7 Best Instant Pot Multi-cookers For 2019

Which is the best Instant Pot multi-cooker? Since gaining popularity in 2012 Instant Pot has developed two lines of multi-cooker, one with and one without a pressure cooker feature. 9 series of models come with and 3 series without pressure cooking. What is best for you? Here are 7 of the Best Instant Pot Multi-cookers For 2019 to help you decide.

Instant Pot History

In 2006 the Midea Group patented the multi-purpose cooker and later began manufacturing the Instant Pot. I bought a Midea and have been using it in my kitchen for 10 years testifying to its quality and durability.

Robert Wang, Yi Quin, and three other Canadian partners founded Double Insight Inc. in 2009 and are the designer/distributors of the Instant Pot.

The Instant Pot has become one of the most popular and widely sold multi-cookers in the world.

If you want to read the Wikipedia article about the Instant Pot, click here.


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Instant Pot DUO 60 6 Qt 7-in-1
Instant Pot Lux V3 6-in-1
Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 9-in-1
Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1
Instant Pot Smart WiFi
Instant Pot Max 60
Instant Pot Aura Pro 11-in-1 (Non-pressure)

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

The Instant Pot DUO60 is the number 1 selling multi-cooker combining 7 kitchen appliances in 1.

Features:

  • Appliances replaced:
    • Pressure Cooker
    • Slow Cooker
    • Rice Cooker
    • Steam
    • Sauté/Searing
    • Yogurt Maker
    • Warmer
  • Speeds up cooking by 2 to 6 times and uses up to 70% less energy.
  • 14 smart programs are built-in, including:
    • Soup/Broth
    • Meat/Stew
    • Bean/Chili
    • Poultry
    • Sauté/Searing
    • Steam
    • Rice
    • Porridge
    • Multigrain
    • Slow Cook
    • Deep-Warm
    • Yogurt Maker
    • Warmer
  • Adjustable settings allow you to cook to your taste. Less, Normal and More are available in Sauté/Sear and Slow Cook modes.
  • Timer setting allows a 24-hour delayed cooking start so you can have your meal finished cooking exactly when you want.
  • After cooking has finished the unit automatically switches to Keep-Warm. Your meal will stay at serving temperature until you are ready to eat.
  • The Instant Pot DUO uses 3rd generation technology. An embedded microprocessor monitors pressure and temperature and adjusts heating intensity to the quantity and type of food being cooked.
  • Food Grade 304 stainless steel is used for the inner cooking pot. No chemical coating ensures the healthiest cooking. And the 3-ply bottom transfers heat evenly into the contents for consistent results.
  • A fully closed environment seals in steam, nutrients and aroma for the most flavorful results.
  • 10 mechanisms ensure safety:
    • Steam Release
    • Anti-Block Shield
    • Safety Lid Lock
    • Lid Position Detection
    • Automatic Temperature Control
    • Overheat (Burn) Protection
    • Automatic Pressure Control
    • Electrical Fuse
    • Thermal Fuse
    • Leaky Lid Detection

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Instant Pot LUX60V3 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

The Instant Pot LUX multi-cooker is convenient, dependable, and safe. Cook your favorite dishes your way with just a push of a button. Ideal for your fast paced lifestyle.

Instant Pot LUX60V3 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer

Features

  • Replaces these 6 appliances
    • Pressure Cooker
    • Slow Cooker
    • Rice Cooker
    • Sauté
    • Steamer
    • Warmer
  • 12 built-in smart programs
    • Soup/Broth
    • Meat/Stew
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    • Egg
    • Sauté
    • Rice
    • Multigrain
    • Porridge
    • Pressure Cook
    • Steam
    • Keep Warm
    • Slow Cook
  • Uses 3rd generation technology with embedded microprocessor to monitor pressure, temperature, keep time, and adjust heating intensity and duration.
  • Change settings to suit your personal taste. Smart programming remembers your last settings so that you can easily recreate them.
  • Fully sealed to trap flavor, nutrients, and aroma for the healthiest and best tasting meals possible.
  • Extremely energy-efficient.
  • 24-hour delay start timer and automatic switching to keep warm ensures your meals are done and ready to serve precisely when you want them.
  • Stainless steel inner pot with 3-ply bottom makes healthy meals with easy clean-up. No chemical non-stick coating to contaminate food. And quick, even heating for consistent results throughout the contents.
  • 10 safety elements ensure your safety and eliminate common issues that could harm or spoil food.
  • Beautiful fingerprint resistant exterior with large easy-to-read display panel.
  • Comes in 3 convenient sizes, 3 Qt, 6 Qt, and 8 Qt.
  • Includes stainless steel steam rack, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, and recipe booklet.
  • Hundreds of recipes available online.

