Instant Pot Duo Plus – Real World Review and Demo

I’ve owned Instant Pot pressure cookers for about five years now. They’re fantastic for making all kinds of meals, not just the slow-cooked soups and stews you’d make in a traditional crock pot.

We recently bought and tested the Instant Pot Duo Plus and are excited to share what we have learned.

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09/23/2023 12:03 am GMT

This pressure cooker from Instant Pot is a multi-functional kitchen tool that can cook rice, sous-vide, steam, and pressure cook food quickly and easily. It also promises a much quieter pressure release, a feature that was not available in previous models. Let’s take a closer look at what this helpful appliance can do.


  • The Instant Pot Duo Plus is an automatic pressure cooker from Instant Pot.
  • It has a digital display and a wheel to select cooking settings.
  • It has a sauté setting for Browning meats.
  • It has a whisper-quiet pressure release feature.
  • It can be used to pressure cook, steam, and sous-vide.
  • It can cook frozen chicken in 15 minutes.

Features of the Instant Pot Duo Plus

Here are some of the features we use a lot.

The Saute Setting

The Saute setting is ideal for browning meats and other ingredients before pressure cooking. With the digital display and the wheel, you simply choose the ingredients you want to saute and the time you want them to cook for.

When you’re ready to move on to pressure cooking, simply place the lid on top and lock it into place.

Settings on the Instant Pot

Pressure Cooking

Once you have selected the Pressure Cooking option, you can adjust the time, switch between high or low pressure, and press the Start button.

The digital display will show the preheating stage and then move to cooking, indicating that the time is counting down. When the cooking time is finished, the display will show that you are almost ready to release the pressure.

Whisper Quiet Pressure Release

The pressure release is much easier now. Simply switch the release on and enjoy the whisper-quiet sound. In contrast to some of the older models, you won’t need to worry about the deafening blast of steam escaping, and the valve is less likely to fall off.

Releasing the pressure

When you open the lid, you will have a delicious dish of chicken, tomatoes, and vegetables (or whatever you’re cooking in the appliance) ready to go.


The Instant Pot Duo Plus is a fantastic pressure cooker that is making cooking easier and faster than ever before. With its multi-functional settings and whisper-quiet pressure release, this appliance is a must-have for any kitchen.

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What can I put in the Instant Pot Duo Plus?

You can put a variety of ingredients in the Instant Pot Duo Plus, including meats, vegetables, and liquids.

Is the pressure release quiet?

Yes, the pressure release on the Instant Pot Duo Plus is whisper-quiet. We found that it’s about half as loud as previous models.

Video Transcript

This is the Instant Pot Duo Plus. This is a really awesome automatic pressure cooker from Instant Pot. You can see, you can do Rice, you can do sous-vide cooking, steaming and then of course the pressure cooking that they’re known for.

Basically, you’ve got this container you can put all kinds of different ingredients in there. This lid seals on super tight onto the top and then it’ll automate the process of pressure cooking which cooks your food really fast and makes for really delicious dishes.

Cool thing here, the pressure release is way easier now. It’s just a switch than on previous models and it has this whisper quiet pressure release that we’ll get to in a minute. No more steam escaping sound on there.

So let’s go ahead and take a look at it in a bit more detail. Some of the settings I really like to use, the sauté setting is great to brown meats or other items before you start to cook. You can see the digital display on there is great and we also have a little wheel so we can put something in, like I’ve got some chicken breasts in there.

I’m going to go ahead and start that by pressing the start button and there’s this little kind of guy that goes from one side to the other to show you this stage we’re at right now. We’re preheating. It says it with words too. I can throw vegetables in there; I can throw my liquid ingredients in there, whatever I want to.

I can sauté that a bit now when I’m ready to move on to pressure cooking. I’m going to go ahead and put the lid on top there, I’m going to lock it in place and then I’m going to go over to my pressure cooking setting on here and I can adjust the time that I want to cook for. And you know you don’t have to do very long, like to go from frozen chicken here, maybe about 15 minutes of pressure cooking. I can adjust, can set whether it’s a high pressure or low pressure, and then when I’m ready, I just press the start button.

It’s going to show preheating and that line is going to move its way across to indicate now we’re at a later stage. It says do not open the lid now that it’s actually under pressure. I don’t think you could even if you wanted to, but you can see that little status indicator is moved over to cooking now. The time is counting down and then when we’re at this point, it says we’re almost done here.

We’re basically at the point where we’re almost ready to release or that keep warm setting, so let’s go ahead and release the pressure. I just want to be quiet so you can hear that very, very quiet pressure release on there in contrast to some of the older ones.

Now I can open the lid, says I’m safe. Go ahead and slide that open and I’ve got this delicious chicken tomato and vegetable dish ready to go. It’s really awesome stuff you can make here in the Instant Pot Duo Plus. Fantastic pressure cooker.