For pressure cooking enthusiasts, this article will be presenting an interesting contrast. It will be comparing pressure cookers from the well-known Instant Pot Brand to the lesser known Fagor brand.
The thing that will make this comparison interesting is that the pressure cookers we’ll be considering from the more popular brand are priced lower than the pressure cookers from the lesser known brand.
We’ll see how these two stack up against each other, and see if the features of the Fagor make the price worth it, and warrant straying from a proven product.
Both Instant Pot and Fagor offer a few different pressure cookers, but for this comparison we’ll be focusing on the Fagor LUX model and the Instant Pot IP-LUX model.
First, we’ll take a look at the details of each pressure cooker, then consider the important differences.
Overview of the Fagor LUX
One thing about the Fagor LUX pressure cookers that is undeniable, is that they are pleasant to look at. Depending on the size of the pressure cooker you would like, you have several colors to choose from.
Consumers get three color options; Champagne, Silver, and Copper. It also comes in three different capacities; 4 quarts, 6 quarts and 8 quarts. The Copper color is not available in the 4-quart size.
Not only is it exceptional in form, it has the functions to match. You can program it for pressure cooking for up to 99 minutes, and it can also be used for slow cooking up to 10 hours.
It comes with three preset options for cooking rice, and can brown, simmer and sauté. The Fagor LUX also has a steam setting, but the steam basket is not included.
One feature that most of the mid to high end pressure cookers offer is a yogurt setting, and this is also available with the Fagor LUX.
The ceramic inner cooking pot is dishwasher safe and PFOA free.
The Fagor LUX has a time delay option to start meals up to 6 hours later, and will automatically switch to the keep warm function for up to 12 hours after your meal is finished cooking.
The Fagor LUX design also keeps safety in mind. It has an anti-overheating system and an automatic pressure release to keep the user clear of the danger of burns from hot steam. It also has a locking system for the lid that prevents it from being open while under pressure.
Pros and cons of the Fagor LUX
- Wider range of sizes to choose from, than available with IP-LUX.
- Three colors to choose from.
- Includes all the multi-cooker features.
- Added safety features including automatic pressure valve.
- Can be used to make yogurt.
- More expensive than the Instant Pot-LUX
Overview of the Instant Pot IP-LUX
The Instant Pot IP-LUX series includes two different models. There’s the 5-quart IP-LUX50 and the 6-quart IP-LUX60. Instant Pot released an updated version, version 3, of the IP-LUX60 this year. First, I’ll go over the basic features you’ll find with these models, then touch on the improvements made to the IP-LUX60.
The IP-LUX model is a high pressure only pressure cooker. It comes with 10 preset functions which include: meat/stew, sauté, poultry, soup, bean/chili, congee, steam, multigrain, rice and slow cook.
The presets and any recipes you program manually are controlled by a microprocessor that monitors the single pressure sensor during the cooking process. The microprocessor can make changes to ensure your food is cooked consistently.
It has a 24-hour delay timer and automatic keep warm function. They also have 10 built-in safety functions to guard against pressure related malfunctions.
One feature the IP-LUX models don’t offer is the yogurt option that has become common amongst pressure cookers.
The newer IP-LUX60 model has been given a few upgrades. You can now use the pressure cooking setting for up to 240 minutes. The IP-LUX50 and previous versions of the IP-LUX60 have a max pressure cooking time of 120 minutes.
The control panel was enlarged to make operating the many presets even easier. This was also done to make room for two new preset options of cake and eggs.
Finally, you have the option to choose silent operations, and forego the beeping alarm that alerts during the cooking process and to notify you when cooking is complete.
Although these are just a few changes they can substantially increase your cooking options.
Pros and cons of the Instant Pot IP-LUX
- The IP-LUX60 offers 240 minutes of pressure cooking time, more than the 99 minutes of the Fagor LUX.
- All IP-LUX models include 10 built-in safety features.
- All IP-LUX models include a microprocessor to monitor food during the cooking process.
- Less expensive than the Fagor LUX.
- IP-LUX has a 24-hour delay time, while the Fagor LUX only has a 6-hour delay timer.
- The IP-LUX has 10 presets, more than the Fagor LUX.
- IP-LUX only cooks at high pressure. You may have to adjust recipes that call for low pressure.
- IP-LUX cannot be used for making yogurt.
Should you choose the Fagor LUX or the IP-LUX?
Although these two pressure cookers are similarly named, they are very different when it comes to features.
The Fagor LUX is clearly the more versatile of the two when it comes to size and color choices. But, what about features? When it comes to the variety of cooking settings the Fagor is the winner, but when you consider the preset options available, the IP-LUX comes out on top.
The Fagor LUX allows for both high and low pressure settings, which makes expanding your cooking options easier, but it doesn’t include the many preset recipes of the IP-LUX. The presets give the IP-LUX one touch functionality to make cooking simple. Other than cooking rice, you will have to manually program recipe settings on the Fagor LUX.
Another area where the IP-LUX has the Fagor LUX beat is with the delay timer. The max 6-hour timer on the Fagor may be insufficient for some who may want their meal ready at the end of a long day and don’t want it sitting for long periods on the keep warm function.
The IP-LUX would be a great choice for anyone because of the reasonable price and ease of use. Cooking with high pressure only will most likely not be an issue because you can usually find both a high and low pressure option for any recipe.
The choice pretty much comes down to one thing, yogurt. If you want the option to make yogurt, go with the Fagor LUX. If this isn’t a deal breaker for you, go with the IP-LUX.