Reviewers agree: Electric pressure cookers are not as powerful as stovetop pressure cookers. It takes electric models longer to reach pressure and longer to cook foods. However, they are safer to leave unattended. For owners who prefer the convenience of an electric pressure cooker, the Instant Pot IP-LUX60 is a good option. It functions as a steamer, rice cooker and slow cooker, and boasts enough safety features that even a worrywart would feel confident using it.
Slow for a pressure cooker. For an electric pressure cooker, the Instant Pot performs exceptionally well according to Amazon.com reviewers. Some owners say it's even replaced their stovetop cookers. However, several owners and one professional reviewer say this pot is more like a slow cooker than a stovetop cooker. Moreover, owners say foods don't cook as quickly with this unit.
Overly complicated operation. In her review for HipPressureCooking.com, Laura Pazzaglia explains that the unit has easy-to-use features, but isn't so easy to use in reality. The lid can be difficult to put on and secure, she says, and if not properly secured, the cooker won't reach pressure. As a safety feature, if the cooker doesn't reach pressure within a certain amount of time, it will turn itself off and switch to "keep warm" mode. Pazzaglia says this requires babysitting the pot to ensure it's still at pressure.
On-par with other models. With its stainless-steel exterior, the Instant Pot IP-LUX60 is styled like many other sleek, modern countertop appliances. Like other electric pressure cookers, the unit has a large capacity but is similar in size to a slow cooker. While the insert is dishwasher-safe and the outside can be wiped clean with a cloth, the lid must be disassembled and hand-washed, which Pazzaglia says is a challenge.
Excessive precautions. The Instant Pot IP-LUX60 has numerous safety features, including a safety lid lock, excess pressure sensors and vents, high temperature monitoring and electricity shut-off if internal or external temperatures get too high. However, it seems these precautions may be excessive, as they sometimes prevent the pot from cooking food as expected under normal conditions.
Review Credibility: Excellent The Instant Pot IP-LUX60 is the top-rated electric pressure cooker at Amazon.com where it garners more than 200 reviews and averages 4.6 stars. Reviewers say it's convenient and easy to use -- even easier than a stovetop model that has to be monitored. Several owners also say they prefer the Instant Pot to a slow cooker. A few negative reviews say this cooker isn't comparable to a stovetop unit because it takes far longer to cook most foods.
Review: Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6.33-Quart, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Excellent The reviews at HipPressureCooking.com are thorough and include scores for features, safety, performance and cleanup. The Instant Pot IP-LUX60 is the only electric pressure cooker tested and is rated Very Good. Its numerous features earn it 4.75 stars in the corresponding category. However, one of the "safety features" may cause the cooker to leave food undercooked. It's also a "little complicated" to clean the lid.
Review: Pressure Cooker Review: Instant Pot 6-in-1 Electric - Very Good, Laura Pazzaglia, December 2012