Crock Pot used to be the only brand of slow cooking that households would trust. If you wanted to cook something low and slow, you would use a Crock-Pot slow cooker. Within the past few years, Instant Pot showed up on the scene and challenged Crock-Pot for the top spot in slow cookers; but Instant Pot had something that Crock-Pot slow cookers didn’t have. Instant Pot had the ability to pressure cook an entire meal in 70% less time than it would normally take to cook, and consumers fell in love with this concept.
To compete with the Instant Pot, Crock-Pot created a multi-cooker. This multi-cooker gives you the option to pressure cook, slow cook, steam, or sauté; virtually, the same features that are included with the Instant Pot.
With these two pressure cookers encompassing similar features, which one is the best?
We’re going to take a closer look at each of these pressure cookers to compare features, sizes, and functionalities to help you determine which pressure cooker is the right one for you.
The liner of this Crock-Pot pressure cooker is nonstick and holds 6 quarts. There are many features and functionalities of this multi-cooker. The features include slow cooking, pressure cooking, browning, sautéing, and steaming. The 8 functions of the multi-cooker include meat/stew, beans/chili, rice/risotto, yogurt, poultry, dessert, soup, and multigrain. These functions are one-touch buttons on the front of the cooker that makes cooking quick and easy.
The liner of the multi-cooker is removable and dishwasher-safe, similar to all Crock-Pot slow cooker liners. The multi-cooker includes a recipe book, steaming rack, and serving spoon.
The average price of the Crock-Pot Multi-Cooker is between $90 and $100.
Editor’s rating is 4.3 out of 5.
This pressure cooker by Instant Pot has a stainless steel 6-quart capacity that is dishwasher safe. The Instant Pot can cook using seven different methods: pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, sautéing, yogurt-making, and warm. All of these methods are found on the one-touch buttons on the front making the selection quick and easy as well. There are also one-touch functions for soup/broth, meat/stew, bean/chili, poultry, rice, multigrain, and porridge.
Instant Pot is also equipped with various safety features, including overheat protection and a safety locking system. If the contents of the Instant Pot are overheating, the Instant Pot will give a “burn” reading on the front screen of the pot, notifying you that you should turn the temperature down or completely off of the Instant Pot.
The average price for the 6-quart Instant Pot is around $79.
Editor’s rating: 4.6 out of 5
Now that we have looked at a specific model of both types of pressure cookers, let’s take a look at what Crock-Pot and Instant Pot have to offer as a whole.
First, it is important to know that the Crock-Pot Multi-Cooker only comes in one size which is 6-quart. If you want a bigger size, it’s just too bad. It’s either 6-quart or nothing at all. But this doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker. Most meals can be prepared in a 6-quart liner insert with no problem, so don’t let the limited-size steer you the wrong way.
You can add a lot of ingredients to this size of a liner insert. However, we would be doing you a disservice if we did not mention that you could only get one size option with the Crock-Pot Multi-Cooker, and that is 6 quarts.
Another deciding factor that you may want to take into consideration is that there is no Crock-Pot Multi-Cooker Smartphone application you can download with all things Crock Pot related. On the flip side, there is a large community of Crock-Pot recipes, tips, and tricks, but these are mostly related to the Crock-Pot slow cooker, rather than the Crock-Pot multi-cooker. Again, just something to think about.
The best feature, in our opinion, of the Crock-Pot Multi-Cooker, is its nonstick liner insert. The nonstick liner makes clean up much easier than the Instant Pot uncoated insert.
You can buy an Instant Pot in 3-quart, 5-quart, 6-quart, or 8-quart. The 6-quart size is the most common, but it is nice to have options to go bigger or smaller. Again, as we mentioned in regard to the Crock-Pot Multi-Cooker, a 6-quart Instant Pot has plenty of room to cook virtually any dish, so the 8-quart option may be a moot point. Regardless, we wanted to make sure we mentioned the different sizes you can get with an Instant Pot.
Instant Pot also has its own Smartphone application that is dedicated to everything Instant Pot related. This includes recipes, tips, tricks, and suggestions. There is an entire community designated to the Instant Pot, and you can access it directly from your iOS or Android device.
As we mentioned above, the liner insert of the Instant Pot is uncoated. While the liner is dishwasher safe, it is not quite as easy to clean as the Crock-Pot Multi-Cooker liner insert.
We hope this article has helped you understand the main differences between the Crock Pot Pressure Cooker and Instant Pot. More importantly, we hope this article has helped you decide which pressure cooker is the best one for you.
While the Crock Pot Pressure Cooker and the Instant Pot are extremely similar in design and functionality, those few little differences may be the deciding factor in determining which one you choose, and we hope we have helped you throughout the process!