Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart

Last updated date: January 9, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 159 expert reviews, the Instant Pot Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 15, 2020:
Checkout The Best Electric Pressure Cooker For Families for a detailed review of all the top electric pressure cookers for families.

Expert Summarized Score
9.1
33 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
42,343 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Does have a number of safety features: When it opens and closes and when you remove it, the pot makes musical jingling sounds. There are also temperature-control regulators to keep the device operating in a safe range.
- Digital Trends
December 7, 2018 | Full review
Has a 24-hour timer that lets you prepare all the ingredients, put them in the pot, and set the timer for delayed cooking. This means you can go to work and have the food ready just in time of your return!
- Carrie Cooks
May 13, 2019 | Full review
It is made from high-grade stainless steel and doesn’t have any dangerous chemical coating. It is also fully-sealed, allowing it to cook food efficiently.
- Epic Home Ideas
This kitchen appliance does the work of 7 gadgets. As a 7-in-1 multi-cooker, it works as an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and sauté pan all in one.
- Digital Weekly
November 8, 2019 | Full review
All that being said, one thing we liked about the lid is that it has two side handles designed to fit into slits in the handles of the pot, allowing the pot itself to function as a lid holder. This was handy when the kitchen counter didn’t have room to set the lid down.
- The Spruce Eats
September 9, 2019 | Full review
It’s the least expensive Instant Pot that has two pressure-cooking levels (low and high), and it can keep warm for up to 99 hours.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Versatile appliance – you can use it as a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, warmer, and for browning/sauté.
- Merch Dope
March 31, 2019 | Full review
Extremely versatile, reliable and durable. The cooker offers a wonderful cooking experience, with a super-easy cleanup.
- 5Best
December 11, 2019 | Full review
Improved ergonomic design (Easier to spot Floating Valve, improved Venting Knob & Lid Handle, additional Lid Fin Holders), more user-friendly compare to LUX models
- Amy & Jackie Pressure Cooker Recipes
We loved how intuitive the controls were for setting the Duo 7-in-1 to cook, as well as how easy it was to deglaze and clean the insert after even a high sear.
- Tom's Guide
August 7, 2019 | Full review
It's the most affordable model to sport the yogurt and poultry programs as well as the option to pressure cook on high or low.
- CNET
September 21, 2019 | Full review
Love them for cooking frozen meat and reheating soups. There’s no need to defrost first as it defrosts and cooks all at once.
- Healthy Kitchen 101
October 4, 2019 | Full review
One of the most versitile kitchen appliances you'll ever use. It comes pre-programmed with 14 different settings, ranging from soup to poultry to porridge, while the manual setting lets you customize to suit your recipe.
- Reviewed
March 20, 2019 | Full review
It is highly programmable with many features that make it easier for everyday use, including a delay start for up to 24 hours, automatic keep warm, and a LED panel.
- Family Living Today
November 25, 2019 | Full review
Offers an incredible amount of functionality for a relatively reasonable price.
- Tech Gear Lab
October 17, 2018 | Full review
Has three different sounds: one for opening the Instant Pot, one for closing it, and one for removing it completely and placing it into the convenient slots on the side of the pot, so I know exactly what I’m doing when I’m making a healthy meal.
- Pressure Cooker Pros
Was the first model that came with the ability to slow cook your meals, and the best thing is that you will have one of the best slow cooking experiences, since Instant Pot slow cooking feature is one of the fastest and it will give you the best results for your recipes.
- Pressure Cooker Tips
Pressure cooking performance was excellent.
- Consumer Reports
The stainless steel pot and all accompanying accessories are dishwasher safe.
- Top Ten Reviews
March 30, 2018 | Full review
With all these great programs and adjustment features, you are able to begin cooking as soon as you get home and around half hour later, you will be sitting down at the table enjoying your healthy food.
- Pressure Cooker Today
The Instant Pot DUO60 6 qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker is a beloved and affordable kitchen appliance that will easily replace most devices in your kitchen, including your oven.
- Technerati
July 8, 2019 | Full review
