4 things to know before you buy an Instant Pot

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4 things to know before you buy an Instant Pot
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The Instant Pot electric pressure cooker has quickly grown in popularity over the last few years and become the secret weapon for busy Americans who want to prepare fast, cheap and easy meals.

I bought an Instant Pot in May of 2017 and it hasn’t left my kitchen counter since. I use it several times every week!

Everything you need to know before you buy an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker

If you’ve spotted an Instant Pot deal on Amazon.com or at major retailers like Walmart and Target, there are a few things to consider before adding one to your shopping cart.

Here are four things you need to know before you buy an Instant Pot on Black Friday and beyond…

1. What is an Instant Pot and why should I buy one? 

Instant Pot is a brand of electric pressure cookers. It speeds up cooking by two to six times and uses up to 70% less energy, according to the manufacturer’s website.

The Instant Pot excels at pressure cooking, but it also has a slow cooker function and several other handy features.

A lot of people use the Instant Pot to prepare chicken breasts, rice, steamed vegetables, steel-cut oatmeal and hard-cooked eggs. I even use it to make macaroni and cheese! Get the recipe here.

The best part? Since there’s only one pot, cleaning up after dinner only takes a couple of minutes.

An Instant Pot can easily pay for itself over time. Brittany Williams, a wife and mother of three, told me that she lost 125 pounds and has saved $200 a month since she went on an “Instant Pot diet.”

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2. Which Instant Pot model should I buy?

It can be hard to choose an Instant Pot since there are so many models on the market, including the Duo and Lux series.

The Lux models are all 6-in-1 appliances with the following capabilities: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge cooker, saute/searing pan, steamer and warmer.

Models in the Duo series are 7-in-1 appliances that do everything on the list above and can also make yogurt.

I believe that either a Duo or Lux series Instant Pot will be fine for anyone buying their first pressure cooker, but high-end versions are also available. You can see the full list on Instant Pot’s website.

Instant Pot comparison (6-quart version)

Product Lux V3 Duo
Dimensions
(L x W X H)
13.19×12.21×12.48 (in) 13.39×12.21×12.48 (in)
Weight 11.53 lbs 11.84 lbs
Multi-use Programmable Pressure Cooker 6-in-1 7-in-1
Regular Price  $79.95 $99.95

3. Which size Instant Pot should I buy? 

Another thing to pay attention to while shopping for an Instant Pot is the size of the pressure cooker that you buy.

Although there are several sizes to choose from, a 6-quart model is suitable for most families. The manufacturer says it’s large enough to prepare a meal to feed four to six people.

  • Mini (3 Quart): For 2-3 individuals, ideal for single servings, side dishes
  • 6 Quart: For families, 4-6 people
  • 8 Quart: For large families, 6+ people

I have the Instant Pot Duo 60 7-in-1 (6 Quart) and think it’s a perfect size. I keep my Instant Pot on the counter even when I’m not using it. This model doesn’t take up too much space, yet it prepares enough food to meal prep.

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4. How much does the Instant Pot cost? 

Although the Instant Pot is a wildly popular kitchen gadget, you don’t have to pay full price to get one! Look for retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Kohl’s and Target to put them on sale for Black Friday once again this year.

The Instant Pot Duo 60 7-in-1 (6 Quart) has a regular price of $99.95, while the Instant Pot Lux V3 6-in-1 (6 Quart) is $79.95.

I looked back at Instant Pot deals from around Amazon Prime Day in July 2018. Amazon had the 6-quart Duo on sale for $58.99, while Walmart had the 6-quart Lux on sale for $49.

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