15 of the absolute best Instant Brands products we've tested so far
Haven't you heard? Instant Brands makes more than just the Instant Pot
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Over the past few years, the Instant Pot craze has simply refused to die down—people love their Instant Pots. And for good reason. Instant Pot and Instant Brands products regularly make our 'best of' lists, perform well with reviewers, and lead market categories like pressure cookers and cookware.
For your convenience, we've rounded up our favorite out of the Instant Brands items we've tested and reviewed, so that you can experience the glories of the Instant Pot Ultra and products like it for yourself.
1. Instant Pot Ultra
Our favorite Instant Pot is also our favorite pressure cooker, having overwhelmed the competition in our roundup of the best pressure cookers of 2021. The Instant Pot Ultra is extremely consistent, versatile, and easy to operate. It offers typical Instant Pot capabilities as well as additional settings like Egg Cooker and Sterilize, and even lets you manually control the temperature inside the pot. If you’re in the market for a pressure cooker, the Ultra offers excellent value for the price and is our choice of Instant Pot, hands down.
2. Pyrex Ultimate Food Storage Set
Made with resilient, sturdy glass and featuring thoughtful additions like a vent for microwave reheating on every lid, the Pyrex Ultimate Food Storage Set was a shoe-in as our favorite reusable food storage container set. When we tested reusable food containers we found that the Ultimate Food Storage line outperformed the competition, which included an array of other Pyrex storage products. Our editors noted that while the Pyrex Ultimate set’s lids may stain with use, dishwasher cleaning will remove the stains—a win-win for those who hate those orangey stains.
3. Instant Ace Nova Blender
The Instant Ace Nova is a great, affordable blender that offers a variety of features at a low cost compared to popular options like the Vitamix or NutriBullet. The Ace Nova performed super well during our testing, earning the title of Best Affordable blender thanks to its intuitive controls (there’s even a cleaning button), its helpful presets, and its ability to not only chop and blend all sorts of produce, whip up nut butters, and make almond milk, but even cook soups, too.
4. Instant Milk Frother
If you want to level up your morning coffee, or impress others with your barista skills, adding a milk frother to your caffeine routine is a great way to start. The Instant Milk Frother bested all the milk frothers we tried, thanks to its low cost, its volume and speed, and the addition of thoughtful features like a handle and temperature-based foam settings. Who knows, it might even help you curb that Starbucks addiction!
5. Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup
These cups measure up, pun intended. The Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup is our favorite measuring cup for liquid out there, with a no-dribble spout and easy-to-read measurement markers that didn’t fade over time. The Pyrex Prepware Cup is also one of the cheapest cups we tested, so you won’t have to shell out a ton for a great kitchen investment.
6. Correlle Dinnerware
If you haven’t bought Corelle dinnerware for yourself, you may have had it passed down to you, according to our tester Cheryl Fenton. We checked out the Corelle dinnerware set from Instant Brands to see if they could stand up to modern-day testing, and we were pleasantly unsurprised to find that the Corelle dishware deserves its long-standing reputation, as the products we tried were lightweight and easy to clean and care for.
7. Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi
Boasting efficiency, smart connection, and app integration, the Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi dazzled when we tested it alongside several other pressure cookers, operating well when we used the app functions and well on its own during manual use. The Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi is one of the newer models from Instant Pot, and its design and abundance of great features speak to the finesse Instant Pot has been developing over time.
8. Pyrex Easy Grab Loaf Dish
Loaf pans are fantastic—whether you’re making cakes, crumble, or even meatloaf, a bread pan will see you through. If you prefer a no-frills, large-handled option, the Pyrex Easy Grab Loaf Dish would be a smart choice for your next foray into banana bread. The Pyrex Easy Grab Loaf Dish was awarded our best non-nonstick version when we tested loaf pans, as we loved that the pan allows you to get a good grip on the pan when you’re pulling it out of the oven, and is dishwasher safe for extra ease of use.
9. Instant Pot Duo Plus
When we rounded up our favorite pressure cookers, the Instant Pot Duo Plus impressed us with its 14-plus functions and consistent quality. The Duo Plus is also highly beloved online, with plenty of forums devoted to its specific functions. If you’ve been thinking about buying an Instant Pot, you can compare the Duo Plus against other options with our buying guide. Of all its features, we particularly loved its Sterilize function, which can be used to kill bacteria on baby bottles, jars, sippy cups, and more.
10. Pyrex Easy Grab 9.5-inch Pie Plate
Another entry from the Pyrex Easy Grab series, this pie plate is great for anyone that wants an inexpensive glass pie pan that they can use to keep an eye on their pie as it’s cooking. In our roundup of the best pie dishes, we enjoyed the Easy Grab plate’s scalloped rim and versatility. A word of caution: Pyrex recommends preheating the oven before using this pie plate, as the glass can shatter if exposed to extreme temperature changes over a short amount of time.
Get the Pyrex Easy Grab 9.5-inch Pie Plate from Pyrex for $7
11. Pyrex Simply Store 10-piece Rectangular Set
If you’ve ever had problems with staining on the inside of storage containers from sauces, these are the containers for you. We tried out the Simply Store set in our roundup of food storage containers and noted that it was the only brand that withstood stains throughout our testing. The Pyrex Simply Store set also boasts dishwasher and freezer safety, and can be used in the microwave.
12. Snapware Total Solution Storage sets
When we rounded up the best food storage containers of 2021, we included several different sets of the Snapware Total Solution containers, including sets made of both plastic and glass. The Snapware Total Solution plastic set impressed us with its airtight seals, while the glass set was a bit sturdier and had the benefit of being oven-safe and shatterproof.
- Get the Snapware Total Solution 20-piece Plastic Food Storage Container Set from Snapware for $30
- Get the Snapware Total Solution Glass Food Storage 20-piece set from Snapware for $56
13. Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer
If you want a pressure cooker that doubles as an air fryer, the Duo Crisp from Instant Pot is a no-brainer. When we tested the 6-quart model to other Instant Pots on the market it performed well thanks to its Sous Vide function and the ease of switching between the air fryer and pressure cooker functions. For those who enjoy meal prepping for the whole week or are feeding larger families, the 8-quart model might be your best bet.
Get the Instant Pot 8-quart Duo Crisp + Air Fryer from Instant Home for $149.95
14. Pyrex Easy Grab 3-Quart Glass Baking Dish with Red Lid
Baking dishes are a kitchen staple, and this low-cost, handy dish from Pyrex is an inexpensive addition to any baker’s cabinets. The Pyrex Easy Grab baking dish was awarded the Best Value pick from our editors in Reviewed’s best casserole dish roundup, outperforming more expensive options from William-Sonoma and OXO. Its thoughtful versatility, broad handles, and easy storage capabilities made it stand out from the crowd.
Get the Pyrex Easy Grab 3-quart Glass Baking Dish with Red Lid from Instant Home for $18
15. Instant Pot Duo
With slightly fewer bells and whistles than the Duo Plus, but similar specs in terms of general Instant Pot capabilities, the Instant Pot Duo is a solid machine that continues to be a good purchase, offering simple use and an affordable price for those looking for a cheaper Instant Pot option. On Amazon, nearly 150,000 reviewers have given the Duo a 5-star rating.
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