The appeal of the Instant Pot is its many hats. It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and saute/browner all in one. You can get it for around $100 on Amazon.
- Riz Knows
Seven different functions that you would otherwise have to buy separate appliances for. It can pressure cook, sauté, slow cook, steam and more!
- Pressure Cooker Portal
September 7, 2016 | Full review
Features wise, this product has numerous so as to accomplish your cooking needs. All these are controlled from a large and easy to use control panel. The control panel has 14 smart programs built into it. These include automatic warm, slow cook and sauté temperature settings.
- Cook Taste Eat
Exceptional user interface and accurate pre-programmed functions make pressure cooking easy and stress-free.
- Your Best Digs
6-quart capacity, 14 smart programs, and 12 preset temperatures. Size is great for a family but not so big that it takes over your countertop. Comes with a one year warranty.
- BestReviews
December 1, 2019 | Full review
The DUO60 makes no noise. Also, you don’t have to worry about any steam leakage, and to add to that the aroma of the food is kept intact without you having to reheat it.
- Instapot Online
So stop worrying about safety. Just cook in DUO Instapot, you will rock. Talking about its accessories, so this smart kitchen utensil has come up with a steam rack with handles, recipe booklet, serving spoon, soup spoon, and measuring cup.
- InstaPot Buy
The Instant Pot is a single piece of kit that can perform several cooking functions, all of which will make your life easier.
- BBC Good Food
The advantage of a 7-in-1 pressure cooker is that it cooks twice as fast or faster than in a regular pot on the stove. Steam builds up inside the pot and cooks food faster.
- ReviewAffi
July 5, 2019 | Full review
Thanks to the instant pot’s great combo of heat and high pressure, fast and efficient cooking is now possible. As a result, foods that usually take half a day to make can now be deliciously cooked within a few hours.
- New York Street Food
Its versatility is the best thing about this rice cooker.
- Cooker Guru
Has 10 proven safety mechanisms and is UL and ULC certified. It is highly energy-efficient and kitchen friendly.
- MoneySavingReviews
September 23, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Might be hard for users to adapt their own recipes
- Digital Trends
December 7, 2018 | Full review
The upgraded features cost a bit more.
- Carrie Cooks
May 13, 2019 | Full review
Some users claim that, because it does not have the automatic steam and pressure release feature, this model tends to overcook vegetables.
- Epic Home Ideas
Our biggest quibble with Instant Pot’s design relates to its lid. The pressure float valve in the lid is silver, and when the pot comes to pressure it only rises enough to be flush with the surface of the lid.
- The Spruce Eats
September 9, 2019 | Full review
Customer care service is not as good as we wish it was.
- Merch Dope
March 31, 2019 | Full review
Control panel’s design is not as user-friendly & doesn’t show as much info as DUO Plus.
- Amy & Jackie Pressure Cooker Recipes
We also found inconsistent results when using the Egg program to make soft-boiled eggs and when sautéing. But overall, the Lux 6-in-1 is a solid choice for the money.
- Tom's Guide
August 7, 2019 | Full review
Although they can serve your canning purposes, they cannot do it well since there is no way to maintain a steady enough heat or reach a high enough pressure to perform this function safely. You’ll need a stovetop pressure canner to do this safely.
- Healthy Kitchen 101
October 4, 2019 | Full review
Marginally less tender meat than the Breville.
- Tech Gear Lab
October 17, 2018 | Full review
If you are a first time user you can get overwhelmed with so many features and functions.
- Pressure Cooker Tips
Steaming performance was fair.
- Consumer Reports
It took longer to cook rice than many of the other machines.
- Top Ten Reviews
March 30, 2018 | Full review
The only downside is the instruction manual but you really don’t need it as you will get all the help you need online.
- Pressure Cooker Today
Can feel like it has a steep learning curve at first
- Technerati
July 8, 2019 | Full review
Relatively pricey.
- Cook Taste Eat
Some quality control issues – we suggest trying out all the presets as soon as you receive it so you know it works.
- BestReviews
December 1, 2019 | Full review
The slow cook function isn't an efficient as a slow cooker and as the heat source is at the base, it cooks from the bottom up.
- BBC Good Food
Although it can cook your food fast, having an instant pot can also take up a much-needed portion of your counter space. Especially, when your real estate is somewhat on the smaller side.
- New York Street Food
Some foods such as eggs when left to cook on slow cooking mode may be difficult to clean out.
- Cooker Guru

