Everyone is talking about the new InstaPot and I am sure you too came here looking for one. Right?

But you are unable to decide which model and/or size is best for you. Read on to discover and find out why InstaPot is my most favorite and frequently used kitchen gadget. It can do a lot of things with a single push of a button that other pressure cookers simply can’t.

Important: Instant Pot released 2 new models in 2017. The DUO Plus and Ultra. Read on to find out more about the new cool features.

What is InstaPot

InstaPot Electric Pressure CookerAs the name suggests, it is a pot that is built for fast and flexible cooking. Not only this but it is a multi-functional pressure cooker that will replace 8-10 other kitchen appliances as well, saving you time and money. If you’ve been scared of pressure cooking until now, this revolutionary product will change your mind and you’ll start using it even more than your smartphone (Just kidding). But trust me, it’s extremely safe and you will be confident using it.

InstaPot works as a slow cooker, rice cooker, egg cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Cake maker, Steamer, Warmer and Sterilizer. With all these features, it is one of the best pressure cookers available on Amazon.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Review (2017 Updated)

InstaPot IP-DUO60 7 in 1 Electric Pressure CookerHere are few things that I personally consider before buying any kitchen appliances:

  • Ease of use
  • Safety standards (Very Important)
  • Budget

Surprisingly, InstaPot has all this and now is the time to grab this beautiful kitchen gadget. I have been an anti-cooker chef throughout my life. I used to have other cookers but I didn’t use them quite often because of the potential threats all cookers pose. But I am glad I bought instaPot and I feel much more comfortable using it. This has now become my most commonly used kitchen essential. I don’t only use it for cooking but I quite commonly use it for steaming, browning and making yogurt as well.

Instant Pot pressure cooker comes in 3 sizes; 5 quart, 6 quart and 8 quart. I have the 6 quart one and it is perfect for my small family of 3 people. If you have more than 4 people in your family or you like to cook in large quantity and then freeze, I would recommend you go for the 8 quart one.

Key Features

  • 24 hrs Delay Start Timer
  • 3 ply stainless steel pot that is guaranteed to run safely and for a longer period
  • Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker
  • Easy to Use Control Panel
  • 3 Temperature settings for Saute and Slow Cooking
  • 14 built-in programs make it easy for beginners to use InstaPot. These include soup, meat/stew, yogurt, porridge, rice and much more.
  • Dual pressure and automatic keep-warm settings
  • Energy efficient; saves you on electricity bills
  • Extremely kitchen friendly with 10 built-in safety mechanisms; certified by UL and ULC
Here are some cool features that were introduced in the all new Instant Pot Ultra 2017 release:

  • Altitude adjustment for more precise cooking time. No guess work anymore.
  • Cake, Egg and Sterilize Controls
  • New Dial for Easier cooking program selection
  • Cooking process indicator for monitoring cooking states: Preheat, cook and keep warm
  • Steam release reset button to perform both continuous and pulse steam release manually
  • Smart programs remember your last customization, so you don’t have to memorize your recipes

Instant Pot Models

LUX DUO SMART DUO Plus ULTRA
instapot DUO Plus instapot ultra
Pressure Cooker
Slow Cooker
Rice Cooker
Sauté/Browning
Steamer
Warmer
Yogurt Maker
Pressure Cooking Only High High/Low High/Low High/Low High/Low
Bluetooth
Size 5,6 Qt. 5,6,8 Qt. 6 Qt. 6 Qt. 6 Qt.
Built-in Programs 10 14 14 14 16
Custom Programming
Cooking Progress Indicator
Altitude Adjustment

Which Model is Best for Me

It totally depends on how much convenience you are looking for. You can keep your investment at minimum and go for the LUX or you can be extravagant and buy the Ultra.

But here is the real deal.

It really depends on your needs. My personal favorite is DUO (Actually DUO Plus is my new favorite). DUO Plus is the 2017 release and has got some additional features like cake maker, sterilizer and built-in egg boil function.

If you don’t want advanced features like Yogurt maker, Sterilizer, Cake Maker, etc., just stick to the LUX.

If you would you like to have more control, and if you are living in a high altitude, Instant Pot Ultra is best for you.

Which Size is Best for Me

It totally depends. But I would always advise to go for a bigger one, rather getting a small size and then regretting. Smaller needs would fix in the bigger size but bigger needs, unfortunately, won’t fix in the small size.

Just don’t think about the 5 Quart. size. Keep in mind the fill limit as well. If you go for 6 Quart, you can fill 3/4th of it. I personally like my 6 qt. size because we are a small family of 3 and I don’t like to batch cook. 6 Quart is also the most sold size on Amazon.

If you like to cook in large quantity, I would recommend you get the 8 Quart.

Why Should I Buy an Instant Pot

I don’t think if there is a reason not to buy this awesome pressure cooker. Still, if you are confused, read below to find out what you get with this all-in-one multi-functional pressure cooker:

Ease of Use

InstaPot control panelInsta Pot is a life-saver. Everything is just one-push away. Want too cook rice? Push the button. Want to steam? Just one button.

Literally, any thing you want to do requires with single push of a button. The digital display makes it convenient to cook and tells you exactly how much time is left so you can roll your sleeves and get ready to eat. It also includes a detailed user manual which leaves no confusion in case you need help with a function.

High Safety Standards

This InstaPot is carefully designed addressing all major potential threats. There is a safety lock that keeps lid from opening in case cooker gets pressurized, leaving no chance for cooker to burst and harm you. There is also a built-in pressure regulator that ensures that pressure stays within safety limit i.e. 15.23 psi. It has a leaky lid smart detection feature that checks for any steam leakage or tells if steam release is open. There is a magnetic sensor that ensures lid is positioned properly.

In any uncertain event, Excess Pressure Protection technology takes care of the excess pressure and sends it into internal chamber. In case electric current or pressure exceeds safety limits, the fuse cuts off power which eliminates the risk of a blast.

Healthy and Nutritious Food

Healthy FoodThe InstaPot is designed to make sure you consistently get delicious and nutritious food. Ordinary pressure cookers are unable to retain vitamins and minerals inside the food whereas Instant Pot retains the taste and nutrients due it’s micro processor controlled cooking cycles. Rest assured that InstaPot cooks food in a completely sealed environment keeping the original taste in the food.

Energy Efficient

Eco FriendlyThe manufacturers have tried their best to keep the product as environment-friendly as possible. It consumes up-to 70% less energy as compared to other kitchen appliances e.g. oven, steamer, etc. InstaPot cooks food in less time as compared to other pressure cookers and this is why it consumes less energy.

The automatic temperature control makes it more energy efficient by heating inner pot to a specific temperature only. Also, the sealed cooking environment means very less water is being used in cooking as compared to the amount of water you use in traditional cookers for steaming. This feature also adds to making the greenest pressure cooker available.

Here is an interesting video from the manufacturer explaining all the features of the Instant Pot:

If you decide to go ahead and buy, let me know in the comments which one did you get. I would love to hear how well InstaPot worked for you 🙂