After using each of the Instant Pot models extensively for recipe development, we’re more than thrilled to share our hands-on Instant Pot Review and Instant Pot Comparison with you!!
Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker is currently one of the hottest multicooker appliances on the market. With so many different models and sizes, it can be quite confusing to choose which Instant Pot to buy.
Thanks to our working relationship with the Instant Pot Company, we get a chance to experiment all the Instant Pot Models and share our Instant Pot Review from first-hand user experience.
Let’s find out which is the Best Instant Pot for you! 🙂
Instant Pot Review Overview
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Ergonomic design is not as user-friendly as higher end models (e.g. Venting Knob, Floating Valve, Lid)
Can’t adjust the Cooking Time, Pressure Levels, and Keep Warm Mode after cooking process begins unless you press “Cancel” button
Instant Pot DUO Review
Instant Pot DUO models are the most popular & best-selling Instant Pot series.
Instant Pot DUO Mini 3 Quart 7-in-1
Instant Pot DUO60 6 Quart 7-in-1
Instant Pot DUO80 8 Quart 7-in-1
It can do everything the LUX does – great for everyday cooking
Dual Pressure Settings: Can cook at High Pressure (10.2 – 11.6 psi) & Low Pressure (5.8 – 7.2 psi) – provides more versatility (Low Pressure is great for cooking delicate food such as seafood, vegetables, eggs)
Yogurt Function: Allows you to make yogurt
Improved ergonomic design (Easier to spot Floating Valve, improved Venting Knob & Lid Handle, additional Lid Fin Holders), more user-friendly compare to LUX models
*Note: the dimensions in the above chart may vary slightly depending on the specific model.
5. Instant Pot LUX vs DUO?
5a. Which Instant Pot to Buy – Instant Pot LUX60 vs DUO60?
We wholeheartedly recommend the DUO models over the LUX models.
Here’s Why We love DUO More Than LUX:
Dual Pressure Cooking Mode – You can cook at both High Pressure & Low Pressure with DUO models. This gives you more versatility and flexibility in cooking different types of food.
Yogurt Maker – You can easily make homemade yogurt with the DUO models.
Better Designs – DUO models have improved ergonomics and design compare to LUX models. It’s easier to handle, open/close the lid, have a better Steam Release Valve, and easier to spot the Floating Valve (to see if the Instant Pot is up to pressure).
Lid Holder – The two lid holders on the left & right handles will help save some counter-space.
For an extra ~$20, we think these features are more than worth it in the long run.
5b. I Won’t Make Homemade Yogurt, Should I Still Buy DUO?
Yes! Even if you don’t need to make yogurt. Unless you are really tight on budget or if you’re snatching a super deal for the LUX models. Then, that’s another story. 🙂
6. Is Ultra Worth the Extra Money?
Instant Pot Ultra’s clean, modern, sleek design is definitely a big win against all other Instant Pot models.
One thing to mention is since you can only navigate with the Push Dial, it’s slightly less user-friendly & takes more time to set or adjust compare to other Instant Pot models.
Some readers told us they had difficulty adjusting from using Instant Pot DUO60 to Instant Pot Ultra, however others mentioned it was easy. Just keep this in mind.
Instant Pot Ultra’s Steam Release Valve automatically seals when you close & secure the Instant Pot lid. So you’ll have one less thing to worry about when cooking with Instant Pot. Yay!
Then you release pressure by pressing the Quick Release Button rather than flipping the Steam Release Valve (where the hot stem comes out). This new system makes it safer and less scary, especially for newbies!
Since Instant Pot Ultra is currently the only model that has this feature, this feature might be a big win for those who are forgetful in the chaotic kitchen. 😛
Though this design is a huge plus, it does have a downside.
At times when the liquid in the Instant Pot is boiling, you may struggle to close the lid because the safety locking mechanism is activated. So you’ll have to manually press down the Quick Release Button for it to close.
Temperature Customization (i.e. Sous Vide)
Besides selecting Low, Medium, or High temperature settings, the Instant Pot Ultra allows you to select your own temperature setting in Ultra, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, and Saute Modes. This opens lots of exciting possibilities!
If you’re considering buying Instant Pot Ultra so you don’t have to buy a separate Immersion Circulator, you might want to reconsider. You can read more into the reasoning in our full review here.
But, if you’re tight on storage space & think it’s not a good idea to “surprise” your spouse for buying 2 gadgets at once, this will do for now. 😉
New Instant Pot Users: If you’re a techie who likes to experiment with cooking & enjoys the flexibility of customization, this is an all-around awesome & versatile kitchen gadget to cook with.
If not, we’d highly recommend Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 – the most user-friendly Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.
Current Instant Pot Users: If you are looking for a second Instant Pot to interchange or help cook different dishes at the same time, we’d highly recommend Instant Pot DUO Plus 60.
But if you’re looking for an upgrade with more advanced usage, Instant Pot Ultra will be a great addition.
Buy as a Gift: From the packaging to the sleek clean design, this would make an awesome gift for family and friends who love to cook, experiment, learn new technology & test out new kitchen gadgets.
Which Instant Pot to buy essentially depends on your cooking needs, budget, storage space, and lifestyle. But no matter which Instant Pot you choose, you most certainly won’t regret it!! 😀
Instant Pot has been a huge part of our lives. It’s a super handy kitchen helper that helps save our time, eat healthier, and makes cooking fun! This is how Instant Pot has been changing lives in millions of homes.
After you’ve tried it, there’s just no turning back, You’ll wonder why you’ve waited this long!! 🙂
*Note: we’ll continue to update this Instant Pot Review as required.
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Disclaimer: Thanks Instant Pot Company for providing various Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker sample units for us. This Instant Pot Review was initiated by us, and all opinions, photos, and test results are ours alone.