If you’ve been looking at an Instant Pot Duo and you’re wondering if it’s worth paying the extra money for it or should you just buy a Crock Pot, then read on and we’ll discuss what both of these pieces of kitchen equipment can do for you and we’ll be looking to answer the question ‘Instant Pot vs Crock Pot – which one is better?‘
The quick answer to that of course is that if you buy either one you will have a great cooker for your kitchen, what is more important is your needs and what you want to use it for and how much you want to pay. Find out more in our full review of the Instant Pot Duo
We’ll explain the differences in the 2 products in this article and we’ll tell you what our top choice is and why.
Who should go for the Instant Pot
If you like to cook a lot of meals from scratch then you would do well with an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. With this multi-cooker you can cook quite a lot of things in different ways including slow cooking. Let me show you the features:
- No more rattles and hisses, no more adjusting the heat to regulate pressure because the Instant Pot Duo does it for you
- Duo is a 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker,Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yoghurt Maker, Steamer and Warmer
- Large, easy to use control panel with 14 built-in Programs, Dual pressure, Automatic keep-warm and 3 temperatures for saute and slow cook
- 10 proven safety mechanisms; Highly energy efficient and kitchen friendly emitting hardly any noise, heat or steam
- 3-ply Base stainless steel cooking pot, steam rack, manual, recipe book and cooking time tables
If you remember the old style pressure cookers that used to hiss and steam up the kitchen and wonder if this is the same then you couldn’t be further from the truth. Electric pressure cookers are designed for safety and regulating the pressure for the best cooking conditions every time. All instant pot models offer the same safety mechanisms and hardly make any noise when cooking.
Although you can cook many things, it’s very easy to use the instant pot duo60 with most of the one touch pre-set options on the control panel. The instant pot has a stainless steel inner pot which many users prefer to the non-stick options of other pressure cookers as they feel they can easily be scratched and the non-stick part can wear off.
So what are the differences?
Well the main difference, of course is that the instant pot is a pressure cooker as well as a slow cooker and a rice cooker.
Instant pot slow cooker vent setting
To use the Instant Pot as a slow cooker you can select low, medium or high heat setting as on a slow cooker, set the time from 0.5 to 20 hours add your ingredients then put on the lid and let it cook just like a slow cooker would. When using the pressure cooker lid you must set the pressure valve on the top to vent as you don’t want to pressure cook your food if slow cooking. If you would prefer to be able to look at your food while it is cooking without removing the lid you can purchase a see through glass lid to use on the pot while slow cooking at Amazon.co.uk but it isn’t a necessity.
The inner pot is 6 litres but you wouldn’t fill it to the brim so you would probably be able to fill it to the 4.5 litre mark which is still bigger than the best seller crock pot.
You can brown your meat and veg before adding your liquid and although it is round in shape you can still cook a chicken or a joint of meat in it the same as a crock pot if you want to cook it slow and long.
You can also steam in the Instant Pot 7 in 1, this means you can use it as a rice cooker too.
Does the instant pot replace a crock pot?
Potentially yes. The function of the slow cooker on the instant pot is the same as a normal crock pot so you could make yoghurt in it, stews, slow cook meat or whatever you would normally do in a crock pot.
Who should go for a Crock Pot
If you know you won’t use the pressure cooker function on an Instant Pot then it really isn’t worth you paying extra money for something you won’t use. If you are on a budget and can’t afford an instant pot, a crock pot like the best seller Morphy Richards Accents 48702 Sear and Stew Slow Cooker, 3.5 L will still allow you to cook a lot of things, especially one pot meals easily.
Let’s have a look at the features of this crock pot:
- Large 3.5 L capacity, serving 3-4 people
- Sear, stew or slow cook in the same pot
- Lightweight and durable, dishwasher-safe aluminium cooking pot
- Low, medium and high cooking settings
- Transparent, toughened glass lid for monitoring cooking
This Morphy Richards crock pot is 3.5 litres so smaller than an Instant Pot Duo but there are larger 6.5 litre versions of crock pots available. The pots are made of aluminium so they are durable and non-stick and can also be used on the hob to sear your meat and veg before you put it on to slow cook.
You have 3 heat settings but you don’t have a timer so you can cook your food for as long as you want, which is great when you are making stock from bones and want to let it cook for a couple of days.
This pot comes with a transparent lid which makes it easier to check on your food without having to remove the lid and let the heat out.
So what are the differences
The main difference between these 2 products is the price, with the instant pot at just under £100 and the crock pot below £30 you need to know that you will make use of the features of the instant pot to make it worth buying, or put it on your Christmas list for someone to buy it for you.
With less controls on the crock pot there is potentially less that can go wrong with it.
You can only slow cook in the slow cooker, there are no other features on it.
Can the Instant Pot replace the slow cooker?
In a word, Yes! which is why we chose it as our No1 choice above the crock pot. This is a stand alone unit, if you wanted to have this in a small kitchen or even a dorm room at college you just need a socket and you can use it.
If you like to cook different things, if you want the option for quick cooking and slow cooking, if you want a stand alone unit that you can sear in, steam in, set the delay timer to have it come on when you arrive home from work and if you have no problem paying a bit extra for that go for the Instant Pot Duo 7 in 1 Pressure Cooker. There are accessories available, there are even different Instant Pots, but for certain you won’t be disappointed.
If you know a pressure cooker isn’t for you then a crock pot is a good and cheaper alternative.