When we’re hearing about new and amazing things that cut down on our time in the kitchen, we can be easily swayed into making a purchase – sometimes before we even understand what it is exactly that we’re buying.

Instant Pots are all the rage these days, but here’s the truth: it can be intimidating to learn how to use a new piece of equipment that seems complicated, so you want to be sure that, if you’re going to shell out some serious cash, you get exactly what you want.

In the case of pressure cooker v. instant pot, there are a few things you should know before pulling the trigger on one or both.

The main differences between the two come down to usability, technology, and control.

The Instant Pot is widely considered to be safer to use than a pressure cooker, for starters, and now that we’re on generation four of the kitchen appliance phenom, most of the kinks have been worked out.

The Instant Pot also has digital controls, which makes it easier to understand for most people.

According to the Instant Pot’s description, you can use it to make “ribs, soups, beans, rice, poultry, yogurt, desserts, and more” around 6 times faster than any of those items’s standard cooking methods.

A pressure cooker is more antiquated, requires more skill to operate, and still comes with a higher risk level of explosion. They also can’t work well with as wide a range of foods and dishes, though they’re still widely used by experienced professionals.

If you’re not super savvy in the kitchen (or with electronics in general) the Instant Pot is probably for you, says chef Wesley S, a kitchen manager in Nashville, TN.

“It’s a really great piece of equipment.

I used to have a rice cooker and a pressure cooker, and now I just use the Instant Pot to schedule everything.”

Yes, we agree.

He says it cuts down on not only prep time, but kitchen clutter, as well.

“I like all of the different things it can do, and the Instant Pot being automated means I can work on prep-work elsewhere in the kitchen while setting something up to finish on its own.

It’s a really useful tool that makes my life easier.”

Things like this always come down to personal preference, but in my mind the Instant Pot is definitely winning the day.

What do you think? Love the instant pot or are you all about the pressure cooker?

Let us know in the comments!