Instant Pot Duo Plus Review

Get up to speed on Instant Pot's popular 9-in-1 pressure cooker

Instant Pot Duo Plus

The Instant Pot Duo series is a very popular pressure cooker. Ever since its first appearance on the market, it accumulated a lot of good noise in the industry.

But while many are loving this InstaPot model, a lot are still looking for some options. Accordingly, this is why the Instant Pot Duo Plus is released.

The Instant Pot Duo Plus is quite similar to its predecessor, Instant Pot Duo. The only difference is that some new features were added to further enhance the prior model.

And if you are thinking whether this is a better model to get than the InstaPot Duo, this Instant Pot Duo Plus review might help you in making your decisions.
By Sarah Jackson
By Sarah Jackson

Updated: 4/4/19

Quick Highlights
9-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker
Large, easy to use control panel
12 Pre-Set Temperatures
15 Smart Built-In Smart Programs
10 Safety Features
Available Sizes: 3qt, 6qt, 8qt
Voltage Requirement: 120 Volts
Heating Element Power: 1200 Watts
Item Weight: 12 pounds

Multi-Use Design

Slow Cooker

Pressure Cooker

Pressure Cooker

Steamer

Saute

Yogurt Maker

Warmer

Cake Maker

Egg Maker

Features & Specs

  • 9-in-1 Kitchen Appliance

    The Instant Pot Duo Plus features 9 cooking programs that can replace 9 common kitchen appliances including Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute, Warmer, Steamer, Egg Maker, Yogurt Maker, and a Cake Maker.  In addition, the Instapot Duo can also function as a sterilizer.
     
    The Cake, Egg, and Sterilizer options are the newest additions in the model. The Sterilizer program allows the users to pasteurize milk and sterilize different baby bottles jars and utensils.

  • 12 Custom Pre-Set Temperatures

    The Instant Pot Duo Plus includes 12 pre-set temperatures, similar to the Instant Pot Duo and Smart Wifi, allowing customers to quickly reach their desired temperature.

Instant Pot Duo Plus
  • 15 Smart Built-In Programs

    The smart built-in programs of the Instant Pot Duo Plus is just similar to its previous model. But, it adds one new option which is the Cake Program.
     
    The complete list of 15 programs are as follow:
    • Pressure Cook
    • Manual Cook
    • Slow Cook
    • Keep Warm
    • Soup
    • Meat and Stew
    • Bean and Chili
    • Rice Cooker
    • Multigrain
    • Porridge
    • Saute and Simmer
    • Poultry
    • Steam
    • Cake
    • Yogurt

  • LCD Display and Button Controls

    Unlike the Instant Pot Duo, the Duo Plus model offers a blue easy-to-use LCD display interface.  The display offers quick access to all of the Instant Pot's pre-programmed cook settings and provides key information like cook times, temperature, and more.

Instant Pot Food
Instant Pot Duo Plus
  • 10 Safety features

    Similar to the other InstaPot models, the Duo Plus also offers 10 safety features, providing a safe and secure product to customers.  These include:
    1. Steam Release,
    2. Anti-Block Shield
    3. Safety Lid Lock
    4. Lid Position Detection
    5. Automatic Temperature Control
    6. Overheat Protection
    7. Automatic Pressure Control
    8. Electrical Fuse
    9. Thermal Fuse
    10. Leaky Lid Detection

Instant Pot Duo Plus

Available Sizes

The Instant Pot Duo Pro is available in three sizes: 3 quart, 6 quart, and 8 quart.

Instant Pot Duo Plus

3 Quart

For 2-3 individuals, ideal for single dishes, sides, rice

Instant Pot Duo Plus

6 Quart

For families of 4-6 people, most popular option

Instant Pot Duo Plus

8 Quart

For larger families of 6+ people, great for big meals

Instant Pot Duo Pros vs Cons

  • New Functionality

    If you think that the Duo series needed some improvements, then this Duo Plus model might be a good fit.  It added a cake cooker, egg cooker, and sterilize feature.

  • 3 Size Options

    The Instant Pot Duo Plus is available in 3 sizes - 3 quart, 6 quart, or 8 quart to fit every kitchen.

  • Bright LED Display

    The LED display of this InstaPot is very bright and vivid. It allows the users to easily and efficiently track of the programs and settings.

  • Consistent Cooking

    One of the best parts about the Instant Pot is ensuring your meals are cooked consistently each time.  No more do you have to sit over a stove to constantly check whether your food is burning.  The Instant Pot Duo Plus's pre-built cooking programs do the leg work.

  • Delayed Start

    The Instant Pot Duo Plus allows customers to prep their meals in advance of up to 24h with a 24h delayed start feature.  Users can fill their Instant Pot and set it to begin at a specific time.  This is convenient for preparing a meal in the morning and having it ready by dinner.

  • Learning Curve

    Due to the several options and settings, there is a definite learning curve for the users. And it might take time for one to fully master the overall pressure cooker.

  • Cook Times

    Many customers noted that Instant Pot recipe cook times often didn't include time for the Instant Pot pressure to build, which can often take 10-15 min.  So if you're calculating how long a meal will take, make sure to factor that in.

  • More Expensive

    The Instant Pot Duo Plus is more expensive than the Instant Pot Duo.  If you're looking for the most inexpensive Instapot option, the Duo might be your best bet.

  • No Wifi

    Unfortunately this model doesn't come with Wifi connectivity.  If you're looking to control your Instant Pot with your phone, check out the Instant Pot Smart Wifi.

Duo Plus Highlights
9-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker
Large, easy to use control panel
15 Smart Built-In Smart Programs
Available Sizes: 3qt, 6qt, 8qt

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