4 Affordable Alternatives to the Instant Pot

4 Affordable Alternatives to the Instant Pot

The Instant Pot has been a hot item during Black Friday sales for the past few years. Every big-box store usually features one model in their sale, but they can still be a bit pricy or hard to snag at the discounted price. So, like we recently did with the KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Roomba, and Keurig, we’ve put together a list of five great alternatives to the Instant Pot.

Our hope is that you have a list of ‘Plan B’ options if your favorite items are hard to buy this year. If you’re hoping to snag an electric pressure cooker, here are our picks for the best alternatives to Instant Pot.

Note that at the time of posting these prices were accurate, but due to pre-Black Friday sales and Amazon’s dynamic pricing, the prices are fluctuating often. We’ll do our best to keep this up to date, but some prices may vary.

In This Post

  1. Instant Pot Alternatives
  2. COMFEE’ All In One Multi Cooker
  3. Crock-Pot Express Digital Max Multi-Cooker
  4. Insignia 6-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker
  5. Aroma 20 Cup Digital Multicooker & Rice Cooker

Instant Pot Alternatives

instant pot duo

An Instant Pot is an electric multicooker and it is definitely not one of a kind. There are lots of multicookers on the market and some of them are very affordable and offer the same functionality as an Instant Pot. We’ve put together a list of five quality alternatives if you can’t get your hands on an Instant Pot this year, whether due to supply issues or restraints on your holiday budget.

It is worth noting that the Instant Pot Duo is available in several early Black Friday sales for around $60 ($59.95 at Macy’s during their Black Friday sale later in November) and so if you can snag one before they sell out, that is a great price!

COMFEE’ All In One Multi Cooker – $54

comfee pressure cooker

This is a favorite among shoppers for an Instant Pot alternative. It has 12 cooking functions, including sauté, pasta, and DIY which can be used for yogurt or cake. It comes with a steam tray, measuring cup and two spatulas.

Instant Pot Comparison

Feature Instant Pot
Cooking Modes 9 12
Cooking Capacity 6 quarts 5.2 quarts
Noteworthy Functions Yogurt, eggs, sterlize, sauté Quick rice, sauté, pasta, DIY

Where to Buy

This is an Amazon brand and so you’ll find it on Amazon for the current $59.99 price. It is was recently $54.99, but as Amazon is constantly cutting prices, we expect it to be between $55 and $60 through the holiday season.

Crock-Pot Express Digital Max Multi-Cooker – $50

crock pot digital max pressure cooker

If you’re looking for a pressure cooker with all the bells and whistles, this one is a top choice. It’s got 15 settings including Slow Cook, Brown/Sear, Sauté, Simmer, Boil, Yogurt, Steam, Keep Warm, Meat/Poultry, Beans/Chili, Soup/Broth, Rice/Grains, Dessert, and Clean. It has the same capacity as an Instant Pot, but the oval shape does make it easier to fit wider items like roasts and ribs.

Instant Pot Comparison

Feature Instant Pot
Cooking Modes 9 15
Cooking Capacity 6 quarts 6 quarts
Noteworthy Functions Yogurt, eggs, sterlize, sauté Quick clean, boil, simmer, yogurt, sauté, sear

Where to Buy

Best Buy currently has this model for $69.99 during their Black Friday sale, regularly $99.99. We did see it recently for $49.99 in their pre-Black Friday sale, so check back closer to Black Friday to see if the price drops again! Target also carries this model, but it is currently at the regular price of $100.

Insignia 6-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker – $30

insignia pressure cooker

This super affordable option gives you 10 different settings: Rice, Multi-grain, Soup, Meat/Stew, Poultry, Fish, Steam Veggies, Beans/Chili, Quinoa and Cake. It comes with a measuring cup, rice scoop, soup ladle, cooking stand and condensation collector

Instant Pot Comparison

Feature Instant Pot
Cooking Modes 9 10
Cooking Capacity 6 quarts 6 quarts
Noteworthy Functions Yogurt, eggs, sterlize, sauté Cake, steam veggies, quinoa

Where to Buy

Insignia is Best Buy’s in-house brand. They currently have this multi-function pressure cooker for $59.99, but it was recently discounted to $29.99 as part of the Best Buy Pre-Black Friday sale! If you’re looking for a quality Instant Pot alternative at less than half the price, snag this one if it drops again come Black Friday next week!

Aroma 20 Cup Digital Multicooker & Rice Cooker – $40

aroma multi cooker and rice cooker

This Aroma model is technically a rice cooker, but it does have several other functions. You can cook white rice, multi-grain rice, steam, cake, and sauté. While it doesn’t have as many functions as some of our other options, it’s still a good alternative for the price.

Instant Pot Comparison

Feature Instant Pot
Cooking Modes 9 7
Cooking Capacity 6 quarts 5 quarts
Noteworthy Functions Yogurt, eggs, sterlize, sauté Cake, sauté

Where to Buy

Target has this one for $37.99. The regular price is $39.99, so you don’t need to rush to snag it but you could keep an eye out for sales during Black Friday and in December. Amazon also has this one price matched at Target’s price of $37.99.

Are there any other items you’d like us to do an alternatives post for? Let us know in the comments!