My Urthbox Review & Unboxing – A Good Gift for 2018?

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OK, I have to be honest. As a frugal vegan, I've never been much for the idea of a food subscription box. My inclination is to live off dirt cheap foods like dried beans and frozen spinach. However, the culinary explorer inside of me decided to give Urthbox a try.

Being already skeptical, I was expecting the whole thing to be kind of boring. However, this was probably one of the most fun reviews I've written to date.

If you don't want to read the entire review, here's the bottom line:

Main Reason Why I Liked It: I loved being able to try the wide variety of snacks that Urthbox provided. Many of the products inside of the box actually inspired me to go out and create similar, cheaper, and healthier versions of the snacks. 

Most of the products I had never seen, so the novelty and different flavors were quite exciting. I think it's worth getting a few boxes for some inspiration and to see just how much different vegan stuff is out there. It would also make an excellent gift for someone who loves to graze / snack.

Main Complaints: Well, I don't think there's much to not like per se, but I think the cost could be a little bit less (I didn't use a coupon code though). Additionally, I would have liked to see more healthier snacks in the box.

Some of the snacks were made with clean, healthy ingredients. However, a lot of others seemed to be more like candy or somewhere in the middle between healthy food and junk food. Not to say that these snacks didn't taste good, but I don't like seeing the word healthy thrown around haphazardly.

Keep reading for a more in depth review of all the products and costs associated with our vegan Urthbox! 

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How Does Urthbox Work?

Urthbox isn't a completely vegan company, but I was able to choose a vegan box from their selection. Depending on which size you choose, they will send you a selection of up to 30 unique curated snacks and even beverages. 

You have a bunch of different options to choose from:

Mini: This box includes 6+ snacks
Small: This box includes 12+ snacks
Medium: This box includes 18+ snacks
Large: This box includes 25+ snacks

From there, you get to choose if you want to do it for one month, three months, or six months. As you might imagine, the longer you sign up for the Urthbox, the more money you save. 

From there, you can pick from four options: Classic, Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Diet.

So what did I pick for this review?
Well, since I'm vegan, naturally I decided to go with the vegan subscription box. Because I don't snack that often and was also doing this as a bit of a sample run, I decided to go with the Small box which included 12+ items. As you'll see in the full review, the entire thing came with 13 snacks.

What Was Inside and How Was It?

We ordered the Small Vegan Urthbox to test it out which came with 12+ snacks. The picture below is all of the stuff that came inside it, neatly stacked for your viewing pleasure. Obviously, they wouldn't be able to ship it like that!

I have to admit that the unboxing process was pretty cool. I've always scoffed at the idea of unboxing, being that it's such a big trend. But I must confess, I had fun opening the box and sorting through all the products. It was almost like being a kid in a candy store!

All of the items we got in our Urthbox

On an individual basis, most of the products were pretty cool. Let's take a deeper dive into what they were and how they tasted:

1. Nuttee Bean Co. Wasabi and Ginger Fava Beans

Praises: These lightly roasted fava beans were really tasty and make a great snack. As a huge sushi fan, it's hard to find the wasabi and ginger flavor profile outside of a Japense restaurant. It was nice that Nuttee and Bean Co. decided to put it onto fava beans! The wasabi in these is really powerful and the ginger was a bit more subtle. I was experiencing a bit of a cold and they cleared up my sinuses, which was nice. It was also really cool that the product included a resealable pouch.

Cons: I think that the ginger flavor could have been a bit more prominent. Also, because I try to stay away from oil, especially when snacking, I think they could have gotten away with more of a dry roast or at least cut the oil in half. They aren't overly greasy or oily or anything, but this is just a personal preference.

Overall Rating: 8/10

2. Nuttee Bean Co. Wasabi and Ginger Fava Beans

Praises: I've had peanut butter powder before, and I think it's great! This wasn't much different than other brands I've had in the past, but I suppose that is to be expected. I ended up sprinkling mine on some oatmeal along with some cocoa powder and it was almost like a peanut butter cup!

One of the reasons why I liked getting Urthbox was because it gives you a chance to try stuff like this. Had I not tried peanut butter powder in the past, this would have made me aware that I should go buy some.

Cons: Wish the packaging was a bit bigger. It's quite a small pouch and would like to have seen at least a few more servings.

Overall Rating: 9/10

3. Nutiva Organic Hazlenut Spread

Praises: This was delicious and is going to quickly make it to our best vegan Nutella alternatives list! The flavor was very nostalgic and brought me back to my Nutella eating days.

Cons: It's a mild criticism, but I thought the flavor was a bit too sweet. The package does say it was 40% less sugar, but when compared to original Nutella, I felt it was a bit less creamy and a bit more sweet. ​

Overall Rating: 8/10

4. Prince of Peace Ginger Chews

Praises: OK, I'm not really a huge fan of chewy candy, but these are delicious! They were great because they were not overly sweet and had a spicy little ginger kick at the end. Much like the pickled ginger at Japanese restaurants, it was a big palette cleanser. I wouldn't mind eating these between different courses to help get my mouth ready for new flavors.

There was also a ton of them in the package! I'll be snacking on these for a while.

Cons: Not many negative things to say. It's not exactly a "healthy" snack, but that's not what the product is intended to be.

Overall Rating: 10/10

5. Whole Cuts Sea Salt and Vinegar

Praises: These chips or fries (not sure what to call them) were DELICIOUS with a capital D. The vinegar flavor was yummy and tangy. Not too overpowering, but just enough to really bring out the flavor in the potato. The idea for a fry and chip hybrid is genius! It's a texture that's new and exciting. As someone who has potato chips as a guilty pleasure, these get my highest level of praise.

Cons: Not the healthiest snack, but again, I can't fault the product for that. They made something truly delicious.

Overall Rating: 10/10

6. Spinach and Matcha Kettle Chips

Praises: The flavor of these was good, but in a weird way. I wasn't sure if it was trying to be sweet or salty. Matcha is a really difficult flavor to describe, and I think you have to try it to know if you love it or hate it. Overall I did like the flavor of these chips, though.

Cons: I would have liked to try another one of Vegan Rob's products after having a look at their website. Their asparagus chips seem to be more whole-foods based and I thought would have been a healthier option for the Urthbox.

Overall Rating: 7/10

6. Fuigees Orange Carrot Fruit Snack

Praises: This did not taste how I expected. After having opened the package I thought it was going to be a juice, but it was actually something between a liquid and a fruit snack. You open up the package and suck the little straw at the top. Rather than being a juice, it was actually very thick, kind of like jello. Let's just say it was interesting, but it wasn't something that I completely jived with.

Cons: The texture was too strong and the texture wasn't something that I liked. This was probably just my personal preference, but I'd rather something just be a juice or a fruit snack. I don't think I'd want something in the middle.

​Some people might love this snack, but it just wasn't really for me. I also think that it would have been better if it was served cold, perhaps in a single serve cup rather in this container.

Overall Rating: 5/10

7. SunRype Fruit to Go Apple Raspberry Bar

Praises: As a pretty basic fruit strip, I liked it. It tasted good, the texture was nice and sticky and I wouldn't mind eating one again. There isn't too much to say about it.

Cons: Nothing too exciting. It was just a bit simple and basic. Wouldn't have minded a more interesting flavor.

Overall Rating:

8. Piroucrisp Tea Biscuits

Pros: These tasted REALLY good.  I quite enjoyed them with a cup of tea. It reminded me of being in Europe where they give you a biscuit whenever you order coffee or tea at a cafe. Such practices aren't typical in America and so I found enjoying these biscuits to be quite a nostalgic and enjoyable experience.

The biscuits themselves actually looked really cool too, check them out:

Cons: Not really anything close to a healthy snack. Not sure why it was in the Urthbox. But again, it was REALLY good.

Overall Rating: 9/10

9. Beet It Sport Bar

Praises: To be honest, I was expecting this to taste a bit weird. I also am not really a fan of these types of energy bars. However, I was actually pleasantly surprised! The flavors were a combination of fruity and oat-y and the texture was rather pleasant. It also had a bit of a "homemade" vibe which I quite enjoyed.

Beets are all of the rage because of their potential performance enhancing capabilities. Studies have shown that they can help you get greater performance with less oxygen. I didn't do any athletic activities after consuming the bar, but I can vouch for beet juice itself! Perhaps next time I'll try this bar before a work out.

Cons: Nothing bad to say about this one.

Overall Rating: 9/10

10. Pink Lady Apple Barley Plus Bar

Praises: This bar was OK. I liked the different textures of the nuts, seeds, and barley flakes. The flavor was Chai Spice which was kind of unique, but not unique enough to really make my taste buds go "wow!".

Cons: To me, this tasted like a bunch of other bars that I have tried in the past. I'm not sure which ones, but I swear I've had a bunch of them that taste just like this. Again, it was OK, but not something that I'm going to write home about.

Overall Rating: 6/10

11. Ground-Based Superfood Protein

Praises: Wow, finally a vegan protein powder that isn't completely chalky. Although the package showed the final smoothie as green, I just made it with some soy milk and some ice cubes and it came out more white. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing though. The flavor was mild with just enough vanilla. It was cool and refreshing and didn't taste like you were drinking a bunch of greens or a kale shake. I'm probably going to end up buying a tub of this stuff!

Cons: Nothing bad to say, this protein powder was awesome.

12. Keen One Quinoa Cup

Praises: This was definitely my favorite product in the entire Urthbox! It was super healthy and tasted even better than an instant ramen, in my opinion! It was basically a noodle cup that I poured water into and stuck into the microwave. After a few minutes of eating and letting it sit, it was a flavorful quinoa bowl that was ready to eat. It had whole veggies that hydrated in the cooking process.

Cons: No Cons, LOVED this product.

Overall Rating: 10/10

Price Breakdown

Out of curiosity, I did an internet search to find out what all of the products would cost if I bought them individually. Because many of them are sold in bigger bulk, it was difficult to get a picture that was 100% accurate. To make up for the difference, I would take the bulk price and divide by amount of units. Also keep in mind that prices vary all the time, so this may not be 100% accurate at the time of reading:

Keen One Quinoa Cup: $4.30
Ground-Based Superfood Protein: $2.42
Pink Lady Apple Barley Plus: $1.16
Beet It Sports Bar: $1.99
Piroucrisp Tea Biscuits: $2.00*
SunRype Fruit to Go: $0.80
Fuigees Orange Carrot Fruit Snack: $1.89
Spinach and Matcha Kettle Chips: $2.99
Whole Cuts Sea Salt and Vinegar: $2.15
Price of Peace Ginger Chews: $2.76
Nutiva Organic Hazlenut Spread: $1.30
100% Peanut Powder by Sure PB Packet: $1.24
Wasabi and Ginger Fava Beans: $1.50

Total Cost: $26.50* 
What I Paid for the Urthbox: $29.99* (I didn't use a coupon code)

If you try it, be sure to use our link so you can save the $10!

*Keep in mind that these numbers don't include shipping and all of the prices were gathered from online retailers. If you consider that Urthbox gives them to you individually rather than buying in bulk (without paying extra shipping), it definitely comes out to be a better deal than buying them separately.

Additionally, you can save $10 by using our promotional link so you'd definitely be getting a good deal on your first box.

Finally, if you love Urthbox and use their points system, you can start making it even more cost-effective.

Was it Actually Healthy?

Urthbox is marketed as a "healthy" snack box and we found that some of the snacks weren't exactly healthy. Things like the ginger chews, the tea biscuits and some of the bars had a lot of added sugar and just aren't what I would consider to be a healthy snack. As you can see by our feedback, most of them were good taste-wise, though.

That's not to say that all of the snacks were this way. The things like the Keen One Cup and Superfood Protein Blend was more of what I expected when trying out a healthy snack box.

It's also not to say that the other snacks were on the same level as a candy bar. It just wasn't the level of healthfulness that I might have expected.

Overall, everything in the box was a nice snack, but I'd like to see more of of the really health conscious snacks in future boxes that don't have much added sugar or refined oils.

This would be our #1 con of the box.

Customer Service Feedback

As with any subscription box service, you need to understand their terms carefully and be mindful of the fact that you've joined something that has recurring charges. Many people (including myself) accidentally let their subscription run longer than they want and then got another box that they weren't expecting. This can be really frustrating, but comes with the territory of any subscription service.

