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Should I Buy An Instant Pot? – How I Made My Decision

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I have heard so many raves about the Instant Pot, but I wasn’t sure if it was for me! I have a crock pot and have never used many of the other appliances that this pot replaces. Plus, my counter top and my cupboards are full. Where would I put one? The question of should I buy an instant pot still lingered. With so many people I know raving about it, I decided to do my own research to make my decision. Here is what I came up with.

What Is An Insant Pot And What Does It Do?

An Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that combines a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, saute pan, steamer and food warmer all in one pot. On some models you can also get: porridge or stew pot, cake maker, yogurt maker, sterilizer, sous vide, and a pressure canner.

This pot will cook foods that take longer to cook in a shorter amount of time. For example, if you are cooking dry beans, you do not have to soak them overnight or boil them for an hour before cooking. Put them in the pot and you get perfectly cooked beans in about an hour.

What Size Fits My Needs and Will Cook Enough For My Large Family?

First, you have to realize that you cannot fill the pot over 1/2 to 2/3 full, depending on what you are cooking. This is to keep from clogging the venting knob. So you actually get smaller cooking room. Second, you have to know that you can do smaller amounts in larger pots, but not larger amounts in smaller pots. This is nice for those who want to do batch cooking once in a while, but still want to cook smaller meals.

  • In a 3 quart size you can feed 1-2 people. It will hold chicken parts or cut up meats.
  • A 6 quart size feeds 3-6 people and will hold a small whole chicken or small roast.
  • An 8 quart size feeds larger families and will hold a large whole chicken or large roast.

How Is An Instant Pot Different From a Crock Pot?

A slow cooker or crock pot will cook food at a lower temperature for a longer amount of time. This is the only function you get on a crock pot with an exception of some models may have the ability to keep foods warm. Mine has this but it is timed for up to four hours.

An Instant Pot cooks at a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time. It has many functions and can operate as a slow cooker, rice cooker, saute pan, steamer and food warmer all in one pot. You can also get models that do a lot more! This makes it a convenient appliance that does the work of many appliances.

Pros and Cons of an Instant Pot

Pros:

  • Uses less energy than a slow cooker – save on your electric bill!
  • One of the awesome features is a delay start. Plus, there is one model you can control with Mobil devices – Android 5.0 or later and iOS 9.0 or later.
  • You can actually saute in the pot. This is very convenient for those recipes that tell you to brown your meat before cooking.
  • Saves time for a lot of foods like rice, beans and frozen chickens. No soaking beans, and you do not have to thaw a chicken before cooking it.
  • No mushy overcooked food.

Cons:

  • The name of the pot can be misleading. It is not instant. The major complaint I have found is that a recipe time does not include the time to come to pressure and the release pressure time. For some foods (but not all) with the pressure time and release time added it is the same amount of time to cook the food if not a little longer.
  • The inner seal may need to be replaced often. Complaints of it holding the taste of other foods and transferring that taste over, has been reported. People have solved the problem by replacing the seal.

What are the different models and what functions do they have?

Duo Evo Plus Comes in 6 & 8 quarts sizes.

Functions:

  • Pressure cooker
  • Rice cooker
  • Slow cooker
  • yogurt maker
  • steamer
  • saute pan
  • food warmer
  • cake maker
  • porridge pot/stock pot
  • sous vide

Duo NoVo – Comes in 3, 6 & 8 quarts sizes.

Functions:

  • Pressure cooker
  • saute pan
  • steamer
  • slow cooker
  • rice cooker
  • food warmer
  • yogurt maker

Duo SV – Comes in 6 quart size only.

Functions:

  • Pressure cooker
  • slow cooker
  • rice cooker
  • porridge pot
  • stewing pot
  • saute pan
  • steamer
  • yogurt maker
  • sous vide

Max – Comes in a 6 quart size only.

Functions:

  • Pressure cooker
  • Pressure canner
  • Sous Vide
  • Slow Cooker
  • Rice Cooker
  • Saute Pan
  • Steamer
  • Yogurt maker
  • Food warmer

Smart WiFiComes in 6 quart size only.

Functions:

  • Pressure cooker
  • slow cooker
  • rice maker
  • porridge pot
  • yogurt maker
  • cake maker
  • saute pan
  • steamer
  • food warmer
  • can be controlled from Mobil devices

Ultra 10 in 1Comes in 3, 6 & 8 quarts sizes.

Functions:

  • Pressure cooker
  • rice cooker
  • porridge pot
  • cake maker
  • yogurt maker
  • saute pan
  • steamer
  • food warmer
  • sterilizer
  • Provides complete programming for pressure and non-pressure cooking. You can set exact parameters desired to achieve perfect results every time.
  • Altitude adjustment

Duo Plus 9 in 1Comes in 3, 6 & 8 quarts sizes.

Functions:

  • Pressure cooker
  • rice cooker
  • slow cooker
  • yogurt maker
  • steamer
  • saute pan
  • food warmer
  • stock pot
  • cake maker
  • egg cooker
  • sterilizer
  • sous vide

Viva 9 in 1 – Comes in 6 & 8 quarts sizes.

Functions:

  • Pressure cooker
  • saute pan
  • slow cooker
  • rice cooker
  • food warmer
  • yogurt maker
  • cake maker
  • stock pot
  • steamer
  • Sous vide
  • egg maker

Duo 7 in 1Comes in 3, 6, and 8 quarts sizes.

Functions:

  • Pressure cooker
  • saute pan
  • slow cooker
  • rice cooker
  • food warmer
  • yogurt maker
  • steamer

Lus 6 in 1Comes in 3, 5, 6, and 8 quarts sizes. The only one I found that comes in different colors and designs.

