Before You Buy

About Instant Pot and Instant Appliances

What is an Instant Pot? What other appliances does Instant Brands Inc. manufacture?

When people talk about their “Instant Pot,” they’re probably talking about one of our best-selling electric pressure cookers, but we’re so much more than that!

Other than our best-selling electric pressure cookers, the Instant Brands family of game-changing small kitchen appliances has grown to include:

  • Cooking and Beverage Blenders
  • Air Fryers
  • Air Fryer Ovens
  • Toaster Ovens
  • Rice & Grain Cookers
  • Sous Vide Immersion Circulators
  • Kettles
  • Multicookers

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What does 7-in-1, 9-in-1, 11-in-1, etc. actually mean?

Most Instant Pots are categorized by referring to the number of appliances a single Instant Pot can replace.

For example, the Duo Nova 7-in-1 replaces the following appliances: Pressure cooker, slow cooker, sauté pan, steamer, rice cooker, yogurt maker and food warmer.

Some Instant Pots, like the Duo Evo™ Plus are so versatile it’s impossible to say how many products it can replace! The Duo Evo Plus is a pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, sous vide, sauté, food warmer, cake maker, and stock pot to name a few—and it can do so much more!

What makes the Instant Pot a “smart” cooker?

After a ton of testing, we finally took the guesswork out of cooking. The Instant Pot uses pre-programmed cooking instructions for one-touch preparation of various food ingredients and cooking methods. 

The Instant Pot also remembers the changes you make to each Smart Program, providing a smarter, more personalized cooking experience.

What is an Instant Cooking and Beverage Blender?

These high-performance blenders are one-of-a-kind in their ability to perform hot and cold blending tasks. Whip up smoothies and crush ice, or use the built-in heating element to cook, blend and serve—all in one pitcher.

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What is an Instant Air Fryer?

Instant air fryers are small-capacity appliances that rapidly circulate hot air to quickly cook and crisp food. An air fryer can be used in place of a deep fryer, using minimal amounts of oil for the same golden crunch!

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What is an Instant Air Fryer Oven?

Instant air fryer ovens are large-capacity appliances that rapidly circulates hot air to quickly cook and crisp large food items. It can be used in place of a deep fryer, using minimal amounts of oil for the same tasty crunch!

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What is an Instant Rice and Grain Cooker?

The Instant rice and grain cookers work just like traditional rice cookers—only better. Just one button cooks up your favorite type of rice or grain, steams veggies, poaches fish, and much more.

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What is an Instant Sous Vide Immersion Circulator?

Sous vide cooking is the process of bringing vacuum-sealed food to a specific temperature and maintaining that temperature for a period of time. This process ensures that your food will not overcook, while allowing fats to render and proteins to break down.

The immersion circulator is placed into a large container (such as the Instant Pot® inner pot) with warm water. It circulates the water around sealed food pouches, maintaining the temperature precisely for tender, flavorful results.

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Choosing an Instant Pot

Which Instant Pot model is the most popular?

Until now the 6 Quart Duo has been a popular powerhouse, but its new family members are quickly catching up.

Check out the Duo™ Nova and the Duo Evo™ Plus to see how the Instant Pot team has used your feedback to make improvements and innovations on the design of the most popular electric pressure cooker on the market.

Which Instant Pot is right for me?

Most models come in a variety of sizes, measured by their capacity in Quarts: 3, 6, 8, or 10.

  • 3 Quart: Called the “Mini”, this size is perfect when cooking for just 1 or 2 people, or for preparing side dishes or rice.
  • 6 Quart: This size is suitable for feeding up to 6 people and is our most popular size.
  • 8 Quart: Cook for up to 8 people with this size or use it for large batch meal preparation.
  • 10 Quart: This is the best size when you’re cooking for a crowd or when making large batches for meal prep or freezing.

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Can any Instant Pot appliances adjust for altitude?

The Ultra and Max models of Instant Pot come with the ability to adjust pressure settings to account for altitude.

Can any Instant Pot be used as a pressure canner?

Pressure canners requires a minimum of 15 psi for safe canning of low-acid foods, such as meat.

Most Instant Pot electric pressure cookers operate within a range of 10-12 psi, which is safe for water bath canning of high-acid foods, such as jams and chutney.

Modifying cooking times, ingredients or temperatures can be dangerous. Use the exact time, temperature/pressure and method specified in the recipe to protect the food from harmful bacteria, molds, and enzymes. Read and carefully follow the instructions provided in the USDA’s Complete Guide to Home Canning.

The Instant Pot Max is the only electric pressure cooker with a dedicated Canning Smart Program.

General Information

Where can I buy an Instant or Instant Pot appliance?

Instant and Instant Pot appliances are available in many retail locations, as well as various sales channels online.

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If I purchase an Instant or Instant Pot appliance the USA or Canada, can I bring/send it overseas?

Instant Pot models sold for used in Canada and the USA are designed for 110–120 V outlets only.

Do not use the appliance in electrical systems outside of the voltage range listed above, even with adapters or converters. 

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Are Instant and Instant Pot appliances safe?

Yes! We at Instant Brands pride ourselves in designing best-in-class appliances that are convenient, dependable and above all, safe.

Instant Pot electric pressure cookers are designed with at least 10 safety mechanisms to ensure your safety.

Instant Pot appliances are certified through UL, the most stringent safety compliance body in North America.

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Do I need to purchase any accessories before I can use my Instant or Instant Pot Appliance?

Nope! Everything you need to get cooking will come in the box. 

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Where can I find recipes? Is there an app?

The Instant Pot App is available on the Apple Store or the Google Play Store, or scan the QR code from your mobile devices.

Or, visit our recipe website.

If you don’t already own an authorized Instant Pot cookbook—pick one up today!