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Instant Pot 7-in-1 Duo Review

There’s a reason Instant Pot has become synonymous with “Pressure Cooker.”

Our Verdict

This pressure cooker is easy to operate, offers plenty of convenience and produces flavorful meals faster than traditional cooking methods, which makes it a perfect choice for any home.

For

  • The stainless steel pot and all accompanying accessories are dishwasher safe.

Against

  • It took longer to cook rice than many of the other machines.
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Instant Pot’s recipe book includes cooking times tables and colorful images.

Instant Pot’s recipe book includes cooking times tables and colorful images.
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The Instant Pot comes with both a rice spoon and a ladle.

The Instant Pot comes with both a rice spoon and a ladle.
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Instant Pot’s steamer rack is stainless steel and dishwasher safe.

Instant Pot’s steamer rack is stainless steel and dishwasher safe.
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The Instant Pot show you which way to twist the lid to lock or unlock it.

The Instant Pot show you which way to twist the lid to lock or unlock it.
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The Instant Pot has eight preset food buttons and four cooking methods.

The Instant Pot has eight preset food buttons and four cooking methods.
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The delay start can be set for up to 24 hours later.

The delay start can be set for up to 24 hours later.
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You can manually adjust the Instant Pot’s pressure levels and cooking time.

You can manually adjust the Instant Pot’s pressure levels and cooking time.
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The Instant Pot’s lid features a handle to make it easier to turn and lift.

The Instant Pot’s lid features a handle to make it easier to turn and lift.
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The dishwasher-safe inner bowl of the Instant Pot is made of stainless steel. We found this device to be one of the easiest to clean by hand.

The dishwasher-safe inner bowl of the Instant Pot is made of stainless steel. We found this device to be one of the easiest to clean by hand.
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In addition to the 6-quart size we tested, Instant Pot also sells pressure cookers in 3, 5 and 8-quart capacities.

In addition to the 6-quart size we tested, Instant Pot also sells pressure cookers in 3, 5 and 8-quart capacities.
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Instant Pot covers its pressure cookers with a one-year warranty.

Instant Pot covers its pressure cookers with a one-year warranty.
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The Instant Pot’s cord is detachable and measures 35.8 inches long, which means you have greater freedom to place this device where you want.

The Instant Pot’s cord is detachable and measures 35.8 inches long, which means you have greater freedom to place this device where you want.
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All of Instant Pot’s accompanying accessories are dishwasher safe.

All of Instant Pot’s accompanying accessories are dishwasher safe.
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The Instant Pot had one of the longest overall rice cooking times, taking just over 29 minutes.

The Instant Pot had one of the longest overall rice cooking times, taking just over 29 minutes.
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The Instant Pot beeps three times when it is done cooking before automatically turning on the keep warm setting.

The Instant Pot beeps three times when it is done cooking before automatically turning on the keep warm setting.
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The Instant Pot’s condensation cup should be cleaned regularly to keep this unit at peak performance.

The Instant Pot’s condensation cup should be cleaned regularly to keep this unit at peak performance.
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The steam release valve is easy to use. Just make sure to keep the steam area free from any objects as it gets burning hot.

The steam release valve is easy to use. Just make sure to keep the steam area free from any objects as it gets burning hot.
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In our pot roast test, the Instant Pot’s beef had good texture and flavor.

In our pot roast test, the Instant Pot’s beef had good texture and flavor.

There’s a reason Instant Pot has become synonymous with “Pressure Cooker.” In our testing, we discovered that this brand is durable, easy to use and produces some of the best meals while still being affordable. It is the only pressure cooker we tested that has four dishwasher safe accessories. The easy-cleaning, durable stainless steel pot also makes it easier to clean. This 6-quart device makes food for up to roughly six people, which makes it perfect for a busy family. It’s a good choice for anyone who wants to get a good pressure cooker without spending too much.

In our testing, the 6 Quart Duo took the third longest time to cook rice, but the grains were thoroughly cooked and didn’t stick much to the inner pot. The pot roast test was completed equally well with the roast being cooked through and especially tender. Many of our taste testers specifically stated that the beef fell apart and melted in their mouths. This was also one of the more stick-resistant pots out of all the ones we tested, so cleaning up was easy.

The Instant Pot 7-in-1 Duo comes in both a 6-quart and an 8-quart size. The company also offers smaller pressure cooker models that come in 3-quart and 5-quart capacities if you plan to cook for a smaller group. Unfortunately, this brand does not offer any larger sizes. This model features eight preset food buttons, including the most common ones: soup/broth, meat/stew, bean/chili, poultry, rice, multigrain, porridge and yogurt. It also gives you the option of using the sauté, pressure cook, slow cook or steam cooking methods, which opens up many cooking possibilities and makes this device one of the most versatile.

If you’re the kind of person that likes to plan your meals in advance, this is a good pressure cooker to use. This machine features a delay start button which means that you can place food inside and set the Instant Pot to cook your food up to 24 hours later. If your food finishes cooking but you aren’t ready to eat yet, the keep warm button can maintain a warm temperature without cooking your food further.

This electric multi-cooker remains relatively cool to the touch on all main areas but, like other devices, can get hot near the lid, release valve and condensation cup. Instant Pot was the only brand in our review to feature its own app so you can keep track of pressure cooker recipes or rate and share recipes with others.

The recipe book was one of the most colorful and helpful ones we saw. It even has a thorough cooking times chart that covers foods that don’t have preset food buttons, so you won’t have to jump on the internet every time you need food instruction. This is the only device to have dishwasher safe utensils. The measuring cup, steamer rack, ladle and rice spoon are all dishwasher safe so you can drop them in the top rack and let your machine take care of the cleaning. And since the pot is made of stainless steel, it is more durable than many other products in our comparison. We found it easy to clean and it didn’t get scratched or tarnished while we used it.

The Instant Pot is covered by a one-year warranty, which is average. If you would prefer a longer warranty, you might be interested in Black + Decker. To keep you and your loved ones safe, this Instant Pot device only operates when the lid is correctly installed, and it remains locked until all pressure has been released from inside. As an added measure of safety, a special fuse inside the machine automatically turns the device off if the temperature or electricity levels get out of hand.