Like its predecessor, the 3rd Generation Instant Pot IP-LUX50 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker is a front-runner in the electric pressure cooker market for combining mind-blowing functionality and quality in a unit that is still easy to use and is very reasonably-priced. For much more about this new multi-cooking machine, including what others are saying about its performance and value, please keep reading.
Instant Pot IP-LUX50 Specifications
The latest and greatest IP-LUX50 follows the wildly-successful LUX60 and is a Canadian-borne electric 6-in-1 pressure cooker that can pretty much do it all. This 5.3- quart model is not only a first-rate pressure cooker, but you can also use it to saute, brown, cook rice, slow cook, and steam/warm foods.
In addition to being ridiculously versatile, this cooker also speeds up cooking by an estimated 2 to 6x compared to conventional methods, while using up to 70% less energy to boot. Further, unlike your average stove-top cooker, this unit’s sophisticated microprocessor and intuitive digital controls allows you to make healthy and flavorful dishes easily and with great repeatability. And with a total of 10 preset cooking programs and 3 temperature modes, just about any meal can be prepared with a simple push of a button – which will more than likely put your existing rice cooker and slow-cooker out of a job! This thing can even make porridge with a level of precision that will startle you.
Finally, the Instant Pot IP-LUX50 is extremely well built. This is not some flimsy department store electric cooker. The cook pot is made of 3-ply stainless steel that is very durable, and also negates any concerns about peeling non-stick coatings. And the beautiful and maintenance-free brushed stainless steel outer finish speaks for itself. Each purchase also comes with a stainless steel steam rack thrown in.
Instant Pot IP-LUX50 Reviews & Ratings
Like its older brother the LUX60, this 3rd generation model is receiving absolutely glowing reviews. Currently, the IP-LUX50 holds an average user satisfaction rating of 4.7 out of 5.0 stars based on 32 reviews on amazon.com, making it one of the most popular electric pressure cookers on the market today.
Specifically, users who reviewed this model raved about how perfectly it prepared a wide range of foods, and how quickly as well. They also applauded the tremendous versatility of this cooker and the myriad of modes, settings and functions it possesses – which they reported are nonetheless well laid out and simple to navigate. Others confirmed the high-quality construction of this model and its encouraging safety features. And many users admitted to just beginning to unlock the true potential of this machine, which they indicated was taking the place of their existing rice cookers and slow cookers due to its power and performance.
There were only a few mildly negative remarks; for example, one user complained that the pot didn’t come with non-stick coating, and another couple users mentioned some quirks with the slow-cook feature. There was only one truly negative review by a user who never actually used it, and returned it simply because the lid looked hard to clean and it didn’t have a detachable power cord.
Concluding Thoughts & Opinions
The Instant Pot IP-LUX50 is a 5-star electric pressure cooker that we recommend for its extreme versatility, solid construction, and proven track record of performance. And while it’s almost a quart smaller than the LUX60, the 5.3-quart LUX50 is still large enough to satisfy a small family.
Further, notwithstanding its power, sophistication and features, we note that this model is very fairly priced, and currently is selling for about $115. This is a fantastic price for any high-end electric pressure cooker, much less for one that has so much additional functionality and capabilities as the IP-LUX50. In short, if you are looking for an electric pressure cooker – or a rice cooker or slow-cooker for that matter, this model is a natural choice.