The Best Multicooker

Posted on 20 May 2022

After spending 7 hours comparing 44 multicookers, we recommend the Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus for its excellent price-quality ratio.

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Our choice, Best mid-range

Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus

This model with handles currently offers the best price-quality ratio. It has a number of useful and efficient cooking modes, as well as a large, clearly legible display.

£ 115.94 on Amazon

The Instant Pot brand is a reference in the field of multicookers and is highly acclaimed by users. This one has a useful 5 L tank that can easily cook for 6 people. Its 1200 W power enables an efficient cooking of all your dishes: pressure cooking, simmering, sautéing, steaming, yoghurt, rice, vacuum. On the other hand, note that it weighs more than 8.5 kg, which can be a bit disturbing if you have to move it often. We preferred it to the classic Duo, which is already very popular, because of the handles on the bowl which make it easier to use.

 

 

Best budget

Moulinex MK705111

Despite its low price, this multicooker has interesting everyday functions and is easy to maintain as it is dishwasher-safe. It is ideal for budding cooks.

£ 94.99 on Amazon

This 5 L multicooker comes with various useful accessories: spatula, ladle, measuring cup and steam basket. It includes several automatic programs that you can set the duration of, such as rice, soup, wok and baby food. We like the fact that the ‘keep warm’ function is activated directly after cooking and that it is at the right temperature (to avoid burning your dishes). However, this appliance does not do pressure cooking and its 750 W power is a bit too low for some oven preparations and simmering at high temperatures.

 

Best high-end

Moulinex Cookeo

Easy and instinctive to use, this model has the advantage of offering a wide variety of recipes directly included in the device, that allow you to make them either automatically or in manual mode.

£ 249.90 on Amazon

This Cookeo has a colour screen with four menus to give you direct access to pre-recorded recipes, manual mode, favourites and ingredients. In our tests, we liked the fact that it requires almost no supervision. However, we regretted the lack of a manual steaming mode, despite it being mentioned in its technical sheet. In any case, we would only recommend it to large families (4 L) and/or to cooks who are already a bit experienced, rather than to single beginners.

 

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best mid-rangeBest budgetBest high-end
Instant Pot Duo Evo PlusMoulinex MK705111Moulinex Cookeo Plus
Instant Pot Duo Evo PlusMoulinex MK705111Moulinex Cookeo
This model with handles currently offers the best price-quality ratio. It has a number of useful and efficient cooking modes, as well as a large, clearly legible display.Despite its low price, this multicooker has interesting everyday functions and is easy to maintain as it is dishwasher-safe. It is ideal for budding cooks.This model has the advantage of offering a wide variety of recipes directly included in the device, that allow you to make them either automatically or in manual mode.

 

Honorable mentions

Instant Pot Duo Crisp & Air Fryer (£135 upon publication): a model capable of frying. This multicooker offers a number of cooking modes: pressure, sauté, steam, slow, classic, vacuum, roast, fry, grill and dehydrate. It comes with two different lids and a frying basket so that it can do the job properly. However, its classic bowl does not have a handle.

 

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How to choose your multicooker?

Often mistaken with the pressure cooker and the food processor (which mixes, blends and stirs the contents), the multicooker is an appliance used to cook dishes in different ways without affecting their consistency.

Moulinex Cookeo Touch Wifi
The multicooker is an appliance that specialises in cooking different dishes. | Source: Selectos

As the market is not always very clear when it comes to differentiating between them, it can be difficult to make a choice. To help you, here are a few things to pay particular attention to:

  • Capacity of the bowl: it generally varies from 3 to 6 litres. Your choice should be made according to your needs: the number of people to be fed, but also the type of preparation you wish to make. Four litres is usually enough for five to six people, but it is not enough to prepare simmered dishes with lots of sauce.
  • Material quality: in addition to the materials used in the bowl (preferably stainless steel with a non-stick coating), it is important to consider the overall quality of your future multicooker in order to keep it for as long as possible. To get an idea of this, a quick look at the user reviews is often very revealing and also informs you of the quality of the brand’s after sales service.
  • Cooking modes: multicookers can steam, pressure cook, stir fry, simmer and even brown your food. The best thing to do is to opt for an appliance with different cooking levels for each of these modes to meet all your culinary needs. Note also that the most advanced ones are capable of doing everything (or almost everything) automatically thanks to their built-in recipes.
Moulinex Cookeo Plus
It allows different cooking methods: steaming, pressure cooking, browning, simmering, etc. | Source: Selectos
  • Programmes: keep warm, delayed start and reheat functions are the main programmes to look out for. Moreover, some appliances have an overheat alarm to warn you if they need a break or if they run out of water.
  • Ergonomics: in addition to handles that make it easier to hold, the weight of the appliance should be kept in mind if you want to move it often. Moreover, it should fit under your cooker hood to prevent your kitchen from turning into a sauna. Similarly, the cord should be long enough to be easily plugged into one of your sockets.
  • Controls: whether there are only buttons or a screen, the controls should be clearly identifiable and adjustable. If you choose a model with a touch screen, it should be responsive and easy to read.
  • Power: it is often between 1200 and 1800 W. Some very inexpensive models can be as low as 750 W. The main impact will be on the cooking time, as the appliance will take much longer to heat up.
Moulinex Cookeo Plus
The lower the power of the appliance, the longer it will take to heat up. | Source: Selectos
  • Cleaning: since it can be used to prepare all kinds of dishes, it is important to know whether it is easy to clean (and dishwasher-safe) or not, otherwise you may be discouraged and not use it after all.
  • Connectivity: some models are connected via Bluetooth or WiFi. This gives you access to a multitude of additional recipes, but also the ability to add your own, find a recipe from ingredients in your fridge and much more. It is especially handy if you can connect it to an app on your phone.
  • Accessories: the steaming basket is the most important accessory to look out for. For it to be practical, you need to check its size to get an idea of what it can hold (and whether it is compatible with your dishes and ramekins). In addition, a ladle, a measuring cup or a spatula may be included.

 

Translated by Aylin Akturk 

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