The best Instant Pot deals right now: A 6-quart Viva is down to $59 – CNET

If you’re on the hunt for an Instant Pot deal, stick with CNET. We’ve been watching carefully for price drops on the popular multicooker all year. Right now, the versatile 6-quart Viva is down to $59 at Walmart (normally $99) and a well-rated Instant Pot knockoff, the Insignia 6-quart multicooker, is just $30 at Best Buy.

If you don’t know much about Instant Pot, it’s the uber-popular multicooker that functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer and warmer with saute mode so you can make tender meats like brisket, beef stew, shredded chicken and pulled pork from start to finish. Check out these five big reasons to buy an Instant Pot for more helpful info on the small kitchen appliance that home cooks swear by for easy meals.

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Wondering how to spot a multicooker deal? Instant Pots come in more variations than laptops, it seems, and pricing is often all over the map. The good news is that the holiday season is the best time to buy, whether you’re getting a real Instant Pot or one of the many (still capable) knockoff brands. The main rule: $50 to $70 is the sweet spot for a 6-quart Instant Pot. Most Instant Pots come in 3-, 6- and 8-quart sizes, with the 6-quart models being the most popular for families. For a single person or even a couple, you could easily get away with a three-quart.

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The Viva appears to be an offshoot of the popular Duo model with the addition of sous vide and cake-making (!) options, according to Instantpotology. This Instant Pot does just about everything you’d want or need a multicooker to do and under $50 is about as low as you’ll see it go. It features 15 cook settings: soup, meat/stew, chili, cake, egg, slow cook, pressure cook, saute, rice, multigrain, steam, sterilize, porridge, warm and yogurt. Again, 6 quarts is the most popular size: It’s large enough to cook for groups but not so huge that you’ll find it difficult to store. It also has OverHeat Protection, a safety lock to ensure safe pressure cooking.

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This Insignia multicooker does all the key things an Instant Pot does, but you’ll pay a third of the price. It also scores high marks in a whopping 3,000-plus verified purchase reviews, so don’t stress if you’re not as familiar with the brand name. We’ve done the digging and this discounted multicooker checks out. 

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This is probably the most popular Instant Pot. It doesn’t have a ton of the new fancy bells and whistles but it has everything you need from a multicooker, including a sear function, 14 one-touch smart programs and an easy-release safety valve. While it’s $20 off the sticker price, we’ve previously seen the model go lower than $79 so if you can afford to hold out, we promise to update this post if and when it drops again.

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I did an actual double-take when I saw this deal pop up on Williams Sonoma. Rarely does the 6-quart Duo drop this low, period, never mind on the limited-edition Star Wars model plastered with renderings of the Baby Yoda, of Star Wars and internet meme fame. 

You won’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away or even to a department store that’s kind of close by to score this excellent Instant Pot deal, although there is no telling how long the sale will run or how much inventory is left. This versatile workhorse kitchen appliance would be an ultimate gift for any Star Wars fan who also happens to love delicious food that tastes like it took hours but didn’t. This Yoda-fide Instant Pot ships for free but note that it’s a final sale, so no returns or exchanges.

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I mean, I don’t know what the competition is, but this has to be the most obvious kitchen appliance and classic movie collaboration in history. The Instant Pot Duo already looks like R2-D2, even without the hilarious paint job. Practicality meets whimsy in a pitch-perfect gift for the Star Wars fan on your list. As of now this model is only available for store pickup we’ll update this post should it become available for shipping.

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