The best thing to is to mark it on your calendar, or even better, set a reminder on your phone before when the next charge is going to be. That way you remember to cancel it before paying for something you don't want.

Anyway, my interaction with the customer service team was brief and uneventful. When I signed up for the first box I had contacted them because I was unsure if it was going to be recurring. The representative explained to me when I would be billed again. It was all pretty standard and brief.

If you're mindful of the fact that you're signing up for a recurring service and cancel it when you no longer want it, then there shouldn't be any issues.

Many people online had complaints about their customer service, likely because they forgot to cancel once they stopped wanting it, but our experience was just fine.

Here's the conversations I had with them:


Since we are a subscription company, all of our orders will auto-renew. Any time a new order is placed in one month, it ships out for the first time mid month the following month. Since you ordered in August your first box will ship out mid September therefore your renewal date isn't until October 1st and will have time to receive your first box and try out our products before deciding if you would like to renew or cancel.

You are on a monthly subscription so you're set to renew for a month on October 1st! You can cancel this auto-renewal at any time before your renewal date with customer service at [email protected] or 888-959-8277. Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns. 

Thank you!

As I mentioned, I forgot to cancel it and let it run for a month longer than I wanted. I e-mailed their customer service team and they were quick to respond and get it taken care of.


Not a problem at all, I went ahead and cancelled your subscription moving forward. October will be the last box you receive. If you decide to come back to us (and we hope you do!) your account will remain active for any future orders you would like to make.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can assist you with!


Overall, I think Urthbox is great for the person who likes to snack. This is especially true for new vegans who aren't fully aware of all of the neat stuff there is out there to try.

Even though I was skeptical of subscription boxes at first, I have to say that the experience of un-boxing, unwrapping, and trying everything was really fun! I'm definitely going to be trying another subscription box real soon and may even get another Urthbox down the line.

9 Epic Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbooks (Save Time and Eat Healthy!)

vegan slow cooker chili

As we always say, being vegan doesn't have to be complicated, time consuming, or expensive. When it comes to saving time, money, and keeping things simple in the kitchen, using a slow cooker is second to none. You simply throw everything in a pot, cover the lid, and forget about it! If you're thinking about taking your cooking to the next level in the simplest way possible then you'll enjoy our top picks for the best vegan slow cooker cookbooks.

The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook: 100 Easy, Healthy Recipes That Are Ready When You Are by Toni Okamoto 

Toni Okamoto is the author of The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook and co-author of The Friendly Vegan Cookbook. Okamoto can also be seen on the FOX affiliate in Sacramento as well as in the documentary What The Health. She is also the founder of Plant Based on a Budget, a website and blog that teaches readers how to eat healthier while saving money. Okamoto’s work has been featured in Reader’s Digest and US News and World Report. 

The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook: 100 Easy, Healthy Recipes That Are Ready When You Are

Super Easy Vegan Slow cooker Cookbook provides simple, easy to make recipes for those who don't want the hassle of using multiple cooking instruments. While simple, these recipes are still healthy and full of flavor. This book contains recipes such as:

  • Shiitake mushroom soup
  • Ratatoullie
  • Quinoa curry
  • Spicy tomato lentil soup
  • Mango chutney

Additionally, you can make "fancy" dishes such as delicious ratatouille in just one pot, easily. For the perfect mix of sweet and savory, try the mango chutney. For strong flavors with a little bit of fire, the quinoa curry is the perfect healthy and easy to make option.

Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes by Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson has written over 20 cookbooks, including a few bestsellers. Robertson wrote The Global Vegan column for VegNews and was a columnist and editor for The Vegetarian Times, as well as writing articles for many other magazines. Robertson enjoys teaching exotic plant-based recipes as well as old family vegan recipes. 

Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes

This book shows practical recipes to use for many different kinds of slow cookers. This book boasts enticing flavors and ingredients while remaining convenient for those using the recipes. Some of those recipes include:

  • Baked potato soup
  • Peach and dried blueberry chutney
  • Lasagna primavera
  • Chocolate peanut butter cheesecake
  • Mexican hot chocolate

What could beat a smooth, creamy cheesecake that is both vegan and gluten free? The only thing that might be able to beat it is an exquisite, hearty baked potato soup. It's hard to compare the two, but they both somehow hit the spot on a cool fall evening.

Vegan Slow Cooker for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started 

This book is perfect for someone who is always busy and doesn't have the time to spend hours cooking. Vegan Slow Cooker For Beginners provides easy to understand recipes for those who are inexperienced. It also includes tips for buying the right slow cooker for your schedule and lifestyle.

Vegan Slow Cooker for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started

We would actually recommend a multi-cooker though, as it can function as both a slow cooker and pressure cooker.

Here are some of the recipes included in this book:

  • Coconutty oats
  • Asian potato salad
  • Classic apple cobbler
  • Bean and penne soup
  • Cajun style kidney beans and rice

The cajun beans and rice is a nice, new spin on a classic vegan dish. The cajun seasonings give it great flavor and elevates the dish to a whole new level.

The Vegan Slow Cooker: Simply Set It and Go with 150 Recipes for Intensely Flavorful, Fuss-Free Fare Everyone (Vegan or Not!) Will Devour by Kathy Hester 

Kathy Hester is the founder of the popular blog Healthy Slow Cooking, and has had her recipes featured on sites such as The Washington Post, and The Oregonian. Hester focuses a lot on recipes for slow cookers specifically, and is a target of admiration by many home cooks. Hester has worked on titles including The Great Vegan Bean Book and The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot. 

The Vegan Slow Cooker: Simply Set It and Go with 150 Recipes for Intensely Flavorful, Fuss-Free Fare Everyone (Vegan or Not!) Will Devour

This book aims to give people simple recipes with little preparation required. Though easy to make, these recipes are not lacking in flavor or in nutritional value. This cookbook doesn't cater to one specific taste, in it you will find many vastly different recipes, including:

  • Acorn squash stuffed with cranberry pecan rice
  • Apple sage sausage
  • Braised chick'n and olives
  • Earl grey poached pears
  • Delicate squash and pear soup

The stuffed acorn squash has got everything you could ask for. The squash has a sweet nuttiness about it that is only brought out more by the cranberry pecan rice. It is definitely delicious enough to impress even meat eaters, but if you want to really wow them, the apple sage sausage is how to do it. The sage is not overpowering, it is just a subtle hint, and the sausage is delicious enough that it might be mistaken for the real thing.

Vegan Slow Cooker: Top 45 Inexpensive Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes by Marie Richler 

Marie Richler is passionate about the vegan lifestyle, and bringing people easy to make and affordable recipes. She wants to help people eat healthy without breaking the bank. Richler focuses mainly on recipes for slow cookers that can be quickly prepared.

Vegan Slow Cooker: Top 45 Inexpensive Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes-Life is Simpler And Healthier With No Meat! (Vegan Slow Cooker, Vegan Slow Cooker ... Recipes, Vegan, Vegan Diet, Vegan Cookbook)

This book brings readers affordable, new ways to make tasty foods. It is designed for those who don't have time to fiddle around with multiple cooking utensils and dishes. These recipes can be put in a slow cooker and left to cook all day while you're out and about. It contains recipes such as:

  • Sun dried tomato and olive polenta
  • Vegan dumpling stew
  • Curried cauliflower
  • Wasabi barbeque chickpeas
  • Tomato basil soup

For a filling stew for the whole family, look no further than the savory dumpling stew. For a snack that packs a punch, the wasabi barbeque chickpeas is one of the best things out there. Although the sun dried tomato and olive polenta isn't spicy, it also makes a great snack.

The Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook: 38 Easy To Prepare Vegan Recipes For Your Slow Cooker by Martha Drummond

The Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook: 38 Easy To Prepare Vegan Recipes For Your Slow Cooker

The Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook provides more than just meals, but also easy to make snacks and desserts. These recipes are meant to save time while still packing in whole foods. This book aims to make life easier for those who need a little more time in their day to do things other than worry about cooking. Some of the hidden treasures you can find in this book include:

  • Cinnamon pumpkin vegan oatmeal
  • Spinach pumpkin vegan oatmeal
  • Spinach mushroom vegan marinara sauce
  • Vegan lentil and green chili slow cooker tamales
  • Vegan Louisiana gumbo
  • Coconut vegan curry

The spinach and mushroom marinara sauce is unlike any marinara sauce you have ever had and goes great with a number of dishes, especially spaghetti. Or, if Italian isn't your thing, maybe the Louisiana gumbo, a classic favorite for vegans and non-vegans, would hit the spot.

Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook: 100 Tasty Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes For Life Long Health by Jessica Brooks 

Jessica Brooks aspires to share her tasty and healthy vegan recipes with everyone, whether they are just taking on the vegan lifestyle or have lived it for years. Brooks boasts an extensive knowledge of vegan dishes, from those meant for a slow cooker to vegan desserts. She also creates diet plans for those looking to follow to make their lives a bit healthier.

Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook: 100 Tasty Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes For Life Long Health (Vegan Cookbook) (Volume 2)

This book gives its readers easily prepared slow cooker meals with little time spent on preparation. It is designed to prevent the reader from wasting time slaving away in the kitchen, while still providing a flavorful dish. Some of the recipes included in this Cookbook are:

  • Vegan S'mores marshmallows oatmeal
  • Veggie soup with toasted pecans
  • Three pepper vegan bowl
  • Crock pot vegetables with spaghetti
  • Crockpot key lime pie

This book really highlights the diversity of crockpot cooking. It proves that you can make everything from healthy breakfast oatmeal, to spaghetti, and even a perfectly sweet and citrusy key lime pie.

Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You: More than 100 Delicious One-Pot Meals for Your 1.5-Quart/Litre Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester

Kathy Hester has once again made this list, proving her dedication to bringing her vegan recipes to people. She even caters to specific types of slow cookers for those readers who like a little more detailed and precise instruction. 

Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You: More than 100 Delicious One-Pot Meals for Your 1.5-Quart/Litre Slow Cooker

This book focuses on providing recipes for those with smaller slow cookers, and little time and effort to put into a home cooked, healthy meal. This cookbook is for those with small families, or those who are eating alone. Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You not only offers vegan slow cooker entrees, but also delicious sides and even deserts, and includes recipes such as:

  • Brownies
  • Pumpkin polenta
  • Corn and basiol risotto
  • All in one Thanksgiving dinner
  • White bean quinoa gumbo

If you want an easy to make dinner that will please even the pickiest of eaters, the all in one thanksgiving dinner is the answer to your prayers. It has all the great flavors of Thanksgiving and is so easy to make with a slow cooker. It's a great way to indulge yourself throughout the year, whether it is actually thanksgiving or not.

10 Great Gluten Free Cookbooks (Dairy-Free & Vegan)

gluten free on a chalkboard

For someone who cannot consume gluten, becoming vegan may seem impossible. Having to eliminate yet another group of foods can be very overwhelming for someone just starting the vegan lifestyle. However, we promise that once you get the hang of it, living a plant-based and gluten free lifestyle actually isn't so tough.

On plus side is you're sure to discover tons of new recipes and foods that you never would have thought of! That's why we compiled the best gluten free vegan cookbooks below!

Our Top Picks for Vegan Gluten Free Cookbooks

Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats by Allyson Kramer

You might know Allyson Kramer's name from VegNews Magazine, The Huffington Post, and Vegetarian Times. She is a food writer and photographer, who specializes in vegan and dairy free foods. She has written and photographed several vegan cookbooks, and always posts tons of other content on her website.

Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats: Cut Out the Gluten and Enjoy an Even Healthier Vegan Diet with Recipes for Fabulous, Allergy-Free Fare

 Great Gluten-free Vegan Eats aims to help the reader live a healthier life by cutting out animal products and wheat, and also is a great resource for those with many food allergies. Some of the recipes you can find in this book include:

  • Double chocolate muffins
  • Mashed yukon golds
  • Biscuits and herbed country gravy
  • Rosemary, leek, and potato pie
  • Chocolate swirl avocado gelato

The chocolate swirl avocado gelato is the perfect blend of rich, sweet chocolate with creamy avocado that you never knew you needed. The savory biscuits and gravy, although typically gluten-laden, are mouth watering and they are totally celiac-friendly. And who doesn't love mashed potatoes? The mashed yukon golds go great as a side with practically any dish.

