I Love My Instant Pot So Much, I’m Buying Another One

published Jul 11, 2023
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chicken sits in instant pot next to plates of tortillas and limes
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I first fell in love with the now-iconic Instant Pot back in 2018 when my neighbor — who hates to cook — couldn’t stop gushing about it. I had neither the space nor the extra funds for another kitchen appliance, but my neighbor was so passionate about hers that she lent it to me for a week, saying confidently, “You’ll buy one yourself when the week’s over.”

Quick Overview

Why Am I Getting a Backup of My Beloved Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1?

I’ve been using the Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1 every week since 2018. The company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, so I’m getting a backup just in case I’ll need it.

Not only did I buy one, but I splurged on a 6-quart version of the Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1, and I’ve used it literally every week since. The electric pressure cooker produces perfect rice, ridiculously easy-to-peel eggs, and exquisitely tender meat, every single time. The machine is worth it for the eggs and rice alone, but it’s also a fabulous slow cooker. I can even brown meat in the pot — no extra pan required. 

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What’s So Great About the Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1? 

My Instant Pot still works as well as it did on day one, which is why I was shocked to hear that the company filed for bankruptcy. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been so surprised, though. Once everyone purchases a well-made, buy-it-for-life product, there’s no need to buy a second one, right?

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Wrong, at least for me. I’m investing in a backup because I worry that when the company restructures, the quality of this practically perfect machine will decline. Or if the company goes under entirely, there will be no more Instant Pots being manufactured. What if my kids want one when they go to college in a few years? What if I want to buy one as a holiday gift for a friend or family member? What if the worst happens and mine breaks

And if fear of the future wasn’t motivation enough, the latest version of the 9-in-1 that’s on sale has a sous vide function — as if the machine wasn’t super-versatile already.  

I want to be as generous as my neighbor was to me, but I know I’d never lend my Instant Pot if I know I can’t replace it by investing in a spare