Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Review

Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Review

The new Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Electric Pressure Cooker is an upgraded version of the Best-Selling Kitchen Tool on Amazon: Instant Pot DUO60.

It definitely felt like Christmas came early as we played with our new Instant Pot Plus DUO60 & Instant Pot Ultra Review sample units! We’re thrilled to share our Instant Pot Review with you. 😀

Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Electric Pressure Cooker Review Highlights


  • Overall more polished product refining some areas that caused common user confusions & mistakes
  • More user-friendly display interface – no more confusing Timer button!!
  • Introduced 3 new cooking programs
  • Improved packaging + new easier-to-read manual
  • Improved inner pot markings
  • Reliable product at great price & value

Instant Pot Review: Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Electric Pressure Cooker hands on review with photos and recommendations.

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Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Review Overview

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  1. Product Upgrades
  2. What’s in the Box?
  3. Conclusion
  4. Should I Buy the New Instant Pot?
  5. Product Specifications & Features

1. Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Product Upgrades


1.1 More User-Friendly Display Interface

Yes!! A lot more user-friendly than the old DUO60 Model!

The Instant Pot Company has really been listening to users’ requests! They have revamped the Instant Pot DUO Plus 60’s touch pad control panel with end users in mind.Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Control Panel

1. Timer Button

Say good-bye to the old misleading “Timer” Button! It has been renamed to “Delay Start” Button.

2. Manual Button

The “Manual” Button has also been renamed to “Pressure Cook” Button. Hehe! With the new name, users will know where to find Pressure Cook Recipes*Hint Hint*

3. Keep Warm Button

They have also separated the “Keep Warm” Button and “Cancel” Button to make things less confusing.

4. Adjust Button

To simplify the button-pressing process, they have also removed the “Adjust” Button.

We no longer need to press the “Adjust” Button to scroll through Less, Normal, and More functions. With DUO Plus 60, we can directly press the program buttons to scroll through the three functions (as shown in below animated photo). Yay!!

Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Button

Great News! We no longer need to press the “Cancel” Button to adjust the cooking time. Oh, we love this new feature!! 😀

The new Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 allows users to adjust the Cooking Time, Pressure Levels and Keep Warm Mode any time during the cooking process. Another upgrade win!


1.2 Three New Cooking Programs

They have made some changes to Instant Pot DUO60’s current cooking programs and introduced 3 new cooking programs.

*The following details & descriptions are straight from the manual.

1. Egg Program

  • Less Mode – Soft Boiled Eggs (3 minutes @ High Pressure)
  • Normal Mode – Medium Boiled Eggs (4 minutes @ High Pressure)
  • More Mode – Hard Boiled Eggs (5 minutes @ High Pressure)

*We still think Low Pressure is still the best way to cook Pressure Cooker Eggs in the Instant Pot.

2. Cake Program

  • Less Mode – Lighter Moist Cakes (25 minutes @ High Pressure)
  • Normal Mode – Denser Moist Cakes (40 minutes @ High Pressure)
  • More ModeNew York Style Cheesecake (50 minutes @ High Pressure)

3. Sterilize Program

  • Less Mode – Pasteurization of dairy products (No pressure sterilization at ~83°C/181°F)
  • Normal Mode – Sterilization of utensils and canning of acidic fruits and vegetables. Not intended for meat canning. (Low Pressure at ~110°C/230°F)
  • More Mode – Sterilization of utensils and canning of acidic fruits and vegetables. Not intended for meat canning. (High Pressure at ~115°C/239°F)

*This program can open a can of worms if users try to use it to replace a pressure canner. I would recommend using this program to sterilize utensils only.

2. What’s in the Box?


First, let’s check out the box design!Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Box

We like this new colorful design – definitely a step up from the old Instant Pot DUO60’s white cardboard box design.

Makes Instant Pot even more attractive as a gift! 😉 


2.1 In-Box Accessories

The Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 comes with a Steamer Rack, Rice Paddle, Soup Scoop, Rice Measuring Cup, Condensation Collector, Quick Reference Guide, Recipe Book, and the Newly Designed Manual.

Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 AccessoriesThe new manual looks so much nicer and it is also easier to read (and understand)!! ?  Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Manual

The manual is written in English, French, and Spanish.

Instant Pot DUO PLUS 60 LidThe Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 uses the same lid as the previous models. A new warning tag is attached to the venting knob to prevent users from using the Instant Pot as facial steamer. ?


2.2 Inner Pot Update

Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Stainless Steel Inner Pot

We’re so glad the Instant Pot Company listened to the feedback and changed the inner markings!

The new inner pot has markings for US Quart, Liters, and Pressure cook safety limit.

3. Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Review Conclusion


We really like the DUO Plus 60’s new interface because it is a lot more user-friendly than the previous models. From packaging to the new manual, they have truly put in a lot of effort to bring you a more polished kitchen tool, upgraded from the well-loved Instant Pot DUO60.

