Instant Pot Control Panels & Lids – Visual Side-by-Side Comparisons!


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Let’s face it — mostly what we care about is how we’ll interact with the device, right?

So let’s just get down to the meat of the matter — what do they look like, and what’s different between them?!

Whether you are looking to acquire your very first Instant Pot®, or are trying to identify the differences between product lines and version numbers so you can choose your second Pot (or third, or… 🙂 ) , this page is here to help!

 

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First:

There is a LOT of possibly-overwhelming information on this page, and it might all blur together (and, on mobile, be even more difficult to distinguish) without a basic understanding of the different models of Instant Pot available.

The best place to start, as a bare minimum, is (1) understanding that Instant Pot® is a brand name — not a product category, and (2) by reviewing my Instant Pot Selection Flowchart page.

You can then also check out Hip Pressure Cooking’s “Which Instant Pot is right for you?” page, as well as my post about finding a new Detailed Comparison Chart on the IP website (along with hints about upcoming models, found in the updated product manuals!).

All of the above links will open in a new window for you. 🙂 

Second:

Please forget about calling anything “6-in-1”, “7-in-1”, “9-in-1”, etc. That’s just marketing-speak (bigger numbers means better, right?). This numeric terminology is rarely used by established Instant Pot users, and is effectively irrelevant outside helping the uninitiated understand “bigger numbers means better product”.

The current Instant Pot model names are “LUX”, “DUO” (which includes the “Duo Mini”), “Duo Plus”, “Smart”, and “Ultra”. These model names are the specific identifying information you will typically need when talking to other Instant Pot owners.

Third:

Not all models come in all sizes at this time. Some models may eventually come out with larger/smaller sizes a year or two after initial release. Other models may only ever be offered in the most-popular 6 Quart size.

Also: different sizes across the same model can have differing features. (For instance, the 8 Quart DUO has a red-tipped float pin than none of the other DUOs have.)

Fourth:

Version numbers get bigger, so a v3 is newer than a v2 — as long as you are comparing apples to apples (LUX60 to LUX60, or DUO60 to DUO60, or DUO80 to DUO80, etc.) and not trying to compare apples to oranges (LUX to DUO).

A version number will increase when the model has had improvements to the control panel.

Pro-Tip #1: Once the next v# comes out, the prior v# is no longer made. But the older model does continue to be available for sale while retailers work through their remaining stock-on-hand.

Pro-Tip #2: Bloggers and video makers generally do not go back and update blog posts or remake videos to demo updated control panels, so you WILL find references to buttons you don’t have on your version, even if the blog post / video is about the same model that you have.

Buckle-up. Here we go!!

So far, so good? OK. Now for all the dirty details that I’ve been able to assemble!

Lux60 v2 Lux60 v3
Lux60 v3 Duo60 v2
Lux60 v3 Duo60 v3
Lux60 v3 Lux Mini
Lux Mini Duo Mini
Duo60 v2 Duo60 v3
Duo60 v3 Duo Mini
Duo60 v3 Duo80
Duo 60v3 Duo Plus
IP Smart Duo Plus
Duo Plus UltraIP CSG Lux60 v3 Ultra
Instant Pot Gem an FYI

Lid ComparisonsSize ComparisonsFeature Comparisons

(Note: The 5 Quart models, while technically still being listed in places on the IP website as still part of the LUX and DUO product lines, do not seem to be widely available. I have therefore chosen to omit them from this comparison.)


LUX60 v2 ↔ LUX60 v3 Control Panels

LUX60 v2 Control Panel
Released October 2013

LUX60 v3 Control Panel
Released October 2016

What’s Different? Control panel for the 6 Quart LUX was updated based on customer feedback

  1. Soup button is now named Soup/Broth
  2. Congee button is now Porridge
  3. Poultry button has been removed
  4. Meat/Stew button has moved up one position
  5. Bean/Chili button has been removed
  6. New Cake button
  7. New Egg button
  8. Timer button now more clearly named Delay Start
  9. Manual button is unfortunately not yet renamed
  10. Control panel now says IP-LUX for easier product identification

Note: Having or not having a Poultry, Cake, and/or Egg button does not provide or deprive you of any magical powers. These particular buttons are essentially shortcut keys with suggested cook times. They don’t do anything that cannot be accomplished by instead using the “Manual” button.

The primary differences between the Lux v2 and the Lux v3 are usability improvements based on customer feedback. 


