While both of these pressure cookers are newly available, neither is a completely new product. The IP-DUO Plus60 is an updated version of the IP-DUO60 and the Fagor LUX 360 is an updated version of the Fagor LUX. You can find a comparison of the IP-DUO Plus60 and its predecessor here and the same comparison for the Fagor LUX and Fagor LUX 360 here.
We’ll take a look at the features of each of these two pressure cookers, then see how they compare. By the end of this article you should be prepared to decide which one of these pressure cookers appeal to you the most.
Overview of the Fagor LUX 360
The Fagor LUX 360 is hailed as a digital 10-in-1 multi-cooker. The ten functions performed by the Fagor LUX 360 can replace several other small kitchen appliances;
- pressure cooker
- slow cooker
- yogurt maker
- egg maker
The Fagor LUX has a stainless steel removable inner pot that is dishwasher safe. It also comes with a stainless steel steam basket and trivet.
The Fagor LUX 360 does not leave behind any of the popular features found in most electric pressure cookers. It has a six hour delay timer and automatic keep warm function for up to 12 hours.
The Fagor LUX 360 is equipped with eight built in safety features to prevent over heating and overly high pressure. It has a self locking lid, two independent pressure control valves and an anti-overheating system.
The Fagor LUX really shines when you look at the cooking options. Along with the 10 cooking functions it comes with 33 preset recipes. This is higher than most other pressure cookers on the market.
To expand on your cooking options the LUX LCD also allows you to save up to three custom settings for temperature, time and pressure, for each of the ten main functions.
Fagor continued to add on to the cooking functions with its grain setting. While many pressure cookers function as rice cookers, they all don’t offer separate settings for white rice, brown rice and risotto. The LUX 360 LCD takes this a step further by offering these three settings, as well as quinoa and barley, with its grain function.
The feature that makes the Fagor LUX 360 most attractive is its large digital display. The screen displays a menu which you navigate through with a large turn dial.
Navigating through the menu should be a breeze, as it provides you with onscreen prompts in the form of icons to help guide you through the programming steps. The screen also changes color to indicate the current stage in the cooking process.
Overview of the Instant Pot IP-DUO Plus60
- pressure cooker
- slow cooker
- rice cooker
- yogurt maker
- egg cooker
The IP-DUO Plus60 is a 6 quart pressure cooker with a stainless steel body, lid, and inner cook pot. It includes 15 preset recipes, one of which is a cake
The new sterilize function is one that is popping up on other newly released pressure cookers. This setting can be used to sterilize utensils or things like baby bottles and jars. You can also use it to pasteurize milk.
The IP-DUO Plus60 also includes the same 10 built in safety features and the microprocessor control found in all Instant Pot DUO pressure cookers.
The new larger display of the IP-DUO Plus60 makes reading the larger icons much easier. It indicates which pressure level you are cooking with, whether the pot is heating or cooking, and the function or preset you are using.
A feature meant to make cooking easier is the quick adjustments. This feature allows you to make changes to the setting after the cooking process has already started. This is unique because most pressure cookers don’t allow you to make changes after it’s pressurized, you must stop and restart.
Finally, Instant Pot added a feature called smart programs. This automatically saves the settings you’ve chosen for each of the 10 main functions. Each of the last three uses of a particular feature is saved so if you frequently prepare a certain dish, set up will be a breeze.
How do these two pressure cookers compare?
Although the Fagor LUX 360 LCD has 10 main functions and the IP-DUO Plus60 has only 9, the Plus60 still comes out ahead in this category. The sterilize functions greatly increases the functionality of this pressure cooker. Also, even though the Plus60 doesn’t have a separate dessert function, it does have a cake preset.
This category definitely goes to the Fagor LUX LCD, which has over twice as many presets as the IP-DUO Plus60.
This category again, goes to the Fagor LUX 360. Although both have a large easily read display, the color changing feature of the Fagor LUX 360 adds to the ease of use.
The IP-DUO Plus60 wins the category simply because it has more safety features than the Fagor LUX LCD.
Which pressure cooker should you choose?
While it may seem like these two pressure cookers are pretty similar, there are some things to consider to help you make your decision.
First, if the number of safety features is most important to you, you would want to go with the IP-DUO Plus60 simply because it has two more features than the Fagor LUX LCD 360.
Another thing that you may find use for is the sterilize function of the IP-DUO Plus60. This can be an extremely helpful feature.
If your are leaning towards the Fagor LUX 360, the fact that is has 33 preset functions will probably convince you to get it. The ability to easily program so many recipes makes this pressure cooker especially appealing to those new to pressure cooking.
Another thing to keep in mind is price. The Plus60 is currently selling for less than the suggested retail price of the Fagor LUX LCD.
The bottom line is if you want the ability to easily program many recipes, and like the idea of the large easy to read display, go with the Fagor LUX 360. If you like the idea of being able to use your pressure cooker to sterilize utensils, bottles and anything else, and you can forego some of the preset functions, go with the IP-DUO Plus60.