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Best Multicooker

By: Kelly Burgess on October 10, 2017

Editor's Note:
Multicookers are the "hot" new countertop appliance right now. A cross between an electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker and steamer, they also can sauté and steam. But expert and owner reviewers agree that one multicooker is the only choice for most kitchens. This "Quick Take" tells you why.

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 Review
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Best multicooker

The Instant Pot IP-DUO60 is a versatile multicooker that can act as a pressure cooker, rice cooker and slow cooker. It can even make yogurt. Experts and owners love the stainless steel insert, and agree that it's easy to use (once you get the hang of it) and will significantly cut down on the time it takes to make your family's dinner.

Buy for $79.96

Quick Take:

Multicookers have become extremely popular in recent years, and a lot of expert sources have taken note of that surge in interest. To be honest, most testing organizations are less than impressed with multicookers, saying they don't perform as well as, say, an appliance dedicated to that task, such as a separate stovetop pressure cooker or rice cooker or slow cooker. Still, many owners adore their multicooker and quite a cult has grown up around them, making it easy to find recipes and instructions for how to use the various functions.  And, best of all, they take up a heck of a lot less space than four or five separate appliances.

Top 9 Multicooker Reviews

  1. TheSweethome.com - The Best Pressure Cooker, Lesley Stockton, April 27, 2017

    Lesley Stockton conducts 40 hours of research and testing best stovetop pressure cookers and electric multicookers. Top picks and runners up are named.

  2. SeriousEats.com - The Best Pressure Cookers and Multi-Cookers, J. Kenji López-Alt, Not dated

    For this roundup of the best pressure cookers and multicookers, J. Kenji López-Alt tests 15 total models. Four top picks are named, two in each category.

  3. Good Housekeeping - Multi-Cooker Reviews, Editors of Good Housekeeping, February 2017

    Testers at the Good Housekeeping Institute test and rate a number of multi-cookers. Each is given a star rating, and the products are ranked against each other.

  4. ConsumerReports.org - Find a Multi-Cooker That Will Win You Over, Kimberly Janeway, Jan. 28, 2016

    ConsumerReports.org tests and reviews six multicookers in this free-to-the-public article. They are divided by those that make rice and those that do not.

  5. Cook's Illustrated - Multicookers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, May 2017

    While this article is only available through a subscription, we'll give you a hint: Cook's Illustrated editors don't like multicookers.

  6. HipPressureCooking.com - More Flavor from Natural Ingredients with Pressure!, Laura Pazzaglia, As of April 2017

    Laura Pazzaglia reviews a wide variety of multicookers, also called electric pressure cookers at this informative site. The reviews are very thorough and documented with photos.

  7. Amazon.com - Multicookers, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2017

    Amazon.com offers hundreds of multicookers in a number of sizes and with a variety of features. Most get good to great ratings across the board.

  8. Walmart.com - Multicookers, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of October 2017

    There are a number of multicookers available at Walmart.com. They tend to get even higher ratings than at Amazon; some are lower-priced as well.

  9. Macys.com - Multicookers, Contributors to Macys.com, As of April 2017

    There are fewer multicookers available here, just about a dozen. Higher-end models from Cuisinart and Fagor are the standouts.

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