Instant Pot Models for Sale
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Which Instant Pot Model is right for Me
It totally depends on how much convenience you are looking for. You can keep your investment at a minimum and go for the LUX or you can be extravagant and buy the Ultra or SMART.
But here is the real deal.
It all boils down to your needs. Our personal favorite chose is DUO Ultra (8 Quart 10-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker). DUO Ultra is one of the newest releases and has got some additional features like cake maker, sterilizer and built-in egg boil function. It can work just like a regular cooker DUO Plus, but there is always something you would like to cook specially for your family. All these lowly testy recipes may require some additional programming setting, that is very easy to do, just step by step.
If you are tech-savvy and want to have unlimited possibilities for cooking with Instant Pot, go with the SMART.
How Smart Cooking Programs Work
Instant Pot® achieves the best cooking results with a set of pre-set smart cooking programs. The programs are stored and executed by an advanced microprocessor chip inside the Instant Pot® control panel. The programs have been chosen after extensive testing in the company lab with various foods. Including the following: Heating intensity for maximum heating output 115°C-118°C or 239°F-244°F. Pleasure 10.15-11.6 psi, Adjustable cooking duration.
If you are living in a high altitude, Instant Pot Ultra is best for you since it has a dedicated altitude adjustment control that eliminates guesswork and offers precise cooking time.
However, if you prefer to have worry free cooking without any extra programming you may just choose the Duo Plus, with that cooker you will have a lot of fun.
Which Size is Best for Me?
Instant Pots can be found with 5-quart, 6-quart and 8-quart capacities, but not every model come in every size.
It totally depends. Bigger is better, rather getting a small size and then regretting. Smaller needs would fix in the bigger size but bigger needs, unfortunately, won’t fit in the small size.
We are recommending you go by 6 Quart, you can fill 3/4th of it. 6 Quart is also the most sold size on Amazon. As well we wish you will grow your family as well you may always have friends visiting you!
For big families and large quantity, consider getting the 8 Quart.
- A 5-quart Instant Pot is suited to cooking meals for one or two people, as long as you aren’t interested in batch cooking. The Lux and Duo come in 5-quart sizes.
- A 6-quart Instant Pot cooks for smaller families of up to four, or for one or two people who like to batch cook. Every Instant Pot model — Lux, Duo, Duo Plus, Smart and Ultra — comes in a 6-quart size.
- An 8-quart Instant Pot is large enough for individual meals for a family of five or more, or smaller families who want to batch cook. Only the Duo comes in an 8-quart size.
Why Should I Buy an Instant Pot?
Simply because it’s the best product in the market! You will change your cooking habits ones and forever! It’s a super easy and reliable product to use.
Still, if you are confused, read below to find out what you get with this all-in-one multi-functional pressure cooker
Ease of Use
Instant Pot is a life-saver. Everything is just one-push away. Want to cook rice? Push the button. Want to steam? Just one button.
Literally, anything you want to do requires with a single push of a button. The digital display makes it convenient to cook and tells you exactly how much time is left so you can roll your sleeves and get ready to eat. It also includes a detailed user manual which leaves no confusion in case you need help with a function.
High Safety Standards
InstantPot is carefully designed addressing all major potential threats. There is a safety lock that keeps the lid from opening in case cooker gets pressurized, leaving no chance for the cooker to burst and harm you. Instant Pot® is designed with 11 Safety Mechanisms to eliminate many common errors which may cause harm or spoil food. The following Safety Mechanisms are applicable to the Ultra Series.
There is also a built-in pressure regulator that ensures that pressure stays within safety limit i.e. 15.23 psi. It has a leaky lid smart detection feature that checks for any steam leakage or tells if a steam release is open. There is a magnetic sensor that ensures the lid is positioned properly.
In any uncertain event, Excess Pressure Protection technology takes care of the excess pressure and sends it into the internal chamber. In case electric current or pressure exceeds safety limits, the fuse cuts off power which eliminates the risk of a blast. Safety Lid Lock, Automatic Temperature Control…read more about 11 Safety Mechanisms here.
Healthy and Nutritious Food
The InstantPot is designed to make sure you consistently get delicious and nutritious food. Ordinary pressure cookers are unable to retain vitamins and minerals inside the food whereas Instant Pot retains the taste and nutrients due it’s microprocessor-controlled cooking cycles. Rest assured that InstantPot cooks’ food in a completely sealed environment keeping the original taste in the food.
The manufacturers have tried their best to keep the product as environment-friendly as possible. It consumes up to 70% less energy as compared to other kitchen appliances e.g. oven, steamer, etc. InstantPot cook’s food in less time as compared to other pressure cookers and this is why it consumes less energy.
The automatic temperature control makes it more energy efficient by heating inner pot to a specific temperature only. Also, the sealed cooking environment means very less water is being used in cooking as compared to the amount of water you use in traditional cookers for steaming. This feature also adds to making the greenest pressure cooker available.
Please see the following an interesting video explaining all the features of the Instant Pot:
In the past, most pressure cooker disasters could usually be attributed to user error. Instant Pot was carefully designed to eliminate and avoid most of the potential problems. UL Logo Safety Features Instant Pot is made by the No.1 electric pressure cooker manufacturer with over 10 million units Instant Pot is one of the greenest kitchen appliances, saving up to 70% electricity incomparable cooking to other appliances, e.g. oven, boiling pot + stove, steamer, etc. It is highly energy efficient thanks to the following features. Already in household use worldwide. Instant
Pot products are certified by UL/ULC providing unprecedented peace of mind in safety.
