having my books on CD is wonderful. They are well narrated and entertaining - and I can do housework while I am listening to my favorite author. Thanks!

Reviewed by Cheryl Irons - Agatha Christie's first novel!

I have been an Agatha Christie fan since I was a teenager. At 60, it was such a pleasant surprise to have found and read her very first novel!
I was captivated until the very end. It did not disappoint!

Reviewed by Carolelo - Great

You cannot go wrong with Agatha Christie!

Reviewed by Chris - Longtime Favorite

Have read this book many times. Am now converting to ebooks, and look forward to reading it again many times.

Reviewed by Mrs. Muir - One of Agatha Christie's staples

Agatha Christie was an amazing writer and if you are just finding her you will be happy with her stories. I've read and reread many of them and I am always happy to discover who the culprit is. She can twist and turn a story and you will find that you can't put the book down until you have the solution to the crime.

Reviewed by S. Lovell - Great book!

Its an Hercule Poirot story--what more is there to say? Always clever and always a joy to read in bed or on the sofa on a lazy day when you just want to veg and not read anything too heavy.

Reviewed by Ruth - Good Read

Can't add anything to what expert book reviewers have already said about Agatha Christie's murder mysteries. Always a good read!

Reviewed by Robert Green - Classic Murder Mystery

Fun to read the classic plus the authors original ending. This is at least the second time I have read the story and like the restoration.

Reviewed by harry syvertsen - Thank you

If you have problems with small print, but love to read, these large print books are the answer.

Reviewed by Melinda - Excellent mystery

I highly recommend this book. It was my first agatha Christie book and certainly not my last. A charming story with a suspenseful ending.

Reviewed by Julena - Loved it.

I loved the Great plot. I enjoyed the dialogue and Funny conversation. I would thoroughly recommend it. I can't wait to read more

Reviewed by carolintallahassee - Great Mystery!

Agatha Christie at her best. I have read most of her books, however this was new for me. I was actually surprised by the ending. I am so delighted with my kindle eBooks! Thanks Amazon.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Fun reading

I enjoyed reading this book. Unlike many murder mysteries, this one held my interest until the end. I would recommend it!

Reviewed by Thomas S. - I enjoyed it so much

My first Agatha Christie book. I enjoyed it so much, that I am continuing the series of Hercule Poirot.

Reviewed by Tristan - New York - Five Stars

A must for any lover of early 20th century detective novels.

Reviewed by kidsmom - Loved it!

Loved this book. It's an easy, fun read. If you are interested in something new, give this one a try.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Five Stars

An excellent read!! Had a hard time putting it down! You will not be disappointed!

Reviewed by Cheri - Five Stars

There is no better author than Christie. I am rereading her books .

Reviewed by john hamm - Typically great like all Agatha Christie books

A typical Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot story, in other words an outstanding read.

Reviewed by Robin B Tingley - The absolute master

Or mistress of mystery. I have read her books for forty years and they never fail to delight in their characters, plots and beauty of style.

Reviewed by Jetpack - The start of one of the best mystery series ever

Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military. I love the description of Poirot. This is the start of one of the best sets of mysteries ever made - the first appearance of the celebrated Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.

Poirot is interesting for many reasons, one of the first that he was a famous detective as a member of the Belgian police force. Due to WW I, Poirot has to move to England as a refugee, and remains. It's also the first appearance of Capt. Hastings, the sometimes narrator of the stories.

Wonderful characters, great story. Easy 5 stars.

This is the free Kindle version. A must get if you like mysteries.

Reviewed by Amazon User #1 - Five Stars

Great book...shipped on time, well packed and as described.

Reviewed by C S Hart - Enjoyed this book

Enjoyed this plot jumping mystery book. From one pave to the next you don't know who did it. It keeps you guessing right down to e last great read

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Five Stars

Always enjoy reading Agatha Christie.

Reviewed by Annacaroline - one of the very best!

classic detective story, a pleasure to read over and over again.
A very British atmosphere for a clever plot, you just want to sit back in your armchair and spend some time with one of Ms Christie's first masterpieces.

Reviewed by Beverly - ebook

I love Agatha Christie, her characters and the stories the are part of. It is also great to get free books.

Reviewed by lrp - Keeps You Guessing

Well written mystery that keeps you in suspense until the end. The writing is timeless and contains a well thought out plot that is lacking in many of today's mysteries.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Five Stars

Good book

Reviewed by Kindle Customer - Love Agatha Christie

I have been a fan of her books since I was a kid. The first mystery I read was one of hers. I was hooked from that point on.

