Best Multi Cookers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 6, 2019
Cooking fast, cooking delicious, cooking healthy. If this sounds like your best cooking scenario, a multi-cooker will become your best kitchen helper since these appliances are perfect for this. This ingenious multi-functional kitchen appliance will bring your cooking experience to a new level even if your cooking skills are far from perfect. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

The model boasts a unique pot with 2.0 mm thick 5-layer walls and a ceramic non-stick coating. Not only does it distribute the maximum heat evenly but also it stands out for high durability while inner marks will help you properly measure the ingredients.

CONS

The white body is prone to stains. 

OUR VERDICT

The Tefal RK705840 cleverly pairs the multi-cooker functionality with the intelligent cooking technology. The innovative Fuzzy logic system will automatically adjust the settings for optimal cooking performance. So, no matter if you cook some new recipe or your culinary skills leave much to be desired, the cooking result will be perfect each time.

detailed parameters
POWER

750 watts

CAPACITY

5 litres 

COOKING MODES

10 functions (Rice/cereal, Risotto, Reheat, Baby food, Stew, Steam/soup, Yoghurt, Baking/dessert, Crust/fry, Keep warm)

CONTROLS

Digital control panel with an LCD-screen, Adjustable cooking time and delayed start

POT MATERIAL

Diamond-shaped inner pot with 2.0 mm thick 5-layer walls and non-stick coating (removable)

EXTRAS

Steam basket, Rice spoon, Soup spoon, Measuring cup, Spoon support and recipe book

WARRANTY

10 years 

PROS

The one-of-the-kind flavour-lock technology literally traps all the natural food flavours and precisely controls moisture evaporation to achieve a tender food texture and intense taste.

CONS

A few more instructions and recipes would be better.

OUR VERDICT

Fitted with a whole bunch of pre-programmed cooking modes to cook the most popular dishes and a DIY function to customise your own cooking settings, the CleverChef multicooker is an excellent choice for creative cooks who like experiments and tossing off their own recipes, yet, often lack time for cooking.

detailed parameters
POWER

860 watts

CAPACITY

5 litres 

COOKING MODES

14 pre-set programmes (Steam, Stew, Soup, Roast, Poach, Bread rise, Bake, Fish, Sauté/brown, Rice, Pasta, Slow cook low, Slow cook high, Yoghurt, Keep warm) plus a customizable DIY function

CONTROLS

Touch control panel with an LCD-screen, Adjustable cooking time and temperature, Delayed start

POT MATERIAL

Aluminium pot with non-stick coating (removable and dishwasher safe)

EXTRAS

Spoon, Measuring cup, Recipe book

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

Variable temperature control within the range from 65ºC to 230ºC will let you get a perfect cooking result with every dish. Your foods will be ideally cooked from the inside and feature an appetising golden crust. 

CONS

The model is somewhat bulky.

OUR VERDICT

With this model from Crock-Pot, you will get two helpful and practical kitchen appliances in a single unit. Offering all traditional features of a top-quality multi cooker, the device also doubles as a slow cooker. Fitted with 5 pre-programmed cooking modes, the crockpot delivers the functions of an oven, deep fryer, and steamer.

detailed parameters
POWER

230 watts

CAPACITY

5.6 litres 

COOKING MODES

5 cooking modes (Sauté/brown, Slow cooking, Roasting, Baking, Steaming)

CONTROLS

Digital control panel with an LCD-screen, Adjustable temperature (65ºC-230ºC) and time (up to 6 hours) settings, Stay-warm feature

POT MATERIAL

Aluminium pot with non-stick coating (removable and dishwasher safe)

EXTRAS

Roasting rack, Measuring cup, Recipe book

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The searing function will save you the need to roast ingredients in a stovetop pan. You can do it right in a multicooker bowl. Thanks to a non-stick coating, nothing will scorch and you'll get an appetising brown finish. 

CONS

The unit takes pretty long to heat up. 