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Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

The next evolution in the DUO series the Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, introduced in 2017, adds 3 new programs to its already impressive list.

Features

  • Takes the place of 9 common kitchen devices:
    • Pressure Cooker
    • Slow Cooker
    • Rice/Porridge Cooker
    • Yogurt Maker
    • Sauté/Searing
    • Steamer
    • Warmer
    • *NEW* Cake/Egg Maker
    • *NEW* Sterilizer
  • With 15 smart microprocessor-controlled programs
    • Soup/Broth
    • Meat/Stew
    • Bean/Chili
    • *NEW* Cake
    • *NEW* Egg
    • Slow Cook
    • Sauté/Sear
    • Rice
    • Multigrain
    • Porridge
    • Steam
    • *NEW* Sterilize – use to pasteurize milk, sterilize baby bottles, jars, and utensils, and perform certain types of canning
    • Yogurt
    • Keep Warm
    • Pressure Cook
  • The programs come with 3 adjustable settings, “Less”, “Normal”, and “More” in
    Sauté (max. 30 minutes), Slow Cook, and Keep Warm modes.
  • Smart programming allows you to change settings to your requirements. Then, it remembers the last 3 sets of customizations in “Less”, “Normal”, and “More” settings.
  • The built-in 24-hour timer can be used to postpone cooking start to a convenient, later time and prevent overcooking by automatically switching to Keep Warm mode. You will come back to a meal that is perfectly cooked and at the perfect serving temperature.
  • Cooking programs have been tested and optimized with 3rd generation embedded microprocessor technology for best results. Heating intensity and time are constantly adjusted during the cooking process.
  • Fast and efficient, up to 70% quicker.
  • Food Grade 304 stainless steel (18/8) is used for all parts coming in contact with cooking contents ensure that no toxic non-stick chemicals are absorbed into your food.
  • The attractive brushed stainless steel, fingerprint resistant exterior looks good in any kitchen decor.
  • The Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 comes in 3 sizes, 3 Qt, 6 Qt, and 8 Qt, as well as in a convenient 3 Qt + 6 Qt bundle.
  • 10 safety mechanisms and patented technologies protect you and your food from common, potentially dangerous situations.

Interested in more details about this wonderful Instant Pot DUO Plus series? Read my post, Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker Review.

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Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

The Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker is designed to suit your fast-paced, healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle. This is the small kitchen appliance for you if you want to have more control and greater precision cooking your favorite dishes.

Features

  • Combines the functions of 10 kitchen appliances:
    • Pressure Cooker
    • Slow Cooker
    • Rice/Porridge Cooker
    • Cake Maker
    • Yogurt Maker
    • Sauté/Searing
    • Steamer
    • Warmer
    • Sterilizer
    • *NEW* Ultra
  • 16 Built-In Smart Programs:
    • Soup/Broth
    • Meat/Stew
    • Bean/Chili
    • Cake
    • Egg
    • Slow Cook
    • Sauté/Sear
    • Rice
    • Multigrain
    • Porridge
    • Steam
    • Sterilize
    • Yogurt
    • Warm
    • Pressure Cook
    • Ultra
  • Speeds up cooking time by 2 to 6 times. Have your meals cooked up to 70% faster, thus saving energy.
  • Large, blue LCD display lets you keep track of the progress of your meal.
  • Central dial with “turn and press” provides precise program selection and adjustment.
  • A ‘Quick Release Button’ makes it safer to handle the task of releasing steam after cooking is finished.
  • The 16 built-in programs have been carefully tested for delicious results. But, the Ultra program gives you unlimited control over pressure and non-pressure cooking conditions.
  • Altitude adjustment takes the guesswork out of recipe conversion for more precise cooking times no matter where you live.
  • Dual pressure settings mean you can pressure cook quickly on high to reduce cooking time or low to prevent overcooking delicate food
  • You can delay cooking start time for up to 24 hours. Automatically switch to warm after cooking is complete to keep food at the perfect serving temperature until you are ready to eat.
  • Sounds can be turned On or Off during program selection, when cooking starts or when it is done.
  • The inner pot is made of non-coated, food grade, stainless steel for healthier meals. And it has fill markings at 1/2 and 2/3 full for pressure cooking safety.
  • The exterior is fingerprint resistant brushed stainless steel. There are lid holders for both left- and right-handed individuals.
  • Available sizes are 3 Qt, 6 Qt, 8 Qt and the 3 Qt + 6 Qt Ultra Bundle.

