Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 9-in-1 is the next evolution in the Duo Series, the #1 best-selling pressure cooker in the Instant Pot family.
For over a year now, my readers have joined in my journey of creating delectable international recipes in the Instant Pot. I am proud to share that several of my recipes are now published in Instant Pot’s new APP. I am astounded with the cooking experience and I now enjoy cooking with my children more than ever. It is gratifying to see the entire family involved in the kitchen; appreciating the food and creating fun memories along the way.
Recently Instant Pot released a new model. I was thrilled when they asked me to review it. I am excited to share my review for Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 after testing it for a couple of months!
What does the model name ‘Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 9-in-1’ mean?
- Instant Pot: A programmable smart cooker with preset cooking instructions for different foods and cooking methods.
- Duo: With two pressure settings (high and low)
- Plus: With preset “Egg”, “Cake” and “Sterilize” buttons
- 60: With six Quart Inner Stainless steel insert
- 9-in-1: With 9 commonly used kitchen appliances in 1 – Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice/Porridge Cooker, Cake Maker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté/Searing, Steamer, Warmer and Sterilizer.
What does New Duo Plus 60 9-in-1 comes with:
- 15 Smart programs – Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Cake, Egg, Slow Cook, Sauté/Searing, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Sterilize, Yogurt, Keep Warm, and Pressure Cook.
- 3 Adjustable modes – Less, Normal and More; depending on the desired texture or type of food being cooked.
Differences between DUO and the new DUO Plus models:
- A new, large, blue LCD display panel with 4 new cooking icons: Heating, indicates preheating or cooking in progress, Pressure Cook, confirms pressure cooking has been selected, Keep Warm and Sound confirms if it is ON or OFF.
- A Pressure Cook button instead of a Manual button which helps clarify that Instant Pot is indeed an electric pressure cooker.
- A new and improved user manual to get a quick jump start on how to use the Instant Pot Duo Plus 60. It is easier to read and follow instructions on getting started, initial water test, troubleshooting, etc. My favorite is the “Control and Features” section that is very helpful and easy to follow. If you misplace your Manual, they also have an online version. I would highly recommend taking time to read the 26 pages(only) of this Manual!
- Timer button in Duo that confused many of us, is now appropriately called Delay Start.
- In addition, the ‘Adjust’ key on the Duo was removed on the Duo Plus. On the Duo Plus, repeated pressing on the program keys will allow the user to select between ‘Less’, ‘Normal’ and ‘More’. Once you master these modes you will be a pro at getting desired textures for the food you are cooking.
- The Inner stainless steel pot now has clear and easier to read markings. I find the 1/2, 2/3 and max markings really useful.
The NEW preset programs on Instant Pot Duo Plus 60:
- Cake – To pressure cook soft and moist cakes
- Egg – To prepare perfect eggs in just a few minutes
- Sterilize – To pasteurize milk, and sterilize baby bottles, jars, and utensils
- Pressure Cook – To replace the Manual button
I like the convenience of the cake button as it allows to easily adjust the cooking mode for different textures of cakes. So far I have made cheesecakes, summer berry cakes, pumpkin bread and zucchini bread from scratch. Check out my boxed-cake recipes that includes a light funfetti cake, a fudgy brownie and a dense, crumbly corn bread.
Baking or rather pressure cooking cakes in the Instant Pot instead of a traditional oven, kept our kitchen nice and cool during some hot summer days. I love all recipes that call for Natural Pressure Release and especially cakes. You do not have to worry about turning it off or about it overcooking. You can conveniently come back to it when you are ready.
The Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 has an Egg button with pre-set cooking times that come in handy especially during busy mornings. The “Egg” option can be controlled with Less, Normal or More Mode to cook soft boiled, medium boiled or hard boiled eggs. I would encourage you to continue to play with the different options and eventually you will like the one that works for you.
Making hard boiled eggs in Instant Pot has been a game changer for me, and I would not make them any other way. I love my eggs well cooked but not over cooked. I follow the 5:5 method which is 5 minutes of pressure cooking followed by 5 minutes of natural pressure release. I then quick release remaining pressure and pour ice cold water over the eggs. They peel off easily with the shell that simply slides off.
Lastly, the “Sterilize” option is something I wish I had when my boys were babies and toddlers. I hope lots of new moms make use of this option for sterilizing baby bottles, sippy cups and breast pump parts. Although they can be sterilized using manual or steam button in the IP DUO, I still see the value of having a Sterilize button especially for new moms experiencing sleepless nights or crazy days with babies and toddlers.
This summer when I made fruit preserves and jams, I used the sterilize program to sterilize mason jars. The Sterilize option also comes in handy for pasteurizing raw milk for making yogurt etc. As a side note in the IP DUO this option is available using the ‘yogurt’ button.
Few Notes on Sterilizing – Make sure the lid and sealing ring are clean and do not have any strong odor from onions, spices etc. Use a trivet or steaming basket to place the bottles and jars. Milk can be pasteurized directly in the inner stainless steel pot or in glass jars.
INSTANT POT DUO PLUS 60 REVIEW ROUND UP
Cooking has definitely been more fun since I started using the new Instant Pot Duo. The timing to test and review this could not have been better with my mom visiting me from India and the boys being home this summer. Together, we made some fun memories, cooking and eating all those delicious cakes, preserves and Instant Pot dishes.
It is obvious why Instant Pot has been “America’s #1 Brand” with so many amazing reviews from its users. It is nice to see the company listening to their customers feedback and evolving newer versions.
Here is a link that covers reviews on more Instant Pot Models.
Hey there! I am a techie turned recipe developer, cooking instructor, and food blogger. I love food and enjoy developing easy and healthy recipes for busy lifestyles. I live New Jersey with my husband and two sons.