An Instant Pot is a versatile, easy to use appliance you’ll want to leave on your counter and use every day. What makes it so smart is that the Instant Pot features seven ways to cook to ten ways to cook, plus it has additional built-in smart programs that let you choose your dish with the push of a button.

How Instant Pot works

Instant PotThe Instant Pot is a brand of pressure cooker, but don’t mistake this for a stove top type of pressure cooker your Mom or Grandma may have used. The Instant Pot pressure cooks, slow cooks, makes rice, steams vegetables, and cooks cuts of meat and poultry. It’s an all-in-one device that can replace many small appliances.

The Instant Pot works by locking steam inside of the device, building up pressure, and then pushing that steam back into the food. Because it does that, every cut of beef or chicken you make is tender, juicy, and full of flavour.

The best features on an Instant Pot

If you ask any Instant Pot user what their favourite feature is, you’re going to get a bunch of different answers. That’s the beauty of the Instant Pot: there’s just so many great features on every model, and because it automates everything about the cooking process, anyone can use one.

Instant Pot Programs

You can choose an Instant Pot in sizes ranging from 3 quarts to 8 quarts. You can also choose models with 7, 9, or 10 pre-programmed menu functions. These buttons are designed to cook each type of food perfectly, and if you want to change the pressure to suit your recipe, you can choose to use the pressure button and adjust it manually.

Unlimited Cooking options

Instant PotYou could make every daily meal plus dessert with the Instant Pot, and you’d never run out of options. With one touch it makes rice, stew, soup, chili, yogurt, eggs, cake, and more. There’s a multigrain function you can use to cook multigrain foods, and the rice cooker works automatically.

Instant Pot releases pressure naturally

The Instant Pot uses both automatic and manual pressure release. If you’re making something like hard boiled eggs or you’d like to eat right away, you can use the Quick pressure release and let out the steam on your own. If you leave the Instant Pot on past its cooking time, it will slowly and naturally release the pressure for you.

You can cook in half the time

A pressure cooker speeds up the cooking process, and at the same time, it seals in all of the nutrients and vitamins you may lose if you cook your food another way.

What can you cook with an Instant Pot?

The better question would be, what can’t you make in an Instant Pot?

All of the dishes you love to make but are time consuming can be halved in an Instant Pot. If you love corn on the cob, you’ll love how easy it is to cook in the Instant Pot. Orange chicken on of your favourites? You can brown your chicken and cook it to perfection, all in one pot.

Ribs, bone broth, spaghetti, lasagna, squash, and whole chicken: you can make all of these and more in the Instant Pot for dinner, then turn around and make steel cut oats for breakfast.

Take a look at and compare all of the models of Instant Pot available on Best Buy, and try out this amazing new way to cook.



Shelly Wutke
Editor TV & Home Theatre
I'm a Vancouver freelancer and tech enthusiast. When I'm not writing you'll find me on my farm with my alpacas, chickens, and honeybees. Visit my website Survivemag