Instant Pot or Instapot The Modern Day Pressure Cooker Review

by katiem2

Insta pot makes cooking great meals possible for anyone. I don't like cooking but with my Instant Pressure Cooker I am eating good, with little clean up or time. Why to buy one now

The trendy new pressure cooker has made it easy for anyone to cook an impressive home cooked meal in a fraction of the time. This hot new gadget goes by a few different names, the intsapot, the Instant Pot and the Instant Pressure Cooker. I love it for a couple of very strong reasons; I can now cook great food in little time, I have little clean up and now eat healthy. I am one of those people who never want to cook, I don't have the time, I'm a picky eater and if I can't eat something really good I simply don't eat at all. I have two kids to feed, this weighs heavy on my conscious. I know I should provide them with healthy meals but seriously I do not have the time. Like many of you I stock my freezer with microwave food, pantry with nutrition bars and cereal. I know I've been taking the easy way out but what can I do? Once I heard about the insta pot craze and all the positive reviews, I thought why not give it a try. I took the plunge and am very glad I did, my kids and I are eating healthy meals like my Mom and Grandmother used to make for me as a kid. I love my instant pressure cooker, it is easy to use, easy to clean and really does make very good food. Now instead of my kids rummaging through the freezer for their next meal they ask, "Mom what's for dinner." I now have a positive answer and it's in my insta pot.

Buying Your First Instapot or Instant Pressure Cooker

Insta Pots are not like the old pressure cooker.

I watched infomercials to get as much information about instant pressure cookers before I bought my first.  Infomercials offer lots of tutorials by way of quick demos.  I thought if after watching how instapots worked and felt could do it myself I would buy one.

I fell in love with the idea and thought I could make good use of an instapot.  I don't have a large kitchen with lots of space and so I found the all in one aspect of the instant pot alluring. 

The price points of the pots sold on the infomercials I watched were a bit high and so I shopped around.

I found many of the same I had seen on tv available on the tried and true Amazon.

I bought mine there and am pleased with every detail of the product I bought. 

The model I bought can be seen just to the right of this information.

I highly recommend this model and will explain why further in the remainder of this blog. 

If I can cook good food with this pot anyone can. 

Replace 6 Kitchen Items

Instant Pot Does What 6 Kitchen Appliances Can

Having a kitchen with little space made the all in one Instant Pot very appealing.  This trendy little kitchen gadget replaces 7 appliances of similar size.  The trade off is great, I keep my instant pot on my kitchen counter, it has a place of honor because I use it practically everyday. 

What the Instant Pot Does

Instant Pot or Insta Pot or Instant Pressure Cooker Replaces

  1. Pressure Cooker
  2. Slow Cooker
  3. Rice Cooker
  4. Steamer
  5. Saute
  6. Yogurt Maker


insta pot
insta pot

Easy Programmable Cook Choices

There is no guess work when it comes to cooking a wide variety of dishes.

The Instant Pot has taken care of all the cooking variations and cook times. 

The many ways to cook the vast array of recipes imaginable are all programmed, all you will do is choose the cook method. 

Look below for the cook panel selections offered with the pot I bought. 

Note: this instant pot comes with easy to follow directions, although by looking at the panel it is self explanatory for people like me who like to wing it, for others full directions are available.

Cook Panel

insta pot
Instant Cake
Instant Cake
Katie L McMurray

Baking with Instant Pot

Baking Cakes with Insta Pot

My girls like the occasional sweet, nothing beats a nice warm brownie or cake. 

It is so easy to bake in the instant pot and again there is little cook time and less clean up. 

There is no end to the ways this handy kitchen gadget has amazed both me and my kids. 

We are having a ball cooking without the time commitment and clean up.  The instant pot is perfect for instant gratification. 

Check out a cake made in this instant pot. 

Katie L McMurray

Instant Pot Makes Perfect Soup

Soup is a household favorite in our home, especially in the winter.  The instant pot makes delicious soup fast and easy. 

I literally toss vegetables, broth, seasonings and sometimes cheese into my instant pot and in 15 minutes we have delicious soup.

