The Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus is dubbed as the ‘most innovative’ option from the Instant Pot range. That’s because the brand has evolved pressure cookers by taking all the best bits from the Duo and the Duo Plus and morphing them into something better. The Duo Evo Plus now has more safety features, more cooking functions, and more power. Out of all the other Instant Pots we have reviewed, in our best Instant Pots buying guide, this is the only appliance that specializes in pressure cooking.
Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus: Features
One-touch cooking programs? Tick. Cooking process indicator? Tick. Customizable programs? There are 48 in total. The Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus is one of the most technologically advanced pressure cookers. The one-touch cooking program feature means you can put your food and all the seasoning into the pot, press the correct preset you require, and let the pressure cooker work its magic. With the Duo Evo Plus, you’ll be able to cook a stock pot, use it as a rice cooker, turn it into a yogurt maker, or use it as a steamer. You can even sous vide and bake with this machine.
The Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus also has an easy steam release feature. Along with a diffused steam release. It also comes with 11 safety features like a quick cool lid and a steam-diffusing cover in addition to an automatic pressure and temperature control and overheat protection.
Depending on the size of your household, you can choose between a 6-quart and an 8-quart version of the Duo Evo Plus. 6-quart is ideal for families of four, but if there are more of you or you regularly cook for the whole family, we’d recommend the 8-quart option.
Keen bakers will be glad to know this appliance is ideal for proving bread, and baking cakes. Unlike the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, however, this multicooker doesn’t come complete with an air fryer functionality.
Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus: Design and accessories
The Duo Evo doesn’t slack in the design department. It has a very visible LED display so you can see all of the different functions clearly. Its inner pot can be used on your stovetop – no matter whether you have an induction cooktop or a gas one. Plus it has easy-grip handles to make lifting the machine easier.
The Instant Pot also comes with an additional sealing ring. This is designed to seal the lid of the pressure cooker to make sure that it is locked tight. Like many other Instant Pots, you also get a steam rack which will help you steam cook or sous vide your food.
Like many of Instant Pot’s models, the inner accessories are dishwasher-safe, meaning clean up is much easier.
Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus: Performance and size
According to the Instant Pot website, the handy Duo Evo Plus has a 70% faster cooking time than if you were to cook certain foods in a traditional method.
For the 6-quart edition, this Instant Pot weighs in at just under 20 pounds, whereas the 8-quart version weighs 22.5 pounds. Factoring in the space to store this Instant Pot will be another thing to consider. While you may be able to save space, and money, by not needing many additional small appliances, it’s worth checking you’ll have room for this impressive cooker.
For the 6-quart option, this Instant Pot measures 15.5 x 14.4 x 14.1 inches, and for the 8-quart size, it measures 16.9 x 15.5 x 15.3 inches.
Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus: User reviews
The Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus scored an average of 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon. With a huge 28,493 reviews on Amazon alone, this Instant Pot is certainly a popular choice. Customers praised this innovative gadget for its ease of use, ease of cleaning, and the range of different cooking methods you could use it for. One user claimed they invested in two of the Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus machines because it was that good. Others claimed the sous vide functions produced ‘restaurant quality steaks’.
However, the Duo Evo Plus lost some stars for its rice function. One user said that the device ‘overcooked rice on multiple occasions,’ and they wouldn’t be using it again for that reason. Another user criticized the Instant Pot for being very difficult to use thanks to its many buttons. And, a third reviewer said they regretted upgrading to this model because of its ‘burn sensor’. The user claimed that ‘98%’ of whatever they try to make triggers this safety precaution.
Should you buy the Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus?
If you love the results that pressure cooking gives, then this Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus will come in handy in the kitchen. Alternatively, if you have used a pressure cooker before and are now looking to upgrade your machine, this is the kitchen gadget to invest in. Whilst it does have pressure cooker functions, it also comes with additional one-button cooking functions. So you actually get 10 kitchen gadgets in one. But perhaps the best thing about this cooker is its enhanced safety features. However, one thing to note is that it’s more expensive than those in the Duo line that came before it, at around $120. But this is still quite reasonable for what you get. So, if you do invest, make sure you use all the different features to get your money's worth.