If you’re like me, you want to get the best value out of a purchase, especially when it comes to small appliances. Pressure cookers vary widely in functionality and often times we simply don’t know exactly what we are looking for.
Hopefully, this article will make you consider certain things you never thought you might want in an appliance.
This article is aimed at making it quick and easy to choose what type of pressure cooker is right for you. I’m going to cover the Breville Fast Slow Pro Pressure cooker and the Instant Pot IP-Duo series of pressure cookers so that you as the consumer know exactly what you’re getting out of each machine.
As you probably know the IP-DUO60 is less than half the price of the Breville pressure cooker but what you may not know is that the new Instant Pot IP-DUO Plus60 is basically a souped up DUO unit that does a bunch of new stuff and it still costs roughly half that of the Fast Slow Pro!
So What are the Most Important Differences Between these two Pressure Cookers?
- The DUO Series of Pressure cookers has a yogurt functionality whereas the Fast Slow Pro Does not.
- The Fast Slow Pro has an automatic Steam release valve for safety while the DUO’s are manual.
- The Fast Slow Pro has no manual settings for the Keep Warm function, but the DUOs do.
- The DUO Instant Pot uses buttons whereas the Fast Slow Pro primarily uses an LCD display for most of its functions.
Simply put if you’re trying to save money the Instant Pot DUO series is gonna be your Pressure cooker of choice. However, on another note, if you are concerned about safety and are looking for a sleek simple design the Fast Slow Pro is going to be the better of the two.
So you might be wondering if buying the more expensive of the two models is even worth it. I’ll break down more in depth so you can see the fine print of what you’re buying, and make the best decision likewise.
You can find the exact pricing differences between the Fast Slow Pro and the Instant Pot DUO Series here.
How the Fast Slow Pro is Better than the DUO Series
- The Fast Slow Pro has a few more safety features to avoid getting burnt.
- The interface is mostly digital, making it much simpler to navigate than the Instant Pot DUO.
- It has 11 auto-cook functions to allow for easy setup.
- It has an automatic Keep Warm function.
- The LCD screen can easily cease to function if the Cooker begins to overheat.
- The Fast Slow Pro is quite pricey when compared to the DUO Series.
- The Fast Slow Pro BPR700SS1
- 1100 Watts
- 6 Quart Pot
- Cool-Touch Safety handle to prevent burns.
How the Instant Pot DUO is better than the Fast Slow Pro
- The Instant Pot DUO series has a Delay Cook Timer on it that goes up to 24 hours while the Fast Slow Pro does not.
- The Instant Pot can make yogurt.
- The LCD Display has a protection facing to keep condensation from dripping onto the interface.
- Dual Pressure settings for fast, yet energy efficient, cooking.
- A less expensive solution.
- The steam valve release is manual which can potentially cause burns and a malfunction if left alone for too long.
- Interface can be somewhat confusing to use.
The Different Models of the Instant Pot DUO
I mentioned earlier that there are a few different models for the Instant Pot IP-DUO Pressure cooker. While the Fast Slow Pro only comes in one size, The Instant Pro DUO Has 3 different sizes;
- The IP-DUO50
- 900 Watts
- 5 Quart Pot
- The IP-DUO60
- 1000 Watts
- 6 Quart Pot
- The IP-DUO80
- 1200 Watts
- 8 Quart Pot
Between the two, while both are great and have versatile functionality, the Fast Slow Pro is the Cooker of choice for anyone who wants a sleek and simple interface and is looking for something a safer, it has a wide range of settings to ensure a “set-it and forget-it” type of meal. Whereas, for those looking for a less expensive solution, and the ability to create yogurt at home, will find the Instant Pot IP-DUO Series to be a better choice.
A Parting Thought – Fagor is coming out with a new model in May of 2017 which should be better than the traditional DUO line and still cheaper than the Breville. Check out my review of the Fagor LUX 360 here.