Instant Pot Pro Crisp vs Duo Crisp

Instant Pot pro crisp vs duo crisp side by side

Both the Instant Pot Duo Crisp and Pro Crisp are great models. They are similar in a lot of ways but there are some crucial differences. Find out everything you need to compare the Instant Pot Pro Crisp vs Duo Crisp so you can decide which one is right for you.

Instant Pot pro crisp vs duo crisp side by side

Introduction

The Instant Pot is one of the most popular kitchen appliances that have come around in years. It seems like everyone has one. The Instant Pot Duo was one of the first models to be introduced and it’s also the most popular model. It was my first Instant Pot.

Until recently, Instant Pot cooking was limited to certain types of recipes, and crisping up or baking foods was out of the question. The introduction of the air fryer lid has been a game-changer.

You can make air fryer frozen french fries, chicken wings, roasted brussel sprouts, roasted potatoes, and even bake a pound cake with the air fryer lid.

You can purchase the air fryer lid as an accessory that can be used with certain models of Instant Pot. At this time, this accessory is only available for the 6-quart size of these models.

But you can also buy Instant Pots that come built-in with air fryer functionality. This article focuses on two models that come with an air fryer lid: the Duo Crisp and Pro Crisp.

Maybe you’ve finally decided to buy an Instant Pot or you just want to get a second one but are having trouble deciding between the Instant Pot Duo Crisp v Pro Crisp. Which model should you buy? Let’s compare the two.

Be sure to check out my guide on which Instant Pot to buy, which gives you a rundown on all the different Instant Pot models. You may also want to read about the Instant Pot sizes and how they compare.


Duo Crisp

Duo crisp parts - pressure cooker lid, air fryer lid, broil tray, air fryer basket, basket base, inner pot, base unit

The Instant Pot Duo Crisp is a pressure cooker and an air fryer. It was the first model to be introduced with the air fryer functionality built in. Refer to my comprehensive Duo Crisp user guide for details. Here are some highlights of this model:

Sizes:

Display Panel:

Pro crisp display panel black with a knob and duo crisp display panel silver with buttons only
  • The display panel has only buttons and no knob.
  • Temperature and cooking time can be adjusted with dedicated buttons.
  • To turn on the Instant Pot, press Start.

Inner Pot:

  • The stainless steel inner pot is the same as on the Instant Pot Duo, Ultra, and Duo Nova.
  • The inner pot doesn’t have any handles and the bottom is slightly raised in the middle, which allows the pressure sensors to detect when the Instant Pot is pressurized.

Pressure Cooker Lid:

Pro Crisp pressure cooker lid vs duo crisp pressure cooker lid
  • The pressure cooker lid on the Duo Crisp is similar to the Ultra and Duo Nova.
  • You release steam by pressing a button.
  • The lid also auto-seals i.e. you don’t need to turn the knob from Venting the Sealing position as with some older models of Instant Pot.

Air Fryer Lid:

  • The air fryer lid is slightly taller than the air fryer lid on the Instant Pot Pro Crisp, but it’s also slightly lighter.
  • The maximum air fry temperature is 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Accessories:

Accessories - air fryer protective pad and trivet
  • The Duo Crisp comes with an air fryer basket, a protective pad, and a trivet.

Pro Crisp

Duo crisp parts - pressure cooker lid, air fryer lid, broil tray, air fryer basket, basket base, inner pot, base unit

Like the Duo Crisp, the Pro Crisp is also a pressure cooker and air fryer. It has a few extra features that distinguish it from the Duo Crisp. I’ll compare the two models further below. Here are some highlights:

Sizes:

Display Panel:

  • It has a sleek black profile and the display panel is very similar to the Instant Pot Pro and the now-discontinued Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus.
  • You use buttons and a knob to program the time and temperature.
  • The display panel has a status bar which tells you what stage of pressure cooking it’s in i.e. Preheating, Cooking or Keep Warm mode.
  • To turn on the Instant Pot, you press Start.

