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But after spending a full day pressure cooking, air frying, baking, and broiling with the Duo Crisp, we think it’s too expensive for what it can do, and too large for most kitchens. It’s convenient for cooking and then browning dishes, but we recommend it only if making such one-pot meals is your top priority—for pressure cooking or air frying individually, we think other appliances will serve you better.
Instant Pot Duo Crisp
A hybrid appliance for one-pot meals
This machine does what it promises, but we think you should get it only if you’re set on making one-pot meals that you can braise and then brown in the same appliance.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $180.
The Instant Pot Duo Crisp is a huge machine (it comes in only an 8-quart size, whereas we recommend a 6-quart electric pressure cooker for most people) that comes with two different lids, one for pressure cooking and one for air frying. Both functions work as they’re supposed to, but we don’t think the Duo Crisp is as convenient for pressure cooking as the Instant Pot Duo or Ultra (our favorite electric pressure cookers) or as effective for air frying as a convection toaster oven.
With the pressure-cooking lid on, the Duo Crisp functions almost exactly like the Instant Pot Duo, but it lacks buttons for most of the preset cooking programs—such as Rice, Yogurt, or Meat/Stew—that help make the Duo so easy to use. Instead, it has settings for air frying, broiling, baking, roasting, and dehydrating, which you can use only with the air-fryer lid.
Like all air fryers, the Duo Crisp’s air-fryer lid doesn’t actually fry food. Instead, it uses a heating element and a fan to circulate hot air around your food, turning the Instant Pot into a mini convection oven. We don’t think air fryers work as well as convection toaster ovens because of their cramped capacity, and the Duo Crisp is no different. The foods we cooked with the air-fryer lid weren’t as evenly or deeply browned as they would have been if we had baked them in an oven or seared them in a skillet, and we couldn’t fit as much in the air-fryer basket as we could in our favorite convection toaster oven.
The only appeal of the Duo Crisp we can see is that you can cook one-pot meals that combine both pressure cooking and browning. For example, you could braise a whole chicken and then crisp up the skin, or cook a casserole and then brown the top without having to transfer a dish to an oven. That’s a nice feature, but we’re not sure it’s worth the price jump (the Duo Crisp usually costs more than twice as much as the Instant Pot Duo) or the space you’d need to store the extra-large pot and bulky air-fryer lid, unless it’s more important to you to have an all-in-one machine versus more effective separate appliances.
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter
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