These days, Americans are busier than ever, and any gadget that helps to reclaim precious moments of time is destined to become a huge hit. You might have heard the buzz about the Instant Pot, a trendy kitchen must-have that’s been collecting loyal devotees all across the internet.
The Instant Pot debuted in 2009 and was one of the first brands introduced in North America, though now some big names, including Breville and Cuisinart, also make a version. In 2010, only 300,000 electric pressure cookers were sold in the United States and Canada, but by 2015, that figure jumped to more than 3 million.
But what is an Instant Pot, and is it really the best time-saving kitchen appliance since the microwave? We put it to the test, and the results were impressive. If you want to cut down on cooking time and still make nutritious meals for your family, then an Instant Pot could be the answer.
Here are 15 of the most compelling reasons to add an Instant Pot to your cooking arsenal.
1. It’ll save you time on cooking
The No. 1 best thing about this magical appliance is it saves you major time in the kitchen. Because it functions as a programmable pressure cooker, it seriously cuts down on cooking times and achieves delicious, perfectly prepared meals in less time and with less energy than traditional cooking methods. That means you don’t always have to plan ahead — and you can focus on what really matters.