LUX60 v3 ↔ LUX Mini Control Panels

LUX60 v3 Control Panel
Released October 2016

LUX Mini Control Panel
Released October 2017

What’s Different? Not much! Two buttons removed due to space constraints, and one button renamed.

  1. Lux Mini is a smaller, 3 Quart model, requiring a shorter control panel
  2. Lux Mini omits the Cake button and the Multigrain button, due to space constraints
  3. Lux mini renames “Manual” button renamed to less confusing “Pressure Cook”
  4. All other buttons are the same between the Lux60 v3 and the Lux Mini

Note: The differences between the Lux v3 and the Lux Mini are mostly due to space constraints. While “Multigrain” does have some special powers, it’s not a commonly used button so was likely an easy choice for omission. “Cake” was probably another easy choice for omission since it doesn’t do anything that cannot be done using the “Pressure Cook” button.


LUX Mini ↔ Duo Mini Control Panels

LUX Mini Control Panel
Released October 2017

DUO Mini Control Panel
Released Summer 2017 

What’s Different? The Duo Mini is the higher-level model with additional features

  1. Duo Mini has a Bean/Chili button and a Yogurt button
  2. Duo Mini can do high and low pressure (Lux can only do High pressure)
  3. Duo Mini adjusts between Less/Normal/More by pressing the cooking mode button multiple times; Lux Mini uses an Adjust button to accomplish the same thing
  4. Duo Mini has separate Keep Warm and Cancel buttons; Lux combines them into a single button

Note: Both “Mini” models were released in mid/late 2017, so have the most up-to-date button names for each of their product lines.

What you really need to know here is that the Lux is the entry level model, and so it has fewer features than the Duo. Choosing a Duo over a Lux provides you with the Low pressure setting (often used for delicate seafood and vegetables), the ability to easily make yogurt and/or to use the yogurt setting to proof dough.


LUX60 v3 ↔ DUO60 v2 Control Panel

LUX60 v3 Control Panel
Released October 2016

DUO60 v2 Control Panel
Released September 2016

What’s Different? The DUO v2 is the higher-level model, but is older than the LUX v3

  1. DUO has both High and Low Pressure, plus Yogurt (LUX only has High Pressure)
  2. DUO v2 still has the Poultry and Bean/Chili buttons, instead of newer Cake and Egg buttons
  3. DUO v2 still uses “Timer” instead of “Delay Start”
  4. DUO v2 doesn’t actually say “DUO” on the front of the control panel yet for this version

Note: Having or not having a Poultry, Cake, and/or Egg button does not provide or deprive you of any magical powers. These particular buttons are essentially shortcut keys with suggested cook times. They don’t do anything that cannot be accomplished by instead using the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button.

What you really need to know here is that the Lux is the entry level model, so has fewer features than the Duo. Choosing a Duo over a Lux provides you with the Low pressure setting (often used for delicate seafood and vegetables), the ability to easily make yogurt and/or to use the yogurt setting to proof dough.


LUX60 v3 ↔ DUO60 v3 Control Panel

LUX60 v3 Control Panel
Released October 2016

DUO60 v3 Control Panel
Released Summer/Fall 2017

What’s Different? The DUO v3 is both a higher-level model and a chronologically newer product

  1. DUO has both High and Low Pressure, plus Yogurt (LUX only has High Pressure)
  2. DUO v3 still has the Poultry and Bean/Chili buttons, instead of newer Cake and Egg buttons found on the Lux60 v3
  3. DUO v3 now also uses newer “Delay Start” wording instead of “Timer”
  4. DUO v3 now also uses newer “Pressure Cook” wording instead of “Manual”
  5. DUO v3 now says IP-DUO on the front of the control panel for easier identification
  6. DUO v3 replaces “/” symbol in button names with a divider line for better readability

Note: Having or not having a Poultry, Cake, and/or Egg button does not provide or deprive you of any magical powers. These particular buttons are essentially shortcut keys with suggested cook times. They don’t do anything that cannot be accomplished by instead using the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button.

What you really need to know here is that the Lux is the entry level model, and so it has fewer features than the Duo. Choosing a Duo over a Lux provides you with the Low pressure setting (often used for delicate seafood and vegetables), the ability to easily make yogurt and/or to use the yogurt setting to proof dough.