When making vegetable beef soup I toss beef and diced onions into the pot, select the meat setting, cook for 15 minutes, remove lid add all the vegetable, broth and or tomato juice (I like to use V-8 for vegetable soup) and cook again on soup, steam or simmer and we have fantastic soup in no time.  The instapot keeps it warm with the warming function.  

Check out this delicious cheesy soup made in the instant pot. 

Instant Pot is a Great Rice Cooker

Rice is another favorite in our home.  I seemed to be cursed with a mess anytime I attempted to cook rice on the stove top.  I was very good at boil overs which made a horrible mess of my stove.  There is nothing worse than cleaning up rice water that seems to cling terribly.  

Making a mess of my stove top is the biggest reason I don't like to cook.  I like my kitchen to be shiny and clean.  Anytime I attempt to cook I was always devastated by the mess I made.  With my instant pot I no longer have the worry of a messy kitchen, hence I cook all the time now. 

One of My Favorite Rice Dishes

I Make Lots of Rice Dishes with my Instant Pot
Rice Dishes
Rice Dishes
Katie L McMurray

The Many Reasons to Own an Instant Pot

  • No more cooked on messes to clean on the stove top. 
  • Cooking delicious healthy meals for my kids in little time.
  • Fewer dishes to wash.
  • Losing weight from eating nutritious healthy meals.
  • Cuts back on junk food grazing
  • Make Delicious Soups Easy.
  • Cook great flaky rice in an instant and without the mess of boil overs on my stove top. 
  • Make tender roast, chicken and other meats in a fraction of the time.
  • Saves energy using less electricity.
  • Is safe and convenient each time I use it.
  • Make old fashioned home cooked meals and dishes like my grandmother did.
  • Tasty and easy desserts.
  • Bakes a potato in a flash, we love baked potatoes but not the hour or more it takes to bake in the oven.  
  • I LOVE making my own yogurt with all natural ingredients and real live cultures
  • On and on my list goes.


Updated: 10/26/2018, katiem2
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DerdriuMarriner on 10/29/2020

katiem2, I'm revisiting this article because it's one of my favorites among your writings. I didn't mention with my first visit that it was the six appliances that it replaces and the references to handling cakes, rice and soups that led me to my own insta pot.
My household rule in going through things is that I don't open up empty spaces in order to fill them up again. But your article presented such a win-win situation that I didn't mind giving the six new homes with new owners and putting an insta pot into all that empty space (I'm a minimalist in terms of interior design).

katiem2 on 11/15/2018

Tolovaja, No, it does not surprise me as I just recently learned about it over the summer. At first I was skeptical and the last thing I want is more kitchen gadgets I rarely use taking up space in my small kitchen. But I gave it a go and am glad because I use it all the time, it is very useful and practical. Plus it turns out I am saving a lot of money eliminating take out, I'm embarrassed to say how much but A LOT!

Tolovaj on 11/15/2018

Thanks for introducing this product to me. It may surprise you, but I had no idea instant pot even exists. It sure looks like a practical solution for many challenges of modern life.

katiem2 on 11/02/2018

Derdriu, It is funny indeed, I love my instapot.

DerdriuMarriner on 10/29/2018

katiem2, Thank you for the practicalities and products. The saute and yogurt functions especially convince me as well as no longer having to monitor against rice boil-overs. Isn't it also a fun way to get teens and tweens interested in meal prep?

katiem2 on 10/29/2018

Dustytoes, It was my girls who first told me about it, they had heard lots of people talking about how easy it was to use and how versatile the instapot is. I was skeptical, anything with the word pressure cooker in it was not appealing to me, after all I am not a cook. I make a few things really well but not many. I finally decided to give it a go and am really glad I did. All the younger folks are using them. I'm sure your daughter will love it, she no doubt will convince you to get one for yourself.

dustytoes on 10/29/2018

This seems like an excellent way to make a quick, healthy meal. I'm thinking my daughter may love one of these since she hates to spend a lot of time cooking.

katiem2 on 10/29/2018

Veronica, It is easier to use, quicker and convenient

Veronica on 10/26/2018

Thank you. Informative and useful .

I have an old pressure cooker which is still in working order after many years. The instant pot looks more useful though. TY xx

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