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Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker Review: Pros and Cons

We're truly thrilled with our Instant Pot, and it's become a favorite tool in our kitchen. This is my review.


What Can This Instant Pot Do?

The Instant Pot is a 7-in-1 multi-functional cooker that can perform the following functions:

  1. Pressure cooker
  2. Slow cooker
  3. Rice cooker/porridge maker
  4. Sauté/browning machine
  5. Yogurt maker
  6. Steamer
  7. Warmer

High-pressure cooking can reduce your cooking time up to 70%. The Instant Pot has a large, easy-to-use control panel with 14 built-in programs: soup, meat/stew, bean/ chili, poultry, sauté, steam, rice, porridge, multigrain, slow cook, keep warm, yogurt, pasteurize, and fermented rice.

  • The steam function allows you to prepare fresh or frozen vegetables in less than three minutes.
  • Potatoes can be completely steamed in about 15 minutes.
  • Chili or stew dishes take an hour.

Pros and Cons: Quick Guide


Cooks food quickly

Thin aluminum heat-distributing disk

Made of stainless steel

Silicone seal contains odors

Good automatic function performance

Small for some dishes

Saves time

Glass lid and steaming containers not included

Can make Greek yogurt

Cooking control learning curve

Great rice cooker



The Advantages

We're truly thrilled with our Instant Pot, and it's become the favorite tool in the kitchen. It cooks food quickly and gives you free time.

  • The stainless steel provides a good, clean, and healthy surface.
  • We can go shopping and, when we get back, it's like someone's been cooking for us.
  • It's great for making Greek yogurt, which is probably the most compelling reason we bought it in the first place. To our knowledge, it's the only pressure cooker around that will do this.

The Disadvantages

This appliance is a very important part of our kitchen. We've owned it for about nine months now and use it often, especially when we've got a crowd coming. However, there are some shortcomings that we've discovered that should be pointed out:

  1. The thin aluminium disk means that your pasta and tomato sauce recipe will scorch in the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, However, it's not a heavy price to pay if it means you only have one recipe you can't cook.
  2. The silicone seal contains odors, which is a problem if you cook lots of curries. We now buy spare seals and replace them once a month.
  3. The glass lid and steaming container are accessories that don't come with the package. They are must-have pieces that should be included with the pot.
  4. The cooking controls take a while to get used to, but manual control is easy.


FeaturesInstant Pot 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

Microprocessor for Controlled Processes



Thermometer, double pressure sensor, lid position sensor

Pressure Cooking

Dual Pressure settings: High 10.2 - 11.6PSI, Low 5.8 - 7.2PSI

Slow Cooker

0.5 - 20 hours at 3 different temperature settings: Normal mode 90-96°C/ 194-205°F (Medium in a common cooker) More Mode: 93 - 99°C/ 199-210°F (High in a common slow cooker), Less mode: 88-94°C / 190-201°F (Low on a common slow cooker)


30 minutes at 3 temperature settings

Automatic keep warm

Yes, up to 10 hours

Keep warm

Programmable to 99 hours


Yoghurt: Up to 99 hours 30 minutes at 36-43°C / 96- 109°F. Jiu Niang (fermented glutinous rice: 30 -34°C/ 86-93°F. Pasteurizing milk: 83°C / 180°F

Built in smart programs


Delayed cooking

Up to 24 hours

10 safety mechanisms


LED display

4 digits

3-ply bottom

18/8 Food Grade 304 stainless

Stainless steel cooking pot

Steel inner pot

Lid Fin holders on base


Condensation collector & Cord rack


Anti-block shield

Double shield on float valve and steam release vent

Capacity and heating element power

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker: 6qt inner pot and 1000 Watt heating elemen

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1. Can you use the Instant Pot for canning?

We haven't tried it. According to the manufacturer, you can successfully use the Instant Pot for canning.

2. What PSI does it use?

It's rated at a high of 15PSI, but in reality, the high is about 12PSI and the low is 6PSI.

3. What are the Fahrenheit temperatures?

  • Working temperature is 244° and 229° low.
  • Slow cook 190°
  • Sauté 320°
  • Yogurt 109°

4. Can you cook from frozen?

Yes, you can cook from frozen with the Instant Pot.

5. How much rice can I cook?

Up to 10 cups.

6. Does the Instant Pot Duo come with a rice paddle?

Yes, it comes with a stainless steel steam rack, rice paddle, measuring cup, instruction book, recipes, and a cooking timetable.

7. Is it difficult to clean?

Not at all. If you've cooked something very sticky, then let it soak for an hour and then use a soft scrubber to clean it.

8. What is the inner lid made of?

Stainless steel.

9. How long is the warranty?

Twelve months.

10. How long does it take to cook rice?

Brown rice takes about 30 minutes.

11. Is there any Teflon in the Instant Pot Duo?

Absolutely zero Teflon.

12. Can it go in a dishwasher?

The inner stainless steel pot can be cleaned in a dishwasher.

13. Do you have to fill the Instant Pot to full capacity each time to cook?

Not at all. Just follow the guidelines, and you can cook in minimal liquid.

14. How much does it weigh?

12 pounds.

15. Can you use it manually?

Yes. If you want to control the time and temperature yourself, you can operate it manually.

16. Does the outside of the Instant Pot Duo get hot?

The outside only gets warm, but the lid gets hot. Instant Pot does warn you not to touch it when in use.

17. How long to cook a chicken and will a whole chicken fit inside?

About 45 minutes. Yes, it fits an entire chicken.

