Main Attributes of the DUO80 7-in-1
This 8-quart electric pressure cooker is part of the best-selling Instant Pot multi-cooker lineup. It is described as a “7-in-1” as it combines 7 kitchen appliances within 1 unit. This brushed stainless steel unit has a 120V – 60 Hz power supply and 1200W heating element.
The key features are:
- Biggest Cooking Pot in DUO Series
- 3rd Generation Technology
- 14 Smart Programs
What is Unique Here for Instant Pot?
Instant Pot continues to update its electric pressure cookers to refine how well it reliably cooks foods. This DUO80 model features 3rd generation technology. The cooker has a microprocessor that is even smarter than its predecessors. For example, the new multigrain cooking program includes a pre-soak of the grains before cooking for optimal results.
There is also better safety than the first generation tech, including Leaky Lid Protection; this means that its microprocessor stops heating if it detects pre-heating is going too long (due to the steam release being incorrectly turned open when cooking begins), thereby preventing food from spoiling.
The Benefits of the DUO 7-in-1 8 Quart
Being able to cook for a large group of people using just one smart program in one pot is a great time-saver. It also simplifies the cooking process. These are obvious benefits of the Instant Pot DUO80. It features an 8-quart cook pot capable of feeding 6 or more people, depending on appetites. If you have a family, then this pressure cooker can likely feed your kids without having to go back and use the smart program again to ensure you make enough food.
It also takes the place of 7 different kitchen appliances, all with just the one unit. We think the versatility is great, as well as freeing up space on your counter because you only need this one appliance now. It is more than a pressure cooker; it is also slow cooks, warms, sautés, and steams foods, and is a rice maker and yogurt maker.
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Instant Pot DUO80 Review: Pros & Cons
Ease of cooking is a definite advantage of this Instant Pot model. There are a total of 14 smart programs. Simply press the button attached to the appliance that matches what you want to make, such as “Soup Broth” or “Meat Stew.” With these programs, your food is done correctly, and all you need to do is press a button. Just adjust the pressure level and time with other buttons on the front of the Instant Pot to customize the cooking intensity and how long it goes if you want a variation from the pre-sets.
This 8-quart appliance is bigger than the 6-quart Ultra. But it is slightly less functional as the Ultra model is a 10-in-1 rather than 7-in-1 and can pressure cook up to 6 hours rather than the 4-hour limit of the DUO80. Which one you will prefer will depend on your needs and what features you consider most important.
Instant Pot DUO80 vs. Instant Pot DUO Plus 60
In comparison to the Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 (6 Qt), the Plus 60 has 9-in-1 functionality but the same 4 hour pressure cooking time as the DUO80. On the other hand, the DUO Plus 60 has only a 6-quart capacity so it feeds less people than the 8-quart DUO80.
Other differences between the two models include their appearance. The DUO Plus Series has a more modern LCD screen than the DUO80. There are not the alarm clock-style numbers for the timer on the Plus 60 and it different colors to designate actions for easier usage. Then again, if cooking for more than 4 people, online reviewers recommend a bigger size, such as the 8 Qt. DUO.
Instant Pot DUO80 Review: Who is It Made For?
A new cook will appreciate the simplicity of this Instant Pot model. Just pressing one of the smart programs will deliver delicious foods, with the ability to adjust the time and pressure level (lower or higher) to get the exact meal you want. Many online reviewers explain that the foods turn out as they and their families would expect. Plus, if you customize a program, then the Instant Pot remembers the adjustments for the next time you go to make yogurt, porridge or another type of food with it.
Clean-up is easy too if you don’t want to spend time handwashing the parts. The lid, cooking pot, and steam rack are all safe to put in the dishwasher. The unit is also reasonably priced, especially given it is a 7-in-1 kitchen appliance; so it will appeal to a budget-conscious consumer. This 8-quart cooker even comes with a stainless steel steam rack with handles, soup spoon, rice paddle, recipe book, condensation collector, and measuring cup.
Instant Pot Conclusions
The DUO80 7-in-1 (8 Quart) is a powerful, smart cooker. It can replace 7 appliances in your kitchen, all at a good price point. The unit works easily via buttons, with 14 smart programs that make tasty meals for 6 or more people. While it is not as modern in appearance as some later versions of the Instant Pot, it is reliable and easy to use. The 3rd generation technology is a great selling point too.
Given that its advantages are far greater than any limitations, our Instant Pot DUO80 review is a favorable one. We recommend this product for a new cook or someone looking to simplify their meal-prep routine without falling short on flavor.