review with features, price and specifications

review with features, price and specifications

Although the Instant Pot it is a Canadian invention, it is in the United States where it has become a mass phenomenon. There the programmable pressure cooker, which also allows cooking at low temperature or steam, has a fan phenomenon that only air fryers have managed to match in recent times.

the appliance is becoming more and more popular in some parts of Europe, but in Spain it is still quite unknown, something that is explained in part because it competes with the Olla GM, a very similar home-made appliance, which arrived on the market earlier.

The great advantage of the Instant Pot over the GM Pot is that it has an incomparably superior fan phenomenon and therefore endless recipes specifically tested for this appliance. All of them can be adapted to other programmable pots, since their operation is very similar, but this requires, of course, an extra effort.

Although we have used the Instant Pot to make various recipes published on Direct to the Palate in the last year, the time has come to make a overall appraisal of the device with the distance that having had it in the kitchen for almost a year gives. Is it really worth the precious space it occupies on our countertop?

Box contents and specifications

The box of the Instant Pot Duo, the model we have tested (which is also the most popular) includes only a manual (no recipes) and a steam rack. The rest of the accessories, such as the glass lid that allows cooking with the pot at low temperature, must be purchased separately.

The size of the bucket of the pot, of 5.7Lis enough to feed a family of up to six members, without the device occupying us too much in the kitchen: its size is only slightly larger than that of a conventional pressure cooker.

The pot has eight automatic programs, to cook broths, stews, legumes, chicken, rice, cereals, porridge and steamed foods. But you can also manually use your cooking functions: pressure cooker, low temperature cooking, sautéing and the classic function of these appliances to keep food warm.

Collage Potatoes

The grid allows steam cooking using pressure programs, something very useful to make, as in the photo, mashed potatoes.

In the end, what we will use the most is the pressure cooker function, which has two levels (high and low pressure) and the sauté function, which is useful for starting or finishing stews. As always happens with automatic programs, they are only valid for very specific elaborations and we will hardly use them.

Most of the recipes that we are going to find play with pressure levels and manual times, which is the great advantage of this type of pot: the times start to count from the moment the chosen temperature and pressure are reached, which leads to greater precision in cooking. Cooking can also be programmed in advance, to have the food ready at a certain time, an option that is rarely used in the end, but can be useful for some families.

Model

Duo 60

Power

1000W

Dimensions

33.5 x 31 x 31.7cm

Weight

5.4kg

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 5.7L, 1000W, 220V (112-0182-01-EU)

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 5.7L, 1000W, 220V (112-0182-01-EU)

cooking tests

During the time we’ve messed around with the Instant Pot we have made many recipes, something that is helped by the immense number of elaborations for the apparatus that we find, above all, in Anglo-Saxon pages. This is undoubtedly one of the great advantages of this appliance compared to competitors such as the GM Pot, which has a much smaller number of specific recipes.

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It is also possible adapt recipes designed for conventional pressure cooker, since the two pressure levels are equivalent to those that these pots usually have. We have tried to make many of the recipes that we usually make at home in conventional speed cooker, such as pinto beans or green beans, and the result is very similar, with the added advantage that you can stop worrying about keeping an eye on the time, knowing that the pot will turn off automatically.

stir fry

The sauté function allows you to make stir-fries before or after using the pressure function in stews.

In that sense, the pot gives what it promises. A separate issue are automatic programs, to which I am averse in all appliances. The one that seems most useful to me is the rice one, which works wonderfully in the Gm Pot. In the Instant Pot I did not like it: the grain is pasty and I am not convinced.

What I’ve missed the most is temperature control functionswhich does have the GM Pot, which allows you to be more precise in sautéing and use the pot, for example, to fry (an option that the Instant Pot does not even contemplate).

In terms of usability, yes, the Instant Pot it is very intuitive and easy to use, which has undoubtedly been key to its success. In comparison, the GM Pot, and its terrifying manual, are quite a challenge for first-timers.

Instant Pot Sausages

These sausages cooked in the Instant Pot turned out great.

Conclusions

Programmable cookers are an extremely useful tool. In my opinion, much more profitable in the kitchens of small homes than kitchen robots. With a small investment in accessories, it serves as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and even a deep fryer. They don’t take up much space and are quite cheap for what they offer.

Although there are more models – from Crock-Pot, Tefal and other lesser-known brands – in Spain the best-known brands are Instant Pot and Olla GM (which belongs to Cecotec). Which to choose?


Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 5.7L, 1000W, 220V (112-0182-01-EU)

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 5.7L, 1000W, 220V (112-0182-01-EU)

Cecotec Programmable Cooker GM Model H Deluxe.  Programmable 24 hours with a capacity of 6 liters.  Includes scale function and innovative Advance Lid, folding and more comfortable to release pressure.

Cecotec Programmable Cooker GM Model H Deluxe. Programmable 24 hours with a capacity of 6 liters. Includes scale function and innovative Advance Lid, folding and more comfortable to release pressure.

They both have their advantages and disadvantages. For those less experienced in the kitchen, the Instant Pot is the device for which we will find more recipes and it is first easier to use. The most experienced cooks, however, will find it more interesting to cook with the Gm Pot, as it has many more customization possibilities, controlling temperatures and more pressure levels than the Instant Pot allows to modify. And, although its price is usually somewhat higher, we are not talking about too much money.

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