DUO60 v2 ↔ DUO60 v3 Control Panel

DUO60 v2 Control Panel
Released September 2016

DUO60 v3 Control Panel
Released Summer/Fall 2017

What’s Different? The DUO v3 is the chronologically newer version of the 6 Quart DUO model

  1. “Timer” button renamed to “Delay Start”
  2. “Manual” button renamed to “Pressure Cook”
  3. “Pressure” button renamed to “Pressure Level”
  4. “Keep Warm” and “Cancel” are now two separate buttons
  5. “Adjust” button replaced by ability to just press the cooking mode button multiple times to toggle between Less/Normal/More
  6. Some button names are in new positions to accommodate the above changes
  7. The “/” symbol in button names replaced with a divider line, for better readability
  8. Control panel now says IP-DUO on it, for easier identification

Note: The differences between the Duo v2 and the Duo v3 are minimal — button renaming based on customer feedback, and an easier way to switch modes. The only reason you need to know the details here is when you have a Duo v3, and all the established internet resources you are referencing mention a “Manual” button or an “Adjust” button.


DUO60 v3 ↔ DUO Mini Control Panel

DUO60 v3 Control Panel
Released Summer/Fall 2017

DUO Mini Control Panel
Released Summer 2017 

What’s Different? The DUO60 v3 and the DUO Mini were released about the same time

  • DUO Mini is a smaller, 3 Quart model, requiring a shorter control panel
  • DUO Mini omits the Poultry button and the Multigrain button, due to space constraints
  • All other buttons are the same between the DUO60 v3 and the DUO Mini

Note: The differences between the Duo v3 and the Duo Mini are mostly due to space constraints. While “Multigrain” does have some special powers, it’s not a commonly used button so was likely an easy choice for omission. “Poultry” was probably another easy choice for omission since it doesn’t do anything that cannot be done using the “Pressure Cook” button.


DUO60 v3 ↔ DUO80 Control Panel

DUO60 v3 Control Panel
Released Summer/Fall 2017

DUO80 Control Panel
Released sometime in early 2016?

What’s Different? The DUO60 v3 is a smaller-capacity model but a chronologically newer product

  • DUO80 has only had one version so far, and is therefore an earlier-style control panel
  • DUO80 uses the older “Pressure”, “Timer” and “Manual” button names
  • DUO80 uses the older “Adjust” button method for cycling between Less/Normal/More

Note: The main difference here is obviously capacity. The DUO60 (6 Quart) holds less than the DUO80 (8 Quart). User interface differences between these two models are simply in button wording, and how you toggle between less/normal/more.


DUO60 v3 ↔ Duo Plus Control Panel

DUO60 v3 Control Panel
Released Summer/Fall 2017

DUO Plus Control Panel
Released May 2017

What’s Different? The DUO Plus is a completely modernized user interface for the DUO series!

  1. New Blue/White LCD screen on the Duo Plus, instead of a Red/Black LED screen
  2. The +/- buttons for setting the time have been moved lower on the Duo Plus
  3. Duo Plus has all-new status indicator icons for heating, pressure cooking, keep warm, and mute
  4. Poultry button removed from the Duo Plus
  5. New Cake, Egg, and Sterilize buttons added to the Duo Plus
  6. Both models now use the more-clear “Pressure Cook” and “Delay Start” button names
  7. Both models now have the separated Cancel and Keep Warm buttons
  8. Both models now have the Adjust button replaced with ability to use each cooking mode button itself pressed multiple times to toggle amongst Less-Normal-More

Note: Having or not having a Poultry, Cake, and/or Egg button does not provide or deprive you of any magical powers. These particular buttons are essentially shortcut keys with suggested cook times. They don’t do anything that cannot be accomplished by instead using the “Pressure Cook” button.

The main differences between these two models are look-and-feel and user friendliness. The Duo Plus is much more modern looking, and the addition of some helpful status icons.

The Duo-Plus is my default recommendation, as the best overall combination of user-friendliness and feature-set.


IP Smart ↔ DUO Plus Control Panel

IP-Smart Control Panel
Released in 2014

DUO Plus Control Panel
Released May 2017

What’s Different? The DUO Plus is similar to the Smart, but significantly newer and without Bluetooth.

  1. Poultry button removed on the Duo Plus
  2. Cake, Egg, and Sterilize buttons added to the Duo Plus
  3. Renamed Timer to Delay Start for the Duo Plus
  4. Renamed Pressure to Pressure Level for the Duo Plus
  5. Renamed Manual to Pressure Cook for the Duo Plus
  6. Separate Keep Warm and Cancel buttons on the Duo Plus
  7. Adjust button used on the IP-Smart now replaced with ability to use each cooking mode button itself on the Duo Plus to toggle between Less-Normal-More
  8. Duo Plus has no Bluetooth (Smart has the ability to connect to a mobile app, usable only within the approximately-30-foot radius for bluetooth signals. It is not a WiFi enabled device.)

