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Top 10 Best Instant Pots

- August 2019

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Yedi 9-in-1 Total Package Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt, Sauté, Steamer. Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipe Book, Cheat Sheets, 2-Year Warranty, 6 Quart. YEDI HOUSEWARE
YEDI HOUSEWARE
Yedi 9-in-1 Total Package Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt, Sauté, Steamer. Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipe Book, Cheat Sheets, 2-Year Warranty, 6 Quart.
  • 9 APPLIANCES IN 1: Cook meals in mere minutes & in less than half the time. Pressure cook, slow cook, sauté, steam, make cakes, pasteurize, make yogurt, cook rice, and warm, all in ONE electric appliance. It's "Perfect Under Pressure".
  • RISK FREE SHOPPING: Within 2-years of your purchase on Amazon Yedi Houseware will refund your money and or replace your purchase if you have any issues with it!
  • 15 INSTANT-TOUCH MICROPROCESSOR COOKING PROGRAMS: Poultry, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Soup, Sauté/Sear, Cake, Rice, Egg, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam/Veggies, Slow cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, and Pressure Cook (manual setting). Unlike most other cookers on the market, ours also gives you the flexibility to manually input cooking times and set different pressure levels as desired.
  • DELUXE ACCESSORY KIT: Included is a tempered glass lid (perfect for slow cooking and sautéing) 2 egg racks/steaming trivets, ladle, rice paddle, cooking mitts, extra silicone sealing ring, stainless steel steaming basket, stainless steel inner cooking pot and a measuring cup
  • RECIPES & CHEAT SHEETS: Comes with a Recipe Book and Cheat Sheets! In addition, the Yedi Houseware Appliances website and mobile app has new Pressure Cooker recipes & content uploaded every week as well.
  • EAN: 0706580009005
  • UPC: 706580009005
  • MPN: GV002
  • Model Number: Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker
  • Part Number: GV002
  • Size: 6 Quart
  • Height: 1300 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1220 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 1260 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1220 hundredths-inches
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Yedi 9-in-1 Total Package Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt, Sauté, Steamer. Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipe Book, Cheat Sheets, 2-Year Warranty, 6 Quart, Copper Yedi Houseware
Yedi Houseware
Yedi 9-in-1 Total Package Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt, Sauté, Steamer. Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipe Book, Cheat Sheets, 2-Year Warranty, 6 Quart, Copper
  • 9 APPLIANCES IN 1: Cook meals in mere minutes & in less than half the time. Pressure cook, slow cook, sauté, steam, make cakes, pasteurize, make yogurt, cook rice, and warm, all in ONE electric appliance. It's "Perfect Under Pressure".
  • RISK FREE SHOPPING: Within 2-years of your purchase on Amazon Yedi Houseware will refund your money and or replace your purchase if you have any issues with it!
  • 15 INSTANT-TOUCH MICROPROCESSOR COOKING PROGRAMS: Poultry, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Soup, Sauté/Sear, Cake, Rice, Egg, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam/Veggies, Slow cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, and Pressure Cook (manual setting). Unlike most other cookers on the market, ours also gives you the flexibility to manually input cooking times and set different pressure levels as desired.
  • DELUXE ACCESSORY KIT: Included is a tempered glass lid (perfect for slow cooking and sautéing) 2 egg racks/steaming trivets, ladle, rice paddle, cooking mitts, extra silicone sealing ring, stainless steel steaming basket, stainless steel inner cooking pot and a measuring cup.
  • RECIPES & CHEAT SHEETS: Comes with a Recipe Book and Cheat Sheets! In addition, the Yedi Houseware Appliances website and mobile app has new Pressure Cooker recipes & content uploaded every week as well.
  • EAN: 0706580009142
  • UPC: 706580009142
  • MPN: Pressure Cooker
  • Part Number: Pressure Cooker
  • Size: 6 quart
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DEENKEE 10-in-1 Multi-Function Pressure Cooker 6 Quart, Instant Programmable for Rice Cooker, Steamer, Egg Cooker, Slow Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Hot Pot, Mom Christmas Gifts in 2-Year Warranty DEENKEE
DEENKEE
DEENKEE 10-in-1 Multi-Function Pressure Cooker 6 Quart, Instant Programmable for Rice Cooker, Steamer, Egg Cooker, Slow Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Hot Pot, Mom Christmas Gifts in 2-Year Warranty
