Instant Pot IP-DUO50 Review

Instant Pot IP-DUO50 Review 

Instant Pot IP-DUO50 Summary

4.1 out of 5

A do-it-all appliance that is like none other – the Instant Pot IP-DUO50 also happens to cost a fraction of what it ought to, considering everything it can do. Slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker and so much more – this Instant Pot embodies a number of advancements over its predecessors.

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Instant Pot IP-DUO50 Introduction

Available in three sizes of 5, 6 or 8 quart, the Instant Pot DUO50 is your 3rd generation pressure cooker that incorporates features and capabilities from lot other automatic cookers niches. Calling this a jack-of-all-trades is not accurate. It is rather a master of all that it does. Cooking rice, slow cooking stew and meat recipes, pressure cooking to save time, sautéing and browning before or after pressure cooking – you name it and this 3rd gen marvel does it all.

Thanks to the many advanced features, this smart electric pressure cooker reduces cooking time by nearly 4 times while also improving energy efficiency by up to 70%. Best of all, it makes the most delicious of nutritious meals in a simple and consistent manner. Building on the IP-LUX line of pressure cookers, the DUO50 comes with plenty of enhancements that aid in safety, functionality and ergonomics.

So what all can you do with this modern marvel? In our limited time with this cooker, there really wasn’t anything left to make! We made rice, risotto, browned meat and then cooked it till it fell off the bones. We even managed to make excellent yoghurt and chili! Imagine being able to make your entire days’ worth of food in a single session.

Our Instant Pot IP-DUO50 Review

Being a pressure cooker, it is subject to stringent tests and norms as it should be. Safety after all, is a major aspect in rating or reviewing any closed cooker. With regards to this, we are pleased to see plenty of improvements over the previous few models. For instance, the value release gauge now has just two positions to fiddle with (open to let steam out and close to slow cook) instead of the plethora previously seen for various states. Likewise, the lid and its latch have built-in sensors that jingle a tune whenever the lid is locked into position, unlocked and/or lifted off entirely! Add to this, the fact that the cooker will not begin, regardless of the settings chosen, if the lid is not locked properly into position.

Noteworthy other safety enhancements include the provision of a cable carry at the back to prevent trapping underneath the cooker, handle cut-outs to quickly store the lid upright, better insulation of the stainless steel cooking pot from the aluminium heating insides and a larger LCD display so you never make a mistake choosing your options.

Speaking of options, this cooker’s got a whole lot to boast of. We counted a total of 7 cooking options each that can be custom defined in terms of cooking duration, pressure and sequence. If you want to brown or sauté the ingredients before slow cooking, you can set it up in the exact same sequence, determine the time duration for each and let it rip.

Operating the unit is pretty simple and the good part is that a quick start guide accompanies a more detailed manual. Following the guide on our first day with the cooker, we decided to prepare simple steamed fried rice. First step, add all the ingredients to saute and pick saute as your option. Once we set the time to saute, we found the cooker then calculates if it has all required information to begin operations and if it does then it beeps a few times before beginning to cook. After sautéing our ingredients, we added rice with just enough water and gave it a good twirl, closed the lid, shut the steam valve and picked the rice cooker option. Good thing with this option, you don’t really need to set the time. Once enough pressure builds up, the lid locks into position preventing accidental opening during operations. This unlocks only after cooking is over or if you shut down the cooker intentionally midway through (lid unlocks only after all the steam escapes).

We just cannot stress enough on the fact that this pressure cooker is a major improvement over anything else in the market. Safety, features, operation, construction, durability, looks and functionality – it has everything neatly parcelled into a single affordable package.

Instant Pot IP-DUO50 Specifications & Pros/Cons



Key Features

  • Cook the way you like to. Options available to you include rice cooker, yoghurt maker, warmer, steamer, slow cooker, pressure cooker and browning/saute.
  • Large easy-to-read LCD control panel with 14 smart programs built-in, auto keep warm feature and total of 3 temperatures to slow cook or saute should keep you rather relaxed in the kitchen.
  • Because of all that it can do, the DUO50 provides 120 minutes cooking time and total of 24 hours’ delay.
  • Total of 10 safety features adorn this pressure cooker, so it should not come as a surprise that it meets ULC and UI certification.
  • Steam rack with handle, 3-ply stainless steel bottom and cooking pot, a manual packed with instructions, ideas, cooking time and recipes in four total languages.
  • Directions are a bit lacking – Considering all that this multi-purpose pressure cooker can do, we found the directions to use all of its 14 smart functions and 7 modes to be lacking in depth and explanation. Not everyone is a master of using a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker and the likes.
  • Limited heat distribution – Because this cooker uses a slim aluminium disk at the bottom to heat the stainless steel insert, it does not do that well with slow cooking, which requires maintaining proper temperatures throughout. Naturally, certain recipes may not come out right even in other cooking modes.
  • Master of many – The primary advantage of the Instant Pot IP-DUO50 is all the modes and smart settings it comes pre-loaded with. You can do away with your rice cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, heck even your gas stove if you so desire!
  • 10 Safety Features – Getting UL and UCL certification for pressure cookers is no small feat. The fact that this pressure cooker has over 10 major safety additions is why we feel it is the safest cooker in the market today.
  • Simplicity in Controls – Yes, directions in the manual are a bit limited but with a little experimentation, we came to the conclusion that operating this pressure cooker in any of the modes and settings is easy. Almost everything is automatic baring the fact that it does not slice and dice up your ingredients for you.
  • 3rd Generation Design – Unlike the predecessors from Instant Pot, this is a 3rd generation model that takes into account gripes of past consumers. A slimmer design, larger LCD display, lid locking and unlocking audible alert, 24 hours delay option are just a few of the new design and performance additions.
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

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Our Final Conclusion For The Instant Pot IP-DUO50

Life doesn’t always give you everything you want, sometimes you get lemons instead. Thankfully, Instant Pot gives you everything you can possibly imagine in your kitchen – packed in a neat little container. The DUO50 does so much and does it all so well that you may just never need another cooker of any kind. And to top it off, it is not overtly expensive. We concede that the faults we found with this are of a more personal preference and with that we rate this our absolute favorite.