The Instant Pot Company recently released an adorable little 3 quart pressure cooker, and they sent me the Instant Pot Mini to review! The new Instant Pot Duo Mini is perfect for small families, college students and traveling.
The new little 3 quart pressure cooker, officially a Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, arrived at my door a few weeks ago. It’s been on my counter ever since.
The Mini is such a cute little size, but it can do almost everything the bigger 6 quart Duo can do. It doesn’t have some of the pre-set buttons the bigger Duo has, but if you’re like me, you rarely use the multigrain, sterilize, cake, and egg buttons. All those things can be done / cooked using the Pressure Cook button.
The Instant Pot Company is advertising the Mini as, “the ideal companion to the Instant Pot Duo. Perfect for smaller families or to make a small dish for two, side dish or while traveling such as camping, traveling by RV, boating, sailing, hotel excursions.”
I couldn’t agree more. It’s great for all those uses and much of your everyday cooking. But if you want to cook a whole chicken, a big pot of soup, or are having company for dinner, the mini would be too small.
Above is a comparison photo of the Mini cooking pot on the left and the Duo Plus cooking pot on the right.
The Mini was the perfect size for most of my needs. I used it to cook my breakfast farro several mornings, rice for dinner several nights, and corn on the cob for lunch one day. I used the same time I would have used with my 6 quart, and all recipes came out perfectly.
The Mini comes with a cute little rack, a rice cup, a rice paddle and a soup spoon. My daughter especially likes the rice paddle for stirring and serving rice.
The design of the sealing ring on the Mini is a little bit different due to the size and smaller curvature of the lid. The new sealing ring provides for better flow of the steam for the small sized Mini.
There’s a little button on the rim of the Mini that pushes down when the lid closes. I understand this is a safety mechanism on the 8 quart Duo as well.
If you have limited space, the Mini is a great option. Also, the lower cost of the Mini makes it a more affordable option for gift giving or adding that second pressure cooker you’ve been wanting. I know I’ve loved having it.
Disclosure: I was sent an Instant Pot Duo Mini to review, but all opinions expressed are always my own.