If you're new to Instant Pots, welcome! It's basically a countertop device, with a metal pot and heating element inside, and a special lid that works with a computer to create or release pressure inside. It's kind of like if a pressure cooker and a crockpot had a very precious baby. When they say it's nine appliances in one, they're not kidding: it's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, egg cooker, and sauté-cooker, with sous vide capabilities and sterilizer capabilities.
Both the pot and the lid are dishwasher safe and easy to clean that way or by hand (I've done both; I hate hand-washing but it's really not bad). The handle on the top, locking lid, and detachable cord make it easy to travel with.
I have reassuring news in case you're leery because of how dangerous traditional pressure cookers can be: the Instant Pot has a number of features, including auto-lock and smart pressure regulation, to keep you safe. I have used mine several hundred times, without any issues whatsoever. You can't open it while it's pressurized, and if something goes haywire like it gets bumped or dropped, it stays locked and de-pressurizes until it's safe to open it back up. It's safer than using a stovetop, toaster oven, crockpot, or air fryer.
Promising review: "I became curious about Instant Pot after watching a lot of videos on how easy it is to cook with them. Then I finally stumbled onto this link. For the right price, I decided to buy it, and it's the best decision I've ever made. As soon as I got it, I used it and the food came out nicely. Cleaning is easy too!" —Pops
Price: $59 (originally $99)
Want some ideas how to use your new wonder-device Check out this great BuzzFeed article with ~40~ easy Instant Pot recipes!