This small Canadian-designed kitchen appliance called the Instant Pot has become a legit phenomenon among time-strapped home cooks. Why? It’s a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan and warming pot, all in one… and the possibilities have people spinning out all over the Internet.
The innocuous little appliance was the most popular item on Amazon Prime Day (on the July sale date in 2016, more than 200,000 were sold) and has inspired over 200,000 Instagram hashtags to date, where amateur cooks and bloggers breathlessly document their experiments (and their devotion). Aside from making quick meals — 20-minute chicken, 3-minute steel cut oats, speedy risottos, broths, stews and curries — cooks have also used the Instant Pot to make Sunday roasts, homemade applesauce and bone broth in a fraction of the typical cooking time.
Is The Instant Pot Duo Worth It?
We put one on order, and the kitchen team put it through vigorous testing. The short answer is yes — but to know if it really suits your needs in the kitchen, read our Instant Pot review for more in-depth details on the results. In the meantime, here’s a look at what savvy cooks are whipping at home: