This Instant Pot Comparison and Instant Pot comparison chart has been updated as of September 2019! Over the past year or so, the popularity of the Instant Pot, often also mistakenly referred to as the Instapot or Insta Pot, has skyrocketed. It was the must have kitchen item for Christmas last year, and will undoubtedly be sought after even more in 2019.
Instant Pot also released new models last year, so we have a side by side comparison of Instant Pot models for you. Even the most basic of them can do many things. Much more than any standard pressure cooker can!
Instant Pot Comparison and Review
The Instant Pot is a multi-functional pressure cooker. It is not only a pressure cooker, it also has additional features and works as a slow cooker, rice maker, yogurt maker, and egg cooker. It can also be used for sauteing and browning, steaming, warming, and sterilizing. You can even make cake in some models. Thus, you can replace a number of other kitchen appliances with it, making it great for students and people with limited kitchen space. As a pressure cooker, it can cook quickly, and allows a person to make recipes fast that would normally take all day to cook. That makes it great for busy families as well. It is the best pressure cooker available on Amazon.com.
With controlled cooking cycles, the Instant Pot cooks food in a completely sealed environment, which keeps food nutritious and good tasting. The Instant Pot is also energy efficient. It is designed to not exceed needed temperatures and to use less water than would be used with traditional cooking or steaming.
The Instant Pot is available on most models in multiple sizes; 3 quart, 6 quart, and 8 quart. I have a 6 quart one, and it is perfect for my family of two and would work fine for up to 4 or even 6. But if you have more than 4 people in your family, or if you like to cook in large quantities and then freeze, I recommend that you purchase an 8 quart pot.
Easy to Use
The Instant Pot is incredibly easy to use. The controls and settings are as simple as pushing the correct button. The time shows how many minutes are left. The manual is easy to read and understand.
Instant Pot Safety
Pressure cookers can seem scary at first. But the Instant Pot is much safer than old-style pressure cookers. It is designed with safety in mind. A magnetic sensor ensures that the lid is positioned properly. The lid includes a a safety lock that prevents it from opening while under pressure, and there is a pressure regulator that keeps the pressure within safe limits. It has smart detection features to check for any steam leakage. As further safety controls, excess pressure protection technology sends any excess pressure to an internal chamber. If electric current or pressure exceeds the safety limits, a fuse cuts off the power.
Before moving on to the models and detailed instant pot review, let’s take a look at key features:
- Easy to Read and Use Control Panel
- Up to 16 built-in programs such as include soup, meat/stew, yogurt, porridge, rice, eggs, cake and more.
- 24 hrs Delay Start Timer
- Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker
- 3 ply stainless steel pot
- 3 Temperature settings for Saute and Slow Cooking
- Automatic keep-warm settings
- Energy efficient
- Multiple built-in safety mechanisms
The Instant Pot Duo Plus and Ultra add additional features such as:
- Altitude adjustment (Ultra)
- Cake, Egg and Sterilize Controls (also on the 6 and 8 Qt. Lux V3)
- Easy cooking program selection with a dial mechanism
- Cooking process indicator (Ultra)
- Steam release reset button for both continuous and pulse steam release
- Custom programming to remember you favorite settings (also available on the Duo Plus).
The New Instant Pot Max adds the following features for comparison:
- Sous Vide Function
- Canning Function
- Touch Screen
- Auto Steam Release Control
- Unlimited programs
However, the canning feature is not USDA approved at this time (please be careful about trying to can in your Instant Pot and d not try it at all in other models) and the Sous Vide is reportedly buggy in terms of holding the correct temperature.
The Smart InstaPot adds bluetooth control. I have removed this model from the chart though because the wifi on it is supposedly not very functional and I suspect it will soon be an outdated model.
A Key Note about Instant Pot Features
Often those preset become rather meaningless because they are simply a matter of presets. For example, you can make eggs or cake in the Instant Pot without an egg or cake setting. Yogurt, however, is a bit different because it is not done under pressure. A model with that setting is nice to have if you wish to make yogurt.
Below is a comparison of the key features on each model.
Instant Pot Comparison Chart