Best Instant pot multicookers: 3 models for different budgets compared

BEST OVERALL
Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 8-Quart Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot have created a ‘Jack of all trades’ with the Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 8-Quart Multicooker, and it doesn’t cost a fortune. This superb Multicooker can cook all different food styles and it eliminates the need to clog up your kitchen space with many appliances.

The Ultra is the only Instant Pot multicooker that can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and air fryer, making it one of the most versatile appliances they've ever released. This massive cooker is a must for all large families.

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1. Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 8-Quart Multicooker

BEST INSTANT POT
Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker 11 in 1, 8 Qt with Air Fryer, Roast, Bake, Dehydrate and more
  • The Instant Pot That Air Fries: The hottest new multi-cooker from the makers of the all-time bestselling Duo series, the Instant Pot Duo Crisp is a pressure cooker and air fryer with 2 convenient, removable lids
  • 11-In-1 One-Touch Cooking Programs: Put cooking on autopilot with delicious results; Pressure cooks, Sautes, steams, slow cooks, sous vides, warms, air fries, roasts, bakes, broil and dehydrates
  • Tender Juicy Meals with a Crisp Golden Finish: Innovative EvenCrisp technology ensures a perfect crunch every time; Imagine biting into fall-off-the-bone ribs with a perfect air fried crust

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Pros

  • Air Frying Capabilities
  • 11 One-Touch Programs
  • Accessories
  • Large Capacity
  • Easy Seal Lid
  • Safety Conscious

Cons

  • Super Heavy
  • Large Footprint
  • Need Space to Store the Second Lid

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 22.3 x 17.5 x 15.7 inches
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Appliance Weight: 33.3lbs
  • Capacity: 8 Quarts
  • Available Colors: Black/Stainless Steel
  • Wattage: 1500W

Looks

If it wasn’t for the very distinctive air fryer lid (which looks like an inverted tornado), you’d be hard pushed to separate the Instant Pot Duo Crisp from any other middle of the road appliance.

The Duo Crisp is not an unattractive multicooker; there’s just nothing overtly special about it either. The central unit is a standard stainless-steel silver, and it has a black plastic lid. You’ll notice this is a consistent theme with Instant Pot multicookers.

While the control panel is relatively bland, it has been made a marginally more exciting thanks to the blue LCD rather than a red one.

Score: 3.5/5

Capacity

Multicookers come in all shapes and sizes, each one serving a specific purpose. Thanks to its enormous 8-quart cooking capacity, the Instant Pot Duo Crisp is well equipped to deal with most tasks.

 

While the Duo Crisp is not quite the largest appliance on the market, cooking a whole chicken or large joint of beef is easy for this machine. This Multicooker is so large it could make all your other cooking appliances obsolete.

Score: 4.5/5

Features

  • Built-In Air Fryer: The Duo Crisp is the only Multicooker from Instant Pot with air frying capabilities. The appliance comes with interchangeable lids, the second of which allows you to air fry foods or crisp off the whole chicken you cooked in the pressure cooker.
  • Accessories: Instant Pot also provides air frying accessories. An air fryer basket and broiling tray give a broader versatility, while the protective pad and storage cover helps keep the kitchen clean and tidy.
  • 11-in-1 One Touch Programs: With eleven different settings, the Instant Pot Duo Crisp is incredibly versatile in the kitchen. This multi-functional appliance is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and air fryer. It can also saute, steam, sous vide, warm, roast, bake, broil, and dehydrate.
  • Easy Seal Lid: The new ‘Easy Seal Lid’ from Instant Pot will automatically seal the appliance once the lid is in place, giving you one less thing to remember when using this cooker.
  • Ten Safety Features: Safety is a big consumer concern that surrounds any device that can pressure cook. Instant Pot do their best to alleviate your fears with ten built-in safety features.
  • Stainless-steel Cooking Pot: Many consumers prefer a stainless-steel pot over a non-stick coated one because of fears the non-stick coating might peel off and contaminate their food.

Score: 4.5/5

Performance & Cleaning

If a multicooker is unreliable or cooks nasty food, all the bells and whistles in the world aren’t going to redeem it. Fortunately for the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, it is both durable and performs exceptionally well in the kitchen.

