I compare a lot of competing products on this site and today I’m bringing you one of my toughest comparisons for currently available-for-sale electric pressure cookers. Today are going to be checking out how the famous Instant Pot line of multi-cookers compares to the popular and efficient Power Pressure Cooker XL pressure cookers and how they differ from each other.
I know it can be hard to comparison shop so I want to do my best to make it easier for you to decide which one is worth spending your money on.
Before we dive into this however I want to bring to your attention something new for Spring of 2017. The Instant Pot DUO has been refreshed and a new and upgraded model is out called the DUO60 Plus. It’s basically a few bucks more than the regular DUO 60 but it’s got a few really cool upgrades. You can see my review of the Plus 60 here.
First of all, please know that buying the perfect electric pressure cooker to satisfy all of your needs is tough even with deep pockets — there’s always something we like and dislike about every model, even if it’s just the price.
There are so many models to choose from and they all are slightly different. No matter what your budget it seems like there is always something every model is missing and a few features that you just don’t need or care about.
- the Instant Pot line doesn’t get any bigger than 8-quarts while there is a 10-quart Power Pressure Cooker XL available.
- any Instant Pot DUO, Smart, or Ultra will make yogurt while the PPC XL will not.
- the IP-LUX is cheaper than the PPC XL and does everything just the same.
- the Power Pressure Cooker XL is better designed for people that want presets rather than manual control
- the IP-Smart and IP-Ultra give you extreme customization of cooking programs, letting you set any program yourself.
- if you live at high altitude the Instant Pot Ultra will adjust to your actual altitude for all your cooking.
As you can see none really do everything and of course you always have to weight price into any purchase. Right now if your budget is mid-range then I think your best bet is to buy the Instant Pot DUO60 Plus unless you need something bigger then the DUO 80 or the PPC XL 10-quart are your best bets.
Which Electric Pressure Cooker Do I Typically Recommend?
In the Instant Pot line I tend to recommend the average consumer to steer towards the eight quart IP-DUO80. The DUO line of pressure cookers are the best selling units from all brands across the board. They do just about everything average families need including a few features that aren’t as normal such as yogurt making!
In my home I prefer the 8-quart model over the 6-quart model because I always feel I’m limiting the food I work with in the 6-quart model due to size restrictions. We only have a family of four but we like leftovers so the 8-quart model just makes more sense when we’re making one-pot meals.
If however you dislike manual control and want simplicity then only then would I steer you towards the Power Pressure Cooker XL 8-quart model. Again, the 8-quart is just more practical for a family I think than a 6-quart although the XL line does have a larger 10-quart option too.
The PPC XL line of pressure cookers really excel at simplifying the cooking experience. You don’t do anything manual on the pot, just choose your preset cooking program and walk away. It will also do alternative cooking methods like slow cooking but thinks like yogurt making is simply not possible.
The simple fact of the matter is however that comparing these two types of multi-cookers is a lot more complicated. There is a lot of nuance involved and some people may have some super specific variables that may persuade them one way or the other.
These are just some of the reasons why I started learning everything I could about electric pressure cookers, so that I could always make efficient distinctions and choices and help my readers select the models best for them. Right now I think the Instant Pot Ultra is going to be the best on the market for a while to come. It’s probably going to be to pricey for many customers though which is why I advise most to stay with the DUO80, but that’s just me.
If you are considering a purchase of one of the models from these two brands, or maybe you are stuck choosing between two specific units… or maybe are just an electric pressure cooker enthusiast like me, this article is for you!
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Make sure to see this post, a full review of the Power pressure Cooker XL. Also, if you have a smaller budget then check this post comparing the Power Pressure Cooker XL with the cheaper Power Cooker Plus.
The Instant Pot: Several series and several models in each series: A brief introduction to model-wise features
The Instant Pot is the bestseller that dominates the electronic pressure cooker market at the present. There are several series of pressure cookers under the brand name of Instant Pot – and new models releasing all the time apparently. These series, in turn, have specific models in them. Let us look at the prime structure and model-wise features now:
[Note: There is a great way to understand it without reading everything. The IP in model names stands for Instant Pot. The next three letters such as LUX or DUO stand for functionalities. The next two numbers stand for volume in quarts. And finally the V-(digit) at the end stands for the version number. For example IP-DUO50 V1 means the first version of the Instant Pot DUO which has a volume of 5 quarts.]
1. The Instant Pot LUX series:
The Instant Pot LUX series has two models: The IP-LUX60 and the IP-LUX50.
The main specifications of the IP-LUX50 are:
- 12 in built programs.
- 5.28 Quart volume.
- Wattage of 900.
The main specifications of the IP-LUX60 are:
- 14 in built programs.
- 6.33 Quart volume.
- Wattage of 1000.