4. Should I Buy The New Instant Pot DUO Plus 60?


Here comes the most important question: “Should I buy the Instant Pot Plus?”

Our Recommendations:

  • New Instant Pot Users: Highly recommended as it is hands down the most user-friendly electric pressure cooker in the current Instant Pot product line.
  • Current Instant Pot LUX Users: If you are looking for an upgrade, we highly recommend the Instant Pot DUO Plus 60.
  • Current Instant Pot DUO Users: You already have a machine that can do everything this machine does. So, we’ll let you decide on this one 😉
  • Buy as a Gift: From the packaging to the more polished product comparing to previous models, this would make an awesome gift!

5. Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Specifications & Features

Manufacturer  Double Insight Inc. DBA (Instant Pot Company)
Type  Electric Pressure Cooker
Model  IP-DUO Plus60
Working Pressure  High Pressure (10.2 – 11.6 psi) & Low Pressure (5.8 – 7.2 psi)
Functions  Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer
Cooking Programs  Rice, Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Multigrain, Porridge, Cake, Egg, Sterilize, Steam, Saute, Slow Cook, Yogurt, Pressure Cook
Safety Mechanisms  10 UL Certified Proven Safety Mechanisms
Power Supply  120V ~ 60Hz
Power  1000 watts
Dimensions  12.6 x 12.2 x 13 inches
 Power Supply Cord  35 inches, detached, 3-prong grounding plug
Weight  14.57 Pounds
Volume  6 Quarts
Inner Pot  3-ply Bottom Food Grade 304 (18/8) Stainless Steel
Accessories  Steamer Rack, Rice Paddle, Soup Scoop, Rice Measuring Cup, Condensation Collector
Warranty  1-Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty

 

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 Disclaimer: Thanks Instant Pot Company for providing this Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 sample unit for us due to our partnership. This Instant Pot Review was initiated by us, and all opinions, photos, and test results are ours alone.
Instant Pot Review: Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Electric Pressure Cooker hands on review with photos and recommendations.
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  1. I have the IP Duo Plus 8 quart and am also very confused. Soaked some Pinto Beans overnight and put on Bean setting and pressure cooking. The beans came out like soup, no color, no taste even though I had added spices and salsa. How do you know whether to change the time on a setting. So far I am not impressed with the pot or manual. Help please.

  2. I had a UP Duo 80. It did not cool the pot roast to temp, seemed to lose pressure. Also bottom of inner pot curved in. Company had on website that inner pot needed to be flat to make better contact with the button inside outer pot. So I sent it back.
    It did have a red pressure indicator button that popped up above the lid level then dropped down as it cooled.
    I sent it back thinking the inner pot was defective and bought a UP Lux 60. I could not even see the pressure indicator button as it was recessed in the lid. Are they supposed to be that way? I am having a hard time finding a photo of what the lid looks like with pressure indicator button up and down. Can you include one on your site?

  3. I received the 8 qt up Duo Plus. I like alone & have back problems so I can’t stand over a stove to cook. I don’t want to cook daily, want enough food for a few days. Also cooking beans I add smoked turkey wings & veggies which for a pound of beans plus turkey wings takes a lot of room. You could only fill the 6 qt half way & I don’t think all that would fit. The 8 qt looks so big but I like soups , beans & one pot meals. Do you recommend the 6 or 8 qt. Haven’t used it yet until I decide to keep it or return & get the 6 qt. Also the ultra has a much nicer pressure valve system which looks safer, some say you have to be patient with dial because it’s sensitive & might go past your desired setting then go back. Please help soon so I can return if you think I should get the 6 qt or ultra. Really like the ultras pressure release, seems better made. Thanks so much! Deb.

    1. Hi Deborah,

      thank you for your question and kind words 🙂

      I would recommend the 8 quart if you would like to cook enough food for a few days.

      If you think the Ultra’s method is safer, I would recommend choosing a 8 quart Ultra.

      The dial does take some time to getting used to, but it will be fine 🙂

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  4. Hi,

    Currently I use a rice cooker and cook rice and vegetables & fish at the same time. Can I do that as easily with the DUO plus as I do the rice cooker?

  5. Why was the poultry setting removed?
    Can still cook poultry, I assume.
    Must be that one needs to use another setting.

    Please clarify.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Steven,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Those buttons are mostly just preset buttons.

      You can use the Pressure Cook button to cook poultry.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  6. Thank you for your helpful website. I must say I am completely confused by my instant pot and not impressed thus far. My question is, when I try to manually use the “pressure cook” function I am only allowed a maximum time of 4 minutes? This does not seem right, can you please advise… I have the DUO Plus 6 Q 9 in 1 instant pot. I appreciate any help you can offer.

    Sincerely, baffled and frustrated

    1. Hi Ski girl,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      I believe it maybe showing 4 hours as that is the maximum pressure cooking time for the DUO Plus 60.