The Gluten-Free Vegan by Susan O'Brien

Susan O’Brien decided to go gluten free when she realized it was the cause of some her GI problems. Since then, O’Brien has been working to bring tasty gluten free recipes to those with similar stories or who just plain want to eat healthier. She also specializes in cooking without added sugars, something probably all of us can take some tips from!

The Gluten-Free Vegan: 150 Delicious Gluten-Free, Animal-Free Recipes

The Gluten Free Vegan is meant to make life easier for those who have a gluten sensitivity or allergy. It is also a good place for those who are just new to vegan and gluten free diets, while also including recipes that will excite those who think they've seen every possibility of gluten free cooking. A few of these recipes are:

  • Berry and cherry crisp
  • Antioxidant chili
  • Black bean salsa
  • Gingerbread
  • Stuffed butternut squash

If you are looking for a quick, healthy snack, look no further than the black bean salsa. Or, if you prefer a sweeter snack that is just as healthy, the berry and cherry crisp is the way to go. And when the holidays come around this year, you can make your own vegan, gluten free gingerbread that even non-vegans will love.

Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

Dana Shultz is a recipe creator and food photographer who has published two cookbooks and co-created the Food Photography School. When I google for recipes and Minimalist Baker shows up, I instantly know I'm in for a treat. Definitely check out Shultz’ blog for even more tasty recipes.

Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking provides easy to make, healthy recipes for when you need to save time. These recipes uncomplicate cooking gluten free meals. While simple and easy to follow, these recipes remain flavorful and nutritious. These recipes include:

  • Blackberry custard pie
  • Garlic scalloped potatoes
  • Beet and green apple yogurt smoothie
  • Peanut butter and jelly ice cream sandwiches
  • Cashew soba noodle salad

Instead of sugary cereal, the beet and green apple yogurt smoothie is the perfect way to start your day and quite convenient. Also, the cashew soba noodle salad is quick and easy to pack for lunch on a workday.

Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family by Jennifer Katzinger

Jennifer Katzinger has made it her mission to assist those with celiac disease. Katzinger even owned her own bakery where she brought gluten free baked goods to those who deeply missed their fix of confectionary treats! She is very passionate about providing people with a healthier life through spreading her recipes, many of which are found in this cookbook.

Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family: Nutritious Plant-Based Meals and Snacks Everyone Will Love

Gluten Free and Vegan for the Whole Family contains recipes for family meals as well as single serving snacks for one, all free of gluten. These recipes are not only gluten free and vegan, but soy-free too! And of course, since it's for the whole family, these recipes keep the gluten-eaters in mind too. This book includes recipes such as:

  • Black bean croquettes
  • Strawberry surprise popsicles
  • Banana muffins
  • Quinoa porridge
  • Herbed soft cheese

Although none of them quite make full meals, they make great snacks and some of them, like the porridge, are pretty filling. The herbed cheese and strawberry popsicles are packed with great filling, but they are generally lighter and make for a good afternoon snack, especially for kids.

Gluten-Free Vegan: Healthy Everyday Recipes by Sophie Miller

Sophie Miller has published many cookbooks in the attempt to bring people a more accessible way to eat a gluten free diet. Miller provides people with easy to make recipes, while focusing too much on being "gourmet". She's a big believe in creating a healthy lifestyle, not just diet, and also gives tips for weight loss and staying in shape.

Gluten-Free Vegan: Healthy Everyday Recipes in under 30 minutes

This book provides people with fast meals that are also tasty and exciting. These recipes can be made easily with little preparation time but are still quite nutritious. This book is good for newcomers to this diet and for those who don't want to deal with difficult, complex recipes. Some of the recipes in this book are:

  • Parsnip chowder
  • Chickpea salsa salad
  • Apple celery crunch
  • Tomato spaghetti
  • Mushroom stroganoff

For a flavorful, filling meal, the parsnip chowder is a great choice, even for meat eaters. It is rich in flavor and is just as good leftover as it is fresh.

Gluten-Free & Vegan Bread by Jennifer Katzinger

Jennifer Katzinger finds herself on this list again, since she is a staple in the gluten free, vegan cooking community. Her dedication to bringing people her recipes is truly astounding.

Gluten-Free & Vegan Bread: Artisanal Recipes to Make at Home

This time, she's tackling perhaps the hardest thing to master in the gluten-free cooking: bread! While usually off-limits, this book allows the reader to indulge themselves in a dinner table staple, without suffering any gluten-related consequences. Some of the breads you can find in this book include:

  • Apple walnut bread
  • Russian black bread
  • Orange chocolate bread
  • Pecan cinnamon rolls
  • Cranberry pecan bread

Savory or sweet, you can find something you'll love in this book, and they are all vegan too. A side of apple walnut toast goes great with any breakfast or as a snack, like most of the breads in this book. But, there are some breads that are more of a dessert, like the sweet and citrusy orange chocolate bread.

Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food by Lara Ferroni Gluten  

Lara Ferroni is the author of many cookbooks. Some are not strictly vegan, and others cater to special occasions. Ferroni is a food photographer with a studio in Portland, Oregon, and she does photographs for other authors’ cookbooks too! Her passion for food and cooking is unparalleled and you can find information about her photography and her works in her book: 

Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food: 125 Simple and Satisfying Recipes, from ''Mac and Cheese'' to Chocolate Cupcakes

The goal of Gluten Free Comfort Food is pretty straight forward, replace hearty and filling gluten dishes with celiac friendly ones. It allows the reader to make tons of meals they've probably always eaten and loved, but now gluten free. Some of the new stuff you can try include:

  • Roasted red pepper hummus
  • Hawaiian Pudding
  • Hearty vegetable stew
  • Coconut, blueberry, and banana smoothie
  • Pumpkin waffles

While some veggie stews may contain a roux with wheat flour to thicken the gravy, Susan's version is just as thick  and filling, while easy and gluten-free. The roasted red pepper hummus is also a dish that is typically celiac-friendly, but still done well in this book. Everyone loves to snack on hummus, but making a homemade version flavorful isn't as easy as it seems.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking by Julieanna Hever and Beverly Lynn Bennett

Julieanna Hever is a well known dietitian and nutrition columnist for VegNews. Hever has been featured on many shows such as  Dr Oz  and the Steve Harvey Show. and co-stars in a Youtube Series The Chef and The Dietitian. 

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking

Beverly Lynn Bennett has always been passionate about cooking and sharing her recipes and cooking experiences. She has written 9 books and for 12 years wrote the column Dairy-Free Desserts for VegNews magazine. Her books and recipes can be found here:

This book wants to not only provide the reader with gluten free vegan recipes, but also educate them on how to more easily live a vegan, gluten free lifestyle. Some of the recipes within this book are:

  • Cajun popcorn
  • Baked chicknless nuggets
  • Buttermilk biscuits
  • Frosted browies
  • Country cornbread

Thanks to this book, vegans and gluten-free people can now indulge themselves in what was once off limits, such as buttermilk biscuits, frosted brownies, and chicken nuggets. Whether you want to snack on some popcorn, or satisfy your sweet tooth with delectable frosted brownies, you can do it all with the recipes in this book.

Delicious Vegan Gluten-free Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Recipes by Vesela Tabakova 

Vesela Tabakova combines her personal life with her writing by spreading old family recipes as well as exciting, new creations. Tabakova has published many works and aims to help spread natural, easy to make recipes with those who can't afford the high priced items that one may associate with gluten-free cooking.

Vegan Cookbook: Delicious Vegan Gluten-free Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Recipes You Can Make in Minutes!: Healthy Vegan Cooking and Living on a Budget (Vegan Gluten-free Diet)

This book really aims to give you a new spin on every meal of the day that you can make quickly. Some of the recipes you will learn to make with this book include:

  • Spinach with rice
  • Green bean potato stew
  • Mushroom soup
  • Beet fries
  • Greek chickpea salad

The beet fries make a great healthy snack for the whole family and are super easy to whip up. The chickpea salad is also protein packed symphony of flavors that will fill you up before you even want to stop eating.

101 Gluten Free Vegan Italian Recipes by Jonathan Vine and Daniel Nadav

Jonathan Vine was always enthusiastic about cooking, but when he decided to take on the vegetarian lifestyle he started to share his recipes and write cookbooks. His aim is to improve people's lives through diet with his easy to make, affordable recipes. Some of his work can be found on his website and blog: 

Cookbook: 101 Gluten Free Vegan Italian Recipes ( Pizzas, Pastas, Bread & Desserts) (Quick & Easy Vegan Recipes Book 3)

When co-author Daniel Nadav decided to adopt a vegan lifestyle, he was was forced to learn new ways to cook using wholesome ingredients. He decided to share these recipes with as many people as he could and help them improve their health while showing that there are many tasty and exciting ways to create nutritious, animal-free foods.

In this book, Jonathan Vine and Daniel Nadav aim to provide gluten free vegans with delicious Italian dishes that they can make in their own kitchen. Some of the Italian treats you can find in this book include:

  • Grapefruit and pomegranate sorbet
  • Moroccan pizza
  • Pasta primavera
  • Lasagna with cashew cheese
  • Vegan chocolate truffles

The moroccan pizza, while not fully italian, packs a punch into an easy weekday dinner for the whole family. And when dinner is over, you can dig into some scrumptious chocolate truffles or grapefruit and pomegranate sorbet. Flavor without compromise is certainly the mission here.

What are the Best Smallest Pressure Cookers for Sale?

smallest pressure cookers

Pressure cookers are a great appliance to minimize cleaning, energy consumption, and cooking time. Often times, though, they are too clunky and big for a small meal. This is especially true for college students in dorm rooms, when cooking for yourself a family sized pot isn't needed. We've compiled the best smallest pressure cookers below to help you save space, money, and extra time cleaning!

Presto 01241 4 quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker

Presto 01241 4-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker

This is one of the "larger" small pressure cookers out there and is great for small families of two or three. You get all the great benefits of a full size pressure cooker, such as drastically reduced cook time and tastier food. One standout feature of this pressure cooker is the built in pressure monitor, which monitors and regulates pressure automatically.

Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 quart Programmable Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

This is the miniaturized version of the insanely popular Instant Pot Duo. Unlike the Presto, it is easily programmable and has several preset programs. This one is slightly smaller than the Presto, which makes it easy to cook for one, and even easier to store. If you do not want to lose a lot of counter space, this is definitely a good pick. It is made from durable stainless steel and has several safety measures in place.

Presto 01341 4 quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

Presto 01341  4-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

This one is very similar to the Presto 01241, but instead of aluminum, it is made from stainless steel. It is slightly more expensive, but if you prefer stainless steel than it is worth the money. You still have all the same great features from the 01241 such as the helper handle, which makes it easy to open and helps prevent you from burning yourself. It is also totally dishwasher safe and easy to clean.

COSORI Mini 7-in-1 Multifunctional Pressure Cooker

COSORI Mini 2 Qt Programmable Multi-Cooker, Pressure Cooker, Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker, Yogurt Maker, 800W ,Includes Glass Lid, Sealing Ring and Recipe Book

If you want the smallest possible pressure cooker, COSOR is probably the tiniest one you'll find. This pressure cooker is only 2 quarts and is extremely compact and easy to store. It's sleek design perfectly compliments any kitchen or counter top. Like the Instant Pot, it is easy to program and replaces several other kitchen appliances. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of cooking and makes it a breeze to cook delectable meals.

Aobosi 8-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

Aobosi Electric Pressure Cooker 3Qt/800W Non-Stick Cooking Pot Programmable Digital Cooker Perfect Size for Small Family

Although this pressure cooker is only 3 quarts, it gives you all the same great features of larger pressure cookers. If you are looking for a really aesthetically pleasing pressure cooker, this one is probably the "prettiest" on the list. The colored, stainless steel housing adds a splash of color and personality. Just like the others, you still get amazing tasting food 3 to 10 times faster than conventional cooking methods.

Top 10 Best Raw Vegan Cookbooks

best raw vegan cookbooks

Raw vegan is considered by many to be one of the more "fringe" lifestyles within the vegan movement. Even though many of the most reputable plant-based doctors don't recommend a fully raw diet, that doesn't mean that there's no place for eating raw food or even a diet centered around mostly raw foods.

