Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-In-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 3-Quart

Last updated date: August 24, 2020

DWYM Score
9.7

Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-In-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 3-Quart

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Overall Take

This 3-quart pressure cooker is best for feeding small groups up to three people. You can also make amazing sides like rice, pasta, vegetables and potatoes for bigger families. This model is just right for beginners. In our analysis of 26 expert reviews, the Instant Pot Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-In-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 3-Quart placed 1st when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 24, 2020:
Checkout The Best Pressure Cooker for a detailed review of all the top pressure cookers.

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
76,697 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
One big improvement Instant Pot made in the Duo Nova’s design is in the lid. Instant Pot updated the lid and gave it a smart steam release valve. This means the steam release valve automatically closes when you close the lid, so you don’t have to worry about whether you remembered to seal the valve or whether or not you positioned it correctly.
- Digital Trends
This new model has an Easy Seal Lid, which automatically sets to seal when you close it (with older versions, you had to this yourself and it was easy to forget!). No more wasting time because you could have sworn you sealed it but actually did not.
- The Kitchn
The lid holder can come in handy especially when you just finished cooking a dish and are awkwardly trying to figure out what to do a with a hot lid.
- Mini Pressure
What experts didn't like
There are fewer accessories for the 3 quart models.
- Mini Pressure

From The Manufacturer

Cooking with the most popular Instant Pot is even easier with the new Duo Nova multi-cooker. Its updated lid means you never again have to worry about whether or not you remembered to close the steam release valve because the Duo Nova lid automatically seals it, locking all the flavors, nutrients and aromas in your meal! And to release the steam faster, just push the quick-release button to let the pressure out. It also has a new progress indicator on its bright blue display so you always know what’s happening inside, and 11 Smart Programs to help you start cooking whatever you want in a flash. With 4 different sizes—the most popular 6Qt, as well as the 3Qt, 8Qt, and the massive new 10Qt– the Duo Nova family of multi-cookers is perfect for both large and small families making everything from a quick side dish to whipping up big batches of prepared meals for the week. The Duo Nova is 7 appliances in 1: Pressure cooker, saute pan, steamer, slow cooker, rice cooker, food warmer, and yogurt maker. Whether you’re in a hurry or have the time to savor the art of cooking, the Instant Pot offers a convenient, healthy way to get the job done that’s also , using less energy than conventional methods and without heating up your kitchen. Clear the clutter from your counter and do it all with just one tool.

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Expert Reviews: 1
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Overall Score: 9.2
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An Overview On Pressure Cookers

Pressure cookers have come a long way in recent years. Although pressure cooking is certainly nothing new, traditional cookware could be dangerous. Today’s pressure cookers use a sealing system that keeps contents safely inside, then release steam gradually. They’re so easy to operate, even a novice can handle them safely.

There are two major types of pressure cookers, though. The electric pressure cookers designed for making meals have become the most popular type. These units operate as slow cookers, pressure cookers and rice cookers in one handy device. You can even make yogurt and cheesecake in this type of cooker.

Another type of pressure cooking is geared specifically toward canning. Although you can cook meals in these units, they aren’t quite as user-friendly as all-in-one units. They also tend to have a much higher capacity, as they’re designed to hold multiple jars of foods.

If you participate in canning, a pressure cooker is the best way to go. The USDA says pressure canning is the only safe method for canning meat, fish, poultry and all vegetables. Traditional water bath canners can only reach temperatures of 212 degrees Fahrenheit, which isn’t hot enough to kill off bacteria that grows in foods with low acid levels. Pressure canning takes care of that, keeping you and your loved ones safe.

When your goal is cooking meals, though, you have a different set of considerations. Capacity is an important factor, but most popular pressure cookers can make meals for up to six people. Smaller households may still need that kind of capacity, though, since large items like whole chickens demand plenty of space. You may also like the fact that you can cook for groups on the rare occasions you have visitors to feed. If you plan to make items like cheesecakes in your pressure cooker, you’ll also need a special type of pan, so purchase that along with your pressure cooker.

DWYM Fun Fact

People have been preserving food for more than two centuries. A Frenchman named Nicholas Appert invented the practice in 1809, finding that when he sealed glass jars, he could save various food items for later consumption. In 1926, Hormel used the technology to create the first canned ham, and pressure-sealed food continues to occupy space in grocery stores today. Even soft drinks retain their fizzy taste through the use of pressure-seal technology. But the use of cans instead of glass for pressure sealing can also be traced back to Appert, who patented using coated cans for preserving food. Still, many consumers use glass for at-home food canning.

The Pressure Cooker Buying Guide

  • Your first decision when shopping for a pressure cooker is whether you’ll be using it for canning or meal cooking. If it’s canning, look for a model that will squeeze in the most mason jars, such as one with the ability to hold 24 half-pints, 20 pints or 7 quarts. Some offer the ability to can 19 standard regular mouth pint jars or 7 standard regular mouth quart jars.
  • Consider a pressure cooker that goes beyond canning to let you also use it as a meal cooker when you want. For example, there are models that come with a recipe booklet with more than 50 recipes to help you find the perfect meals to make.
  • For cooking meals for your family, the Instant Pot DUO Pressure Cooker is 6 quarts. Depending on what you’re making, this size can serve up to six people. If you plan to cook large meats like whole chickens or ribs, even a smaller household will find this size comes in handy.
  • There’s a learning curve with any pressure cooker, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find it’s easy. Some models have a simple on-off cover, thanks to a set of clamping wingnuts that hold the lid in place without making it too tough to remove. If you’re left-handed, you’ll love that the Instant Pot DUO Pressure Cooker comes with lid holders for both right- and left-handed chefs. The Instant Pot DUO Pressure Cooker also comes with intuitive push-button controls and an easy-to-read digital display.
  • The Instant Pot DUO Pressure Cooker has a 24-hour delay option on the timer and automatic keep-warm feature.