2. The Instant Pot DUO series:
There are three main models in the Instant Pot DUO series: IP-DUO50, DUO60, DUO80. All these three machines have a few things in common:
- The feature to make yogurt.
- Dual pressure settings.
The rest of their features are slightly different. The main specifications of them individually are:
The main specifications of the IP-DUO50 are:
- A volume of 5 quart.
- Wattage of 900.
The main specifications of the IP-DUO60 are:
- A volume of 6 quarts.
- Wattage of 1000.
The main specifications of the IP-DUO80 are:
- A volume of 8 quarts.
- A wattage of 1200.
3. The Instant Pot Smart:
This is a single model series. The Instant Pot Smart is the latest Instant Pot product. Although really expensive, this electrical pressure cooker is one of the most advanced out there. In fact, the official website describes it as:
This is Instant Pot’s latest model. This cooker is a million-in-1 multi cooker, it can do everything the LUX and DUO can plus, a more informative screen with larger numbers, and a programmable app that connects to the cooker via Bluetooth. The Smart app lets you dictate specific temperatures and duration of your recipes in unlimited sequences.
- It is a million-in-1 multi cooker. An unique product in the realm of pressure cookers till date.
- Can do everything that Instant Pot pressure cookers have to offer.
- It operates on a smart app and has an unique display that makes it really easy to use.
4. The Instant Pot DUO PLUS:
This is another single model series. The DUO plus has the same specifications as the DUO. In this model, only one new feature has been added. That feature is:
- A new “sterilize” function in addition to “egg” and “cake” programs.
Let us now look at the main features of the Power Pressure Cooker XL
The Power Pressure Cooker XL is a series of four pressure cookers. These pressure cookers are well known in the market and all of them have a high selling volume because of the things that they offer.
The perfect specifications of each of them are as follows:
1. The Power Pressure Cooker XL 6 quart:
The main features that the Power Pressure Cooker XL 6 quart provides are:
- A volume of 6 quarts.
- A wattage of 1000.
2. The Power Pressure Cooker XL 8 quart:
- A volume of 8 quarts.
- A wattage of 1300.
3. The Power Pressure Cooker XL 8 quart deluxe:
- A volume of 8 quarts.
- A wattage of 1300 as well.
- The main feature that makes this model special is the famous flavor infusion technology which we mentioned in the differences between the Power Pressure Cooker Xl and the Aicok Electronic Pressure Cooker.
4. The Power Pressure Cooker XL 10 quart:
- This one is one of those rare extra-large sized pressure cookers which boast of a volume of 10 quarts.
- The wattage of this pressure cooker is 1600.
[Please note that several sellers claim that the Power Pressure Cooker XL is one of those that can easily be used for canning foods. However, we really advice against that because the USDA has always been against that. If you are looking to can food, it is always the best and safest option to stick to the stove-top canners. Those aren’t too expensive and are always effective as well as certified safe. Why would you risk your health (and life, frankly) to save a few bucks when you are spending so much to get an electronic pressure cooker anyway?]
The Prime differences between the two models
The main differences between the two models are as follows:
- The Instant Pot has the yogurt function which the Power Pressure does not.
- The Instant Pot has new and upcoming smart models, which the Power Pressure does not.
- The Power Pressure has an extra large model of 10 quarts, which the Instant pot does not.
- The Instant Pot is slightly more expensive than the Power Pressure.
Note – If you are looking for a large electric pressure cooker then the comparison stops here. The 10-quart PPC XL is the biggest made by either of these two companies.
The Verdict: Which one to choose over the other?
While both of these models are really nice, in specific scenarios, one is better than the other, such as:
- If you are looking for a smart model for easy functioning, the new Instant Pot models are the answer.
- If you are looking for a pressure cooker that can make yogurt, that’s the specialty only Instant Pot gives you.
- However, if you are looking for an extra large volume of 10 quarts, only Power pressure has that option among these two.
- If you are looking at it from an economic perspective, you’ll also find that the Instant Pot is expensive and thus the Power Pressure Cooker is the ideal choice.
However, at the end of the day, you have to keep in mind that the model you choose must fulfill all your needs. So keep your needs in mind and do your research before you take the final step and purchase it. And do not forget to check for alternatives and compare, compare, compare!
Here on Corrie Cooks we have more comparison articles dedicated to all of these models. Here are a few of of the comparison posts that you may be interested in if you are still on the fence.
Instant Pot DUO vs Fagor LUX – Two premium models that are still quite affordable.
Power Pressure Cooker XL vs Cuisinart CPC-600 – Two Lower cost electric pressure cookers that focus on pre-programmed cook settings compared.
I think you’ll find that some of the newer names in the space are going to give you the best bang for your buck and many of them offer more features and benefits than the entry level models from Instant Pot.
Here’s one additional article for you to check out: