Instant pot ip-duo60 vs. power pressure cooker xl. There’s a lot to know here, but on this page, we break down the ins and outs of these machines to help you choose wisely.
You should know that we actually bought and tested the Instant Pot IP-60, and we love it. After nearly four years in service, this kitchen tool is a major part of our kitchen. We use it weekly, and it has performed well since day one!
So not only did we do the research, but we also had the opportunity to use the instant pot for more than three years now.
After a lot of research, I’d recommend that you go with Instant Pot for many reasons 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?
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 okay. We make a better rice stovetop.
Appearance and Size
Both machines are housed in stainless steel. They are decent-looking machines, 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. But, on the other hand, they aren’t too large.
The bottom line is that these machines will not take up a 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.
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 select high or low pressure manually. Instead, the pressure is preprogrammed according to the function that you select.
The psi ranges from 7.2 to 12, but according to 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 using the manual mode that Instant Pot offers. It’s very convenient.
The interfaces are pretty similar; both are easy to understand. I can tell you from my own personal experience with the Instant Pot ip-duo60 that operation is quite simple. You select what you are 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 from the power pressure cooker. In addition to the labels, the buttons are adorned with cute little icons in the shape of the food or the cooking function you wish to use.
Instant Pot – Check out the price
Power Pressure Cooker – Check out the price
After using the instant pot and researching the power pressure cooker, I didn’t get the sense that either machine would have an advantage in 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 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, except for canning. Only one of these pressure cookers is equipped with a 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 ensure that your food is hot and ready for you when you get home. In addition, it allows you to plan well in advance.
Over time, the nonstick (Teflon) pot degrades. Even with proper cleaning techniques, it’s still a big headache. You should never use any kind of abrasive scrubbers like steel wool or the Scotch Brite Dishwand. You have to remember not to use metal utensils with a nonstick pan. Instead, use wooden spoons or silicone utensils for the nonstick inner 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 particularly difficult to clean. This definitely influenced our purchase decision. And I can rest easy and use my dish wand for tough food stains.
The Instant Pot IP-Duo60 has a 6-quart capacity, while the Power Pressure Cooker XL comes in two different sizes, 6 quarts, 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 will 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 vide. I think that they are priced competitively and worth the cost considering everything 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 some folks 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 Pot Duo60||Power Pressure Cooker
|Color:||black and stainless||black and stainless, red and stainless|
|Cooking Functions:||soup, meat/stew, bean/chili, poultry, rice, multigrain, porridge, steam, slow cook, saute, yogurt||canning/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.|
|Inner Pot:||stainless steel||non-stick|
|Warranty:||1 year warranty||1 year warranty|
|Price:||click here to see price||click here to see price|
After examining the reviews and ratings across multiple resources, I think both of these machines are pretty good – despite some concerns. Both do seem to be good choices. However, a product’s general reviews and consensus 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. But unfortunately, 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, fortunately, After more than three years of regular use. I can speak personally to the long-term durability of this machine. It still works great! We use it about once per week.
Update: We’ve now had this machine for about three years, 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. Instead, many customers 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. So there might be some underlying issues with this pressure cooker. Others, however, seem to be completely content with the Power Pressure Cooker XL.
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 to select high or low pressure manually. 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. Also, I wouldn’t say I 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, 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.