Is An Instant Pot Worth The Money?
You’ve been looking into what the Instant Pot is. Now you are closer to making a final decision about whether to purchase one or not. But let’s look at the cost. Isn’t it a little high? Is an Instant Pot worth this kind of money?
I asked the same questions myself.
So, together, let’s take a closer look at whether it is worth spending the money on one.
Typical Average Cost
Depending on the time of year, and what kind of deal you can find, the average Instant Pot will set you back anywhere from $70 to $199. This also depends on whether you are buying in Canadian or US dollars. While this doesn’t make it the cheapest kitchen appliance on the market, it’s also nowhere near the highest. So you may need to look at this as an investment. Only you can determine whether it is an investment you are willing to make.
On the other hand you could just pick up:
- a stove top pressure cooker
- or a basic slow cooker
for around $25.
Does that mean the Instant Pot is overpriced, or something you shouldn’t consider buying?
I don’t think so. While the Instant Pot may not be the right choice for everyone, it can quickly become one of your most valued and most often used appliances.
What About The Inexpensive Stove Top Pressure Cooker?
For example, the inexpensive stove top pressure cooker will do you absolutely no good if you’re too intimidated to use it. If you end up keeping it in the back of the cabinet because you don’t have the time and patience to keep an eye on the pressure and adjust the stove top temperature as needed. Having young children underfoot, will certainly make you uncomfortable using a traditional pressure cooker.
If this is the case for you, the Instant Pot provides a great safe alternative. To read more about whether an Instant Pot is safe, click here. There are a minimum of 10 built in safety features. This was a huge consideration for myself personally in making my own purchase.
But You’ve Already Got A Slow Cooker
If you’re good at planning ahead and starting dinner first thing in the morning in your slow cooker, you may not need an Instant Pot. On the other hand, if you’re like me and forget to get it started, the Instant Pot may just be the solution you need to get dinner on the table quickly.
Because, admit it, there are days when life just gets away from you. Suddenly the kids are hungry, and you don’t have a lot of time to get dinner ready. If this is your dilemma, the Instant Pot could be a worthy investment in your kitchen.
Worth The Investment?
Last but not least, let’s talk hard cash. The expense of buying the Instant Pot will easily be worth it, if:
- it keeps you from going out to eat,
- or picking up food on your way home.
Those 2 savings alone will make it a worthy investment for your kitchen. Watch how quickly your savings will add up. These savings also will help you:
- increase the actual amount of real food items on your table,
- reduce your trips to the food bank,
- clear your debts,
- and more.
For Frugal Lovers
Being frugal also includes making wise investments that will help save you money later. By being a multi-purpose kitchen appliance, you can also minimalize your kitchen clutter. You could sell:
- your rice cooker,
- vegetable steamer,
- and even your slow cooker
if you want to balance out the initial cost of your Instant Pot.
Knowing you can get dinner cooked in 45 minutes without having to stir pots, it suddenly becomes easier to go home and start that:
- pot of chili,
- or the pot roast,
- and relax while it cooks.
If it keeps you from ordering out even just once a week, it won’t be long for the Instant Pot to pay for itself. And don’t just limit it to dinner. Use your Instant Pot to make breakfast and lunch meals easier too!
What Is Your Decision?
At the end of the day, the decision is yours to make. If you aren’t sure if you’ll actually use it, the Instant Pot may be a waste of money. However, on the other hand, if you think you’ll use it quite a bit then keep it on your counter. Use this multi-purpose kitchen appliance as your:
- pressure cooker,
- slow cooker,
- vegetable steamer
- yogurt maker
- and rice cooker,
If you do that, you will quickly see that it will be an investment that’s well worth it. Look through some recipes, borrow a friend’s Instant Pot if she’ll let you 😉 Then you can see if this seems like the type of time saving kitchen appliance that will work well for you and your lifestyle.