Instant Pot IP-DUO50 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 5Qt/900W $88.42 instead of $230 (60% off) Amazon 
This one makes yogurt... never seen one this low

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alright price, but not a lot off.  This is regularly around $100, not $230. IMO, you're better off waiting for next deal on the 6 quart model (DUO60). That one's been as low as $67.50 and $69 at times in the past, and $79 a number more times, so probably will be again.

Amazon has become almost criminal in their use of so-called list prices.

Instant Pot?


I'd saw this deal is NOT hot at all.   A 6 quart version can be easily found at $90 any day. If you get a 5 qt, you'll regret it and wish you got the 6 qt in no time, even if you only use it for 1 person. I'm on the IP forum and lots of people even have an 8 qt.

If you want to save some money, you can get the LUX model - which only has high pressure.

The DUO model is a bit more expensive but has both high and low pressure.  Low pressure is needed for yogurt - so if you don't care about making yogurt, the LUX will work fine.

mmyk72 has a good point in terms of capacity.
bear in mid that the size is based on the capacity of the pot itself. it does not mean that the full amount is usable.
a good third or so of the capacity is needed to generate the pressure. A six quart model has a usable amount of about four quarts.
A five quart probably has about 3 and a half quarts usable capacity. This is enough for one or two meals for a family of 4. It's so easy to use that you don't need to cook in it for the whole week.
As far as people on the web choosing an 8 qt model, that may or may not be best for your lifestyle.

Yes, the lux has only high pressure, but that does NOT mean having low pressure isn't useful too.
The idea of a pressure cooker is that water boils at differnt temperatures at differnt pressures. Because water is mostly of what food, or the cooking medium (broth, water, wine, beer, etc) is made of, it can't reach above that temp.

despite the way these are advertised by the "other" electric pot infomercial, pressure cooking does NOT work by forcing the flavor in to the food. It cooks by allowing higher temperature. If you choose a DUO model instead of the LUX model, what you're really doing is choosing a model that between one or two cooking temperatures or choosing between two cooking times.

Water boils at 212 at sea level. It boils at lower temperature at higher altitudes which is why when you're in the mountains, food takes longer to cook and is not as flavorful because the temperature and length of time changes the cooking process.

MMYK72 has a very good point.
IF you only want one temp/time, then choose the LUX. As MMYK pointed out, it will save you money, and that's part of what fatwallet is about.
However IF you want the flexibility of choosing how you cook, then the DOU model is also a good choice. It may provide a better value for some of us, and that also is what fatwallet is about.

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