Originally Posted by 2blacklabs
Moving from an A to a B with a much smaller kitchen. Is a crock pot or insta pot a more usable piece if equipment. Since storage is smaller want to make sure I stay with something I would use often
I love our Instant Pot at home (8 qt) and have been thinking of getting the 3 qt for the RV.
If all you are going to do is slow cooking, then a $17 Crock Pot makes sense. But the Instant Pot does so much more (and you can slow-cook with the 7-in-1 model), and so much faster, it seems worth the $77 to me. (Current Amazon Prices for the name-brand of each).
While the instant pot is probably going to use less power overall (less heat escaping), at 700w (while the element is on) it is going to require a sizeable inverter, a generator, or shore power. At 170w, the Crock Pot could run off even a small inverter--albeit for many hours.
I used to cook ribs at home in our Crock Pot for 10-14 hours for fall-off-the-bone tenderness, but to get the same tenderness only takes 1 hour in the Instant Pot. That's 2-3 times as much total energy to cook something in a Crock Pot (~2000 W-hrs) versus the Instant Pot (~700 W-hrs). (In reality, both will probably take less total energy since the element won't be on the full time in either.)