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A good multicooker can pressure cook, slow cook, and brown or sear food effortlessly.
We cooked over 130 pounds of food in 11 multicookers to find the best ones on the market.
The Crock-Pot Express Crock XL is our top pick with its simple controls and accurate cooking.
Find out more about how Insider Reviews tests and reviews kitchen products.
Whether you call them electric pressure cookers, multicookers, or Instant Pots – the name of the most popular brand – these countertop appliances have become a mainstay in American kitchens, especially since the coronavirus pandemic forced many people to cook at home.
At their most basic, electric pressure cookers have functions for pressure cooking, slow cooking, and browning/searing/sauteing. And, some of the fancier models also air fry and sous vide. Unlike their non-electric stovetop forebears, today’s electric pressure cookers have many safety mechanisms to protect you from blowing up your kitchen.
To test electric pressure cookers, I pressure cooked, slow cooked, seared, air fried, and sous vide cooked 80 pounds of pork, 25 pounds of chicken, 11 pounds of dried beans, 6 pounds of beef, 6 pounds of dry rice, and 2 pounds of frozen French fries in 11 multicookers.
I also consulted with Anne Wolf, a chef and chocolatier who worked on America’s Test Kitchen’s Multicooker Perfection, and Jeffrey Eisner, author of The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook, which features recipes we used in our testing.
I have tested kitchen appliances for four years and have developed several objective tests to determine which models are best for specific needs. You can find details about how I test electric multicookers here.
In addition to our top picks, we list other models we recommend, what we look forward to testing, and common FAQs at the end of the guide.
Here are the best electric multicookers
Best electric pressure cooker overall: Crock-Pot Express Crock XL Multicooker
Best electric pressure cooker on a budget: Instant Pot Duo Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker
Best smart electric pressure cooker: Chef iQ Smart Cooker
Best multitasking electric pressure cooker: Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker
Our testing methodology
Here are the main attributes we looked for and how we tested them:
Setup: I timed how quickly I was able to get the cooker set up and building pressure from the moment I opened the box. I also noted whether I was able to do this without looking at the instructions or if the controls were confusing. Most units took five minutes or less to set up.
Pressurizing: Many pressure cooker recipes look like they won’t take long, but few factor in the time it takes for the unit to build pressure. A cooker that builds pressure quickly is a real timesaver. …read more
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