Reviewed by L. M. Crane - People will die

A great and layered mystery.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Five Stars

Love any Hercule Poirot stories they are brilliant.

Reviewed by Guinevere - Lovely Mystery!

Wonderful mystery to start the Poirot series! I love a good mystery, and Christie always delivers.

Reviewed by judy - A really terrific mystery I've read most of Christies and pride myself ...

A really terrific mystery I've read most of Christies and pride myself on guessing the endings correctly. This one got me. Read it and enjoy. It's a page turner.

Reviewed by Susan Desrochers - Five Stars

It almost seems sacrilegious to review a book written by Agatha Christie!

Reviewed by M Kauffman - Another classic from a master

If there is a disappointing novel by Agatha Christie, I've not found it. This mystery from a bygone era is just as compelling in our high tech world. I read it on my phone.

Reviewed by Angela Anthony - Great Vintage Mystery

I was unfamiliar with this particular Christie novel. I'd read many of her books, but never heard of this one. My book club decided to read an Agatha Christie and we did a little research to come up with her original Poiriot novel.

Reviewed by Claire Hofer - Five Stars

enjoyed following the clues and the mystery

Reviewed by stresssing - In love

I'm in love with Agatha Christie's work!

Reviewed by Kindle Customer - classic writer

This was very interesting and very well written mystery by a star of the mystery writers! Will continue to read more of these books.

Reviewed by Lori Douglas - Five Stars


Reviewed by Harriet J Walker - The mysterious affair at Styles

This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Just when you thought you had figured out who had committed the murder something happened to change your mind. Highly recommend this book to Christie fans.

Reviewed by RecycleABook - Great Stories

I enjoyed this book very much. If you like Sherlock Holmes, you will enjoy these stories as well. This was a free Kindle edition.

Reviewed by Danette Lawson - Five Stars

An Agatha Christie classic!

Reviewed by crcoyle - Five Stars


Reviewed by Jack - Five Stars

Good Agatha Christie.

Reviewed by joyful - Pure Poirot.

Better than watching. Hahaha Christie classic.

Reviewed by Kindle Customer - Great book

It great book. Really. I mean it. I like mysteries and I like Agatha Christie. This book was both.

Reviewed by perkinsjp - mysterious affair

Viola! A good mystery! Keeps you on reading. I love Agatha Christie's books. And keep the price down as this are older editions.

Reviewed by amit - amit

Thrillig, most beautiful plot, narration, storyline. End is most unexpected.
Cant keep down once started.
Searching for more on poirott now..

Reviewed by Russell Bourne - One of Christies Best!

The first Hercule Poirot case and what a great read it is. The quintessential English murder mystery is full of twists and turns that will make it hard to put down. One of her best!!

Reviewed by Teresa Eagleton - Five Stars

Good read

Reviewed by Anthony Green - Agatha Christie's first Poirot book

This is an excellent book, with much humor and many twists. I wish Amazon had more of her books in their library, the short stories are nothing like as good in my opinion.

Reviewed by ECB - The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Great mystery story by an accomplished and respected author, Agatha Christie. I will be reading more of her works in the future.

Reviewed by helga stucker - very good

Nice book easy to read

Reviewed by Rebecca Tompach - Amazing!!!!

Agatha Christie was an amazing mystery writer. Once you read one of her books you'll want to read the next.

Reviewed by Toolman - Great Read

each book I read adds to my desire to read another. I am hooked and am working to read all of Agatha Christie's stories.

Reviewed by Jeannie - Five Stars

I just love Agatha Christie. Her books are consistently good.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - I love Agatha Christie

The book is a wonderful spellbinding. I would recommend it to all mystery lovers. I own several of her books and have reread most at least once.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Five Stars

I really enjoy Agatha Christie's writings no matter what the subject. She is an excellent storyteller.

Reviewed by mildred - Five Stars

Luv hercule

Reviewed by :jb - usual...

Love Hercules Poirot!! He's my favorite little Belgium detective... and Agatha Christie always ties back the clues, which is key to enjoying a good mystery. Superb! :jb

Reviewed by bibopcho - Enjoyed being taken back in time

I love Agatha Christie's books

Reviewed by A Jeans - I was a little disappointed that the cover of the book I received looked ...

I was a little disappointed that the cover of the book I received looked nothing like this one. The book itself is great, though.

Reviewed by Jean R. Roach - First Class

Loved it! I've read it several timer

Reviewed by Sandy Blair - As always

Just what I've come to expect from a Christi mystery. I've been a fan for years and I'm in the process of re-reading her books after several years. Entertaining and with the plot twist that make a good mystery. A fun read and just the book to relax with and forget the outside world for a time.