With a very healthy 1500W under the hood, the Duo Crisp cooks deliciously tender meat in no time at all.

Unlike other Instant Pot models, there is no known issue on the Duo Crisp with the rubber seal retaining odors from cooked ingredients.

Pretty much all of these mid to high-end appliances are super easy to clean thanks to selected parts being dishwasher safe. The Instant Pot Duo Crisp 8-Quart Multicooker is no different.

Score: 5/5

Should you buy the Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11 in 1 8-Quart Multicooker?

If you’re in the market for a multicooker that also air fries, your options are relatively limited, but that isn’t to say there aren’t some superb appliances from which to choose. The Instant Pot Duo Crisp is right up there with the very best and is one of the more affordable units.

But make sure you have enough kitchen space before purchasing because this beast has a large footprint and is extremely heavy. 

Overall Score: 17.5/20

2. Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 8-Quart Multicooker

Instant Pot Duo Nova Pressure Cooker 7 in 1,  8 Qt, Best for Beginners
  • Best for beginners: An upgrade to the all-time bestseller Instant Pot Duo series, the Duo Nova combines 7 appliances in 1: Pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute pan, food warmer, and yogurt maker. This 8Qt model has the capacity to cook for up to 8 people, great for larger families or groups
  • Healthy & consistently delicious: Duo Nova is powered by a sophisticated microprocessor that monitors and adjusts pressure, temperature, time, and heat to cook food up to 70% faster than other methods and deliver consistent, delicious results every time
  • Smart lid: The new easy seal lid gives you one less thing to worry about because it automatically seals your Instant Pot. Steam release is also a breeze with the fast, safe push of the quick release button. And it even comes with a bonus sealing ring

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Pros

  • Reasonably Priced
  • Enormous Capacity
  • Consumer Confidence
  • Pre-Programmed Settings
  • Smart Lid

Cons

  • Sealing Rings Absorb Smells
  • No Crisp Feature

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 14.8 x 13.6 x 14 inches
  • Material: Plastic/Stainless Steel
  • Appliance Weight: 20.3lbs
  • Capacity: 8 Quarts
  • Available Colors: Black/Stainless Steel
  • Wattage: 1200W

Looks

The Instant Pot Duo Nova is a very standard looking multicooker. If you’d never seen a multicooker before and someone explained the premise to you, in all likelihood, the picture in your mind would look precisely like the Instant Pot Duo Nova.

It looks like a multicooker, and there is no doubting that it’s a multicooker, it’s definitely a multicooker. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; it just doesn’t stand out in any way with its silver body and a black lid. Still, the cool blue LCD on the control panel is stylish and preferable to the black and red displays you find on most appliances these days. (Have you noticed the theme?)

Score: 3.5/5

Capacity

There aren’t many multicookers on the market with a cooking capacity larger than 8-quarts, for the simple reason that, outside catering companies, not many people require a 10+ quart cooker. 

The Instant Pot Duo Nova’s cavernous 8-Quart pot will capably cook any food volume you could need. And then some.

Score: 4.5/5

Features

  • Pre-programmed & Customizable Settings: This appliance has 14 of one-touch settings on top of the pressure cooker and slow cooker modes; these include Soup, Stew, Chilli, Poultry, Saute, Rice cooker, Porridge, and Steam. It’s also possible to program settings for your own recipes. 
  • Smart Lid:  The new ‘Easy Seal’ lid on this Instant Pot multicooker will automatically seal the lid for you when preparing meals with the pressure cooker.
  • Delayed Start: Plan your meals ahead of time with the delayed start function. You can time your meals up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Stainless Steel Pot: Rest assured, you won’t be getting any flakes of ‘non-stick coating’ coming off into your food with the stainless steel pot.
  • Ten Safety Features: Instant Pot have implemented ten safety features into the Duo Nova to ensure peace of mind when using your Multicooker.

Score: 4.5/5

Performance & Cleaning

Instant Pot are easily the best selling multicooker on Amazon. Their popularity among consumers is thanks, in part, to their affordability and high performance. Of the tens of thousands of people who have purchased one of these units, a whopping 92% believe the Instant Pot Nova is rated at four to five stars. That’s consumer confidence if ever we saw it.

