I got my Instant Potabout two years ago, and it’s slowly worked its way into my regular kitchen routine. It’s like the faster version of a crockpot. And while slow cookers still have their place, they are NOT for supper procrastinators (and I’m one of those).
If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Is an Instant Pot worth it?” you’re at the right place. I’m here to tell you about Instant Pot pros and cons I’ve experienced over the past couple of years so you can see if this kitchen tools is right for you!
And, spoiler alert, I’m pretty pro Instant Pot. This appliance really can save you money and cook your dinner quick – I think it’s an amazing tool to have in your kitchen. But I’ll be totally honest with you about the good and the bad. Keep reading to see my instant pot review based on two years’ experience.
My Honest Instant Pot Review
1. It’s Good for Supper Procrastinators
Have you ever forgotten to start supper until an hour before eating time, and then realized you don’t have enough time to cook the meat part? If you’re like, me that happens a lot.
The Instant Pot lets you cook things up quicker than usual so you don’t have to worry when you’re late starting dinner.
2. It’s Good for People Who Want to Stop Eating Out
My Instant Pot has helped me stop eating out as much for SURE! That’s because, on nights when I’m exhausted but I’ve planned roast chicken (or whatever else) for supper, I know I can just throw it in the Instant Pot for an hour and supper will pretty much take care of itself.
You can even throw some potatoes and carrots in the pot with your chicken and it’ll take an hour to be done, when the slow cooker would have taken 6 hrs and the oven would have taken at least 2! The IP is the ultimate one-pot-meal cooker.
If I didn’t have the Instant Pot, I know I’d give up hope and order a pizza WAY more often.
3. It Cooks Delicious (CHEAP) Beans
If you want to cook quick, tender beans, the Instant Pot will save you every time! I love cooking up dried beans, because they are SO nutritious and SO cheap – they’re the ultimate money-saver. And, if you’re trying to do some meatless meals to cut down on your grocery budget, they’re a great protein option.
I used to really hate cooking beans. On the stove, I could never get them tender. They’d boil over, and they always took SO long to cook. Now, with the Instant Pot, cooking up dried beans is really easy and painless.
4. It Keeps Your House Cool in the Summer
Who wants to turn your stove on to cook during the summer time? Not me! That’s one of the reasons the Instant Pot is truly awesome. You can cook a whole meal in your IP and your kitchen will still be nice and cool afterwards. And that way, your money-guzzling AC unit won’t have to work as hard to keep you comfortable.
5. It Makes Your Meats SO Tender
Okay, I had a history of making really dry meat before the Instant Pot came into my life. But recently, when my husband ate a roast chicken that somebody else made, he talked about how it just wasn’t as moist as my Instant Pot chicken (and the man is hard to impress when it comes to meat-cooking). The Instant Pot has made me a better cook!
6. It’s a Rice Cooker and a Yogurt Maker
If your kitchen is filling up with too many appliances, the Instant Pot can help you out. Some models can take the place of a rice cooker and a yogurt maker (though not all models have a yogurt button, so check to make sure). The yogurt and rice features just make the Instant Pot even better value for your money.
7. It’s Way Safer than Your Grandma’s Pressure Cooker
If you’re like me, the words ‘pressure cooker’ may bring up images of explosions in the kitchen and massacred stoves. I actually couldn’t stop thinking about that when I first got my Instant Pot.
However, the Instant Pot has many features that make it way safer to use than an old-school granny pressure cooker. I read the instruction manual and I haven’t had even a small problem with safety in my two years of using the Instant Pot.
8. It’s Quality
Whenever I buy something that’s over $50 bucks, I want to know if it’s going to last me. Like you, I like to get the most bang for my buck. Luckily, the Instant Pot has not disappointed in the quality department. I’ve been using this baby a TON and it hasn’t broken down on me yet. It’s still in tip-top shape after two years and lots of use.
I haven’t found many cons to the Instant Pot, but I know you’re a savvy shopper and you don’t want to waste $100, so I’ll be real here about some of the minor down sides.
1. It’s Hard to Get the Food Smells Out
After using my Instant Pot, I hand wash it. And often times it still smells like whatever previous food I cooked in it until I use it again (it’s the seal and the pot that smell). It looks clean, it doesn’t transfer that smell to the next food you cook, but having it smell weird is a bit annoying. Not a deal breaker for me though.
2. It Might Feel Scary to Start Using It
When I first got my Instant Pot, I put off actually using it for a while. I had heard horror stories about pressure cookers and I kept imagining an explosion in my kitchen. But, once I ripped the bandaid off and started cooking with it, it wasn’t scary at all. And, I haven’t had any safety issues.
3. It’s Not as Fast as You’re Hoping It Is
Okay, so the internet is full of claims about how the Instant Pot makes supper so extremely quickly (ahem…see the first part of my post lol!)
And it IS fast…when you compare it to other methods of cooking (and depending on what you’re making).
There are just a couple of things to remember when you’re using your IP.
If a recipe says it’ll take 30 minutes cooking time in the Instant Pot, it will probably actually take 45-60 minutes. That’s because it takes a while for the thing to heat up and it takes a few minutes for it to release pressure at the end of cooking.
As long as you keep those things in mind, you’ll be able to account for the ACTUAL cooking time, and you won’t be disappointed.
What do you Think of the Instant Pot Pros and Cons?
So there you go, those are the things that I love and slightly dislike about the Instant Pot. Overall, it’s one of the most used and useful kitchen appliances in my home. Simply put, I think the Instant Pot is awesome.
How about you? Do you have an Instant Pot, or do you want to try one?
What do YOU think are the pros and cons of the Instant Pot? Let us know in the comments below!