  • ✔【10-1 Muti-Function】:DEENKEE gives you the flexibility to manually input cooking times when required and you also have the pre-programmed smart programs already set for many dishes such as Oatmeal, Broth/Soup, Poultry, Yogurt, Egg, Beans/Chilli, Rice, Pressure Cook (Manual Setting), Meat/Stew, Cake. Slow Cook, Steam, Saute, Canning & Multi-Grain so all of your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button
  • ✔【 STRONGEST & HEALTHIEST】:Ceramic non-stick interior coating, plastic PTFE and PFOA free for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment seals in the flavors, nutrients and aromas within the food to Healthy, stainless steel (18/10) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304 ss, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavors, nutrients and aromas within the food
  • ✔【SAFETY】: Safety locking lid, Automatic pressure control, Electrical Current & Temperature fuse, Pressure regulation system, Smart locking sensors, Anti-Block shield, Automatic temperature control, Pressure protection system, Heat resistant cooking mitts, Temperature monitor.
  • ✔【DELUXE ACCESSORY KIT】: Included is a tempered glass lid (perfect for slow cooking and sautéing) 2 egg racks/steaming trivets, ladle, rice paddle, cooking mitts, extra silicone sealing ring, stainless steel steaming basket, stainless steel inner cooking pot and a measuring cup
  • ✔【BUY WITH CONFIDENCE】: Within 1-years of your purchase on Amazon we will refund your money and or replace your purchase if you have any issues with it
  • Size: 6QT
  • Height: 1380 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1300 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 1300 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1300 hundredths-inches
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Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker 6 Quarts with Stainless Steel Pot, Steamer Basket, instant access to recipe app. Pressure cook, slow cook, sauté, rice cooker, yogurt, steam Mealthy
Mealthy
Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker 6 Quarts with Stainless Steel Pot, Steamer Basket, instant access to recipe app. Pressure cook, slow cook, sauté, rice cooker, yogurt, steam
  • 9 Appliances in 1: Cook meals in mere minutes & in less than half the time Also get instant access to our recipes! Pressure cook, slow cook, sauté, steam, make cakes, pasteurize, make yogurt, cook rice, and Warm, all in one electric appliance. Comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty - register your appliance on the Mealthy website.
  • 2 dishes at once & stainless steel pot: The included stainless-steel steamer basket enables you to make two dishes at once! The big cooking pot is also stainless steel!
  • 14 easy-touch cooking programs: poultry, meat/stew, Bean/Chili, Soup, sauté/simmer, cake, rice, Multigrain, porridge, steam, slow cook, keep Warm, yogurt, and pressure cook (manual setting).
  • We've thought of everything: an extra silicone gasket, silicone mitts, steamer basket, 4cm-raised steam rack/trivet, Ladle, rice paddle, and measuring cup are all included!
  • Recipes and videos on Mealthy mobile app: The Mealthy site and mobile app for iOS and Android feature thousands of recipes and step-by-step videos to make the most out of every Mealthy appliance!
  • EAN: 0712038815722
  • UPC: 712038815722
  • MPN: N / A
  • Model Number: N/A
  • Part Number: N / A
  • Size: 6 Quarts
  • Warrenty: 1-year limited warranty and 100% satisfaction guarantee, with customer service always available to help you when you need it.
  • Height: 1225 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1250 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 1300 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1250 hundredths-inches
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Potastic 6Qt 10-in-1 Programmable Pressure, LCD Display,Instant Cooking with Stainless Steel Pot, Multi, Slow, Rice, Yogurt Maker, Egg Cooker, Saute, Steamer, Warmer Potastic
Potastic
Potastic 6Qt 10-in-1 Programmable Pressure, LCD Display,Instant Cooking with Stainless Steel Pot, Multi, Slow, Rice, Yogurt Maker, Egg Cooker, Saute, Steamer, Warmer
  • [10-1 multi function and easy to read LCD display] Potastic replaces 10 common kitchen Appliances including pressure cooker, slow cooker, sauté, rice cooker, Steamer, yogurt maker, food Warmer, cake maker, sterilizer and egg cooker in one electric device, All comes with instant cooking features, that cooks meals in less than half the time.
  • [16 smart cooking programs with dual pressure setting] poultry, meat/stew, Bean/Chili, Soup/broth, rice, multi-grain, porridge, slow cook, sauté/simmer, steam, egg, keep Warm, cake, yogurt and sterilize, pressure cook (manual cooking). cook your favorite dishes just the touch of one button.
  • [Every thing you need in one box] A recipe book, Extra silicon sealing ring(you actually got two total), stainless steel steam rack, stainless steel inner cooking pot measuring cup, rice paddle, Soup Ladle and oven mitts are included in the box. The included stainless-steel Steamer basket enables you to make two dishes at once!
