Instant Pot Duo Plus Review
Get up to speed on Instant Pot's popular 9-in-1 pressure cooker
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.
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.
Features & Specs
9-in-1 Kitchen ApplianceThe 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 TemperaturesThe 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.
15 Smart Built-In ProgramsThe 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
- Meat and Stew
- Bean and Chili
- Rice Cooker
- Saute and Simmer
LCD Display and Button ControlsUnlike 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.
10 Safety featuresSimilar to the other InstaPot models, the Duo Plus also offers 10 safety features, providing a safe and secure product to customers. These include:
- Steam Release,
- Anti-Block Shield
- Safety Lid Lock
- Lid Position Detection
- Automatic Temperature Control
- Overheat Protection
- Automatic Pressure Control
- Electrical Fuse
- Thermal Fuse
- Leaky Lid Detection
The Instant Pot Duo Pro is available in three sizes: 3 quart, 6 quart, and 8 quart.
For 2-3 individuals, ideal for single dishes, sides, rice
For families of 4-6 people, most popular option
For larger families of 6+ people, great for big meals
Instant Pot Duo Pros vs Cons
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ExpensiveThe 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.