The healthiest version of a vegan diet is centered around eating whole plant foods which can be a difficult transition for someone previously following a SAD (Standard American Diet). Eating more raw foods is a great way for people to learn to appreciate how delicious plant foods can be, even when raw and minimally processed.  

Here are some of the best raw vegan cookbooks to help spark new ideas and help you appreciate the true beauty of plant-based cuisine!

Raw. Vegan. Not Gross: By Laura Miller

Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.: All Vegan and Mostly Raw Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

If there is anyone qualified to write a vegan cookbook, it is Laura Miller. She is the creator and star of the insanely popular Youtube show, Raw. Vegan. Not Gross., which has garnered millions of viewers. Before becoming a Youtube star and author, Laura ran a vegan dessert company, Sidesaddle Kitchen. Although she stays busy, you can find recipes, videos, blog posts, and several other things on her website:

Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. aims to provide vegans with delicious, easy, (mostly) raw meals that work with every occasion. The cookbook has recipes for every meal and several that are sure to be party pleasers. Some of the recipes in Miller's book include:

● Banana pancakes

● Sweet potato curry

● Golden gazpacho

● Cauliflower pizza

The banana pancakes are also super easy, yet satisfying breakfast option. It's not often you are able to find a really good pancake recipe that actually has nutritious ingredients, but this one definitely takes the cake, or rather, takes the pancake. The sweet potato curry, golden gazpacho, and cauliflower pizza are all meals that you can easily throw together on a busy week day.

The Fully Raw Diet: 21 Days to Better Health: By Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram

The Fully Raw Diet: 21 Days to Better Health, with Meal and Exercise Plans, Tips, and 75 Recipes

After ridding herself of hyperglycemia, teaching cooking classes, founding multiple vegan businesses, and dedicating her life to raw foods, it is fair to say Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram has had a bit of experience she leveraged to write The Fully Raw Diet. Kristina is the founder of FullyRaw, and FullyRaw Juice, a raw vegan juice line. She is also the founder of Rawfully Organic, a non profit organization in her hometown of Houston, that feeds healthy, raw foods to hundreds of families each week. You can learn more about Kristina and her business on her website,

The Fully Raw Diet aims to not only give you raw, vegan recipes, but also provide you with exercise plans and improve your overall health. It is a unique book that will help you gain weight, have more energy, and just feel like a better you. Some of the recipes you can find in this book include:

● Spicy mango basil salad

● Yellow squash fettuccine alfredo

● Orange ginger sesame dressing

● Guacamole

As you can tell, there is a wide variety of recipes in The Fully Raw Diet. The mango salad is a great quick lunch that you can throw together in the morning and take with you to work. Or, if you already have a favorite salad, the Orange ginger sesame dressing is a light,  delicious option that completes almost any bed of greens. And who doesn't love guacamole?

Rawsome Vegan Baking: By Emily von Euw

Rawsome Vegan Baking: An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes

With multiple books under her belt there is no stopping Emily von Euw. Her passion for raw vegan food is evident by her award winning blog Emily has veganized countless recipes, particularly decadent desserts, and one look at her Instagram will make you a believer.

Rawsome Vegan Baking strives to provide you with raw recipes that are delectably sweet. Although probably still healthier than their non-raw counterparts, the desserts in this book are definitely binge worthy and shows a different side to raw cooking. Some of the recipes you can find in Rawsome Vegan Baking includes:

● Cashew coffee vanilla creme cake with cinnamon chocolate crust

● Buckwheat and berry cream cake

● Ice cream sandwiches

● Fudge bites

All of the recipes in this book work wonderfully when you are just craving something sweet but still want to eat healthy. You can make the ice cream sandwiches as a treat during those hot summer months, which is sure to be a crowd pleaser with the kids. The fudge bites are a fun way to indulge yourself during the week, and they're so good non vegans won't even be able to tell the difference.

The Raw Deal Cookbook By Emily Monaco

The Raw Deal Cookbook: Over 100 Truly Simple Plant-Based Recipes for the Real World

Author Emily Monaco is an experienced writer and cook. Who is also the creator of food blog Organic Authority. She has a knack for writing about our flawed food industry, and getting all the facts to educate her readers so that they can make an informed decision on their food choices. Her work has been published in various respectable sources, including the Wall Street Journal. Aside from writing, Emily gives food and wine tours in her home of Paris. She is extremely knowledgable and can be found writing regularly on her blog

The Raw Deal aims to show you that healthy, raw eating can be easy and delicious. It also aims to teach you how to make a raw diet work for you, and provide you with a wide variety of meal options for your everyday life. When you buy The Raw Deal you will get the secrets to awesome recipes such as:

● Almond butter stuffed dates

● Cabbage, apple, and carrot Kimchi

● Balsamic strawberries with coconut whipped cream

● Berry mint smoothie

The simple, yet flavor packed dates are a great healthy snack. This can come in handy if you have stubborn kids who love sweets. They will be able to get yummy, homemade snacks, and you will be able to have peace of mind knowing they aren't filling themselves full of processed sugar. The Kimchi makes a phenomenal weeknight side dish for dinner, and you can finish it off with a berry mint smoothie for dessert.

Easy, Affordable Raw: How to Go Raw on $10 a Day: By Lisa Viger

Easy, Affordable Raw: How to Go Raw on $10 a Day

Lisa Viger is a raw food expert and established blogger and author. She is passionate about writing, health, animals, and the environment. She loves to tell people all about the health and environmental benefits of a raw vegan diet and runs the successful blog

Viger's book Easy, Affordable Raw aims to push back on all those claims that a raw vegan diet is just too expensive to be practical. Viger breaks down the cost of each recipe and shows you that a vegan lifestyle is not all that hard to achieve. Some of her unique, affordable recipes are:

● Avocado and arugula pizza

● Almond pumpkin seed vanilla dried cherry cereal

● Cool ranch kale chips

● Creamy garlic and greens soup

With plenty of nutritious and filling entrees, such as the avocado pizza and garlic soup, to simple breakfast foods, such as the almond, pumpkin and cherry cereal, there is something for everyone's taste buds in this book. Viger even turns some of our guiltiest pleasures, such as potato chips, into healthy and affordable options, like cool ranch kale chips, along with several other flavors of kale chips.

Eat Raw, Eat Well by Douglas McNish

Eat Raw, Eat Well: 400 Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes

Doug McNish is an industry pro. He has several books, teaches vegan cooking classes, and provides essential professional services, such as menu development. He is committed to health and the vegan lifestyle. He has won multiple awards for his work and is a very respected individual in the community. You can learn more about him on his website

Doug's book Eat Raw, Eat Well received the award for Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the World in 2012, and 5 years later it hasn't lost any of its luster. It aims to provide the reader with hundreds of meal and snack options for everyday eating. McNish also aims to help improve your health through clean, raw eating, the same way he improved his own health. A few of the 400 recipes (not all of which are raw) are:

● Moroccan chickpea soup

● Spinach, mushroom, and red pepper quiche

● Lentil chili

● Zucchini noodles

All of these four recipes be made as delicious dinners for the whole family, except the zucchini noodles may need another dish to go alongside it. The moroccan chickpea soup is hearty and packs a ton of spice and flavor. There is not much better than getting preparing high quality, nutricious food into well-thought out recipes, and McNish does just that.

Raw Food: A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day By Erica Palmcrantz Aziz and Irmela Lilja

Raw Food: A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day

Erica Palmcrantz Aziz is a veteran vegan chef and has  several books on the subject. She has teamed up with Irmela Lilja on multiple books, and they compliment each other , considering they've developed quite a loyal fanbase over the years.

The mission of their book Raw Food: A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day, is pretty straight forward just by reading the title. While the title is rather blunt, the recipes in this book are nuanced and well-rounded. You're sure to learn a few new techniques and flavor combinations with recipes like:

● Raspberry coconut smoothie

● Fig and pear compote

● Zucchini pasta with marinated mushrooms

● Yellow Squash pasta with olive tapenade

The beautifully colored, yet light, raspberry coconut smoothie is a simply but filling way to start your day (or end it).  The yellow squash pasta won't make you feel gross and bloated like a conventional pasta mean, but a perfect compliment for the salty, savory olive tapenade really makes you feel like you're treating yourself.

Live Raw: Raw Food Recipes for Good Health and Timeless Beauty By Mimi Kirk

Live Raw: Raw Food Recipes for Good Health and Timeless Beauty

Mimi Kirk's resume is quite unique, compared to most raw vegan cookbook authors. She has done everything from spending 17 years in front of the camera in the film industry, starting her own jewelry manufacturing company, being a regional marketing director, founding a newspaper, and founding her company Side saddle, and that doesn't include her career as an author. Kirk has written numerous books about her vegan lifestyle and the recipes that she has created. She runs the site She is passionate about her vegan lifestyle and about helping others look and feel their best.

This book aims to do exactly what it says, help you achieve better health and timeless beauty. Kirk herself says using these recipes and living a raw, vegan lifestyle is what keeps her looking so young and beautiful. When you buy this cookbook, you will be getting recipes like:

● Caramelized onion bread

● Corn chips

● Macaroons

● Chocolate covered nutty candy

Based on those example recipes, It is clear that there is something for everyone in this cookbook. Whether you are looking to get your sugar fix, or looking for something more savory, it can be found in this book. The corn chips make a great healthy alternative to the usual bagged version as well.

Raw and Simple: Eat Well and Live Radiantly: By Judita Wignall

Raw and Simple: Eat Well and Live Radiantly with 100 Truly Quick and Easy Recipes for the Raw Food Lifestyle

Judita Wignall is a health coach, a raw food chef, and a nutrition educator. Like Mimi, she has a wide set of skills as well. She is a former commercial actress, model, and singer/songwriter. However, she left that all behind to follow her passion of holistic health, and has put out 3 popular books since changing path. You can learn more about her and get exclusive recipes by visiting her site

With Raw and Simple, Judita aims to educate you on the benefits of raw eating and help make it a reality by providing you 100 simple yet delicious recipes. If the book does what it aims to, it will help you get healthier and feel better. Some of the recipes you will have access to in the book are:

● Root vegetable slaw

● Carrot ginger coconut soup

● Thai veggie noodles

● Apple pie smoothie.

Raw and Simple doesn't have as many of the crazy decadent treats we've seen in some of the other cookbooks, but there is a wide array of interesting recipes that make it worth checking out. The apple pie smoothie is such a great way to treat yourself without actually eating junk food. It's as close to the McDonalds Apple Pies as you can get. The carrot ginger coconut soup is a warm, comforting soup that we actually eat in my family year round.

While definitely not for everyone, eating raw can be a life-changing experience. For some, it result in feeling and looking healthier and breaking old habits of eating too much processed food. There are plenty of success stories about going from an unhealthy lifestyle to a raw lifestyle and seeing dramatic results, even from people who are already vegans. If you're considering incorporating more nutrient-dense raw foods into your life, any one of these cookbooks will give you tons of tasty options to experiment with.

Best Water Filter Pitcher Comparison: PUR vs Brita vs. ZeroWater vs. MAVEA vs. Clear2o

water filter pitcher comparison

There are several acts in place, such as the Clean Water Act, to help keep drinking water safe and clean. Unfortunately, not all water sources meet the federal requirements for water quality. Even if you have city water that is already treated, it can pick up several contaminants in the pipes on the way to your tap. Picking up a water filter pitcher is an easy way to reduce at least some of these contaminants and achieve better tasting water.

Some of these contaminants are relatively harmless, while others are extremely dangerous and potentially deadly, such as lead. (source)

The increasing problem of water contamination across the country has gave way to a new era of water filtration. There are tons of pitcher filters out there from various manufacturers, but they all work similarly. Most of them have a pour tray, which is an area on the top of the pitcher that hold water while it is waiting to be filtered. Once water drips down through the filter, it goes directly to the lower reservoir, where it is ready to be poured and drank.

Among the most popular brands are PUR, Brita, ZeroWater, MAVEA, and Clear2o. We've taken some of their most popular models and compared them below.

Comparison Table

We've compiled all of the important features of each water filter pitcher in the following table.

