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Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, but there are still plenty of holiday get-togethers in the months to come. Cooking elaborate meals can easily become a time-consuming affair (guests or no guests), but one bestselling kitchen appliance is a must-have for those who want to streamline their meal prep: the iconic Instant Pot.
Known for their set-it-and-forget-it convenience, the Instant Pot allows you to tackle a diverse range of foods with little effort, and can help take the work out of your dinners this season.
While many shoppers wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday to snap up an Instant Pot, Amazon's current deal of the day is giving you the chance to shop early. Right now, you can snag the Instant Pot Duo Nova for $91 — but only until midnight PST (3 a.m. EST).
While the Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker features a 6-quart capacity that’s ideal for soups and stews, this pressure cooker does so much more than you might expect. Not only is it a pressure cooker, but it also combines seven appliances in one: slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, food warmer, and yogurt maker.
The Instant Pot Duo Nova cooks food up to 70 per cent faster than traditional cooking methods, and even lets you cook meats directly from frozen.
For even more cooking tips and tricks, you can download the Instant Pot app, which is filled with more than one thousand recipes to get you started on your culinary adventure.
What shoppers are saying
This top-rated Instant Pot is a hit among Amazon shoppers, as it's earned more than 28,000 five-star reviews. It's also received an average 4.6-star rating, making this one kitchen appliance that's well worth the investment.
One shopper praised the Instant Pot Duo Nova for its "versatile, multi-faceted functionality" and "great capacity" that's large enough to cook meals for the entire family. They went on to add that it's "very reliable, safe and efficient," and has helped turn cooking into a "pleasurable activity."
"Can't live without it," reads one five-star review, while another added that it delivers "all that it promises."
Another reviewer raved about finally joining "the Instant Pot craze" after turning to their new pressure cooker "almost every day." Though they did note that the overall cooking and prep time is "not that much reduced," the Instant Pot's greatest advantage is being able to "walk away" while dinner is being made.
Other reviewers shared that there is also a learning curve when it comes to using the Instant Pot, and recommended looking up dedicated recipes online to help get the hang of things.
While an Instant Pot may require a bit of trial and error before you get the cooking methods down, it's a great tool to have on hand for busy weeknight dinners. You can set it and forget about it until the timer goes off, when you’ll end up with delicious and low-stress meals at home.
It also makes for a great holiday gift idea — especially since it's never too early to start planning ahead.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.