Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker Review

The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker is one of the bestselling pressure cookers available in the UK at the moment. It’s a very versatile and well made piece of kit that could completely change the way you cook. Let’s see what it can do…

Technical specs:

  • Weight: 5 kg
  • Dimensions: 33 x 32 x 31 cm
  • Voltage: 220 volts
  • Power: 1000 watts
  • Capacity: 6 litres

 

What are the 7 functions?

The seven functions offered by this pressure cooker are listed below:

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

As you can see, the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 is much more than just a pressure cooker.

 

Any other features?

  • 14 smart programs including steam, rice, soup, porridge, keep-warm and bean/chilli
  • 24 hour timer which you can set so the cooker will start cooking at a time of your choice
  • Automatic keep-warm feature

 

What did we like about the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1?

Safe

The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 is very safe and you can leave it without worrying about it boiling over. The product’s designers put an emphasis on safety, and gave it 10 built-in safety mechanisms including an anti-blocking vent and a lid lock.

The lid is very well made and effective at holding in the steam. It makes a sound when it’s been correctly locked into place, and will display a warning message on the LCD screen if it isn’t completely attached.

This pressure cooker is also made from stainless steel, which is better for your health than Teflon which is used in many other pressure cookers.

Of course, you should read the instructions manual carefully to make sure you’re using it properly. Take care and use hand protection when letting the steam out.

 

Quiet

Unlike many other pressure cookers, the Instant Pot is very quiet.

 

Quick

This device really speeds up the cooking process which is great if you have a busy schedule or need to whip up a meal at short notice.

 

Great for rice

The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 makes it very easy to prepare light, fluffy rice. You just add the rice, water and salt, choose the ‘Rice’ setting and let it work its magic.

 

Everything can be adjusted

You can adjust the pressure, cooking time and heat level to get the perfect results for your recipe. You’re in complete control of the settings, unlike with some other pressure cookers which are less flexible.

 

Can be used to make complicated meals

Since it has so many functions, you can use the Instant Pot Duo to cook complex dishes. For example, if you were making a curry you could use the Instant Pot Duo to yoghurt, sauté spices, prepare sauces and cook rice.

 

What didn’t we like about the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1?

Short warranty

The warranty for this product is only one year, which is quite short given how much the item costs. It would be nice to have a two-year or longer warranty.

 

Takes a while to warm up

The Instant Pot takes ten minutes or so to warm up, so if a recipe says 20 minutes, it might take more like 30 minutes in total.

 

Should you buy the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker?

This device might completely change how you cook. It offers a much better way to cook rice, and is very versatile and can be used for preparing all kinds of meals. The sauté function can even replace frying things on the hob.

If you’re someone who doesn’t have much time for cooking or doesn’t enjoy cooking, this pressure cooker should make things much easier, quicker and more fun for you.

You can find lots of online recipes and YouTube videos about cooking different things with the Instant Pot, so you won’t have to figure everything out for yourself.

To read what other people think and see prices, check out the Instant Pot Duo on Amazon here.