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One (1) Year Limited Warranty


This One (1) Year Limited Warranty applies to purchases made from authorized retailers of Instant Brands Inc. (“Instant Brands”) by the original appliance owner and is not transferable.  Proof of original purchase date and, if requested by Instant Brands, return of your appliance, is required to obtain service under this Limited Warranty.  Provided the appliance was used in accordance with the use & care instructions, Instant Brands will, in its sole and exclusive discretion, either: (i) repair defects in materials or workmanship; or (ii) replace the appliance.  In the event that your appliance is replaced, the Limited Warranty on the replacement appliance will expire twelve (12) months from the date of receipt.  Failure to register your product will not reduce your warranty rights.  The liability of Instant Brands, if any, for any allegedly defective appliance or part will not exceed the purchase price of a comparable replacement appliance.  


  1. What is not covered by this warranty?
  2. Products purchased, used, or operated outside of the United States and Canada.
  3. Products that have been modified or attempted to be modified. 
  4. Damage resulting from accident, alteration, misuse, abuse, neglect, unreasonable use, use contrary to the operating instructions, normal wear and tear, commercial use, improper assembly, disassembly, failure to provide reasonable and necessary maintenance, fire, flood, acts of God, or repair by anyone unless directed by an Instant Brands representative.
  5. Use of unauthorized parts and accessories.
  6. Incidental and consequential damages.
  7. The cost of repair or replacement under these excluded circumstances. 




Some states or provinces do not allow for: (1) the exclusion of implied warranties of merchantability or fitness; (2) limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts; and/or (3) the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages; so these limitations may not apply to you.  In these states and provinces, you have only the implied warranties that are expressly required to be provided in accordance with applicable law.  The limitations of warranties, liability, and remedies apply to the maximum extent permitted by law.  This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state or province to province. 


Product Registration


Please visit to register your new Instant Brands™ appliance. Failure to register your product will not diminish your warranty rights. You will be asked to provide the store name, date of purchase, model number (found on the back of your appliance) and serial number (found on the bottom of your appliance) along with your name and email address. The registration will enable us to keep you up to date with product developments, recipes and contact you in the unlikely event of a product safety notification. By registering, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the instructions for use, and warnings set forth in the accompanying instructions.


Warranty Service


To obtain warranty service, please contact our Customer Care Department by phone at 1-800-828-7280 or by email to [email protected]  You can also create a support ticket online at  If we are unable to resolve the problem, you may be asked to send your appliance to the Service Department for quality inspection.  Instant Brands is not responsible for shipping costs related to warranty service. When returning your appliance, please include your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and proof of the original purchase date as well as a description of the problem you are encountering with the appliance.


June 15, 2021

Sizes of Instant Pot – What Size do you Need?

You’re ready to buy an Instant Pot but the sheer number of models and sizes can make it hard to decide which one to buy. Find out the Instant Pot size that’s just right for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. What is an Instant Pot?
  3. Sizes
  4. Sizes Available in each Model
  5. Specifications
  6. What Size Instant Pot do I Need?


When Instant Brands first came out with the Instant Pot multi-cooker, there were a handful of models so you didn’t have a lot of choices. In the years since that initial introduction, they’ve put out many new models and sizes and discontinued a few.

You’re probably here because you’ve decided you want a new Instant Pot and are having trouble deciding on a size. There are so many models and sizes of Instant Pot that it’s perfectly understandable why you might be confused.

In this article, I’ll tell you about all the Instant Pot sizes and the differences between them. To help you decide on which model to get, please read my guide on which Instant Pot to buy.

What is an Instant Pot?

Instant Pot is a multi-cooker from Instant Brands. A multi-cooker is an appliance that has many functions including pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, etc.

The functions that are offered in each model can vary. Some models have additional functions such as air fryer and/or sous vide. All these functions are also known as smart programs.

Also mistakenly referred to as Insta pot, Instant Pot has become so popular in recent years that the word Instant Pot is used as a generic name for pressure cookers of any brand.

Although the Instant Pot multicooker has many different functions, the most commonly used is the Pressure Cook function. Pressure cooking allows you to cook foods in a fraction of the time it would take in a pan or in an oven.

Instant Pot sizes

The Instant Pot comes in 4 different sizes: The 3 qt is the Instant Pot smallest size. The 6 qt is the most popular size, the 8 qt is the next size up and finally, the 10 qt is the Instant Pot largest size. The Instant Pot 5 qt model is no longer being manufactured.

The sizes that are available vary by model. For example, some models have a 10 quart available and some models only come in a 6 quart.

Some of the sizes (especially the 3 quart and 10 quart) don’t have all the features that the other sizes have. For example, the 10 quart doesn’t have the ability to prop the lid open. The 3 quart has fewer smart programs or functions than the larger sizes.

