Instant is putting out tons of new products lately, and the Instant Pot Duo Crisp 8-qt. Programmable Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer is the latest. I just got my hands on one (I ordered it here from Kohl’s ) and you can now also get it at Macy’s, and here is my updated Instant Pot Duo Crisp review!
I also have up this Ninja Foodi vs. Instant Pot Duo Crisp comparison chart and Ninja Foodi comparison information between the Instant Pot Duo Crisp and the Ninja Foodi. An here is a post where I made Instant Pot Duo Crisp whole chicken so you can see how it compares to the Instant Vortex Plus and Instant Omni air fryers.
You can also view my Vortex and Omni comparison for a bit more on those air fryers. Here is also an Instant Pot comparison chart, which I have updated to include the Duo Crisp. There is also an Emeril product for those who wish to check that out.
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About the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, Pressure Cooking and Air Fryer
It is not surprising to see Instant brand put out an Instant Pot with the ability to also air fry. The competing Ninja Foodie has been popular for adding air frying to its pressure cooking abilities, and the Mealthy Crisp Lid has also been a popular alternative for the ability to add browning or broiling to food in the Instant Pot. Emeril is also in the game with a pressure cooker and air fryer combo.
I suspect that these products will be wildly popular as Christmas presents!
The Duo Crisp is a pressure cooker with an air fryer. It is billed as an 11-in-1 multi-use item that can pressure cook, sauté, steam, slow cook, sous vide, warm, roast, bake, broil and dehydrate.
The key feature that the Duo Crisp adds is an air fryer lid that will allow for air fying, roasting, baking, broiling and dehydrating. As with other Instant Pot products, it includes a number of smart programs, which are really essentially just presets of various functions.
For pressure cooking, the lid includes Instant Pot’s easy seal for automatic sealing when locked into place.
As with other Instant Pot pressure cookers, there are over 10 built-in safety features, and this includes overheat protection and a safety lock feature.
The pot is 8 quart, which is a nice size for families and for air frying. The company states that it is easy to clean and store, which I generally find to be the case with my other Instant Pots. The dimensions are height: 14.96″ width: 14.96″ and depth: 17.13″
Included is that air fryer lid, a multi-level air fryer basket, dehydrating and broiling tray, and an air fryer base.
Instant Pot Duo Crisp Review
Overall, it seems obvious that Instant Pot would want in on the action so far taken by their Ninja Foodie competitor by putting out a pressure cooker with the ability to both pressure cook and air fry. This is a nice addition to the Instant Pot line because it makes it easy to brown up items after pressure cooking (My spicy sausage pasta comes to mind as perfect for this and I will update the recipe with Duo Crisp instructions soon) and, if the product air fries well, it will become a great double duty product.
My first impression of the upon my initial Instant Pot Duo Crisp review has been pretty good. I don’t think it will be replacing my air fryer for stand alone air fryer recieps, but I do like the ability to pressure cook followed by broiling or air frying in the same pot, and I also like that the basket style fryer may be nicer to use for things like fries, onion rings, and chicken wings than my Vortex or Omni.
When comparing the Instant Pot Duo Crisp to the Instant Vortex and Instant Omni in terms of air frying, broiling, and dehydrating capabilities, I would stick with the dedicated products. It is easier to deal with the oven and tray style air fryers over the basket style. Air movement seems better in the Instant Vortex and Omni such that the dedicated air fryer products will be superior for air frying and especially for dehydrating, since they can circulate the air more efficiently around their oven-shaped boxes. But, to the extent the Duo Crisp works akin to a basket style air fryer, it is nice to have for making other various items.
A Look at the Duo Crisp Parts
The Duo Crisp comes with two lids. One for pressure cooking and one for air frying. Here it is as a pressure cooker.
The air fryer lid is taller in order to accommodate the fan, which sits in the top of the lid.
The fan is decent size, and the unit was quieter running on air fry than the Instant Vortex or Omni. The Vortex can get pretty loud and the Omni has a decent amount of fan noise as well, especially when run on high convection.
