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Which Instant Pot to Buy – Pick the size and model that is right for you.

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It can be a little tricky to figure out which Instant pot to buy because there are a few choices.

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Two New Instant Pot Models

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Not only does the Instant Pot come in different sizes, but it also comes in different models.

The one that I prefer is the 6 quart IP-DUO size and model. Since both newer models are 6 quarts as well and have some added functionality I would probably choose the Ultra if I were to buy one again.

This is why.

Let's Look at the Choices

The Instant Pot comes in 4 sizes:

To add to the confusion, there are also different Instant Pot models on the market.

You can choose from the

  • IP-DUO or the
  • IP-LUX

Which Instant Pot to Buy – Let's Start With Model

The Instant Pot basically comes in two model series.

There is the IP-DUO and the IP-LUX.

Judging from most recipes that I see online (this is not a scientific study and I could be wrong) – it seems that most people opt for the IP-DUO.

For the most part, the two models are similar except that the IP-DUO has a yogurt making functionality and the most current version of the IP-LUX has a cake and egg setting (but no yogurt).

The IP-LUX also costs less than a comparable sized IP-DUO.

I prefer the Instant Pot IP-DUO to the Instant Pot IP-LUX series because I do use it to make yogurt and I like researching Instant Pot recipes online (many of these use the IP-DUO model).

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The Numbers at the End of the Model

We will be talking size soon, but I want to mention that as you look through the Instant Pot Models, you will see a number at end of each model style. This number indicates the size of the Instant Pot.

So, an Instant Pot IP-DUO60 is a 6 quart pot. Whereas an Instant Pot IP-DUO50 is a 5 quart pot. And the Instant Pot IP-DUO80 is an 8 quart pot.

The same holds true for the Instant Pot IP-LUX series. However, at this time I believe that the Instant Pot IP-LUX60 v3 is the only one in this series that has been updated to include the Cake and Egg setting.

Instant Pot Comparision Chart

I grabbed this Instant Pot comparison chart off of Amazon.com and it compares many of the features between the different models.

Which Instant Pot to Buy – Let's Talk Size

In general, the Instant Pot comes in 3 sizes:

5 Quart Instant Pot vs 6 Quart Instant Pot

In your quest to decide which Instant Pot to buy, if you are comparing the 5 Quart Instant Pot to the 6 Quart Instant Pot, in my opinion, the 6 quart is the way to go.

Not a Big Size Difference

First, there is only one quart of a difference in size between the two.

The footprint of each Instant Pot is pretty much the same, as far as how much counter space it will use.

More Flexibility

Given that the size difference is minimal, the 6 Quart Instant Pot offers you more flexibility.

You can certainly cook less food in a larger Instant Pot. But if the Instant Pot is too small, you certainly cannot make more.

Remember the Cushion

When you cook food in a pressure cooker, you should never fill it more than 2/3 full.

You need space at the top for the food to boil.

So, even with a 6 quart Instant Pot, you will not be filling it up all the way when you cook.

More Accessories

Because the 6 Quart model seems to be the most popular option, there are more accessories available for that size.

The Cost is about the Same

Cost could be your deciding factor. Right now, on Amazon, the cost of the 6 Quart Instant Pot IP-DUO60 is $99.99 and the cost of the 5 Quart IP-DUO50 is $97.30. (both prices are subject to change)

For less than 3 dollars more, you get the bigger size.

More Recipes

I enjoy finding Instant Pot recipes to try online. Many of these use the 6 Quart Instant Pot.

6 Quart Instant Pot vs 8 Quart Instant Pot

If you have a large family you may be debating between the 6 quart Instant Pot and the 8 quart Instant Pot when deciding which Instant Pot to buy.

There are 6 people in my family, and I find that the 6 quart size has been roomy enough.

The 8 Quart Instant Pot IP-DUO80 is roomier but there are a few things to consider when choosing between the 6 or 8 qt Instant Pot. The 8 quart unit is

  • taller – so you won't have much space between your upper cabinets and your Instant Pot. When you use the Quick Release function, you will have to move the Instant Pot slightly to direct the steam away from the upper cabinets.
  • more expensive – currently the price on Amazon is $204.99 (subject to change) which is more than twice the Instant Pot IP-DUO60.
  • not as common. So, it will be harder to find accessories and recipes that fit this size.

If you feel that the 6 quart will be too small, and you have the space in your kitchen, you may want to consider getting two 6-quart Instant Pots instead of the 8-quart.

The cost will still be less, and you have the option of cooking two different dishes at once (like chicken in one and rice in the other).

Related: Which Size Instant Pot is Right for My Family?

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 vs Instant Pot IP-Smart Bluetooth

The Instant Pot IP-Smart Bluetooth requires you to download an app on your smartphone or tablet, so you can “which lets you program complex cooking steps” wirelessly.

Honestly, I am not really familiar with the IP-Smart Bluetooth model. However, I can tell you what it is not.