  • [Comes with recipes and instructions] Comes with a recipe book, cooking time tables and cheat sheets! In addition, Potastic appliances website and mobile app for iOS and Android has new pressure cooker recipes & Content uploaded every week as well! Our product is also designed to use with most pressure cooker recipes in the market.
  • [Etl certified for safety] ETL certified with 10 proven safety mechanisms gives you peace of mind. Highly energy efficient, This kitchen cooker Emits no steam when cooking. Comes with a 1-year manufacturer's - register your appliance on the Potastic website.
  • EAN: 0080101336000
  • UPC: 080101336000
  • MPN: EP6
  • Model Number: 6Qt 10-in-1 Programmable
  • Part Number: EP6
  • Size: Steamer
  • Height: 14.4 Inches
  • Width: 12.6 Inches
  • Length: 12.2 Inches
  • Width: 12.6 Inches
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Instant Pot Lux 6 Qt Red 6-in-1 Muti-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer Instant Pot
Instant Pot
Instant Pot Lux 6 Qt Red 6-in-1 Muti-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer
  • Instant Pot Lux 6 appliances in 1 enhanced version includes a cake and egg program in addition to the Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer
  • Features 12 Smart Built-In Programs - Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Cake, Egg, Sauté, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Pressure Cook, Keep Warm, Steam and Slow Cook, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button
  • Built with the latest 3rd generation microprocessor technology, up to 240 minutes pressure-cooking up to 24 hours delay start, automatic Keep Warm up to 10 hours, 3 temperatures in Sauté & Slow Cook
  • Stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot, food grade 304, no chemical coating, with 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavors, nutrients and aromas
  • UL and ULC certified, includes 10 safety mechanisms to provide users with assurance and confidence, designed to eliminate many common errors.Power Supply Cord: 33 inches, non-detached, 3 prong plug
  • Power supply: 120V - 60Hz
  • EAN: 0782446176128
  • UPC: 859716007335
  • MPN: B07C944DCG
  • Model Number: Lux 60 Red
  • Part Number: B07C944DCG
  • Size: 6 Quart
  • Warrenty: 12 Month Warranty
  • Height: 1250 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1220 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 1320 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1220 hundredths-inches
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Ninja OP301 Pressure Cooker, Steamer & Air Fryer w/TenderCrisp Technology Pressure & Crisping Lid, 6.5-Quart, Black/Gray Ninja
Ninja
Ninja OP301 Pressure Cooker, Steamer & Air Fryer w/TenderCrisp Technology Pressure & Crisping Lid, 6.5-Quart, Black/Gray
  • The Ninja Foodi-The Pressure Cooker That Crisps. Pressure Cooker, Air Fryer, TenderCrisper
  • TenderCrisp Technology allows you to quickly cook ingredients, then the Crisping Lid gives your meals a crispy, golden finish.
  • Pressure cook up to 70% faster versus traditional cooking methods.* Air fry with up to 75% less fat than traditional frying methods.** *Versus slow-cooked, braised, or low-simmer recipes **Tested against hand-cut, deep-fried french fries.
  • 6.5-Quart Ceramic-Coated Pot: Nonstick, PTFE/PFOA-free, and easy to clean. Enough capacity to cook a roast for your family.
  • 4-Quart Cook & Crisp Basket: Large-capacity, ceramic-coated, PTFE/PFOA-free basket holds up to a 5-lb chicken or 3 lbs of french fries to feed your whole family. Nonstick for easy cleanup.
  • 14 Levels of Safety: Passed rigorous testing to earn UL safety certification, giving you confidence and peace of mind while cooking.
  • Frozen to Crispy: Skip thawing and save time. Evenly cook frozen food from the inside out, starting with pressure cooking and finishing off with a crisping method of your choice.
  • Includes: 1400-watt unit, crisping lid, pressure lid, 6.5-quart ceramic-coated pot, 4-quart ceramic-coated Cook & Crisp Basket, stainless steel reversible rack, and 45+ recipe book
  • EAN: 0720887066738
  • UPC: 720887066721
  • MPN: OP301
  • Model Number: OP301
  • Part Number: OP301
  • Size: 6.5-Quart
  • Warrenty: 1 year
  • Height: 1310 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1675 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 1425 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1675 hundredths-inches
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Instant Pot LUX60V3 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer Instant Pot
Instant Pot
Instant Pot LUX60V3 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer
  • Instant Pot Lux 6 qt Multi Cooker, combines 6 kitchen Appliances in 1, pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer, and warmer, prepares dishes up to 70percentage faster to support your busy lifestyle