Inner Pot:

  • The stainless steel inner pot is the same as on Instant Pot Pro.
  • The inner pot has silicone handles and the bottom is flat.
  • This inner pot cannot be used in other models of Instant Pot except those with handles, such as the Pro.

Pressure Cooker Lid:

  • The pressure cooker lid on the Pro Crisp is similar to the Instant Pot Pro.
  • You release steam by moving a switch.
  • The lid also auto-seals i.e. you don’t need to turn the knob to the Sealing position as with some older models of Instant Pot.
  • The steam release mechanism has a diffuser cover that allows the steam to be released in a gentler (and less scary!) way.

Air Fryer Lid:

  • The air fryer lid is slightly shorter than the air fryer lid on the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, but it’s also slightly heavier.
  • The maximum air fry temperature is 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The lid has a space where you can place a QuickCool tray accessory filled with ice to quickly release pressure by cooling the Instant Pot faster after pressure cooking.

Accessories:

  • The Pro Crisp comes with an air fryer basket, a protective pad, and a trivet.

Smart Programs Comparison

Every Instant Pot has smart programs that allow you to perform a cooking function with the press of a button. The Duo Crisp and the Pro Crisp have all the same smart programs.

SMART PROGRAMSDUO CRISPPRO CRISP
Non air frying
– Pressure Cook
– Saute
– Slow Cook
– Steam
– Sous Vide
Air frying
– Air Fry
– Roast
– Broil
– Dehydrate
Information courtesy of Instant Brands.

Features Comparison

There are many similarities between the two models but also some important differences. The lid on the Duo Crisp is similar to the newer Duo, Ultra, and Duo Nova.

Steam is released by pressing a button. The lid also auto-seals i.e. you don’t need to turn the knob to the Sealing position as with some older models of Instant Pot

FEATURESDUO CRISPPRO CRISP
Easy Seal with Button
Easy Seal with Switch
Diffused Steam Release
Inner Pot With Handles
QuickCool Tray
Progress Bar
Status Icons
ColorSilverBlack
Sizes6 quart
8 quart
8 quart
Air Fry Temperature105 to 400° F70 to 450° F
Information courtesy of Instant Brands.

Specifications Comparison


DUO CRISP
6 QUART
DUO CRISP
8 QUART
PRO CRISP
Heating Element1500 watts1500 watts1500 watts
Voltage120 V | 60 Hz120 V | 60 Hz120 V | 60 Hz
Pressure LevelHigh Pressure
(10.2 – 11.6 psi)
Low Pressure
(5.8 – 7.2 psi)
High Pressure
(10.2 – 11.6 psi)
Low Pressure
(5.8 – 7.2 psi)
High Pressure
(9.4 – 12.3 psi)
Low Pressure
(5.0 – 8.0 psi)
Dimensions
(with Pressure Cooker Lid)
13.58 L × 13.58 W × 12.99 H14.76 L × 13.58 W × 14.17 H14.78 L × 14.24 W × 14.17
Dimensions
(with Air Fryer Lid)
13.58 L × 13.58 W × 13.97 H14.76 L × 13.58 W × 15.28 H14.78 L × 14.24 W × 15.35
Weight19.62 lbs22.1826.2 lbs
Information courtesy of Instant Brands.

Which Model is Better?

If you take price out of the equation, the Instant Pot Pro Crisp is definitely the better pick. But in the real world, price is always a consideration! So here are the reasons why you’d want to buy one model over the other:

PRO CRISP

  • You don’t care about cost or you can get it at a good sale price.
  • You’ll be pressure cooking more than air frying. The plus points of the Pro primarily apply to pressure cooking.
  • You already own a Duo Evo Plus or Pro model – you can use the inner pots interchangably.

DUO CRISP

  • You don’t want to get an 8 quart due to the bulkiness, and prefer the smaller size of the 6 quart.
  • You’ll be air frying more than pressure cooking. The plus points of the Pro primarily apply to pressure cooking.

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