InstaPot / Instant Pot Review: Best Electric Pressure Cooker of 2018. What Is the Best Instant Pots to Buy?

Since all of us are busy in the hustle bustle of life, most of us do not even find time to carry out the basic tasks of our lives such as cleaning, washing and most importantly cooking. To resolve these time issues, new technologies have come up where people are offered convenience and ease with their daily household chores. However, all of this is about this one kitchen appliance that has been making lives easier than ever before – The Instant Pot.


In this article, we are going to discuss and compare this modern kitchen game-changer, its benefits, how to choose the best instapot and also reviewing and side by side comparison of the best Instant Pot models.

What Is the Instant Pot? (aka Instapot)

To keep things simple, an Instant Pot is a programmable electronic pressure cooker that comes packed with different functions. This ain’t your mother’s pressure cooker you’re dealing with here.


While I’ve been using my instapot for some time, I hadn’t tried all the different functions yet. It gets used by our family as a simple pressure cooker, and now I’m making most of recipes I used to make in slow-cooker in the instapot.

The Instant Pot is advertised as being one kitchen appliance able to perform the jobs of seven different kitchen appliances, including serving as a rice-cooker, steamer, pressure cooker, and yogurt-maker. It’s essentially a elaborate electronic pressure cooker but don’t let that take away from how impressive it is at doing this job.


The instapot is currently available in the USA, UK, and Canada only whereas thousands of people are awaiting its launch throughout the world. The reason for its short availability is that the Instant Pot was launched by a small Canadian startup company, having a team of only 40 people.


According to the CEO of the company, the product is currently being sold on online platforms like Amazon. In 2015, they were able to sell more than 215,000 units with 24,000 units being sold on the first Prime day of Amazon.

How to choose an Instant Pot

All the models and sizes that have been launched by the company are modern appliances and are completely safe no cooker is less than the other in terms of safety and ease. All the models are well-built and are sturdy with stainless steel interiors. They also have similar features, and all are great.  We have done a good comparison between different Instant Pot models below.

Instant Pot Lux Model

This is the most economical product of the company. If budget is your main concern and you are looking for something of greatest quality yet lower price, then Lux is the right choice for you. You can call it 6 in 1 model which does the pressure cooking, browning, sautéing, slow cooking, warming, and rice cooking. However, the Lux model does not make yogurt because it is not compatible with the app for iPhone and Android devices.


Instant Pot Lux 60 6Qt (v3 6 in 1) This is the most basic model of the instapots with a few features, and yet it has made lives easier for many people throughout the globe who prefer to go basic rather than technical.

Best for: Lux is the basic model. Buy it if budget is your main priority.


  • Easy to use, clean and maintain
  • Ability to cook eggs, soups, rice, beans, and lentils


  • Does not have low pressure option
  • Does not make yogurt

Now the Duo model is an upgraded version of the Lux model as it has 7 in 1 functionality and can also make yogurt. There are also certain tweaking within the design as the Duo model is much more easier to handle, and you can now comfortably hold the pot. This pressure cooker also works in 2 different settings. Similar to Lux, the Duo model is also incompatible with the iPhone or Android app. The Duo Model comes with diverse capacities including 3 Qt pot, 6 Qt pot and 8 Qt instapot.


Suitable for: Small or large families. The instant pot duo model 3 Qt is the smallest and most compact instant pot available whereas 6 and 8 Qt offers great choices for large quantity cooking.

Instant Pot Duo 7 in 1

The Instant Pot Duo is the best selling instapots with 7 functionalities and 14 smart programs with yogurt making as an option. This model has received more than 20,000 positive reviews and is a hot-selling item.


Duo Plus instant pot saves the previous timings and pressure settings that you once made. Also, another great feature is a sterilize possibility which may perhaps be used for cleaning feeders.


InstantPot Duo plus model comes with 13 predetermined temperatures and 14 nifty microprocessor accurate programs.

Best for: It is perfect for those consumers who do not essentially need Bluetooth but want a full featured Instant Pot.


