Instant Pot IP-LUX50 Review

Instant Pot IP-LUX50 Review 

Instant Pot IP-LUX50 Summary

3.9 out of 5

Instant Pot is not just known for its range of pressure cookers but also for the price it retails them at. Meet the Instant Pot IP-LUX50, which is not only affordable but also a reliable sturdy companion that has a healthy lifespan stretching over at least half a decade. Over thousands of five star reviews should be reason enough to read and find out more about this pressure cooker. Come see what we have to say about it.

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Instant Pot IP-LUX50 Introduction

A programmable pressure cooker, the Instant Pot IP-LUX50 is not just priced lower than competing similar featured pressure cookers but also happens to be beginner friendly. If you have used a conventional pressure cooker in the past then this Instant Pot will be a breeze albeit with a few add-on controls and features.

Some of the features this pressure cooker packs include a steamer, warmer, rice cooker, slow cooker and even the option to sauté. Basically, it is one big pot with an electronic circuit that allows you to do loads more than just cook with pressure. But wait, this list does not end here. There are yet ten other smart programs namely, Slow Cook, Steam, Congee, Multigrain Rice, Soup, Poultry, Bean, Meat and Stew! To go along with so many options, let’s also count the number of safety features. Auto pressure control, power and temperature protection, lid close detection, anti-blockage vent, pressure regulator protection, safety lid lock and a few more! The stainless steel cooking pot of IP-LUX50 has a three ply base and is dishwasher safe too. It features aluminium on the inside and stainless steel on the outside walls. The former is non-toxic to food while the later helps retain shape better.

Our Instant Pot IP-LUX50 Review

Personally, we just love pressure cookers because they make life so much easier. Besides we grew up around our grandparents and they just loved cooking all meals in their old generation whistle type pressure cookers. Naturally, when we stumbled on this particular model from Instant Pot with crazy good reviews dating back to well over five years, we just had to give it a try ourselves. And boy, we are simply blown away by its reliability.

How much does a good rice cooker cost? Say anywhere between $200 and $500, right? Well what if we told you that this pressure cooker doubles as a rice cooker with nearly the same consistency and taste as you would expect from expensive rice-only cookers? This was the first surprise waiting in store for us. Besides, cooking rice is pretty easy so we thought of putting the Instant Pot IP-LUX50 through its paces starting with all kinds of rice. Next up was brown rice and guess what? There’s a multigrain/brown rice cooking mode too that reduces the pressure and cooks for longer. Just amazing considering it costs less than $100. If that isn’t enough to convince you then let’s talk a little bit more about the functionality. Simple by design, it only is the LCD panel that you have to understand. Thankfully, the manual is pretty immersive so it has got sufficient details to get you started. Just remember, to be patient if you happen to be a beginner in the world of pressure cooking.

Now, something we were not expecting in a starting range electronic pressure cooker was the number of modes it has. You can slow cook, steam, make rice but above all sauté your ingredients too. Why is this important? Well, typical electric pressure cookers tend to come with Teflon coating inside an aluminum pot and that is why they cannot sauté that well. Thankfully, Instant Pot uses only stainless steel containers for their entire range of pressure cookers. So, no more turning on the gas and dirtying more utensils just to sauté a few ingredients. Start your cooking in this pressure cooker and finish it too! As for safety, good news is that Instant Pot has over the years added every new safety aspect they develop to this and all its other models. The current version actually boasts of 10 unique safety precautions that help prevent accidents. Okay but what if you forget to turn off the pressure cooker? No worries mate! It shuts down depending on the program you choose and then just stays warm enough to keep food hot. No more. “Oops I forgot to turn off the stove” moments when you have the Instant Pot IP-LUX50. By the way, if you feel the 5-quart pot needs an upgrade then go for the IP-LUX60 model, which is similar in every manner except for its 6-quart stainless steel pot.

Instant Pot IP-LUX50 Specifications & Pros/Cons



Key Features

  • Stainless Steel Pot – Stainless steel is not just durable, sturdy but also healthier for a rice cooker, pressure cooker or even a slow cooker. Granted it is not non-stick and you may have to use a little more oil than you would like but it does not have carcinogenic or health hazard coatings either.
  • Simple but Capable – Design is simple and so is its operations but don’t get fooled by the simplicity. It packs quite a punch thanks to 10 pre-programmed settings, 6 different cooking modes and 3 user defined modes too.
  • Affordable – Probably the biggest advantage working in favor of the Instant Pot IP-LUX50 is the fact that it is quite affordable. Put together a good slow cooker, rice cooker, cost of gas and utensils to sauté or brown and this Instant Pot would cost just one tenth the total you get.
  • Large Display Unit – So many controls and features can sometimes get confusing. Thankfully, the LCD display on this unit is not just large and easy to read but also backlit.
  • 5-quart might be a tad small for families with more than three members or if you tend to cook ahead of time and store some in the fridge for later.
  • The pressure release valve needs regular replacements every 8 to 10 months as it tends to wear out. Good news though, the valve is a standard issue from Instant Pot and easily available online.
  • Not exactly a master in rice cooking or slow cooking, just capable enough so don’t think it to be an excellent replacement. Just think of this Instant Pot pressure cooker to be a decent temp.
  • Not just a pressure cooker but also capable of six other functions such as rice cooking, saute, browning, slow cooking, warming and steaming.
  • Comes built-in with programmable recipes too. Total of ten that include multigrain rice, congee, meat or stew, poultry, soup, slow cooking and many more. Users also get 3 manually defined modes.
  • Over ten different safety features to ensure complete protection of consumer even after years of regular use. Uses 3rd generation technology and happens to be ULC & UL certified.
  • Available in 5-quart capacity. The pot itself is three-ply stainless steel base with aluminum inner walls. Comes along with a stainless steel steaming rack.
  • Notable programmable options include 120 minutes of cooking time, total of 3 sauté/browning temperatures, auto keep-warm, delay timer maximum of 24 hours.
  • Vents never clog thanks to the Anti-Blockage design.
  • A magnetic sensor tracks the position of the lid and only starts cooking when the lid is perfectly shut tight. The pressure cooker will not pressurize if the lid is at an unsafe position.

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Our Final Conclusion For The Instant Pot IP-LUX50

We are confident that you simply will not find a single problem with the Instant Pot IP-LUX50 programmable pressure cooker. Customers have zero complaints against this model and many of them are avid fans of this specific model having owned it for over 5 years already! That in itself is reason enough why you can trust this below $100 kitchen appliance – yup it also happens to be super affordable. Go get it now before stocks run out.