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Instant Pot Lux review

Get back to basics with the Instant Pot Lux, with its simple features and modest price-tag.

Instant Pot Lux review
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Our Verdict

The Instant Pot Lux is an affordable multicooker with a smaller range of features and modes, perfect for those making their first Instant Pot purchase.

For

  • Three-quart 'Mini' sizing makes it perfect for single persons or smaller households
  • An inexpensive multi-cooker

Against

  • Limited feature set
  • Lacks customization features

Though the Instant Pot Lux is a more basic model, there are benefits to its stripped-back design. One of these is that while the Lux has six and eight quart models, it is also available in a three quart size, called the Lux Mini. This reduced size is perfect for smaller families or as a secondary pot to make side dishes. Choosing the Mini pot will free up valuable space on your kitchen countertop and is a compact alternative to the other hefty Instant Pot models. All sizes have a dishwasher-safe inner pot and lid, making it ideal for everyday use.

The Instant Pot Lux design isn't intended to compete with the extensive multi-mode functions of the Instant Pot Ultra or the Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus, so if you’re looking for more from your multicooker, it may be best to consider one of those. Be sure to check out our list of the best Instant Pots for a detailed comparison of all the models.

Instant Pot Lux: Features

The Instant Pot Lux is ideal for those getting to grips with all the functions a multi-cooker has to offer. It has six different cooking programs: a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer and warmer, and a sauté function.

Presets for certain foods, such as boiled eggs or rice, allow the right cooking temperature to be selected at the push of a button. Saving time whilst cooking is the essential appeal of the Instant Pot brand and this is no different with the Lux, which makes cooking processes 70% faster than traditional methods. 

The Instant Pot Lux would be a great fit for a less technologically comfortable user, with ten safety features designed to give ultimate peace of mind. This includes automatic temperature controls and a leaky lid warning system, as well as a burn detector to ensure your meal is a success. Those using the Instant Pot Lux can put cooking to the back of their mind as the ‘Keep Warm’ function operates for up to ten hours, meaning dinner is ready whenever you are.

Given its refined design, the Instant Pot Lux does lack certain advantages of other devices, such as the cooking progress indicator and steam release valve of the Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus. However, if you’re less interested in range and focused on quality, the Instant Pot Lux is a capable and reliable cooker.

Instant Pot Lux: Design and accessories

The Instant Pot Lux features a brushed stainless steel exterior which is perfect for keeping away pesky fingerprints. The simple ‘One Touch’ buttons also make selecting cooking presets exceptionally easy and don't overcomplicate the exterior.

Additional accessories with the Instant Pot Lux include a steam rack, rice paddle, soup spoon, and measuring cup. These are great tools for anyone getting started with the Instant Pot brand, enabling users to get stuck in straight away. Also included are a recipe booklet and manual, providing both inspiration and instruction to new users.

Instant Pot Lux: Performance and size 

As previously mentioned, the Instant Pot Lux is a great investment for smaller households due to the three quart sizing available. According to the Instant Pot brand, the quart size of your device correlates to the number of people you can feed with it. In this case, a three-quart pot would therefore comfortably feed three people. This makes it a perfect choice for single households or couples lacking in storage space. 

You could also purchase the Instant Pot Lux as a secondary Instant Pot for your home, as this would mean you could cook side dishes simultaneously with a larger multicooker, which could provide the bulk of the meal. What's more, the Instant Pot Lux Mini’s compactness would be an ideal option for traveling too; meaning you can stress less about cooking whilst on the road.

For those with larger households, the Instant Pot Lux is also available in six and eight quart sizes. The Instant Pot Lux in the 'Mini' three quart size weighs 8.5 pounds, with a width of 11.5 inches and a height of 10.5 inches. It has 700 watts of power and is complete with a 12-month warranty.

Instant Pot Lux review

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Instant Pot Lux: User reviews

Currently, the Instant Pot Lux has a 4.7/5 star rating on Amazon from 4,184 ratings. 

One user said she ‘couldn’t imagine life’ without her Instant Pot Lux and that it was the perfect accompaniment for her three-person household. Another review simply said ‘if you are a single person that needs a meal in a hurry, this might be the greatest product you ever buy’.

Less impressed reviewers said that the accompanying recipes for the Instant Pot Lux did not include measurements for the 'Mini' three-quart size, leaving them disappointed and having to turn to the internet. The lack of correct instructions led one user to comment that they could not use the device to ‘to its full extent’.

Should you buy the Instant Pot Lux?

The Instant Pot Lux is an inexpensive multi-cooker with a good range of functions. The Mini version (the three quart size) has many benefits in its compactness; great for travel, cooking side dishes, and storage. So whether you’re just starting out with Instant Pots or looking for a companion device for side dishes, the Lux would be a simple yet reliable choice. For budding chefs, seeking more functions and wider customization features, the Instant Pot Ultra or Duo Nova may be a better fit.