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Best Instant Pot deals: The 3-quart Duo Nova just dropped to $50

Plus, more great bargains on multicookers from around the web.

If you're on the hunt for an Instant Pot deal, stick with CNET. We've been watching carefully for price drops on the popular multicooker all year. Right now, the versatile 6-quart Viva is down to $59 at Walmart (normally $99). Plus, the upgraded 3-quart Duo Nova with progress indicator is half off right now -- down to $50 at Macy's.

Instant Pot is the uber-popular multicooker that functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer and warmer, with a sauté mode so you can make tender meats like brisket, beef stew, shredded chicken and pulled pork from start to finish. Check out these five big reasons to buy an Instant Pot for more helpful info on the small kitchen appliance that home cooks swear by for easy meals.

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Wondering how to spot a multicooker deal? Instant Pots come in more variations than laptops, it seems, and pricing is often all over the map. The main rule: $50 to $70 is the sweet spot for a 6-quart Instant Pot. Most Instant Pots come in 3-, 6- and 8-quart sizes, with the 6-quart models being the most popular for families. For a single person or even a couple, you could easily get away with a 3-quart.

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The Viva appears to be an offshoot of the popular Duo model with the addition of sous vide and cake-making (!) options, according to Instantpotology. This Instant Pot does just about everything you'd want or need a multicooker to do and under $50 is about as low as you'll see it go. It features 15 cook settings: soup, meat/stew, chili, cake, egg, slow cook, pressure cook, saute, rice, multigrain, steam, sterilize, porridge, warm and yogurt. Again, 6 quarts is the most popular size: It's large enough to cook for groups but not so huge that you'll find it difficult to store. It also has OverHeat Protection, a safety lock to ensure safe pressure cooking.

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If you're regularly cooking for just yourself or you and one or two others, you might consider the smaller 3-quart model. $50 is a solid deal for the sophisticated Instant Pot Duo Nova. This is one of the brand's newer models and features a progress indicator to alert you when the Instant Pot is coming up to pressure. It has 14 programs for things like ribs, soups, beans, rice, poultry, yogurt, desserts and a whole lot more.

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This is probably the most popular Instant Pot. It doesn't have a ton of the new fancy bells and whistles but it has everything you need from a multicooker, including a sear function, 14 one-touch smart programs and an easy-release safety valve. While it's $20 off the sticker price, we've previously seen the model go lower than $79 so if you can afford to hold out, we promise to update this post if and when it drops again.

Insignia

This Insignia multicooker does all the key things an Instant Pot does, but you'll pay a third of the price. It also scores high marks in a whopping 3,000-plus verified purchase reviews, so don't stress if you're not as familiar with the brand name. We've done the digging and this discounted multicooker checks out. 

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