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. 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

Click here to check reviews and ratings for the IP-Lux60

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”.

Instant Pot IP-Duo60.

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.

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

Instant Pot IP-Lux60, notice the lack of lid handle.

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.

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.  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.

 Instant Pot Duo-60
Instant Pot Lux-60
Dimensions:13 x 12.6 x 12.2 inches 12.6 x 11.8 x 10.2
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 Handle: YesNo
Inner Pot:stainless steelstainless steel
Warranty:1 year warranty1 year warranty
Price:click here to check priceclick here to check price

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.

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, 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 60 are very similar with a couple small differences. Like the lux60, the lux50 has 10 built-in smart programs compared to 14 for the duo60 or 50. It has a capacity of five quarts. And like the other lux models, it doesn’t come with a lid handle. 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. Usually, the only thing that changes is the cooking capacity. The ipduo60 enw is also 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. 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-Smart 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. Versus the other models on this list, this one is most notably bigger. It is a 8-quart capacity gargantuan. A size that could accomodate a small army or atleast 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, the duo-80 comes with the latest 3rd generation technology – an embedded microchip that monitors the pressure and adjust the temp. See more details

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 green. 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 site.

These differences are: pressure settings, price, more convenience (lid handle) 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.

I recommend that you go with the instant pot-ip-duo60. It’s simply the better choice.

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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