Reviewed by Samantha J. Pingel - The Queen of Mystery

The 1st book of Hercule Poirot, first published in 1920. Who poisoned Emily Inglethorp? Well, you'll have to read this book to find out.

Reviewed by Henry Viney - Great reading

This had a good plot, was an easy read and kept me intrested to the end. The end was a bit of a surprise considering the time the book was written in. I enjoyed it.

Reviewed by Adria - Another quick read.

I just love a good mystery with death, intruige and a little romance thrown into the mix. It's fun to go back and see all the clues I missed.

Reviewed by Patricia L. Saletore - great stuff

Who doesn't like Agatha Christie? I read at night to relax and this is the best of all worlds for that.

Reviewed by Bekanell - Fun old mystery

I love the main character. Fun easy read! This is one of the fun classics and classic mystery characters! I recommend!

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - First Poirot... young Lt Hastings narrates. ...

First Poirot...young Lt Hastings narrates...subtle humor.

Reviewed by Susan Geerdes, M.Ed. - Amazing plot and elevated language

Classic Agatha Christie. Amazing plot and elevated language!

Reviewed by Diane - Five Stars

Who doesn't love Agatha?

Reviewed by Amazon Customer, Aging Fast - Best of her Genre

Just a good and fun read with Poirot a new character for this one. Keeps you guessing until the end.

Reviewed by Michelle M - An excellent narrator

David Suchet is one of the best narrators that I have heard. He give each of the characters their own "voice" and manages to include the nuances and intonations as well. He did not just read the story he "became" the charaters. The packaging was very good with the cds being held together in a sturdy plastic case - which will be good protection over time.

Reviewed by Carrie S. Mularoni - Comfortable reading

I find Agatha Christie novels both interesting and comfortable to read. The characters are well-developed, but never painful, and the stories flow well.

Reviewed by Theladydothprotest - Five Stars

Wonderful introduction to the Hercule Poirot series!

Reviewed by Ally - Perfect introduction to an iconic character

Poirot's idiosyncrasies separate him from any other detective written. Kept me guessing until the end - my first Agatha Christie novel and am looking forward to getting into the next one.

Reviewed by Mary - Timeless Pleasure

It is a pleasure to read a writer that can actually write and is a master of plot development.

Reviewed by bymyslf892 - amazing!

One of the best books I have ever read! The plot twists kept it interesting and I would have never guessed the end!

Reviewed by David Hughes - Gift

I gave this product as a gift and they loved it. I gave this product as a gift and they loved it.

Reviewed by Gini Moldovanyi - Five Stars

Suspenceful to the end!!

Reviewed by Maremom - amusing, confounding mystery

A classic in every way. Fast read and a thoroughly enjoyable whodunit mystery for the ages. Agatha Christie was a master.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Another must read, if you are a H. Poirot fan.

Love to read Agatha Christie mysteries especially with the charming character Hercule Poirot. Another must read.

Reviewed by Jane S Bledsoe - Great!

Classic Christie. Great!

Reviewed by linerltl5 - Great Crime Mystery

Love this classic!!!! Keeps you guessing until the end. Wonderful to imagine that time and place. A must read for mystery lovers.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Five Stars

Great read. It was hard to put down!!

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Five Stars


Reviewed by Emily McFann - A Good Mystery

Great book! I love how you can't usually guess who did it in her books. A good mystery.

Reviewed by Patricia Barbour Crow - Love Agatha Christie

I have enjoyed David Suchet's Poirot, so I was happy to be able to read the first of the series. A wonderful book and a quick read

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Loving Agatha Christie

Keeps you wondering who done it but I'm prejudiced. I love anything by Agatha Christie.

Reviewed by Rolandtzon November 9, 2013 - Viva Poirot

Christie at her best. Great start to a long writing career. She deserved her accolades. Poirot is a master detective.

Reviewed by Nicolene Bernard Thomas - Love Poirot

Very good read

Reviewed by Chester C. Martindale - Five Stars

Classic, a must read.

Reviewed by Jennifer Barry - Delightful read

Lots of action right off the bat! A great summer read :-) i loved all the characters and it kept me guessing till the end.

Reviewed by Richard J. Wilks - The Mysterious Affair at Styles

This is a venerable old classic mystery that keeps you guessing throughout the story. I can see why it has stood the test of time.

Reviewed by shar - Five Stars

Great story

Reviewed by Circleswimmer - Timeless Mystery

Again, this Agatha Christie mystery was everything that I thought it would be. It stimulated my brain and was very entertaining. I will continue to read her writing and maybe attempt to write something myself at some point.

