How To Choose The Right Instant Pot
You’ve read my article introducing you to the Instant Pot – a modern take on pressure cooking – and you’re ready to give this incredible new appliance a try!
You’re comparing prices between your local big box store and your favorite online retailers (because you’re a savvy shopper!) only to discover that there are entirely a few different models of Instant Pot available. Exploring the different sizes and various features can seem overwhelming at first.
Before you make your selection, let me quickly run you through the most popular models and sizes so you can make an informed decision and feel confident you will be ready to enjoy your Instant Pot when it arrives.
Let’s start by talking about size options.
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.
Here are my suggestions for sizing:
Works well for 1-3 people. Ideal for dorm rooms or small apartments
Some models are only available in this size. It is the most popular and most versatile and is perfect for the average family.
When in doubt, choose this size!
Choose this size 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.
There are three different primary models with a couple of variations thrown in to keep you on your toes.
Here are 3 primary models.
The Instant Pot Lux is the basic Instant Pot model and also known 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.
This is the most budget-friendly option and the one I would recommend to most people.
The Instant Pot Duo 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, you will be entirely satisfied with the Lux model.
The latest model in the Instant Pot lineup is the Smart one. It features all of the functionality of the other two models but takes convenience and ease of use to a whole new level!
The digital interface on the pot itself and the app that connects to your instant pot, allow you to control temperature and cooking durations 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 smartphone and love full control over your pot, this is the model to get.
So there you have it! I hope this answers your questions about which model of the Instant Pot is right for you and will give you confidence while you shop for one for your kitchen. To be perfectly honest, it’s hard to go wrong no matter what model of instant pot you choose. Don’t forget to come back love to know which one you decided on leave me a comment.
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