Both these brands are well-known in the niche of pressure cookers, so for the Instant Pot vs Elite Platinum comparison, I decided to review the best multicooker from each. As you will see, while they are in the same price range (which is highly affordable), there are some differences worth making a note of.
So, if you’re on the fence on which to choose for your kitchen, make sure to read until the end, where I draw my conclusions and let you know who would benefit from each brand the most.
DUO 60 vs Elite Platinum Comparison Table
Instant Pot DUO 60 Review
Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands in the world of multifunctional pressure cookers because their products are reliable and affordable. They also promote a wide variety of features for different series of products, which allows users to choose according to their needs.
However, when you take a closer look at their offer, it’s easy to notice that the DUO series is the most sought after. This happens because the DUO pressure cookers (there are three pots in different sizes) provide the perfect combination of functions and features at the best price.
Since the only difference between the three DUO pots is their size, I chose to review the most popular model, which is the IP DUO 60 (6qt capacity). So, moving forward with this review, I will talk about this model, but everything applies to the mini (3qt) and large versions (8qt) as well.
Let’s start from the outside in. The first thing you notice is the sturdy build and brushless steel exterior walls (fingerprint resistant). In spite of the sturdy aspect, the pot is not too heavy so it can’t be moved, which makes it easy to move around the kitchen.
On the inside, there is a food-grade stainless steel pot (removable) with a 3-ply bottom and a silicone sealing ring that ensures all the goodness (nutrients and flavor) stays inside during cooking. All the accessories and components are rather easy to clean, which makes your job in the kitchen a lot easier.
The DUO 60 is a 7-in-1 multicooker, which means it can replace up to seven appliances in the kitchen. As such, this single pot can be a pressure and slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute dish, yogurt maker, and food warmer.
Everything is controlled with the help of the frontal panel which is equipped with one-touch buttons and an LCD panel. The screen displays several valuable information like cooking time and pressure (which has three settings). The buttons can be used to adjust settings, select one of the 14 smart programs, and other functionalities.
Lastly, the DUO has two more interesting functions: the 24h Delay Start and Keep Warm. These complete your cooking experience and help you have perfect timing.
- Available in three sizes (3qt, 6qt, and 8qt) – the 6qt is the most popular and is big enough to provide food for six people.
- It can replace up to seven appliances in the kitchen, out of which is a yogurt maker, a steamer, and a sauté dish.
- The pot is equipped with an embedded microprocessor that constantly monitors the time, pressure, and temperature, and makes adjustments for the best results.
- It speeds up cooking with up to 70% compared to standard stove-tops
- The exterior walls are fingerprint resistant and the inner pot and walls are easy to clean
- The inner pot features a 3-ply bottom for even cooking
- All the accessories (steam rack with handles, serving spoon, soup spoon, and measuring cup) are dishwasher safe
- It has ten embedded safety mechanisms
- The ideal pressure cooker for families
- Easy to clean and use design
- The frontal panel is easy to understand
- 10 safety mechanisms
- 14 built-in smart programs and adjustable features
- 24h Delay Start and Keep warm functionalities
- Yogurt maker
- Manually operated steam release valve
- The cable is a bit short
- There is a small learning curve
Just like Instant Pot, Elite Platinum is a brand with many products in the niche of pressure cookers. They feature a wide array of sizes, functions, and designs, but the 6qt and 8qt versions are at the top (just like with Instant Pot products).
For the purpose of this comparison, I decided to review one of their most popular pot, the EPC-807. This is an 8qt pressure cooker with six preset modes and functions such as browning, pressure and slow cook, or desert.
The entire system is designed with safety in mind (9 specialized mechanisms) and is built to make cooking faster (by up to 70%) while using less electricity (45% less than with other electronic appliances).
People seem to favor the EPC-807 over smaller models because you can fit in and cook an entire chicken in one seating. Of course, it can also cook rice, stews, soups, risotto, and many other delicious dishes!
One feature that’s unique to the Elite Platinum pot, is browning, which lets you sear and brown ingredients before the cooking begins. This way, you lock in the flavor and get tastier results. And, to make it more convenient, the pot comes with a unique lid hinge system that lets you rest the open lid when you need access to the inside.
Another cool function you may appreciate is the desert mode, which is perfect for luscious and tempting cheesecakes, flan, or chocolate cake. However, this is not something new or specific to the Elite Platinum brand as Instant Pot has products that feature the cake mode, with pretty much the same features.
The EPC-807 is controlled using the digital touchpad panel with an LED screen that shows the time and some important settings. While there are not that many settings you can make, the pot lets you decide the cooking time, which you can set from 0 to 99 minutes.
Lastly, once the cooking cycle has ended, you’ll notice that the Keep Warm setting kicks in. The pot can keep the food warm for max 12 hours, but this is more than enough in my opinion.
- Reduces cooking time with up to 70% and consumes less electricity
- The cooking process doesn’t require any supervision as the pot will stop once the program is complete
- It has seven programmable cycles for rice, meat, vegetables, soup or stew, browning, beans, and keep warm.
- 9 hours delay timer so cooking can start when you’re not around and automatic Keep Warm function that can keep food hot for up to 12h
- The inner pot is removable and designed to deliver the best heat distribution
- Accessories (stirring spoon, holder, measuring cup) and inner pot are dishwasher safe
- Detachable power cord for easy storage
- The non-stick inner pot is dishwasher-safe
- Delay timer functionality(0 to 9 hours)
- Large enough to cook an entire chicken
- Browning and Desert modes
- Touch controls on the frontal panel
- Keep Warm functionality kicks in automatically
- Cool-touch lid & handle technology
- The lid is detachable for easy cleaning
- It takes a while to come up to pressure
- A bit bulky
- The lid is a bit difficult to put back on if unhinged
Which One Should I Buy?
While both brands have a wide range of pressure cookers, they are quite similar since most feature the same functionalities. Still, there are differences worth considering, especially if you want a specific type of design in your kitchen.
So, after reviewing both their flagship products, here’s my take on this:
Choose the DUO if…
- You want a product that’s been tried and tested by many users
- You don’t need the cake functionality
- You like making your own yogurt
- You like the variety of pre-set programs
- The frontal panel with buttons is more appealing to you
Choose the Elite Platinum if…
- You want a pressure cooker that can cook an entire chicken
- You like that it has a desert mode
- The special hinge that lets you rest the lid is useful
- You like the browning functionality
- You enjoy the touch control panel
Both pots are similar in terms of price, so the budget is not necessarily a deciding factor. Still, if you care about design, you may want to go with the Elite Platinum since their products are more visually-striking and sleek.
On the other hand, the Instant Pot products come with a microprocessor and dual pressure sensors. There’s also the yogurt making option and the multitude of safety mechanisms that make cooking a better experience.