Reviewed by bev petersen - Five Stars

Excellent Agatha Chrisrie, as usual.

Reviewed by Barbara Wheeler - Have loved this book since I first read it in the ...

Have loved this book since I first read it in the 50's. I have reread it over and over.

Reviewed by gail - I really like this book

I really like this book. It had good close to a long series of mysteries. I enjoy Agatha Christie mysteries.

Reviewed by M. Browne - Five Stars

A taut, ingenious first effort from the true master of the mystery genre.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Five Stars

Love Agatha C. Read many of her books.

Reviewed by Elyse - A classic!

A classic mystery and one of my favorites from Christie! Hercule Point and Capt Hastings are simply marvelous.

Reviewed by Carroll S. Collins - A FINE AGATHA CHRISTIE JUST CAN'T BE BEAT!!!

The whole family here loves mysteries and particularly Agatha Christie...the Queen of the genre. This is a splendid one for sure.

Reviewed by Stephen Zylstra - Typical

Another of Miss Christie's typical whodunnits.

Reviewed by sloppy joe - Hard to beat this as a first novel

To create such a list of characters on a first novel is remarkable. These will last for many more years to come.
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Reviewed by Tonya - lovely

Much more enjoyable than the movie. Agatha Christie always satisfies. I am glad I finally decided to read the books instead of just watch the movies.

Reviewed by Dean M Chasteen - Good read


Reviewed by WilliamEhrlich - good read

fine reading, Agatha christe is great! I would suggest it to anyone. get this book, and enjoy it. done right.

Reviewed by Irene - Enjoyable Reading

Always enjoy Agatha Christie! Keeps one's interst and is suspenseful. Good reading for many ages. Enjoy the good use of language.

Reviewed by Donna Lee Tucker - Christie. Enough said.

Christie. Enough said.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - NATASA GHOSH

It's really amazing,the plot. Wasn't able to guess anything at all. First I thought that the book was totally crap but as the story went on,well,lets just say that its indescribable.

Reviewed by N W-B - Five Stars

Read it as a teen many times and it still had me hooked this time.

Reviewed by Jana - Captivating!

Wonderful language, scenery, and surprise! This is a beautiful beginning to the world of Agatha Christie!! I can't wait for the next mystery!!!

Reviewed by putter - a classic!

This is a classic of crime fiction, sly and deceptively simple, with all the features of staid English life, including the seamy underbelly. The e-edition works perfectly.

Reviewed by TimJChampagne - Excellent read. Despite it being written quite a few ...

Excellent read. Despite it being written quite a few years ago, it was quite fun.

Reviewed by kavya - Fabulous

This is what I call an edge of the seat thriller. Though this book was written years ago how beautifully it sustains the reader throughout.

Reviewed by Ryan Chastain - Amazing

This book had me from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. If you are a fan of Agatha Christie this is a book to read

Reviewed by STEVE ROBERSON - Five Stars

Fun book

Reviewed by Filipe - The Queen

I lack of words to describe any book of Agatha's. Her style and originality always catch my attention!
I undoubtedly love her books and wish to read them all very soon!

Reviewed by Shea Simanek - Wonderful

This was a wonderful introduction to the lovely Agatha Christie. Fantastic book. I highly recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery.

Reviewed by Judith N. Genre - Agatha Christie as expected

I have read this mystery before and may read it again. Christie always tells an enchanting and fascinating tale. Too bad she is no longer around to tell us more.

Reviewed by Hesse - Agatha Christie is one the best

Great classic mystery literature from one of the best authors ever. This is the first book written and a great place to start your Poirot journey.

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Reviewed by TD - Very Good

I thought it was a good mystery story. The conclusion was far from what I expected. I would recommend this to others.

Reviewed by karen seaver - good read

Enjoyed reading, very eventful,kept me intrigued

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Five Stars

An awesome story. One of the best of Christie and Poirot.

Reviewed by sheeplady - loved it

Great characters, great mystery. Loved the glimpse of old England. Want more like it. zcv zcv zx zcv zxbv zxv

Reviewed by Christy Arnold - Excellent mystery

As always, excellent mystery with many twists and turns. I didn't know the murderer until the very end. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Lexi - Good mystery

This is the first Agatha Christie book I‘ve read. It kept me guessing the whole time. I plan to read more of her books soon.

Reviewed by Patricia Scullion - One more for the Collection

Another great Christie to add to my collection, good price and prompt delivery

Reviewed by Nishant - Five Stars

Excellent read

Reviewed by Roger K. White - Classic Agatha Christie

This is classic Agatha Christie and is a great read. Wonderful surprise ending!

