Welcome to Instant Pot vs Slow Cooker – should you have both? With all the hype of the Instant Pot do you still need a slow cooker or should you just rely on one machine for everything?
I see a lot of discussion about this online. Whether the Instant Pot should be the lone kitchen gadget in your kitchen or whether or not you should have other gadgets too.
Lets start with the kitchen gadgets that I personally have in my kitchen right now:
- 2 Slow Cookers
- 1 Instant Pot
- 1 Ice Cream Maker
- 2 Juicers
- 1 Blender
- 1 Food Processor
- 1 Hand Mixer
- 1 Soup Maker
- 1 Spiralizer
- 1 Dutch Oven
- 1 Airfryer
I know. I know. That is a lot of kitchen gadgets isn’t it? Plus it doesn’t actually include the accessories that I have for my Instant Pot or for my Philips Airfryer as I have a lot of those!
And I am trying to rack my brains and I am sure that I am missing some gadgets there. But they are our main ones and we love each one of them as if it is family.
If I wasn’t a food blogger I would probably have less and I am sure if I was living in a motorhome or a very small apartment that there would be a lot less. But for the average family this is the perfect amount.
But yet many of us out there are considering selling their slow cookers or not getting them at all and just sticking with the Instant Pot.
Instant Pot vs Slow Cooker
There is a lot of things that people cooked in the slow cooker but they now know that they can do quicker in the Instant Pot.
- Spare Ribs
- Whole Chicken
- Whole Butternut Squash
- Chicken Wings
- Roast Beef
- Pulled Pork
But some people just prefer them in the slow cooker and prefer the way they taste. For example food can lose its flavour pressure cooked so requires more seasoning. Others like to go out to work knowing that the dinner is slow cooking and will be ready when they get home.
Another issue is the fact that out of all the Instant Pot functions the one that seems to fail is always the slow cooker. I have owned slow cookers for 13 years and in that entire time I have never had a meal not cook. I would put it on in the morning and it would always be done in the evening.
However when I used the slow cook function on the Instant Pot 2 out of every 3 meals would be a failure. Then I would have to change it to a different pressure cooker function to finish it off. It would then make me feel like a complete failure because I failed to finish the meal.
And it seems I am not the only one as I see this as a regular complaint online.
2 Slow Cookers & An Instant Pot
I have 2 slow cookers and an Instant Pot and I am sure that will be my set up for a long time. The biggest reason for this is the ability to cook a whole range of meals. Or as a fellow food blogger pointed out to me “You must keep them just for Thanksgiving”.
Which is so true.
If you started throwing away (or selling slow cookers) then how are you going to cook all your different Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter side dishes?
I like the idea that you can be cooking your roast turkey in the oven, stuffing in one slow cooker, dessert in the other slow cooker and then steaming the vegetables in your Instant Pot.
They all work together in partnership and make family cooking so easy to achieve. You don’t have to slave away like our grandparents did and watch your Netflix in between cooking up delicious food.
Is It Frugal To Have Both?
Absolutely! They both have different uses and do different types of cooking. One can be used for your side dishes where as the other for your main meal. They can be parked next to each other on your worktop and make cooking very easy.
We actually have 3 kitchen gadgets out all the time that we use for our day to day cooking. We have our Airfryer, Instant Pot and our Slow Cooker. These are the 3 that if you are on a budget that we highly recommend that you own.
Plus you would be surprised by how much weight you will lose by cooking in them. They all naturally use less fat to cook with thus your calorie consumption will go down. Well that is as long as you stay away from our Instant Pot Cheesecake recipes as they can be lethal for the waistline!
What Is An Instant Pot?
Well I am sure you will have heard of the slow cooker, after all when we got ours in 2004 it was already 15 years old. And I dread to think when they first became available for sale.
But the Instant Pot is still very new to the market and many people still don’t know what they are.
Well in a nutshell the Instant Pot to the electric pressure cooker is what the Crockpot is to the Slow Cooker……they are basically just the hyped brand of the product.
But the Instant Pot can do a lot and has a lot of different easy to use settings to choose from. So here is an infographic that explains it better:
So there you go. That’s what an Instant Pot does. So if you are new to it or can’t decide which one to have, then try both. Don’t sell your slow cooker and instead have them running side by side. One for sides, one for meat and mix and match. Plus for afters on a Sunday remember that both make fantastic desserts.
Buy The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
If you’ve not got one already, then I highly recommend that you purchase the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. We have the 7 in 1 Duo and it has been used in every single pressure cooker recipe that we have here on RecipeThis.com.
Buy The Slow Cooker
If you’ve not got a slow cooker then we recommend that you buy one. Its always a good idea to have a heavy duty 6 litre version. We have a 6.5 Litre one and it is perfect for cooking full meals, snacks, desserts and so much more. It gets the most use at this time of the year when it is super hot and we don’t want the oven or the pressure cooker warming up our house.