The Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart is normally $90, but Amazon currently has it on sale for $70. The only time we’ve seen this medium-size Instant Pot go for a lower price has been during Black Friday, so now is a golden opportunity to grab this versatile pressure cooker.
This Instant Pot is the top pick in our guide to the best electric pressure cooker. In our guide, senior staff writer Lesley Stockton writes, “The Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart is our all-time favorite electric pressure cooker. It’s super simple to use and turns out delicious meals faster than conventional cooking methods—you can cook black beans from scratch in 20 minutes. You can also use this pot as a slow cooker and a rice cooker and it sautés foods better than the competition. We like that the Duo’s stainless steel pot is more durable than the nonstick inserts that come with other cookers.”
The Instant Pot Duo comes in 3-, 6-, and 8-quart sizes, but it’s this 6-quart model we call out as “the most useful size for home cooks” in our guide. And although the Duo is our main pick, we also recommend the Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart as an upgrade pick for cooks who want precise temperature control among other features. For a full list of the differences, check out the chart below, or our breakdown of everything there is to know about the Instant Pot.
|Model||Price (6-quart)||Pressure-cooking levels||Temperature control (non–pressure cook)||Available sizes||Cooking programs||Pressure-cook time||Altitude adjust||Keep-warm time|
|Lux series||$80||High only||Three temp options (less, normal, more) for sauté and slow cook||3-, 6-, 8-quart||Up to 12||4 hours||No||Up to 10 hours (one temp)|
|Duo series (our pick)||$100||Low and high||Three temp options (less, normal, more) for sauté and slow cook||3-, 6-, 8-quart||Up to 14||4 hours||No||~100 hours (three temps on 3-quart model only)|
|Duo Plus series||$130||Low and high||Three temp options (less, normal, more) for sauté and slow cook||3-, 6-, 8-quart||Up to 15||6 hours||No||~100 hours (three temps)|
|Ultra series (upgrade pick)||$150||Low and high||Three temp options (less, normal, more) for sauté; custom control for slow cook, warm, and yogurt||3-, 6-, 8-quart||Up to 16||6 hours||Yes||~100 hours (three temps)|
We’ve also put together a collection of links to Instant Pot recipes and other resources. If you prefer cookbooks, we recommend Cooking Under Pressure, and I personally recommend Indian Instant Pot Cookbook: Traditional Indian Dishes Made Easy and Fast and The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook: Fresh and Foolproof Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker (the former is much cheaper in hardcover, for whatever reason).
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