  • Built with the latest 3rd generation microprocessor technology, up to 240 minutes pressure cooking up to 24 hours delay start, automatic keep Warm up to 10 hours, 3 temperatures in saute & slow cook
  • Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3 ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavors, nutrients and aromas within the food
  • Power supply: 120V to 60Hz
  • Power: 1000 watts
  • EAN: 0853084004408
  • UPC: 853084004408
  • MPN: IP-LUX60V3
  • Model Number: IP-LUX60V3
  • Part Number: IP-LUX60V3
  • Size: 6 Quart
  • Height: 1250 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1220 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 1318 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1220 hundredths-inches
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Zavor LUX LCD 8 Quart Programmable Electric Multi-Cooker: Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Steamer and more - Stainless Steel (ZSELL03) Market Solutions Group, Inc.
Market Solutions Group, Inc.
Zavor LUX LCD 8 Quart Programmable Electric Multi-Cooker: Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Steamer and more - Stainless Steel (ZSELL03)
  • Featured functions: Pressure Cook (high and low), Slow Cook (high and low), Steam, Brown, Flex, Simmer, Yogurt, Grains, Eggs, Dessert, Keep Warm and Time Delay to program cooking time at your convenience
  • Over 33 programmable settings include: Meat, Beans, Soup, Risotto, Vegetable, Omelette, Cheesecake and more!
  • The White Rice setting cooks rice as a traditional rice cooker would, using only steam. The Flex function allows you to use the unit as a pressure cooker or traditional stockpot. Yogurt allows you to prepare homemade yogurt with an easy-to-follow 2step process. All food settings come equipped with their own preset cooking time and temperature or pressure level for ideal results
  • The Brown function allows you to brown foods in the same pot before cooking. Steam cooks your vegetables and fish with steam to preserve their nutrients. Keep Warm launches at the end of the cooking time to ensure food will remain warm until the cooker is shut off. Time Delay allows you to delay cooking up to 6 hours. Assisting icons on the panel show when the unit is preheating, cooking and even if the lid needs to be opened or closed
  • ETL approved. The multi-cooker won't open if there is pressure inside. The powerful heating element allows for the multi-cooker to reach pressure/temperature faster. The 6 Qt. units use 1000 Watts, the 8 Qt. units use 1300 Watts, and the 4 Qt. units use 800 Watts. The Mute feature disables all unit sounds for quiet programming and noiseless unit transitions | 1-year warranty -> register on zavoramerica website, details on user manual
  • EAN: 0850834008266
  • UPC: 850834008266
  • MPN: 623237-ZSELL03
  • Part Number: 623237-ZSELL03
  • Size: 8 Quart
  • Height: 1420 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1200 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 1320 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1200 hundredths-inches
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Instant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer Instant Pot
Instant Pot
Instant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer
  • Instant Pot Ultra electric pressure cooker is the next generation in kitchen Appliances. A central dial with a simple turn and press provides added precision in program selection and adjustment
  • New features: altitude adjustment, cooking indicator, and a steam release reset button. The Ultra button for custom programming. The new features include sterilize, cake and egg programs
  • Replaces 10 common kitchen Appliances pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, egg cooker, saute/searing, steamer, warmer, and sterilizer
  • Developed with the latest 3rd generation technology with an embedded microprocessor. The microprocessor monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration. Product Dimensions 33 x 31.8 x 31.8 centimeter
  • UL certified with 11 safety features to provide peace of mind. New steam release reset button for safer handling. All components in contact with food are food grade 304 (18/8) Stainless Steel
  • Accessories included: steam rack (with handles), recipe booklet, serving Spoon, Soup Spoon, measuring cup
  • Power supply: 120V to 60Hz
  • EAN: 0853084004576
  • UPC: 853084004576
  • MPN: IP- Ultra Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt
  • Model Number: Ultra 60
  • Part Number: IP- Ultra Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt
  • Size: 6 Quart
  • Height: 1250 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1250 hundredths-inches
  • Length: 1300 hundredths-inches
  • Width: 1250 hundredths-inches
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Best Instant Pot Product Reviews

