Instant Pot Duo Gourmet Review

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The Instant Pot Duo Gourmet is a new, Costco-exclusive Instant Pot model released in 2020. The 6-quart Gourmet has some deluxe cooking modes, an upgraded auto-seal lid, and comes with basic accessories—available for a budget price.

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The Instant Pot Duo Gourmet combines many of my favorite features from the latest Instant Pot models at a competitive price point.

It has the a similar button layout to the updated Duo Plus, the display of the Duo, the push-button pressure release that I love from the Duo Nova

Read my complete review for everything you need to know about the new Instant Pot Duo Gourmet!

Looking to Buy? The Instant Pot Duo Gourmet 6-quart is now available at Costco for $79. However, starting October 28th, they’re offering a $20 off coupon to bring it close to last year’s Black Friday prices for the classic Duo and Duo Nova. (While supplies last.)

Just Bought a New Gourmet? Read the review for the basics of your machine, then hop over to my Getting Started Guide to get cooking in your new Duo Gourmet! I’ll walk you through everything!

🛑 Bottom Line: I really like the Duo Gourmet. It’s a step up from the Duo, thanks to the improved sealing mechanism in the lid and the high-demand buttons.

When deciding between the Duo Gourmet and the Duo Nova, the major differentiators are the Sous Vide and Sterilize buttons on the Gourmet and the larger, more detailed screen on the Nova. Either is a great option.

(To compare the Duo Gourmet with other models, check out my Instant Pot 2020 Buying Guide or read my other Instant Pot Reviews.) 

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What Is the Instant Pot Duo Gourmet?

The Instant Pot Duo Gourmet 9-in-1 is an Instant Pot model that is only available at Costco.

What Comes with the Instant Pot Duo Gourmet?

The Instapot Duo Gourmet comes with a quick start guide, detachable power cord, and trivet that folds flat. It also comes with an additional sealing ring and several accessories that are missing in other new Instant Pot models (details below).

It has a removable power cord, which I prefer for easy storage. (I like to keep my cord inside the pot when not in use.)

45 degree shot of the Instant Pot Duo Gourmet with the lid resting upright in the lid fin slot, surrounded by the accessories that come with it on a gray countertop

What You’ll Love about the Instant Pot Duo Gourmet

The Duo Gourmet pressure cooker adds in features found on mid-range pressure cookers like the Duo Plus but with a standard LED screen. 

Accessories Included

While all Instant Pot models come with a trivet included, I absolutely love that the Gourmet comes with additional accessories, including

  • a pair of mini mitts,
  • a spare silicone ring,
  • a ladle,
  • a rice paddle,
  • a measuring cup for rice.

I consider the mini mitts and spare ring ESSENTIAL accessories, and I love that they’re included for the price of the pressure cooker.

The ladle, rice paddle, and rice measuring cup have been missing from the new 2019 models. I regularly use my ladle and rice paddle from previous models, so it’s nice to see them included.

(The rice measuring cup isn’t a standard US measuring cup, so I almost never use it.)

Instant Pot also offers many additional accessories, including the Air Fryer Lid, that are compatible with the Duo Gourmet. 

overhead shot of the lid of the Instant Pot Duo Gourmet on a gray wood background.

Updated Lid

Like other newer Instant Pot models, this one has the quick-seal lid! The quick release switch automatically sets to Seal when the lid is closed. No more forgetting to set the release valve in the sealed position!

The pressure release button is also easy to manually reset if you need to use an intermittent pressure release.

It also has the lid fins that fit into the side of the base to hold the lid up when it is removed.

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Updated Button Layout

This is the only model available at this price point that offers the Yogurt, Sous Vide, and Sterilize buttons.

The button layout is a cross between the Duo Plus and the Duo. The preset buttons are located along the sides and the plus and minus buttons are incorporated below the screen. The Pressure Cook button is in the top left.

The buttons have been rearranged from the Duo Plus, and some of the buttons have replaced others or modified the default cook time. The buttons available include (listed top-down, left-to-right):

  • Pressure Cook
  • Soup/Broth
  • Meat
  • Stew
  • Sterilize
  • Slow Cook
  • Sauté
  • Rice
  • Brown Rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Bean
  • Chili
  • Yogurt
  • Sous Vide

Like the Duo, the Gourmet automatically starts after you’ve selected your cooking options and time; there’s no start button. 

