By Mike Szostech Last updated
As the one-pot phenomenon grew, so did the lineup of options for an Instant Pot Canada. The Instant company keeps expanding its product lineup, so deciding which one to buy can be intimidating.
The Instant Pot has taken over Canadian kitchens en-masse. If you don’t have one yet, you probably know someone who does. It’s an all-in-one cooking tool that can do everything from pressure cooking chili recipes, to steaming vegetables and even making yogurt or cheesecakes.
While Instant does also offer dedicated rice cookers and even blenders and toaster ovens now, this review will focus on the Instant Pot Canada options and available accessories in 2020.
Confused about choosing the best Instant Pot?
Don’t be! The whole purpose of this Instant Pot Canada review is to give you the best information to make the best choice. Choosing the best instant pot for you comes down to only a few things:
- how much capacity do you need – a large capacity Instant Pot or enough for 2?
- is there a special feature you need, or is it just a nice-to-have?
And remember – any Instant Pot you buy is a good choice. They all perform the slow cooker and pressure cooking functions perfectly.
Instant Pot Canada - Comparing the Best Instant Pots
Hey Canada! This section helps you compare the features of these products to help you choose the best option for you! Click on the product name to jump down to that specific review.
Even the lowest rated Instant Pot, the Duo, comes as a 7-in-1 which gives you so many cooking options. However, if you require a specific function (like Sous Vide or Air Fry), be aware that all models don't have all the functions.
The wattage rating might not seem so important. We bought the Duo, which is 1000 watts, but when we have a 6 quart batch of soup in it (a full batch filled to the MAX line in the Instant Pot), it often can't get to pressure because it doesn't have enough power to boil 6 qts. That's likely why the higher powered Instant Pots are the only ones with the Sous Vide feature.
In order to compare apples-to-apples and determine the best Instant Pot, we used the specifications from the 6 quart models (except the air fryer which only comes in an 8 quart version / 6 quarts when air frying). Some of the Instant Pot models do come in a smaller 3 quart version or a larger 8 quart version. In 2020, Instant starting making some in a 10 qt option as well - but they can be harder to find in store.
The Poultry setting is a high pressure cook setting with a default of 15 minutes - it can be adjusted longer or shorter depending on what the recipe calls for. Even if the model you want doesn't have a poultry setting, you can still cook poultry by cooking on high pressure for 15 minutes. While it might be nice to have a button with the name of the food you are cooking, don't let this be a deal breaker.
The first models, and the more basic models, come with the original style lid. That has a valve that you set to pressure or vent depending on if you are cooking at pressure in your Instant Pot. Newer lid designs have an automatic sealing valve as well as a 'quick release' button to safely release steam. If you're new to the pressure cooking world, or if you want the easiest-to-use-with-fewest-steps-involved version, look for the EasySeal lid.
First released in November, 2019, the AirFry feature of the Instant Pot Duo Crisp allows you to air fry foods. If you need an all-in-one tool, then this is the Instant Pot to get. If Air Fry is the only extra 'function' you may want, there is an additional Instant pot Air Fryer lid you can add to any 6 qt instant pot. Plus, sometimes it's cheaper to get the simple Instant Pot Canada, and add the Air Fryer lid instead of buying the Duo Crisp.
An Instant Pot replaces 6 Appliances in 1 including: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute, steamer, and warmer.
If you don't need any of the other extra features that the other Instant Pots offer, then this is the lowest price, fully functioned multi-cooker. Plus, it comes with all of the great features that makes Instant Pot the best in category including stainless steel inner pot and food grade stainless on all parts that contact your food.
The Lux model is now getting old, so we've replaced it with the similar (and newer and cheaper) Instant Pot Duo.
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The Instant Pot Duo 6-quart is the first multi-cooker from Instant Pot that started the whole multi-function pressure cooker craze. It combines 7 kitchen appliances into an easy to use, computer controlled smart appliance that can pressure cook, slow cook, cook rice, steam, saute, make yogurt, and warm foods.
Everything that comes in contact with your food is made from food grade stainless steel with no chemical coatings.
Accessories include a stainless steel steam rack with handles, a rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, and condensation collector and recipe booklet.
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The Duo Plus is the newest version of the top selling Duo from Instant Pot. It features 2 more cooking functions than the original Duo - egg cooking and sterilizing.
All parts that touch your food are food grade 304 (18/8) Stainless steel including the lid, the inner pot with 3-ply bottom and steam rack with handles.
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Best for Beginners: An upgrade to the all-time bestseller Instant Pot Duo series, the Duo Nova combines 7 appliances in 1: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, food warmer, and yogurt maker.
The new EasySeal lid gives you one less thing to worry about because it automatically seals your Instant Pot. Steam release is also a breeze with a fast, safe push of the quick release button.
