If time is of the essence, a multi-function cooker that can both slow cook and pressure cook may be a versatile and time-saving appliance. We lab test and review the latest models to help you find the best multi cooker for you. Our multi-cookers buying guide will help you decide which type you need, and how we test explains our testing rigour.
Our expert testers give every multi cooker a thorough workout to help find the models that:
We also give you good and bad points for each product as well as their running costs on both pressure and slow cooking settings. And our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.
The Breville the Fast Slow BPR200 has been discontinued but was subject to a product recall due to a safety issue with the white lid gasket. Incorrectly fitting this gasket can result in release of hot liquids and potential scalding.
Looking for a slow cooker instead? See our slow cooker reviews.
List of brands we tested in this review.
This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are generally always flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks and mortar shops for options.
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We recommend multi cookers that score at least 80% overall.
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Does the multi cooker offer a saute, sear or browning setting?
Does the multi cooker offer slow cooking on low and/or high?
The lamb shanks test assesses how well the pressure cooker can cook melt-in-your-mouth meat that falls off the bone, with good flavour development.
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The lamb shanks test assesses how well the slow cooker can cook melt-in-your-mouth meat that falls off the bone, with good flavour development.
Jasmine rice is cooked using the rice/steam function to assess how well it cooks rice without sticking.
Brown rice is cooked in the pressure cooker, to assess how well it maintains the desired level of heat at a lower temperature for the duration of cooking.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Ease of use is broken down into ease of assembly and storage, quality of instructions, ease of using controls and functions and ease of cleaning. All these aspects are weighted equally. The external temperature of the cooker surface, handles and controls during operation is also checked.