It is worth noting that the Instant Pot Duo Nova sealing ring, which maintains the cooker’s pressure, tends to absorb the odors of ingredients cooked in the appliance. It does not affect any future recipes, but it is impossible to get rid of the smells.

With a stainless-steel pot that is dishwasher safe, the Duo Nova should be a breeze to clean, and while it isn’t massively challenging, it does require a little more elbow grease than similar appliances.

Score: 4.5/5

Should you buy the Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 8-Quart Multicooker?

Instant Pot have produced a brilliant appliance at a relatively affordable price point, backed up by the substantial number of units sold. If you want a massive, multi-functional countertop cooker that is an MVP in the kitchen, then the Instant Pot Duo Nova is worth considering.

Overall Score: 17/20

3. Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 8-Quart Multicooker

Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sterilizer, and Warmer, 8 Quart, 16 One-Touch Programs
  • For large families, 6+ people. Item dimensions is 14.88 x 13.90 x 10.39 in inches
  • Instant Pot Ultra electric pressure cooker is the next generation in kitchen appliances. A central dial with a simple turn and press provides added precision in program selection and adjustment
  • New features: altitude adjustment, cooking indicator, and a steam release reset button. The Ultra button provides custom programming. The new features include sterilize, cake and egg programs

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Pros

  • Superb Control Panel
  • Accessories
  • Altitude Adjustment
  • Lightweight
  • Multi-Functional

Cons

  • High Price Point
  • Difficult to Use
  • Saute Function Not Hot Enough

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 13 x 12.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Appliance Weight: 11.83
  • Capacity: 6 Quart
  • Available Colors: Stainless Steel/Black
  • Wattage: 1000W

Looks

We’ve spoken at length about the common appearance of Instant Pot Multicookers. That being said, the Ultra is one of the best looking appliances from this brand, thanks mainly to the stunning control panel on the front.

The Ultra has the seemingly industry-standard stainless steel silver body, but the regular black plastic lid has been broken up with a few stainless steel panels to liven up the aesthetics.

Score: 4/5

Capacity

With a 6-quart capacity, the Instant Pot Ultra is the smallest appliance we’re looking at today, though 6 quarts is is still fairly substantial. This above-average sized appliance can quickly cook for a family of four with minimal fuss.

Score: 3.5/5

Features

Superb Control Panel: While we wouldn’t usually consider a control panel a feature, we felt the need to mention just how attractive and informative the panel on the Instant Pot Ultra is. This high-tech control panel is not only a display for program selection and the timer, but it also provides you with a ‘cooking indicator.’ Hence, you know your appliance’s exact pressure and your meal’s progress with an easy to interpret graph. However, this control panel can be tricky to get used to, despite the superb appearance, so take your time getting to know your Multicooker.

Ten Pre-programmed Settings: The premise of a multicooker is to perform many tasks using a single appliance. The Instant Pot Ultra is undoubtedly versatile with ten different functions. Pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, egg cooker, sauté/searing, steamer, warmer, and sterilizer.

Altitude Adjustment: As pressure cookers use pressure to cook, the performance can be affected if you live at a high altitude, so with any other appliance, you’d need to cook for longer. The altitude adjuster automatically adjusts the times to make sure you get it right.

Accessories: Along with the central unit, you get a steam rack & lid, serving spoon, soup spoon, measuring cup, and recipe book.

Score: 4/5

Performance & Cleaning

The performance on the 6-Quart Ultra is generally up to Instant Pot’s high standards; however, there is one minor issue, about which consumers have expressed their concern. The Instant Pot Ultra comes with a ‘Saute’ programmed that has, on occasion, struggled to get to a high enough temperature to saute the ingredients properly.

However, the remaining functions and modes perform their tasks admirably.

Like its big brothers and sisters, the Instant Pot Ultra is a breeze to clean thanks to selected parts being dishwasher-safe.

Score: 4/5

Should you buy the Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 8-Quart Multicooker?

There’s no denying that the Instant Pot Ultra is a decent small kitchen appliance, and if you live at a high altitude, the auto-adjust on this thing will be a godsend. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a multicooker with a little more style, the Ultra might be the appliance for you.

Be prepared to spend a little extra cash as the Ultra has a higher price point than the other cookers we’ve looked at today.

Overall Score: 15.5/20

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