Some of the best foods are prepared low and slow, like hickory smoked beef ribs and slow cooked lamb shanks. Yeah, I’ll admit it, my mouth started to water when I typed that. Conversely, pressure cookers produce great tasting food in much less time. Cooking times can be reduced by 70% when using a pressure cooking compared to other cooking methods. Enter the instant pot.
I have to admit, increasingly, I’m growing weary of hyped-up, as-see-on-tv sounding products, like the NuWave 20633 oven. Thus I was initially turned off when I heard the “instant pot” name. After visiting the website, I was impressed that it wasn’t over-hyped at all. In fact, I found it to be more informative than “salesy”.
Instant Pot IP-Duo60, notice the lid handle.
Good for your health…good for the world?
Pressure cooking is a quicker and healthier way to cook food (depending on what food you cook) without sacrificing taste. When you cook vegetables in the microwave, while quick, they taste sub-par. Also, when you boil veggies you are actually going to lose nutrients. The pressure cooker will get your veggies done in a matter of minutes, without losing nutrients or flavor.
The longer an appliance is in use, the more energy it consumes. Both of these machines are capable of cutting the cooking times by 70%.
More than a Pressure Cooker…
One of the biggest differences with the instant pot 7-in-1 vs 6-in-1 is the functions. These machines don’t just pressure cook, in fact they do many things. The IP-Duo60 is a 7-in-1 multiple cooker: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute/browning, yogurt Maker, steamer & warmer. The IP-Lux60 is a 6-in-1 multi-cooker, and can perform the same cooking functions as the Duo60 with the exception of yogurt making. The yogurt maker option is cool and is one of the biggest difference makers between the two.
Pressure level determines the speed at which your food will cook. The Duo has a high setting and a low setting while the Lux has just a high setting. Also, some recipes, i.e. ones with fish or vegetables may call for a lower setting. This is a huge plus for duo60.
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Instant Pot IP-Lux60, notice the lack of lid handle.
Performance. Technology. Safety.
Both of these instant pots have timer and delay functionality. You can delay the cooking time by up to 24 hours. The keep warm setting automatically starts once your food is done, this allows you to, for example, your chili can cook while you are at work and it will be warm when you get home.
Both the IP-Lux60 and IP-Duo60 have microprocessors that measure the heat and pressure throughout the pot. This results in meals that are cooked more evenly.
They will perform just about the same. Although you do get a few more buttons and additional convenient features with the IP-Duo60, i.e. the lid handle.
Both of these multi-cookers have 10 safety features.
As these pressure cookers are produced by the same manufacturer, there is little to differentiate between them in the looks department. In fact, at first glance, they are identical. Though a closer look reveals some minor differences in design. If you look at the pictures above of the lux60 and the Duo60, you’ll notice that the duo has a lid handle. You might also notice that the duo has slots or openings on the machine base handles. This feature allows you to actually fit the lid on to the machine body (as pictured above). This is a very convenient feature because it provides a place for the lid to sit when you remove it from the base. Another small difference is that the Lux is slightly smaller than the Duo, but this shouldn’t effect your decision.