Pressure Cooker vs. Instant Pot: Here’s Why You Should Try the Newest Kitchen Gadget

Pressure cookers have been around a long time, but the Instant Pot has been garnering a lot of buzz. Should you give it a shot or stick with what you know?

The Instant Pot has become the kitchen’s “it” product, with a devoted fan base obsessed with what the gadget can do. It’s advertised as a fast-cooking, electric, programmable pressure cooker with lots of fun ways to use its many features. Love yours? Check out these Instant Pot-ready recipes.

Though you may have seen a traditional stovetop pressure cooker at your grandmother’s house, this one is different. It can cook up a Sunday meal as tender as you remember—but the cook time is where it really shines. If you’re just getting around to looking seriously at the Instant Pot, here are some quick tips that you need to know about how it’s different from your Nana’s stovetop pressure pot.

So Many Recipes, So Little Time

The Instant Pot is touted as multi-cooker that can do anything from steaming your veggies and cooking a healthy bowl of spaghetti squash. This bad boy can make you breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition to making cooking just about anything easier than an old-fashioned pressure cooker, it can make cold things as well, such as yogurt. Score!

Set It and Forget It

The biggest advantage of the Instant Pot is that you don’t have to watch it as you would a stovetop pressure cooker. You just need to select your cooking time or food type and the timer will let you know when it is done. With a traditional pressure cooker, you are limited to either low pressure or high pressure, so your adjustments are primarily done via your range top. In other words, throwing in a load of laundry while cooking this homemade potato soup is far easier with an Instant Pot in play.

Safety First

The inner pot of the Instant Pot is made of stainless steel, which doesn’t flake like traditional non-stick surfaces and/or Teflon. And it’s a good thing, too, because ingesting those flakes may be unhealthy—as are the fumes that they can release. The inner pot of the Instant Pot is also dishwasher-safe, so cleanup is a snap. Psst! Check out these must-have Instant Pot accessories


Unlike your traditional cooker, the Instant Pot helps to remove the possibility for human error. It’s easy to use preset programs and its microprocessor allows you to have complete control of the outcome.

Get cooking with these Instant Pot recipes.
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Cheryl S. Grant
Cheryl S. Grant has reported & written for Reader's Digest, Cosmo, Glamour, Latina, Yoga Journal, MSN, USA Today, Family Circle, Brides, HGTV, Examiner, Details, Beach Body, Spa Weekly, You Beauty, Scoop Post, FitBit, Spice Island, and Health Daily. She investigates trends and targets profiles subjects using a combination of deep background research (database, periodicals, preliminary interviews, social media), write and edit compelling stories in a variety of beats including beauty, health, travel, nutrition, diet, law, medicine, advocacy, entertainment, the military and various social issues.