Read about more features, performance, pros and cons, and specifications on my detailed review page, Instant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker.

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Instant Pot Smart WiFi 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker

The Instant Pot Smart WiFi Electric Pressure Cooker adds another dimension to your healthy, fast-paced lifestyle. Now you can monitor and control cooking with your mobile devices.

Features

  • WiFi
    • Verify progress of your cooking wherever you are with your mobile device
    • Share access with your family
    • Receive alerts and notifications anywhere, anytime
    • 750+ scripted recipes available online can be sent to your Instant Pot instantly. Prepare the ingredients, send the recipe to your cooker and let it do all the rest.
  • Large, bright blue LCD display screen has more custom features and improved usability
  • 5 cooking status icons display WiFi ON/OFF, Pre-Heat in progress, Pressure Cook program selected, Keep Warm ON/OFF, and Sound ON/Off
  • Replaces your:
    • Pressure Cooker
    • Slow Cooker
    • Rice/Porridge Cooker
    • Yogurt Maker
    • Cake Maker
    • Sauté/Searing
    • Steamer
    • Warmer
  • With 13 smart built-in programs available at the touch of a button:
    • Soup/Broth
    • Meat/Stew
    • Bean/Chili
    • Cake
    • Slow Cook
    • Sauté/Sear
    • Rice
    • Multigrain
    • Porridge
    • Steam
    • Yogurt
    • Keep Warm
    • Pressure Cook
  • The pre-set programs guarantee energy efficiency cooking food up to 70% faster.
  • Non-coated food grade 304 stainless steel (18/8) inner pot, lid, and steam rack with handles ensures no chemicals come in contact with your food. The pot is marked at 1/2 and 2/3 as pressure cooking max fill level guides.
  • The exterior finish is high quality, fingerprint resistant, brushed stainless steel.
  • With 2 timers and 3 temperature levels:
    • Pressure cook up to 6 hours
    • Slow cook between 0.5-2 hours for each temperature level
    • Sauté, sear, simmer, or thicken for up to 30 minutes
    • Keep food Warm at one of 3 different serving temperatures
    • Delay cooking start time up to 24 hours

Enjoy the convenience of the latest technology. Be the first to be able to adjust your cooking when your schedule changes and you can’t get home on time. Just delay the cooking start time a little later right from your mobile phone.

The Instant Pot Smart WiFi Electric Pressure Cooker can do it for you.

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Instant Pot 60 Max 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker

The industry’s first 15 psi electric pressure cooker with NutriBoost™ technology. The Instant Pot Max 60 makes home cooking more convenient than ever.

Features

  • Sustained 15 psi cooks food faster and also allows you to use the cooker for home canning.
  • Steam can be programmed to quick-release as soon as the pressure cooking time is complete. You can easily cook delicate foods like broccoli without overcooking.
  • The steam release valve is also controlled during pre-heat. As much air as possible is released which leads to full water vapor in the cooking pot. This in turn leads to faster, more thorough cooking.
  • Full range, precise temperature control (accuracy +/- 1°C or 1.8°F) allows sous vide cooking as well as fermentation, simmering, boiling, pressure cooking, sautéing, and searing.
  • NutriBoost technology creates boiling motion during pressure cooking helping break down foods for better nutrition with more flavor and taste.
  • A large touch screen provides seamless programming. Easily set time, temperature, pressure level, delayed cooking start, and warm.
  • Altitude adjustment takes the difficulty out of recipe conversion providing a more precise cooking time.
  • Replaces your commonly used appliances:
    • Pressure Cooker
    • Pressure Canner
    • Sous Vide
    • Slow Cooker
    • Rice Cooker
    • Sauté/Searing Pan
    • Steamer
    • Yogurt Maker
    • Food Warmer
    • and more
  • Equipped with pressure sensors, thermal sensors under the cooking pot and inside the lid, and position sensors for the lid and float valve.
  • Even with electronics in the lid the lid is dishwasher-safe.
  • The exterior is beautiful brushed stainless steel compatible with any kitchen decor.
  • The inner pot is healthy, food grade 304 stainless steel (18/8) with no chemical coating.
  • Packaging and all inserts are made from 100% recyclable material.

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Instant Pot Aura Pro 8-Quart 11-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Multi-cooker with Sous Vide

The Instant Pot Aura Pro takes the place of 11 of your most used kitchen appliances. It adds Sous Vide to its impressive list of functions. 11 smart programs prepare your favorite dishes at the push of a button.