Love to cook but want to save time, money, and space? There's an easy solution! Multi-cookers, or instant pots (not to be confused with the name brand), are a great solution for those looking for a do-it-all device to make cooking more convenient and enjoyable. There are a lot of instant pots on the market today. All of them have their benefits, but what's the best one for you?

 

Don't worry; we at Top10.today can help you out in your search for the ultimate appliance.

 

We're reviewing some top products so you can easily find the best of the best. If you want even more information, hop on down to our buying guide below. Finding the best multi-cooker for your kitchen has never been easier!

 

Best Overall: Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker

A dark multicooker with red silicone gloves next to an open smartphone

 

The Mealthy Multi-pot tops our list of the best multi-pots. This 6-quart cooker can just about do it all. Need a hearty egg breakfast? Got it. Want to warm up some leftovers from last night? Done. Want to splurge with a cake? Say no more. This programmable cooker can do all of that and more. As if that wasn't impressive enough, you can also cook two dishes at once with this device, saving you even more time. A delay start and progress meter also help you start dishes when you want for maximum convenience. It's easy to monitor how everything is going with these features on the large blue LCD screen.

 

Not sure where to start with this 14-program, 9-in-1 multi-cooker? No need to worry; Mealthy has an app that can give you plenty of ideas so you can get going as soon as your model arrives. This item goes for $99.95 on Amazon, which includes a 1-year warranty. Besides price, the only other potential drawback is that this device is a little heavier, weighing almost 15 pounds. With everything Mealthy offers, though, we can't help but give this multi-pot a 9.9 rating.

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Cons

 

Best Functionality: Mueller 10-in-1, 19-Program Pot

A granite colored pressure cooker with multiple functions sits beneath a

 

If you're looking for a device with plenty of functions, look no further than the Mueller 10-in-1 Pot. This 10-in-1 multi-cooker has 19 programs! Its 10 functions are:

That's a lot of kitchen space saved right there. Plus, clean-up is easy, too, as this German-designed device features a non-stick inner pot and plenty of dishwasher-safe parts. Its smart design also maximizes flavors with quality sealing technology. Plus, this device is light, so it is easy to move around the kitchen. A new one currently sells for $89.99 on Amazon. All in all? We give this device a 9.5 rating, putting it at #2 on our top 10 list.