What sizes are available in each model?

Instant Brands is continuously introducing new models of the Instant Pot and discontinuing other models. I try to keep the information current but the information below is subject to change.


What are the specifications of each size?

The dimensions and specifications in the Instant Pot size chart below are courtesy of Instant Brands. Get more detailed information about Instant Pot dimensions, including inner pot dimensions, space required to store the Instant Pot and accessories that will fit the in each Instant Pot.

cooker lid
air fryer
3 Quart ** 11.4 x 10 x 11.2 _ 8.6 lbs
6 Quart ** 13 x 12.2 x 12.6 _ 14.8 lbs
8 Quart ** 14.8 x 13.3 x 14.2 _ 18 lbs
10 Quart 16. 8 x 15.3 x 16.3 _ 25 lbs
6 Quart
13.6 x 13.6 x 13 _ 23.6 lbs
or PRO
6 Quart
13 × 12.7 × 12.8 _ 13 lbs
or PRO
8 Quart
14.4 × 13.9 × 14.2 _ 15.8 lbs
6 Quart
13.6 x 13.6 x 13 13.6 x 13.6 x 14 19.6 lbs
8 Quart
14.8 x 13.6 x 14.2 14.8 x 13.6 x 15. 3 22.2 lbs
8 Quart
14.8 x 14.2 x 14.2 14.8 × 14.2 × 15.4 26.1 lbs

* Length x Width x Height in inches
** Includes most models, unless listed separately

What size Instant Pot do I need?

Below you’ll find out the pros and cons of each size and for whom each size is best.

3 Quart (Mini)

Best for:

  • One or two people with minimum to no leftovers.
  • Limited kitchen space e.g. dorm rooms and RVs.
  • Traveling or vacationing and you don’t want leftovers.
  • If you find that you’re halving recipes regularly.
  • Use as a second Instant Pot for those who already own a 6 or 8 quart. Bonus: the inner pot fits in the 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot so you can use it for Pot-in-Pot cooking.


  • Takes up much less room than the larger sizes.
  • Great for making side dishes when your larger Instant Pot is already being used for a main dish.
  • Portable and easy to lift.
  • Great for entertaining e.g. warming foods such as dips.
  • Good for making small quantities of food, such as yogurt or oatmeal.


  • Can’t fit larger pieces of food in the mini, such as corn on the cob, ribs, whole chicken, cheesecakes or a roast.
  • Can’t use the air fryer lid accessory with this size.
  • Difficult to do pot in pot cooking (eg. lasagna, cheesecake) due to the size. Accessories that fit into the mini are harder to find.
  • Some buttons that are on the 6 and 8 quart may be missing from the 3 quart. But this is not that big a deal because you can just use the Pressure Cook button instead.
  • Can be just as expensive as a 6 quart.
  • Recipes may need to be adjusted.

Most recipes are written with the 6 quart in mind. A 3 quart might require modification of some recipes including the quantity of liquid and the pressure cooking time. Minimum liquid requirement: 1 cup

6 Quart

Best for:

  • Anyone who has enough counter space.
  • Families of 3 to 5 people – the 6 qt. is the most popular size of Instant Pot and is a good fit for most families.
  • Smaller families who like having leftovers and easy meals for the next day.
  • Those who entertain often.


  • Takes up less room than the larger sizes.
  • Versatile size that meets most people’s needs.
  • The most popular size and most recipes are tested on 6 quarts, so you can usually follow a recipe without needing modifications.
  • You can use the air fryer lid accessory with this size.


  • It takes up more room than the 3 quart.
  • You can’t fit very large food such as a 6 lb chicken, large roast or ham.

I own numerous 6 quarts and love this size. For my family of five, this size is large enough to cook a whole meal with some leftovers. It’s the size I recommend for most people provided they have the space to store it. I keep mine on my countertop. Minimum liquid requirement: 1 1/2 cup

8 Quart

Best for:

  • Families or groups of 5 to 8 people.
  • Family of big eaters (aka growing teens!)
  • Those who entertain often.
  • Smaller families who like to have leftovers.
  • Meal prep and freezer meals.


  • May not need to buy new accessories since the diameter may accommodate regular sized dishes (about 8 inches) that you already own.
  • Great for making bone broth.
  • Will easily fit a whole chicken, multiple slabs of ribs or a large roast.
  • Can easily cook two dishes at once using pot in pot method (PIP) eg. jasmine rice on the bottom and red curry on top.
  • Great for freezer meals such as a large pot of chili.
  • The larger capacity allows you to sous vide more food.