The IP-Smart Bluetooth model works over Bluetooth, which means that you need to be near your Instant Pot to program it.

It is not an app that you would use to remotely start your Instant Pot (like when you are away from home). But rather an app that allows you to set up your cooking sequence from your phone instead of using the controls on the front of the Instant Pot.

Which Instant Pot to Buy – Choices, Choices

At the end of the day, you need to choose the best Instant Pot model for your needs.

Basically, the two areas where you need to make a decision are model and size.

Personally, I use the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 and have been very happy with it. Although, I now covet the newest 6 quart model – the DUO Plus.

If you are not familiar with the Instant Pot, it is an electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, sauté pan, steamer, warmer, and yogurt maker (if you get the DUO series) all in one. You can read my Instant Pot Review here.

Instant Pot Recipes

Here are a few of my favorite Instant Pot Recipes:

Need Some Accessories?

Be sure and check out our Instant Pot Gift Guide here.

Which Instant Pot Model Did You Choose?

Tell us in the comments below.

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Richard

Friday 27th of October 2017

Thank you for your quick response Neena! YES, you are right! I think I would be better off with the Instant Pot Ultra 6 Quart 10 in 1. Again, glad I checked with you! I am returning my Instant Pot DUO 6 Quart today. (Glad I did not use it yet.) I ended up ordering the 6 Quart 10 in 1 per your advice today. I found it for $121. 51 at Kohls with coupon codes. Can't wait to try the cake function. If I do it before you, I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks again for ALL your Great Advice Neena! Richard

Neena Nandagopal

Tuesday 31st of October 2017

Hi Richard,

Glad I could help! Do let me know how you like the Instant Pot Ultra 6 Quart - and also how the cake comes out.

I am glad you found a fabulous deal at Kohl's, it definitely pays to comparison shop (especially if you have a Kohl's coupon code to add on as well).

I will post both my affiliate links here - for people that are interested:

Instant Pot Ultra 6 at Kohl's

Instant Pot Ultra 6 at Amazon

Have a great day!

Richard

Thursday 26th of October 2017

I really like the way you broke all the information with regards to the Instant Pot. This is the only site which I found the most information on which Instant Pot to buy. Wish I had found your site before my purchase. I recently purchased the Instant Pot 6 Quart Duo as a starter user. I also purchased just about every Instant Pot 6 Quart Duo Accessory available including a round and square silicone cake pans. I saw different websites that showed cakes being made in the Instant Pot 6 Quart Duo. It did not look like the cakes came out that well. The videos showed you also had to cover the cake pan with a silicone lid or the water from the Instant Pot would get into the cake mix making them useless. After reading your site, I had no idea there was an instant pot made especially for cakes: Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3. Today, I was going to buy the Instant Pot 8 Quart Duo on sale at Kohl's today 10/26/17 for $118.71 with coupon codes (Great Price....No?) Anyway, after reading the information on your website I would probably be better off getting the Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 for making cake mixes. Neena, do you have any experience or recommendations with regards to cake mixes in the Instant Pot? Thank you very much for all your Instant Pot information that helped me tremendously! I have subscribed to your newsletter. Thank you very much Neena! Richard.

Neena Nandagopal

Friday 27th of October 2017

Hi Richard,

I am so happy that my article helped you out - and thank you so much for letting me know!

Honestly, I have never made a cake in my Instant Pot. I actually have two of the 6 Quart IP Duo units - so no experience with the LUX.

However, there is one more option that you may want to look at. Just last week, I noticed yet another Instant Pot model on Amazon - the {affiliate link} Instant Pot Ultra 6 Quart 10 in 1 cooker - and it does have a Cake function.

I think it is one of their newest models.

Let me know if you decide on the LUX or another model - and also how the cake comes out. I think I might try making one in my Instant Pot as well.

Thanks for subscribing to the newsletter - and if there is ever any specific topic that you would like to hear about - let me know.

Have a great weekend!

Shelly

Saturday 21st of October 2017

Hi You asked which model/ size. I ordered the IP 3Lux. Not here yet. But I'm single. I can always cut a recipe and love what I'm finding for recipes. Hope the love affair continues when it comes.

Kanan

Sunday 9th of December 2018

Hello Neena,

Thanks for the clear break down of information. I was recommended instant pot by a colleague and came online to research. Obviously making decision for something you have never bought before, can be overwhelming but your blog help me narrow down my choice. I will research more about accessories, as I was curious to know if you can do multi-layer bins in one pot. let me know if you have already explored that.

thanks and have a wonderful day! Kanan

Neena Nandagopal

Sunday 22nd of October 2017

Hi Shelly, Congratulations on your new Instant Pot purchase! I really do like mine - I have 2. :-) Last night I had both of them going at the same time. I found that there are many recipes that I can modify to use in the Instant Pot which is great, especially when I am short on time. Enjoy!