OUR VERDICT

If you like rice and succulent slow-cooked meat dishes, the basic functionality of the Sage BRC600UK multi cooker will cater to your needs. Packed in a compact modern design, this model will perfectly fit smaller kitchens while fairly intuitive controls take any guesswork out of the cooking process. 

detailed parameters
POWER

760 watts

CAPACITY

3.7 litres 

COOKING MODES

6 modes (Risotto, Sauté/sear, Rice/steam, Slow cook low, Slow cook high, Auto keep warm)

CONTROLS

Mechanical control panel

POT MATERIAL

Aluminium pot with nonstick coating

EXTRAS

Stainless steel steaming tray, Measuring cup, Serving spoon

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The "Add ingredient" function is an irreplaceable option if you need to make some changes in the recipe while cooking. Besides, the special lid design allows cooking with an open lid.

CONS

It will take you some time to get the hang of all the functions. 

OUR VERDICT

Are you the kind of tech-savvy cook who is into advanced technologies and modern innovative appliances? If so, the Aigostar multicooker will have you covered. Distinguished by a well-thought design and truly versatile functionality, this cooker will help you realize your boldest culinary ideas. Besides, it is fitted with 9 protection mechanisms that make it by far the safest unit in its class.

detailed parameters
POWER

900 watts 

CAPACITY

5 litres 

COOKING MODES

16 programs (Fry, Stew, Meat, Fish, Rice, Bread, Pasta, Vegetable, Slow cook, Yoghurt, Desserts, Bake, Cake, Steam, Soup, Keep warm)

CONTROLS

Touch control panel with an LCD-screen, Adjustable cooking time and temperature, Delayed start, Add ingredient

POT MATERIAL

Aluminium pot with nonstick coating

EXTRAS

Soup ladle, Rice scoop, Measuring glass, Plastic steamer rack, Stainless steel steam rack, Recipe book

WARRANTY

2 years 

Tefal RK705840

Intelligent Functionality

Offering automated cooking, a multicooker is a great helper for beginner cooks who want to hone their culinary skills. And if it’s an intelligent model like the one from Tefal, you’ll be able to toss off delicious treats from scrap, irrespective of your cooking experience.

Right off the bat, the model stands out for the Fuzzy Logic artificial intelligence technology that optimizes cooking performance. What does it mean you wonder? A built-in computerised micro-chip allows the unit to recognize ingredients and automatically adjust all cooking parameters to customise the cooker operation and achieve perfect cooking results. Hence, even if you are not sure about the cooking settings, leave it to the unit and you’ll get ideally cooked meals time and again.

In addition to this smart frill, the Tefal multicooker offers 10 preset cooking modes saving you the need to make any adjustments. You only need to select the programme and let the unit do the rest. You’ll have a choice of all essential cooking options to make your daily menus diverse and tasty. Thus, you can fry, steam, stew, and bake as well as flawlessly cook rice and oatmeal, make nutritious home yogurt without any additives, and even cook baby food. Besides, the appliance will function as a food warmer and reheater.

Intuitive digital controls make the cooker operation a breeze and you’ll get the hang of it straight away. Meanwhile, a 24-hour delayed start function will let you have your meal nice and warm just when you are ready to eat. It will come in handy for cooking a family-sized portion of porridge for breakfast or a bowl of veg stew for dinner. You can program the time in advance and have your treats cooked once you wake up or come back home in the evening.

Review of Tefal RK705840 Multi-Cook Advanced 45-in-1 Multi-Cooker

A Pot Like No Other

One more benefit of the Tefal Advanced multicooker we cannot overlook is the well-laid-out cooking bowl. In contrast to the ordinary aluminium pots most other models offer, this appliance boasts a unique bowl with 2.0 mm 5-layer walls to ensure perfectly even heat distribution around the whole pot surface.

Setting the standards in non-stick coating technologies, Tefal outlined the inner pot surface with the branded ceramic coating distinguished by superior non-stick properties and resistant to scratches and minor damage. The 2-litre bowl capacity will let you easily cook both family meals and single-serving treats. Meanwhile, measuring marks on the walls will help you properly measure ingredients for different quantities and recipes.

All things considered, this model from Tefal is by far the best multicooker for home cooks with little to no culinary experience. It will help improve their cooking skills and gain appetizing cooking results without a hassle.

