Instant Pot Just Released a New Gadget to Turn Your Multi-Cooker into an Air Fryer

updated Jan 8, 2020
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Even the most basic Instant Pot model can still make rice, slow-cook, steam, pressure-cook, and more. The list of things the Instant Pot can’t do is pretty small, and yet there’s one pretty major thing on that short list: Most Instant Pots cannot air fry. The company does make an air fryer, an air fryer oven, and a newer model (the Duo Crisp) that comes with a modified lid, which does air fry. But if you have, say, the Lux, Duo, or Ultra, you’d need to buy a second small appliance (or this) in order to churn out restaurant-level mozzarella sticks, chicken nuggets, and french fries.

But that’s changed, as Instant Pot has just released an Air Fryer Lid, which technically retails for $140 but is currently marked down to $80. It fits onto the base of your existing six-quart Instant Pot and adds that air frying capability — so you can get homemade air fryer doughnuts without having to buy yet another entire machine. (The lid is compatible with most six-quart Instant Pot models.) One appliance and two lids seems a lot easier to store than two appliances, no?

In addition to air frying, the lid also has settings to roast, bake, broil (!!!), reheat, and dehydrate. As you may be able to tell, we’re also very excited about this lid’s broiling capabilities. (It was actually a huge selling point for us with this similar lid from a different company.) Make mac and cheese in the Instant Pot and then just switch out the lid to get that golden crust on the top! Or finish off some Instant Pot crème brûlée

The lid also comes with a multi-level air fryer basket, dehydrating and broiling tray, and protective pad to set it on when it’s hot. And all the accessories are dishwasher-safe. (The lid just gets wiped clean after use.)

The machine just came out, and it only has one Amazon review so far; a verified shopper gave it five stars and a glowing report. We’re hoping to get our hands on one soon and we will be sure to report back. Stay tuned!

Have you tried this out yet? What’d you think?