The creation of Chinese Canadian Robert Wang back in 2010, Instant Pot has become Amazon's number one selling brand. If you're interested in getting into the crockpot way of cooking or looking to upgrade your existing cooker, then Instant Pot's Duo and Aura models are well worth considering. We're taking a look at the larger "Plus" and "Pro" 8-quart models that offer some pretty nifty culinary tricks and the capacity to feed a family.
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For ease of use and hopefully decent results, Instant Pot users swear by the pre-programmed settings that mean that you can press a button to either activate a cooking mode. So for the Aura that's sear/saute, bake, slow cook, steam, stew, sous vide, roast, make yogurt, cook rice and multigrains or for the Duo to pressure cook food types like rice, beans/chili, meat/stew, multigrains, porridge, soup, egg, steam, egg, sterilize or bake a cake. On the non-pressure cooking side of things, the Duo also gets saute, slow cooking and yogurt making.
Unique selling points
When it comes to the Instant Pot aura vs Instant Pot Duo, each has its unique selling point that the other doesn't have. The Aura comes with a sous vide cooking setting which means once you pop in your vacuum-packed food items, it creates and maintains an even and accurately controlled cooking water-bath. This used to be something home cooks could only dream of doing in their own kitchen. The Duo's USP is its pressure cooking functionality. Busy cooks rave about how fast pressure cooking is, even with food that's frozen. So having a speedy way to rustle up dinner will really appeal to many.
|Instant Pot Duo Plus 80||Instant Pot Aura Pro|
|Capacity||8 quart||8 quart|
|Dishwasher safe pot||Yes||Yes|
|Display||Blue LCD||Black LCD|
|Dimensions||14.8 × 13.5 × 14.5 inches||16.8 x 11.6 x 11.3 inches|
Food moister cult
Neither of these cookers is small and will take up a bit of space on your counter. But if you consider how many other kitchen gadgets they replace, we believe they justify their footprint. Both have decent capacities, are simple to operate, and reasonably easy to clean. The fab thing about Instant Pots is that there are thousands of free recipes online to give you ideas and inspiration. The Instant Pot Community page on Facebook alone has nearly two million followers. You could do a lot worse than to join up to this cooking cult with a Duo or an Aura.
However, as sous vide cookery is a more niche way of getting food onto the table, the Duo would be the more logical choice of the two options. The Duo's pressure cooking capabilities and 15 custom programs will be a lot more useful daily then being able to vacuum cook salmon.
Instant Pot Duo Plus 80
You'll want to duet with the Duo
If you want the ability to pressure cook for fast, flavorful meals, opting for the Duo over the Aura is a no-brainer. It's a very capable multicooker that, thanks to its 15 microprocessor controlled programs, means near-guaranteed results for kitchen success stories.
Instant Pot Aura Pro
This cooker's aura is awesome
The Aura Pro is a great tool that you'll find yourself turning to again and again. If pressure cooking isn't essential to you, the useful abilities to monitor your food through the glass lid and take the cooking pot from kitchen to table (and then straight in the dishwasher) might sway you towards this option.
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