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Instant Pot Duo Vs Ultra | Which Is The Better Deal?

Instant Pot Duo and Ultra both are popular pressure cookers and multicookers from Instant Pot. They have so many features in common that it is difficult to compare them. In this article, I am going to make a comparison between Instant Pot Duo and Ultra multicookers. After reading this comparison, the users will be able to understand which model is the right choice for them.

Specification Comparison

FeaturesInstant pot duoInstant pot ultra
Model7 in 110 in 1
Max. Capacity8 quart8 Quarts
Dimension (inch)14.8 x 13.18 x 10.414.8 x 13.5 x 14.2
Weight10.14 lbs15.7 lbs
First ArrivalJan-2016Jan-2018
Cooking Presets710
Color VarientsS/S + BlackS/S + Black
Control PanelDigital PushDigital + push button
Suitable for5 Persons8 persons

Comparison of the features

Comparison of cooking functions

Cooking FunctionsInstant Pot DuoInstant Pot Ultra
Pressure Cooker
Rice cooker
Slow cooker
Yogurt Maker
Sous VideXX
Air FryXX
Stock PotXX
Ultra ProgramX

From the table above, we can see that both of the models have 7 cooking functions in common – pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and saute.

Instant Pot Duo has 7 cooking functions altogether. Instant Ultra has all these 7 functions with 3 additional functions – sterilize, bake, and ultra program.


Instant Pot Duo has 3 different size variants – 3, 6, and 8 quarts. The 3-quart variant is good for a single person or a family with 2 persons. The other 2 variants are suitable for larger families.

On the other hand, Instant Pot Ultra also has exactly the same size variants as the Duo. Therefore, none of the models is a winner in this respect.

Other features

Additional FeatureDUOULTRA
Built-in smart program1416
Pre-set temperature1221
Control typeButtonDial+Button
Safety features1011
Steam release auto resetX
Custom programingX

Advantages of Instant Pot Duo over ultra

  • The price of Duo is far cheaper than Ultra.
  • The comperative value for money of Instant Pot Duo is good.
  • Other than these, Instant Pot Duo has advantages that are common to Ultra.

Advantages of Instant Pot Ultra over Duo

Advantages over Instant Pot Duo

  • It has steam release auto reset feature that is absent in the standard DUO model.
  • The number of cooking function is 10 where Instant DUO has 7.
  • It includes with more safety feature.
  • The control panel of Instant Pot Ultra is more advanced.
  • It has more preset temperature and and built-in program.
  • The release date of Ultra is later than Duo. It means Ultra has more advanced technology.

Which one is better?

Instant Pot Ultra is undoubtedly a better option than Instant Pot Duo. It has additional safety and cooking features. Although the price is also higher for the additional advantages. I have already mentioned the features that you are going to avail of from these two Instant Pot pressure cookers. Therefore, the decision is yours. If you find that the additional feature of Ultra is of no use for you, then Duo will be a good option either. Because of the lower price, the value for money of Duo is high.

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