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Best Price: 6-in-1 Instant Pot

Silver and black Instant Pot beneath a

 

Looking for the best bang for you buck? The best-priced item on our top 10 list is the Instant Pot 6-in-1 Programmable Multi-Cooker, going for $79.99 on Amazon. There's a reason this brand has become synonymous with the general multi-cooker. This high-quality device includes 10 safety features and guided cooking from Amazon's own Alexa. Those who are in a hurry can up the pressure on this device, cutting cooking time by as much as 70%!

 

Instant Pot doesn't disappoint here, which is why this pot comes in at #4 on our list with a respectable 9.4 rating.

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Now that you've seen our top picks, are you ready to learn more about multi-cookers in general? If so, take a peek at our in-depth buying guide below so you can pick out the best device for your needs.

 


 

The Best Instant Pot Buying Guide: How to Find the Best Instant Pot Multi-cooker for You

(To avoid confusion, for the purposes of this guide, "instant pot" refers to multi-cookers in general – not the Canadian name-brand Instant Pot – unless otherwise specified.)

 

Those who love to cook probably have numerous kitchen appliances. On any given day, putting together a complex dish can involve busting out the rice cooker, steaming vegetables, and sautéing something on the stove. While the final meal might be incredible, the amount of counter space everything takes up is not. And the large clean-up? Definitely not enjoyable.

 

Enter the instant pot, or multi-cooker. This little machine might just be the perfect countertop-sized miracle foodies have been waiting for! With it, you'll have a steamer, rice cooker, food warmer, and more in just one convenient place.

 

You can't understate how popular this kitchen appliance is. The versatility of this machine is what helps make it so popular. It can help you whip up a variety of dishes for any taste or lifestyle. Vegan, gluten-free, and keto dishes are all easily prepared in a multi-cooker, for example. Of course, this is all but a taste (pun intended) of what this countertop mini-kitchen can make. If you're thinking about investing in an instant pot, here is what you need to know before you buy one.

 

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What Is an Instant Pot?

Multi-cookers are machines that serve various functions, combining the abilities of several cooking appliances into one. Instant Pot is the Canadian brand that is practically synonymous with multi-cooker. However, there are plenty of other reputable companies that also make multi-cookers, like Cuisinart, Greville, and Gourmia.

 

What these multi-cookers can do depends on the specific model and brand you choose. Most have the following functions:

Specific brands and models can also have other fun functions, like serving as a homemade yogurt maker, warmer for leftovers, sterilizer, egg maker, and more. Aside from the basic machine, you can also invest in accessories for your instant pot so it can perform other tasks, such as baking cupcakes.

How Are Instant Pots Different from Other Appliances?

As with any all-in-one cooking device, chances are good that you will wind up cooking some dishes more often than others. In that respect, you might not change your eating habits too much. However, there are several factors that help make multi-cookers superior to other appliances. Some benefits to owning instant pots include:

They save space

Because these devices do cook so many different kinds of foods, you might not even need many of your other specialty cooking appliances. After all, a rice cooker and a vegetable steamer and a pressure cooker and a slow cooker takes up more room on your counters than one instant pot will. This space-saving feature is perhaps the best reason to own one.

A meal in silver dishes is cooked over a stove
A multi-cooker can even take up functions of a stovetop.

They're incredibly convenient

The instant pot's all-in-one feature truly sets it apart from single-purpose cookers. It's hard to compete with a device capable of yogurt making and bottle sterilizing (and more!)

Using an instant pot is also pretty easy. Having lots of controls and timers means – at least a lot of the time – you can set up the meal in the machine and then complete another task while the pot works its magic.

They can save time

Instant pots are great because they can often help you save time when you cook. However, just be aware that multi-cookers don't actually cook things instantly. As with most other appliances, they still take time to heat up or build pressure. Once the preparation part is complete, though, they are capable of cooking certain dishes at a faster pace than more traditional methods.

