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Best Instant Pot 2022: for pressure cooking and more

Pick up the best Instant Pot for your kitchen with our reviews of the full Duo, Pro, and Crisp lineup

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The best Instant Pots just keep getting better. While the brand has been around for years, it continues to innovate with new functions to do a lot more than just pressure cook. Designed to steam cook, roast, bake, or even dehydrate, an Instant Pot will more than compensate for the space it takes up in your kitchen. 

While Instant Pot features heavily in our guide, we had to include a few picks from Ninja as brilliant alternatives to the best Instant Pots. They even come with two-in-one lids that double up as the best air fryers, which can be perfect for pressure cooking and then air frying a whole chicken for a finished roast in under an hour. 

Another major perk of cooking in an Instant Pot is the multi-tier design. You can cook  veggies on one later and fish on another, and even cook rice at the bottom of the pan for a complete meal in one smart appliance. What's more, you can take advantage of dishwasher-safe inserts to make sure that the cleanup is as easy as the cooking was. 

Best Instant Pot 2022: our top picks

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Best Instant Pot for modern features: the does-it-all option

Specifications

Dimensions: 15.35 x 12.57 x 14.78 inches
Capacity: 8 Quarts
Presets: 14
Cooking modes: Pressure Cook, Sauté, Slow Cook, Steam, Sous Vide, Warm, Air Fry, Roast, Bake, Broil, Dehydrate

Reasons to buy

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Air fryer lid included
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Fully adjustable timing and temperature
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Stay-cool silicone handles
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Dishwasher-safe pot and pressure lid

Reasons to avoid

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Only comes in one size

It's the most expensive Instant Pot in our guide, but the Instant Pot Pro Crisp does everything you could wish for. It has an air fryer lid, 14 presets, and a digital display to track your cooking process. 

Why we love it

When we tried the Instant Pot Pro Crisp for ourselves, it was able to pressure cook a chicken in just 20 minutes. We then turned it onto air fry mode, and crisped up the skin perfectly. 

Most parts of the Instant Pot Pro Crisp can go in the dishwasher, including the pressure cooker lid. It has a removable air fryer basket that we found made takeout-worthy fries, and the handles allowed us to shake up the wedges for even cooking results. 

Features

You can put the pot in the dishwasher, and because it has silicone-coated handles, it's easy to lift out even when your meal has recently finished cooking. The pot can also go on the stove, although with the sear setting, you might not need it. 

Homes & Gardens rated 5 out of 5 stars. Our Instant Pot Pro Crisp review has more details

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2. Instant Pot Duo Plus

Best Instant Pot for beginners: safe to use, and in a range of sizes

Specifications

Dimensions: 14.8 x 13.5 x 14.5 inches
Capacity: 3, 6, and 8 Quarts
Presets: 13
Cooking modes: Pressure cook, slow cook, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, sterilizer and food warmer

Reasons to buy

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Added safety features
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Comes in a range of sizes
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Display shows the cooking progress

Reasons to avoid

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Can take a while to pressurize 

The Instant Pot Duo Plus is an upgrade on the classic Instant Pot Duo, with added safety features and a smarter display. When it comes down to it though, this Instant Pot has all the features you're looking for when you want to get started with a multi-cooker. 

Why we love it

The display shows a timer which makes it easy to know how far through your recipe is. That includes a bar for pre-heating or pressurizing, a cooking bar, and one for a keep-warm timer.

It also has more cooking presets than the standard Duo, including one to rival the best rice cookers, as well as one for soup, sterilizing, and even cake. Available in three sizes, it will also be possible to get one for families of any size. 

Features

If you're scared to get started with pressure cooking, you'll enjoy the added safety features with the Instant Pot Duo Plus. It has a safety-locking lid and a cover for the pressure vent that stops it from splattering when you're ready to release. 

