Adding a pressure cooker to your collection of kitchen appliances can open a whole new avenue of cooking. Not only do they drastically reduce cooking time, but they can also replace many small appliances you may already own, like slow cookers, rice cookers, and steamers.
However, the offer is so diverse and rich that it can be difficult to choose the right product for your kitchen. And this is where my reviews come in - my purpose is to let you know about the best brands and their products, but also inform you of the main differences that set these products apart.
As such, today I’ll run the Instant Pot vs GoWise comparison, where I’ll review their best products and highlight their differences with pros and cons. Furthermore, I’ll end by drawing a conclusion on the type of kitchen that will best fit these pots. So, make sure to read until the end!
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Instant Pot vs GoWise Comparison Table
IP DUO 60 Review
Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands when it comes to modern electric pressure cookers that have multiple functions. Their offer is vast, but they do feature a unitary design across the entire spectrum, which keeps the pots easily recognizable.
I chose to review the IP DUO design, in its 6qt size because it is their best seller and most appreciated cooker. The design is also available in 3qt (aka as the Mini) and 8qt sizes, but most users favor the 6qt since it can cook hearty meals for six people in one go.
The pot reduces standard cooking time with up to 70% and delivers tasty meals rich in flavor and nutrients. This is possible due to its special build that features an exterior brushed steel pot and an inner one (made from food-grade non-stick steel) with a 3-ply bottom designed to distribute heat evenly. Furthermore, everything is kept tight and sealed with the lid, which closes safely.
If you decide to buy the DUO pot, you also have the chance to reduce the clutter in your kitchen since it can replace up to seven appliances. This can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute, yogurt maker, and warmer.
Furthermore, the device comes with 14 pre-set smart programs that let you cook a wide array of delicious meals like Instant Pot Japanese Curry or Sausage and Potatoes with just the press of a button. And, if you want to customize the cooking, you can play with the time, pressure, and temperature settings. Moreover, the pot is equipped with a third-generation processor that monitors all the variable settings and makes adjustments to deliver perfect results.
Lastly, the DUO pot is safe to use (there are 10 safety mechanisms in place) and comes with several useful accessories. Also, I have to mention that, once a cooking cycle is complete, the pot goes automatically into ‘Food Warmer’ mode to keep everything ready for dinner. There’s also a Delay Timer which lets you postpone the beginning of the cooking cycle until it’s most convenient.
- The most popular model among Instant Pot users
- Impressive build and design with easy-to-clean steel inner pot and accessories
- The food is ergonomically sealed by the lid in order to keep all the nutrients and flavor
- 10 safety mechanisms that protect users against any accidents
- The accessories (steam rack with handles, serving spoon, soup spoon, and measuring cup) are dishwasher safe
- The pot can replace up to seven appliances in any regular kitchen
- Reduces cooking time with up to 70%
- Easy to understand and use control panel with 14 pre-set smart programs
- Designed to fit most kitchens
- Replaces up to seven appliances
- Can cook a wide array of dishes
- An extremely popular model
- Accessories are dishwasher safe
- It is safe to use and easy to clean
- 14 pre-set cooking programs
- Users can adjust some of the settings
- 24h Delay Timer and Automatic Warmer functions
- The steam release valve is manually operated
- The customization options are somewhat limited
- The power cable is a bit short
GoWISE GW22620 Review
Just like with Instant Pot, GoWise offers a varied list of products in different sizes and with different sets of features. The GW22620 pressure cooker has two size versions (the 6qt and the 8qt) and features a design similar to the one promoted by IP DUO.
As such, you have the exterior pot (made from stainless steel) and the inner steel pot (with durable PTFE and PFOA-free coating) with accessories (steam rack, steam basket, rice scooper, and measuring cup). One feature I love is the cool-touch handles, which keeps the handles from getting hot during cooking (to prevent any burn accidents).
The gasket-sealed lid on GoWise pots is fully detachable, which makes using and cleaning the pot a bit easier. I also like that the lid is self-locking - you just need to rotate it in place and it seals the ingredients in the pot.
Just like the DUO 60, the GW22620 is a multicooker with functions that can be useful in the kitchen. As such, when you buy this pot you also get a steamer, a rice maker, a yogurt maker, a dish for sauteing, a slow cooker, and an egg maker. The pot also has the Delay Start and Keep Warm functions that let you customize the cooking experience to your needs.
Both brands feature a frontal control panel, but for the GW22620 model, the buttons are touch-sensitive. This can be a bit of a hindrance for people who prefer a standard type of button, but it’s not that big of a deal if you like the other features. The GoWise pot comes with 12 pre-set cooking programs and the possibility to adjust some of the settings.
- It cooks food faster than standard stove-tops and it only requires the touch of a button
- Easy to understand its functions and how it works
- 12 pre-set cooking programs with the possibility of adjusting some settings
- Frontal panel with touch controls
- Detachable lid and cool-touch handles
- Automatic Keep Warm and Delay Timer functionalities
- Access to over 50 recipes and cool accessories
- Easy to use and clean
- Can replace several other appliances
- It is designed with 12 pre-set programs
- The lid is detachable and has a self-lock function
- Cool-touch handles function
- 24h Delay Timer and Automatic Keep Warm
- Available in two sizes
- The design is a bit bulky
- The frontal panel is a touch-sensitive surface
- It takes a while to come to pressure
- The instructions manual is not very good
Which One Should I Buy?
Once you go over both reviews, it’s hard to ignore the fact that both Instant Pot and GoWise products have lots of similar features. They’re both designed with an inner pot and have pre-set cooking programs that allow users to just press/touch a button and forget about kitchen work for the day.
Still, there are some features that set them apart, and I used them to understand which is the best pressure cooker for which type of audience. Here are my conclusions:
Choose the IP DUO 60 if…
- You want a popular model
- The extra safety features are important to you
- You prefer a control panel with buttons
- You like the extra technology embedded in the pot
Choose the GoWise GW22620 if…
- The idea of a touch control panel is appealing
- You want a lid that has a self-lock function
- The cool-touch handles function is important
Now, if you find the extra safety features and the microprocessor appealing, and you don’t mind using a control panel with buttons instead of touch-sensitive surfaces, then the Instant Pot product would be the way to go.
Still, you should know that most Instant Pot products have a learning curve, so you may have to devote more time to learning how to use it.
Overall, the functions featured by the IP DUO 60 are more impressive and the price tag is pretty much the same with the GoWise GW22620.