Best Instant Pot Reviews – Read Before You Buy

In 2009, three inventors in Canada came up with the Instant Pot. Since then, it has become very popular, invading kitchens across the Western world and now starting to spread globally as well. Instant Pot is a brand that refers to a cooking appliance that is a combination of pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer and many others depending on the model. It is also referred to as a multi cooker.

Instant Pot IPLUX60

Instant Pot IPLUX60

Advantages of Instant Pot

Have you ever used the old style pressure cookers? Every cooking event you are risking your life. There are many rules to remember or your kitchen might explode. You use it for tenderizing and then you use another pot for the actual cooking. The InstaPot is so simple to use and they have put in some safety features so you cannot open the lid if it has pressure inside. And you only use one pot.

Note that when recipes say that you only need to cook something for 10 minutes, it does not mean you cook 10 minutes from start to finish. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes for the pressure to build up before the machine starts running the timer. Still, it is a lot faster than traditional cooking.

How to Choose

Your choice of which model to buy will depend on how many people you are cooking for and what type of cooking you are going to do. And of course, the price you are willing to pay. Generally, Instant Pots are not as expensive as, say, a Vitamix so the price is not much of an issue. There are a lot of Instapot reviews out there but my goal is to give you a simplified version. Listed below are the different Instant Pot models in order of price.

Instant Pot LUX60V3

Size: 6 quarts Price: around $80

Functions: (6) Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sautee, and Warmer

Serves: 4 to 6 individuals

This model cannot make Yogurt like the DUO Mini below. It has 7 smart programs and a microprocessor that enables it for up to 240 minutes pressure-cooking, up to 24 hours delay start, automatic Keep Warm up to 10 hours. There are 3 temperatures in Sauté & Slow Cook.

The exterior is made of brushed stainless steel. It has a fully sealed environment that results in very tasty meals.

Instant Pot DUO Mini

Size: 3 quarts. Price: Around $80

Functions: (7) Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

Serves: 2 to 3 individuals

This is a small pot so it is good for a dorm room for a college student or a couple, or even for traveling. It can cook up to 12 cups of rice to give you an idea of its capacity. If you are cooking for yourself but like to cook for several meals, consider buying the next size pot.

You can program it up to 24 hour delay start. It has 11 smart programs.

It is made of stainless steel with a 3 ply bottom. As you can see, it is half the size of the Instant Pot LUX but the same price. The difference is in the additional smart programs you can use.

Instant Pot DUO60

Size: 6 quarts Price: Around $100

Functions: (7) Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

Serves: 4 to 6 individuals

This has the same functions as the DUO Mini but it has double the capacity It has 14 smart programs and provides 3 levels of temperatures for sauteing and slow cooking.

You can program it up to 24 hour delay start like the Mini. You can do manual setting up to 2 hours.

It is made of stainless steel with a 3 ply bottom.

Considering that it is just $20 more but has double the capacity, this seems to be a better buy than the DUO unless the size it occupies is a consideration.

Instant Pot DUO80

Size: 8 Quarts Price: Around $140

Functions: (7) Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

Serves: 6+ individuals

This has the same functions as the DUO60 but it is bigger, 8 quarts instead of 6 quarts Like the Ultra below, it prepares foods up to 70% faster. Like the DUO60, it has 14 smart programs.

Another thing that sets it apart is the microprocessor that monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve a more consistent cooking experience. Because of its capacity, it is good for a family or a small dinner party.

Instant Pot Ultra

Size: 6 quarts Price: around $150

Functions: (10) Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sautee, Yogurt Maker, Warmer, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, and Sterilizer

Serves: 4 to 6 individuals

The last 3 functions are in addition to what the DUO60 and DUO80 can do. The design includes a central dial that provides precision with a simple turn and press. Like the DUO80, it prepares food 70% faster than the DUO 60 and it also has 14 smart programs.

The inner pot is made of better quality stainless steel than lower models. It has a fully sealed environment that contributes to better tasting food.

Like the DUO80, it has a microprocessor that monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration for a fail-proof cooking experience.

 

My Own Experience

I was a bit late jumping into the Instant Pot bandwagon and when I did, I was not so sure it will be useful so I got the IPLUX 60V3. I threw away my crock pot and never looked back.

With this pot, I can prepare dinner in under an hour and it does not have to be chicken. I can buy flank steak which is a little tough, sautee garlic and ginger, add the beef and some sauce and I have tender Mongolian beef in 30 minutes. I don’t want vegetables to be soggy so I usually add it at the end after the pressure-cooking cycle. I then go back to sautee and mix in the veggies for a few minutes. Voila, dinner.

It uses up so little counter space and is easy to wash. It is one-pot cooking. There are many recipes online and it provides guidelines if you want to adapt your own recipe.

The only thing I would warn is place it in a position where the steam can go to the exhaust when you are letting the pressure out. Do not move the steam dial with your fingers, use a spoon to push it to the left or right. That’s a lot of steam!

If I have to buy all over again, I would buy the DUO60 or DUO80 so I can cook more soupy meals and cook dishes I can serve at a small party. It also has more smart programs that I can use. To be honest though, I’ve used mostly Sautee and Manual cooking. I plan to try out the other smart programs soon.

Instant Pots and Filipino food go together. Some foods you can cook in the Instapot are: Chicken Adobo, Beef Caldereta, Chicken Arroz Caldo, Sinigang, Beef Tapa, Kare Kare, Menudo, Pork Humba and many other dishes. It will save you time and money because you do not have to buy prime cuts of beef or pork, tenderizing the meat takes 10- 15 minutes.

Here is an example of a dish that I cooked in the Instapot. Link to the recipe is below the picture.

beef mechado filipino recipe

Beef Mechado Filipino Recipe

Here is another dish I made with the Instapot.

braised pork ribs recipe

braised pork ribs recipe

Braised Pork Ribs Recipe

Both of these dishes had meat that were melt-in-your-mouth tender. The flavors were vibrant and appetizing. Cooking in a sealed container definitely has its advantages.

What do you think?

What kind of Instant Pot do you want? I highly recommend it as it is one of the few kitchen appliances that I use almost every day. It has already paid for the price many times over. Whichever one you chose, I hope you make lots of delicious meals with it and enjoy the cooking experience. If you have any comments or questions, type them below and I will get to you as soon as I can. Kain na! (Let’s eat!)

 

 

 

 

 

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