Instant Pot 6-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart

Last updated date: January 6, 2020

DWYM Score
8.6


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 139 expert reviews, the Instant Pot Instant Pot 6-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 15, 2020:
Checkout The Best Electric Pressure Cooker For Families for a detailed review of all the top electric pressure cookers for families.

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
4,888 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
True to its name, the Instant Pot Lux 6-in-1 offers six ways to handle food. The machine's primary function is heating ingredients under pressure. Place whatever you'd like to cook inside the pot along with some liquid.
- CNET
December 19, 2017 | Full review
The anti-blockage vent and lid close detection are two of the most useful safety devices that I’ve found on the Instant Pot IP-LUX60. Gone are the days of the lid not being properly secured.
- Pressure Cooker Pros
Has a cake making program and an egg cooking program, which are not available on the DUO.
- Carrie Cooks
May 13, 2019 | Full review
Because the Instant Pot LUX60 cooks in a fully sealed container, all the nutritional goodness and flavors remain in the food rather than escaping and heating your kitchen. The stainless steel inner pot is dishwasher safe to simplify cleanup.
- Digital Trends
April 25, 2019 | Full review
You can cook a complete meal with just a press of a few buttons. It is made from the same high-quality stainless steel and food grade 304 with zero chemical coating as the Duo.
- Epic Home Ideas
This small cooker is also great for singles or couples who prefer small quantities and fewer leftovers. It’s also fun for entertaining to make hot dips and sauces and keep them warm in the pot for serving.
- The Spruce Eats
October 13, 2019 | Full review
A 6 QT capacity is sufficient to cook several meals at once and can feed an entire family of up to 6 people
- Merch Dope
March 31, 2019 | Full review
While the Instant Pot is running, safety devices are monitoring the pressure and temperature, keeping track of the cooking time and adjusting the intensity of the heat applied. The Instant Pot will automatically adjust the cooking time, based on the volume of the food in the cooker.
- 5Best
April 5, 2017 | Full review
Budget-friendly – lowest prices in comparison.
- Amy & Jackie Pressure Cooker Recipes
November 19, 2017 | Full review
It does a solid job on rice cooking, slow cooking and basic pressure cooking, making it a great starter model.
- Tom's Guide
August 7, 2019 | Full review
This most recent version adds egg and cake cooking programs. It also offers twice the amount of available pressure cooking time compared to other Instant Pot models. Users can also disable all alarms.
- BestReviews
December 1, 2019 | Full review
You can bake your favorite bread in just a couple of clicks. Baking moist and soft cakes and bread was never so easy. With its egg program, you can have access to varieties of boil egg, soft, hard boiled or perfectly boiled egg.
- InstaPot Buy
Instant Pot’s elegant and durable design makes it easy to clean and easy to use. The stainless steel inner pot and lid are both dishwasher safe and the cooker base can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth.
- Latest Electric Pressure Cookers
March 10, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Cooked rice tends to stick to its steel pot. There's no chili preset. And you have to experiment with certain recipes to find the right cook times.
- CNET
December 19, 2017 | Full review
Doesn't feature a delayed start option.
- Pressure Cooker Pros
It doesn’t have a yogurt function.
- Carrie Cooks
May 13, 2019 | Full review
What is that elusive function that the Lux is lacking? It is the yogurt-making function.
- Epic Home Ideas
No dual pressure function.
- Merch Dope
March 31, 2019 | Full review
Can’t adjust the Cooking Time, Pressure Levels, and Keep Warm Mode after cooking process begins unless you press “Cancel” button
- Amy & Jackie Pressure Cooker Recipes
November 19, 2017 | Full review
Leaks quite a bit of steam through the pressure-release valve while coming up to pressure, which can be a little scary until you get used to it.
- Tom's Guide
August 7, 2019 | Full review
A handful of users mention some initial frustration or confusion over figuring out the optimal cooking times.
- BestReviews
December 1, 2019 | Full review
LUX Instapot can only cook on high pressure.
- InstaPot Buy
Steel Bowl may leave rice with a slight grey color when cooked.
- Latest Electric Pressure Cookers
March 10, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Instant Pot is a smart multi-use Electric Pressure Cooker designed with the objective of being Convenient, Dependable and Safe. It speeds up cooking by 2-6 times making it extremely energy-efficient, while, preserving nutrients and preparing healthy, tasty dishes. Instant Pot Lux V3 6 In 1 Programmable multi-cooker replaces 6 kitchen appliances, it combines the functions of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer. 12 smart built-in programs – Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Cake, Egg, Sauté, Rice, Multigrain, Steam, Porridge, Pressure Cook, Keep Warm and Slow Cook, your favourite dishes are as easy as pressing a button. The new Cake Maker is ideal for New York style cheesecake, banana bread and other moist cakes, the Egg Program prepares, soft, medium and hard-boiled eggs perfectly in just a few minutes. Built with the latest 3rd generation technology with an embedded microprocessor. During cooking the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration. Even the volume of food is taken into consideration, all greatly improving cooking results and consistency of the dishes. A 24-hour delay start timer for delayed cooking. Automatic keep warm holds the temperature of the dish until you serve. The fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food without heating up the kitchen. The 3-ply inner pot stainless steel bottom is extremely durable and leaves no health concerns as associated with non-stick coatings. Bushed stainless steel exterior is finger print resistant with a large, clear display panel. UL certified, carefully designed with 10 proven safety mechanisms to eliminate many common errors that could cause harm or spoil food providing you uncompromised assurance. Instant Pot is the ideal kitchen appliance for your faced-paced, healthy lifestyle. Power Supply Cord: 33 inches, non-detached, 2 prong plug. Power supply: 120V – 60Hz.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 1
2. Mealthy 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 15
3. Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 33
6. Instant Pot 10-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 22
7. Power Pressure Cooker Electric Pressure Cooker, 10-Quart
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 17
8. Instant Pot 6-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 13
9. Crock-Pot Multi-Use Pressure Cooker, 8-Quart
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
10. GoWISE USA Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Electric Pressure Cookers For Families

