Our lives are getting to be more and more complicated. And we love it when something new appears that can make them easier. Even when that thing is a simple kitchen appliance. Disregard simple. The Appliance.
Over a course of several years, this family has amassed a fan base larger than the Kardashians. Some may even call it a cult. We are talking about the Instantpot family. It has many members, and we are going to take a look at two: Instant Pot LUX60 vs Instant Pot DUO60.
They look pretty much the same and have very similar functions, slow cooking, pressure cooking, rice cooking etc. And if you try to decide which one to buy, you are in for a big dilemma. They are almost the same. But not quite.
To many people, the differences may look insignificant, but to some, they may make all the difference.
They are advertised as multi-use appliances, so we are going to take a look at their functions (Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer) and how well they perform them. Breaking it down
Both of these appliances have this function and they can pressure cook for a maximum of four hours. The difference is that Duo60 has dual pressure settings. Cooking with high pressure reduces cooking time by up to 70% and cooking with low pressure avoids overcooking delicate foods.
This function allows you to gradually cook your food. Both have three temperature settings. Cooking time can be set from 0.5 to 20 hours, so you can put all the ingredients in the Instantpot and leave for work, church, or for coffee with friends. The food will wait for you, fully cooked and warm. Some users though say that the result is not always exactly the same as in a regular slow cooker. It may take some experimenting with the settings and recipes.
Both appliances perform this function as regular rice cookers. Again, some experimenting might be necessary.
This function is used to steam cook foods. The food has no contact with water, so all the nutrients and flavors remain in the food
Not much to say. Will keep your food warm, but Duo60 has 3 temperature settings while Lux60 only has one (highest temperature setting: “More”)
Sautéing Is a method of cooking that uses a relatively small amount of oil or fat in a shallow pan over relatively high heat. Both Duo60 and Lux60 have three temperature settings.
One of the main differences between Duo60 and Lux60. Thanks to dual pressure function, it can make you a nice and tasty yogurt. Fermentation is up to 99.5 hours at two temperatures.
They both have a couple of same programs (Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, and Pressure Cook), and some different. The duo60 has (Bean/Chili, Yogurt, Poultry and Pasteurization) and Lux60 has Eggs program. The software is keeping track of temperature, pressure, the quantity of the food and adjusts all the parameters to achieve perfectly cooked food every time.
Both of the appliances offer this function
The Smart Cooker
Each program remembers your last customization, so no need to go over the settings every time you turn it on. Both Duo60 and Lux60 remember customizations made in “Less”, “Normal” and “More” modes (Low, Med, High) on all Smart Programs.
Duo60 and Lux60 both have 1000Watts heating power, so there should not be a significant difference in cooking times.
UL and ULC certified
Duo60 and Lux60 are UL and ULC certified a have 10 separate mechanical and sensor operated security mechanisms to achieve maximum safety standards.
The manufacturer offers a one-year limited warranty, which can be prolonged with 3 or 4-year protection plan
The duo60 is more technically advanced and offers some additional functions compared to Lux60. It is only natural that it will be more expensive.
In a Duo60 Packaging, you will get Stainless Steel (18/8) Steam Rack with handles, condensation collector, Rice Paddle, Soup Spoon, and a Measuring Cup.
In Lux60 Packaging there is Stainless Steel (18/8) Steam Rack without handles,
Rice Paddle, Soup Spoon and a Measuring Cup
Instant Pot Lux60 vs Duo60 Pros and Cons
They are almost the same. So they share positive and negative sides:
- These appliances are market tested over the years, and still, are no 1 sellers. Multifunctional, convenient, safe. They can suit your fast pace or your slow pace. They follow your current lifestyle and mood. Much more than a kitchen appliance, they can cook you a meal and keep it warm till you get home from work – every single time.
- It cannot be used on your counter if there are cabinets above or the steam will ruin the finish.
- You should clean the sealing ring immediately after use because sometimes it is hard to remove the odor from previous cooking. The manufacturer recommends cleaning after five or six cookings.
- New users are often disappointed by the cooking results. This is probably contributed by the sheer number of settings and programs, which can be overwhelming for a beginner. So it may take some time to get things right.
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