Instant Pot IP-DUO60 vs IP-LUX60 – Updated 2017

Beef Stew in bowl

Stew cooked in pressure cooker.

So, you’re going to purchase an electric pressure cooker, and you’ve narrowed your search down to instant pot ip-lux60 vs duo 60.  We were happy to be able to use the ip-duo60 for over a year (almost 2 years now). It is an awesome machine and happens to be the one that we recommend.

But the truth is that both of these machines are very capable of producing great results.  You probably just want a little more insight about the features and specs to decide which one will compliment your kitchen and family needs most.

With a pressure cooker you can infuse your favorite meals with lots of flavor in a short period of time. They aren’t very expensive either. Neither of the pressure cookers in the instant IP-DUO60 vs IP-LUX60 is going to break the bank.  I researched these two multi-cookers thoroughly, and by the end of this article you will have enough info to make a confident purchase decision.  Read on below.

Click here to check reviews and ratings for the IP-Duo60

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IP-DUO60 vs IP-LUX60: A Battle of Old vs New…

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”.

Good for your health…good for the world?

Instant Pot IP-duo60

Instant Pot IP-Duo60 – Notice how large the lcd screen is compared to the lux60.

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.

PSI

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.

IP Lux60 – Click here to check out customer reviews and ratings

IP Duo60 – Click here to check out customer reviews and ratings

Performance. Technology. Safety.

Instant Pot IP-Lux60 V3

Instant Pot IP-Lux60 – Notice the smaller lcd screen.

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 holder.

Both of these multi-cookers have 10 safety features.

Design…

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.  You might notice that the duo has slots or openings at the top of machine base. These lid holders are also know as fins. 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. This prevents condensation and food particles from leaking onto your countertop when you remove the lid. While this may seem small, this feature really comes in handy when we use our cooker.

Other little Differences…

The Duo60 comes with a condensation collector, programmable keep warm up to 99 hours (compared to 10 for the Lux60), and a cord rack. We always rack the cord when we finish using our machine and we always end up emptying out the condensation collector. These are convenient features though not necessary – I don’t think most folks would need a 99 hour keep warm function.

 Instant Pot Duo-60
Instant Pot Lux-60
Color:black and stainlessblack and stainless
Cooking Functions:soup, meat/stew, bean/chili, poultry, rice, multigrain, porridge, steam, slow cook, saute, yogurtsoup, meat/stew, bean/chili, poultry, rice, multigrain, porridge, steam, slow cook, saute,
PSI:High (10.2 -11.6 psi)
Low (5.8 - 7.2 psi)
High (10.2 - 11.6 psi)
Delay Timer:YesYes
Pressure CannerNoNo
Yogurt Maker : YesNo
Keep Warm: YesYes
Lid Holder: YesNo
Inner Pot:stainless steelstainless steel
Watts:1000w1000w
Cord Rack:YesNo
Condensation Collector:YesNo
Warranty:1 year warranty1 year warranty
Price:click here to check priceclick here to check price
Built-in Programs:1410

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 vs IP-LUX60: Customers Weigh In

After looking over many reviews, I am confident that these pressure cookers are quality machicnes. There are many customers whom compliment these machines for the performance and ease of use. Based on what the customers say, you should be satisfied with your results too. But don’t take my word for it, make sure that you read some of the customer reviews before you make a decision.

Other Pressure Cookers to Consider…

We came across several other great options while researching these electric pressure cookers. Below, you will find quick info to help you make a great choice for you and your family.

Note: The main difference between Duo and Lux models is that the Duo can perform both high and low pressure cooking. While the Lux performs just high pressure cooking. Newly released versions of these machines have different presets, i.e. the new Lux60 V3 has both an egg cooking and cake making preset. The numbers you see in the model name denotes the capacity, i.e., the duo60 is a 6-quart capacity pressure cooker. Duo’s have 14 built-in programs compared to 10 for Lux models.

vs Instant Pot IP-Duo50

The instant pot ip-duo50 is another great option if you have a smaller family. The main difference between this model versus the duo60 or lux60 is that it has a five quart capacity compared to a six quart capacity. Like the duo-60, it is a 7-in-1 machine, and has high or low pressure. It can do everything that the duo60 can including make yogurt. Despite the smaller capacity, this model won’t save you much space on your countertop. Most modern electric pressure cookers that I’ve come across are around the same size. See more details

