So This time we have two cookers that are in a similar price range. The Cuisinart CPC-600 and the Instant Pot IP-Lux60 V3. These two cookers are only similar in a few places, the most important being the price range. So how do they compare to one another side by side?
I just want to mention quickly that Corrigan covered these two cookers side by side in a chart that you can find at the bottom of this post. It’s quick a quick and simple comparison great if you are short on time.
While both of these cookers are of good value, some people may find that the Cuisinart cooker is overpriced. This is large in part due to the fact that it lacks the functionality that other cookers within its price range possess.
This article will cover both of these cookers in detail and compare them to determine which has the best value for your money. After reading this, we hope you think a little more on what you want out of your appliances and just what is worth spending that extra bit of cash on.
The Cuisinart CPC-600 does have quite a few setbacks that make it less worthwhile than the slightly more, or less expensive Instant Pot IP-Lux 60. The Lux cooker comes in 3 models, which I will also cover later, so that is something to keep in mind.
For the quick summary, if you can afford the extra cash to put into it, for the Instant Pot Lux60 model, as since it is more expensive it is the best of the two, but if you are looking to save cash, and want to know if the Cuisinart cooker is worth getting, it can be depending on what you’re looking to get out of it.
We’ve covered both of these cookers before here if you want to take a look at how they compare to some other pressure cookers.
So let’s take a look into some of the main differences you’ll need to know before choosing one of these cookers.
The Main Differences Between The Cuisinart CPC-600 and the Instant Pot IP-Lux60.
- The Instant Pot IP-Lux60 has a delay cooking timer that goes up to 24 hours whereas the Cuisinart CPC-600 lacks a delay timer at all.
- The Lux60 has a more simple interface when compare to the way the Cuisinart cooker has. This is one complaint that is voiced a lot online.
- The Cuisinart also has no steam, or pressure release valve, which, although ensures that the food inside stays tender and tasty, can potentially cause issues.
- The Lux60 has three different models, the V1, V2 and V3, each with a different price point, the cheapest being the V3.
- The Cuisinart can manually be set to cook up to 5 hours on any setting, while the manual setting on the Lux60 only goes up to 2 hours.
These are the most important differences between the two, if you’re looking for something that can work with your schedule, the Lux60 is gonna be what you need, and it has 3 different models so you don’t really need to spend too much money on a cooker to get something that works. Now let’s look at each one individually.
What Is The Cuisinart CPC-600 And Is It Worth It?
The Cuisinart CPC-600 is an affordable range electric pressure cooker designed for simplicity and affordability. It has no option for slow cooking, however.
This is reinforced by the lack of a release valve anywhere. It is purely designed to keep food tender. Other than it being a straight electric pressure cooker there is nothing too unique about it.
- Cool touch handles so you don’t have to worry with a mitt.
- The lid locks in place and stays locked while it is cooking.
- The locking lid keeps in vitamins and minerals and keeps any meat moist and flavorful.
- Has a non-time limited keep warm function.
- Cheaper than two out of 3 of the models of the Lux-60
- The timer is small and thus complicated to use without knowledge. It goes up by 1 minute from 1-40 on the timer, and 41-99 goes up by 5-minute increments. This feature makes it a nuisance for the average consumer, and not entirely worth the hassle.
- Lacks any preset programs, requiring full manual setup for any dish.
- The lack of a release valve anywhere, although can keep food fresh and tender, can potentially be dangerous on the high-pressure setting.
- devoid of any features that really make it stand out in a positive way.
The Instant Pot IP-Lux60
The Instant Pot IP-Lux 60 is one of quite a few pressure cooker models available from the Instant Pot company. It is one of their more diverse electric pressure cookers.
By this, I mean that, as I mentioned earlier in the article, it has 3 different variants. The V1, V2, and V3; The V1 is the most expensive one, with the V3 being the cheapest.
The Instant Pot versions (v1, v2, and v3) are cascading iterations of the same product. V1 was the original model which was updated with v2 sometimes identified with the ENW model number modifier, which was originally used for sale in Walmart only.
V3 is the newest model version by Instant Pot for the LUX line. The newest models are cheapest because they have better circulation while the older models are slowly being phased out.
- Different options to choose from depending on how much you are able to spend.
- Delay cooking timer that goes up to 24 hours.
- Automatic keep warm function to keep your food warm even after it’s finished cooking.
- 6-in-1 multi-function cooking to make preparing a meal simple.
- Highly energy efficient cooker.
- Although most functions, such as the slow cooking option are preset for a long time, there is no custom preset. The manual time only goes up to 2 hour cook time.
- The V1 and V2 are a little expensive, depending on where you look for it.
I’ll note here that the V3 is about $50 cheaper than the other two models and is the most recent. It is somewhat different in that the manual cook timer can go up to 4 hours instead of 2 hours. This along with the ability to bake cake and eggs in it makes it superior to the earlier two.
So Which Should you get?
In all honesty, the best value for your money is going to be the Instant Pot IP-Lux60’s V3 edition. It is cheaper than all 3 of the other cookers referenced in this article. The other pressure cookers are great but in this case, you just cannot beat the V3.
We also have some other comparisons with specifically the V3 model if you want to check those out!
These two electric pressure cookers represent the absolute best of the entry level electric pressure cooker market.