Note: Having or not having a Poultry, Cake, Egg and/or Sterilize button does not provide or deprive you of any magical powers. These particular buttons are essentially shortcut keys with suggested cook times. They don’t do anything that cannot be accomplished by instead using the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button.

The big differences here are that (1) the IP-Smart has bluetooth, with the accompanying app, and (2) the IP-Smart is a significantly older model compared to the Duo Plus. The IP-Smart was released in 2014 and has had no revisions. The Duo Plus was released in May 2017 and is the sleekest push-button interface available, with the least-confusing button names.

The Duo-Plus is my default recommendation, as the best overall combination of user-friendliness and feature-set.


DUO Plus ↔ Ultra Control Panel

DUO Plus Control Panel
Released May 2017

Ultra Control Panel
Released May/June 2017

What’s Different? The Ultra is a complete redesign of the traditional IP control panel

  1. Push-button interface replaced with turn-dial interface
  2. Larger screen, with full cooking progress graph
  3. New Pressure Level option of “None” in addition to Low and High
  4. Keep Warm button moved to the “outer ring” of cooking modes
  5. Pressure Level and Delay Start buttons replaced with on-screen interface
  6. New Ultra mode allows full customization of temperature and pressure settings
  7. Ability to customize display to be in F° or C°
  8. Ability to specify altitude (*feature has some limitations)
  9. New Start button replaces auto-start-after-delay feature
  10. Ability to turn sound on/off now via a settings screen, instead of via a secret button-push combination

Note: The main differences here are the vastly different physical user interfaces (turn-dial versus push-button), the method of venting and sealing on the lid (details below), and the “Ultra” mode. (In my opinion: while the Ultra mode provides fully customizable selections, this is a feature that few first time Instant Pot users would even explore. And by the time you’re ready to explore them, you’re probably ready to purchase a second pot!)

Choosing between these two models is a personal decision based on tech-savvyness and available patience. The Ultra’s interface has a steeper learning curve (unless you have already used a similar interface, such as the Breville Toaster Oven), and it takes a little while longer to dial-in your selections. Here is a video for using the Ultra and here is a video for using the Duo Plus, to help you decide!

The Duo-Plus is my default recommendation, as the best overall combination of user-friendliness and feature-set.


IP-CSG ↔ Lux v3 ↔ Ultra (just for fun!)

IP-CSG
Circa 2009

LUX60 v3
October 2016

Ultra
May/June 2017

Did you know there was an IP model before the Lux? Amazon even still has a listing for it!

  • This section is just for fun, as a little trip down memory lane 🙂

IP-CSG (Discontinued)


Detailed Feature Comparison — in Chart Form

The Instant Pot website now has a big 8.5″ x 13″ detailed product comparison chart summarizing of all the above info, and more!

If the IP provided version of this chart has too much unnecessary information on it, I’ve hacked together a features-only version. (Sorry IP Company, it you had one, I wouldn’t have had to make one! Make one, and I’ll happily link to it! 🙂 )


Instant Pot Gem Multi-Cooker (not a Pressure Cooker!)

AaaaaaOOOOOOga! This is not the Instant Pot you are looking for!

Gem Multi-cooker
Released Fall 2017
Exclusive to Walmart (in stores and online)

Why is this included here?

  • Because you need to know it exists, and that it is not a pressure cooker!

Until now, if you asked for an Instant Pot for your birthday, anniversary, special holiday, or just because, you either received the brand-name Instant Pot you wanted — or, sadly, you were gifted a different brand.

  • But at least you got a multi-function pressure cooker.

Now, with the release of the Instant Pot Gem Programmable Multicooker, if your gift-giver is shopping at Walmart (in-stores or online) — you run the risk of not even receiving the type of product you requested!

  • (Yes, I’ve indeed already seen the laments starting to roll-in on the main IP Facebook page about this very thing happening, which is why I’m mentioning it!)

The Instant Pot Gem is a perfectly lovely machine — if you are simply looking to replace an older slow-cooker.

  • But if you are wanting an Instant Pot multi-function pressure cookermake sure you explicitly tell your gift-givers “The round one! NOT the oval one!”  🙂

How about some lid comparisons too, just for fun?

