Our 5 Favorite Instant Pots & What to Do with Them

Get back your motivation to make a home cooked meal with the new must-have kitchen appliance. Compared to slow cookers or a stovetop, the Instant Pot helps you prepare delicious meals in a fraction of the time. Check out our five favorite Instant Pots and we'll give you the rundown on what they can do for you.

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6-Quart Instant Pot Ultra

The Instant Pot Ultra is an energy-efficient multicooker that will have you cooking tasty, nutritious meals faster than ever—what's not to love? This pot features an "ultra" setting, which allows you to customize your pressure or opt for nonpressure cooking. Another feature you'll appreciate is the blue LCD display so you always know the status of your meal and can check preheating progress. After a long day, use this Instant Pot to make a nice, hot stew on the slow cooker setting to let the flavors blend together.

Price: $149.95

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Instant Pot Gem

The name says it all. This Instant Pot Gem really is a gem you'll want in your kitchen. The easy-to-clean pot includes a tempered glass lid, nonslip silicone grip handles, ceramic nonstick interior, and a steam/roast rack. Slow cook, steam, or roast your dinner, and after a quick cleanup you can bake a tasty dessert for later. Bonus: You'll always have consistent cooking thanks to the embedded microprocessor that controls the timer and temperature.

Price: $180

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Instant Pot Duo Plus

Go big and come home to more delicious food for you and your guests to enjoy. The Instant Pot Duo Plus features an 8-quart pot to serve more friends and family—or you can cook in bulk batches and freeze the leftovers. The Duo Plus is perfect to use for parties or a family get-together, and with its keep-warm setting, you won't have to worry about the food getting cold for up to 10 hours. Nine different functions allow you to make anything from creamy yogurt to spicy chili, and it has a delay start up to 24 hours so your meal is ready when you are.

Price: $159.95

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Sur la Table three-quart Instant Pot with

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3-Quart Instant Pot Ultra

For a quick and easy meal, you'll want to try the 3-quart version of the Instant Pot Ultra. It's compact and can make a meal that will have you coming back for seconds. The small size is great if you're short on storage or counter space, or to surprise your significant other with a delicious date-night meal. As with the other Instant Pot models, you can use it as a pressure cooker or a slow cooker, and it allows you to customize the settings to suit your specific recipe.

Price: $119.95

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Instant Pot Smart Bluetooth Multicooker

The Instant Pot Smart Bluetooth Multicooker is for the tech-savvy cook in your family. The Bluetooth feature allows you to monitor cooking progress from your phone. The free app offers new recipe ideas that you can try and then share with your friends. With its 14 smart programs you can make soups, yogurt, rice, and more—and all you have to do is press a button. This one pot does the job of seven small kitchen appliances (pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, sauté pan, steamer, and warmer), so it's a great way to declutter your kitchen.


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