How to buy the right Instant Pot, 2017’s hottest gadget (Photo: Amazon)
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If you spend any time online or talking to other humans, you’re probably aware of our current national obsessions, which include politics (exhausting), Beyonce (QUEEN), and a little countertop appliance known as the Instant Pot (huh?). That’s right, people everywhere have been expressing unabashed adoration for a multifunctional device that does everything from pressure cook to make yogurt, and if you find the most popular version of the gadget on Amazon it can be yours to adore too—in a few months, that is, thanks to a delay.
But don’t despair! There are multiple versions of the Instant Pot available on Amazon, none of which are drastically different from the most popular 6 quart version. Read on to find out more about your options and how they compare to one another.
Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt – Buy now for $99.00 (usually ships in 1-2 months)
The most popular model of the Instant Pot, the 6-quart IP-DUO60 is a 7-in-1 multifunctional countertop appliance, which combines a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and saute/browning functionality. There are a total of 14 programs ranging from soup to poultry to porridge. The device can pressure cook at high or low pressures, which gives you the option to cook food very quickly or avoid overcooking delicate foods. It offers three temperatures for saute and slow cook, as well as an automatic keep warm function.
Instant Pot IP-DUO50 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 5Qt – Buy now for $93.07 (in stock)
The only difference between the 6-quart Instant Pot and the IP-DUO50 is that the IP-DUO50 holds one quart less. That’s right, it’s a 5-quart model, but it only costs a few dollars less. However, unlike the IPDUO60, it’s actually in stock.
Instant Pot IP-DUO80 7-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 8 Qt – Buy now for $129.95 (in stock)
Likewise, if you’d like to upgrade rather than downsize when it comes to size, the IP-DUO80 is the same as the DUO60 and DUO50, but has an 8-quart capacity. You’ll pay a bit more, but that extra space could come in handy—plus, unlike the IP-DUO60, it’s in stock and ready to ship right away.
Instant Pot IP-Smart Bluetooth-Enabled Multifunctional Pressure Cooker – Buy now for $166.46 (in stock)
If you think the Instant Pot sounds great but could be improved upon by adding smart home connectivity, you’re in luck! The 6-quart IP-Smart Bluetooth has all the same basic functions as the three sizes of IP-DUO, but it also connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone so you can program and monitor cooking from afar using the Instant Pot Smart Cooker app.
Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W (updated model) – Buy now for $79.00 (in stock)
The IP-LUX60 V3 adds cake and egg cooking programs to the lineup of functions. However, unlike the IP-DUO and IP-Smart Bluetooth versions, it lacks Bean/Chili, Poultry, and Yogurt settings, as well as an option to cook at low pressure (although it still has the ability to pressure cook at high pressure). It also comes without some of the accessories found on other models, like a condensation collector and cord rack.
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