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Instant Pot’s pressure cooker is regarded as one of the most innovative, yet easy-to-use kitchen appliances. It can pressure cook, bake, sauté, slow cook and more. However, in order to air fry, users need to swap out the traditional lid for Instant Pot’s air fryer lid or make the switch to the brand’s air fryer, also called the Instant Vortex.
Shop: Instant Vortex 4-In-1 Air Fryer, $99 (Orig. $200)
To compare the two models, the standard Instant Vortex has four different functions: air fry, bake, roast and reheat. The Instant Vortex Plus, however, has six functions: air fryer, bake, roast, reheat, broil and dehydrate foods. Both models have quick-touch buttons for using each function and have 6-quart baskets for cooking, which are large enough to hold a 2-pound bag of french fries or a 4-pound chicken.
Shop: Instant Vortex Plus, $99.99 (Orig. $240)
With that said, the Instant Vortex Plus is the better deal here. For the same price, you can get two extra functions without taking up any extra space on your kitchen counter. Additionally, Amazon reviewers give the Instant Vortex Plus 4.4 out of 5 stars and call it a “very sturdy, high-quality basket air fryer.”
“I’m incredibly happy with it,” wrote one Amazon reviewer. “Instant vortex feels and looks much higher quality and was only slightly more expensive than the Yedi (came across it on sale!!). It’s easy to use and has nice features such as the reminder to shake or turn over your food if distracted while cooking.”
Of course, if you already have an Instant Pot and just want to add the air frying function, the Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid is also on sale for $75 off, making it only $65.
Shop: Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid, $64.95 ($140)
If you enjoyed reading this article, In The Know also covered the Ninja Foodi Grill, which is an indoor grill and air fryer in one.
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