vs Instant Pot IP-Lux50

The lux50 and the Lux60 are very similar with one difference: it has a five quart capacity compare to six. Like the lux60, the lux50 has 10 built-in smart programs compared to 14 for the duo60 or 50. And like the other lux models, it doesn’t come with convenient lid holders located at the top of the machine to prevent condensation from dripping. Depending on your budget, feature and/or capacity needs/preferences, this model could be just right for you. The lux-50 is rated at 900-watts, while the others on this page are 1000-watts or higher (see instant pot duo80) See more details

vs Instant Pot IP-Duo60-enw

The instant pot ip-duo60-enw is pretty similar to the other “duo” machines on this page. The “duo” line of instant pots are the same, for the most part. They are all capable of high or low pressure cooking. Usually, the only thing that changes is the cooking capacity. When it first came out, this model was only available at Walmart and it had some small features exclusive to it. However, this is no longer the case. Now, the ENW and regular Duo models have all the same features with the exception of one; the detachable power cord. 

The ip-duo60-enw is different because it has a three-pronged removable cord. What is the benefit of a removable cord, you might ask? Well, there are at least a couple. For one, cords can get in the way when cleaning. It’s a little easier to store an appliance with a removable cord. Also, and this is a big one, if the cord gets damaged you can just buy a new one instead of having to replace the entire unit. See more details

vs Instant Pot IP-DuoSmart Bluetooth

The instant pot ip-smart is a bluetooth enabled electric pressure cooker. It has features (some might deem unecessary) that none of the other cookers on this page possess. This is the premium model pressure cooker if there is such a thing. The bluetooth functionality allows you to program the cooker from your smart phone or tablet. With it comes a free app that allows to program complex cooking steps. You can also share your recipes with friends. Instant pot specializes in incremental upgrades. With the ip-smart, you also get three keep warm temperature options. If you like to stay up on the latest technology then perhaps this is the model for you. See more details

vs Instant Pot IP-Duo80

The instant pot ip-duo80 is the latest and largest capacity offering from the instant pot line of pressure cookers. It is a 8-quart capacity gargantuan. A size that could accomodate a small army or at least a very large family. This is perfect if you entertain often. This behemoth is also going to use a bit more power when in operation as it is a 1200-watt machine, the others on this page are 1000-watt electric pressure cookers (except for the 900-watt ip-lux50). Like the other models in the duo line you get both high and low pressure. The duo-80 comes with the latest 3rd generation technology – an embedded microchip that monitors the pressure and adjust the temp. See more details

Updated Model Versions:

Lux60 V2 and V3

They made some pretty big upgrades to the Lux60 over two different versions. The V2 was made for incremental improvements over the Lux60 and the V3 built on that base. You might still be able to find the original and version 2 offerings out there, but the V3 is the superior machine. If you go with the V2 or V3 you’ll enjoy the following benefits over the original Lux60:

  • Up to 240 minutes of pressure cooking time compared to 120
  • You can disable the keep warm function
  • You can adjust the slow cooker temperature
  • It is programmed to remember custom time, temp, and pressure settings
  • You can turn off the audible (I have to admit the beep can be a bit annoying)
  • Cake preset (V3 only)
  • Egg preset (V3 only)
  • Soup/Broth (V3 only) – “soup” was a preset on the original version. The addition of “broth” is being marketing towards those whom would like to use a pressure cooker to make bone broth.

Note: The cake preset is best for New York style cheesecake, and the egg preset has programmed cooking times for soft, medium, and hard boiled eggs. And with the extended pressure cooking time, you can make bone broth in the Lux 60 V3.

Summary

Update: Sarah and I bought the Instant Pot IP-Duo-60 electric pressure cooker (if you want more details, you can check them out at that link). And it is definitely a convenient, low-cost, quick alternative to oven and stove top cooking. At this point we’ve had this machine for over a year, using it very regularly. Just the other day (1/8/2016), we used it to pressure cook smoked turkey wings for greens. In 40 minutes they were fall off the bone tender. This would have taken 2 to 3 hours on the stovetop.

In the IP-DUO60 vs IP-LUX60 battle, most of the differences are subtle, making them nearly indistinguishable at first sight.

The biggest differences are: pressure settings, price, more convenience (the lid holder really comes in handy) and yogurt maker function. The duo-60 will most likely cost more when go to purchse it (although a sale could change that). The duo also has two pressure settings compared with one for the lux-60. With a lid, it is more convenient. And some folks might really like that the instant pot duo-60 comes with a yogurt making function.

Although the Lux60 is a great machine, we went with the instant pot-ip-duo60. I think that the additional features and convenience are worth the price difference.

Finally, an Instant Pot pressure cooker is a bit of an investment. It will save you time and money. But you probably don’t want to pay more for one than you have to…

Instant Pot IP-Duo60 – Click here to check price

Instant Pot IP-Lux60 – Click here to check price

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