  • Pressure cooker
  • slow cooker
  • rice cooker
  • sauté pan
  • steamer
  • food warmer

Amazon carries most of these models.  You can find prices very affordable and reasonable.  Get yours today!

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Final Decision

After all my research and raves I have heard, I have decided I want to try the Instant Pot! I have my heart set on the Ultra 10 in 1 because I can get it in an 8 quart (I have a large family) and

I like all the functions. I am not sure I need that many functions so my second choice is the Lus 6 in 1.   Since it takes the place of so many appliances, I can clean out my cupboards and kitchen counter top and have room to spare. This is definitely going on my Christmas list!

Do you have an Instant Pot? Which model do you have and do you recommend it? Put your comments and suggestions in the comment section below.

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  • Kira
    October 31, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I love how you described the pros and cons! Then you added how diffrent models work and there sizes. This article really made me want to buy a instant pot and you even have adds offering discounts! Very easy to follow and great to learn about.All my friend have been talking about having a instant pot and now I have a great buying guide, when I start looking into one!

    • admin
      October 31, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you Kira for reading my article!  I am looking forward to getting my Instant Pot as well.

  • Danijel
    October 31, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Hello Karen, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I have never used instant pot but lately, I really need this thing. I live alone and because of my daily job, I can’t make to cook for me as I don’t have much time. It is very affordable yet so powerful. Definitely will get one, thank you for sharing such useful product. Rice is my favorite food and its great this pot can prepare it so fast.

    • admin
      October 31, 2019 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you!  Since it is only yourself, you could probably get away with a 3quart Instant Po3quart Instant Po3quart Instant Pot.  All the models include a rice cooker.  

  • Pablo
    October 31, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Hello! I had doubts about this product so I decided to do some research and discovered your review.

    I love the idea of having nine options in one! I have my sister-in-law who has a similar one and calls it “the cooking machine”: D. I think it’s an excellent summary of what this pot can do.

    My question is the fryer option. Do you need a lot of oil, or do you work with those heat currents mentioned in some products? This would be nice to know since we are looking for a healthy option for our fries!

    Now I’m going to take a deeper view, since my other goal is to cook a good rice for sushi!

    I really liked the product, and the review!

    Regards
    Paul

    • admin
      October 31, 2019 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you Paul!  Since it is a sautéing pan, I am sure it would only use a few tablespoons of oil.  It is not deep frying.  And you can use any kind of cooking oil that you want.  Here is my article on healthy cooking oils.

  • Carol5162
    October 31, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    With all those features? I already love it! I am just amazed at how excellent these pots get day by day. I love that the Instant port can handle frozen and hard grains immediately. Since small amounts can be cooked in large pots, it would be better to get one large one and still use it for both small or large meals.Thank you for highlighting the instant pot. I would really love to get my hand on one large one.

    • admin
      October 31, 2019 at 9:46 pm

      Yes, that is a good point.  It would be better to get a larger one for more options.  Thank you for reading my article.

  • Anthony Hu
    October 31, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you for your post. It informative and helpful for me. We have a slow cooker with limited functions and would like to purchase something with more functions.

    Here comes your article. An Instant Pot sounds good for our family. It is a multi-cooker that combines a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, saute pan, steamer and food warmer all in one pot. This is what we want.

    I like your Pros and Cons analyses, which is helpful for me to make decision. Both my wife and I are working full-time and it is usually late when we reach home. I see that there are some model we can control with mobile devices. We need such one so that we could start to cook before we reach home. The food are ready when we reach home and we could enjoy after all day’s hard work at jobs.

    It is kind of you sharing this useful information with us.

    • admin
      October 31, 2019 at 9:45 pm

      I liked that function too!  But, I don’t work outside of my home, so it is a feature I do not necessarily need.  I can see this working for anyone who has to work outside the home!  Let me know if you like it.

  • EVA
    October 31, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Hello Karen, thank you for the review about instant pot.I was planning to buy a pressure cooker for my new home as,I am moving home soon.But,the instant pot is tempting because it can do many task on the top of my pressure cooker I needed.I checked the price and it is not too expensive.I will go for the duo 7in one.This is a fantastic gift idea! Many thanks!

    • admin
      October 31, 2019 at 9:43 pm

      Oh, yes!!  I would definitely look into this instead of buying a pressure cooker. So many more things to do with!

  • Daniella
    November 1, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Hi there,

    Excellent article, I really enjoyed the reading. 

    I was looking on the net for a review about the cooking pot, and that’s how I found your website.  I have never used this; it will be the first time. It seems to be so practical; I can’t wait to try it out.  I do have a question, though. You have mentioned in the cons that it takes the same amount of time to cook some foods than the added pressure time and release time. What food were you referring to?  Also, I would like to know if there is a warranty we never know what can happen:)

    Looking forward to hearing from you

    Thank you for this useful post

    • admin
      November 4, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      Yes there is a standard 1 year warranty from defects.  Some stores like Best Buy offer extended warranties on their appliances, so depending on where you purchase it, you may want to ask if there is an extension.

      Foods that do not take a long time to cook can take longer to cook in the Instant Pot.  For example, I can grill 1/2 inch thick pork chop for 12 – 14 minutes.  In the Instant pot, you could get cooked pork chops for half the amount of time, but you have to then add in the pressure time and release time to it, causing the time to be as long or longer.

      I hope this helps answer your questions!  Thank you so much for searching and reading my article!

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