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3. Ninja Foodi 14-in-1 8-qt XL Multi Cooker

Best Ninja multi-cooker: an Instant Pot alternative we think you'll like

Specifications

Dimensions: 15.39" L X 14.21" W X 14.25" H
Capacity: 8 Quart
Settings: Pressure cook, Steam & Crisp, Steam & Bake, Air Fry, Broil, Bake/Roast, Dehydrate, Sear/Sauté, Steam, Sous Vide, Slow Cook, Yogurt, Keep Warm and Proof
Cooking modes: Pressure, Steamcrisp, Stovetop/Air Fry

Reasons to buy

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Just one lid with air frying included
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Can be used to prove bread 
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Steam cooking keeps meat juicy

Reasons to avoid

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Pre-heating takes a while

With 11 cooking modes under just one lid, we think the Ninja Foodi 14-in-1 8-qt XL Multi Cooker is the newest wave in multi-cooking. If you do like to air fry in your Instant Pot, you'll typically have to accept the cumbersome second lid that comes with it. With the Ninja Foodi 14-in-1 8-qt XL Multi Cooker it's all under one lid. 

Why we love it

There are some new features with the Ninja Foodi 14-in-1 8-qt XL Multi Cooker that we think will catch on. The first is steam cooking. Steam ovens and grills are big in 2022, and this air fryer combines steam with air frying to achieve juicy but crisp chicken and moist yet well-risen cakes. It's a winner. 

The lid simply slides across to switch cooking mode, but you'll still have to make use of the pressure valve. Adjust temperature and time using the controls to the right and left of the main cooking panel. For how much it can do, it's very straightforward to use.

Features

There are 14 cooking modes: Pressure Cook, Steam & Crisp, Steam & Bake, Air Fry, Broil, Bake/Roast, Dehydrate, Sear/Sauté, Steam, Sous Vide, Slow Cook, Yogurt, Keep Warm & Proof. You can even proof and then bake a loaf of bread in the one cooking pot. 

We did find that it took a long time to pre-heat when steam cooking: 15 minutes to be exact. This will have a knock-on effect with cooking times, so keep this in mind. 

Homes & Gardens rated: 4.5 out of 5 stars. Our full Ninja Foodi 14-in-1 8-qt XL Multi Cooker review has more details

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4. Instant Pot Duo Crisp

Best Instant Pot for ease of use: its control panel is simple and minimal

Specifications

Dimensions: 14.76 x 13.58 x 15.28 inches
Capacity: 8-quart
Presets: 11
Cooking modes: Air fry, roast, bake, dehydrate, pressure cook, slow cook, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, sterilizer and food warmer

Reasons to buy

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Can be used to air fry
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Simple controls, front and center
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Generous capacity

Reasons to avoid

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There are models with more presets

The Instant Pot Duo Crisp is a top Instant Pot for those who want all the functions of the best air fryers alongside their regular multi-cooker. 

What we love

For a start, while it is not the most complex of the Instant Pots on the market, the lack of countless digital controls can actually be a big win for those who find high-tech appliances a little overwhelming. 

You will need to find space to store the second lid when not in use, but it has both an air fryer lid and a pressure cooking lid. The control display makes it easy to choose the right lid for your recipe. That means you can air fry fries or chicken wings, and switch from pressure-cooking your chicken to roasting by simply switching the lid. 

Features

It comes with an eight-quart capacity, which is ideal for large families. Included is an air fryer basket, a steaming rack, and a broil and dehydrator tray. 

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5. Instant Pot Duo

Best Instant Pot under $100: a classic cooker at an entry-level price

Specifications

Dimensions: 13 x 12.15 x 12.14 inches
Capacity: 3, 6, and 8 quarts
Presets: 13
Cooking modes: Pressure cook, slow cook, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, sauté pan and food warmer

Reasons to buy

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Costs under $100
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Has 7 functions
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Comes in a range of sizes

Reasons to avoid

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The bowl will spin when you stir

Instant Pot's classic Duo comes in three sizes, meaning it will be suitable for kitchens of all sizes. The smaller the size, the lower the cost, but all three Instant Pots are under $100. 

What we love

Despite its lower cost you will still get to enjoy 13 presets, from porridge to poultry. The top cooking element will allow you to crisp up the top of your bakes or the skin of your chicken, and you can choose to adjust the pressure level, keep-warm timer, and delay start.

The 1200 watts of power will pressure cook even large cuts of meat in record time, and it has ten safety features to lock the lid into place and stop the cooker from overheating. The lid can even be hinged into the side handle to keep it handy when stirring. 

