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Instant Pot Pro Crisp review

The Instant Pot Pro Crisp outsmarts its predecessor with higher temperatures and new features... but carries a sizable price tag.

Instant Pot Pro Crisp
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Our Verdict

The new features of the Instant Pot Pro Crisp include hotter temperatures and a sleeker look. But the updates to this model aren't enough to outshine the Duo Crisp, which has many of the same features for a much better price.

For

  • Reaches 50 degrees hotter than the Duo Crisp.
  • New stovetop-friendly inner pot.
  • 11 different modes and two interchangeable lids.

Against

  • Extra storage space needed for lids.
  • Expensive.
  • Not markedly different from the cheaper Duo Crisp model.

The Instant Pot Pro Crisp retains the impressive versatility of the best Instant Pots whilst benefitting from some aesthetic and technical tweaks. There are 11 modes and two lids included with the Instant Pot Pro Crisp, as well as an improved maximum temperature of 450 degrees. There’s little that the Instant Pot Pro Crisp can’t do when it comes to multi-cooking, making this a stylish upgrade for those who will make the most of its new features.

Along with its predecessor the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, this is the only Instant Pot model capable of air frying, a highly coveted method among home cooks, as a healthy alternative to deep fat frying. If you’re looking for a dedicated appliance for this type of healthier cooking, be sure to check out our guide to the best air fryers

You can expect to pay around $215 for the Instant Pot Pro Crisp, which is a steep increase from the Duo Crisp, which can be found for around $125. Therefore, it’s worth considering if the updates of this model are worth the $100 price difference for you. 

Instant Pot Pro Crisp: Features

The Instant Pot Pro Crisp has 11 different multi-cooker functions in one appliance, making mealtimes simpler and quicker than ever. The cooking modes of the Pro Crisp include pressure cooking, sauté, slow cooking, steaming, sous vide, warming, air frying, roasting, baking, broiling, and dehydrating. So whether you want to whip up a cake, or roast a whole chicken, the Instant Pot Pro Crisp has a function to suit your needs.

The possibilities extend even further with the device’s interchangeable lids, which, together with EvenCrisp technology, can fry foods in a flash. The air frying capabilities of the Instant Pot Pro Crisp make cooking up fried chicken or fries super easy, as the device comes with a non-stick multilevel air frying basket. Air frying is great when home cooking; using up to 95% less oil and grease than traditional fryers, and making your fried food favorites much healthier.

Improvements that give the Instant Pot Pro Crisp its name include an overhauled exterior and a larger LED screen. This new look creates space for another new feature, the progress cooking bar, which keeps you informed on every step of your multi-cooking process. The inner pot of the Instant Pot Pro Crisp has also been remodeled, with helpful new fill line indicators and easy-grip handles. The inner pot also now has a flat bottom, making transferring the cooking over to a stovetop or oven possible. The flat bottom of the pot also benefits the saute and searing functions of the Instant Pot Pro Crisp, giving a more even distribution of heat. 

The Instant Pot Pro Crisp has ten built-in safety features, including the easy steam release valve, meaning no more waiting around for the pressure to lower before you retrieve your food. This is an improved feature from the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, as well as the new QuickCool protective cover. The protective cover has been designed with safety in mind, with advanced heat protection to keep your hands safe. 

Instant Pot Pro Crisp: Design and accessories

If you’re looking for a stylish Instant Pot to match your kitchen countertops, the Instant Pot Pro Crisp certainly has a sleeker design than previous models. The new black color of the exterior matches the lids, which is great if you want to keep your interiors coordinated. 

The Instant Pot Pro Crisp includes various accessories, including the two interchangeable lids to transform the appliance from a pressure cooker to an air fryer. To accompany the lids there is also a non-stick air frying basket, a heat-resistant pad to rest them on, and a storage cover. 

The included accessories, inner pot and are all dishwasher safe too, which makes cleaning up after mealtimes easier than ever. It is worth checking the dimensions of the Instant Pot Pro Crisp parts against your dishwasher, as it’s quite a large model, and handwashing it after each use may be time-consuming. 

It really is the superior design and the additional 'ease of use' features that set this apart from the Duo Crisp.

Instant Pot Pro Crisp

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Instant Pot Pro Crisp: Performance and Size

One of the main attractions of the Instant Pot Pro Crisp is its improved performance when it comes to air frying. Though the Instant Pot Duo Crisp is also capable of air frying, the Pro Crisp can reach 50 degrees higher in temperature, a desirable selling point for those who will use the air frying lid regularly. This makes the range in temperature of the Instant Pot Pro Crisp 70°F (21°C) to 450°F (232°F), making broiling and dehydrating possible in just one pot. 

The Instant Pot Pro Crisp is only available in an eight-quart size, the largest that the brand offers, due to its additional lids. Whilst this is an excellent size for a large family or to cater for family functions, its capacity might be a little much for a smaller household.  For a more compact Instant Pot model perfect for two-person households, check out the Instant Pot Lux, which is available in a ‘Mini’ three-quart size.

The Instant Pot Pro Crisp weighs 26.2 pounds and is one of the largest Instant Pots currently available. With the air fryer lid, its dimensions are 37.55 x 36.16 x 39 inches. The dimensions with the pressure cooking lid are slightly smaller at 37.55 x 36.16 x 36 inches, but still sizable. The warranty is 12 months long and it has 1500 watts of power.

Instant Pot Pro Crisp: User reviews

On Amazon, the Instant Pot Pro Crisp has a 4.7-star rating out of five stars from 17, 491 reviews. One reviewer commented that the Instant Pot Pro Crisp was the ‘best’ he had used out of all of the models, whilst another praised the larger sizing, commenting that it "made meal prep a breeze". The air frying lid is a particularly popular feature, with one user commenting that it was now "so easy to just switch a lid instead of taking everything out and putting it in an oven or over the grill". 

Other reviewers suggested that whilst the air fryer function was great, the basket could be improved, as the non-stick paint had started to peel off. One user, in particular, commented that she wished this version was able to connect to the internet, expressing the desire to "remotely start the cooking when I want, instead of guessing when I'll be home and setting a timer". This is a function only currently available with the Instant Pot Smart WiFi and might have made the expense of the Instant Pot Pro Crisp a little more justifiable. 

Should you buy the Instant Pot Pro Crisp?

The Instant Pot Pro Crisp is an impressive multicooker and benefits from an improved design. If you're looking to upgrade your Instant Pot, the features of the Instant Pot Pro Crisp, such as the higher temperatures and improved inner pot, may sway you to splash out. It's an all round better machine than the Duo, but with few real stand-out upgrades.

If you are less concerned about the specifics of your Instant Pot, the Instant Pot Duo Crisp can deliver almost all of the same features, for a fraction of the price. So whilst the Instant Pot Pro Crisp is an impressive product, it’s worth considering exactly what you're paying more for.