This Black Friday Instant Pot Air Fryer deal is an absolute must-have

I'm obsessed with air fryers, and this is the one I have in my kitchen. At this price it's a steal

Instant Pot Duo Crisp with Ultimate Lid
(Image credit: Instant Pot)

I've written a few times about the best Instant Pot and best air fryer you can buy: if you want one device that does both the Instant Pot Duo Crisp with Ultimate Lid is fantastic, and it's the most used appliance in my kitchen thanks to its many talents. 

I said a few days ago that this was the Instant Pot Black Friday deal to wait for, and now it's here. Instead of the usual £220 RRP, this all-powerful Instant Pot is just £155 in the Black Friday sale at Argos (opens in new tab).

As with other Instant Pots, this is a fully-featured multi-cooker that can sauté, slow cook, pressure cook, simmer and much more. It's particularly great if you're cooking for a family or like to come home to a slow-cooked meal when you get home from uni or work. But this one's also brilliant for chips.

Why this specific Instant Pot is such a brilliant buy

This isn't the only Instant Pot to double as an air fryer, but it's the only one that doesn't require you to swap the pressure cooking lid for the air fryer one and find somewhere to put the big lid. I don't have much storage space so that’s important to me. Instead, the main lid here is fixed to the base; the pressure cooker bit detaches from the inside at the touch of a button to reveal the fryer's fan and heating element, and the bit you take out is roughly the size of a dinner plate. When you want to pressure cook, just pop it back in.

The benefit of this, other than having one device instead of two, is that it massively increases your cooking options – so for example you can pressure cook a chicken and then air fry it to crisp the skin – without increasing the washing up. As with other Instant Pots, the bowl and basket can be popped in the dishwasher when you're done.

I've had several Instant Pots and several air fryers, and this is my absolute favourite. At this price I think it's a brilliant buy.

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written thirteen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote another seven books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (havrmusic.com (opens in new tab)).