The best Instant Pot 2024: top multi-cookers from Instant Pot

The best Instant Pot multi-cookers make all those specialized kitchen appliances redundant. These multifaceted devices can do so much that you’ll save time, space, and energy, not to mention the fact that there’s usually not a lot of mess and they’re often easy to clean – just use soap and hot water or throw them in the dishwasher.

While you can dive even deeper into how to clean an Instant Pot, you should also take a look at all the different things you can cook in them. There are all sorts of signature dishes as well as the ability to simplify easy recipes even more. Don’t believe us? Take a look at our guide on how to cook hard-boiled eggs in an Instant Pot. It’s easy, fast, and a great example of how an Instant Pot can make something that’s relatively simple even easier and hassle-free.

The best Instant Pot multi-cookers can also function as pressure cookers, slow cookers, rice cookers, steamers, soup makers, and even more. In some cases, they can also double as sous vide cookers or air fryers. That way, you don’t have to dedicate extra space that you might not have to one of the best air fryers

Though Instant Brands filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2023 due to plummeting sales (sales were down by 50%), the company is necessarily going under. So we should continue to see new releases from the brand. In addition, there are still plenty of current stock available.

We’ve included the best Instant Pot multi-cookers available right now. So, no matter if you’re hoping to make a potato leek soup, chili, steamed veggies, or even air fry some frozen pastries, you’ll find something that will get the job done properly with one of the best Instant Pots below. Also keep an eye out for the best Instant Pot deals so you can save even more on these multi-cookers.

The quick list

The best Instant Pot multi-cookers 2024

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The best Instant Pot overall

The Instant Pot Pro having just been used to steam broccoli

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The best Instant Pot overall

Specifications

Capacity: 6-quart/ 6-liter or 8-quart/ 8-liter
Cooking modes: pressure cook, slow cook, rice cooker, steam, sauté, sous vide, reheat, yogurt maker, sterilizer, cake maker
Number of presets: 28

Reasons to buy

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Five one-touch favorite settings
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Wide array of cooking methods
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Inner pot can be heated on all stovetop types 

Reasons to avoid

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No recipe book or cooking charts included
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Steam rack unsuitable for vegetables

The Instant Pot Pro is the best Instant Pot you can buy right now. It sets out to replace ten kitchen appliances including a pressure cooker, slow cooker, saute pan, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, and warmer, and has 28 cooking modes for preparing different dishes. There's also a version that can air fry too, known as the Instant Pot Pro Crisp.

We were impressed the Instant Pot Pro also has five buttons that allow you to store your favorite settings for recipes you make regularly, giving you the convenience of the one-touch programs but for your own custom recipes. 

The inner pot can be used on the stovetop to sear food before cooking, too, and has handles, so you can take the pot straight to the table. On top of that, the steam release switch is one of the easiest and safest steam release methods we’ve used when testing the pressure cook function on a multi-cooker and the steam valve has a cover to reduce splashes and noise too. 

However there’s no recipe book or cooking charts included, which means using the Instant Pot does require some experimentation and in our tests, broccoli florets fell through the steaming rack, so to steam vegetables, you'll need to buy an additional accessory. But overall we found it easy to use and it can produce a great meal.

Read our full review: Instant Pot Pro  

The best budget Instant Pot

The Instant Pot Duo Plus alongside the ingredient for a slow-cooked beef chilli

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The best budget Instant Pot

Specifications

Capacity: 3 quart/ 3 liter (US only), 6 quart/ 5.7 liter, 8 quart/ 8 liter
Cooking modes: Pressure cook, slow cook, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, sterilizer, food warmer
Number of presets: 15

Reasons to buy

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Safer steam release
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Intuitive to use
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Available in more than one size

Reasons to avoid

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Fewer recipe presets than some other Instant Pots
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Top of lid can get very hot
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No steam cook function

While not necessarily the cheapest Instant Pot out there, the Instant Pot Duo Plus is still very reasonably priced while offering a lot of functionality, making it one of the best options out there for people on a budget. But, beyond the multiple cooking modes and presets, we really appreciated the safety features, particularly the fact that you can release steam with a flick of a switch. No need to put your hand near a hot valve.

We also liked the fact that it’s available in multiple sizes, so different sized households can make the most out of this model’s combination of price and performance. However, we do find it a bit light on presets compared to a lot of Instant Pots, though at least they’re easily customizable. Also, be aware that there’s no air fryer functionality on here. So, if you want a multi-cooker to replace all your other kitchen appliances, this might not be the one. 

That said, the results of what the Instant Pot Duo Plus can do, whether it’s rice, Thai curry, or chili, are as good as its price tag is low.

