Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker & Airfryer Review

The Instant Pot Duo Crisp is Instant Pot’s long-awaited air fryer / pressure cooker combination! Check out my complete Instant Pot Duo Crisp Review for everything you need to know about one of 2019’s hottest pressure cookers.

Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer.

The Duo Crisp is the first air fryer / pressure cooker combination from Instant Pot. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and have had so much fun test driving it for you!

Here’s everything you need to know about how to use the Instant Pot Duo Crisp!

Plus, one lucky Pressure Cooking Today reader will win a new 8-quart Instant Pot Duo Crisp!

🛑 Read all about the Duo Crisp, then scroll to the bottom of the post to enter by Wednesday, November 20th, so the winner will have it in time for Thanksgiving!

The Instant Pot Duo Crisp is available now on Amazon and from Target. I haven’t yet found it other major stores like Walmart, Kohls, or Williams-Sonoma, but I’ll update the post when I find it more widely available.

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Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer Review

Recommendation

If you’re in the market for an 8-quart pressure cooker, the Instant Pot Duo Crisp would be a really great choice. You get all the capabilities of the classic Instant Pot, plus the great air frying capabilities. 

What Is the Instant Pot Duo Crisp?

The Duo Crisp is the latest model of electric pressure cooker made by Instant Pot. It is currently only available in the 8-quart size.

This two-in-one Instant Pot has two different lids for the two different functions. Use the pressure cooker lid with the pressure cook, sauté, steam, slow cook, and sous vide settings. 

Swap over to the domed air fryer lid to use the air fry, roast, bake, broil, and dehydrate settings.

(To compare the Duo Crisp with other models, check out my other Instant Pot Reviews.) 

Instant Pot Duo Crisp from the front placing the air fryer lid.

What You’ll Love about the Instant Pot Duo Crisp

Two Completely Separate Lids

I absolutely love the way Instant Pot has handled the two-lid set up of the Instant Pot Crisp. 

Both lids are completely removable, which cuts down on the weight you have to lift at any one time. The Instant Pot knows what lid you’re using and won’t allow you to use a pressure cooking function when the air fryer lid is on (and vice versa). 

The pressure cooker lid is the same as the Ultra and the Nova, so it has the quick release switch that automatically resets to the Sealed position when the lid is closed.

If you’re familiar with other models of Instant Pot, you likely already know and love the handle slots used for resting your pressure cooking lid after cooking. The air fryer lid fits ingeniously into these handle slots. This makes it so easy to line up the lid and base sensors needed to power the air frying lid.  

Bottom of the Instant Pot Duo Crisp air fryer lid.

Because of the connection between the lid and the base, there is no power cord on the air fryer lid.

The air frying lid also has a cool matching tray. Use it with the Instant Pot logo facing upwards to have a safe place to put the lid when it’s hot. Once the lid has cooled, you can turn the tray over and the air frying lid will lock in place for safe storage.

Instant Pot Duo Crisp Air Fryer lid diagram with cooking tray

8-quart Size

Honestly, I love that the Duo Crisp only comes in an 8-quart size. While I think that the 6-quart pressure cooker is perfect for most families most of the time, it’s difficult to air fry much in a 6-quart.

However, I feel like the 8-quart makes it easier to cook a normal family-sized portion using the air fryer functions. 

Button panel on the InstaPot Duo Crisp

Essential Buttons Only

Love that the control panel is integrated with buttons for each function, rather than having the air frying buttons separate on the lid. 

Long-time readers of this blog know that I have little use for the Instant Pot preset buttons. (The Smart Program buttons confuse new cooks, and I often find the preset times are different than I recommend.) 

With the Duo Crisp, Instant Pot has stripped away all the preset buttons (like Chicken and Rice) and include only the must-use function buttons like Pressure Cook and Saute.

Well Designed Accessories

Each of the accessories that does come with the Duo Crisp is smartly made. 

The classic trivet with handles that has come with Instant Pot models in recent years has been updated so that the handles swing around to the other side and become a sturdy tall rack to rest food on. 

The double-layered air fry basket is really nice. The legs slide off to make it easier to clean between the grooves. And the stainless steel insert has two large holes to make it easy to pinch and remove it from the pot. 

Also, all oven-safe cookware is safe to use in the inner pot with the air fryer lid. 

Instant Pot Duo Crisp pressure cooker lid with push release button.

What You Should Know Before Buying the Instant Pot Duo Crisp

The Start button is hard to see. When they redesigned the buttons on the Duo Crisp, they used red for the cancel text and green for the start button. In practice, however, the green is harder to read than the other buttons. Once you’re used to it, it’s no big deal.

The display is smaller. The display has smaller buttons, a smaller font, and a slightly smaller display. Once you get used to it, however, this won’t be a problem.

The Duo Crisp only comes with a Getting Started Guide. If you like to read manuals, the full Instant Pot Duo Crisp user manual is only available online. 

The Air Fryer lid is NOT interchangable with other pressure cookers or other models of Instant Pot. This is NOT Instant Pot’s answer to the Mealthy CrispLid

Sometimes you have to press the lid down on the lid sensor to make sure it is well connected with the base sensor.

You also need to have at least 5 inches of space all around the housing when you use the air fryer lid.

Count down change. Unlike other Instant Pot models, when there is 1 minute left, the timer counts down the remaining cooking time in seconds. 