From The Manufacturer

Instant Pot is a smart Electric Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians aiming to be Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion. Instant Pot Duo is a 7-in-1 programmable cooker, it replaces 7 kitchen appliances as it has the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker & warmer. 14 built-in smart programs (Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurize & Jiu Niang) cook your favorite dishes with the press of a button. A 24-hour timer allows for delayed cooking. Automatic keep-warm holds the temperature of the food until you serve it. Instant Pot generates almost no noise and leaks no steam. It traps all the aromas in the food without heating up the kitchen. The 3-ply bottom stainless steel inner pot is extremely durable and leaves no health concerns associated with non-stick coatings. The slim body design has lid holders for both left and right handed users. The brushed stainless steel exterior is finger print resistant. Its elegant and durable design makes it easy to clean and pleasurable to use for the years to come. Instant Pot Duo uses the latest technology with an embedded microprocessor, which monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time and adjusts heating intensity. The cooking programs have been lab-tested hundreds of times for optimal effect. These greatly improve cooking result and maintain consistence. Instant Pot is carefully designed to eliminate many common errors that could cause harm or spoil food. It passed the stringent UL certification giving you uncompromised safety and peace of mind and protects you with 10 proven safety mechanisms and patented technologies. Power Supply Cord - 35 inches, detached, 3 prong plug

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An Overview On Electric Pressure Cookers For Families

Unless you’ve been hibernating for the past few years, you’ve likely heard of electric pressure cookers. It seems every year, a new crop of friends tries one of these appliances out and has to shout to the world how great it is.

What’s all the hype about? The biggest draw to electric pressure cookers is that it can replace numerous kitchen appliances, including your slow cooker and rice cooker. You can also use pressure cookers to make yogurt, cheesecake, hardboiled eggs and oatmeal. Of course, most pressure cooker owners will tell you all about the soups, beans and delicious meats they make in their electric pressure cookers.

“I use my Instant Pot to sauté and brown proteins and veggies before switching over to pressure cook the stew they will become, as well as to cook hard boil eggs, rice, homemade yogurt, slow-cooked soups, beans, overnight oats and much, much more,” says Julie Chernoff, dining editor of “Better,” a lifestyle website and print magazine. “It can be a godsend for a smaller kitchen since you only need the one appliance.”

But before you invest in an electric pressure cooker, it’s important to know that there’s a steep learning curve with the appliance. If you’ve been making meals using your slow cooker for a while, you’ll love the slow cooker feature included with many pressure cookers. But there’s so much more you can do that you’ll need to research the options before you choose one.

Although you’ll primarily hear the name “Instant Pot” when it comes to modern pressure cookers, there are plenty of other competitors on the market, many from known brands. The Instant Pot has its own unique setup, so you may find another brand is easier to use, particularly if you’re a novice.

DWYM Fun Fact

Pressure cookers are nothing new. In fact, they date all the way back to the 17th century, when a French scientist by the name of Denis Papin reportedly invented a pot called The Digester, which he described as being designed to soften bones and make drinks. Despite having a safety valve, though, these devices weren’t safe, and it took a while for experts to perfect the technology for consumer use. Even in the 1900s, the pressure cookers used for canning and certain types of cooking could be dangerous unless used properly. Electric pressure cookers have taken off in recent years as manufacturers have found ways to build in safety features that make them practically foolproof.

The Electric Pressure Cooker For Families Buying Guide

  • Electric pressure cookers are usually offered in two major sizes: 6 and 8 quarts. The 6-quart version should be enough to cook a meal for a family of six, but if you cook for larger groups, a 10-quart pressure cooker can handle up to 10 servings.
  • If you’re worried about safety, it’s important to note that today’s pressure cookers aren’t the same as the appliances your grandparents used for canning.

“There are safety features involved with the pressure-cooking function, including that it won’t start until the lid is safely locked in place, so you can rest easy,” Chernoff says. “Be careful not to fill the pot too full, especially if you are cooking items that expand while cooking, like legumes and grains.”

  • If you’re looking for instructions, you’ll probably have to go online. Even if you get a manual with your pressure cooker, the best recipes and tips can be found in the many pressure cooker communities that have emerged on Facebook.
  • One major difference from one pressure cooker to the next is the seal. The way your appliance seals while cooking, as well as how the steam is released when your meal is ready, can vary from one cooker to another. Some pressure cookers even have a manual release button to make it easy to manually release steam when it’s time.
  • As fun as it is to make delicious meals, someone has to clean everything up after dinner. Many modern pressure cookers have nonstick surfaces to make cleanup easy. Also look for an electric pressure cooker that has accessories that are dishwasher safe.
  • Speaking of accessories, those can vary from one pressure cooker to another. A ladle and rice paddle can come in handy, as can cooking mitts and an extra silicone sealing ring in case yours wears out. But as you dive further into different recipes, you’ll probably find yourself longing for a stainless-steel steaming basket that will expand the foods you can make.