Everything To Know About the Instant Pot and Why You Might Want One

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Instant Pots are basically all the rage lately (sorry, I’ve always wanted to say that). But really– it feels like I keep hearing about them everywhere, and I know I’m not the only one. At first I didn’t see what all the fuss was about. I have a Crock-Pot and a rice cooker– what more could I possibly need?

Basically, an Instant Pot is a 7-in-1 cooking appliance: it can act as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker or a warming pot, but it uses 70% less energy than traditional small kitchen appliances do. While a Crock-Pot or pressure cooker is fairly easy to use with a small number of buttons, the Instant Pot might require you to actually sit down and read the manual– but once you learn how to use it, the possibilities are endless.

Seriously. There are hundreds upon hundreds of recipes out there for Instant Pots– like Chicken Tortilla Soup and Pork Tacos. One women actually credited her 80-pound weight loss to her Instant Pot.

But don’t worry– it can make cheesecakes and tasty desserts, too. In my opinion, this is the Instant Pot’s biggest perk; it does so much on its own that you can actually get rid of some of your other small kitchen appliances that are taking up space on your counter or on your shelves.

CBS Sunday morning did a deep-dive on the Instant Pot and revealed that over 2.6 million Instant Pots had been purchased in just 12 months. The Instant Pot currently comes in a range of options from 3-quart, 6-quart and 8-quart– the 6-quart is the most popular at $120. There’s even one that has bluetooth connectivity so you can use your phone as a remote– but for starters, you might just want the basics.