Instant Pot IP-duo60
As we stated above, the Fast Slow Pro is a pressure cooker from the house of Breville while the Instant Pot encompasses multiple pressure cookers with varying functions. The three main Instant Pot models include: LUX, DUO, and Smart. There are several versions of each model, notably the LUX60 V3 and DUOPlus. LUX models serve as the entry level pressure cookers, with the DUO, DUOPlus and Smart being the high-end models. The Smart is the only model that supports compatibility with mobile devices via Bluetooth and Instant Pot’s Smart app. While the DUO remains a very competitive and quality cooker, the DUOPlus (a much advanced version of the DUO) leads the Instant Pot pack as the best electric pressure cooker out there.
Along with the Breville Fast Slow Pro, all Instant Pot cookers have dishwasher-safe lids constructed from stainless steel. While the Instant Pot models have a shiny stainless-steel exterior, the Breville cooker has a brushed stainless-steel finish.
A major difference between the Breville Fast Slow Pro and the Instant Pot line of cookers lies in the construction material of their inner cooking pots. All Instant Pot cookers have a stainless steel inner cooking pot while that of the Fast Slow Pro is constructed from a ceramic coating reputed to be PTFE and PFOA free.
It is a known fact that all Instant Pot cookers are very multi-functional, being able to serve diverse purposes apart from their original design of pressure cooking. They can be used for slow cooking, rice cooking, sautéing, yogurt-making, steaming, and warming,
The Breville Fast Slow Pro is also capable of pressure cooking and slow cooking. It can also be used for sautéing, steaming and warming. The most notable difference between the Breville and Instant Pot is the absence of the yogurt-making option on the Breville cooker.
Breville Fast Slow Pro has a capacity of 6 quarts. Instant Pot models come in several sizes and different capacities ranging from 5 to 8 quarts.
Apart from the LUX model that has just one pressure setting, every other model in the Instant Pot lineup is designed with dual pressure settings (high or low). On the other hand, the Breville cooker boasts 8 pressure levels.
The Breville Fast Slow Pro is designed with 11 in-built cooking programs. Instant Pot cookers have smart preset programs ranging from 10 (LUX) to 15 (DUOPlus).
Whichever option chosen (either Breville or Instant Pot), users are given the additional option of a custom setting. This setting allows you to specify your preferred settings for any kind of dish you want to prepare.
Display and Controls
The cookers are designed with a control panel that helps users monitor the progress of the meal and adjust settings and functions when desired. Usually, for Instant Pot cookers, this control panel consists of an LCD display screen and push buttons. The Breville Fast Slow Pro comes with dial knobs instead of buttons to accompany its LCD screen.
Several users have criticized the Instant Pot, especially the IP-DUO, for the abundance of buttons cluttering its panel. They maintain that while the interface is simple to use for preset cooking functions, programming one’s own custom setting into the cooker can be difficult and confusing.
On a positive note, the panel is designed in such a way that liquids from the food being cooked or even condensed steam do not touch the LCD display.
The Breville Fast Slow PRO on the other hand has been praised for its mostly digital interface. It’s much simpler to use and users can easily enter their own desired custom settings. Even better, the LCD screen has a color changing function which makes it capable of changing its color depending on the operation the cooker is currently performing; either pressurizing, cooking or even releasing steam.
All Instant Pot cookers are designed with built-in safety features to guard against any pressure malfunction. Their handles remain cool to the touch throughout the cooking process. To prevent accidents in the kitchen, the Instant Pot LUX60 has a lid sensor that locks the lid into place once cooking commences.
The Breville Fast Slow Pro takes safety even more seriously than the Instant Pot models, as it is equipped with additional safety features. Its lid is designed to lock safely via a 3-way safety-system lock. Unlike the manual steam release valve of the Instant Pot cookers, the Breville Fast Slow Pro adds a measure of safety to its valve by making the operation automatic and hands-free. By so doing, users are not prone to accidental burns.
Make no doubt about it, you can disregard the stigma befallen pressure cookers of the past. Both of these machines are safe to use.
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Breville Fast Slow Pro
The Breville Fast Slow Pro comes with a steamer basket and rack made from stainless steel, as well as a recipe book.
Any Instant Pot cooker purchased comes with a stainless-steel rack. Additional accessories would then depend on the exact model purchased. For the DUO, a measuring cup and rice scooper accompany the rack accessory. The LUX60 boasts a recipe book, soup spoon, rice paddle, and measuring cup, while the Smart comes with mitts handy for carrying hot objects.
Pros and Cons of the Instant Pot
- Makes yogurt
- More in-built programs
- Comes in different sizes and capacities
- Interface can be hard to use for some
Pros and Cons of the Breville Fast Slow Pro
- Multiple pressure settings
- Has more safety features
- Simpler interface