Instant Pot Viva vs Duo: What’s the same and what’s different

Thinking about buying your first Instant Pot or adding another one to your kitchen? Let’s take a look at the Instant Pot Viva vs Duo.

Instant Pot designs each of its electric pressure cookers to be convenient, safe, and dependable. Each Instant Pot model has variations in the features includes that might make you want to choose one over another. Let’s take at the Instant Pot Duo vs Viva side by side to understand what’s the same and what’s different.

You can also compare the Instant Pot Viva vs Duo Nova separately

Picture of a Duo to compare the differences between an Instant Pot Viva vs Duo

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What is the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker?

Let’s start with a quick overview if you recently heard about the Instant Pot and pressure cooking and wondering about all of the chatter.

An Instant Pot® is a multi-use electric pressure cooker designed to be dependable, convenient, and most importantly safe. Pressure cooking is an energy-efficient meal preparation approach because you feature your food faster.

Specifically, you may be considering if you want to buy the Instant Pot Duo or Viva, and which one is better for your needs. Or maybe how they’re different if you already own an Instant Pot.

The appliances combined in the Instant Pot Viva vs Duo

You’ll save counter and storage space with an Instant Pot because it combines multiple kitchen appliances into one. And as a bonus, you’ll also save some money because one appliance covers multiple cooking methods.

Let’s take a look at the appliances combined in the Instant Pot Viva vs Duo:

Instant Pot VivaInstant Pot Duo
Number of Appliances Combined97
Pressure CookerYesYes
Slow CookerYesYes
Rice CookerYesYes
Yogurt MakerYesYes
Cake MakerYes
Sous VideYes

The Viva covers the same appliances as the Duo with a few additional features including Sous Vide and Cake making functions.

Smart Programs available in the Instant Pot Duo vs Viva

Instant Pot created smart programs to help the home chef be able to cook with the press of a button. The smart programs, created based on extensive testing, control heat intensity, temperature, pressure, and duration.

Aside from each Instant Pot series having different smart programs, not all of the sizes within a model will have all of the smart programs included. For example, the mini 3 quart models usually have a few fewer programs than its larger 6- and 8-quart siblings have.

Instant Pot VivaInstant Pot Duo
Number of Smart Programs1514
Slow CookYesYes
Sous VideYes
Pressure Cook YesYes
Keep WarmYesYes

* These programs (Multigrain and Poultry) may not be available in the 3-quart versions of Instant Pot Duo.

** The Pasteurizing program is part of the Yogurt Smart Program. When you choose “More”, it will pasteurize milk. Be sure to check the temperature of the heated milk to ensure it reaches the proper temperature.

The updated Viva includes the Cake Setting and egg program. It doesn’t include the steam setting, but as it has the egg setting you’ll be able to make hard-boiled eggs.

6 Quart Instant Pot Duo
6 quart

Which sizes are the Instant Pot Duo vs Viva available in?

Instant Pot models are generally available in the core three sizes: 3 quart, 6 quart, and 8 quart. The Instant Pot Duo is available in all three sizes, while the Instant Pot Viva is currently only available in 6 quart and 8 quart.

If you’re looking for the mini model, you’ll need to choose a Duo or another one that’s available in 3 quarts. Or if you’re looking for something larger, the Duo Nova is also available in 10 quarts!

Instant Pot VivaInstant Pot Duo
3 QuartsYes
6 QuartsYesYes
8 QuartsYesYes

What’s the difference between the Instant Pot Duo and Viva?

Looking at the Smart Programs in the Viva and Duo side by side, the Viva has the same programs as a Duo with a few additions.

The Viva is available in 2 sizes while the Duo is available in the 3 standard Instant Pot sizes.

The Instant Pot Viva was originally designed based on the Duo so they both have the same display and use buttons to select the cooking settings.

The updated Instant Pot Viva has an updated auto-seal lid as an added safety feature.

How many times have you forgotten to flip the sealing knob to the wrong position on the other Instant Pot models? I love the auto sealing lid on the Ultra so it’s great to see on the Viva.

Compared to the Duo, the updated Viva comes with two sealing rings and a trivet/steam rack.

The Viva is also available in a few additional colors and styles. You’ll need to check different stores if you want something other than the traditional stainless steal look.

Keep an eye out for flash sales and deals as you may be able to save money on your purchase.

3 Quart Duo
3 quart Duo

What are your thoughts on the Instant Pot Duo vs Viva?

Whenever you buy a new Instant Pot you need to decide which features and size make the most sense for your needs. If you already have a Duo, there are a few interesting features in the updated Instant Pot Viva that might make an upgrade attractive. I don’t know about you, but I am finding the need for more than one Instant Pot in my kitchen.

What about you? What are you looking for in an Instant Pot Viva and Duo? Are you trying to decide which one to buy?

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    1. Hi Buder –

      Thanks for stopping by. I just double checked the (classic) Duo on both Amazon and Instant Pot and it doesn’t currently have the Sous Vide smart program. There are other “Duo” versions that now have the program including the updated Duo Plus and Duo Evo Plus. Hope that helps clarify. Thanks!

      1. Hi Cara – I stand corrected. You are right. I am referring to the DUO Gourmet; are you able to do a side by side comparison with the updated DUO models?

        Also, I use to own the old DUO and it had a steam button. This was so useful. Why do you think they removed this function for the newer models?

        1. Hi Buder –
          I suspect the new steam buttons are because a) people forget to seal the lid and b) it’s a little safer to separate the steam vent from the release button.

          I generally don’t do comparisons on the membership club exclusive models. I’ll take a look when I have some time. Thanks for letting me know about that particular model. I completely missed it being announced.

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