Top Instant Pot Benefits
Instant Pot has 12 single-key operation buttons for the most common cooking tasks, including:
- Multigrain rice,
- Meat & Stew,
- Beans & Chili,
- Steaming, and
- Slow Cook
- Keep warm
- Yogurt (with Pasteurize and Fermented Rice (Jiu Niang))
Healthy and Nutrition Meals
Instant Pot takes advantage of pressure cooking, which cooks a flavorful meal, softens the food and retains vitamins/minerals. Thanks to its microprocessor-controlled cooking cycles, meals are made in a consistent fashion.
Instant Pot is one of the greenest kitchen appliances, saving up to 70% electricity incomparable cooking to other appliances, e.g. oven, boiling pot + stove, steamer, etc. It is highly energy efficient thanks to the following features.
Safety Futures and Energy Efficient
In the past, most pressure cooker disasters could usually be attributed to user error. Instant Pot was carefully designed to eliminate and avoid most of the potential problems. Instant Pot is made by the No.1 electric pressure cooker manufacturer with over 10 million units already in household use worldwide. Instant Pot products are certified by UL/ULC providing unprecedented peace of mind in safety.
10 Common Mistakes to Avoid as a New Instant Pot Owner
Here are some common mistakes you should avoid when using your instant pot:
Mistake: Forgetting the Inner Pot
Call it a simple human error or just absent-mindedness, but people tend to fill the pot with all the ingredients and just completely forget about the inner pot. This results in one damaged instant pot and no food. Such mistakes can be avoided by always keeping the inner pot in line with the pot itself.
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Mistake: Undermining the Seal
Because instant pots use pressure and steam to cook food, it’s important to seal the air before beginning with anything. If the rubber ring on the inside of the lid is not secured properly, the whole steam will seep out and your dinner will be as raw as a rock. Be sure to secure the rubber ring in the lid, and then begin with the cooking.
Mistake: Not Letting the Pressure Build up
The instant pop works better than ovens, cookers, and stoves only when you let the pressure build up on its inside, on its own pace. But since most of us are in a hurry and we like to consider the prep-time as the total time for preparing the dish, this is where we disturb the pressure build up. Always add in an extra 10-15 minutes in the stated prep time, for in this time the pressure will build up and then the cooking process will begin.
Mistake: You Used the Rice Button to Cook All Types of Rice
The rice button is not an all-in-one solution for making rice. Different types of rice will require different amounts of water to rice ratios, and that will change the cooking time.
Mistake: You Overfilled Your Instant Pot
Every Instant Pot has a max fill line on the inside of the pot. When you fill liquid past this line you risk clogging the venting knob, which could mean big problems down the road. If you accidentally fill past the max fill line, don’t panic. The simple fix is just using the natural pressure release to relieve the pressure, remove the extra liquid and re-seal the pot.
Mistake: Moving in Slow
The key to great cooking is in being attentive. Even when you are using intelligent gadgets like the instant pot in the kitchen, you need to be alert and keep taking actions. One of the biggest mistake that everyone is guilty of making, especially the newbies is not opening the value quickly. While taking the “Quick Release” action, most of us don’t revolve the valve quick enough and tend to overcook food. The difference between perfectly tender vegetables and soggy ones lies in how quick you were inventing the steam.
Mistake: Confusing Yourself with the Timer
The easiest to confuse feature on the instant pot is the Timer button. While most of us set the timer and expect the instant pot to start running and cooking, it is however meant for the complete opposite purpose. Timer usually causes a delay in the cooking process, depending on the time you set on it. It can be applied to any program and will start the program after the set time has passed.
Mistake: Too much/ Too little Liquid
Only experience can crack this Da Vinci Code. If there is not enough liquid, the instant pot won’t be able to generate steam and thus your food will be under-cooked. If there is too much liquid, it will take more time for the instant to cook and chances are that you will ruin your dish. To deal with this, always start with leaving in one cup of liquid and increasing the amount only if it’s needed. But this is something that one learns over time and use.
Mistake: You Put Your Instant Pot on the Stove & You Used Hot Liquid Instead of Cold
When you have very little counter space, you may try to move your Instant Pot to the stove top to save some space. You should never put your InstantPot on the stove – this could lead to accidentally burning the bottom of your Instant Pot!
If you decide to go ahead and buy, let me know in the comments which one did you get. I would love to hear your reviews about Instant Pot.
Customer Reviews for Instant Pot
Never thought I’d actually buy an Instant Pot BUT it is so awesome I want to use it every day and have …
Wooo Hooo! Never thought I’d actually buy an Instant Pot BUT it is so awesome I want to use it every day and have used it a lot already. So, impressed I also bought one a gift 🙂
Great tool in the kitchen
We have only used it a couple of times, but has worked extremely well and just as advertised so far very happy
Warning the steam vent is very hot extreme caution!!!!! should be written across the lid. I haven’t burned myself but could easily see how one inattentive person would!
Save time, enjoy delicious food while making home smell great.
10/10 for everything. Works the way advertised.
Well I was pleasantly AMAZED! EVERY single meal I have made in the …
I was a bit leery. Another product I’ll only use a handful of times? Well I was pleasantly AMAZED! EVERY single meal I have made in the Instant Pot has been a hit. Flavors are intensified and so flavorful. I have used it almost every day since I purchased this. Best purchase I have made in years!
lol She thoroughly enjoyed the chicken dish she made though
it was a gift for my mother, I can only give 4 stars because she can’t figure out how to adjust the temperature. She said she followed the instructions and it didn’t work for her. That being said my mother is elderly and has troubles figuring out electronics. lol She thoroughly enjoyed the chicken dish she made though, she said it was tender and juicy
quick and convenient
It is not very easy to clean after cooking for white rice, but it is still a very good pressure cooker for meat!!