 

Here is an example of how this works out with a common recipe, cooked beans. A basic baked beans recipe will transform dried beans into fully cooked beans in about an hour in an instant pot, excluding the time the machine needs to prep. While that isn't exactly instant, it is certainly faster than the normal method of preparing dried beans. That process entails letting beans soak overnight before you even bring them to the stove. Once on the stove, you might be there hours and hours. A day versus an hour? We'll let you decide which is better.

 

Multi-pots also make up time up for human blunders. For example, if you forgot to thaw a steak the night before, you'd be out of luck the next day if you didn't have an instant pot. Many multi-cookers can work with frozen meat; however, the cooking time will vary, depending on the model and brand.

They self-regulate

Most instant pots come with sensors that will keep track of temperature, pressure, and other cooking elements. This means that keeping track of your dishes can be far less labor intensive than using more traditional methods. Using the previous bean example, cooking beans traditionally requires you to constantly check on your dish to ensure the beans don't burn. This isn't necessarily the case with an instant pot (although many people advise keeping a close watch on your timer so as to not let your veggies overcook.)

They can connect to wireless technology

Love your Smart Kitchen? Many a multi-cooker have Smart Home connectivity and Bluetooth capabilities. You access these features via a phone or other smart device. (Note that not all multi-cookers come with these capabilities.)

There's plenty of accessories available

Some brands have plenty of cool accessories for you to buy so you can expand the use and functionality of your multi-cooker. For example, many sell add-on steaming racks that allow you to cook more than one meal at a time in the device. This rack could let you cook some meat at the bottom while steaming your vegetables in a basket above.

What Kinds of Dishes Can You Make in an Instant Pot?

You can prepare many of your favorite dishes in a multi-cooker because of its versatility. It's easy to prepare a big pot of chicken noodle soup, creamy homemade macaroni and cheese, chili, or shrimp Alfredo. (Note, however, that you may need to alter cook times a bit.) Anyone who's used one can tell you: it's easy to discover plenty of new dishes to fall in love with! You can find any number of instant pot recipes online or in cookbooks that will help you make plenty of new dishes to try.

A tablet with a recipe pulled up rests on a white countertop
It's easy to pull up instant pot recipes online.

 

The specific model of instant pot and the type of accessories that you have often dictates the types of food you can make. Some of the more popular accessories you'll find (and the dishes they can make) include:

Steamer basket

One of the more popular accessories you'll find is the steamer basket. This add-on allows you to steam foods like vegetables. A word of caution here: many multi-cookers are powerful. They will overcook vegetables if you're not careful.

Egg steamer

Other popular accessories are the egg steamer and the bite-sized egg mold. Both allow you to cook eggs easily.

 

The egg steamer is a little rack that has a number of round slots on it. You place whole eggs onto the steamer rack, add some water to the machine, and steam the eggs for a couple of minutes. (It is important to note that not all steam racks come with individual slots for the eggs.)

 

With the egg-bites mold, you can make eggs that have vegetables, meats, and cheese in them (essentially, mini-omelets). This mold looks a bit like a round cupcake pan with round-bottomed cups. Look for ones made of silicon or other non-stick materials, as they will make clean-ups much easier.

Spring pan

Baking dishes like cakes, cheesecake, or tiramisu is also a possibility if you get a spring pan that fits inside the machine.

How Much Does an Instant Pot Cost?

The price of an instant pot will vary, depending on the specific model and brand. Many complex models can cost $100 to $200 dollars. Others will be a bit more expensive than that. In general, the higher-priced models either do more or are made with higher-quality materials. Size also plays a factor in pricing. An 8-quart model will cost more than a 3-quart model of similar quality, for example.

 

If you can't quite see yourself spending $100.00 on a machine, you can often secure a smaller one for less. Cheaper, smaller products will cost about $80.00. These machines have fewer functions, but will likely cook most dishes that you like. A mini brand-name Instant Pot can be even cheaper, running around $55.00 with tax.