Here is a look at the fan on the bottom side of the lid.
For pressure cooking, the pot comes with the standard stainless steel insert.
For air frying, it includes a multi-level basket and a dehydrating or broiling try.
That basket has more space than I expected but, like all basket style air fryers, it will require working in batches if you want to feed more than a few people since crowding food in an air fryer usually leads to poor results.
Here is the Instant Pot Duo Crisp basket next to my Instant Pot Vortex for comparison.
First thing I noted with the Duo Crisp is that it is rather large, especially with the air fryer lid on! It is indeed an 8 Qt pressure cooker, when I am used to a 6 Qt, so it does take up more space. For example, here it is on my counter with the air fryer lid on.
And, for comparison, here is the Duo Crisp next to my Instant Omni.
Instant Pot Duo Crisp Test Run
In order to write up my initial Instant Pot Duo Crisp review, I made a test recipe of an Instant Pot pizza pasta for the Duo Crisp. This basically was an adaptation of a Ninja Foodie recipe that allowed me to test the ability to pressure cook followed by air frying. Everything worked beautifully! See the recipe here: Instant Pot Pizza Pasta (Duo Crisp).
I made the recipe by pressure cooking the pasta with broth, sauce, and meats. Then, I layered cheese and pepperoni on top and set it to air fry for five minutes. Everything browned up wonderfully, and it had a delicious crispy top.
I had no problems with operating the machine and the air frying cooked the top very evenly. My only complaint with this style of browning the top of a pressure cooked casserole is that it is a bit harder to serve nicely and, if done a more standard way, such as by transferring the pressure cooked food to a pan and sticking it under a broiler, there is a better ratio of crispy cheese and toppings to the rest of the casserole.
Regardless, having essentially two key appliances in one in terms of one pot for pressure cooking and air frying, sure is nice, especially for those who want to use just one appliance or who lack access to a oven. RV campers, college kids in dorms, people who live in small apartments etc would all likely adore this product over a regular Instant Pot.
Plus, for the rest of us, there then is no more taking out Instant Pot casseroles and browning them in the oven. It is in this respect that I do like the product the most.
I also like the addition of the sous vide feature, although other models with this have had mixed reviews with reports that the temperature has not been accurate enough. It will be interesting to see if Instant Pot Duo Crisp reviews show whether this feature has been improved or not. I plan to test it soon and will update this post when I do so.
The sealing and venting of the Duo Crisp is also an upgrade from my older model Duo, which is nice.
One missing item is a yogurt setting, which is a disappointment for those who like to make cold start yogurt. I think it is the biggest complaint that I have seen raised about it in various forums and Facebook groups. By the way, don’t forget to join my group for Instant Pot and air fryer recipes!
I will also work on writing up an Instant Vortex v. Instant Pot Duo Crisp report as well and a Instant Omni v. Instant Pot Duo Crisp comparison. I will try to get a comparison to the Ninja Foodie and Emeril products done as well. Working on it!
Instant Pot Duo Crisp Manual
For once, Instant promptly got a manual out online for a new product! This has been an issue with them in the past. You can see the full Instant Pot Duo Crisp manual here. The box comes with only a quick start guide.
Instant Pot Duo Crisp Recipes
Looking for recipes specific to the Duo Crisp? Try looking for basket style air fryer recipes and Ninja Foodie recipes that you can adapt.
To get you started, I rounded up some Instant Pot Duo Crisp recipes and recipes that would work well for the Duo crisp from the Ninja Foodi and Mealthy Crisp Lid here: Instant Pot Duo Crisp Recipes.
Where to Buy the Instant Pot Crisp
The product has been spotted at Target, but online is showing it generally out of stock. See/Buy the Duo Crip at Target.
I ordered mine online from Kohls, which also has at times been out of stock: See/Buy the Instant Pot Duo Crisp at Kohls.