Tefal RK705840 Multi-Cook Advanced 45-in-1 Multi-Cooker in the use

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CleverChef 01007 14 in 1

For Simple Meals and Gastronomic Specialties

Tired of monotonous daily meals, yet, drastically lack time to cook something new every day? If so, turn your eyes to the CleverChef multi cooker that will bring your home menu from drab to fab without much effort from your side.

First things first, the model comes complete with as many as 14 pre-programmed cooking modes to take the guesswork out of virtually any cooking task. You will be able to steam, fry, and saute veggies, roast and stew meats, make extraordinary soups and mouth-watering pastas, knock off creamy risottos, cook tender fish treats as well as bake a whole variety of scrumptious desserts from pies and cheesecakes to delicate mousses. On top of that, the CleverChef can double as a slow cooker and even a bread maker. With Slow cook low and Slow cook high options, you can cook mouth-watering meats and healthy dishes packed with rich tastes. Meanwhile, a Bread rise option will let you both quickly rise dough for flavourful pastries and bake homemade bread that will come out perfectly baked each time.

Yet, there is even more to come. While preset programmes are great for no-hassle everyday cooking and will enrich your menu with a whole bunch of simple tasty treats, the DIY function allows cooking more sophisticated dishes worth a restaurant menu. With this option, you can individually customise cooking temperatures and time for multi-stage recipes. And there will always be space for experimenting to create your own signature recipes.

As functional as it is, this multi cooker also stands out for a sleek design that will decorate your countertop and blend with any contemporary interior style. The all-black body looks very modern and is easy to maintain. Intuitive electronic controls will let you grasp the unit operation from the very first use, eliminating any trial and error.

Review of CleverChef 01007 14 in 1 Intelligent Digital Multi Cooker

Savour the Flavour

How often do you find yourself in a situation when the appetizing flavour of foods vanishes once they get cooked? Forget it! With the CleverChef, you’ll taste the best of your foods. Thanks to the brand-specific flavour-lock technology, all the natural food flavours are literally trapped inside. Besides, it ensures precise moisture control to achieve maximum tender food texture and intense taste. So, everything you cook will be infused with remarkably rich original tastes and aromas.

The 5-litre bowl has enough capacity for batch and family cooking. You can quickly boil a bowl of rice for a sushi party or saute veggies for family dinner. The non-stick bowl coating will prevent foods from scorching and will let you brown and roast ingredients with little to no oil.

To cut a long story short, the CleverChef multicooker fully lives up to its name. It will easily replace several other kitchen appliances and multiple roast pans and become the best assistant for a creative home cook.

CleverChef 01007 14 in 1 Intelligent Digital Multi Cooker in the use

Additional Info

User Manual


 

Crock-Pot CSC024

Multifold Soluton for All Your Kitchen Needs

When choosing home appliances, more and more often we seek multi-functionality. Not only does it help us to optimize kitchen space and cooking process but also it allows saving money and, what’s no less important, precious time and effort on buying several devices. Moreover, in their endeavours to satisfy the needs and demands of modern lifestyle, manufacturers usually equip their all-purpose appliances only with really helpful functions omitting some minor and less necessary options. Similarly, always striving for innovations to keep up with all current tendencies and provide its customers with the most efficient cooking solutions, Crock-Pot has created one of its most advanced slow cookers with unmatched functionality, ensuring a whole variety of cooking methods.

The CSC024 is a digital slow cooker that offers all basic features you’d expect from a top-quality model. Fitted with heating elements installed all around the pot for consistently even cooking, the unit has two basic temperature settings and an automated Keep-warm function like any other traditional crockpot. For quick and convenient cooker control, there is a digital display. Cool-touch handles contribute to safety and ease of unit handling while a glass lid will keep the heat inside during cooking and keep your dish warm for longer when serving right in a bowl.

Yet, what makes this appliance different from other crockpots is its aluminium bowl. Thanks to a premium non-stick coating, it features all the qualities of a traditionally ceramic crockpot bowl. However, unlike ceramic bowls, the aluminium one allows for going far beyond the slow cooking method and packs the appliance with 4 more pre-programmed cooking modes including roasting, steaming, sauteing, and baking. Besides, variable temperature and time controls will let you customise the cooking process to any recipe at hand. All that turns the Crock-Pot slow cooker into a fully functional multi-cooker.