Read our full Instant Pot Duo Plus review

The best premium Instant Pot alternative

Ninja Foodi Max

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The best premium Instant Pot alternative

Specifications

Capacity: 8 quarts / 7.5 liter
Cooking modes: Pressure cook, air fry, grill, bake, dehydrate, prove, sear/ sauté, steam, slow cook, yogurt, steam meals, steam air fry, steam roast, steam bake, steam bread and keep warm
Number of presets: 0

Reasons to buy

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Large capacity
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Wide range of cooking methods
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Built-in thermometer for perfect meats

Reasons to avoid

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Most expensive multi-cooker on the market to date
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Lacks presets for specific dishes

The 8-quart / 7.5-liter Ninja Foodi Max adds air frying, grilling/ broiling, and dehydrating, to the long list of cooking methods offered by the best Instant Pots. It even offers the ability to introduce steam when air frying, which when paired with the built-in thermometer, ensures you can cook the perfect steak in this multi-cooker.  

On test, as well as excelling at steak, we were also impressed by the Ninja Foodi Max's ability to perfectly cook a variety of dishes, from beef chili to fries. The large capacity is ideal for those that have several mouths to feed, although the multi-cooker is bulky and takes up a lot of space on a countertop. 

The Ninja Foodi Max doesn't have presets with defined temperatures and times for different dishes, as Instant Pots do. Instead, you'll need to refer to the cooking charts that come bundled with the multi-cooker and we found these to be comprehensive and very helpful.  

Read our full review: Ninja Foodi Max 15-in-1 SmartLid Multi-Cooker

The best Instant Pot for novices

Instant Pot Duo Nova next to a bowl of rice cooked in the multi-cooker

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The best Instant Pot for novices

Specifications

Capacity: 3-quart / 2.8-liter, 6-quart/ 5.7-liter, 8-quart / 7.6-liter
Cooking modes: pressure cook, slow cook, rice cooker, steam, sauté, reheat, yogurt maker
Number of presets: 15

Reasons to buy

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Good range of cooking methods
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Dishwasher safe lid and pot
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Lid automatically seals for pressure cooking

Reasons to avoid

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Cooking pot doesn’t have handles
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Steam rack not ideal for most vegetables

If you’re looking for an Instant Pot that makes releasing the pressure at the end of cooking as easy and as safe as possible, then the Instant Pot Duo Nova is worth considering. It has a quick steam release switch, which is separate from the steam valve, and ensures you can force the pressure to be released in a safer way - perfect if you're new to pressure cooking. On top of that, the steam release valve automatically closes when you secure the lid. On test, we felt these features made pressure cooking uncomplicated and safe, so if pressure cooking makes you nervous, this is the Instant Pot for you.

With seven different cooking methods and 14 programs offering pre-defined cooking times, it’s very similar to the Instant Pot Duo (above) and while it speeds up lengthy cooking times, it’s not quite as quick as the Instant Pot Pro or the Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus. However the pot and lid are dishwasher safe, and it even comes with an additional sealing ring too. 

The stainless-steel cooking pot doesn’t have handles, so we found it fiddly to lift in and out of the main body, and when steaming vegetables we found the florets of broccoli tended to slip through the gaps in the steaming rack, meaning they ended up soggy. 

Read our full review: Instant Pot Duo Nova  

The most stylish Instant Pot alternative

Breville the Fast Slow Pro with the lid open, on a kitchen cuntertop

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The most stylish Instant Pot alternative

Specifications

Capacity: 6-quart / 6-liter
Cooking modes: Pressure cook, slow cook, reduce, sear, sauté, and steam
Number of presets: 6

Reasons to buy

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Stylish design
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Simple to use
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Six cooking functions

Reasons to avoid

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Can’t cook small quantities
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Hinged lid requires screwdriver for removal

Most Instant Pots and multi-cookers don't chart high in the style stakes but with a brushed stainless steel finish and a neat and streamlined design, the Breville the Fast Slow Pro (known in the UK as Sage the Fast Slow Pro) is certainly one of the better-looking multi-cookers we've tested. 

Simple to use, it offers six cooking functions and you can either choose from a range of presets for dishes including stew, risotto, and rice or manually adjust the time and temperature to ensure the meal is cooked to perfection. 

On test, we found the Breville the Fast Slow Pro cooked meat so it was tender and succulent, while vegetables and rice were cooked through but not soggy or mushy. However,  you’ll need a screwdriver to remove the hinged lid if you want to clean it, and it has a minimum 1-quart/ 1-liter capacity, meaning we struggled to cook smaller quantities.

Read our full review: Breville the Fast Slow Pro

A great multi-functional Instant Pot

Instant Pot Duo Crisp & Air Fryer on a kitchen countertop

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A great multi-functional Instant Pot

Specifications

Capacity: 6 quarts / 5.7 liters and 8 quarts / 8 liters
Cooking modes: pressure cook, sauté, slow cook, steam, sous vide, keep warm, air fry, roast, bake, broil and dehydrate
Number of presets: 11

Reasons to buy

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11 cooking functions including air fry
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Large 8-quart/ 8-litre capacity
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Simple to use

Reasons to avoid