Instant pot Ip-DUO60 vs Power Pressure Cooker XL

Instant Pot IP-DUO60

Choose the Instant Pot IP-DUO60!

The Instant Pot ip-duo60 vs power pressure cooker xl comparison is one that features two very popular pressure cooker models from different brands. You should know that we actually bought and tested the Instant Pot IP-60 and we love it.

So not only did we do the research but we also had the opportunity to use the instant pot for more than a year now.

After a lot of research I’d recommend that you go with Instant Pot for a lot of reasons that are outlined below. You can jump ahead to the summary or read through the entire page if you wish. There’s a lot of useful info.

 

Instant Pot – Check out customer reviews and ratings on amazon

Power Pressure Cooker – Check out customer reviews and ratings on amazon


Instant Pot IP-Duo60 vs Power Pressure Cooker XL: Which One Should You Choose…?

power pressure cooker xl

Power Pressure Cooker XL

What we’ve learned from our multi cooker…?

Sarah and I are proud owners of the Instant Pot ip-duo60. It’s a great machine. It performs multiple functions, seven, in fact. But we mostly use it as a slow cooker, pressure cooker and rice cooker (I’ve listed all of the functions below).

The pressure cooker and slow cooker options turn out great results. It also works great as a steamer. We’ve made yogurt in it, again, the results were good. If this machine has any downside it is the rice cooker. We use the rice cooker because it is fast and easy, but the results are just okay. We make better rice stovetop.

Appearance and Size

Both machines are housed in stainless steel. They are decent looking, I guess, but both possess an awkward cylindrical shape. This does make it a little challenging to store it out of the way; neither can butt flush against a wall. They aren’t too large in size and about the same size. The instant pot and power pressure cooker measure 13 x 12.6 x 12.2 inches and 12.5 x 14 x 12.5 inches respectively.

The bottom line is that these machines are not going to take up a whole lot of space but in smaller kitchens (like ours) your countertop space might feel a bit cramped.

The power pressure cooker is also available in red.

PSI

The Instant Pot ip-duo 60 has a high-pressure (10.2 – 11.6 psi) and a low-pressure (5.8 – 7.2 psi) option. You can manually select high or low pressure for your recipes. The power pressure cooker does not have the option to manually select high or low pressure. Instead, the pressure is preprogrammed according to the function that you select. The psi ranges from 7.2 to 12, but according the manual, the psi is 7.2 for most cooking functions; meat/chicken, fish/veg./steam, beans/lentils, rice/risotto, and soup/stew. The canning/preserving button operates at 12 psi.

But what if you want to use the Power Pressure for a recipe that calls for high pressure? I suppose you could use the canning/preserving feature. But as Power Pressure Cooker user and commenter Ken said, “The Power Pressure Cooker XL does actually have a high pressure setting, it’s the canning setting (12 PSI) so you can technically use this to cook food on high pressure. The problem is, this setting seems to use a special heat profile that very very slowly ramps up the heat, so it will take significantly longer for it to come up to pressure. If you look at the manual, it has a table of program settings showing the pressure for each. I too though wish that it had more configurable pressure settings, rather than just relying on the program settings to do it for you.” So, do with that information what you will. Personally, I enjoy having the flexibility of being able to use the manual mode that Instant Pot offers, it’s very convenient.

Control Panels

The interfaces are pretty similar; both are straight forward and easy to understand. I can you tell you from my own personal experience with the Instant Pot ip-duo60 that operation is quite simple. You select what your cooking using the appropriately labeled buttons, set the time, and voila! You might also turn the steam release knob in the right position and/or empty/attach the condensation collector.

The control panel is a bit different on the power pressure cooker, in additional to the labels, the buttons are adorned with cute little icons that are in shape of the food or the cooking function that you wish to use.

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Power Pressure Cooker – Check out price

After using the instant pot and researching the power pressure cooker, I don’t get the sense that either machine would have an advantage in regards to the control panel. I do think that the design of the power pressure cooker could make it a little easier to use, but I am sure that both are easy to use.

Cooking Functions

What makes these multi-cookers so amazing is the fact that they can do so much. It’s the reason why our instant pot has a permanent place on our relatively small countertop. They have most of the same functions with the exception of the canning. Only one of these pressure cookers is equipped with canning feature and that is the Power Pressure Cooker xl. Check out the comparison table above to see all of the cooking functions.

Delay Timer

Both of these cookers come with a delay timer. A delay timer comes in handy when you want to make sure that your food is hot and ready for you when you get home. It allows you to plan well in advance.