Reviewed by bozo the clown - reading

I enjoy these type of mystery books. Holds your attention the whole way through. Unable to determine who the culprit is until the end of the book.

Reviewed by Tony - classic

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is our introduction to Hercule Poirot; the start of a wonderful friendship. This is classic Christie

Reviewed by cindy - re-visiting Mr P.

I am always amazed at the characterizations in the writing of the early part of the 20th century. The character of Mr. Poirot and the use of first person in the novel pulls one into the story.

Reviewed by Deniece Chapa - Five Stars

Like all of Agatha Christie novels it keeps you riveted I enjoyed it a lot.

Reviewed by Powell Kristen - Perfect fast paced read.

Agatha Christie always does a wonderful job keeping her readers sharp and this is no exception. It is a very easy fast read with tons of twist and turns. I

Reviewed by Bridget - Clever

Although not her best this is another great mystery from Agatha Christie. She is definitely the best mystery writer of all time.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Mystery Lover

This book is a must-read. There is much suspension and excitement in the book. I was hooked from the beginning. I just couldn't put it down.

Reviewed by froggy20703 - Love all of her books!

I haven't yet read this one, but I love everything that she has written. The price was Great. I'll be back for more!

Reviewed by WattledProduct1 - GREAT!

Excellent Story. Should Be read by everybody, in my opinion, and would be a good in-class book to read.

Reviewed by dikdude - Another of Agatha Christie's mysteries

This book is one of many by this author. If one enjoys Hercule Poirot, this is another good book. We have this in "real" book form and wanted to check out the kindle my wife was given.

Reviewed by Tara Cooper - Brilliant!

Very enjoyable. Keeps you guessing to the end! The use of a third, less intelligent character to observe Poirot and get frustrated with him was a nice touch too.

Reviewed by lindbery - Five Stars

where it all started for Christie - a milestone in the genre

Reviewed by laura bate - Five Stars

Good read. Unexpected ending.

Reviewed by Flinn - Amazing!

This is by far one of the best Agatha Christie books I have ever read. The plot twists make it so much fun to read. I could not put it down!

Reviewed by Tony Isaac - Intriguing til the end

I couldn't put this book down. Just when I thought I had figured out who the murderer was I found out that I was mistaken. I recommend this to teenagers and up.

Reviewed by TruShoeLover - Agatha Christie knows how to write a mystery...

This book is a good read. Keeps you on your "p's & q's" and in suspense. Just when you thought you solved the mystery; think again!

Reviewed by Eric Moraes - First book of Poirot

First book from Poirot, a great first history! Agatha has always been talented, from the first to the last book!

Reviewed by Doug Crose - Five Stars

Agatha Christie!

Reviewed by john cutts - Five Stars

A good book enabled 7 hour flt to pass away quickly

Reviewed by TruShoeLover - Hercule Poirot is the model for TV Detective "Monk"...

Loved this book. Lots of twists and turns, and just when you think you solved the "whodoneit"; another twist! Enjoy.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Five Stars

Mysterious affair at Styles
Reviewed by Barb - Classic!

A great read. Loved the characters. Agatha Christie is still a great mystery writer and her stories are still interesting years after she wrote them.

Reviewed by Anthony M. Lawrence - Another Hercule Poirot Hit!

Story moves along with the usual "family" of suspects and local villagers to help solve the mystery. Really enjoyed it.

Reviewed by courtenay - great book

As all ways Agatha Christie comes up with a crime that all ways has you guessing for a free book its a great read.

Reviewed by Gracie Guerin - The best

Amazing I loved it but I have to Wright 12 more word so it it it it 3 more and done

Reviewed by Not My Real Name - Missing illustrations in excusable

Early Poirot. This e-version retains identification of several illustrations (maps, floor plans) that are not included. At leat one other e-version has the same omissions. Publisher must be using a bridge but no editor. OK for free but do not pay for incomplete versions like this one.

Reviewed by Stella Irwin - Agatha Christie

I am a forever fan of Agatha Christie and I rate her books between 4 and 5 stars. My favorites? M. Poirot and Miss Marple, of course. He other sleuths are all OK but still get a high score from me in the story itself.

Reviewed by mcleroy - The Mysterious Affair at Styles

I was very pleased to receive this book. It had everything I wanted in it. I don't know what else to say.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Five Stars

Classic Christie--the clues are all there, just disguised.

Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Five Stars

Enjoyed this book very much. First Agatha Christie I've read.

Reviewed by Virginia Regier - Five Stars

This was a gift.

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