A meal cooked low and slow often means better developed flavors and more tender morsels. It can also mean scraping the bottom of a giant pot until your arms threaten to leave your body. Multi-cookers can save the hassle of prep and clean-up. They can turn cooking rice into a 2-minute process, and turn red lentils into dal in 15 minutes.
Thanks in large part to the sudden popularity of the Instant Pot, there are a variety of multi-cooker offerings. Below, a selection of our favorites.
Instant Pot Duo Nova 6-Quart 7-in-1 Multi-Cooker
It comes in 3, 6, 8, and 10-quart sizes.
Time to level up from slow cooking? The Instant Pot works by increasing the pressure of the cauldron and raising the boiling point of the liquid inside. That means your food can get hotter than it can in a traditional pot, cooking its contents faster. Meanwhile, the trapped steam means food will stay moist and delicious. This Instant Pot has 14 cooking programs, is fully automated, and comes with a lot of fail-safe measures. You can make a perfect poached egg in two minutes. Chicken stock in half an hour. Barbecued meats in all of 20 minutes. It’s a game-changer.
Aroma Housewares Rice Cooker
It has a feature to cook four different grains.
If you mainly plan on cooking rice, grains, or oatmeal in the morning, this multi-cooker is an excellent choice. There’s a setting for white rice, brown rice, and quinoa, as well as slow-cook and saute-then-simmer features. It comes with a separate steam tray you can use for vegetables (probably best suited for one person).
Cuckoo 8 in 1 Multi-Cooker
A compact cooker with eight settings.
This slick appliance can prepare food in so many ways, it may be one of the only helpers you’ll need in your kitchen. It comes with eight different cooking modes: pressure, slow, rice cooker, browning fry, steamer, warmer, yogurt, and soup maker. If you primarily cook for one or two people and saving space as well as versatility are top priorities, it’s a reliable choice.
De’Longhi Livenza 7-in-1 Multi-Cooker
The De’Longhi Livenza is perfect for families or cooking large dishes.
The De’Longhi Livenza is a good choice if you know you’ll be slow cooking in large batches. It has a 6-quart capacity, and although it might take up more space, it’s worth it.
Crock-Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer
Keep your food warm on the go.
The Crock-Pot Food Warmer is a perfect solution to warm lunches without a microwave. It takes an hour or two to heat your food, preserving the taste of your home-cooked meal.