If you are familiar with electric pressure cookers, or you frequent this site, there’s no doubt you are acquainted with the Instant Pot brand of electric pressure cookers.
Instant Pot is one of the most popular manufacturer of electric pressure cookers.
While Instant Pot offers a few different series of models of pressure cookers, some of their premier products are the Instant Pot IP-DUO series of pressure cookers.
IP-DUOs are popular among those new to pressure cooking as well as experienced pressure cooks.
This article will be reviewing the IP-DUO series of pressure cookers, in an attempt to help you decide if this is a product you would benefit from adding it to your kitchen.
First I’ll give a brief overview of each of the available pressure cookers in this series. Next, I’ll go more in detail with the features and functions of the three older models. Then, I’ll highlight the newest member of the IP-DUO family and compare it to the older models. Finally, I’ll cover any downsides to these pressure cookers, and help you choose which one will be right for you.
Overview of the IP-DUO series of pressure cookers
The IP-DUO series has four members, with the newest being the recently released IP-DUO Plus 60.
- 5 Quart
- 900 watts
- 6 Quart
- 1000 watts
- 6 Quart
- 1000 watts
- 8 Quart
- 1200 watts
- 6 Quart
- 1000 watts
The older three models, the DUO50, DUO60 and DUO80, are identical when it comes to features.
They are considered 7-in-1 multi cookers capable of replacing several other kitchen appliances, with those seven functions being:
- pressure cooker
- slow cooker
- rice cooker
- yogurt maker
IP-DUO pressure cookers are well built appliances. They have a brushed stainless steel body to reduce fingerprints, and come with a stainless steel removable cooking pot
Each member of the DUO series also has 14 cooking presets. The presets and manual programs are controlled by a microprocessor that monitors and makes adjustments as necessary.
The 14 preset options are: soup, meat and stew, bean and chili, poultry, sauté, steam, rice, porridge, multigrain, slow cook, keep warm, yogurt, and pasteurize and fermented rice.
The microprocessor is able to do this with the help of dual pressure sensors, one at the top of the pot and one at the bottom. The sensors and microprocessor allow these pressure cookers to cook your food evenly and consistently.
All IP-DUO pressure cookers have a 24 hour delay cook timer and an automatic keep warm function, that activates as soon as cooking is completed.
Finally, Instant Pot rounds out the series with 10 built-in safety features to make operating one of their pressure cookers safe.
The new addition: the IP-DUO Plus60
Instant Pot recently released new member of the DUO family, the IP-DUO Plus60.
Just like the Instant Pot Duo Nova or the Instant Pot Viva, this new pressure cooker is an updated version of the IP-DUO60. It keeps all of the features discussed in the previous section, and has some added features and operational improvements.
The IP-DUO Plus60 is advertised as a 9-in-1 multi functional device that can take the place of nine other small kitchen appliances: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, sauté, steamer, egg cooker, sterilizer and warmer.
It also has one additional preset, cake, bringing the presets to a total of 15.
The Plus60 is a six quart pressure cooker, with a stainless steel body, lid and inner cook pot.
One of the new functions, sterilize is multifunctional as well. Not only can the sterilize function be used for sterilization of utensils, it can be used to pasteurize milk.
One of the operational improvements made is the quick adjustments feature. This allows the user to easily change time or pressure even if the pressure cooker has already entered the cooking phase.
Other DUO models require you to end and restart the program to make changes if the cooking process has already started.
Another operational feature added to this model is the smart programs. Each of the programs remembers the previous three customizations you have made. This allows for easy recall of your cooking preferences.
Downsides to the IP-DUO pressure cookers?
After hearing of the seemingly limitless features of the IP-DUO series, the next thing you would logically consider is whether there are any drawbacks to these pressure cookers.
The only consistent consumer complaints with the original DUO models is that the user manual is not very helpful. While this isn’t likely an issue for people familiar with pressure cookers, it can be an issue to those new to pressure cooking.
The IP-DUO models are not the simplest pressure cookers to program, so without clear instructions it may be difficult to learn at first.
However, once you get the programming process down, these pressure cookers are well worth the extra effort.
Should you buy an Instant Pot IP-DUO?
The short answer is yes. These electric pressure cookers are among the most widely known and best selling pressure cookers on the market.
Instant Pot has managed to offer a well built, good looking product that has all the features you could possibly want. They have managed to do this at a very reasonable price as well.
If you read some of the other articles on this site comparing the various electric pressure cookers on the market to the Instant Pot brand, it is rare that you will find one that recommends another brand over an Instant Pot.
Which IP-DUO is right for you?
So now that you’ve decided on an Instant Pot IP-DUO the next choice, is which one of these pressure cookers should you purchase.
Clearly the new IP-DUO Plus60 is the frontrunner out of the pack. For about 20% increase in price you gain several useful features and one that’s improved upon the old features.
If the price is an issue for you, you still cannot go wrong with one of the older IP-DUO models. These pressure cookers are consistently best sellers and are long lasting safe products.
Whether you are new to pressure cooking or experienced and looking to upgrade from your old pressure cooker, you can’t go wrong with an Instant Pot IP-DUO.