Instant Pot Sizes: The Quart Sizes Available by Models (2021)

If you are thinking about buying an electric pressure cooker, knowing which Instant Pot sizes are currently available will help you with your research. Here is a review of the sizes available by model.

In 2021, there are 3 Instant Pot sizes across the different model lines: 3 quarts, 6 quarts, and 8 quarts. Not all quart sizes are available in all series. Previously there were also two Instant Pots available as a 5 quart option and a 10 quart Duo Nova.

The most popular and most common size is the 6 quart model. Currently, the largest Instant Pot available is 8 quarts. The largest Instant Pot model ever available was the 10 quart Duo Nova, a series now discontinued.

Below is a listing of all the current Instant Pots by size to help you understand which is available for purchase. You may still be able to find discontinued sizes available online and in local stores.

The 5 quart model was an earlier size that the Instant Pot Duo and Lux models were available in.

And if you want to know what size Instant Pot you have, here are 3 ways to figure that out.

Electric pressure cooker closeup with rule to measure Instant Pot Sizes available

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Instant Pot Sizes by Models

The main Instant Pot series models are made in 3 sizes: 3 quarts, 6 quarts, and 8 quarts. There are a few Instant Pot models that are offered in 6 and/or 8 quart options. For example these are only available in the 6 quarts including the Max, Nova Plus, and Smart WiFi.

And the Duo Nova was available as a 10 quart and was the only model available at that size.

For the Instant Pots currently available, they’re available in the following sizes:

Model3 Quart6 Quart8 Quart
Instant Pot DuoYesYesYes
Instant Pot Duo PlusYesYesYes
Instant Pot Ultra (Amazon only)YesYesYes
Instant Pot ProYesYes
Instant Pot Duo CrispYesYes
Instant Pot Pro CrispYes
Instant Pot VivaYesYes
Instant Pot MaxYes
Instant Pot Pro PlusYes
Instant Pot Duo Gourmet (via Costcos)Yes

The Instant Pot Pro and Instant Pot Pro Plus were introduced in 2021 and other models were discontinued.

Related: Instant Pot Pro Crisp vs Duo Crisp: 7 Differences Compared

Instant Pot 3 Quart Models

The 3 quart Instant Pot is available in 3 models. You may also see this size referred to as the Instant Pot Mini. The 3 quart models include:

  • Instant Pot Duo Mini
  • Instant Pot Duo Plus Mini (updated in 2021)
  • Instant Pot Ultra Mini (available via Amazon)

And for Star Wars fans, there is also a Duo Mini available as a BB-8 droid.

In the past, there were two additional 3 quart models including the Lux Mini and Duo Nova Mini. The Duo Nova Mini was introduced in 2019 and since discontinued.

They updated the Duo Plus Mini with new features in 2021 to make it a nice upgrade from the basic Duo.

Instant Pot 6 Quart Models

The 6 Quart Instant Pot is available in the core series models along with a few additional versions. The 6 quarts models include:

  • Duo 6 Quart
  • Duo Plus 6 Quart
  • Ultra 6 Quart (via Amazon)
  • Pro 6 Quart
  • Pro Plus
  • Duo Crisp 6 Quart
  • Max
  • Viva (via Walmart)
  • Duo Gourmet (via Costco)

For Star Wars fans, there are five Duo 6 quart options available: Darth Vadar, Little Bounty (baby Yoda), R2-D2, and a stormtrooper.

For Harry Potter fans, Williams-Sonoma sells a Harry Potter-themes 6 quart Duo Plus.

Additional models that were previously sold in 6 quart options include: Instant Pot Smart (WiFi), Duo Evo Plus, Lux, and Duo Nova

The Instant Pot is generally available in black with stainless steel. And newer models are black stainless steel.

There were a few special color options for the Lux and Viva 6 quart models which you may still be able to find, in addition to a Lux series made with the Pioneer Woman. Instant Pot also started to release the Duo 6 quart in a few colors including white, coral, and teal available through Amazon.

Related: Instant Pot Pro vs Duo Differences Compared

Instant Pot 8 Quart Models

The 8 quart Instant Pot is the largest size currently sold. The seven options available for the 8 quart include:

  • Duo 8 Quart
  • Duo Plus 8 Quart
  • Ultra 8 Quart (via Amazon)
  • Pro 8 Quart
  • Duo Crisp + Air Fryer 8 Quart
  • Pro Crisp 8 Quart
  • Viva 8 Quart (via Walmart)

The Instant Pot Pro and Instant Pot Pro Plus were introduced in 2021 and other models were discontinued.