      Please let us know if you come across any other questions!

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  7. Every Instant Pot recipe for chicken soup says to use the Poultry button. The duo doesn’t have a poultry button. I used a whole chicken and used the pressure cooker and set time for what I thought would do for cooking the chicken thru. Is this correct? Or what should I have used instead?

  8. Since purchasing the Duo60 Plus, I have referred to your website often and found it very helpful, but I have a question that I have been unable to find an answer. When using a cooking Program (for instance “Rice’), I press the Rice button, then press Pressure Level to change the Mode, but do not know how to change the cook time. I have tried the + and – buttons to no avail. Can a Cooking Program time be changed?

    1. Hi Harold,

      thank you for your question & kind words 🙂

      I believe the rice button is automated so the cooking time can not be change for that cooking program.

      Have fun cooking & have a great weekend
      Jacky

  9. Hi, Amy + Jacky! I just received my first IP (Instant Pot DUO Plus 60) and while waiting for Amazon to deliver, I had watched several videos on youtube. My confusion is on the inner pot, as my impression from videos was that it would have markings as the picture on the left and instead my inner pot has the markings as on picture on right. Do you know if this is correct or could have Amazon included wrong pot?

    Thank you – love your recipes and can’t wait to try the Pork Chops in HK Tomato Sauce 🙂
    Linda

    1. Hi Linda,

      Congrats on your new Instant Pot and thank you for your kind words 🙂

      It should have both the US Quart, Liters, and Pressure cook safety limit markings.

      Happy New Year to you and your family!
      Jacky

  10. I am not a great cook and I’m really anxious to be able to use my Instant Pot correctly so I can surprise my family.

  11. Hi! What is the maximum pressure cooking time for the duo plus? The IP website says 6 hours but Amazon says 4 hours. Thanks!

  12. I live in the Greater Naples, Florida area…just purchased the Instant pot Duo plus 60..has taken a little while to really understand the instructions since I am not a slow cooker user nor a pressure cooker user. However, I just cooked the most perfect tasting hard boiled eggs ever !
    Unfortunately, it took nine minutes to make them hard boiled – 5 and 7 minutes is really just past soft boiled here in SW Florida.

  13. Oh my gosh1 I made your ‘Beef stew recipe.It was outstanding. I used stew meat instead of chuck roast because it’s what I had on hand.
    thank you for the recipe.
    May I ask a favor of you? Could you please list the ingredients in cups. lbs, and ounces for your US readers?
    Sue from ST LU

    1. Hi Della,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      Those are mostly just preset buttons. The pressure cook button will do most of the things you need.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  14. Hi I am enjoying your website and am purchasing the duo 60 plus. Do you recommend certain extras to buy to get started? I would like to have inserts and pots available for any recipes I would like to do. Thank you!

    1. Hi Polly,

      thank you so much for your kind words and congrats on your new DUO 60 Plus 🙂

      These are the Instant Pot Accessories we recommend.
      I would recommend getting a steamer basket & the cheesecake pan. An extra silicone ring will be great as well.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  15. The only difference I notice in my IP DUO 60 Plus is the marking on the inner liner. The only thing on the pot is 1/2 and 2/3 Max line.

  16. Can I program the Duo60 7-in-1 6 qt to stay warm indefinitely or at least for 24 hours? One respondant said this was possible up to 99 hours, but I didn’t see it in the manual. Thanks!

    1. Hi Laura,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You can press the keep warm button and use the + button to adjust the keep warm time to over 24 hours. I think max is 99 hours.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  17. know this may sound silly, but I don’t see a place to hook the top to….I don’t see any holes in the handles for the lid……I would miss those!!!

  18. Hello!
    Can you please check on the actual new cooker (the Plus60) to see if it is rated at 1000 watts as per your description (making it the same as the DUO60) or if it says 1200 watts on it as stated in the Amazon.com description. The Instant Pot website doesn’t even mention it yet. Thank you!

    And, I just noticed another new (at least to me) model sold at Sur La Table called the Instant Pot Ultra that uses a dial to choose between modes rather than push-buttons.
    Again, nothing on the Instant Pot website on either of these 2 new models.

    1. Hi Patricia,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      It’s 1000 Watts on the user manual. We also have the Ultra and it is also 1000 Watts on the user manual.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  19. I love reading reviews about everything I consider purchasing and appreciate articles like this very much! It sounds like the new features are a great improvement! Will you be reviewing the new Instant Pot 6 quart Ultra as well? I can’t decide which of these 2 new models are the smarter and easier to use and “Prettier” to sit on the counter! ? I really want a larger pot and keep holding out and hoping that happens soon!

    1. Hi Georgia,

      It’s great to hear from you! Hope you have been doing well 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words and we will be doing a review on the Ultra.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  20. Thank you for the review. Will stick with my duo for now. I have 6 and 8 qt and use 4-5 times a week. I appreciate your fair and honest review.

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