The air fryer lid beeps after 5 minutes, 20 minutes, and 60 minutes to remind you that cooking has completed. 

The Delay Start and Keep Warm functions do not work with the air fryer lid.

Instant Pot Duo Crisp with air fryer basket inside, as shown from above.

Recipes for the Air Frying Setting

Not much information on air frying. No information on how long to air fry different foods is provided in the Getting Started Guide. 

Even in the online user manual, they have detailed charts for pressure cooking and sous vide, but very little about air frying. The link the user manual refers to doesn’t currently have any Air Frying recipes either.

I tried my Garlic Parmesan Air Fryer French Fries in the Duo Crisp, and they turned out great! 

I also reheated frozen chicken nuggets for the grandkids. In 9 minutes, the outsides were crispy, the meat was still juicy, and everyone was happy. It was so easy!

My friend Urvashi also has written a great Air Fryer cookbook. I love to try her Instant Pot recipes, and I’ve flagged several to try in the Duo Crisp. 

Instant Pot Duo Crisp vs. Ninja Foodi

It’s the most common question in my inbox lately: How does the Duo Crisp stack up against the Ninja Foodi?

After using them both, I’ve been thinking of the Foodi as an air fryer that can pressure cook while the Instant Pot Duo Crisp is a pressure cooker that can air fry. 

The biggest difference between the two is that the Foodi’s airfryer lid is nonremovable while the Duo Crisp has a removable airfryer lid. 

Ultimately, they’re both great machines, and I get great results from both of them! 

Instant Pot Duo Crisp with Air Fryer lid placed on top.

What Are the Specs for the Duo Crisp?

The Instant Pot Duo Crisp uses a sensor to toggle between 10.2 and 11.6psi on High Pressure and between 5.8 and 7.2psi on the Low Pressure setting.

The 8-quart Instant Pot Duo Crisp is 1500 watts and a little over 22 pounds. However, since the air fryer lid is detachable, you only have to lift half the weight at any one time, making it easier to move around the kitchen or clean.

With the pressure cooker lid, the Duo Crisp is 14.8″ long × 13.6″ wide × 14.2″ tall. When you’re using the air fryer lid, it’s 14.8″ long × 13.6″ wide × 15.3″ tall.

Instant Pot Duo Crisp with air fryer lid and accessories that include, trivet and dual layer air fryer basket.

What Comes with the Instant Pot Duo Crisp?

The Duo Crisp comes with 

  • the outer housing with an attached cord
  • a stainless steel inner pot
  • a pressure cooking lid and sealing gasket
  • stainless steel trivet (rack)
  • an air fryer lid and storage cover
  • two-level air fry basket with a removable stainless steel tray

Like many Instant Pot models this year, the Duo Crisp does not include a ladle, paddle, or rice measuring cup. It also does not come with a second sealing ring

However, all Instant Pot accessories available separately should fit in the Duo Crisp. 

How to Turn Off the Sound on the Duo Crisp Instant Pot

Right after you turn on the Duo Crisp, press and hold the Time + button until the display indicates whether the sound is on or off. 

Note that you can’t turn off the sound while a cooking function is enabled and that error alerts will still sound.

What Do the Instant Pot Duo Crisp Error Codes Mean?

The online user manual provides possible issues and solutions for each of the error codes (see pages 55–58 for more details.)

BURN / FOOD BURN indicates the Burn Notice on the Instant Pot Duo Crisp. Basically, this means that a few things could have gone wrong: 

  • the inner pot is not positioned properly inside the outer housing
  • the temperature inside the cooking pot is too hot
  • the inner pot does not have enough liquid
  • Starch deposits on the bottom of the cooking pot may be preventing the heat from being distributed evenly 

If you’ve gotten the burn notice, remove the inner cooking pot from the base. If food has burned onto the bottom of the cooking pot, soak and scrub off the burned foods. Allow the pot to cool before pressure cooking again. 

Be sure to add more liquid to the pot and avoid ingredients containing thickeners like canned soups or prepackaged spaghetti sauces.

Instant Pot Duo Crisp air fryer lid from the top.

Other Instant Pot Duo Crisp Error Codes

The other error codes are quite rare:

C1, C2, C6, C6H, C6L: These five errors don’t specify what exactly is wrong, just that your Instant Pot may have a faulty sensor and that you’ll need to contact customer support at 1-800-828-7280 or support @ instantpot.com.

C5 indicates the inner pot is not inside the housing or that there is no water in the inner pot.

C7 or NoPr indicates that the heat element has failed, there is not enough liquid, or the quick release switch is set to vent position. If you get the error even after checking the vent, release valve, and making sure there is the minimum amount of liquid required for pressure, you would need to contact customer service.

C9 indicates that the air fryer lid doesn’t have a good connection to the cooker base. Just press the lid down again, especially in the area above the connecter.

Lid indicates that you might be using the wrong lid or that the lid is the wrong position. Simply double check you’re using the correct lid. If so, open and replace the lid. Make sure you don’t use a lid with the Saute button.

PrSE indicates that pressure has accumulated during a non-pressure cooking program. You will want to use the quick release vent to reduce pressure in the pot. 

(Note that this is NOT a sponsored post. I was not sent a Instant Pot Duo Crisp to review or giveaway. As always, my opinion is my own.)

Instant Pot Duo Crisp Giveaway

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