There are all kinds
Instant Pot versatile out there. Just because one of them has a Kleenex-esque brand name that (for some) represents the entire category, there’s plenty of good competition. It’s worth shopping around to see what’s right for you.
The 6-liter capacity is pretty standard, and I really don’t see a point in using anything smaller. Downsizing won’t save you a lot of money, you can make small batches or double batches in a larger pot, and who doesn’t love to remember they have homemade chili or soup in the fridge when making a meal? Does the night just feel like too much work? If you cook a lot, consider the 8-quart size. It deserves the extra cabinet space, and that extra space in the bottom of the pan makes sautéing and cooking easier.
Not just pressure cookers, all-in-ones often advertise themselves as 10 (or so)-in-ones, with a variety of presets like chicken, cheesecake, and brown rice. Skip the presets. The key settings — or at least my favorites — are pressure cooking (duh), slow cooking, and sautéing, along with useful quadratic functions like sous vide, yogurt, and steaming. For now, the 1,200-watt models are where you’ll get the best fatigue.
A pre-purchase suggestion: See how the control panel on the console you’re considering makes you feel. Operating the all-in-one doesn’t give you a headache, and Instant Pot and several other brands are known for producing machines with overly busy interfaces with too many options. However, over time, some of them have become more intuitive. Our top pick — an Instant Pot model — features impressively streamlined controls.
None of the apps we tested had the right app or internet connection. If your multicast player urges you to download the mobile app, you can safely ignore all of that. Things like multi-layer fryers with air fryer lids can also be avoided for the time being.
Although rice cooked in a pressure cooker is delicious, I prefer owning a separate rice cooker, as there are a lot of layered foods that go well with rice and a rice cooker is much better at holding rice for a long time. long time.
Ultimately, if you’re a seasoned pro and you’re happy with the multi-tool you already own, there’s no reason to trade it in for a new one. Instead, do as my father said and “drive it until the wheel falls”, then go ahead and get one of these. Until then, use the extra money to buy good cookbooks that help you make the most of what you have. My favorite cookbooks are listed at the bottom of this buying guide.