All of us have come across pressure cookers and thought they are the best of pressure cookers -then pops up the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker. A multi-purpose cooker for the kitchen, it can function as a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and food warmer. Yes, it’s a 7-in-1 functional cooker. 14 built-in smart programs (Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, and Pasteurize & Jiu Niang) cook your favorite dishes with the press of a button. If you’re into trying cool appliances in your kitchen or in need of some advanced pressure cooker functions…this sounds like a safe bet.
Instant Pot is a smart Electric Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians aiming to be Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion.
A 24-hour timer allows for delayed cooking. Automatic keep-warm holds the temperature of the food until you serve it. Instant Pot generates almost no noise and leaks no steam. It traps all the aromas in the food without heating up the kitchen. The 3-ply bottom stainless steel inner pot is extremely durable and leaves no health concerns of non-stick coating residual.
The new slim body design has smaller foot print and lid holders for both left and right handed users. The brushed stainless steel exterior is finger print resistant. Its elegant and durable design makes it easy to clean and pleasurable to use for the years to come.
IP-DUO uses the latest 3rd generation technology with an embedded microprocessor, which monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time and adjusts heating intensity. The cooking programs have been lab-tested hundreds of times for optimal effect. These greatly improve cooking result and maintain consistence.
Instant Pot is carefully designed to eliminate many common errors from causing harm or spoiling food. It passed the stringent UL certification giving you uncompromised safety and peace of mind and protects you with 10 proven safety mechanisms and patented technologies.
One thing we always insist in a pressure cooker is definitely its security features. For the longest time, pressure cookers have been known to be ticking time-bombs in kitchens. Not anymore. The Instant Pot IP-DUO60 sports a stainless steel setup and is certified by both UL and ULC, which set the industry standard for safe cooking in our kitchens.
Safety features that are unique to this cooker include: excess pressure protection, safety lid lock, automatic pressure control, automatic temperature control, high temperature warning, extreme temperature and power protection, leaky lid protection, anti-block vent, and pressure regulator protection. What’s more, there is a microprocessor embedded in the cooker that automatically monitors the pressure, temperature based on the set time, as well as adjusting pressure and cook time.
- Safety Lid Lock prevents accidental opening while cooker is pressurized.
- Pressure Regulator ensures working pressure is under the safety limit of 15.23 PSI.
- Leaky Lid Smart Detection (e.g. steam release is at open position).
- Anti-Blockage Vent prevents food debris from blocking the vent.
- Magnetic Sensor for Lid Position Detection monitors whether the lid is in an unsafe zone for pressure cooking.
- Automatic Pressure Control keeps pressure in a safe range.
- Excess Pressure Protection releases excess pressure into internal chamber in the event of a dangerous situation.
- Automatic Temperature Control regulates temperatures based on the type of program selected.
- High Temperature Monitoring prevents food from burning.
- Fuse Cuts off Power when electrical current or temperature exceeds safety limits.
To tailor for various cooking results and lifestyles, Instant Pot is programmed with adjustable cooking modes, up to 24 hours of delayed cooking, and automatic keep warm for up to 10 hours. Most traditional, modern, and international recipes can easily be adapted for Instant Pot.
A classic example: With your Instant Pot, green peas, sweet corn and baby carrots can be steamed in 4 – 7 minutes, fresh or frozen. To make mashed potatoes, you don’t have to boil the potatoes in water and let nutrients leach into the water, simply steam them in Instant Pot for just 15 minutes. An entree of chili or Irish stew can be done within an hour without you watching over it.
The exterior is made of stainless steel, but the shiny surface has been redesigned to be fingerprint resistant. Of course no one wants an otherwise superb cooking pot to be picking fingerprints here and there. All these make this appliance a long-tern cooking companion. In fact, one that you’ll keep in your kitchen for a very long time.
What we liked
- Easy to Use and Clean.
- Extensive Safety Mechanisms throughout the Cooker.
- Best-in-Class Customer Service and Support.
- Strong Fan Base and Online Community.
- A full array of functions (14-functions to be specific).
- Stainless steel construction
We didn’t like…
It can be a little intimidating at first, and it can feel like it has a steep learning curve because, the manual does not include certain information that many people look for. Such as, how long is each pre-programmed cooking cycle? Exactly what temperature do the various sauté settings heat to?
The Instant Pot’s elegant and ergonomic industrial design makes it easy to clean and use for both left-handed and right-handed users. The stainless steel inner pot and lid are both dishwasher safe while the cooker base can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth.
When the cooker is in operation, its microprocessor monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time, adjusts heating intensity and duration, and even adjusts cooking time based on the volume of food in the cooker. With all these in mind it is hard to pass it in the supermarket shelves for that is the kind of appliance you need in your kitchen.
It brings to your kitchen a stainless steel construction with well-thought safety features. The multiple functions are on-point and the ease of use is equally exciting for seasoned pressure cookers users. Otherwise, the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker is a superior appliance worth having in your kitchen.