Instant Pots Comparison: Which Pot Do You Actually Need?

Intstapots or Instant pots are one of the best electric pressure cookers on the market at the moment. People love them because of many reasons. However, with many models out there, not everyone is able to determine which one is the best fit for them.

In this article, we’ll compare some of the best ones and we’ll talk about their pros and cons. If you’re about to get one of these, read this article and make a decision at the end.

Most affordable – LUX

LUX is the basic model. It is the most affordable one but it’s also the easiest to operate. There aren’t too many additional functions, but it will do what it’s made for. It comes in the size of 3, 6 and 8ql.

Features: 6-in-1 cooker, Stainless steel, high-pressure modification, temperature adjustment

Pros: Affordable and easy to maintain

Cons: No additional features and no low-pressure option

Best value for money – DUO

The most selling model of Instant pot is DUO. Coming in the same sizes and with all the LUX options, plus a few extras.

Features: 7-in-1 cooker, Stainless steel, high and low-pressure modification, temperature adjustment

Pros: Have almost everything a traditional family would need for a reasonable price

Cons: Doesn’t connect with the app, lacking more complex features

For the high tech lovers – SMART

If you’re not into technology, apps and the internet, you won’t like this model. On the other hand, if you like mixing technology and cooking, you’ll fall in love with this thing the first moment you try it.

Features: 8-in-1, stainless steel, Wi-Fi connected, an app with 13 settings and 750 recipes, large LCD screen.

Pros: Wi-Fi connectivity, lots of options and features.

Cons: The instructions are complicated and it takes a lot of time to learn to use it.

Going professional – MAX

For those that would like to get in deep into the art of cooking, the MAX model is the best choice. It is also a revolutionary model as it is the first pressure cooker to cook under 15psi.

Features: 10-in-1, stainless steel, an app with recipes, 15 psi canning, steam release, touch screen.

Pros: Revolutionary 15psi cooking, newest model on the market

Cons: No Wi-Fi connection

Our best pick – ULTRA

We choose the ULTRA to be the overall best because its availability to change the settings as you want them. It has all the features of DUO, but the settings don’t necessarily have to be pressed once and wait for them to finish. You can do whatever you want in all times.

Features: 9-in-1, Stainless steel, custom programming, LCD screen, Free Alexa app.

Pros: Great cooking possibilities for a relatively fair price, availability to operate it the way you think is best and not rely on fixed programs.

Cons: No touch screen, no Wi-Fi. However, you can find some great cooking apps here.


This is our comparison. It doesn’t mean that our overall best will be your best choice too. You should look into the features, pros and cons, and make a decision which one will fit your needs the most.

We would advise you to make a clear decision about how you’re going to use it and for how many people. As you can see, some of them come in all sizes, but others are limited to only one size. The good part of this is that this size is usually 6ql which is enough most of the time.

Then, you should make a decision whether you like more traditional cooking or you simply love the Wi-Fi option of the smart model. If you see the internet connection of the pot as nothing special, then it’s best if you get another model. On the other hand, if you’re not too experienced in cooking, you’ll love the models with recipe app. It’s all a personal preference as you can see. Cooking beginners, read this article:

Don’t follow the more expensive must be better. The pressure cookers are a serious tool and can be dangerous if you don’t know how to operate them. The more expensive models have a lot of functions. If you don’t expect to use them all, don’t waste money on them. Get a simpler one.

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