PUR Classic 11-Cup Brita Everyday 10-Cup ZeroWater ZP-010 MAVEA Elemaris 1005727 Clear2o CWS100AW 
Capacity 11 cups 10 cups 10 cups 9 cups 9 cups
Filter Capacity 40 gallons 40 gallons Varies Varies 50 gallons
Corresponding Filter Pitcher Filter CRF-950ZStandard Brita replacment ZR-017 MAVEA 1001122 CWF101
Contaminants Reduced 21 21 99.6% of all dissolved solidsUnknown 53
Filter Material Coconut Shells, carbon granules Carbon granules Carbon granules, micro cloth, & more Carbon granules Solid carbon block
BPA Free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warranty 90 days 90 days 90 daysUnknown 90 days
Filter Indicator Mechanism LED light Sticker TDS meter MAVEA Smart meter Smart filter indicator

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As you can tell, the pitchers filters have their similarities and differences. Picking the best unit boils down to finding the one that suits your exact needs (countertop space, specific aesthetic preferences, output needed, and filter applications). We discuss more about their specific functions below.

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PUR Classic Water Filtration System Pitcher

PUR Classic Water Filtration System 11-Cup Pitcher with Filter Change LED Indicator Light

Top Features

  • Thumb activated lid
  • LED indicator light so its easy to know when the filter should be changed
  • Removes 96% of mercury and 95% of industrial pollutants
  • Holds 11 cups of water

The thumb activated lid of this pitcher makes it super easy to refill. The lid also has a spout cover which helps prevent spills, a plus for anyone with children. The water does not come out too hard or fast like with some other pitchers. The spout cover also keeps out any odor and particulates, keeping your water fresher - which is great if you're keeping it in the refrigerator with other foods.

PUR also included an LED indicator light. The light lets you know when it is time to change the filter by turning red. When it is almost time to change it, the light turns yellow. This is a useful feature because this gives you a little time to buy a new filter before it is actually time to replace it.

If you know your water has mercury in it, or if you live close to an industrial site, this filter would be a good choice for you. It reduces mercury levels by up to 96% and industrial pollutants by up to 95%. Per NSF certification, this filter pitcher reduces 21 different water contaminants. This falls in the middle on our list in terms of filtration power.

As the largest filter pitcher on this list, the PUR Classic holds up to 11 cups of water. This means you have to refill it less than you would have to refill the other pitchers. Although it is not a drastic difference from the other pitchers, it is still larger, so it would probably work better for a big family. If you've owned a water pitcher before, refilling it can oven be the most annoying part.

Model Overview

  • Compact design
  • Carbon filters
  • Made from coconut shells
  • Ion exchange technology

Measuring less than a foot tall, and weighing only around 2 pounds, this compact water filter pitcher is very simple to use and easy to store. To use it, you must first soak the filter for 15 minutes in cold water. Then, you install it in the pitcher and fill up the pour tray. The filter will then filter the water in the pour tray and move the clean, filtered water to the reservoir in the bottom of the pitcher.

The carbon filters are made from coconut shells and utilize ion exchange technology. The filters are heat treated, which creates thousands of small nooks in the carbon granules. The tap water is then passed through, and with over 200,000 square feet of nooks, the contaminants in your water are trapped and absorbed.


When you buy this pitcher, it comes with a less durable filter. Typically the filters last about 40 gallons, however, the initial filter sometimes can sometimes not last as long. It's almost like a trial run. However, refills are pretty inexpensive and they should all last for the full 40 gallons.

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Brita 10 Cup Everyday Water Pitcher

Brita Large 10 Cup Everyday Water Pitcher with Filter - BPA Free - White

Top Features

  • Sticker filter indicator
  • Easy to pour and refill
  • 10-cup capacity
  • Sleek oval design

Like most units on our list, the Brita Everyday Water Pitcher has some sort of mechanism to let you know when it is time to change the filter. However, unlike the other pitchers, the Everyday uses a sticker indicator which simply serves as a reminder that you place on the pitcher itself or on your fridge. If this isn't your thing, Brita does make other electronic models.

With a comfort grip handle and a removable lid, the reservoir is easy to pour and refill. The comfort grip handle reduces strain while picking up and pouring. This can be useful with kids, and even just clumsy adults. Instead of a thumb activated lid, the lid will come completely off and you can fill up the pour tray with ease.

Although it is not the largest pitcher on our list, it is a very close second. With enough room to hold 10 cups of water, this and the ZeroWater pitcher are great choices for people who require large capacity pitchers. The 40-gallon filter allows you to get about 60 refills on a single use. Typically, this will last you about 2 months before a refill is needed.

The oval design of this pitcher makes it easy to store in almost any refrigerator. The oval design of this unit allows the pitcher to hold a lot of water while taking up minimal space. The oval design also makes it easy to hold and support while you are pouring.

Model Overview

  • Carbon Filters
  • Can be used in any Brita pitcher

The first time you use the filter that is included with the pitcher, you will have to pre soak it. To do so, run it under cold tap water for 15 seconds, then it is ready to install. The replacement filters do not have to be pre soaked and can be installed immediately. Unlike the PUR Classic, and others on this list, the initial soak time is considerably less, 15 seconds versus 15 minutes.

This Brita uses a carbon filter and works similarly to the one the PUR Classic uses. As water passes through the filter, carbon granules trap and absorb various contaminants. However, it is recommended you discard 3 pitchers of water after you put in a new filter. Carbon dust can commonly be found in the first 3 pitchers, so it is best to throw them out or use them as gray water for watering plants. This is typical with many water filtration systems.


Well, this may not be a disadvantage for everyone, but the sticker filter mechanism could be easy to ignore. Rather than having a light that tells you when the change is needed. For some, this is difficult to manage as the sticker has to either go on your fridge or on the pitcher itself.

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ZeroWater 10 Cup Pitcher

ZeroWater 10 Cup Pitcher with Free Water Quality Meter

Top Features

  • Reduces lead and chromium
  • One handed design - can get water without pouring
  • Digital TDS meter

What sets this pitcher apart from others on the list is its 5 stage filtration system. This 5 stage filtration system can remove up to 99.6% of dissolved solids, which will be discussed more in-depth shortly . The comprehensive filtration system is what makes ZeroWater the only filtration system that meets the FDAs requirements for bottled water. And unlike reverse osmosis, which a lot of other filtration systems use, the ZeroWater system uses gravity, so it won't waste any water or electricity.

The ZeroWater filtration system is also the only one certified by the NSF to reduce lead and chromium. Chromium-6 can cause a myriad of health problems, including cramps, intestinal bleeding, and liver and kidney problems. Lead is also extremely dangerous, it can build up in your system over time and is unsafe at any level. While some of the other filters will reduce the presence of lead, the ZeroWater pitcher is the only one to be NSF certified to do so.

The one handed, push to dispense design makes this pitcher easy to use. You don’t have to worry about spilling it, since the spout is only open when you push the button on the handle.

You won't have to use two hands to steady the pitcher, either. It has a small plastic spigot towards the bottom of the reservoir. This makes it easy to get water directly from the pitcher without every taking it out of your fridge. It is easy to open and close and does not leak between uses.

This is one of the top recommendations for families with small children since the spigot is easy to use. Instead of having them pick up the entire pitcher, and probably spill it at least once, they can just open the spigot and get themselves a glass of water.

As mentioned earlier, this 5 stage filtration system on this unit can remove 99.6% of TDS (Total Dissolved Solids). The pitcher also comes with a free TDS meter. A TDS meter measures the amount of dissolved substances that can negatively affect your water. If the TDS is too high, above 006, that means it is time to change the filter, which is also easy to do.

Model Overview

  • 5 stage filtration
  • Ion exchange technology
  • Gravity powered

Instead of relying solely carbon or reverse osmosis, ZeroWater allows gravity to do all of the work. The first step in the filtration process is passing the water through activated carbon infused micro cloth. Next, the water passes through a multi-layer system to reduce alloys, by using carbon and oxidation. Next comes the distributor, which maximizes the contact time of the water, which allows a high percentage of contaminants to be trapped and absorbed.

The water then goes through a comprehensive ion exchange array and finishes by passing through a non-woven membrane, designed to remove fine particles. At the end of the filtering process, you have perfectly clean, great tasting water.


Compared to the Brita Everyday and the Mavea 1005727, this pitcher is less sleek. The design is somewhat boxy and clunky, definitely not as smooth and balanced as some of the others. However, it is still easy to store, so if aesthetics are not the most important thing to you, this pitcher would be an amazing addition for your kitchen. 

Also given the functionality of the spigot, aesthetics may not be an issue.​

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Clear2o CWS100AW Water Filtration Pitcher

Clear2o CWS100AW Water Filtration Pitcher

Top Features

  • Intelligent filter indicator
  • Adapts to faucet
  • Reduces up to 53 contaminants
  • Filter lasts for 50 gallons

Although not unique to this pitcher, its intelligent filter indicator is a very useful feature. The indicator, like the others, is green when the filter is in good condition, and red when it is no longer working correctly and needs to be replaced. Unlike the PUR, there is no yellow "warning light" to warn you when the filter has almost reached its capacity. So, once the light turns red, it is important that you change it as soon as possible.

The Clear2o pitcher attaches to your sink's faucet and utilizes the pressure from it to provide maximum filtration. This obviously makes it easy to fill. But, on top of that, it is also easy to install. Although it is not recommended on spraying faucets, many conventional faucets will work great with this unit. Some people would see this as an inconvenience, but it actually has a host of benefits. By utilizing your faucet's water pressure, this filter has superior filtering capability and will filter all the water you run through it. It is less prone to spills during filling and the pressure allows for quicker filtration.

This is perhaps the most broadly effective filter on our list, filtering out 53 different contaminants. However, the water may not be as pure as the ZeroWater. The EPA has designated 80 various possible contaminants that could adversely affect your health. Most tap water, especially if it was already treated by the city, will not have 53+ contaminants, but this is a great choice if you do not know specifically what is in your water and you want to cover all your bases.

Beating every other pitcher filter on this list, the Clear2o can last up to 50 gallons per filter. that may not sound like a huge difference, but it is 25% more than the other pitcher's filters. Over time, this can save time on replacements. The filter can be easily installed in just a matter of minutes.

Model Overview

The pitcher comes with an adapter kit that you must use to install and connect the pitcher to your faucet. Once the pitcher is attached, the pressure from your faucet forces the water through the solid carbon block filter.

A solid carbon block filter is similar to the other carbon filters that some of the other pitchers use, but instead of small granules of carbon that the water can easily pass through, this is a solid block of carbon that requires pressure to force the water through. Solid carbon is actually more effective than carbon granules and will remove more contaminants. As the water is forced through the carbon block, the carbon traps and absorbs the 53 different contaminants. Once the filter has reached the end of its life and it is time to replace it, you can easily remove the old filter and install the new one.


What really sets this pitcher apart, and not in the best way, is the fact that you must attach it to your faucet to fill. This isn’t especially hard to do, but it is one extra step that you wouldn’t have to take with any of the other pitcher filters. Also, if you have a sprayer style faucet, unfortunately, you will not be able to use this unit. Be sure to check your faucet against the required specs before buying.

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Mavea 1005727 Elemaris XL 9 Cup Water Filtration Pitcher

MAVEA 1005727 Elemaris XL 9-Cup Water Filtration Pitcher, Eggplant

Top Features

  • Pour through lid
  • Mavea smart meter
  • Rubber feet and handle
  • No pre-soaking of filters needed

Unlike any of the other pitchers, the Elemaris features a unique pour through lid. This means you can just turn on the sink and hold the pitcher underneath it. The lid opens when you put it under the running water, and when the reservoir is full, the lid shuts by itself. It is pretty much impossible to overfill, making it considerably cleaner than the other pitchers as well.

Another feature setting the Elemaris apart is its MAVEA Smart meter. The Smart meter measures hardness of the water, water volume, and how long the filter has been used. The Smart meter also lets you know when to replace the filter, taking the guesswork out of getting clean water. Although other pitchers on this list have some sort of meter or indicator, this is the only one that measures hardness and volume. So if water hardness is a concern for you, this is the best choice.

On top of the already sleek design, this pitcher also has rubber feet and a rubber handle. The rubber feet make it less likely to slip or slide around in the fridge. It also makes it less likely to be tipped over. In addition, the rubber feet help to prevent surface scratches. So, if you have nice countertops that you need to take special care of, buying the Elemaris is a good way to get some extra piece of mind.