18. What modes are available?

The sauté mode has three different components (browning, simmering, and thickening) and you can also use the slow cook mode to cook traditional recipes.

19. Is there a timer?

It has a 24-hour timer for delayed cooking. It also has an automatic "keep warm" function so you can hold the temperature until your food is ready to serve, for up to 10 hours.

20. How big is it?

The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker has a 6-quart capacity. If you want to make yogurt, it can heat up to five litres of milk in the cooking pot. The heating element is 1000 watts.


Safety Features

  1. A safety lid lock that makes it impossible to open accidentally while it's in its pressurized cycle.
  2. A pressure regulator ensuring that the working pressure is under the 15psi limit.
  3. Smart detection of a leaky lid.
  4. An anti-blockage vent that prevents food from obstructing the vent.
  5. Excess pressure protection controller releases excess pressure into an internal safety chamber.
  6. A high-temperature monitor avoids burning food.

Our experience so far

Well we pretty much use it for everything now. We make a lot a lot of stews. We saute the carrots, meat and onions then include everything else. Then seal, place it on high pressure for seven minutes, release naturally, and everytime, in such a short time we have a perfectly cooked delicious meal. Also this is enough for four or five servings.

If you're in love with beans like we are, well the other day, I quick soaked some by covering with water, then hitting for five minutes, top pressure. I then let it release naturally and let them sit for a few hours. Stupendous.

We've even taken this away in our RV, and although bigger and heavier than desired for an RV, it's just so useful. We've even made banana bread in it. And we power it up on our solar system and it only draws 67A. If I saute for four minutes, we can cook our leftovers.

We used to have a VitaClay that truly was great for making beans and excellent with bone broth, but took so much longer to cook with and so much heavier than the Instant Pot.

When you first get an Instant pot the instructions can be a little intimidating and you feel like you've got a lot to learn, as they're fairly extensive. But actually I found a few things I wanted to know which weren't in them.

I wanted to know how long was each programmed cooking cycle and also when sautering, what temperatures do the various settings heat too?

So, after now learning that, I can pass a few tips onto you.

Also, though I've found an Instant Post will make the most amazing poached eggs in under three minutes and incredible baked potatoes in twelve minutes.

But I must say that if you're concerned about these things blowing up, don't be. That was the old pressure cookers from long ago, and they've now made them as safe as safe. Although in saying that, some people as soon as its finished put a tea towel over the lid valve to quickly release steam. That's the first way to a hot soaked tea towel and possible burns. Let it naturally release its steam. It doesn't take long ( only about a minute so be patient) and everything remains safe. Also, turning it on, the Instant pot will audibly tell you its sealed and ready to go after you've secured the lid by turning it anti clockwise. It won't start until it is securely sealed.

When its safe to open, the float valve will drop back down flush with the lid. Rather the opposite of knowing when your turkey is ready with the pop up button.

The sauté function has three temperature settings: normal pressure 320°, more 338°, and less 221°. That’s all in Fahrenheit.

I use manual for pressure cooking, pretty much all of the time. There's lots of pre program buttons you can use, I just prefer to have control over it. The pre program provides their own timing and own pressure. The higher the pressure, the higher the temperature. If you are going to use manual like me, once you've set the cooking time there's a ten second grace period to change it if you've set it incorrectly.

The time to cook with any recipe you’ll find is the time at full pressure not the total. So you need to calculate the amount of time it will take to reach full pressure which depends on some variables such as the contents of the pot, what temperature they started at and even your altitude. This brings us to the two different types of pressure release.

When looking through their recipes, they should all refer to either, natural pressure release or quick pressure release. Poached eggs are a great example of food that requires quick release. But most other food require natural pressure release.

When you have to saute first you should have all your ingredients ready to go into the pot.

There's a very nice stainless steel inner pot with the Instant pot. However, my one got some bean 'imprints' that I just can't get off. Beans were the first thing I ever cooked with it. I checked this out on Facebook, as there's a very large group of instant Pot users there (do join up if you do buy one, there's heaps of advice) and it seems quite a common thing to happen and little you can do about it.

My favorite feature of all, is the fact that you can cook everything in the pot, set it and walk away and after it finishes cooking it will keep everything warm for you for up to ten hours. That's such a good feature when after setting everything up in the morning, you can come home after a tiring day and it's like the maid has prepared everything and it's ready to serve.

Here's some accessories I'd be definitely getting. The first is the steamer basket. This is what is a must have for poached eggs and baked potatoes.

The other is the stainless steel pot-in-pot dessert insert pan set. That's if you like making cheesecakes, flans, steam puddings etc. It includes two sticking pans and a rack to set them on which has handles that close up over them to secure them.

Another thing you should get is a glass lid. Use this for non pressurised cooking, just like a normal pot. With this when you're on the saute function you can see exactly what's going on.

You won't believe what an Instant Pot will do with a chuck roast. Go get that fresh thyme, rosemary and baby carrots out of your garden and combine with a whole onion, salt and pepper and your chuck roast. Saute the chuck roast on both sides for five minutes then put it on the meat setting for sixty five minutes.

Slowly pull out of the Instant pot when finished and watch it fall apart in front of you. Next day, try a leg of lamb.

There's a nice 'burn' feature. We found this by accident. My wife likes to make soups, risotto, rice etc. She was doing beans and put the beans and chilli on the bottom when she should have put the thin liquid on the bottom and layered the beans on top. Unbeknown to us the beans started to burn, but the Instant Pot recognised this, sent out a warning, turned itself off and put 'Burn' on the digital display. Seeing and hearing that we were able to correct the problem and continue.

© 2014 Jerry Fisher

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