Best Instant Pots of 2018

An Instant Pot® adds simplicity and versatility to your cooking regimen. With just one Instant Pot, you can replace several kitchen appliances. Read our shopping guide to find the best Instant Pot for your family.

Shopping Guide for Instant Pots

Instant Pots are popping up in kitchens across the globe thanks to their simplicity and versatility. If you've decided to purchase one, you may not know where to start. Each model offers different features and benefits. It can be confusing to navigate on your own! That's where BestReviews comes in.

At BestReviews we've researched and tested kitchen appliances extensively, including the Instant Pot. We've interviewed experts and consumers to find out what to look for and what to be wary of before recommending anything. If you'd like to learn more about the Instant Pot, read our shopping guide below.

Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and rice cooker—providing all-in-one convenience with the push of a button.

Benefits of Using an Instant Pot

You might be asking yourself why you would need an Instant Pot when you already have so many kitchen appliances. Here are the biggest Instant Pot benefits we've identified:

Ease of Use
Stovetop pressure cookers are notoriously difficult to use and have more safety risks than their electric counterparts. With an Instant Pot, just a few buttons will allow you to set your pressure level and cook time. No need to watch over it while it cooks.

Versatility
Feel free to toss your old appliances when the Instant Pot moves in. Beyond its slow cooking abilities, it can also sauté, steam, rice cook, and warm. The more expensive models can do even more!

Online Resources
Since Instant Pots have become so popular, a simple search online will turn up millions of great recipes and how-tos. We've even seen owners make wine in their Instant Pot!

Footprint
You only have so much available counter space in your kitchen. The Instant Pot takes up less space than a slow cooker and fits easily into most cupboards.

Instant Pot has also started to manufacture a slow cooker called the Gem.

Instant Pot Features

There's a lot to love about the Instant Pot, so we've narrowed down our favorite features:

Pressure Cooking
This might seem obvious, but it's what the Instant Pot is best at. Prepare stews, meat, grains, and so much more at a fraction of the time it takes to cook on a stove top. In our test kitchen, we prepared an entire barbecue feast in a few hours.

Bulk Cooking
We love using the Instant Pot for turning out enough food to freeze and save for later. Our favorite things to make in mass: rice, pork shoulder, and chili.

Stainless-Steel Bowl
Many electric pressure cookers use plastic bowls, but we love the durability and safety of using stainless steel. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe—making cleanup a breeze.

Yogurt Function
If you haven't tried making homemade yogurt yet, you're missing out. It's healthier and cheaper than store-bought containers. The Instant Pot can keep the temperature low enough to safely produce delicious, creamy yogurt.

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Whip Up Some Eggs in Your New Instant Pot

You can purchase accessories for your Instant Pot, such as an egg cooker.

FAQ

Q. What sizes of Instant Pots are available?
A. As of right now, there are three different sizes available: 3-quart, 6-quart and 8-quart. We've found that most families of four are happy with the 6-quart, while larger households will prefer the eight.

Q. What are the differences between the different models of Instant Pot?
A. The LUX models have the fewest number of programs available (six), while the Ultras have the most (10). Unless you want every option available, we think the DUO is the best for most people. It has nine programs, including one for making yogurt.

Q. What are the best recipes to try as a beginner Instant Pot user?
A. Any soup or stew is easy to make in an Instant Pot! Just toss in all the ingredients, fresh or frozen, and use the Stew function. Once you've mastered that, we suggest trying out a pulled pork recipe.

The Instant Pot Smart can be controlled by your smartphone via Bluetooth.