The rubber handle makes it easy to hold and makes it harder to drop. Not that it is impossible to drop, but the rubber handle allows you to get a better grip and keeps you from holding onto slippery plastic.

If you have had a water pitcher filter before, then you know it is standard practice to have to rinse or presoak the filters before you actually use them. With the exception of the Brita replacement filters, the filters for the other pitchers must be pre-soaked. This can be a tedious and annoying step, and one that can be easily forgotten. And unfortunately, if you forget to pre-soak the filter, it can drastically affect its performance. Luckily, the filter for the MAVEA Elemaris XL does not have to be pre-soaked at all. This can save you lots of time and is a plus if you’re a bit lazy about changing filters. Not only will this save you time, it also means you don’t have to worry about the initial performance of the filter.

Model Overview

The MAVEA Elemaris utilizes a familiar, but unique filtration system. The filter uses carbon granules to reduce water contaminants. As you can tell, carbon granules are a very popular option when it comes to water filtering, because they are so effective. However, the major drawback of carbon granule filters is that some of the small, black, carbon flecks leak out of the filter and into the water. Thankfully, the filter on the Elemaris contains a micro screen, which catches any flecks before they can find their way to your water.

The Elemaris filter is also treated with silver. At first, this sounds strange because usually water filters filter out silver, but none of the silver gets into the filtered water. The silver is there to inhibit the growth of bacteria and provide antimicrobial protection, which extends the life-cycle of the filter. Replacing the filter less often means you will be saving time and money.

The Elemaris is incredibly sleek, and unsurprisingly, European designed. It has a very distinct, oval design that perfectly balances performance and aesthetics. The unique design shape also allows for a consistent flow rate over the filter. It is manufactured in 6 unique and vibrant colors. The colors include eggplant, ruby red, tangerine, black, and white. This means there is one for everyone, no matter what your style is, or how your kitchen is already decorated.


Unfortunately, this pitcher filter from MAVEA is tied for last in water capacity, alongside the Clear2o. The pitcher can only hold 9 cups at a time, which is fine for individuals or small families, but bigger families might want to opt for a bigger unit. Although there is not a huge difference between 9 and 10 cups, once you start comparing the MAVEA to the 11 cup pitchers, the difference starts adding up. If you have a large family or just drink a lot of water, a bigger capacity pitcher would simply be less of a hassle.

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Which One to Pick?

In the end, each pitcher filter is good for a specific type of person. For example, if looks are important to you, you probably would not want the ZeroWater pitcher, but the Brita Everyday or MAVEA Elemaris might be good options. Alternatively, if you are most concerned with how many contaminants are filtered out, the ZeroWater or Clear2o are the ones that would be best for you.

If you are having trouble picking one, start by eliminating 2 or 3 pitcher filters you definitely don’t want. Once you have it narrowed down to a couple of pitchers, compare all the features, including aesthetics and price, until you can choose one that makes the most sense.

All of the pitcher filters on this list are best-selling models and are known to perform well, so if you really can't choose one, picking one at random will still get you a high quality pitcher filter. They are all capable of significantly reducing water contaminants to keep you and your children healthy.

Why Invest in a Water Filtration Pitcher?

  • Reduces plastic bottle waste
  • Saves money
  • Better tasting & cleaner water

One of the most alluring aspects of water filters is the possibility of saving lots of money. Instead of having to buy bottled water over and over, you can simply use a filter and reusable bottle. Over time, the savings add up, and although you will still have to pay for the water you use a your house, it is considerably cheaper than buying the same amount bottled at the supermarket.

Of course, one person buying a water filter won't save the world. However, the Earth has finite resources and landfills continue to grow, so it important you vote with your dollar and be as mindful as possible.

Water filters are a great way to reduce plastic consumption and help save the planet. A single 40 gallon filter can keep 300 plastic bottles out of landfills. Considering a 40 gallon filter typically lasts about 2 months, that means each year you are saving 1,800 plastic water bottles. Most models on this list have a 40 gallon filter, so after 40 gallons you must replace it. But, the Clear2o CWS100AW's filter lasts for 50 gallons.

Some contaminants leave a foul taste in your water, such as chlorine. Others leave only a small taste that may have never noticed until trying quality filtered water. Filtered water simply has a cleaner, fresher taste than tap water or some bottled brands. Every filter pitcher on our list will provide you with better tasting H2O than you could get from your faucet.

Perhaps best of all, using one of the filter pitchers on this list will actually make your water healthier. Water filters can filter out various contaminants, some filter out more than others, but they all significantly improve water quality. Prolonged exposure to contaminants in your water can cause long term health problems such as bladder, liver, kidney, and prostate cancer, kidney and liver problems and/or failure, and vision impairment.

According to the Water Quality Association, some of the most common contaminants that can be found in your tap include lead, copper, nitrates and nitrites, chromium, cadmium, mercury, and bacteria and viruses. A telltale sign of poor water is obviously discoloration and any kind of odor. However, many water contaminants can be present in perfectly odorless, clear water.

The contaminants in your water will vary depending on where you live. No matter your location, it is important to remove these compounds before you and your family feel the effects. (source

Some filters, such as the Brita Everyday and the Pur Classic, specialize in reducing mercury. Other filters, like the Clear2o, remove and reduce over 50 contaminants found in water. This is options are idea if you’re looking to cover the most bases possible.

We recommend getting a test done of your water supply and then picking an appropriate filter accordingly if you're overly concerned about your water supply.

However, the only filter pitcher to be certified by the NSF to reduce both lead and chromium, is the ZeroWater 10 cup pitcher.

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Instant Pot vs. Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker (CPC-600)

instant pot vs cuisinart pressure cooker

Pressure cooking has been around for a while, but has recently gotten very popular in the last few years, especially one pressure cooker in particular, the Instant Pot. Instant Pot is a newer brand that has taken over the market. However, Cuisinart is a timeless classic, a brand synonymous with great cookware. So how do both of their bestselling electric pressure cookers compare?

Comparison Table of Features

All of the main differences between these two units can be found in the comparison chart below:

Instant Pot Duo 60 Cuisinart CPC-600 Electric Pressure Cooker
Thermostat No Yes
Delay Start Yes No
Rice Cooker Yes No
Yogurt Maker Yes No
Keep Warm Yes Yes
Size 3 quart
6 quart
8 quart
6 quarts
Display Digital LED Digital LED
Dual Pressure Yes Yes
Wattage 700 – 3 quarts
1,000 – 6 quarts
1,200 – 8 quarts
Interior Material Stainless Steel Nonstick
Exterior Material Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Warranty Limited 1 year Limited 3 year
What's Included Stainless steel steam rack  
Rice paddle
Soup spoon
Measuring cup
Condensation collector
Recipe booklet
Trivet Recipe booklet

As you can tell, the Instant Pot Duo is a bit more user friendly when it comes to making specific dishes. For example, it has a preset program just for making rice, whereas the CPC-600 does not.

However, the Instant Pot does not have a thermostat like the CPC-600 does, nor does it have a browning setting. If you need your pressure cooker to do a lot, the Instant Pot is probably best for you. If you want an easy to use, classic pressure cooker without all the bells and whistles, the CPC-600 is a good choice.

Instant Pot Duo 60 – 6 Quart 7-in-1

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer (Packaging May Vary)

Top Features

  • Delayed Start
  • 14 Smart Programs
  • Easy to set temperature settings
  • Up to 4 hours of pressure cooking

Something unique to the Instant Pot is its 24-hour delay start timer. This means you can set a timer, for up to 24 hours, for when you want the cooker to turn on. This is great for having dinner ready when you get home from work. You can set the Instant Pot to turn on while you are at work, and then your food is ready when you are. This is not a feature of the CPC-600, you have to manually turn it on.

The Instant Pot 7-in1 also has 14 smart programs, including rice, soup, bean, and more. The CPC-600 does have a few smart programs, such as sauté, browning, keep warm, etc. But, the Instant Pot definitely has more, and more specific ones than the CPC-600.

The Duo 60 has easy, one touch temperature settings. There are 3 temperatures available in sauté and slow cook mode. This allows you to have greater flexibility in your cooking. The pressure cooker from Cuisinart does not have the same easy to set temperature controls. It has various temperatures for the different modes, but they are all preset.

The Instant Pot is definitely a durable pressure cooker, considering it can pressure cook for up to 4 hours. I honestly don’t know what you would pressure cook for 4 hours, but it is nice to know that this one can pressure cook continuously for so long, in case you do ever need it. The CPC-600 can pressure cook for a pretty long time as well, but no one near as long as the Instant Pot. The CPC-600 can pressure cook for up to 99 minutes.


When comparing the two pressure cookers, one disadvantage of the Instant Pot is that it does not have a thermostat. This means you do not know the exact temperature the cooker is at. However, the built-in microprocessor monitors the temperature to keep it stable.

We've also covered other instant pot models in our Instant Pot Comparison article.

Cuisinart CPC-600 Electric Pressure Cooker

Cuisinart CPC-600 6 Quart 1000 Watt Electric Pressure Cooker (Stainless Steel)

Top Features

  • Simple
  • Specializes in pressure cooking
  • Nonstick inner pot
  • Lightweight

Unlike the Instant Pot Duo, the CPC-600 only has a few buttons. A lot of buttons and options may be great for some people, but some people prefer the simple design of the CPC-600, with only a few buttons. Even without all the specific, preset programs, this pressure cooker still takes the guesswork out of cooking.

This electric pressure cooker is definitely made to pressure cook. While you can cook on low pressure, it does not do a great job as a slow cooker. However, if you already have a slow cooker, or just want a plain pressure cooker, this is one of the best ones on the market. It does a really great job of pressure cooking, speeding cooking up by 70%.

Instead of the stainless steel inner pot like the Instant Pot, the CPC-600 has a nonstick inner pot. As you can imagine, this can be incredibly useful when it comes to cleaning up. The nonstick pot allows you to cook pretty much anything without having to worry about it getting stuck and burned to the bottom of the pot. Which means when it is time to clean up, you won't have to scrub the pot for 5 minutes trying to clean the bottom.

Compared to the Instant Pot, this cooker is pretty lightweight. This can be useful if you don’t feel like moving an almost 20-pound appliance each time you use it. This pressure cooker weighs only 12 pounds, which is light enough for anyone to carry, and taking it out and putting it away definitely won't cause user fatigue.


While the inner pot is dishwasher safe, the lid is not. The lid and rubber ring around it must be washed by hand. This can be a bit of a pain because you have to be sure to wash it very well to get any bits and pieces of food that are left over.

Advantages of Pressure Cookers in General

While both the Instant Pot and CPC-600 have their unique features, they also have a lot in common. Some advantages of both of these pressure cookers include:

  • Faster cooking time
  • Good nutrient retention
  • Easy to use
  • Less liquid is needed
  • Typically stainless steel housed

Regardless of which cooker you buy, you will be able to cook foods up to 70% faster than you would with conventional stove top methods. This means instead of taking an hour or two after work to cook dinner for your family, you can whip up an entire meal in 30 minutes.

When you pressure cook, the airtight steal and high pressure conditions preserve more nutrients than normal stove top cooking. Fewer nutrients are lost due to evaporation, which means pressure cooking is actually healthier. This makes pressure cookers a great way to make healthy, homemade meals for your whole family.

Both of these pressure cookers are also really easy to use. They both have button controls and large, easy to read LED displays. This is really helpful because it is almost impossible to mess up pushing a button. You really need no cooking skills to use either of these pressure cookers, especially with the included booklets.

When pressure cooking, much less liquid is needed. This is because the liquid is not lost to evaporation due to the airtight conditions. For instance, when making pasta on the stove, you have to use a whole pot of water because once it starts boiling it starts evaporating. However, there is no way for water to evaporate from the pressure cooker, so you do not have to use nearly as much. Also, since no evaporation can take place, the steam is forced back into the food which prevents nutrients leeching out into the water.

Both pressure cookers are housed in a stainless steel, finger resistant housing. This is extremely useful when you have kids. They seem to smudge and smear everything, so having something they can't get their fingerprints all over is a nice reprieve.

Another competitor in this market that you may want to consider is the Power Pressure Cooker XL which has similar features, but specializes in canning.


Overall, the Instant Pot is more versatile than the CPC-600, and would be good for someone who plans on cooking a very wide range of dishes. However, if you just need a easy to use, classic pressure cooker, the CPC-600 is a great choice.

