Instant Pot IP-DUO60 Programmable Pressure Cooker Review

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Bottom Line

The Instant Pot IP-DUO60 Programmable Pressure Cooker is the third generation in the Instant Pot product line, and reviewers say it just keeps getting better. While the second generation model -- the 6-in-1 -- was highly versatile, this model also makes yogurt in addition to its other cooking functions. The Instant Pot IP-DUO60 is the 6-quart version; it also comes in a 5-quart version, the Instant Pot IP-DUO50 (Est. $115) and a Bluetooth-enabled version, the Instant Pot Smart (Est. $180), which lets you control and monitor the pressure cooker using a smartphone app.

ProsSafe, Versatile, Easy to clean, Stainless steel cook potConsLearning curve, Gasket retains odors

Breaking it down

Performance

Highly versatile and a top performer. Reviewers are almost unanimous in their love for the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 Programmable Pressure Cooker. Many wonder how they lived without it, saying it perfectly cooks meat, risotto, vegetables, and many more foods. They also note that it cooks so quickly that they can start food cooking when they get home from work and sit down to dinner in 40 minutes or less. Quite a few owners say that it works as well as a rice cooker and slow cooker as it does as a pressure cooker, which saves them both storage space and the financial outlay of buying three or more appliances. It also steams, sautés, browns and warms -- and users say it does all very well. Many bought it just for its yogurt making feature and they are thrilled with the results.

Ease of use

A learning curve. The instruction book that comes with the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 Programmable Pressure Cooker isn't very helpful, say owners, and it can take some practice to learn how to use this appliance; however, all say that it's worth the time and effort. Many also note that you can download recipe books and instruction manuals on the Internet, as well as find videos that walk you through learning to use the Instant Pot. Those who have used a pressure cooker in the past seem to have fewer issues, and they say that pressure cooking always has a learning curve that needs to be mastered to figure out the right amounts of liquid and pressure -- especially if you're moving from a stovetop pressure cooker to an electric model. The Instant Pot is reported as easy to clean and the stainless steel cooking pot is dishwasher safe. It has a lid rest on the pot, something many reviewers appreciate.

Durability/safety

Very few complaints. This version of the Instant Pot was released in 2014, and we found a very few complaints of breakage or other durability issues after 18 months or less, even when it's used several times a week. In addition, we saw many reviews about the previous generation of the Instant Pot, with owners saying it's still going strong after a couple of years. The exterior is plastic and brushed stainless, the inner pot is a 3-ply, food grade stainless steel; something that's unique in electric pressure cookers -- most are coated with nonstick material, which turns off those who are trying to avoid chemical coatings. One issue we did see: many reviewers, even those who give this a 5-star rating, say the gasket stinks to high heaven after making anything that's strongly-flavored and it's hard to get the smell out. Some say they buy a second gasket, the Instant Pot Silicone Sealing Ring (Est. $15), to keep one for things like meat-based meals and one for more mildly-flavored items like oatmeal. The gasket is not covered under the 1-year warranty. Electric pressure cookers are safe compared to the pressure cookers of years ago, and the Instant Pot is among the safest.

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Our Sources

1. TheKitchn.com

The Instant Pot Is One Machine That Does the Work of 7 Gadgets, Kelli Foster, April 17, 2015

Kelli Foster, assistant food editor and product reviewers for The Kitchn.com chose to try out the Instant Pot due to her space limitations and its claimed versatility. While she notes that it is not intuitive to use, in testing it excelled at all tasks she set for it. She concluded, "The more I cooked with Instant Pot, it felt easier and easier to use, and I discovered more ways it could save me time in the kitchen on a regular basis."

2. TheKitchn.com

The Instant Pot Is One Machine That Does the Work of 7 Gadgets, Kelli Foster, Dec. 4, 2015

In this follow up to her original review (above), Kelli Foster gives an update six months into her purchase of the Instant Pot. After mastering the learning curve, not only does she love it, she notes that her husband has started to use this electric pressure cooker. In conclusion, she notes that her initial skepticism has given way to complete love.

3. Mother Earth News

Instant Pot Is the Best Electric Pressure Cooker, Robin Mather, March 12, 2014

Robin Mather gives the 6-in-1 model a thorough test (this is the second generation model, but is very similar to the 2014 7-in-1 Instant Pot.) Mather makes it clear that she chose this particular electric pressure cooker because it's the only one on the market with a stainless steel, rather than non-stick, interior. The review includes an interview with the inventor of the Instant Pot as well.

4. HipPressureCooking.com

Pressure Cooker Review: instant Pot 6-in-1 Electric - Very Good, Laura Pazzaglia, Oct. 15, 2012

The 6-in-1 Instant Pot -- which is the previous version of the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 Programmable Pressure Cooker -- earns an overall average rating of "Very Good" from Laura Pazzaglia, who gives it a thorough test. Ultimately, she gives it a 4.2 out of 5, with slightly lower scores for cleanup. She also notes that Instant Pot is going to make some improvements in the 2014 model (the current one) that will resolve some of the issues she had that caused her to downgrade the score.

5. WholeHealthSource.com

Instant Pot Electronic Pressure Cooker: Two Years Later, Stephan Guyenet, July 14, 2014

Dr. Stephan Guyenet first reviewed the Instant Pot 6-in-1 pressure cooker in 2012, and it went on to become one of his most popular posts. There is a link to the original review in this updated article, in which he details what dishes the Instant Pot particularly excels at. Dr. Guyenet also notes that he has used the Instant Pot more than 400 times and it's still going strong.

6. Amazon.com

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2016

The Instant Pot IP-DUO60 Programmable Pressure Cooker earns an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 in more than 4,230 reviews. Cooks adore it, saying it makes delicious food and does so quickly. The stainless steel pot gets raves from the health-conscious. There are a few complaints about the lack of clear instructions and some durability complaints.

7. Walmart.com

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 Stainless Steel 6-Quart 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of April 2016

In more than 100 reviews, the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 earns an overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 in more than 770 reviews. Virtually all agree that it lives up to the hype and performs equally well as an electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, or when using any of its cooking functions. The few complaints we saw don't seem to have a common theme, and at least a few are shipping-related.

8. PressureCookingToday.com

Instant Pot IP-DUO Review, Barbara Schieving, May 21, 2014

In this informative post, Barbara Schieving details the changes from the second generation 6-in-1 Instant Pot to the 2014 Instant Pot IP-DUO60 Programmable Pressure Cooker. She notes that she did receive a free pressure cooker for review, but that it did not influence her conclusions.