So today we have two fairly popular electric pressure cookers, the Fagor LUX and the Instant Pot IP-DUO.
These two cookers are both fairly equal with each other. Both of them are big names in the cooking market and have many products to choose from. However, if you take the time to look, you'll see that there are some notable differences in these cookers.
This article will focus on highlighting the major and some more minor differences between these two cookers, letting you as the consumer know which one of these cookers is the best value for your money. We all know we want the best deal, and some of us have different preferences in appliances.
We have covered both of these cookers several times comparing them to a wide variety of other cookers here. This way you can decide if you want to see if whichever you prefer here has a better counterpart.
This article will hopefully make you think a little more about what you might want out of a pressure cooker.
So let's take a look at these differences so you can see which is the best value cooker for you.
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What Are The Main Differences Between The Fagor Lux And The Instant Pot DUO
So what are the most important differences in these two cookers? What makes them so important? Let's just take a look and see just what they are;
- The LUX cooker has a delay timer that can only go up to 6 hours, while the DUO cooker has the option of going up to a 24-hour delay.
- The automatic keep-warm function on the DUO only goes to 10 hours whereas the LUX's automatic is 12 hours.
- The DUO has 14 preset programs while the LUX only has 10 presets.
- The LUX has multiple safety features that the DUO does not have, such as an automatic pressure release which adds extra convenience, as well as a self-locking lid to keep the kids from messing with the cooker while it is still pressurized.
These are mainly convenience features that will make it easier for the average consumer to make the decision on which cooker they might want to buy.
One note to remember is that if you are looking for a more "set it and forget it" style of cooking, or if you will be away from it for a while then the DUO will probably be a better choice for you. While, if you want to go the route of looking for something with more along the lines of safety, the LUX will be more up your route.
So let's take a look at each cooker individually and see a bit more in-depth as to how each of them are.
Fagor Lux Review
The Fagor lux series of pressure cookers comes in 6 different variants, depending on your needs;
- Champagne colored, 4, 6, or 8-quart sized.
- Silver colored, 4, 6, or, 8 quart sized.
- Copper colored, 6 or 8-quart sized.
The Lux is one of the highest quality pressure cookers on the market for its price range. it is an all-in-one multicooker with ten preset programs as well as the option for a custom setting for your favorite recipe.
It has many features that the Instant Pot DUO has as well, but lacks some of the conveniences that the more popular Instant Pot pressure cooker has. That being said, if you can overlook convenience, and are looking to save some cash, then the Lux is easily the perfect choice.
The ability to make yogurt is often the deciding factor for most consumers. Below I will go over some of the pros and cons of getting the cheaper Fagor Lux rather than the Breville pressure cooker;
- 10 preset programs allowing for some simplicity when preparing a meal.
- 1-way locking lid which prevents it from being opened while the inside is still pressurized, keeping children from messing up the food or hurting themselves.
- A keep warm function that stays on for twelve hours after the meal is finished cooking.
- A delay timer for convenience
- Has the ability to cook yogurt
- The 6-quart option is just as expensive as the 8-quart variant of the Instant Pot DUO, making the DUO the more tempting choice for larger pots.
- As stated, the Fagor has less preset options and the delay timer only goes up to 6 hours while the DUO goes up to 24
Instant Pot DUO Review
The Instant Pot DUO is more popular on the market because it is more affordable than the Fagor LUX, but it is not a very large price difference.
This alone can be a deciding factor, but let's take a look at some of the pros and cons that make this cooker so popular.
- The Instant Pot DUO series has a Delay Cook Timer on it that goes up to 24 hours while the Fagor's only goes to six.
- 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. As I stated, the 8-quart model costs the same as the Fagor LUX's 6-quart model.
- This cooker has 14 preset programs compared the Fagor's 10.
- The steam valve release is manual while the Fagor LUX's is automatic, making the Fagor the better choice for a safety conscious person.
- The Interface can be somewhat confusing to use.
I didn't mention it earlier, but it is worth noting that there are a few different models for the Instant Pot IP-DUO Pressure cooker. 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
There are even premium models if you are looking for a better experience. For more info, check out Instant Pot Duo vs Duo Nova or Instant Pot Duo vs Duo Plus.
So Which Cooker Has The Best Value?
Without a doubt, the Instant Pot DUO has several options, is more of a convenient, "hands-off" cooker compared to the Fagor Lux, and is somewhat more affordable than the Fagor LUX. However, if you have children getting the Fagor is probably a better option because of the safety features to keep them from getting injured if they get curious.
Safety: Fagor LUX
Convenience: Instant Pot DUO.