 

Accessories for these machines are often sold separately. A set of accessories can run anywhere from $10.00 to $50.00, depending upon how many accessories come with the package.

 

Because there are so many price points, chefs of all specialties and skill levels should be able to find a multi-cooker at a size and a price that works for them.

A silver and black name-brand Instant Pot multicooker rests on a white countertop
The name-brand Instant Pot is practically synonymous with multi-cooker.

Other Considerations

Quart size

When talking about instant pot models, quart size is another factor you will have to take into consideration. The most common quart sizes for a basic instant pot are 3, 6, and 8 quarts. What size instant pot you get should depend on how much food you'd like to prepare. A 6- to 8-quart instant pot is generally for large families or large meals, while a mini 3-quart model is for a small group or individual. Some benefits to each of these multi-pot models include:

3-quart model
6-quart model
8-quart model

Built-in programs

Many of the best instant pots will come with plenty of added features, like different types of built-in programs. These features are great for some people, but might not be best for everyone. It all depends on what you want to do with your multi-pot. Do you want to do only the most basic of cooking tasks? Or do you want something that will do it all, with the device being able to make yogurt, cook many meals at once, warm up dinner from last night, and sterilize baby bottles? Plenty of models of instant pot comes with these features, although they do generally cost more money than a simpler model. Fortunately, however, even appliances with many of these settings are easy to use. Often times, a simple press of a button on the control panel is all it will take to activate a function.

 

If you're looking for even more bells and whistles, consider an instant pot with Smart WiFi connectivity. In other words, choose an instant pot model that can easily connect to Bluetooth or your Smart Home. These devices can let you more easily customize them, start them from a distance, and access several smart programs, among many other convenient applications.

Temperature and cooking pressure

Not all multi-cookers can reach the temperatures you might need to cook your favorite food. Always check to see what the maximum temperature a model can reach before you buy it. It's also important to check that your model can fit your pressure-cooking needs. Most instant pot pressure cookers will come with different pot pressure settings, often being able to switch between high-pressure and low-pressure cooking options. As such, it's a good idea to review several products and compare their features so you can truly find one that meets your needs best.

 

Like many electronic pressure cookers, many multi-pots also come with a quick-release option. If you truly want a multi-functional device, look for one with this feature. Devices that have a quick pressure release will not only allow you to more easily make certain dishes, but they can also cut down on overall cook time (as compared to the longer wait time on natural steam release).

Where to buy one

If you're looking for an instant pot to buy, you have plenty of options from which to choose. Online retailers are good options because they allow for easy comparison between models, can offer some great deals, and don't require you to leave your home. Manufacturers and retailers like Amazon have many instant pot deals available.

Safety features

Safety should always be a priority. Fortunately, many instant pot models are designed with safety in mind. The best instant pots will list what safety features they have and how they can better protect you and your kitchen.

Overall Benefits of an Instant Pot/Multi-Cooker

Is an Instant Pot Just Right for Me?

In recent years, the popularity of multi-cookers – also often called simply instant pots (not to be confused with the brand name) – has exploded. This surge in popularity can be attributed to a number of factors.

 

For one, the instant pot cooks hundreds of kinds of foods. Multi-pot owners are not just limited to making roast and potatoes or stew. These all-in-one cookers can make steamed vegetables, rice, and eggs. Some can also make yogurt and cheesecake!

 

As such, these machines can replace many cooking appliances, like the rice steamer, the slow cooker, and the pressure cooker, as well as the stovetop and the oven. They prepare even the most difficult-to-cook foods, like frozen meat or dried beans, in a shorter amount of time than other cooking methods do. Accessories made for many instant pots increase the number of dishes you can make in your own specific machine.

 

With all of the benefits to a multi-cooker, it's easy to see why many people enjoy having them in their homes! Fortunately, it's easier than ever to buy one in 2019 with so many available on the market.

 

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