Out of all the electric pressure cookers, the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker gets raving reviews everywhere. It is the #1 selling electric pressure cooker on Amazon. What makes the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker so great?
To answer that question, I’ll be looking asking (and answering) some of the questions that should really be asked when considering what is a good electric good pressure cooker:
- How safe is it to use?
- What it’s made of, the benefits of it and how durable is it?
- How easy it is to use and how convenient?
- Is it easy it is to cleanup?
- How much does it cost and is it worth the asking price?
Safer Than Ever
It’s true that if enough pressure builds up, it can blow the lid right off a pressure cooker–throwing food all over the kitchen, or worse causing an injury. But the days where that kind of thing was common are gone. That was way back then. Pressure cookers these days have way better safety mechanisms to prevent that kind of thing; it’s virtually impossible.
The Instant Pot IP-Duo60 programmable pressure cooker doesn’t play around when it comes to your safety. Honestly, this thing is about as safe as it gets for a pressure cooker. It’s so safe that I would let my nine year old cook with it. It actually has 10 safety mechanisms to make sure everything is safe.
- Safety lock that prevents the lid from being open under pressure.
- Pressure monitor that make sure the pressure never gets above the safety limit of 15 psi.
- Pressure regulator that automatically regulates the pressure.
- Lid leak detection.
- Anti-blockage vent to prevent food debris from blocking it.
- Sensor that detects if the lid is in an unsafe zone for pressure cooking.
- Extra pressure protection that will release excess pressure into a chamber if needed.
- Temperature control that regulates temperature based on setting.
- High temperature detection to prevent burning.
- Electrical & temperature fuse that cuts off power if either of them gets too high.
Made of Superior Stainless Steel
One thing I love most about the IP pressure cooker is it uses a stainless steel cooking pot—while others like to use a non-stick pot. What’s so great about a stainless steel pot vs. a non-stick? Here are a few reasons:
- No harmful and dangerous (potentially cancerous) chemicals like those found in a non-stick coating.
- No non-stick coating to flake off and get into your food.
- No worrying about scratching the pot.
- A durable pot that will last a long time. Way longer compared to a non-stick pot. I dare say that it will last twice as long as a non-stick.
- Better tasting food that is actually browned—like it was done in a pan on the stovetop.
Easy to Use
With all its fancy features, you’re probably thinking the Instant Pot IP-Duo60 7-in-1 pressure cooker might be harder to use compared to a stovetop pressure cooker. It’s actually way easier to use once you get the hang of it—which shouldn’t take more than a couple uses. The buttons are clearly labeled. I didn’t have to second guess which button does what.
So how exactly is it easier to cook with the Instant Pot? Well everything is monitored and controlled by all the fancy electronics. According to the manufacturer, it’s actually controlled by a tiny little computer. If you were cooking with a stovetop pressure cooker you would have to constantly check on it to make sure it didn’t burn or worse, explode. You don’t have to deal with any of that with the Instant Pot. The temperature is maintained to prevent burning and the pressure is regulated to keep it at a safe range.
Since everything is automatically monitored and regulated with the Instant Pot, you can truly just set it and forget it. Well that’s until it beeps to let you know that dinner is ready. It kind of reminds me of when I was a kid. I would come home from school and relax in front of the TV. After a couple episodes of my favorite shows, I would hear Mom call out “Dinner’s ready!” I would make my way over to the table and enjoy the most delicious meals ever. Those were some good times.
Clean up is fast and easy. The only thing you’ll have to clean after each use is the stainless steel pot. It gets even easier if you have a dishwasher because it’s dishwasher safe. This is actually one of the few electric pressure cookers that use a dishwasher safe pot.
To be honest though, I do think it will be a little more prone to food sticking to the bottom. But that isn’t really a big deal. Being made of stainless steel, it can handle a good scrubbing (unlike Teflon) and come out undamaged. It probably won’t happen too often anyways with the automatic temperature regulation. I’ll gladly trade a little scrubbing for all the other benefits like no harmful chemicals and better tasting food any day.
How Much it Costs
The Instant Pot IP-Duo60 pressure cooker is easily one of the best electric pressure cookers on the market right now, so it’s usually a little bit more than some of the other pressure cookers. The list price is a little on the high side when compared to other electric pressure cookers, but you can actually snatch it for quite a bit off the list price if you check Amazon.com first. With a deal, it becomes even cheaper than some manual stovetop pressure cookers.
I often find myself little short on time, so if I had to choose between this or a stovetop model, I would definitely choose this Instant Pot pressure cooker 7 in 1 because of how easy and convenient it is to use. The idea of being able to cook dinner and not having to constantly check on it sounds nice doesn’t it? Imagine all the other stuff you can get done, or enjoy while dinner is cooking by itself. I would gladly pay the full list price for this thing because of the precious time that it saves me, but fortunately for us we don’t have to–thanks to places like Amazon.
The Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker does everything you want it to and more. It’s safer than anything else on the market, cooks up delicious meals, saves you time, and it’s dishwasher safe for hands free cleaning. The only reason to not get one is if the cost is above your budget—which honestly isn’t too bad consider it’s only a little more than the lower end models. Otherwise, get it and believe me, you won’t be disappointed at how useful and convenient it is. Remember to check the price on Amazon to get the best deal.