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Cuisinart CPC-600N1 Review

A capable cooker that lacks any differentiating features and doesn't feature the best price
Cuisinart CPC-600N1
Credit: Cuisinart
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Price:   $120 List | $114.49 at Amazon
Pros:  Good pressure cooking performance, relatively easy to clean
Cons:  Interface is a bit clunky, fewer cooking presets than average
Manufacturer:   Cuisinart
By Michelle Powell and Max Mutter  ⋅  Aug 24, 2021
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  • User Friendliness - 35% 5
  • Cooking Performance - 30% 8
  • Ease of Cleaning - 25% 7
  • Cooking Features - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Cuisinart CPC-600N1 6 Quart functions quite well overall. It made good food in our tests, is relatively easy to clean, and offers a useful set of cooking features. However, it lacks a lid storage solution, and we found its interface slightly more difficult to navigate than most others. Though these complaints are relatively minor, they still push the CPC-600N1 6 Quart fairly far down on our recommendation list.

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Pros Good pressure cooking performance, relatively easy to cleanVersatile, intuitive, feature-rich, great valueUser friendly, easy to clean, reasonably priced, pressure release buttonPerfect size for meals for one, easy to clean, good pressure cooking performance, doesn't need much counter spaceGood overall cooking performance, easy to clean
Cons Interface is a bit clunky, fewer cooking presets than averageRice is a bit sticky, lid and stainless steel pot can be difficult to cleanMeat slightly less tender than some other modelsToo small for family meals, meat just shy of perfectly tenderNo lid storage
Bottom Line A capable cooker that lacks any differentiating features and doesn't feature the best priceAn easy-to-use, versatile model that won't break the bank and offers plenty of useful featuresThe best option for most kitchens, this model is easy to use and a breeze to cleanA fantastic smaller appliance for singles or for couples that aren't fans of leftoversAn easy to clean, great performing product, especially for the price you pay
Rating Categories Cuisinart CPC-600N1 Instant Pot Duo Plu... Instant Pot DUO Nova Instant Pot DUO Mini Presto 02141
User Friendliness (35%)
5.0
10.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
Cooking Performance (30%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Ease Of Cleaning (25%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Cooking Features (10%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
Specs Cuisinart CPC-600N1 Instant Pot Duo Plu... Instant Pot DUO Nova Instant Pot DUO Mini Presto 02141
Pot Material Nonstick Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Nonstick
Saute Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Capacity 6 quart 6 quart 6 quart 3 quart 6 quart

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Cuisinart offers excellent cooking performance.
The Cuisinart offers excellent cooking performance.
Credit: Laura Casner

User Friendliness


The Cuisinart keeps things fairly spartan when it comes to its interface. While this makes things simple, it also means a lot more button-pushing 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 dealbreakers, 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.

The Cuisinart's interface is simple but sometimes difficult to...
The Cuisinart's interface is simple but sometimes difficult to discern.
Credit: Laura Casner

Cooking Performance


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 performed very similarly to most of the other models we tested.


In our tests, the Cuisinart treated to fluffy rice, tender meat, and its saute function was able to handle everything from mushrooms to carrots. We found some models that could make meat taste just a bit more tender, but overall, the Cuisinart can likely pass anyone's personal taste test.

We enjoyed all of the meals we made with the Cuisinart.
We enjoyed all of the meals we made with the Cuisinart.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Cleaning


The Cuisinart keeps its design relatively simple and presents few cleaning challenges.


It 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.

Unfortunately, the Cuisinart's handles don't double as lid holders.
Unfortunately, the Cuisinart's handles don't double as lid holders.
Credit: Laura Casner

Cooking Features


It's 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

Value


The Cuisinart 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, offer more features and are easier to use, and 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.

Conclusion


The Cuisinart 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, makes it one of our least favorite models.

Michelle Powell and Max Mutter