IP LUX

Lux

Float Pin (the final sealing mechanism)

  • Recessed into the lid; looks like it has a hole in it when viewed from the top.
  • When raised (when pot is under pressure), it is flush with the top of the lid

Lux Pressure Valve (vent & weighted cover)

  • Integrated with the release knob

Lux Pressure Release Interface (initial sealing mechanism) 

  • Centered on the lid below the float pin
  • Points towards you for sealing
  • Turns to the left or right for venting

IP DUO60 and Duo Plus

Duo 60, IP Smart & Duo Plus

Float Pin (the final sealing mechanism)

  • Recessed into the lid
  • When raised (when pot is under pressure), it is flush with the top of the lid

Pressure Valve (vent & weighted cover)

  • Integrated with the release knob

Pressure Release Interface (initial sealing mechanism) 

  • Offset to the left of the float pin
  • Points away from you for sealing
  • Turns towards you for venting

IP DUO80

Duo 80

Float Pin (the final sealing mechanism)

  • Flush with the lid when not under pressure
  • When raised (when pot is under pressure), the red tip rises above the top surface of the lid

Pressure Valve (vent & weighted cover)

  • Integrated with the release knob

Pressure Release Interface (initial sealing mechanism) 

  • Offset to the left of the float pin
  • Points away from you for sealing
  • Turns towards you for venting

IP Ultra
See it in action on my
IP Ultra Venting & Sealing page!

Ultra

Float Pin (the final sealing mechanism)

  • Flush with the lid when not under pressure
  • When raised (when pot is under pressure), the tip rises above the top surface of the lid

Pressure Valve (vent & weighted cover)

  • Offset to the left of the float pin
  • Separated from the release interface

Pressure Release Interface (initial sealing mechanism) 

  • Offset to the below-right of the float pin
  • Button pushes down, and can lock into place, to vent
  • Button tab is flipped slightly counterclockwise to unlock and seal
  • Button automatically is popped-up into the sealing position with lid is turned to the closed position.

What about Size Comparisons?

There are some nice “Specification” charts inside each of the product manuals.

Here’s my summary of that information, combined together:

Capacity Models Product
Dimensions
Inner Cooking
Pot Dimensions
3 Quart Lux Mini
Duo Mini
11.4″ x 10″ x 11.2″
29cm x 25.5cm x 28.5cm
5″ tall x 7.8″ wide
19.8cm x 12.7cm
5 Quart Lux 50 v3 12″ x 12.2″ x 12.6″
33cm x 31cm x 30cm
5.43″ tall x 8.66″ wide
13.8cm x 22cm
6 Quart Lux 60 v3
Duo 60 v3
Duo Plus
IP Smart
13″ x 12.2″ x 12.6″
33cm x 31cm x 32cm
6.2″ tall x 9.4″ wide
15.7cm x 23.9cm
8 Quart Lux 80 14.8″ x 13.3″ x 14.2″
37.6cm x 33.8cm x 36.1cm
6.9″ tall x 10.4″ wide
17.5cm x 26.4cm

 


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8 comments

  • Connie Richardson

    This is BRILLIANT Jen!! Thanks so much. I have saved it in my file for quick posting to newbies with these questions. Appreciate all you do for us.
    ~Connie

  • Diane

    Fantastic comparisons!! Thanks so, so much!!

  • Bob O`Bob

    quibble: It seems Instant Pot has decided to conflict with your point about V numbers. It is no longer safe to compare “DUO to DUO”
    I suggest this because my DUO60 V3 manual clearly states that it is *also* a DUO80 V2 manual. I believe it is a safe conclusion that IP-DUO60 V3 and IP-DUO80 V2 differ only in matters of capacity, and not panel, programs, or controls.

    Apparently someone decided not to skip the 2. So we now have a DUO V2 that is different from an older DUO V2.

    • Jen Neefer

      It would seem that they are considering the DUO and the DUO80 separate products in terms of version numbers. So correct, a DUO v2 and a DUO80 v2 have different control panels. I will edit the post to try and make that point a little more clear. Thanks!

      • Bob O`Bob

        Our October purchase of a DUO60 V3 came with a manual which clearly indicates that it serves the DUO80 V2 as well. So there is a DUO80 model on the way soon which will work the same as the DUO60 V3.

  • Gail Cafferty

    Wow! What a wonderful resource! Thank you for taking the time to put this information together and for sharing it.

  • Barbara B. Durbin

    Thank you for doing this! I have been flip flopping trying to decide what I want! So far I have ruled out the Bluetooth one because my phone is smart… I am not!! It I just hubby and me now, I still cook too much after years of just us. I do food saver meals for daughter once in awhile and freeze meals for granddaughter to take back to college.

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