This slow cooker has developed a cult following around the internet

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Every now and then a product comes along and captures the collective consciousness of the internet.

It can come through viral means — remember Chewbacca Mum and her mask? — or through clear superiority to its competition.

The Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker is one of these products.

The kitchen appliance has been featured on the New York Times on three separate occasions. On Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit you can find active communities trading tips, tricks, and recipes to help fellow Instant Pot enthusiasts unlock the true potential of the new addition to their kitchen.

We first noticed the popularity of the Instant Pot on Prime Day last year. Looking back at the day’s best-selling products, we found many of the items we expected, but were fairly shocked to see the Instant Pot made the list. As it turns out, we shouldn’t have been surprised at all; according to the New York Times, over 215,000 Instant Pots found a new home on Prime Day last year. From there, fascination with the kitchen addition only grew.

What makes the Instant Pot so special is its versatility and ease of use. Its 7-in-1 distinction is earned by its ability to serve as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, porridge maker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer. It’s also a great option for those trying to eat healthier, with tons of available recipes to satisfy and delight both vegetarians and vegans.

A quick look at the Instant Pot on Amazon is striking to anyone who has spent time browsing through products. Posting an impressive rating of 4.7/5 stars, what’s truly jarring is that the product has received over 16,000 reviews from satisfied customers. The top rated review is from Anne P. Mitchell and comes in at over 2,500 words. Mitchell expresses her joy with the product and divulges helpful hints for first-time users who might be overwhelmed by the number of features the Instant Pot offers.

It’s safe to say the Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker is the internet’s favourite pressure cooker, and it might even be the internet’s favourite kitchen appliance altogether. It’s inspiring communities to come together online, and inspiring strangers on the internet to write loving reviews longer than some of my college term papers.

The six-quart version of the Instant Pot is the top-selling one, but you can get the five-quart and eight-quart versions with free Prime shipping as well.

If you’re looking to change the way you cook, investing in an Instant Pot might be the move for you to make.

Instant Pot Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker (5Qt), $A131.16

Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker (6Qt), $A133.91

This article was originally published on 2/7/2016.

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