The 5 Best Instant Pot Alternatives for Multifunctional Cooking

Sep 7, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. ET
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The phenomenon that is Instant Pot has taken the pressure cooker world by storm. Now referred to as “multifunctional pressure cookers,” these pots are now digital, have upward of 20 modes of cooking and can make everything from meats to desserts. By having crammed a tremendous amount of uses into a single product, you can have yourself a full-blown meal with just the press of a button.

We have found some great options at a variety of price points should the original Instant Pot elude you. The products below come complete with similar functions, such as programmable food choices, one-touch cooking and extensive safety options, so all you have to do is choose the one that works best for you.

1. Gourmia digital pressure cooker

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Gourmia’s Smart Pot electric digital multifunctional pressure cooker includes 13 cooking modes to make everything from meat and soup to desert and veggies. This smart pot cooks up to 70 percent faster than similar models while still retaining all the flavor and nutrients in the meals. An inner removable nonstick liner makes cleaning a dream, and a built-in lid rest means never having to place a hot lid on your counter again. A great value at under $70.

Gourmia digital pressure cooker, available at Amazon

2. T-fal programmable pressure cooker

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The T-fal Cy505E 12-in-one programmable electric pressure cooker has 25 built-in smart cooking programs allowing you to combine meals to make in minutes. Twelve automatic functions allow you to press a button and do everything from cooking rice and oatmeal to reheating soup to keeping food warm. No need to keep your eye on the cooker; simply set the timer from five minutes to 12 hours and go enjoy yourself while dinner cooks itself.

T-fal programmable pressure cooker, available at Amazon

3. Cosori programmable pressure cooker

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The Cosori seven-in-one programmable pressure cooker is another multifunctional slow cooker option. With 13 preprogrammed cooking options, six pressure levels, the Cosori is customizable to use with any recipe and has an online database full of accessible recipes. Also included are nine safety mechanisms to ensure safe operation for daily use.

Cosori programmable pressure cooker, available at Amazon

4. Instant Pot 7-in-1

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Probably the most popular option, the Instant Pot Duo is the No. 1-selling highly rated multicooker of the bunch. By combining seven kitchen appliances into one programmable pot, you can prepare a multitude of dishes 70 percent faster — great if you lead a busy lifestyle. Fourteen smart programs have been included, and with the simple press of a button, you can have many of your favorite dishes ready in no time. Instant Pot is so popular that it even has its own Amazon Alexa skill with 300-plus recipes, cooking videos, guided cooking and more.

Instant Pot seven-in-one, available at Amazon

5. Cosori programmable multicooker

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Another option for the best-selling Cosori is their 8-quart, eight-in-one multicooker. This second generation version is their newest and features six new custom smart-control programs, improved performance and steam technology. Complete with six cooking programs and 17 smart programs, this pressure cooker is also certified safe, with nine safety mechanisms, and comes with a full recipe book.

Cosori programmable multicooker, available at Amazon

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