What we’ve learned from our multi cooker…?
Power Pressure Cooker XL
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 bottom line is that these machines are not going to take up a whole lot of space but in smaller kitchens (like ours) your counter top space might feel a bit cramped.
The power pressure cooker is also available in red.
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 yourbetterkitchen.com 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.
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.
Instant Pot – Check out price
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.
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.
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
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.
The Instant Pot IP-Duo60 has a 6 quart capacity while the Power Pressure Cooker XL comes in two different sizes, 6 quart and 8-quart. However, you should know that the instant pot does make an 8-quart model as well. The name of the 8-quart model is Instant Pot IP-duo80 and it has all of the functions that the 60 has.
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.