Breaking Down The 5 Best Instant Pot Models for Your Budget

This multicooker will make your culinary dreams come true.

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Unless you've been living under a rock, by now you've most likely heard of the internet-breaking multicooker known as the Instant Pot. This compact kitchen gadget does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté pan, warming pot, and more — all in one appliance. The tricky part? A simple search for the gadget yields not just one but several different model sizes, types, and price points. We've done the research to ensure that you purchase the best instant pot for your kitchen needs.

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Instant Pot LUX60 V3 6 Qt Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker
$79.00

Best for Bakers

This newest version of the Instant Pot is an update to the previous LUX60 model that features a large, easy-to-use control panel with — wait for it — the addition of cake-baking and egg-cooking programs. If you're an avid baker, this Instant Pot model will save you precious time and energy when preparing moist baked goods like cheesecake or banana bread. Another updated feature is an increased pressure cooking time of 240 minutes, up from the previous model's 120-minute cap, which is ideal for bone broths and soups.

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Instant Pot IP-DUO60 6Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker
$99.95

Best for Quick Weeknight Meals

An Amazon number-one best-seller with nearly 20,000 reviews, this Instant Pot IP-DUO60 6-quart model is the most popular and frequently purchased iteration of the gadget. With 14 built-in Micro-Processor controlled programs, this appliance allows users to slow-cook everything from meats, stews, and chilis, to rice, breakfast porridge, and other grains. Users especially love using this model for poaching eggs or baking potatoes in mere minutes. 

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Instant Pot IP-DUO Plus60 6Qt 9-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker
$110.46

Best for Families with Babies

Another recent update to the Instant Pot Duo Series, this IP-DUO Plus60 9-in-1 Cooker features a sleek, easy-to-read, blue LCD screen as well as three new cooking settings for cake, eggs, and — the newest feature — sterilizing. The Sterilize function allows users to pasteurize milk and sterilize baby bottles, jars, and utensils, as well as perform certain types of canning. Reviewers find this model particularly quiet and user-friendly.

More: Pressure Cookers for Quick Meals

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Instant Pot IP-DUO80 7-in-1 8Qt Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker
$139.99

Best for Party-Sized Portions

The largest size currently available on the market, this 8-quart IP-DUO80 model is ideal for slow-cooking large cuts of meat — like pork belly, shoulder, or ribs — for use in savory springtime tacos, nachos, or other party-sized portions. Reviewers swear by this larger-sized Instant Pot for cooking quick family-sized weeknight meals and tenderizing cheaper cuts of meat.

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Instant Pot IP-Smart Bluetooth-Enabled Multifunctional Pressure Cooker
Instant-Pot amazon.com $318.99

Best for Tech-Savvy Chefs

The most souped-up version of the Instant Pot is Bluetooth-enabled, meaning users can program and monitor cooking on their smartphone with a free app for Android/iPhone. Reviewers rave about this easy-to-use appliance which truly gives new meaning to the "set it and forget it" style of cooking. No more hovering by the stove