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Instant Pot Duo Crisp with Ultimate Lid Air Fryer + Multi-Cooker, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Steamer, Grill, Sauté pan, Sous Vide -1500W, 6.2L, Black

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I found the dials and controls simple to use, but I'm not used to air fryers that require preheat time. However, these pot dimensions make it impossible to use a 3-quart inner pot inside for pot-in-pot cooking, like you can with other Instant Pot models.

The pressure cooking cover has everything from a traditional pressure cooking lid, including the steam release valve, float valve, and silicone gasket. Other highlights included the sauté function, which, at its highest temperature, is hot enough to sear and seal meat to a good standard. As we’ve tested an Instant Pot multi-cooker in the past, we had a pretty good repertoire of recipes to use with this new model, ranging from sweet-potato fries to stews and rice.Our positive community of pressure cooking fans use all brands of electric pressure cookers, so it’s a great resource if you have questions about your particular brand. This Duo Crisp is simple to use, with a large LCD display that includes status messages to guide you through cooking programs. With the air fryer rack in place, you can fit three medium chicken breasts and four chicken thighs in the cooking chamber (probably five in a pinch). Because the lid fixed onto the body of the gadget, it's more difficult to clean, but other than the odd cooking splash it hardly gets dirty. Many will be also swayed by the air fryer functionality, but the game-changer for us was the sliding lock function, which felt incredibly safe and secure when pressure cooking.

While they were golden and evenly browned all over, they looked more crispy than they actually were. With over 11 safety features including overheat protection, an easy to use lock/unlock switch for securing the lid, and 3 options for pressure release controlled using the display panel, cooking is stress free and simple thanks to thestep-by-step cooking instructions on a large LCD display, withOK to open lid notification. Usability and Cleanup Tests: Throughout testing, we evaluated how easy the machine was to use, including how intuitive its controls were.

With this model, the lid can be swapped in or out with a standard Instant Pot lid, turning the multi-cooker into an air fryer with a simple lid switch. Our go-to recipe – sweet-potato fries – was ready in 15 minutes instead of the usual 20, and they cooked evenly all the way through. However, there are safety concerns with a lid with an exposed heating element, and we didn’t find it as convenient to use as a standalone air fryer or Instant Pot. Having rinsed the rice, we added it to the pot along with the water and locked the lid; we set the pressure release to pulse and the cook time to 20 minutes. So while this model has one main lid, the insert acts as a second lid, making it more of a hybrid than the true one-lid designs we’ve seen from the likes of Ninja.

Easy-to-read button layout with pressure cooking buttons on the left and air fry functions on the right, as well as the knob/button combination for making selections. While this may not be an issue for the more seasoned Instant Pot user – and admittedly, there is a lot of guidance online if you’re willing to do some homework – it might put some first-timers off experimenting and getting the best out of this model. The shorter pot means that some accessories won’t fit, which makes pot-in-pot cooking more difficult. Beef stew: We pressure-cooked beef stew for 20 minutes with a natural release, following our Lab procedure.However, the ultimate lid is just a single lid that’s permanently attached to the body of the machine. The beef was fairly moist and extremely tender, while the carrots and celery held their shape but were very mushy. The Instant Pot Gourmet Crisp Ultimate gives you a space saving single lid combination cooker, with all the functionality of an Air Fryer and Instant Pot. Available with Costco-exclusive accessories – you can make full use of your new appliance with the handy tongs and heat mat.

In our tests, the air fryer function of the Instant Pot Duo Crisp worked fine, but the exposed heating element on the lid felt dangerous. I’m curious if it’s possible to do a controlled quick release where you release the pressure in spurts. She has been reviewing small appliances, including blenders, juicers, and multi-cookers, for more than 8 years, and also upholsters furniture when she's not testing the latest food tech gadgets. When it switches to the release, the matrix display will read “natural release” and then a counter counts UP from 0:00.I wish I read it before I tried opening the lid without holding the lock over and freaked out thinking I already broke my brand-new pot. The control panel on the front has all the “wet” cooking functions in a column on one side, and the “dry” cooking functions on the other. As for how the Ultimate Lid compares to the older model of the Duo Crisp, the main difference is that the older models came with two removable lids, one for pressure cooking and another for air frying.

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