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Breville Fast Slow Pro Review

The best product around, but costs quite a bit
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Price:   $250 List | $244 at Amazon
Pros:  User friendly, automatic steam release, great meat
Cons:  Very expensive
Manufacturer:   Breville
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Oct 17, 2018
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  • User Friendliness - 35% 9
  • Cooking Performance - 30% 9
  • Ease of Cleaning - 25% 6
  • Cooking Features - 10% 10

Our Verdict

Offering the most cooking functionality, the slickest interface, and the most delicious meats of all the cookers we tested, the Breville Fast Slow Pro is our all-around favorite pressure cooker. Breville's signature interface with multiple selection knobs and a large LCD screen make what otherwise would be an overwhelming amount of settings and options feel intuitive and easily navigable. It really shines when it comes to prepping meats. In our testing all of the cuts we put into it come out more moist and tender than those from other machines. It was also more adept at searing meat than other models, though if you really want a good sear you might just want to quickly toss the meat in a pan instead. The only real qualm we had with this machine is its price, as $250 is double what most cookers cost. If that sounds a bit steep we would recommend the still exceptional Instant Pot DUO60. Though it can't make quiteas tender a rack of ribs, it is the Breville's equal in almost every other way.


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Pros User friendly, automatic steam release, great meatUser friendly, easy to clean, large LCD screenUser friendly, easy to clean, reasonably pricedRelatively inexpensive, good cooking performance, easyt o use and cleanGood cooking performance, easy to clean
Cons Very expensiveMore expensive than its equally capable siblingMarginally less tender meat than the BrevilleMeat lacks a bit of tendernessMeat slightly less tender
Bottom Line The best product around, but costs quite a bitA great machine, but most will probably be better off with the lower-priced versionA great balance of performance, functionality, convenience, and priceOne of the best models we tested, but can't keep meat quite as tender as other productsA good all-around device, but it is outperformed by other products that cost the same or less
Rating Categories Fast Slow Pro DUO Plus 9-in-1 Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 8-in-1 9-in-1 Programmable
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Specs Fast Slow Pro DUO Plus 9-in-1 Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 8-in-1 9-in-1 Programmable
Pot Material Nonstick Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Nonstick Nonstick
Saute Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Capacity 6 quart 6 quart 6 quart 6 quart 6 quart

Our Analysis and Test Results

Providing everything you could want from a pressure cooker and then some, the Breville Fast Slow Pro is the best countertop cooker we've found. Though it is clearly superior to other cookers, it asks about double the price for maybe 10% better performance, so it is only a worthwhile purchase if you're willing to pay a hefty premium to get slightly more tender meats.


Performance Comparison


With field leading performances in almost all of our testing metrics, the Breville Fast Slow Pro made it through the gauntlet with the best overall score.

User Friendliness


Breville clearly knows how to design an intuitive interface, and the fact that navigating through the Fast Slow Pro's seemingly endless number of settings feels easy and streamlined is a testament to that fact. This earned it a score of 9 out of 10 in this metric.


The Fast Slow Pro uses 3 separate knobs to select its settings, the first to select one of the cooking presets, the second to adjust temperature, and the third to adjust the time. Then you can just press start and you're off and running. The large LCD also makes it abundantly clear which settings you've selected. We found this much easier than other machines that make you use arrow buttons to scroll through every option before locking in the one you want. The lid also opens on a hinge, so you don't have to hold it or lay it on the counter while serving and stirring. The lid is on the right side of the machine, so it does kind of get in the way for right-handed users. Models like the Instant Pot DUO60 solve this problem with a lid that can store on either side of the machine. It's a minor annoyance, but one that we did notice.

You really can't beat the streamlined interfaced presented by the Breville's set of dials.
You really can't beat the streamlined interfaced presented by the Breville's set of dials.

The crème de la crème of the Fast Slow Pro's user experience is its pressure release button. This lets you press a button on the front of the machine, a good 10 inches away from the pressure valve, to release all the pent-up steam. We found this far preferable to all of the other models, which require you to flip the valve yourself with your hand right next to the resulting tower of steam. While we never felt unsafe doing this (you'd have to really try actually get your hand in the way of the steam) the button felt much more convenient and a bit less stressful.

