Instant Pot IP-Duo80 Review

Pressure cookers are a great way to save energy and time. A programmable electric pressure cooker adds something more to this convenience equation. They make tough recipes easier to follow, converting anyone into a seasoned gourmet cook.

The Instant Pot IP-Duo80 gives you solid performance and a sizable 8qt container that offers better leverage that its 6-quart counterpart. The 7-in-1 programmable cooker takes precision cooking closer to sous vide cooker levels without forcing you to perfect your technique by repeating the same recipe over and over again.

What is the Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot gets its appeal from being many things in one. It is your trusty rice cooker, a yogurt maker, a warming pot, a browning pot, an electric pressure cooker and a slow cooker all in one.

Quite impressive. Isn’t it? Well. It is. And the good thing is it looks as robust and reliable as it sounds on paper.

Instant Pot is a smart Electric Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians aiming to be Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion

At a Glance (Design and Controls)

From a distance, the instant pot IP-Duo80 7-in-1 resembles any other pressure cooker or rice cooker. There is the silicon black top and bottom and the stainless steel middle that forms the better part of the pot. To one side is a control panel and a LED screen that shows you what’s going. This is pretty much all the controls you will get on this 7-in-1 programmable electric pressure cooker.

instant pot control panel

The control panel bristles with options that allow you to either choose the type of food you are cooking, let you do manual controls or keep the food warm after cooking.

You can cook foods like porridge, multigrain meals, rice, meat stew and poultry at the push of a button. You won’t really have to bother with cooking times as long as you get the portions right before punching the respective button. The same applies when making soup or yogurt.

If you are interested in other recipes or want to cook eggs, on beans in the cooker, you will have to set your own pressure and time parameters.

instant pot 80 controls

Interesting Features to Look Forward to

Yes. It’s cooking capabilities are amazing. But what else do you get apart from the 7-in-one cooking?

First, there’s the 24-hour timer that lets you put food in the pot and delay the cooking for hours. An automatic keep-warm mode holds your food’s temperature until you can serve it. This couples with the no leaks no noise design to keep all the aromas and flavors inside the pot leading to a sweeter meal at the end of the day.

With the new slim design, the Instant Pot has a smaller footprint leaving you more room on the countertop This is great if you aren’t willing to fill up too much space every time you bring out the cooker.

IP-DUO uses the latest 3rd generation technology with an embedded microprocessor, which monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time and adjusts heating intensity. The cooking programs have been lab-tested hundreds of times for optimal effect. These greatly improve the cooking result and maintain consistency.

The Advantages

  • An easy to use control panel with programmed cooking options
  • The cooker doubles up and does the work of up to 7 cooking equipment
  • A solid and strong creation makes it safe durable and reliable
  • A powerful heater to bring your food up to temperature faster

The disadvantages

  • It would have been more convenient if you could control the Instant Pot over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth from a mobile phone app.


If you are worried about safety, you can rest easy knowing that the cooker is compliant to the UL Certification standards. Everything in this 1200W pressure cooker is safe for domestic use and will serve you right for a long time to come if you use it right. The size is its best asset and if you might be better off buying the cheaper Instant Pot IP-Duo60 if you want something smaller.

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