Features

  • Replaces 11 kitchen appliances with simple push button convenience:
    • Sear/Sauté
    • Bake
    • Slow Cook
    • Steam
    • Stew
    • Sous Vide
    • Roast
    • Yogurt
    • Rice
    • Multigrain
    • Keep Warm
  • Microprocessor technology ensures optimal time and temperature settings for consistent results.
  • Use the +/- keys to adjust to your cooking preferences at any time before or during cooking without having to stop and start again.
  • Delay start and Keep Warm allow you to start cooking at any time up to 24 hours later and remain at serving temperature after cooking is complete. Your meals will be perfectly cooked, hot, and ready to serve at the time you choose.
  • Automatic switching to Keep Warm can be turned ON/OFF as required. For Stew & Slow Cook maximum time is 10 hours. And for Rice, Multigrain & Steam, the maximum time is 2 hours. For other functions with Delay Start the maximum time is 24 hours.
  • Sound can be turned ON/OFF as desired.
  • Food grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel interior aluminum exterior cooking pot is stove-top and oven safe. It includes non-slip silicone grip handles for take to the table convenience. And it is dishwasher-safe.
  • The exterior, like all Instant Pots, is beautiful, fingerprint resistant, brushed stainless steel.
  • Unlike other round Instant Pots, the Aura Pro is oblong shaped. This means that you can cook whole chickens and roasts without cutting them into pieces.
  • The tempered glass lid has a stainless steel rim and vent. You won’t lose heat lifting the lid to peak at progress of your slow cooked meal.

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6 Replies to “7 Best Instant Pot Multi-cookers For 2019”

  1. Thanks for this great review of 7 awesome-looking Instant Pots. My wife and I have used a slow-cooker for years, but it always seemed kind of on-dimensional. I really like that all the pots you listed could do slow-cooking and so much more. I had no idea you could make yogurt in one of these! I especially like to Aura Pro 8 as the oblong shape would come in very handy! I know you mentioned the one you have, but out of the 7, would you recommend one overall, or does it depend on your needs?

    1. Thanks for the great comments and question.

      Yes, the best choice very much depends on your needs. Although all are very similar, each has its own unique set of features that differentiate them from the others. You mentioned the oblong shape of the Aura Pro 8.

      Size is one of the most important features. Don’t get one that’s too small or too large for your needs. If your need spans a couple of sizes you might be interested in getting a bundle, for example the Instant Pot Duo Plus 6 Qt and 3 Qt Bundle.

      If the latest technology is high on your list, for remote control of your meal from anywhere at anytime, the Smart WiFi Electric Pressure Cooker is a great one.

      Read through the features of each to find those that best suit your needs and that’s the Instant Pot recommended for you.

  2. Something that is a real concern for me – and my family – is the composition of the actual cooking vessel.  It was  really good to see that each review listed the composition of the parts that came into contact with your food.  There were some pretty cool features. I especially liked the WiFi pot, with 750 recipes that can be sent to the pot.

    1. One of the reasons that you will find a lot of Instant Pot cookers on my site is because of the non-coated, food grade stainless steel material used. I also point out the material used on all of the small kitchen appliances that I review. That’s because so many people are, like you, concerned about eating healthy food, uncontaminated by potentially harmful toxins.

      Thanks for taking time to leave your comment.

  3. Great article about Instant Pots.  I just received one for Christmas so I hopped on the internet to discover a little more about my gift and found your site.  This is wonderful, I found out that the pot I received is a best-seller, the Instant Pot DUO60. This made a fantastic gift and I have already tried a couple of recipes with it and it is amazing!  However, after reading your article I am also now really interested in the WIFI option as how cool would it be to start, stop and monitor your pot while you are at work or picking up the kids. I also like the option for the Instant Pot with the Sous Vide option because the very first recipe we tried was rack of lamb sous vide and although it worked in our instant pot the lowest temperature was 145 degrees and for sous vide you really want it at 135 degrees.  So if you do a lot of sous vide cooking or want to, it would probably be better to get the sous vide option.  But this is the coolest kitchen device I have tried in a long time and I am so happy my mother in law gave it to me as a gift!

    1. So happy to hear that you have received such a wonderful Christmas gift. Someone really likes you:)

      For Sous Vide, the lower temperature is better but precise temperature control is more important. It takes less time to get the desired doneness at a slightly higher temperature.  Although the Instant Pot DUO60 has pretty good temperature control it is basically on/off so you get larger temperature swings and maybe less consistent sous vide results.

      The Instant Pot 60 Max on the other hand has the precision control needed for really great sous vide cooking (accuracy of +/- 1degC = 1.8degF.)

      However, the important thing is that you enjoy your Instant Pot DUO and if you get the sous vide results that you are satisfied with then that’s super.

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