Instant Pot Smart vs. Duo vs. Duo Plus vs. Lux vs. Ultra | What’s the Difference?

Instant Pot Smart vs. Duo vs. Duo Plus vs. Lux vs. Ultra

By now, you’ve probably read all about how useful an Instant Pot can be, and now you're ready to buy one. But which one? Instead of scouring the web and trying to compare all of your options, we've done all the hard work for you!

Comparison Table

To make things easy, we organized all the features of these instant pots in the table below. To be perfectly honest, there aren't too many huge differences in our opinion and you're likely to be happy with whichever one you pick.

If your screen is too small to view the full table, you can swipe left to right to scroll through it.



Duo Plus



Write & Share Recipe Scripts






Cooks at any temperature












Yogurt Function






Dual Pressure












Smart Programs






Preset Temperatures






Control Type

Button a smartphone or tablet




Button and Dial

Pressure Cooking Time

Up to 2 Hours

Up to 4 Hours

Up to 4 Hours

Up to 4 Hours

Up to 6 Hours

Some other great features they all have in common are stainless steel inner pots/exteriors and their  10 unique safety features which protects against excess pressure, burning, leaking, and much more.​

If for whatever reason you don't like the Instant Pot line, we've covered other competitors such as Cuisinart CPC-600 and Power Pressure Cooker XL.

Instant Pot 7-in-1 Smart 60

As one of the most high tech Instant Pot, the Smart 60 has definitely made a name for itself. If you love technology, this might be the best Instant Pot for you. It takes the place of 7 kitchen appliances, and is a big help during the busy week.

Product Highlights

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 14 Smart Programs
  • Embedded Microprocessor

Instant Pot Smart Bluetooth 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer

What sets this Instant Pot apart from all the rest, is its Bluetooth capability. You can connect the Instant Pot to your smartphone via Bluetooth and then program and control the cooker directly from your phone. You can program it using easy to understand graphics, which are displayed on the large blue LCD screen. This gives you a wide range of customization options.

Using the free Instant Pot app, you are also able to turn complicated recipes into scripts and then send it to the cooker. So instead of worrying about letting it steam for 10 minutes, then switching it to another program, and then another, you can put it all in the script, send it to the cooker, and the cooker will do it automatically. Using the app, you can set a delay start timer as well. So if you want the cooker to turn on automatically, you can easily achieve this.

With 14 built in smart programs and 12 pre set temperatures, cooking full, homemade family meals is easily possible. With the press of a button, you can get dinner started, and depending on how you are cooking it, in just a few minutes you have a hot meal, ready to eat.

The embedded microprocessor is a small device that helps the Instant Pot provide consistent results. While the Instant Pot is running, the microprocessor works to monitor the pressure and temperature, so your food is not under or overcooked. It also keeps time and adjusts the heat intensity and duration as it is needed.

Lastly, the Instant Pot Smart 60 is more economical than your average slow cooker. Using this cooker, you can save up to 70% in time and energy, which translates into saving money as well. Over time, the savings add up, and before you know it, it has paid for itself.


The main disadvantage of this cooker, is that you have to be relatively close to control it via Bluetooth. It's not like you can control it from your phone at work. However, this is still really helpful, since you can just program it and forget about it.

What's Included?

When you buy the Instant Pot Smart 60, you also receive some pretty cool bonus accessories:

  • Steam rack with handles
  • Serving spoon
  • Soup spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Mini red mitts
  • Recipe book

Duo Plus 9-in-1

Although it does not have Bluetooth connectivity, the Duo Plus has a wide array of advantages and practical uses.


  • Large LCD Screen
  • Replaces 9 different appliances
  • Easy to use and clean

Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, 6 Qt  9-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer

The large, easy to read LCD screen makes it easy to see what you are doing in any light. The large display also makes it so you do not have to strain your eyes to read or program it, making it great for even more people.

This Instant Pot can pretty much do it all. But, to me, what is most impressive and what sets it apart is its cake and sterilize preset programs. Of course, it’s a great pressure cooker, slow cooker, and even steamer, but using the sterilize option, it can also sterilize bottles and pacifiers for busy parents. So, not only does it make healthy food, it also helps keep your family healthy.

It is also like a mini oven, and the perfect size for cakes. If you love to bake, or even just love cake, you have to try this vegan pear and cranberry cake.

None of the Instant Pots are hard to use, but with a whopping 15 smart programs, you have more options than before. Now, you can do 15 different things by just pressing one button. The smart programs take virtually all of the guess work out of cooking and helps you get those delicious home-cooked meals you want. To make things even easier, you can even set a delay start timer as with all the instant pots.

Every part of this Instant Pot that touches food is made from stainless steel. That includes the inner pot, the steam rack, and the lid, all of which are also easy to clean and dishwasher safe. The exterior is also made from stainless steel and is fingerprint resistant, making it super easy to clean as well. With kids, little fingerprints are on everything, so one less thing to wipe fingerprints off of is always a blessing. Plus, if you ever drip food on it, you can easily wipe it off.


After improving on previous models, and passing stringent safety tests, there are practically no disadvantages of this Instant Pot. People seem to love everything this cooker has to offer.

What's Included?

Again, this instant pot comes with some pretty neat accessories:

  • Steam rack with handles
  • Serving spoon
  • Soup spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Recipe book

Duo 60 7-in-1

Replacing 7 kitchen appliances is no easy task, but the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 does it miraculously. It seamlessly does the job of 7 appliances, making your life easier and less cluttered.


  • Versaility
  • Delayed start
  • Dual pressure settings
  • Manufactured in various sizes

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer (Packaging May Vary)

The versatility offered by the Instant Pot is almost unparalleled. There are thousands of dishes that you can make in this cooker, the possibilities are endless. With several preset programs, you also never have to worry about your dinner being undercooked, it consistently provides great results, which is why it is so popular.

If you are one of the millions of people who overwork themselves and then have little time to make healthy meals, the Instant Pot would be a great addition to your life. The 24 hour delay start option makes it easy to get the meal in the cooker, set the timer to turn on while you are at work, and then when you get home and you're ready to eat, you're food is ready too. This is a great option, especially for families who are trying to eat healthy, or save money by not eating out.

The dual pressure settings allow you to cook with high or low pressure. High pressure gets the job done faster, up to 6 times faster than conventional cooking. But slow cooking is a great way to cook delicate foods or stews. It gives you flexibility with your cooking methods and still allows you to just have one appliance to store rather than 2, or even 7.

The Duo 60 7-in-1 comes in various sizes, so whether you are a family of 2 or 10, it can make cooking easier. It is available as a mini, in a 3 quart option, this is good for individuals or smaller families. It is also available in 6 quart and 8 quart sizes.


After reviewing the previous Instant Pots, the display screen of the Duo would be the only disadvantage. It is not a blue LCD screen, however, it is not hard to read or anything. This just comes down to a matter of personal preference.

What's Included?

When you buy the Instant Pot Duo 60 7-in-1, you also receive:

  • Steam rack
  • Rice paddle
  • Soup spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Recipe book
  • Condensation collector

Instant Pot Lux V3 6-in-1

Another addition to the Instant Pot family, this Instant Pot is very similar to the Duo, but has a few different functions.


  • Makes cake!
  • Delay start timer
  • Easy to use

Instant Pot LUX60 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Muti-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer

Unlike some other models, the Lux V3 can make cakes, similar to the Duo Plus - perfect for someone with kids.

With 10 patented safety technologies and rigorous testing, you can pressure cook with peace of mind.
If you have kids, this is likely a big concern. There is little to no chance it will overheat and catch on fire while you are at work, or build up too much pressure and explode. Instant Pot has decked out their products with some of the best and most comprehensive safety features out there. 

Although please be sure to follow all manufacturer instructions!​

On top of the preset programs and dual pressure options, you also have the delay start option. Which allows you to set the Instant Pot to turn on by itself. So, if you have errands to run, or soccer practice to rush to, when you get back, dinner will be hot and ready.

Lastly, because of the preset programs, and simple button control, this cooker is extremely easy to use. You can make dishes that would normally take a lot of skill to perfect, by just pressing a button. It’s a great way to impress houseguests and bring the life to any potluck. And regardless of the size of the gathering, the Lux V3 has got your back. It is available in 6 quart and 8 quart options.


The main, and really the only, disadvantage of this Instant Pot is that it does not make yogurt. However, if you are not a big yogurt eater and do not plan on making it, this is hardly a drawback. But, if you love yogurt and really want to make it yourself, the Duo is a better option for you. If you're interested in vegan yogurt, you can check out how to make soy yogurt at Glue and Glitter.

What's Included?

When you buy the Instant Pot Lux V3 6-in-1, you also receive:

  • Steam rack without handles
  • Rice paddle
  • Soup spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Recipe book

Instant Pot Ultra 10-in1

Instant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer

Definitely one of the most versatile Instant Pots, the Ultra has a lot to offer and improves on some of the earlier models with several new features. The most obvious of these changes is in the name. The Instant Pot Ultra goes one step beyond all the others and replaces 10 common kitchen appliances.


  • Altitude Adjustment
  • Cooking indicator
  • Steam release button
  • Central dial

The first new thing about the Ultra is the altitude adjustment option. Because the pressure changes as the altitude changes, if you live in a mountain city or a city below sea level, it can affect the performance of your pressure cooker. However, with the new altitude adjustment option, you are able to pressure cook at any altitude. The new altitude adjustment is what makes this Instant Pot perfect for anyone in the mountains, or otherwise "abnormal" altitudes.

The cooking indicator is another new feature unique to the Ultra. It makes it really easy to see where your dish is in the cooking process. It is displayed on the large, easy to read LCD screen, and it tells you what stage the cooker is in, whether it be preheating, cooking, or Keep Warm. With some of the other Instant Pots, you did not know when it was done preheating and actually cooking, but with the Ultra you can know with just a glance.

The other Instant Pots have 10 safety features, they help keep the Instant Pot functioning and prevent any accidents, and they do a great job. But, the Ultra has one leg up on them because it has an added safety feature, a steam release reset button. The steam release reset button helps ensure that the steam is safely released after your food is done cooking.

This last feature is what makes the Ultra one of the most versatile and customizable, the easy to use central dial. The dial, located in the center of the Instant Pot, lets you easily pick the precise setting you wish to cook on. Its simple turn and press operated dial that is easy enough for anyone to use.


When comparing the Ultra to the other Instant Pots, it is very hard to find any negatives. The only thing that could possibly make this Instant Pot better is if it had Bluetooth capability like the Smart one. However, considering everything it does have, adding Bluetooth might just be too much.

What's Included?

When you buy the Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1, you also receive:

  • Steam rack with handles
  • Serving spoon
  • Recipe booklet
  • Soup spoon
  • Measuring Cup

Which One Should I Pick?

When deciding this, consider your needs. If you only need a small cooker, the 3 quart Duo would be your best option. If you are a cake and soy yogurt fiend, you would probably get the most from the Duo Plus. And if you love technology and use Bluetooth frequently, the Instant Pot Smart is sure to please.

As a final consideration,  if you live at a place with high or low altitudes, then going with the Ultra is probably the best option.

Whichever one you choose, you will have a kitchen appliance that does the job of at least 6 appliances, what's not to love about that?

Instant Pot 6-in-1 vs. 7-in-1 | What’s the Difference?

Instant Pot 6-in-1 VS. 7-in-1

Updated 3/18/2018.

The main differences between the 6 in 1 and 7 in 1 are the sizes and programmed functions. The 6-in-1 Instant Pot comes with 10 programmed functions while the 7 comes with 14. The 7-in-1 Instant Pot is also manufactured in a wider variety of sizes.

See the comparison chart below for full details.

Instant pots are becoming more and more popular because they are an easy alternative to pressure cookers, and cost about the same. Pressure cookers, pressure cook, plain and simple. However, Instant Pots can pressure cook, steam, warm, and more. While shopping for an Instant Pot, it is important to know the different kinds so that you can pick the best one for your needs.

In this article, we'll explore all of the differences between the 6-in-1 and 7-in-1.

Why Use an Instant Pot

  • Quicker than slow cookers
  • Easier to use than pressure cookers
  • More versatile than almost any other kitchen appliance
  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
  • Can do the functions of rice cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, and more.