  • Easy touch controls
  • Consistent results with 3rd Generation technology.
  • Offers dual pressure for faster cooking
  • Offers several cooking options.
  • Can be used for boiling water


  • Takes time to get used to it

The Instant Pot IP-DUO60 is a 7-in-1 programmable pressure cooker which offers so much more than the traditional cookers making it multifunctional. It offers pressure cooking, slow cooking, sautéing/browning, yogurt making, steamer and warmer. It is integrated with 14 built-in smart programs along with being so affordable. I’ve tried numerous of them including the cake button which may be my favored feature! The instapot Duo Plus model 9 in 1 has a beautiful display which indicates each and every movement on the Instant Pot.


Duo Plus instant pot saves the previous timings and pressure settings that you once made. Also, another great feature is a sterilize possibility which may perhaps be used for cleaning feeders.

Instant Pot Ultra Model

This Instant Pot model allows you to choose temperatures between 104 to 208 F and timings between 1 minute to 6 hours. You can also differentiate the temperature one degree at a time and have a complete control over your cooking.

The ultra-model has all the features as listed on the Duo model so you can pressure cook, sauté, make yogurt and the cooker will also remember your customized settings for future cooking.

Best For: The Instant Pot Ultra-model is super convenient as it has a very simple interface which offers an easy to understand dial and a control panel with no buttons.

This model pressure cooker has it all, with literally millions of functions, you can make yogurt, kefir, breads and ricotta cheese and also sync your smart instant pot cooker with the SmartApp on your iPhone, Android, Mac or PC via Bluetooth connection. The application is available for a free download.


The instapot Smart Model will take your cooking to a entire new level, and you can also get access to hundreds of cooking recipes. It has 12 preset temperatures and 14 smart built-in programs.


  • 11 Safety features
  • Many added accessories
  • Convenient dial
  • The display is large, bright and easy to read
  • Highly customizable
  • Sterilizing feature
  • Offers an ‘egg button’ use it to have perfectly cooked eggs
  • Excellent customer support


  • Instructions are complicated

Instant Pot Smart Model

This model pressure cooker has it all, with literally millions of functions, you can make yogurt, kefir, breads and ricotta cheese and also sync your smart instant pot cooker with the SmartApp on your iPhone, Android, Mac or PC via Bluetooth connection. The application is available for a free download.


The Instant Pot Smart Model will take your cooking to a entire new level, and you can also get access to hundreds of cooking recipes. It has 12 preset temperatures and 14 smart built-in programs.

Best for: All the technology lovers who can control their cooking through their smartphones.


  • 14 smart program features
  • Saves 70% time and energy
  • Instant Pot Smart Model has more temperature settings than any other model.
  • The Bluetooth technology allows you to sync you Instant Pot with your smartphone or tablet.


  • Instructions are complicated
  • Some users experienced issues with the Bluetooth technology

What Size of Instant Pot Should I Buy?

When it is about the Instant Pot, size does matter. The 8 quart size is ideal for large families, and you can easily prepare meals for 4-6 people. You can also make occasional dinners for about 8 people in case you are having guests over.


The 5 quart size is perfect for a college student or for those who have to cook food for only 2-3 people. The size of the pressure cooker also makes it easier to handle and transfer cooked food to serving ware. Although, to keep the size in mind consider 1 liter or 1 quart per person. So 6 quart is perfect for 6 people and 8 quart for 8 people.

A Few Benefits I gain from using the Instant Pot

This handy appliance met the criteria of having multiple uses so I thought I’d try it out for myself. Now it’s become perhaps the most-used appliances in my kitchen. It does a lot more than you’d expect, so don’t think it’s only good for one thing or another.

Stainless Steel Interior

The Instant Pot stands out from other electronic pressure cookers in that the interior is made entirely of stainless-steel, meaning that only stainless steel comes touches food. Even though there are materials such as plastic used in the exterior of the appliance, they never touch the food in the pot. There is also no non-stick surfaces such as Teflon. It’s nothing but pure – and safe – stainless steel. So don’t worry about the Instant Pot contaminating your food.


Given that this is a multi-use gadget, the instapot can potentially replace a rice cooker, a slow cooker, a sauté pan and even a steamer. I’ve had some friends of mine tell me they find themselves rarely using their oven and stove because of how much they use their instapot. I don’t think I would go that far with it and I don’t see it replacing my stove or oven any time soon, but I could certainly rely on it to be there for me if those appliances were to break down on me.

