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What is the Best Instant Pot? An Overview of Instant Pot Models and Sizes

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The Duo Crisp, Ultra or Duo Plus- which one is really the best Instant Pot? Keep reading to get a quick peek into all the Instant Pot models. 

So you’ve heard a lot about Instant Pots and are possibly considering getting your hands on one. But which one from the many should you really pick? Keep reading to find out just that and more. 

Here’s a quick rundown of the best Instant Pot models, their sizes and features. 


The Instant Pot Duo is your classic 7 in 1 pressure cooker that has one-touch programs that allow you to cook your food up to 70% faster. It also works as a yogurt maker and comes in three size variants;  3-quart, 6-quart, and 8-quart. 

Duo Nova

The Duo Nova is thought to be one of the best Instant Pots for beginners. It has a nice easy to read display and a cooking progress indicator to help you keep track of how long it’ll take for your food to be ready. It also comes with an extra sealing ring, and you can choose from the 3-quart, 6-quart, 8-quart, and 10-quart size options. 

Duo Evo Plus

The Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus is proclaimed the most innovative model of Instant Pot there is. You’ll find 10 inbuilt settings to choose from, and an extra sealing ring to ensure that the lid has the best fit. That’s not all. This model also has an easy steam release and diffused steam release option. 

Plus, it also has a quick cool lid technology and offers 48 customizable programs, so you can make the best use out of the device. Currently, you’ll find this in only a 6-quart and 8-quart variant. 

Duo Crisp

The Instant Pot Duo Crisp is the only model that comes with the inbuilt air frying function, apart from all the other added functionalities. You’ll find this is a single 8-quart variant, and it packs in a recipe book too! 

Smart Wi-Fi

Perfect for all the tech freaks out there, this Instant Pot model allows you to cook food at the temperature of your preference, which you can access and modify using an app on your smartphone. This device is supposedly powerful enough to replace 8 of your kitchen appliances but is available only in a 6-quart size. 


The Instant Pot Ultra is thought to be one of the best devices for home chefs, and has 10 preset functions for you to choose from. It also has an easy seal lid and a cooking progress indicator like some others in its category. 

You can pick this one in 3-quart, 6-quart or 8-quart sizes. 


If you’re a canning and food preserving enthusiast, the Instant Pot Max could be the right choice for you. It offers sustained 15psi pressure and has 9 convenient one touch functions to help you cook your favorite foods in a jiffy. 

Currently, it is available only in a 6-quart size variant. 

Duo Plus

The Duo Plus is believed to be the best Instant Pot for parents who really want to offer home cooked meals for their families. It has pretty much anything you’d expect from your Instant Pot, and comes in three different sizes- 3-quart, 6-quart and 9-quart. 


Think of this as the most basic version of the Instant Pot. You’ll find 6 one touch cooking programs to choose from, and some simple safety features. It can be a great option to get your hands on if you don’t want to invest in something too elaborate. 

Did this breakdown help you? Which one will you be opting for? 

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