Rather than using a slow cooker and taking all day to make dinner, an Instant Pot can be used to make dinner in a matter of minutes. Of course, pressure cookers can cook quickly as well, but they can be fickle. All too often people buy pressure cookers, only to realize that monitoring the temperature can be more difficult than originally thought.

Pressure cookers also have a much smaller range of dishes that they can cook. Whereas Instant Pots can take on all types of dishes, from soups, to pasta, and even several desserts. Instant Pots are widely known for their versatility, although some can do more than others, and that alone is reason enough to buy one.

However, on top of their versatility, they are also way easier to clean than pressure cookers. Pressure cookers can be pretty cumbersome and awkward to wash, but you do not face this problem with an Instant Pot. Now, let's take a look at a couple of different Instant Pots to help give you a better idea of what they can do, and how they differ from one another.

Other models that perform similarly are the Cuisinart CPC and Power Pressure Cooker XL.​

Comparison Table

We've taken the liberty of summarizing all of the similarities and differences so that you don't have to!

LUX60 V3 6-in-1 Instant Pot DUO80 7-in-1 Instant Pot
Pressure Cooker Yes Yes
Steamer Yes Yes
Sauté Yes Yes
Rice Cooker Yes Yes
Warmer Yes Yes
Makes Cakes Yes Yes
Makes Yogurt No Yes
Dishwasher Safe Yes Yes
Microprocessor Yes Yes
Built in Programs 10 14
Preset Temperatures 7 8
Pot size 6 Quart 8 Quart 3 Quart 6 Quart 8 Quart
Wattage 1000 Watts 1000 Watts
Display LED LED
Weight 14.6 pounds 19 pounds

Instant Pot LUX60 V3 6-in-1

This Instant Pot is extremely versatile with 6 distinct functions. The food grade, stainless steel pot, rack, and lid, can all be used to pressure cook for up to 4 hours, and keep your food warm for up to 10! And best of all, they are all dishwasher safe.

This Instant Pot is great for anyone who doesn't have lots of spare time each day to cook. It reduces the amount of time you spend cooking by up to 600%.

This Instant Pot, with 10 built in programs, takes the guess work out of cooking. You can easily select one of the programs by pressing the large, easy to use buttons on the exterior of the Instant Pot.

The 6-in-1 is great for families of all sizes. It comes in 6 or 8 quart sizes, so if you have a large family, the 8 quart can make plenty of food for your small army.

Instant Pot LUX60 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Muti-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer

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Speaking of the exterior, the beautiful stainless steel is fingerprint resistant, so there won't be those ugly smudges every time you use it. This comes in extremely handy if you have children, since their little fingers seem to find anything and everything. But how does this Instant Pot measure up to a 7-in-1?

Instant Pot DUO80 7-in-1

This 8 quart, stainless steel Instant Pot, has all the same functions of the 6-in-1, plus it can make yogurt. Glue and Glitter has a great recipe for vegan yogurt you can make right in the Instant Pot, so feel free to check that out. This just goes to show that this sleek, well built Instant Pot is great for people who want to make healthy foods that actually taste good, too.

The DUO80 7-in-1, has a large, easy to use user interface as well. There are no tiny buttons, or dials, or really any programming that you have to do, the Instant Pot pretty much does it all for you.

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer (Packaging May Vary)

If the thought of a machine doing so much, makes you a little apprehensive, we are here to ease your nerves. There are 10 unique, patented safety mechanisms to ensure that the Instant POT is always functioning correctly. For example, the Instant Pot can detect when the steam release is open, causing leaks while cooking. It also has an anti blockage vent and a high heat monitoring system, which helps ensure that pieces of food will not block the vent and that the temperature does not get too high, burning your food.

Adding to its safety, the pot is totally chemical free and has an air tight seal. This provides protection from from the outside environment and keeps all of the flavors trapped inside. The 3-ply bottom also allows for even heat distribution and ensures that your food is always cooked perfectly and on time.

Like the 6-in-1, this one is also manufactured in various sizes. You can choose from the 3 quart, 6 quart, or 8 quart Instant Pot.

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What's Included

On top of the Instant Pots themselves, when you buy one, it also willI come with:

  • Stainless steel steam rack
  • Rice paddle
  • Soup spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Condensation collector


Overall, the Instant Pot works as promised. They tend to last a very long time and they have been very well received by people all over. As with everything, there may be a small manufacturing error here and there, but that is why it also comes with a 1 year warranty.

So, Which One Should I Buy?

Both Instant Pots are pretty great, so there is no, one definite answer to this question. You must assess your needs first. Do you plan on making a lot of yogurt? If the answer is no, you will probably be fine getting the 6-in-1. However, if you love yogurt and really want to make your own, the 7-in-1 Instant Pot is is a great way to do that.

Regardless of which Instant Pot you choose to purchase, you will get an incredibly durable and reliable piece of cookware that that is going to last you years. The guarantee is backed by a one year manufacturer's warranty, so if your machine malfunctions, you haven't wasted your money.

A really cool feature that both Instant Pots also have, is a 24 hour delayed start. This means you can set the Instant Pot to turn on at a certain time. This can be incredibly useful if you work all day and don't have time to cook every night, but still want to eat healthy. You can easily program the Instant Pot to turn on a couple of hours before you usually get home, depending on what you're making, and by the time you get home your dinner will be done and ready to eat.

With both Instant Pots, you can also download the Instant Pot recipe app to go along with your new Instant Pot. The app has hundreds of more recipes, so you'll never run out of things to make. For us plant based folks - the Vegan Richa has a ton of specifically Instant Pot vegan recipes to check out! But, the only way to really find out about all of the great features and life changing benefits of the Instant Pot, is to buy one for yourself.

Power Pressure Cooker XL vs Instant Pot | What’s the Difference?

power pressure cooker xl vs instant pot comparison

When you are faced with 2 great appliances like the Instant Pot and the Power Pressure Cooker XL, it can be hard to choose just one. Of course, there is no need for both them. Below, is a breakdown of each one of them to help you make your decision. Many people seem to think pressure cookers and slow cookers are only good for roasts, or stews, or chicken. But the truth is, there are just as many delicious vegan dishes that you can make in these making them a great choice for any household.

The main difference between the two units is that the Power Pressure Cooker XL has a canning/preserving function whereas the Instant Pot does not (although they have other varying functions). The other difference is the longer warranty (by 10 months) provided by Instant Pot. See our summary chart and write-up below for more details.

The instant pot can be used for boiling water canning according to their website, but doesn't seem to have been designed with canning in mind like the Power Pressure Cooker XL which has its own unique canning and preserving function.

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There are obviously a bunch of other nuanced differences as well, but at the end of the day they are machines designed to handle all of the big cooking methods in one although their individual settings may vary.

Another unit to consider is the Cuisinart Electric Pressure cooker, another competitor in this market.

Comparison Chart: Power Pressure Cooker XL vs. Instant Pot 7-in-1

We've taken the liberty of charting out all of the main functions and features

Power Pressure Cooker XL Instant Pot
One Touch Preset Programs10 14
Display Digital Digital
Dual Pressure Settings Yes Yes
Delay Timer Yes Yes
Automatic Keep Warm Yes Yes
Dishwasher Safe Yes Yes
Interior Material Aluminum with nonstick coating Stainless steel
Exterior Material Stainless Steel Stainless steel
Sizes Available 6 quart, 8 quart, 10 quart 3 quart, 6 quart, 8 quart
Warranty 60 Days 1 Year

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Power Pressure Cooker XL

Pressure cooking is incredibly popular these days because it allows you to get those scrumptious, slow cooked meals in a matter of minutes. So, if you are going to buy a pressure cooker, you might as well buy the best one, right? With so many uses, it's not a surprise that this one is so popular.

What We Love

  • One touch controls
  • Easy to clean - dishwasher safe parts
  • Manufactured in various sizes
  • Versatile - serves as a replacement for rice cooker, pressure cooker, canner, etc.
  • Has its own unique canning and preserving function.


With this electric pressure cooker, you can cook almost any meal, and you can do it 70% faster than it would normally take. So if you are really busy and only have 20 or 30 minutes to make dinner, you can still make a complete meal, hassle free.

This pressure cooker also features one touch controls that allows you to toss in all the ingredients and cook it all with the touch of a button. It even has a setting for canning, so you can make delicious home made preserves and keep them fresh. Using the soup setting, you can also make this delicious vegetable soup

The inner pot is made from non stick stainless steel, which makes it easy to clean because there won't be tons of pieces of food clinging to the bottom. The pot is also 100 percent dishwasher safe, which is even easier. It can go right in the dishwasher with the rest of your dishes.

Whether you have a family of 3, or a family of 10 or more, there is a Power Pressure Cooker XL for you. It is manufactured in 6 quart, 8 quart, and 10 quart sizes. No longer will you have to worry about not making enough food for the potluck.

Speaking of potlucks, this pressure cooker is a dream come true to any potluck regular. You can pretty much make anything in it, and it even doubles as a slow cooker. So at every potluck you can show up and wow them with a totally different dish each time. 

The Power Pressure Cooker XL is designed to replace your need for a slow cooker, rice cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, and canner.


One of the main differences we found was that the Power Pressure Cooker XL has a shorter warranty when compared to the instant pot. The difference is 60 days compared to one year which is quite a bit shorter.

Instant Pot

The wildly popular, 7-in-1 kitchen appliance seems to be able to do everything. Which is why it is worth considering before you make a final decision. The Instant Pot may very well be exactly what you are looking for.

Similar to the Power Pressure Cooker XL - the Instant Pot comes with some different settings - although they are designed to do the same thing at the end of the day. Again, it does have a longer warranty though, an important consideration to make along with price.

What We Love

  • User friendly
  • Easy to Clean Dishwasher Safe Parts
  • Versatile - lots of different functions designed to make cooking easier
  • 24 hour delayed start
  • Various sizes
  • One year warranty

Instant Pot is one of those appliances that you don't have to be a master chef to know how to use. For almost everything, it is really as easy as just throwing in all the ingredients and turning it on. Depending on what you make, you don't even have to worry about what cook settings to use. With 14 preset smart programs, and 7 temperature settings, it is easy to get just what you need from the Instant Pot.

Instead of scraping food morsels, and scrubbing until your knuckles are white, you can just throw the inner pot right into the dishwasher and wash it that way. However, even if you do wash it by hand, the non stick, 3 ply bottom of of the stainless steel pot can be washed in just just a few seconds.

The 14 preset programs should be an indication of how much the Instant cooker can cook. I would bet that most of the meals you eat, you could make in the Instant Pot.

Obviously, you wouldn't make a salad or anything like that in here, but any of your hot meals could probably be made in here. That's pretty awesome, because it means your meals can be easy to make, all the time. Instead of just having a few meal options, there are seemingly endless options, even soy yogurt, and it's easy to keep it healthy as well.

One of the best, and most unique features, is the 24 hour hour delay start option. This is exactly what it sounds like, you can set the Instant Pot to turn on, by itself, at anytime in the next 24 hours.

So instead of leaving leaving it leaving it on all day while you are at work, or having to rush to cook when you get home, you can set it to turn on by itself and by the time you're home, you will have dinner already made.

If you live by yourself, there's an Instant Pot for you. On the other end of the spectrum, there is also an Instant Pot that can feed large families. The Instant Pot is manufactured in 3 sizes; 3 quart, 6 quart, and 8 quart. So, no matter how many mouths you have to feed, the Instant Pot is a good choice of cookware.

On top of everything else, you also get a few goodies with the Instant Pot, such as:

  • Rice paddle
  • Soup spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Condensation collector
  • Steam rack with handles


If the Instant Pot has a flaw, it has not yet been found. The Instant Pot works as promised and even has a 1 year manufacturer's warranty. So, if your Instant Pot with some manufacturing flaw, you can easily have it replaced.

Which One is the Winner?

You are, well sort of. When it comes to Power Pressure Cooker XL versus the Instant Pot, there is no clear cut winner. They each have unique features and tons of practical applications. They can both be used by people of any skill level and they are a great way to feed your family healthy, home cooked meals. But you will feel like you have won regardless of which one you choose, because they both have the ability to make your your life much easier, especially when dinner time rolls around.

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