Instant Pot IP-LUX60 models
Instant Pot Lux60
While the Cuisinart CPC-600 exists as a single version of itself, the Instant Pot IP-LUX60 is available in three different versions or models: the V1, V2, and V3. The V1 is the oldest and the V3 the newest release. All three products are basically the same with each successive version having some extra features absent in its predecessor. This article uses the V3 as the reference point of comparison, as it is the most popular and latest version of the IP-LUX60 on the market.
Both cookers are constructed using stainless steel, and this is very evident from their exterior finishes. However, while the IP-LUX60 is designed with an 18/8 stainless steel inner pot for minimal interaction with the food cooked, the CPC-600 has a nonstick inner pot. Although the nonstick feature ensures that food do not stick to the sides of the pot, several number of users have claimed that the nonstick coating was not very durable and had a tendency to wear out after a not-so-substantial period of use.
Both pressure cooker’s inner pots are certified as dishwasher safe.
Both cookers are designed with equal capacity of 6 quarts.
The Instant Pot IP-LUX60 is designed with more functionality and multiple purposes compared to the Cuisinart cooker. It is described as a 6-in-1 multi-function cooker, being able to serve as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, warmer, as well as for sauté or browning purposes.
The Cuisinart CPC-600 is also a multi-functioning machine, though not as robust as the instant pot. On the face of the machine you will only see function options for browning and sauteeing. Like the instant pot, you can even cook a cheesecake in it. And while you can cook rice in it, it doesn’t double as a rice cooker or slowcooker. It also has the warming feature which comes in very handy as explained later on.
Ultimately, when it comes to multi-functionality the instant pot clearly wins the day.
The CPC-600 comes with two pressure level settings: high and low. This gifts the cooker with versatility as it can handle foods requiring a high pressure setting and also cater to fish or vegetable recipes requiring a much lower setting. The IP-LUX60 is equipped with just a high pressure setting and thus, is not advisable for use with certain foods that need a low temperatures.
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The IP-LUX60 comes with 10 in-built preset programs that come in very handy when steaming, slow cooking, sautéing, and cooking soup, meat or stew, bean or chili, poultry, rice, multigrain, porridge. The V3 model also comes with the added ability to bake cake and cooking eggs via the inclusion of the cake and egg presets. Users can set the desired cooking times of the egg preset to get soft, medium, or hard boiled eggs. Also, the original soup preset on the V1 and V2 has been changed to soup/broth preset on the V3, making users capable of using their IP-LUX60 cookers to make broth if desired.
The CPC-600 tends to be simpler in its design and offering. It comes with no in-built preset programs, so users have to manually setup the dish requirements for the food they want to cook.
Display and Controls
Both pressure cookers are designed with an LCD screen for display purposes and buttons for quick and easy control of the cooking process. They have both been commended for their simple interface, detailed digital display and functional control buttons.
However, a large portion of users have criticized the timer design section on the control panel of the CPC-600. They claim it’s small and its programming makes it complicated and quite time-consuming to use, thus detracting from the overall experience of the cooker.
The Instant Pot IP-LUX60 has a delay cooking timer that is capable of delaying the cooking process by a maximum of 24 hours. This delay timer feature is noticeably missing in the Cuisinart CPC-600. The IP-LUX60 also comes with a lid that locks into place throughout the duration of cooking. This is achieved via lid position sensors. Its sauté function can be set at 3 different temperatures depending on the preference of the user.
The CPC-600 is equipped with handles that remain cool to the touch throughout the entire cooking process.
Both cookers have an automatic keep warm feature that ensures that even after cooking, the food remains warm till the user is ready to eat. While the IP-LUX60 maximum warm-up time is 10 hours, the Cuisinart can keep your food warm for about 12 hours.
The CPC-600 comes with a recipe book and a trivet for preparing meat. The IP-LUX60 has a wider range of included accessories spanning a recipe booklet, a soup spoon, rice paddle, measuring cup and a steam rack made out of stainless steel.
The IP-LUX60 offers its users a limited warranty period of 1 year whereas the CPC-600 is equipped with a limited 3-year warranty.
Pros and Cons of the Instant Pot IP-LUX60
- More accessories
- More versatile with increased functions
- Comes with preset programs to make cooking easier
- Equipped with a delay timer
- Single pressure setting
- Shorter warranty period
Pros and Cons of the Cuisinart CPC-600
- Simple design
- Features cool-touch handles
- Longer warranty period
- Has dual pressure settings
- Limited functionality
- Fewer number of accessories