Review of Crock-Pot CSC024 Multi-Cooker, 5.6L, Silver

Endless Cooking Opportunities

With a variety of cooking modes available in the Crock-Pot multi-cooker, you’ll be able to cook literally anything you want, be it soups, stews, sautes, and stir-fries or succulent and deliciously tender joints of meat and mouth-melting puddings and desserts. Packed with a roast rack and a measuring cup, the crock pot also allows you to make scrumptious roasts with a crispy golden crust and flavourful Spanish paellas, spicy Thai rice dishes, and delicate creamy Italian risottos. This model makes a decent alternative to an oven, steamer, and even a deep fryer. With the Crock-Pot Multi-cooker, all your meals will always be cooked to perfection.

In brief, If you need a truly efficient and helpful all-purpose kitchen appliance that will cater to all your cooking needs, the Crock-Pot digital multi cooker is the right option to go for.

Crock-Pot CSC024 Multi-Cooker, 5.6L, Silver in the use

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Sage BRC600UK

Simple Functionality at Its Best

Multicookers are hands down the most versatile cookers, covering the functionality of several kitchen appliances in a single unit. It saves you kitchen space and it definitely saves your budget. What’s more important, it saves your peace of mind since you can easily use different cooking techniques without the need to practice. However, it often happens that we mostly use several basic functions in a multicooker and don’t need any sophisticated add-ons. This is where the Sage multi cooker will come into play.

At a glance, this model is different from the habitual multicooker design. Packed in a stainless steel body and topped with a transparent glass lid, it rather reminds one of a mere stovetop pot or cooking pan. Yet, it is still an electric appliance that comes with a number of preset cooking programs. Instead of multiple cooking functions, though, it has only 6 cooking modes operated by humble mechanical controls. But despite all the simplicity, the unit still offers decent versatility. Thus, you’ll be able to sear ingredients locking those one-of-the-kind caramelised flavours in a final treat or saute foods to achieve the richest taste and finest texture. Two slow cooking options will let you cook delicious mouth-melting treats and get the most out of the foods you cook. Besides, the stainless steel steaming tray included in the set will even let you cook two dishes at once. Thus, while slow cooking pork ribs, on the top, you can steam some veggies for the garnish. Or you can use the steamer above the boiling water to steam tender and succulent fish.

With a power of 760 watts, the appliance heats up to the cooking temperature in seconds. An aluminium pot evenly distributes the heat for uniform cooking and features a non-stick coating for flawless cooking results without scorched or stuck foods. The pot is a cinch to clean under running water while the glass lid is even dishwasher safe.

The bowl capacity of 3.7 litres is not the highest out there, yet, it is enough for cooking a family-size meal and will pretty much fit the needs of an average family of 3 or 4.

Review of Sage BRC600UK Risotto Plus Multi Cooker

Maestro of Risotto

Risotto is a staple Italian dish with a smooth silky texture and creamy flavour. There is a whole multitude of recipes, yet, the basic ingredient is rice. Though it seems like nothing special, cooking risotto is a kind of art and when you cook it for the first time, chances are good that you’ll fail. The whole secret behind an ideal risotto is to release maximum starch from rice without it getting stuck to the walls and bottom of the pan. With the Sage multi cooker, you’ll get restaurant-quality risotto at a touch of a button.

In the risotto mode, the unit will precisely control the cooking temperature for maximum flavour infusion and slightly agitate the rice while simmering for optimal moisture absorption. Not only will this option save you the need to constantly stir your risotto while cooking but also it will automatically turn the cooker off once the dish is ready. As a result, you’ll get perfectly cooked homemade risotto just like what you can taste in those authentic Italian cafes.

To conclude, the Sage is the best multicooker for those home cooks who don’t seek any bells and whistles and rather need well-thought basic functionality. In addition, it is pretty compact in size to fit the kitchen of any size.