The Breville is the only model we've found that doesn't require you to touch the steam valve in order to release pressure.
The Breville is the only model we've found that doesn't require you to touch the steam valve in order to release pressure.

While the Fast Slow Pro was definitely our favorite model to use, other much cheaper models came very close. Namely the Instant Pot DUO60's interface felt just as intuitive and actually has a better lid storing system. However, it doesn't have automated pressure release, so we still have to give a slight edge to the Fast Slow Pro.

Cooking Performance


Here again the Fast Slow Pro was on top, earning the best score of 9 out of 10.


Where the Fast Slow Pro really set itself apart was in meat preparation. It tended to lock in just a bit more moisture and tenderness than other models, especially when it came to making ribs. It also was the most effective model we found for searing meat. However, even this machine can't duplicate the searing power of a good flame, so if you want a really good sear we would suggest doing so on the stovetop, and then using the pressure cooker to lock in all that juicy flavor. The Fast Slow Pro also made the best rice in our testing, again keeping things a bit more moist and tender. However, the gap in rice quality between the Fast Slow Pro and the rest was smaller than that in meat quality.


The Fast Slow Pro also offers more pressure settings than any other model. Most let you set the pressure to low, normal, or high, while this machine offers 10 distinct settings. We didn't find this to really make a difference in terms of cooking quality, but if you like to really tinker with your recipes, it is a nice added feature.

Here again, the Fast Slow Pro is offering a small but noticeable improvement over the competition for a much bigger price tag. The other models we tested were still able to make great meat and good rice, so you'll have to consider if those small improvements are worth the extra cost.

Ease of Cleaning


This was the one metric where the Fast Slow Pro didn't come out on top, instead earning a middle-of-the-road 6 out of 10.


We did have some complaints with the Fast Slow Pro when it came to the messes it could make, but they were relatively minor. First off, its lid tends to spill out a lot of condensation when you open it. Most of this makes its way back into the pot, but some did tend to get on the side of the machine and the counter. This wasn't a huge annoyance, but many other models (like the Instant Pot) have condensation cups that pretty much eliminate the issue. You also must unscrew the lid to remove and clean it, which can make the stray condensation issue a bit worse. Again, not a huge deal, but most models just have their lids lift right off, which felt a bit more convenient.

The Breville is fairly easy to clean.
The Breville is fairly easy to clean.

The Fast Slow Pro's nonstick pot generally shed food well enough that hand cleaning it was fairly painless. However, we didn't like the fact that we couldn't use things like steel wool if we managed to burn some onions onto it. Also, we didn't feel comfortable putting the pot in the dishwasher, so hand cleaning was the only option. The manual is a bit confusing, as in the same breath it says the pot is dishwasher safe, but that you shouldn't put it in the dishwasher. Bottom line, if you want something you can toss in the dishwasher without trepidation, the stainless pot of the Instant Pot is a better choice.

Cooking Features


The Fast Slow Pro has more cooking presets than any of the models we tested. In fact, it leaves most of them completely in the dust, with only the Instant Pot DUO Plus 9-in-1 landing in the same neighborhood.


On top of the general meat and grain functions, the Fast Slow Pro adds saute, sear, yogurt, and sterilize functions. It also offers 10 different pressure settings, much more than any other cooker.

A Full List of the Breville Fast Slow Pro's Cooking Functions


Vegetables, Rice, Risotto, Soup, Stock, Beans, Poultry, Meat, Bone-In Meat, Chili/Stew, Dessert, Custom, Pressure Cook, Slow Cook, Steam, Sear, Saute, Reduce

The Breville has the most cooking presets and functions of all the models we tested.
The Breville has the most cooking presets and functions of all the models we tested.

Value


The Breville Fast Slow Pro's only real competition in the pressure cooker market is the Instant Pot DUO60. Depending on your food preferences, the Breville is 5-10% better than the Instant Pot, but costs more than twice as much ($250 vs. $100). That extra cost is really only worth it if you're picky about your meat or brown rice, or if you really don't want to put your hand next to the steam vent when releasing the pressure. If you don't fall into one of those categories, however, the Instant Pot is a much better value.

Conclusion


Offering field leading performance at a correspondingly hefty price, the Breville Fast Slow Pro is the best choice for those that don't mind paying a premium for quality.


Max Mutter and Steven Tata