If you’re looking for a good comparison for either of these cookers, you are in for a treat. So I’m sure that if you have been cooking for any length of time you’ve heard of the Instant Pot LUX and the Power Pressure Cooker XL.
At this price range, these two cookers are both incredible value, making it a tough decision for any price conscious consumer to decide which is worth the money.
This article is will take a look at some of the most important differences between the Instant Pot Lux and the Power Pressure Cooker XL. Hopefully, after reading this you will think a little more on what you want out of an appliance and how much you are willing to spend to get the item you want.
Both of these cookers have been covered quite a few times in the past on our website, you can find those reviews here.
It is worth noting that the Instant Pot LUX only comes in 5 and 6-quart cookers, while the Power Pressure Cooker XL has 4 different cookers to choose from. The Instant Pot LUX, however, has the ability to cook congee, an Asian meal if you are into exotic foods.
So let’s take a look at some of the most important differences between these two cookers.
The Most Important Differences Between The Instant Pot LUX and the Power Pressure Cooker XL
So what exactly are the most important differences between these two cookers? Let’s list those below;
- The Power Pressure Cooker XL has 4 different variants while the Instant Pot Lux only has 2.
- The Power Pressure Cooker XL has less manual options, although not a problem for many, it does make it a bit less appealing for someone who likes changing some options around.
- The Power Pressure Cooker XL’s 10-quart option can cook a full turkey.
- The Instant Pot LUX has a delay timer that goes up to 24 hours.
So these are the most notable differences between these two cookers. For the most part, if you are looking for something with a bit more versatility, the instant Pot LUX is a good way to go. However, if you are looking for something bigger and fancier, then the Power Pressure Cooker XL is also a great way to go.
So now Let’s take a look at each of these cookers individually and a little more in-depth to see how they compare.
The Power Pressure Cooker XL
The Power Pressure Cooker XL comes in 4 different Variants. It is one of the most popular pressure cookers on the market and has sold very well since its release because it has quite a few unique things about it that really set it apart from anything else in its price range.
Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of purchasing one of these cookers.
- The company states it can be used for canning foods, something that electric pressure cookers don’t normally do due to safety reasons.
- It is a long-lasting cooker.
- It comes in an optional 10-quart size for larger meals, great when throwing parties and things of the like.
Even with all the bonuses of this cooker it still has a couple drawbacks.
- The only manual option is the time setting, meaning the only cooking options you have with it are the automatic presets.
As I said it comes in 4 different variants, these variants and their separate specifications are as follows;
1. The Power Pressure Cooker XL 6 Quart
- This cooker has a volume of 6 quarts.
- It has a wattage of 1000.
2. The Power Pressure Cooker XL 8 quart
- This cooker has a volume of 8 quarts.
- It has a wattage of 1300.
3. The Power Pressure Cooker XL 8 quart deluxe
- This cooker has a volume of 8 quarts.
- It has a wattage of 1300, the same as the regular 8-quart cooker.
- The feature the 8 quart deluxe has that sets it apart is its flavor infusion technology to keep your food tasting fresh and delicious.
4. The Power Pressure Cooker XL 10 quart
- One of very few pressure cookers who have a volume of 10 quarts.
- This pressure cooker has a wattage of 1600 slightly more than the 8-quart variant.
With all of that out of the way, let’s take a look into the Instant Pot LUX and take a more in-depth look at it.
The Instant Pot LUX Series
By this, I mean that 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 V1 and V2 are being phased out to make room for the newer products.
- 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.
While the LUX50 is largely the same, the main difference is that the cooker is a quart smaller.
So Which Is The Best Cooker?
This decision is a fairly difficult one to make as these cookers are so close in price and functionality that deciding which one to buy is quite difficult. All in all though, if you are looking for something bigger than your average cooker the Power Pressure Cooker XL is a good one to buy, however the Instant Pot LUX models, as I stated has much more versatility in terms of functions.