Sage BRC600UK Risotto Plus Multi Cooker in the use

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Aigostar Happy Chef 7-in-1 30KHF

A Cooking Gizmo for Modern Kitchens

Are you into innovative appliances and technological solutions? Even when it comes to cooking, right? Then the latest multi-cooker model from Aigostar will definitely catch your fancy. It combines a well thought-out design and extremely versatile functionality to deliver the best of what multi-cooker technologies have to offer.

With the Aigostar, you can toss off a complete 3 to 4-course meal in a single unit. From starters to main courses to desserts, it can cook virtually anything to meet the food preferences and tastes of all your family members while a 5-litre bowl is capacious enough for family-size treats.

The manufacturer has packed this model with as many as 16 pre-set programmes including frying, steaming, stewing, slow-cooking, meat and fish, cake and dessert, yoghurt, bread, and more. And you’ll be impressed by fairly short cooking times and amazingly delicious cooking results. Thanks to 900 watts of power under its hood, the appliance heats up in an instant and maintains consistently even heat throughout the cooking process. Thus, in less than 25 minutes, your lean beef will be cooked to a nice tenderness and chicken curry will come out soft and succulent. And a broth or veg soup will be ready in only about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, a Keep Warm function will keep all your dishes perfectly warm until you are ready to serve.

In addition to truly versatile functionality, the Aigostar is distinguished by a design thought out to the last detail. Not only does it look very modern and boast comprehensible operation with an LCD display and intuitive touch-screen controls but also it has some twists you won’t find in many other models. Apart from a habitual timer, delayed start option, and non-stick bowl coating, the cooker features a special lid construction that will let you cook with an open lid which is great for fries and pastas when you need to remove the excess moisture. Besides, the "Add ingredient" function is an irreplaceable option if you need to make some changes in the recipe while cooking.

Review of Aigostar Happy Chef 7-in-1 30KHF Electric Multi Cooker

Five-star Safety

Though a multicooker is more or less a safe kitchen appliance since cooking is performed in a tightly closed area, the manufacturer fitted the Aigostar with 9 security mechanisms to make it presumably the safest multicooker in its class. So, a safety lock will keep the lid closed during cooking while the anti-blocking protection prevents unwanted closure when the cooking is over. Automatic temp control and over-temperature protection work to prevent the unit overheat and an auto pressure control along with the pressure vent help avoid overpressure and decompress the chamber before opening the lid to avoid food sprays and splashes. The over-current protection will shield the appliance from potential damages that might be caused by voltage drops. And finally, anti-scalding handles on the bowl will keep your hands at bay when carrying a hot pot.

To sum it all up, safe, high-performing, and functionally versatile, the Aigostar multicooker will turn everyday cooking from chore to pleasure and help you realize your boldest culinary ideas without a hassle. It is the best multicooker in its class that offers great value for the buck.

Aigostar Happy Chef 7-in-1 30KHF Electric Multi Cooker in the use

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What Is a Multi Cooker?

Packed with lots of different cooking tools and appliances, a modern home kitchen more and more often reminds one of restaurants and cafes. And with all those aids and accessories at hand, there is almost nothing you can’t cook at home. Yet, the biggest issue for many home cooks today is the lack of time since a 24-hour day sometimes appears too short to have enough time to cook a delicious homemade dinner. This is where a multicooker will become a real gamechanger.

A multicooker is a freestanding kitchen appliance created to perform a whole variety of cooking tricks. It looks pretty much like a pressure cooker and also applies a closed vessel to cook foods. Yet it doesn’t create an airtight environment and features a steam vent on the top to let the excess moisture out. By using a built-in timer and a variety of temperature settings, a multicooker can automatically cook a whole range of habitual dishes and some more exquisite treats as well. Usually, it can boil and simmer, fry and deep fry, steam and stew, roast and sear. Advanced modern models offer a number of preprogrammed settings along with DIY functions where you can select the cooking settings by yourself. Yet, whatever model you choose, you only need to put the ingredients into the bowl and close the lid, select the necessary mode or adjust the settings and let this electric pot do its magic. In fact, modern multicookers embrace the functions of slow cookers, rice cookers, steamers, yogurt makers and even some functionality of ovens, thus, saving you the need to buy all those appliances separately.