Replaces a Slow Cooker

While my Instant Pot isn’t about to replace my stove any time soon, it has already replaced my slow cooker. I’m even thinking about getting rid of our crockpot as our Instant Pot is faster and generally offers better tasting food. I imagine that people with small kitchens will appreciate this electronic pressure cooker because it can replace a range of different kitchen appliances.

Saves Time

This is perhaps the main benefit of using the pot and I noticed it almost as soon as I started using my instapot. It’s able to cook a recipe that usually takes 6-8 hours in a slow cooker in just one hour. I can even have a roast prepared for dinner in as little as 40 minutes. This is a major help on the days when we aren’t home throughout the day and have to quickly prepare a meal at night (and on the days that I just forget to defrost food until it’s too late or forget to put food in our slow cooker in the morning).

Good Value for Money

Even though the Instant Pot is more expensive than a generic single-use appliance such as a rice cooker or a slow cooker, it’s cost-effective when you use it as a replacement for these gadgets. I was able to get mine at half price in a promotion, and it’s certainly paid for itself given how much space and time it saves. Put it this way; would you rather spend $200 on a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, and a rice cooker separately, or pay $100 for one appliance that does all of these jobs and more?


Another great advantage that separates the instapots from a regular pressure cooker and slow cooker is that it can be programmed. Given that it can cook food so quickly, there are times I don’t need to cook something as soon as I put it in the Instant Pot, but I would like it to be ready by a certain time. The instapot has programmable features that mean you can set it up 24-hours in advance to cook food at a set time. There are many options pre-programmed into the pressure cooker that make it easier to use as well.

Energy Efficient

The Instant Pot is similar to a slow cooker in that the heating element is a built-in electronic one that doesn’t need a separate gas/electric stove, saving you money and making it more energy efficient for the environment. Given that it is self-regulating, it’s also my opinion that the pot is safer and easier to use.

Easy to Clean

Given that the cooking bowl is made entirely of stainless steel it’s super easy to clean by hand and is dishwasher safe.

A few negatives I notice from using the Instant Pot

The Up-Front Price

As mentioned before, the price is reasonable considering that it can replace other kitchen appliances, but it still retails at up to $200. I was able to pick up mine for less than $100 thanks to a promotion here. I would have saved a lot of money if I had registered for this when I got married rather than other appliances, but if sounds like a big up-front cost; especially if you already have all of the other appliances in your kitchen.

Learning Curve

To be honest I’m afraid of pressure cookers to a degree because I have a relative that burned their face in an accident involving their pressure cooker. While the instapot is somewhat easier to use than other pressure-cookers, it’s still a new method of cooking food that comes with something of a learning curve. I got comfortable using the instapot after a few uses, but I would still recommend reading through the instruction manual before you use it for the first time. While the Instant Pot doesn’t feel as intuitive as other appliances, it’s still pretty easy to learn to use.

Instant Pot Recipes

I’m fairly new to the Instant Pot but I get a lot of use out of it because using it is so simple. I’ve started making my own recipes in it – including this current favorite – but I’ve found plenty of recipes to try from other bloggers. I used these recipes a lot when learning more about using the Instant Pot to make sure that I didn’t mess things up. The good news is that it’s pretty difficult to screw up a recipe when using the Instant Pot.


Moreover, the Instant Pot will completely redesign the way you cook and will change your lifestyle for the better. Not just making your life easier but also fashionable. With such advancements and high-tech features, you will always be ready to cook. If you are in a hurry, you can choose the pressure cooking option, and if you have time, you can easily opt for slow cooking and get back to your kitchen at your own ease.


Once you adapt yourself to the Instant Pot life, there is never going back. It is similar to how smartphones have changed our lives, and everything now feels so connected. Similarly, this modern kitchen technology will make you so used to it that there is no looking back.


I had some skepticism about the instapots so I was wary about trying it for myself. I was certainly surprised by how much I enjoyed using it (and there are over 5,000 reviewers on Amazon that agree with me). I honestly wish I’d tried it sooner and can see the Instant Pot becoming my go-to wedding present for friends getting hitched in the future.


The instapot stands out from basic kitchen tools such as knives and pans in that it’s not an essential, but it would certainly come recommended by me. It’s fast becoming one of the most-used tools in my kitchen.


If you decide to go ahead and purchase, let me know in the comments or via email which one did you get. I would love to hear your reviews and thoughts about Instant Pot.

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