We have all heard of the Instant Pot by now. The appliance that made the word ‘multi-cooker’ take over every home in America.

Well, Instant Pot might be the king of multi-cookers, but it certainly is not the only option available now.

Since the instant success of Instant Pots, other companies have started designing their own multi-cookers.

Today, we will compare the Top Two brand names of ‘set it & forget it’s cooking:

Crock Pot vs Instant Pot- the ultimate multi-cooker showdown!

Instant Pot

As mentioned, the Instant Pot is the undisputed king of multi-cookers. It is the standard to which all other multi-cookers are measured. The instant pot has lots of nice functions like the Instant Pot slow cooking function.

First invented by Canadian Robert Wang in 2009, the Instant Pot met with instant success, with over 200,000 sold in one day!

There are over ten different kinds of Instant Pots you can buy, with varying features and sizes, including Wifi capabilities. The most popular one currently is the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1.

Instant Pot stats:

– 3L, 6L, or 8L capacities (6L being most popular)
– Dishwasher safe, removable inner pot
– Includes a steam rack with handles
– 7 built-in functions
– Retails for around $100 for the 6L

 

Instant Pot Duo functions:

– Soup/Broth
– Meat/Stew
– Bean/Chili
– Saute/Searing
– Poultry
– Steam
– Rice
– Porridge
– Multigrain
– Slow Cook
– Keep Warm
– Yogurt
– Pasteurize
– Pressure Cook

 

Crock Pot

Crock Pot has been around since the 1940s and is credited with helping women enter the workforce. Mostly because Crock Pots invented the ‘set it & forget it’ style of cooking; women who used to be chained to the kitchen could prep a meal in the morning, work all day, and come home to a perfectly cooked meal, like magic!

Eighty years later, we are still using this fantastic invention to help feed our busy families.

One day, a man named Robert Wang decided to innovate…and the Instant Pot was born. This changed the cooking game for good.

Crock Pot, not wanting to fade into the distance, came out with their version of a multi-cooker in 2013.

Crock Pot Express Multi-Cooker

Crock Pot’s brand name is associated with quality, so it’s no surprise that their multi-cooker is a heavy-hitter in the kitchen.

Here are the stats for this particular multi-cooker:

– 6L capacity
– Dishwasher-safe, removable inner pot
– Non-stick coating
– 8 built-in programs
– Retails for around $80

 

Crock Pot functions:

– Meat/Stew
– Beans/Chili
– Rice/Risotto
– Yogurt
– Poultry
– Dessert
– Soup
– Grains

 

Which One is Better?

Though very similar in many ways, there are slight differences between these two multi-cookers. Let’s break down those differences and see which one is right for you.

Both multi-cookers have a learning curve, with many functions and buttons that can be intimidating to anyone unsure of themselves in the kitchen.

The Instant Pot has more functions, making it the first choice for a smaller kitchen.

The non-stick coating in the Crock Pot makes it much easier to clean, thus saving time in the kitchen after cooking.

In the end, it all boils down to what you need from your multi-cooker.

If you are looking for an easy to use, set it & forget it multi-cooker, the Crock Pot’s minor cost savings could sway you more in that direction.

However, if you’re looking for something to make homemade yogurt, or you’re a whiz in the kitchen, and like all the bells and whistles, the Instant Pot is the one for you!

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