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This affordable Instant Pot cooks delicious food for less

Instant Pot's budget-friendly 6-in-1 V3 makes mighty tasty meals.

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Brian Bennett

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The Instant Pot Lux 6-in-1 V3 multicooker has lots of the same features you find in the company's premium pressure cookers.

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You use a valve on the lid to seal in steam pressure or manually release it.

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Like other Instant Pot models, the Lux 6-in-one has a mostly stainless steel exterior.

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Part of the Instant Pot's secret to creating delicious food is its stainless steel pot that evenly distributes heat.

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Here's the Instant Pot Lux next to a new rival, the Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker.

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Browning meat in the same pot that you make stew ups flavor and cuts down mess.

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Both the Instant Pot Lux (top) and Crock-Pot Express (bottom) could sear steak. The Lux, though, managed to create more caramelized flavor.

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Long grain white rice I cooked in the Instant Pot was on the mushy side.

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Once I tweaked the Instant Pot's egg mode to my liking, I was handsomely rewarded. 

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The Instant Pot Lux made short work of cooking black beans.

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