Unless you’ve been hibernating for the past few years, you’ve likely heard of electric pressure cookers. It seems every year, a new crop of friends tries one of these appliances out and has to shout to the world how great it is.

What’s all the hype about? The biggest draw to electric pressure cookers is that it can replace numerous kitchen appliances, including your slow cooker and rice cooker. You can also use pressure cookers to make yogurt, cheesecake, hardboiled eggs and oatmeal. Of course, most pressure cooker owners will tell you all about the soups, beans and delicious meats they make in their electric pressure cookers.

“I use my Instant Pot to sauté and brown proteins and veggies before switching over to pressure cook the stew they will become, as well as to cook hard boil eggs, rice, homemade yogurt, slow-cooked soups, beans, overnight oats and much, much more,” says Julie Chernoff, dining editor of “Better,” a lifestyle website and print magazine. “It can be a godsend for a smaller kitchen since you only need the one appliance.”

But before you invest in an electric pressure cooker, it’s important to know that there’s a steep learning curve with the appliance. If you’ve been making meals using your slow cooker for a while, you’ll love the slow cooker feature included with many pressure cookers. But there’s so much more you can do that you’ll need to research the options before you choose one.

Although you’ll primarily hear the name “Instant Pot” when it comes to modern pressure cookers, there are plenty of other competitors on the market, many from known brands. The Instant Pot has its own unique setup, so you may find another brand is easier to use, particularly if you’re a novice.

DYWM Fun Fact

Pressure cookers are nothing new. In fact, they date all the way back to the 17th century, when a French scientist by the name of Denis Papin reportedly invented a pot called The Digester, which he described as being designed to soften bones and make drinks. Despite having a safety valve, though, these devices weren’t safe, and it took a while for experts to perfect the technology for consumer use. Even in the 1900s, the pressure cookers used for canning and certain types of cooking could be dangerous unless used properly. Electric pressure cookers have taken off in recent years as manufacturers have found ways to build in safety features that make them practically foolproof.

The Electric Pressure Cooker For Families Buying Guide

  • Electric pressure cookers are usually offered in two major sizes: 6 and 8 quarts. The 6-quart version should be enough to cook a meal for a family of six, but if you cook for larger groups, a 10-quart pressure cooker can handle up to 10 servings.
  • If you’re worried about safety, it’s important to note that today’s pressure cookers aren’t the same as the appliances your grandparents used for canning.

“There are safety features involved with the pressure-cooking function, including that it won’t start until the lid is safely locked in place, so you can rest easy,” Chernoff says. “Be careful not to fill the pot too full, especially if you are cooking items that expand while cooking, like legumes and grains.”

  • If you’re looking for instructions, you’ll probably have to go online. Even if you get a manual with your pressure cooker, the best recipes and tips can be found in the many pressure cooker communities that have emerged on Facebook.
  • One major difference from one pressure cooker to the next is the seal. The way your appliance seals while cooking, as well as how the steam is released when your meal is ready, can vary from one cooker to another. Some pressure cookers even have a manual release button to make it easy to manually release steam when it’s time.
  • As fun as it is to make delicious meals, someone has to clean everything up after dinner. Many modern pressure cookers have nonstick surfaces to make cleanup easy. Also look for an electric pressure cooker that has accessories that are dishwasher safe.
  • Speaking of accessories, those can vary from one pressure cooker to another. A ladle and rice paddle can come in handy, as can cooking mitts and an extra silicone sealing ring in case yours wears out. But as you dive further into different recipes, you’ll probably find yourself longing for a stainless-steel steaming basket that will expand the foods you can make.