Features

The inner stainless steel pot can go in the dishwasher, but because it has no handles to lock it into place, it might spin as you stir on the sauté setting.

Homes & Gardens rated 5 out of 5 stars

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6. Ninja Foodi 11-in-1 6.5 Qt Pro

Best multi-cooker for air frying: two lids and plenty of cooking modes

Specifications

Dimensions: 16.18 x 13.98 x 13.23 inches
Capacity: 6.5 Quart
Presets: 11
Cooking modes: Pressure cook, steam, slow cook, yogurt, sous vide, air fry, bake/roast, sear/sauté, broil, dehydrate, keep warm

Reasons to buy

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11 modes in 1
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Great value for so many settings
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The air fryer lid is default

Reasons to avoid

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The hinged lid can be annoying 

The Ninja Foodi 11-in-1 6.5 Qt Pro can air fry, slow cook, pressure cook, roast, bake, and a lot more. It's one of our favorite multi-cookers, and while it's not an Instant Pot, it is the best alternative to an Instant Pot you can buy. 

Why we love it

We found that the Ninja Foodi 11-in-1 6.5 Qt Pro was great at air frying, and the air fry basket has a large capacity when compared to the Duo. Its insert can go in the dishwasher, as can the non-stick pot, and while it has two lids the air fryer one is built onto the side. This hinges on the side of the multi-cooker and is easy to lift and close. A lot easier than the Instant Pot options, in fact. 

It's not the cheapest option, but it is comparable in price to some Instant Pots that come without air fryer attachments. The cooker is also available in a variety of sizes. 

Features

The air fryer lid needs to be upright when you're using the pressure cooking lid, which makes it harder to fit the Ninja Foodi 11-in-1 6.5 Qt Pro under kitchen cabinets. 

Homes & Gardens rated 5 out of 5 stars

What is the best Instant Pot?

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Our top pick of the best Instant Pots is the Instant Pot Pro Crisp, which has an air frying lid as well as all the modes you could wish for to get started with multi-cooking. We also like the Instant Pot Duo Plus if you want an Instant Pot without an air fryer lid, and it also has heaps of safety features.

Lastly, while it's not an Instant Pot, the best Instant Pot alternative is the Ninja Foodi 14-in-1 8-qt XL Multi Cooker.

How to choose the best Instant Pot for you

We're calling it: 2022 is the year of the Instant Pot. Sure, they've been around for a while, but the best Instant Pots now do so much more than pressure cook. The latest models on the market can air fry, steam bake, prove bread, and even dehydrate. In short, it would be easier to list the things you can't cook in one of these kitchen sidekicks. 

From the classic Instant Pot Duo to the latest Instant Pot Pro line, there is a selection of multi-cookers that you can rely on for flavor-packed meals each and every day. 

There are even a few Ninja Foodis in our guide, which may be cheating, but we loved them so much in testing that we just had to include them. Our latest top pick from Ninja uses just one lid to air fry, steam crisp, and pressure cook, which is a game-changer if you hate having more than one Instant Pot lid cluttering up your kitchen. We have also featured it in our guide to the

Whether it's a simple stew to a multi-layered meal of steamed greens and baked fish, you can use the best Instant Pot to cook all manner of meals. Cleaning up is easy, with dishwasher-safe pots and accessories that will keep your life simple.

Look out for a capacity that suits your family size best, and you should also get serious about budget. Instant Pots can get pretty expensive, but prices don't start too high, so there's a lot of room to find the right one for you. 

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie Fender is the Small Appliance and Cooking Editor on the Homes and Gardens Ecommerce team. She specializes in cooking appliances and also reviews outdoor grills and pizza ovens. Millie loves to bake, so she will take any excuse to review stand mixers and other baking essentials. All of Millie's reviews are conducted at home, meaning she uses these products in her own kitchen, the way they're designed to be used. Millie is from Bath, England, and she grew up surrounded by classic Georgian architecture and interiors. She dreams of buying her own house and filling it with antiques, but for now, she lives in a sunny London flat with a very busy kitchen.