I must admit, I was so confused on which Instant Pot I should buy. When I would ask my gal pals, they each would make a different recommendation, which left me baffled more than before. After finally buying one, I have realized that the Instant Pot you need to buy is based on one key question:

What do you plan to cook in it?

When I purchased my IP, I knew that I want one which has the ‘Rice’ cook feature. This seems to be added in the newer models. You can of course cook rice in another model, but having this feature takes the guess work out.

Also, we liked the option of ‘Sous Vide‘ in our Instant Pot. If you follow me on Instagram (you don’t?), you would have seen how I made medium-rare lamb chops in my Instant Pot, which were just like a chef would make them! (well, at least close to them)

Lamb Chops cooked in Sous Vide function of Instant Pot
Lamb Chops cooked in Sous Vide function of Instant Pot

If you are looking for a basic Instant Pot, and don’t want all these extra features, pick any that you find on a good deal! Yes, really! At the end of the day they all are pressure cookers. All of the Instant Pots will:

  • Cook the food on pressure setting.
  • Shut off after the programed cooking time.
  • Make literally no noise.

However, if you want to do multiple things with it, without putting too much thought into it, read on.

We opted for the Instant Pot Duo 9-in-1 with 15 Smart built-in functions. We opted for it specifically , as it allowed us to:

  • Cook rice without making calculated guesses.
  • Make porridge on the ‘Oatmeal’ setting in the shortest time.
  • Sous Vide steaks and chops.

Also, an added bonus for a ‘Duo’ was the option to purchase the additional ‘Crisper’ lid, which converts the Instant Pot into an ‘Air Fryer’. I get two appliances in one. 

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