Instant Pot IP-LUX50 Electric Pressure Cooker Review

January 2, 2014

If you’ve been searching for the right electric pressure cooker, you will have probably already discovered that there is an overwhelming selection to choose from these days. While one may offer you all of the features you have in mind, it may not be within your budget, or vice versa. As such, finding just the right one can prove to be a challenge in and of itself.


One of the highest rated models available today is the Instant Pot IP-LUX50. But how does this appliance stand up when compared to other similarly priced models, and is it the right pressure cooker for your needs? This review will give you an up close look at the pros, cons, and features of this electric pressure cooker, and even offers my honest opinion about whether or not this one is worth the money.

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The Specs…


The Instant Pot IP-LUX50 holds up to 5.28 quarts and measures 13 x 12.2 x 11.8 inches . It weighs 13.5 pounds, and the shipping weight of the product is 14.3 pounds. This Instant Pot unit is also UL & ULC Certified.


The unit features a 5L/5.28Qt 3-Ply Stainless Steel Cooking Pot, as well as a stainless steel steaming rack that can be inserted into the inner pot. It includes 10 safey mechanisms for added peace of mind, and utilizes 3rd generation technology for optimal efficiency.


This model usually retails for around $115.00 plus shipping and handling if you are purchasing it online.


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The Features…


This electric pressure cooker offers you the ability to carry out 6 functions with just one appliance. You can use it as a Pressure Cooker, Saute your foods before cooking them, steam rice, slow cook meals, steam veggies, and warm up leftovers. Best of all, each of these functions can be easily accessed by a simple to use control panel.


The Instant Pot IP-LUX50 includes a delay cooking feature, that allows you to set the timer up to 24 hours in advance. It also comes with an Automatic Keep-warm mode, that keeps your meals piping hot for when you are ready to eat. There is also a manual setting option, which enables you to set the cooker for up to 120 Minute Cook Time


This product also comes with a recipe and cooking time table (which are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and French). So, you can start making mouth watering meals as soon as you take it out of the box.


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The Pros…


Without a doubt, one of the best things about this electric pressure cooker is that you can do so much with it. While some of the similarly priced models may only offer you the ability to carry out a few key functions, this one comes with 10 built in programs. There are 3 different temperature settings if you want to saute or brown your foods, which is a big plus. The fact that it slow cooks is yet another convincing argument for choosing this appliance over the others in its price range.


It’s smaller than some of the other models, given that it only fits up to 5.28 quarts, but that’s still large enough to fit a good size roast or whole chicken. So, if you’re letting the size deter you from purchasing this unit, you will be happy to know that it’s spacious enough to feed a family of four with no problem at all.


Another big perk is that it includes a manual mode, which many electric pressure cookers don’t feature these days. So, if you don’t want to use one of the handy preset functions (which I think are spot-on when it comes to getting my meats tender and my veggies cooked to perfection) then you can customize your own settings.


Last, but certainly not least, one big pro that stood out for me was that it has a stainless steel exterior and interior, which is quite rare. As such, not only does it work very well, but it looks great sitting out on the counter if you don’t want to have to bother with putting it away after you use it each time.


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The Cons…


There isn’t very much to say in regards to cons with this product. One minor setback is that the slow cooker feature isn’t covered under the delay timer function. This means that you cannot set the slow cooker to switch on while you are away. Also, this unit can be a bit noisy, especially when compared to other models, such as the Deni 9740 Electric 4.2-Quart Pressure Cooker. So, if you are looking for a nearly silent unit, then you may want to opt for another model.


Also, if you prefer non-stick inner pots, for easier clean up after meal prep, then you will have to order one for this unit or get another electric pressure cooker altogether, as this one only comes with a stainless steel insert.


Finally, the instructions that it comes with can be a bit confusing. However, the Instant Pot customer service is great, and you can always find more information for how to use the cooker online, so that really shouldn’t be a major problem in the grand scheme of things. Plus, the programmable functions are so easy to use that you probably won’t have to refer to the instructions very much in the first place.



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The Bottom Line…


This is a wonderful electric pressure cooker and I highly recommend it. It’s a bit less expensive than the next pot in the series (the Instant Pot IP-LUX60), but it does virtually everything that that one does with ease.  The only downside is that it’s a bit smaller than the other model in the line, so you may not have quite as many leftovers. Other than that, however, it’s efficient, multifunctional, and has a wide range of features that will definitely come in handy if you’re looking for a time and energy saving pressure cooking appliance (that won’t break the bank).



Looking for more honest reviews for today’s highest rated electric pressure cookers? Check out the rest of our site to find a variety of in depth reviews for the most popular models on the market today. We’ll give you an inside look at the product specifications and features, as well as an no-nonsense look at the pros and cons






Category: Above Average Price, Medium Weight - 12 to 15 lbs, Smaller Capacity

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