When you do adjust a preset, the Gourmet automatically remembers the customized time or temperature and will cook that way in the future, until you reset it.

⚠️ Note: Don’t be overwhelmed by all the buttons! My recipes are written to work in any brand of electric pressure cooker. The two must-use buttons are the same as always: Pressure Cook and Sauté.

Close-up of the buttons on the Instant Pot Duo Gourmet
The print on the Instant Pot Gourmet buttons is white on black, which some people find easier to read.

What You Need to Know Before Buying the Instant Pot Duo Gourmet

Traditional LED Screen

Unlike the Instant Pot Duo Plus, the Gourmet has the standard LED screen, similar to the one on the classic Instant Pot Duo but in blue.

The basic display shows you the cook time, adjustment level (Less, Normal, or More), and whether you’re using low or high pressure

direct front shot of the Instant Pot Duo Gourmet with the Pressure Cook button selected and 10 minutes on the timer

No Cooking Status Display 

One drawback to having the LED screen is that you miss out on the LCD features that show you where you are in the cooking process. It’s not a huge loss—the Gourmet simply reads “ON” while it’s preheating, then switches to the cook time while it’s pressure cooking.

Still, if you’re impatient like me, it’s something to consider.

What Are the Specs for the Duo Gourmet?

The Instant Pot Duo Gourmet 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.

Instant Pot Duo Gourmet 60 is the 6-quart pressure cooker. It is 1000 watts, just over 14 pounds, and 13.8″ long × 12.4″ wide × 12.4″ tall.

The full Instant Pot Duo Gourmet user manual is available here.

overhead shot of the underside of the lid on the Instant Pot Duo Gourmet

How to Clean the Instant Pot Duo Gourmet

While Instant Pot indicates that all cooking parts and accessories are top-rack dishwasher safe, I prefer to hand wash everything. 

To wash the lid: I remove the silicone ring and wash with hot soapy water. Then I use a wet dishcloth to scrub and rinse the lid in running water. I do not submerge my lid or let it soak.

Wash the anti-block shield, float valve, and silicone cap with every use. I like to remove them after the lid has been washed, wash them in my hand, dry them, and immediately reinstall them on the lid. (Just to prevent any of these small parts from being lost.)

To Wash the Housing: Do not submerge the housing. Just use a damp, soapy cloth to wipe down the pressure cooker and the lip around the top, then rinse with a soap-free cloth.

Be sure to empty and wash the condensation cup before placing the cooking pot back inside the housing.

direct front shot of the Instant Pot Duo Gourmet with the blue light LED screen reading "OFF"

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

Right after you turn on the Duo Gourmet, press and hold the minus button [-] until the display indicates SOFF and the icon displays a little X next to the sound icon.

To turn the sound on again, simply press the plus button [+] button until the display shows S On.

Note that you can not turn off the sound while a cooking function is enabled.

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What Do the Instant Pot Duo Gourmet Error Codes Mean?

There are six basic types of error codes you may see on your Instant Pot Duo Gourmet.  The manual provides possible issues and solutions for each of the error codes (see pages 55–58 for more details.)

Instant Pot Duo Gourmet Burn Notice

OvHt / BURN / FOOD BURN are all error codes that indicate burn notice for one of four reasons:

  • the inner pot is not positioned properly inside the outer housing
  • the temperature inside the pot is too hot
  • the inner pot does not have enough liquid
  • food deposits on the bottom of the cooking pot may be blocking heat dissipation 

If you’ve gotten the burn notice, remove the inner cooking pot from the base. Check for debris inside the pressure cooker housing or on the outside of the cooking pot. (Keep in mind that the cooker will be hot, so you may need to let it cool to thoroughly check.)

If food has burned onto the bottom of the inner 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 pre-packaged spaghetti sauces.

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Other InstaPot Duo Gourmet 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 that the cooking pot is not quite in place or that there is no water in the inner cooking pot.

C7 or NoPr indicates that the heat element has failed, there is not enough liquid, or the quick release switch is in the vent position. If you get the error, check the release valve and make sure there is the minimum amount of liquid required for pressure (1 cup). If those aren’t the problem, contact Customer Support.

Lid indicates that the lid is not correctly positioned. Simply open the lid and replace it, ensuring it is properly placed. (Note: Don’t use the lid with the saute setting. 

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. 

Disclosure: I purchased an Instant Pot Duo Gourmet to review. As always, my opinion is always my own.

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