Inner Pot is not interchangeable with other models.
Sous-vide function performs the same as previous models.
Duo Evo Plus Summary:
Released in 2019, Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus brings some refinements to the previous generations of Instant Pots.
If you have a standalone air fryer or don’t need the air fry function, the Duo Evo Plus is the best-rated Instant Pot in 2020.
The new flat-bottom inner pot allows better oil distribution and you can saute a bit better compared to the older inner pots. It’s really awesome that you can also use this inner pot on electric, ceramic, gas, and induction cooktops. You’re also going to love the two silicone handles that make transferring the inner pot a lot easier.
Thanks to the new steam release cover, steam will be dispersed and softened when releasing pressure. This makes the pressure release process less scary, especially for new users.
Overall, the new features & refinements make Duo Evo Plus a more polished Instant Pot that’s both easy to use & worth the price.
Doesn’t have the multipurpose inner pot with silicone handles & flat bottom
Control panel is slightly less user-friendly than Duo Plus
Some new users or beginners may be a bit scared of releasing pressure manually with the Venting Knob
The bestselling Duo is our top pick for the Best Budget Instant Pot. Compared to Lux, Duo offers the yogurt function, high & low pressure settings, better lid, venting knob, and lid fins. These useful features make Duo a better deal than Lux.
Instant Pot Duo Nova and Viva have very similar features, control panels, and prices as Duo. Duo Nova is somewhat a fusion model between Duo and Duo Plus with no Sous Vide function.
Therefore, Duo, Duo Nova, and Viva are also great choices for new users because it’s usually more budget-friendly & straightforward to use.
Duo Crisp transforms the already awesome Instant Pot into a super versatile kitchen appliance! Yes, a standalone air fryer will usually perform better, but not by a large margin.
We recommend buying the 8 quart Duo Crisp over the 6 quart Duo Crisp because the larger air fryer lid seems to perform slightly better. Also, it gives you more space to air fry bigger chunks or a bigger batch of food.
Currently, the smallest Instant Pot size is 3 quart Instant Pot, and the biggest Instant Pot size is 10 quart. In the US, Instant Pot mostly comes in 5 sizes: 3 quart, 5 quart, 6 quart, 8 quart, and 10 quart.
The best Instant Pot size is the size that’s most suitable for you & your family’s needs.
The best size depends on the type & quantity of food you cook, your budget, and your counter space.
6 Quart Instant Pot
The 6 quart Instant Pot is by far the most popular size among different users. Depending on your family’s appetite, it’s the best Instant Pot size to cook meals for 2 to 5 adults.
To give you a rough idea, it can fit a 3.3lb whole chicken or a 7″x3″ Cheesecake Pan.
8 or 10 Quart Instant Pot
If you enjoy hosting gatherings, have a larger family, like to meal prep, or cook a lot of soups or stocks, the 8 quart or 10 quart Instant Pots are great for you.
To give you a rough idea, an 8qt Instant Pot can fit an 8.6lbs, 7″ thick bone-in ham.
3 Quart Instant Pot
The 3 quart Instant Pot doesn’t take up as much counter space, so it’s a great size if you’re cooking for 1 to 2 people.
It’s a good option for college students, people living in RVs or boats, or to take on vacations or road trips.
The smaller size also makes it a great secondary Instant Pot for making yogurt, cooking sides, or desserts when your bigger Instant Pot is cooking the main dish.
Since it’s lighter in weight, it’s great for those who have trouble lifting heavier objects.