What Features to Compare

With so many multi-cookers with different options available for sale, it can be a tedious task to find an appliance to cover all your cooking needs. So, there are a few things you should consider before getting a multi-cooker.

Capacity

The first aspect to consider when choosing a multi-cooker is the capacity. You should select a pot in accordance to your needs - if you're going to cook only for yourself, there is no need to buy a large (and bulky) cooker, especially if you're limited on counter space. A compact model with a 3L capacity will be just right. But if you need to feed a large family, a multi-cooker that can make generous batches (5L or even more) will be the best option.

Cooking Settings

Next, you should ask yourself the question "What functions do I really need"? Modern multi-cookers usually have a wide variety of presets that enable you to cook different dishes with a single press of a button. That is to say, you won't need to set the cooking temperature and time manually. Though with some settings, you can adjust them if needed.

Multi-cookers typically offer at least eight settings, but some sophisticated pots have twice as many. Moreover, some units can steam, slow cook, bake, and even smoke foods.

Ease of use

Is the control panel easy to understand and access? Does the display screen (if a unit has one) show cooking settings and other useful information? A countdown timer could be a good addition, allowing you to check how much time is left until your dinner is ready. The best models are also equipped with a delay timer that can make your meals ready whenever you want and then keep them warm. Also, there are some units that can establish a wireless connection with your smartphone and be controlled remotely.

Safety Features

Since many multi-cookers involve high pressure, you need to make sure your chosen model is safe to use. Today, cookers are equipped with a number of safety features including automatic temperature/pressure control, safety lock lid, steam release valve, cool-touch walls and handles, and more. For instance, some pots have lids that open only when the pressure inside is normalized.

Extras

Lastly, pay attention to the set. Most pots come with a spatula, measuring cup, recipe booklet, and a user manual. If a multi-cooker can steam, a steam tray is included as well. Furthermore, the cookers that have gone so far as to provide users with a smoking function are usually equipped with smoking racks or pots.

Did you know?

Healthier Food

Some people mistakenly think that food prepared in a multi-cooker is deprived of many nutrients and is less healthy than those prepared traditionally. But actually, a multi-cooker not only makes cooking and preparation easier but also even improves the quality of foods, preserving the maximum nutrients and flavors in them. In other words, a multi-cooker offers a far better method of preparing food than any other.

Moreover, multicookers usually have non-stick coatings and need little or no oil at all, meaning you can enjoy flavorful and delicious meals without the unhealthy fats and calories.

Multifunctional pots with the pressure cooking option take the preparation of healthy food to a whole new level, ensuring the highest level of nutrient and vitamin retention. It’s even superior to steaming, which was long considered to be the healthiest cooking method.

Slow Cooker vs. Multi-Cooker?

Another misbelief is that many people think that multi-cookers and slow cookers are equally the same. Actually, that is far from the truth - multi-cookers typically have a slow cooker feature along with many other functions, while slow cookers allow for slow meal cooking only. Simply put, multi-cookers offer a lot more beyond just slow cooking. Plus, they are generally more energy-efficient. They have a different cooking mechanism and insulated housing. As a result, a multi-cooker reaches higher boiling temperature and ensures quicker preparation and less energy spent.

Statistics

Despite the fact that multi-cookers have hit the market just a few years ago, today 25% of consumers have a multicooker or electric pressure cooker. The most popular brand is Instant Pot®.

This interest in multi-cookers also represents a return to home cooking. Currently, 81% of users cook at home more than 4 times a week. 79% of them look for convenient solutions for homemade meals. The simplest recipes are most popular among the users.

Summing up, consumers want healthy food without investing much time and effort into preparing and cooking a meal. And an electric multi-cooker is the perfect appliance to simplify and speed up the process.

Useful Tips

To prolong the service life of your appliance, we recommend you to follow these tips:

  • After each cooking session, make sure that the pressure valve is free from food residue.
  • Remove the silicon rubber seal for cleaning once a week. If you use the cooker heavily, you can clean it more frequently.
  • Leave the lid upturned for storage. Otherwise, you risk deforming the gasket.
  • As all pots have a non-stick coating, use only wooden, plastic, or silicone utensils that can't damage the interior.

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Publish Date: 2019-08-30 15:17:02