Cuisinart CPC-600N1 Review
Pros: Good pressure cooking performance, relatively easy to clean
Cons: Interface is a bit clunky, fewer cooking presets than average
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|Pros||Good pressure cooking performance, relatively easy to clean||Perfect size for meals for 1 or 2, easy to clean, good pressure cooking performance, doesn't need much counter space||User friendly, easy to clean, reasonably priced, pressure release button||User friendly, easy to clean, large LCD screen||User friendly, easy to clean, reasonably priced|
|Cons||Interface is a bit clunky, fewer cooking presets than average||Too small for family meals, meat just shy of perfectly tender||Meat slightly less tender than some other models||More expensive than its equally capable sibling||Marginally less tender meat than the Breville|
|Bottom Line||Meets a standard level of performance but doesn't stand out from the rest of the field||All the convenience and performance of larger models in a more compact package||Offers all the useful bells and whistles one could want while remaining simple and easy to use||A great product, but not enough of an improvement over its predecessor to justify the extra cost for most people||Combination of great performance and middle-of-the-road price makes this the a great option for the vast majority of people|
|Rating Categories||Cuisinart CPC-600N1||Instant Pot DUO Mini||Instant Pot DUO Nova||Instant Pot DUO...||Instant Pot DUO60|
|User Friendliness (35%)|
|Cooking Performance (30%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (25%)|
|Cooking Features (10%)|
|Specs||Cuisinart CPC-600N1||Instant Pot DUO Mini||Instant Pot DUO Nova||Instant Pot DUO...||Instant Pot DUO60|
|Pot Material||Nonstick||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Capacity||6 quart||3 quart||6 quart||6 quart||6 quart|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Cuisinart CPC-600N1 6 Quart is a fairly standard pressure cooker that fails to separate itself from the pack in any way.
The Cuisinart CPC-600N1 6 Quart keeps things fairly spartan when it comes to its interface. While this makes things simple, it also means a lot more button pushing in order to get to your desired settings. For example, you'll have to press and hold the time button while the timer slowly scrolls up and then let go once you hit your desired time. You'll also have to press the menu button repeatedly to cycle through the cooking functions. Additionally, the LED screen that displays all this information is relatively small.
While these things certainly aren't deal breakers and you'll likely get used to the control panel's idiosyncrasies after just a few meals, it is a hurdle that you don't have to clear with most other models on the market.
Pressure cooking is an inherently consistent cooking method — as long as a cooker can achieve the proper pressure and temperature the results are likely to be fairly consistent. As such the Cuisinart CPC-600N1 6 Quart performed very similarly to most of the other models we tested.
In our tests the Cuisinart CPC-600N1 6 Quart treated to fluffy rice, tender meat, and its saute function was able to handle everything from mushrooms to carrots. We did find some models that were able to make meat taste just a bit more tender, but overall the Cuisinart CPC-600N1 6 Quart will likely pass anyone's personal taste test.
Ease of Cleaning
The Cuisinart CPC-600N1 6 Quart keeps its design relatively simple and presents few cleaning challenges.
The Cuisinart CPC-600N1 6 Quart utilizes a two piece lid, which makes cleaning its gasket easier but does take longer to dry. The nonstick cooking pot stays clean even when you saute a bit too long, requiring just a quick scrub.
The Cuisinart CPC-600N1 6 Quart is relatively light on cooking features, meaning you'll likely have to manually punch in settings for many meals.
A Full List of The Cuisinart CPC-600N1 6 Quart's Cooking Functions
Manual Pressure Cooking, Browning, Saute, Simmer
The Cuisinart CPC-600N1 6 Quart lists for a fairly standard price. While we wouldn't call this a poor value, there are multiple other models on the market that cook just as well and are just as easy to clean, plus offer more features and are easier to use, that cost the same amount or even less. Therefore, we feel that there are plenty of better ways to spend your money if you're looking for a pressure cooker.
The Cuisinart CPC-600N1 6 Quart performs well overall, but fails to differentiate itself in a field of very similar products. This, in conjunction with some minor ease of use issues, make it one of our least favorite models.
— Michelle Powell and Max Mutter