  • As of now, you can’t use the air fryer lid accessory with this size (but you can purchase the Duo Crisp 8 quart which comes with an air fryer lid.)
  • I do find that cooking some foods in the 8 quart requires some modification of the recipe e.g. cooking rice using the pot in pot method.
  • This size is quite a bit bulkier and heavier than the 6 quart size. This is especially true with the models that have an air fryer lid.
  • The cord is not detachable as it is with many 3 quart and 6 quart models.

I own an 8 quart and I find it’s most useful when I want to double or triple a recipe. It also comes in handy when I’m cooking for guests or during the holidays. It easily fits larger food like a whole chicken or roast. If you’re debating between a 6 quart and 8 quart and you’re cooking for 5 or more, you may want to go with the 8 quart. Minimum liquid requirement: 2 cups

10 Quart

Best for:

  • Large families of 9 or more, entertaining large groups.
  • Batch cooking – great for large meal prep or freezer meals.
  • Large pieces of meat such as whole chicken.
  • If you’ll frequently cook using the Pot in Pot method. You’ll find this to be a great size because it accommodates larger pans.


  • Has a very large capacity and accommodates a large whole chicken or a smaller turkey, large ham or roast, whole chicken or turkey, a full-size cheesecake, multiple racks of ribs.


  • Very heavy!
  • Takes longer to come to pressure due to the increased capacity.
  • It’s only available with the Instant Pot Duo Nova model. The Duo Nova 10 quart model may be discontinued. No word yet on a replacement model.
  • The lid cannot be propped open like with the other sizes.
  • Spare parts aren’t easily available because it’s a rare size.
  • There aren’t any special accessories for this size Instant Pot, including trivets. You need to use 8 quart accessories.

Most Instant Pot recipes are written with the 6 quart in mind so you will need to tweak recipes for the 10 quart since it requires more liquid. Getting this size for everyday needs for a smaller family may be excessive. Minimum liquid requirement: 2 1/2 cups

The Bottom Line

  • The 3 quart is right for you If you’re short on space and only cooking for 1 or 2 people or you want an extra Instant Pot.
  • The 6 quart is best if you’re cooking for 5 people or fewer or you want to be able to follow online recipes without having to modify them too much.
  • The 8 quart will work for you if you have a family of 6 to 8 people.
  • The 10 quart is for you if you are cooking for very large groups.
  • If you’re looking to do meal prep or freeze, buy one size up. You can always make a lesser quantity in a larger size Instant Pot but you can’t make more in a smaller capacity Instant Pot.

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    190 mm.

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    230 mm.

  • Material

  • 4 liters

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Roman pot, 4L (Roman pots and molds)

  • Natural clay – Roman pot made of correctly fired clay. The porous surface allows baking in a steam atmosphere. Food prepared in this way is very beneficial to health.
  • For vegetables, meat, fish, bread or cake – is a versatile container that can be used to cook one-component dishes, meat, fish, and bake delicious crispy bread or fragrant yeast cake.
  • Weight Watchers – Pan frying does not require the addition of fat, which is an excellent choice for all dieters.
  • The unique taste of food – dishes cooked in a Roman pot are juicy, aromatic, and the added vegetables do not lose their color.
  • Supplied with a lid – the pan is sold with a lid. Frying under the lid ensures that vitamins and minerals remain in the finished dish.

4L Roman pot is an excellent choice for health conscious people. This is a vessel made of natural clay, in which you can cook a variety of dishes, ranging from fried vegetables or meat, tender fish to bread. Such a pot is suitable for meat and vegetarian dishes, as well as for dishes of various cuisines, such as Georgian or Hungarian.

Due to the pores in the clay surface, the pot absorbs water, which, when heated, is released in the form of steam. Dishes prepared in this way retain most of the vitamins, are extremely aromatic and have a unique taste that cannot be obtained when cooked in ordinary dishes. Baked dishes are juicy, despite the fact that they are baked without adding fat.

The Roman Pot is easy to use and clean, just remember a few tips below.

How to use:

Before each use, the pot should be soaked in water for 10-15 minutes. The pot is soaked along with the lid. Then it should be placed in a cold oven. To get a crispy crust, remove the lid of the pot 10 minutes before the end of baking.
– Before baking bread, brush the pot with butter or coconut oil and sprinkle with breadcrumbs or flour to easily remove the baked loaf.
– Do not place the pot directly on a burning gas or hot electric stove burner.
– The Roman pot must not be exposed to sudden changes in temperature.
– Do not pour cold water into a heated pot.
– The recommended maximum temperature for roasting in Roman pots is 200°C.
– The pot is designed for use in gas and electric ovens.

Washing and cleaning:

After use, the cooled pot should be wetted several times with warm water, then washed with a sponge or soft brush. Stronger dirt can be washed off with baking soda. From time to time it is recommended to boil the pot in water with vinegar to neutralize odors. Do not wash the pot in the dishwasher.