Eying the Instant Pot? We tested the new crop of countertop appliances designed to cook food multiple ways—here are our top picks.
A machine that can do it all? Sign us up! Multicookers, designed to cook food in different ways all in one pot, are so hot right now. Sauté in your slow cooker. Slow-cook in your pressure cooker. Bake a cake in your rice cooker. We even tested machines with functions like Yogurt and Ferment. Though we discovered there isn't a single perfect machine, we did find a few that come awfully close. Depending on the type of cooking you do most often, here are our picks.
If your slow cooker is your savior:
Cuisinart Cook Central Multicooker (6-quart, $159)
Many slow-cooker recipes require browning meat in a different pan on the stove first. But with this one, you can avoid getting another pan dirty and sauté straight in the multicooker before setting it to slow cook. You can also roast a whole chicken, steam broccoli or bake cornbread.
What It Does: Slow Cook, Sauté, Steam, Bake
If you're a speed demon:
Fagor Lux Multicooker (6-quart, $130)
In addition to pressure-cooking unsoaked dry beans in 20 minutes or making green bean casserole in 4 minutes, this multicooker has specific settings for risotto, brown rice and yogurt. Plus it has an easy-to-use control panel and a release valve that keeps your fingers at a safe distance from the steam.
What It Does: Slow Cook, Sauté, Steam, Simmer, Ferment, Pressure Cook
For the multi-tasking maven:
Tiger JKT-S18U Multi-Functional Induction Heating Rice Cooker (10-cup, $350)
Cook rice or grains while steaming fish, meat or vegetables in the "cooking plate" insert with the synchro-cooking setting. Your whole meal—done! It also has fermentation and bread functions with the ideal temperatures for rising and baking.
What It Does: Slow Cook, Sauté, Steam, Simmer, Ferment, Bake, Rice & Grains
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