The Duo Evo Plus, Lux, and Duo Nova 8 quart options have been discontinued. You may still be able to find them online or in local stores.

Instant Pot 10 Quart Models

The 10 Quart Instant Pot was the largest available as of early September 2019. It was easy to overlook because it was not listed with the rest of the series on Amazon.

  • Duo Nova 10 Quart

What size is the largest instant pot?

As of 2021, the 8 quart size is the largest Instant Pot sold by the company. Previously the 10 quart model was the largest but the Duo Nova series was discontinued.

For the 8 quart models you have multiple options to choose from, depending on what you need and how much you want to spend:

  • Duo 8 Quart
  • Duo Plus 8 Quart
  • Ultra 8 Quart (via Amazon)
  • Pro 8 Quart
  • Duo Crisp + Air Fryer
  • Viva 8 Quart (via Walmart)

There were also other 8 quart models previously sold along with the 10 quart. You may still be able to find them online or at a local store.

Instant Pot Ultra quart sizes

The Instant Pot Ultra is available in 3 quart sizes: 3 quart mini, 6 quarts, and 8 quarts. Currently Instant is only selling these models through Amazon, though you may find some inventory at other online or local stores.

Is there a 5 quart Instant Pot?

The 5 quart Instant Pot size was discontinued. It was available as an Instant Pot Lux and Duo. It was replaced by the 6 quart model. You may find them in local second-hand stores and check with the company directly if you have one and need parts for it.

You can now choose from 3 quarts, 6 quarts, and 8 quarts, depending on which fits your need.

Is there a 10 quart Instant Pot?

The 10 quart Duo Nova was discontinued. It was released in early September 2019 and was the only model available at that size. It was difficult to find online because it was not listed with the rest of the series on Amazon originally.

You may still be able to find a 10 quart Instant Pot online or at your local stores, but the inventory is likely limited.

If you need an electric pressure cooker larger than 8 quarts you’ll need to look at other brands. You may also want to consider contacting the company to let them know you would buy a larger Instant Pot. With enough feedback maybe they’ll consider making another 10 quart model.

Choose the Instant Pot Size and model that works for you

Fortunately, there are multiple sizes and models for you to choose from, depending on how many people you usually cook for, how you plan to use it, how much space you have available, and how much you want to spend.

The 6 quart model is the most commonly recommended size to choose as it gives a greater range of flexibility, most recipes are written for the 6 quart, and has a wider range of accessories available.

I personally went with a 3 quart model to start because I have limited kitchen storage space (including in the freezer), and I am generally only cooking for 1.

One thing to note about the smaller 3 quart models, they don’t usually have all of the smart programs available in the larger 6 quart sizes. For example, if you want the Cake Smart Program, you’ll need a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot.

Choose the best size that works for you. Don’t worry, many people expand their collection of Instant Pots over time. And you usually can cook using more than 1 Instant Pot at the same time.

How to figure out which Instant Pot size you have

Not sure which Instant Pot size you have? Here’s a quick trick to figure that out.

Check the sticker on the back of your Instant Pot. While the print is a little small, it will tell you the model you currently have along with the volume (size) in terms of quarts: 3, 6, 8, or 10. If you have an older model Instant Pot, it’s also possible you have a 5 quart version.

With the 6 quart model being the most popular, it wouldn’t be surprising if you have that one. But it’s always a good idea to double-check if you have any questions.

Related: 3 ways to tell which size Instant Pot you have

What are your other questions about Instant Pot sizes?

When shopping for an Instant Pot you have multiple size options available: 3 quart, 6 quart, and 8 quart across different models. As part of deciding which to buy you need to think about your kitchen space, what types of dishes you’ll cook, and how much you want to spend.

The option available will change over time and you’ll likely find a need to own multiple sizes. Smaller side dishes can fit nicely into a 3 quart while the 6 and 8 quart models are great for both main dishes and batch cooking.

What other questions do you have? And what are you considering as part of your research?

Need help comparing the models? Check out the following:

Check out our following Instant Pot comparisons to help you choose between the models available.

Instant Pot Sizes: The Quart Sizes Available By Models

2 Comments

    1. Hey Lexa –

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen that combo. You might find a combo on Amazon. Honestly, if you have the space in your kitchen, the extra liner is a nice thing to have if you’re going to cook a few things back to back. It gives you a little breathing room on either prep and/or cleanup.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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