Instant what? Instant convenience, that’s what—although at first it might not seem that way with the controls looking a bit like those on an F-35 fighter jet. They’re easily mastered, though, and soon you’ll be using your Instant Pot like a pro. With your Instant Pot-style cooker you can set up your meal and forget about it while it cooks. If you’ve never owned an Instant Pot or want to upgrade from the first generation of products, here are a few things to keep in mind as you shop.

This model combines eleven different appliances into one unit. Instant Pot

It’s why you always loved a slow cooker in the first place—set up the meal in the morning, cook on low all day, and your meal is ready and delicious (and oh so tender) by dinner time (supper time if you’re from the midwest).

This model is great for beginner chefs. Instant Pot

Make Mac and Cheese? You bet. Pot pies, soups and stews, buffalo wings, cheesecake (we are not making this up), applesauce, and corned beef—an Instant Pot can do it all. The recipe list is endless and Instant Pot cookbooks are everywhere.

This product includes a five-quart crisping basket. Ninja

WiFi enabled cooking controlled and monitored via your phone or tablet? Who knew? Apparently Instant Pot did with which is why nearly every model is smartphone compatible. What’s more, you can access recipes via a smartphone app, which also pairs with Alexa for voice-controlled commands.

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This model has over two-dozen preset settings. Instant Pot

Instant Pot Ultra Mini 10-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Sterilizer, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, and Warmer, 3 Quart & 3 Quart Glass Lid
The cover on this model is transparent for clear viewing. Instant Pot Instant Pot

The interior pot of this model is made with food-grade stainless steel. Instant Pot