How To Choose The Right Instant Pot
You’ve heard about the Instant Pot and now you are ready to buy one. You are willing to give this modern take on pressure cooking a try. But you head to the department store or your favorite online store and discover that there are quite a few:
- different models of Instant Pot available,
- in different sizes,
- with different functionality.
Let me quickly run you through the most popular models and sizes. This way you will be EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTRE. Empowerd so that you can make an informed decision on what Instant Pot will work best for you. This will assist you greatly to know which Instant Pot to purchase or request from family members for Christmas.
What Sizes Are Available?
Let’s start by talking about size. Most come in the following sizes:
- 5 Quart
- 6 Quart
- 8 Quart
The size of meals you want to cook, or even the size of your family will determine what Instant Pot is the right size for you.
The 5 quart size works well if:
- you’re mainly cooking for one to three people.
- It works great for dorm rooms,
- motel rooms,
- and is a must have in a small apartment.
Unless that description fits you, I highly recommend going with the standard 6 quart size.
The 6 quart model is:
- the most versatile
- and also the most popular size.
- Some of the models available will only come in this size.
- It’s perfect for the average family
- and will fit all your pressure cooking needs.
If in doubt, go with this size.
The 8 quart size is available in a few models and is:
- a good fit for larger families,
- or if you know you’ll be cooking a lot of large meals for family gatherings, church dinners and such.
With size decisions out of the way, let’s take a quick look at the different models available.
3 Main Models To Choose From
There are three different main models with a couple of variations thrown in to keep you on your toes. Here are the main models.
- The Instant Pot Lux, also known as the 6-in-1
- Instant Pot Duo or the 7-in-1
- and finally the Smartphone App model.
The Instant Pot Lux
This is the basic Instant Pot model and the one I recommend for most people new to pressure cooking. You may also hear as this one as the 6-in-1 model. It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, with sauté and keep warm functions as well for a total of six different ways of cooking.
The Instant Pot Duo
This is also called the 7-in-1 and will do everything the Lux can, but is also a yogurt maker. If making your own yogurt at home is on your list of things you want to do regularly, spring for the duo, otherwise, go with the basic lux model and save a few dollars.
The Instant Pot Smart + app
The latest main model in the Instant Pot lineup is the Smart one. It will do everything the previous two models do and more. The digital interface on the pot itself and the app that connects to your Instant Pot, allow you to control temperature and cooking duration for your meals as you see fit.
If you like gadgets, prefer the ease of being able to save your favorite recipes and Instant Pot settings on your smart phone, and love full control over your pot, this is the model to get.
When you are on a tight budget, go for the Lux model. If you’re a big fan of making yogurt, consider the Duo, and if your budget allows, go for the latest model with full smartphone app integration. To be perfectly honest, it’s hard to go wrong no matter what model of Instant Pot you choose.