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Last updated: 16 March 2018

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.

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Our expert testers give every multi cooker a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • perform well on slow cooking settings without drying out your dinner
  • perform well for pressure cooking without turning your food into mush or undercooking it
  • cook rice without sticking
  • are easiest to use and clean

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.

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Pressure cooking lamb shanks

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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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Slow cooking lamb shanks

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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.

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Jasmine rice is cooked using the rice/steam function to assess how well it cooks rice without sticking.

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Pressure cooking brown rice

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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.

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