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Why Instant Pots are the best: Here’s everything you need to know

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Instant Pot (noun): The intelligent pressure cooker that can replace numerous kitchen appliances while cooking in a fraction of the time, and is quite possibly the most important technological advancement in recent historySpaceX is a close second. 

This little cooker creates a special kind of chaos over Black Friday, with the Instant Pot Duo being one of the top 20 best-selling items on Black Friday 2018 and 2019. (Our prediction for 2020? The Duo Nova is going to steal the spotlight.) Read more…

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BEST FOR NEWBIES

6-in-1 Instant Pot Lux

People who will only use their Instant Pot occasionally can save by opting for the Lux, which doesn't make yogurt.

  • Functions: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, warming, sautéing
  • Sizes: 3 quart, 6 quart, 8 quart
  • New lid with safe steam valve features: No

$ 59.95 from Amazon

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BUDGET PICK

7-in-1 Instant Pot Duo

It's hard to pass up the no-frills layout and yogurt making of the Duo, especially when it's on sale so frequently.

  • Functions: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, warming, sautéing, and yogurt making
  • Sizes: 3-quart, 6-quart, and 8-quart
  • New lid with safe steam valve features: No

$ 49 from Amazon

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MOST SIZE OPTIONS

7-in-1 Instant Pot Duo Nova

The same best-selling Duo that everyone loved, now with a steam release valve that you can't forget to close.

  • Functions: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, warming, sautéing, and yogurt making
  • Sizes: 3, 6, 8, and 10-quart
  • New lid with safe steam valve features: Yes

$ 79.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR FAMILIES

9-in-1 Instant Pot Duo Plus

The most advanced model without a dial adds three new functions and sous vide at a decent price.

  • Functions: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, warming, sautéing, yogurt making, egg cooking, sterilizing, cake making
  • Sizes: 3 quart, 6 quart, 8 quart
  • New lid with safe steam valve features: No

$ 64.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR CONTROL FREAKS

10-in-1 Instant Pot Ultra

Your best option for a higher-end Instant Pot, the "Ultra" button lets you control all parts of the cooking process.

  • Functions: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, sautéing, steaming, warming, yogurt making, sterilizing, egg cooking, and customizable programming
  • Sizes: 3-quart, 6-quart, and 8-quart
  • New lid with safe steam valve features: No

$ 119.95 from Amazon

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BEST FOR CANNING

Instant Pot Max

Its major upgrades include two new appliance functions: sous vide and pressure canning, along with the expected functions of its predecessors.

  • Functions: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, sautéing, steaming, warming, yogurt making, sterilizing, egg cooking, sous vide, and pressure canning
  • Sizes: 6-quart
  • New lid with safe steam valve features: Yes

$ 127.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR UNPREDICTABLE SCHEDULES

Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi Series

Enjoy the same classic buttons as the Instant Pot Duo plus the convenience of cooking via your smartphone.

  • Functions: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, sautéing, steaming, warming, and yogurt making
  • Sizes: 6-quart
  • New lid with safe steam valve features: No

$ 89.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR RECTANGULAR ROASTS

Instant Pot Aura Pro

For meals or roasts that need to be flat, the rectangular Aura fits what cylindrical models can't.

  • Functions: Slow cooking, steaming, stewing, sautéing, warming, baking, roasting, yogurt making, multigrain, and sous vide
  • Sizes: 6-quart and 8-quart
  • New lid with safe steam valve features: No

$ 149.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR AIR FRYING

11-in-1 Instant Pot Duo Crisp

Instant Pot finally answers the Ninja Foodi competition with a solid air frying pressure cooker and 100% removable lids.

  • Functions: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, steaming, dehydrating, sous vide, sautéing, air frying, roasting, baking, broiling, and warming
  • Sizes: 8-quart
  • New lid with safe steam valve features: Yes

$ 179.95 from Amazon

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BEST TOASTER OVEN REPLACEMENT

Instant Vortex Plus

Instant Pot expands their product line with an air fryer that can rotate poultry and dehydrate fruit.

  • Sizes: 6-quart and 10-quart
  • Functions: Air fry, roast, broil, bake, reheat, rotate, and dehydrate
  • New lid with safe steam valve features: N/A

$ 119 from Amazon

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BEST FOR GRAINS

Instant Pot Zest

Nail the perfect rice or quinoa consistency every time without waiting around to stir.

  • Functions: White rice, brown rice, steam, quinoa, oatmeal, mixed grains, barley, couscous, bulgur oatmeal and risotto
  • Sizes: 8-cup and 20-cup
  • New lid with safe steam valve features: N/A

$ 29.99 from Amazon

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