Instant Pot IP-DUO60

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 Pressure Cooker

Inner Pot

A big difference between these two is the inner pot. More and more, over the years, we’ve been moving away from nonstick pots and pans. We still have a few of them but we won’t be buying anymore. Over time, the nonstick (Teflon) pot degrades. Even with proper cleaning techniques, it’s still a big headache. You have to remember not to use metal utensils with the nonstick pan.

Also, there are some potential health concerns when dealing with Teflon.

I love that the instant pot has a stainless steel insert. It certainly isn’t as easy to clean as nonstick but I don’t find it to be particularly difficult to clean. This definitely influenced our purchase decision.

Price and Warranty

In my opinion, neither of these pressure cookers is going to break the bank. I would consider them to be mid-priced small kitchen appliances. But my definition of mid-price might vary from yours. You have to consider that I have come across very expensive toasters and high-end sous vides. I think that they are priced competitively and worth the cost considering everything that they can do.

Both of these units come with a 1-year warranty.

Warning: Pressure Canning…

The power pressure cooker has a pressure canning feature and there are folks that might really want to use that function. But I suggest that you do your own due diligence before proceeding.  Proper pressure canning must be done with a specific psi based on altitude. But there is no way to measure the psi on these machines. And if the pressure drops below the specified psi at any time during the process then it is advised that you start the canning process over from scratch. If you want to read more about it, you can visit the nchfp.

 Instant Duo
Power Pressure Cooker
Dimensions:13 x 12.6 x 12.2 inches 12.5 x 14 x 12.5 inches
Color:black and stainlessblack and stainless, red and stainless
Cooking Functions:soup, meat/stew, bean/chili, poultry, rice, multigrain, porridge, steam, slow cook, saute, yogurtcanning/preserving, soup/stew, slow cook, rice/risotto, beans/lentils, steam, chicken/meat,
PSI:High (10.2 -11.6)
Low (5.8 - 7.2)
Low around 7.2 psi for most cooking functions and 12 psi for the "canning/preserving" function. The pressure depends on the program selection that you make. Slow cooking function around 4.3 psi.
Delay Timer:YesYes
Pressure CannerNoYes
Keep Warm: YesYes
Inner Pot:stainless steelnon-stick
Warranty:1 year warranty1 year warranty
Price:click here to see priceclick here to see price

Customer Reviews…

After examining the reviews and ratings across multiple resources. I think that both of these machines are pretty good – despite some concerns. Both do seem to be good choices. However the general reviews and consensus of a product can sometimes overlook the small details, glitches, or nuances that could sway you in one direction over the other.

When I research customer reviews, I’m looking for patterns. One person’s experience is often not enough to make a fair assessment of a given product.

The most concerning issue that I saw being brought up regularly amongst several instant pot ip-duo60 customers was the long-term durability. Unfortunately, I can’t speak personally to the long term durability of this machine. At the time of this writing I’ve only owned this machine for about 6 months – but so far so good.

Update: We’ve now had this machine for about a year and a half and it is still producing great results. At the time of this post, I most recently used it to pressure cook smoked turkey necks for greens (the longest part of cooking greens is the smoked meat).

However, there aren’t a whole lot of these complaints. There are many customers that appear to be perfectly content with the durability of this machine.

I ran into reports of durability issues with the power pressure cooker. In fact I was a little put-off by the numerous reports, I came across, of failed machines. There might be some underlying issues with this pressure cooker. Others, however, seem to be completely content with the Power Pressure Cooker XL.

Summary & Recommendation

Hopefully this Instant Pot ip-duo60 vs Power Pressure Cooker XL comparison helped you out. In my opinion, the Instant Pot ip-duo60 is the better choice. First of all, the Power Pressure Cooker has complaints about durability that would make me a bit uncomfortable to purchase.

The power cooker doesn’t have a high/low pressure setting for you to manually select high or low pressure. The functions are preprogrammed with a pressure setting and most of them are low pressure (see above). If you have a recipe that calls for high pressure, you will need to use the “canning/preserving” feature. I also don’t like that the power pressure cooker has a nonstick inner pot (they tend to get scratched and chipped quickly) while the instant pot has a stainless steel one.

The instant pot has much more positive feedback. We’ve had this machine for over a year and it is working great. But you don’t have to take my word for it, you should check out some of this feedback yourself.

The canning feature on the power pressure cooker is very cool and maybe it would sway you, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable using an electric pressure cooker as a canner (see above).

Go for the instant pot.

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