People love their rice cookers, food processors and coffee makers but the instant pot brings along obsession with it.
Not only is it easy to use but also does the job of a rice maker as well as slow cooker without using too much space up. We like instant pots because:
- They are convenient as they are an all-in-one appliance. You can prepare almost anything with them.
- Save time by cutting cooking time by almost 2/3, meaning you just need twenty minutes of an otherwise sixty-minute job.
- They are energy savers as they consume less energy compared to the other cookers
- Are easy to clean as they require only a couple of minutes to clean and are dishwasher safe too.
- Are safe to use. They are made with safety systems that prevent explosions or any serious mishaps.
Instant pot sizes
The instant pots come in 4 sizes i.e. 3-, 5-, 6- and 8-quart. Your meal sizes should be the major contributor to how you determine which size to settle for.
Instant pot models
You may be asking which instant pot models is the best? The instant pot comes in different models including LUX, DUO, DUO PLUS, SMART, and ULTRA.
All of them have personalized programming, safety functions and manual programs. They however have unique features
1. The lux
These are the most basic ones and come in 3-, 5-, 6- as well as 8-quart sizes. They have seven preset temperatures and twelve preset programs (slow cook, pressure cook, rice, steam, keep warm, cake, soup, sauté, porridge, egg, stew and multigrain).
The lux is a good fit for a chef on a budget who does not need yoghurt making and low pressure options.
2. The Dou and Dou plus
These models can perform all the basic functions of the Lux and also have the yoghurt making and low pressure options.
They are the most popular in the market today and are found in 3-, 6-, and 8- quart sizes.
3. The Smart
The Smart instant pot has two versions available i.e. the smart Wi-Fi and Smart Bluetooth.
The Smart Wi-Fi ones are more intelligent in as much as their compatibility with Alexa is concerned.
This gives you control over your instant pot through voice command which the Bluetooth ones cannot.
The biggest improvement so far however is the self-controlled Smart Pot App that connects the instant pot to a phone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
The app lets you create and share recipes and has improved control over duration and cooking temperature.
The model also lets you cook at your desired temperature rather than the preset temperatures.
It might be more expensive but is certainly worth every penny.
4. The Ultra
These models handle all cooking tasks and stand out for giving higher capacities compared to the rest.
The pressure level, cooking time, a time delay and temperature can also be programmed for the best personalized recipe.
The best instant pots 2020
Best buy: Instant Pot IP-DUO60
The Instant Pot IP-DUO60, can perform several tasks that will definitely make your life easier.
Its main function is pressure cooking which has 2 levels (high and low), and keeps warm for up to ninety-nine hours. It offers 3 sizes: 3-, 6- and 8- quarts.
It sautés, slow cooks and steams. The control and display panel might be hard to figure out but are very easy and the manual is clear enough.
It is smart to look at, relatively compact and reasonably priced.
Best for Beginners: Instant Pot LUX60V3
This instant pot steams, slow cook, sautés, pressure cooks, makes rice and keeps warm.
What the pot lacks however is that it does not cook on low. For the average cook however, this should not get in your way of preparing meals.
You should just ensure you use the built-in timer so as to not overcook anything.
The Lux saves you so much time when cooking dishes such as stew, heavy meat cuts and chili.
Keep in mind however, that this model does not have the yogurt making option.
Best for parents: Instant Pot DUO Plus 60
This cooker comes with everything that the duo has plus sterilizing and making eggs and cake.
The sterilize function allows you to sterilize utensils, baby jars and bottles as well as pasteurizing milk.
It also has upgraded display whereby its LED back-lighting is brighter than the Duo, its bluer and bigger.
So if you have a hard time reading the graphics on your appliances then look no further.
Best for advanced cooks: Instant Pot Ultra
For the home chef who loves to experiment, this is the best model for you.
It has endless customization options and comes with many other extra features.
It comes with twenty-one pre-set temperature choices which is more than all the others on our list offer.
It even gives you altitude adjustment so that when it comes to recipe conversion, you do not have to do guesses anymore. A more precise time for cooking is provided.
Other instant pots might only have button controls; this one has a smooth dial that makes programming easier.
You can cook for two hours longer compared to the Duo Plus. It also has a button for steam release reset for safety.
Best for tech-savvy chefs: Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi
As the Tesla of pressure cookers, this model offers many of the extra functions other pressure cookers offer plus Wi-Fi connectivity.
This gives you chances for setting, monitoring and controlling your cooking from almost anywhere.
It comes with an Instant Pot app with 750 pre-programmed recipes.
Once your food is almost done, an alert is sent on your phone and if you want, it can even send cooking results and the recipes to your family.
Cooking wise, it is similar to the Duo Plus or Duo. It however has 3 “keep warm” settings.