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The Instant Pot Viva 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker includes three new programs - Cake, Egg and Sterilize.
The Cake Program has been designed to prepare soft and moist cakes, while, with the egg program you can prepare perfect eggs in just a few minutes. Sterilize program permits you to pasteurize milk, sterilize baby bottles, jars and utensil.
The Viva is also available in a few colors other than silver/stainless.
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The Duo Evo Plus builds on the features of the all-time best Instant Pot - the Duo.
With 20+ Enhancements, it is the fastest in the class, The easiest to use for new users and the most Customizable for experienced Instant Pot owners.
It comes with a 200W increase in cooking power to 1200watts total. The inner pot has easy grip handles, and a flat bottom surface that can be used on a cooktop if needed.
It also comes with the redesigned EasyLid to make pressurizing and letting off steam easy and safe.
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Max features an industry-first 15 psi pressure cooking and NutriBoost technology - all controlled by a microprocessor for smart and easy cooking.
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With 11 functions, the Duo Crisp can do everything the regular Instant Pot does. And when you swap the lid for the air fryer lid you've got a whole new set of recipes you can make.
11 smart programs put cooking on autopilot with delicious results: the pressure cooker lid offers 6 wet cooking functions: use it to quickly pressure cook, sauté, steam, slow cook, sous vide and warm. The air fryer lid offers 5 dry cooking functions: use it to quickly air fry, roast, bake, broil and dehydrate.
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Unique to the Instant Pot Ultra is an altitude adjustment to cook perfectly each time. It also has a central dial with a simple turn and press, as well as a new steam quick release button to ensure safer handling of the release of pressure after cooking is complete.
The Ultra replaces 10 common kitchen appliances: it's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, egg cooker, saute/searing, steamer, warmer, and sterilizer.
With a 3rd generation embedded microprocessor, the Ultra monitors the pressure, temperature, and keeps time.
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With all the same features as the popular Instant Pot pressure cooker, this is a revolutionary kitchen appliance with Wi-Fi connectivity. With easy to use interfaces to control and monitor cooking progress through your phone even while you're away.
The Instant Pot APP gives you access to hundreds of pre-programmed recipes from slow-cooked meats, stews, and chili, to yogurt, grains, and cake. No stirring or watching over the dish as it cooks. Simply monitor the progress of your meal from your mobile devices, and get notifications along the way
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Instant Pot Canada FAQs
Is Instant Pot Canadian?
Yes! Instant Brands, the company that makes the Instant Pot, is a Canadian company.
Why are the Instant Pots so popular?
The first reason that Instant Pot multi-cooker became so popular is because of their pressure cooking ability. Before the Instant Pot, pressure cooking required a specialized pot that you would put on a stove-top, and have to monitor fairly closely – but you couldn’t see inside, and you couldn’t open it, so it just seemed tricky. And many people didn’t pressure cook.
Most people already knew what a slow cooker was, but when you add in the pressure cooking power, foods cook faster, and certain foods – like dry beans – cook better than in a slow cooker. We have friends who were raised in Central America and they say the beans from our Instant Pot are creamier and better tasting than anything they learned to cook on a stove top while growing up.
Where can I buy an Instant Pot Canada?
Now that the Instant Pot has become so popular, they are available all across Canada. Everywhere from the big box stores, to smaller kitchen stores, to the biggest online retailers like Amazon have the Instant Pot for sale in Canada.
Is the Instant Pot worth it?
If you’re a fan of set-it-and-forget-it hands off cooking, then the Instant Pot is as good as it gets. It’s smart cooking features can handle anything you can throw in it – from meat, grains, and veggies – even from frozen!
Sure, a slow cooker is similar, but with the pressure cooker ability of the Instant Pot, cooking times are much shorter.
Is there anything the Instant Pot can’t do?
Yes – specifically dairy. Cream sauces cooked under high heat and pressure can cause dairy to curdle, clump, or separate. Plus, it’s super hard to clean off if it’s burnt to the bottom. Instead, add the dairy after the pressure cooking cycle is completed – that’s what Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipes call for.
What about other multi-function pressure cookers?
Since the popularity of the Instant Pot Canada, there have been other companies to come out with similar small appliances for your kitchen. In fact, shortly after we purchased an Instant Pot, I saw one of these imitations at Costco.
It was much cheaper, and I was about to get all worked up about it until I noticed the internal pot wasn’t stainless steel – it was non-stick coated aluminum.
That still seems to be the case – the Instant Pots all have the stainless steel inner pot – and other brands don’t.
Canada, did we miss something?
Did we forget something in our Instant Pot Canada review? Let us know! If you think there’s a piece of information missing, or if something has changed, send us a comment.