The small-appliance purchase my family has made. Now Amazon has deals on a number of different models if you've been thinking about trying out a pressure cooker yourself, or gifting it to a loved one this holiday season.is the best
I like the Instant Pot because it shaves some cooking time off of recipes and opens the way for a more expansive weekly dinner menu. If that's not enough of a draw, specific cooking modes for preparing rice, cake or yogurt -- or even sterilizing, depending on the model -- might be.
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Originally published Nov. 26.
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Both sizes in the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 line are on sale from Amazon. This line offers functions for pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice and porridge making, yogurt making, sauteing, searing, steaming and warming. The best deal is the largest, 8-quart version, which is down to $90 from $140, a 36 percent discount.
If that size is too much for you -- remember: the larger the pot, the longer it takes to get to pressure -- the 3-quart version is available for $60, down from $80.
If you're looking to crash two hype trains into one another, may I suggest the Instant Pot Smart WiFi? You get all the intimidation factor of a multifunction pressure cooker, with the head-scratching "Why do I need this?" feeling that comes with a Wi-Fi-connected kitchen appliance.
In all seriousness, one of the Instant Pot's weaknesses is its interface. The many buttons aren't that intuitive. The app aims to improve that, and it gives you the ability to monitor cooking temperature and time remotely. It might give peace of mind to someone who's uncomfortable with the idea of leaving a pressure cooker unattended. This is also the second-best deal for the Instant Pot right now. It's down 40 percent to $90 from $150.
The Ultra is Instant Pot's most high-end model. It has all the cooking functions of the Duo Plus, plus additional settings to tweak the cook time and temperature, and to adjust for your altitude, which can impact air pressure.
The 6- and 8-quart models aren't currently on sale, but Amazon has a 3-quart model on sale for $90, down from $120, a 25 percent discount.