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Multicookers are practical kitchen appliances that can be used in many ways and save you a lot of work in the kitchen. With the first models, you could cook and fry. Nowadays, the range is so versatile that you can prepare entire meals with the multi-cooker. Depending on the size, you can create delicious meals just for you or for your whole family and friends.

With our multi-cooker test 2021 we want to help you find the best multi-cooker for you and your needs. To do this, we have shown criteria that you can use to guide you when buying your multi-cooker. In this way, we want to make your purchase decision as easy as possible.




Summary

  • A multi-cooker is a practical kitchen appliance that combines many functions - from cooking to baking to deep-frying. Depending on the model, you have a variety of programmes.
  • With the timer, you can determine when the multi-cooker starts cooking and how long it cooks your food. With the keep-warm function, you can still enjoy your food warm later.
  • Cleaning a multi-cooker is also very easy and quick. This makes your multi-cooker space-saving and easy to clean.

The Best Multicooker: Our Picks

In the following section, we show you our carefully selected favourites. Explain why they are our favourites and who they are best suited for. This section is designed to help you find the best multi-cooker for you.

Multicookers: buying and evaluation criteria

We will then show you which criteria you can use to decide between the many possible multi-cookers.

The criteria you can use to compare multi-cookers with each other include:

In the following paragraphs, we explain what you should look for in the individual criteria.

Capacity

The capacity describes how many litres fit into the pot of the respective multi-cooker. This criterion is not unimportant. There are considerable differences in capacity.

The capacity ranges from 1.5 to 8 litres. Which capacity you choose depends entirely on your individual use. Think about how many people you want to prepare food for with the multi-cooker.

Keep in mind that the price range can also vary. It depends on how big or small you want your multi-cooker to be.

If you live in a single household and only cook for yourself, a multi-cooker with a smaller capacity is sufficient. It's different if you want to cook for a whole family and prepare large dishes. In this case, a multi-cooker with a larger capacity is a good choice.

Material

The material is also important when deciding what to buy. Of course, every material has its advantages and disadvantages. You can distinguish between the following materials for a multi-cooker:

  • Plastic
  • Stainless steel

Plastic has the advantage that it is a heat-resistant material. This means that the outside of the bowl does not get hot. It is also cheaper to buy than stainless steel models.

Stainless steel is more durable than plastic. But it is also more expensive.

One disadvantage of plastic is the plastic smell of newly purchased models. In addition, some people fear that harmful substances are released from this material when it is heated. Another criticism is that it wears out quickly. Plastic is not as durable as stainless steel.

Stainless steel, on the other hand, is described as robust and break-resistant. It is therefore much more durable than plastic. In addition, the material offers good insulation. This means it can keep food warm for longer.

Another plus point is that stainless steel is odourless. Thus, it cannot give off any odour of its own to the food. However, quality has its price. Stainless steel multi-cookers are usually more expensive than those made of plastic. However, you will enjoy using it for longer.

Non-stick coating

Most multi-cookers have a non-stick coating on the inside of the bowls. This coating is important to ensure that the multi-cooker functions optimally.

The non-stick coating ensures that the food in the multi-cooker does not burn or stick to the walls or the bottom of the bowl. If the food were to stick, this would interfere with even heating.

Thanks to this non-stick coating, you don't have to constantly keep an eye on the food and stir it so that it doesn't burn. Instead, you can do other things in peace.

Keep warm function

Most multi-cookers nowadays also have a keep-warm function. This means that your food can be kept warm for a few hours after preparation. The meal is kept at such a high temperature that no bacteria can form in the food in the meantime.

This function gives you a certain independence. Because you don't have to follow the preparation time. You can simply eat your meal later, when you have time.

This function is especially useful if you have a hectic everyday life full of tasks. You can prepare your meal in the morning and still enjoy it fresh at lunchtime. Or you can just as easily cook in advance for the evening.

With the keep-warm function, you don't have to give up your hot meal if you don't have time to eat it until later.

Time preselection

In addition to the keep-warm function, newer models also allow you to set the cooking time. This not only allows you to decide how long the meal should be cooked. With the timer, you can also determine when the multi-cooker should start preparing the food.

This function also gives you a bit of independence. Therefore, a multi-cooker with such a function is just as practical for a hectic everyday life.

Before you leave the house, you can easily programme the timer to start cooking. When you get home, you'll find a ready-made hot meal waiting for you.

With the timer, you can set up to 24 hours in advance when the multi-cooker should start cooking.

Multicooker: frequently asked questions and answers

In the following guide, we want to answer the most important questions about multi-cookers. We have selected the most frequently asked questions and answered them briefly. The guide will help you to know all the essential background information about multi-cookers.

What is a multi-cooker?

A multi-cooker is also known as a multicooker or multifunction cooker. As the name suggests, this kitchen appliance combines many functions. The functions of a multicooker include:

  • Cooking
  • Steaming
  • Roasting
  • Baking
  • Frying

Thanks to the all-in-one kitchen appliance, you save a lot of space in your kitchen. This makes such a multi-cooker particularly suitable for smaller households. In addition, the multi-cooker should save you a lot of work in the kitchen. The cooking process is automated and time-controlled.

Your multi-cooker saves you space and time.

All you have to do is put all the ingredients in the bowl, select your desired programme and the multi-cooker prepares your food. You don't have to stand around stirring or making sure nothing burns. The multi-cooker takes care of all that.

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This makes a multi-cooker a practical kitchen appliance. It's just the thing if you don't have a lot of space for each individual appliance. But also ideal for you if you have a stressful everyday life. The appliance simply does the cooking and preparation for you. And in the meantime, you can do your chores in peace.

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Instead of using countless pots, pans and bowls, you can prepare your entire meal in the multi-cooker.
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What types of multi-cookers are there?

Nowadays, there are already numerous models of multi-cookers. The kitchen appliances can be distinguished by their programme variety. On the one hand, two programmes stand out that not every model has to offer. And on the other hand, there are already models with which you don't have to make any compromises.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Multicooker with steam function Gentle preparation, low-fat and low-calorie preparation, vitamins are preserved Longer preparation time
Multicooker with baking function Preparation of bread and cakes, Includes built-in mixer Preparation of biscuits not possible, Preparation of other pastries not possible
Multicooker All-in-One Large variety of programmes, Combines many functions, Therefore particularly space-saving Expensive

In a multi-cooker with built-in steamer, your food is steamed gently. You also need little to no fat. In addition, the flavour and vitamins in vegetables and meat are preserved. However, this type of preparation takes a little more time.

Baking is a very special function that only a few multi-cookers have to offer. You can use it to prepare bread, rolls and cakes. Such models usually have a built-in mixer to prepare the baked goods. However, you cannot prepare biscuits or other pastries in it.

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Newer models of multi-cookers can also bake bread and cakes for you.
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An all-in-one multi-cooker is a true all-rounder. Such models combine 8 or more functions. This means that you can not only cook with such models, but also deep-fry, poach or make your own yoghurt. However, the large variety of programmes also comes at a high price.

How much does a multi-cooker cost?

The price varies from model to model, of course. The material and programme variety of the multi-cooker play a decisive role in how cheap or expensive such a kitchen appliance is. The more varied the range of programmes, the more expensive it is.

Type price range
Multi-cooker with steam function approx. €100 - €500
Multicooker with baking function circa 100 - 1000 €
Multicooker All-in-One circa 200 - 1400 €

The price range extends from about 50 to 1400 euros. Of course, size also plays a role. A smaller model is of course cheaper than a multi-cooker with which you can cook for up to 10 people.

What alternatives are there to a multi-cooker?

A multi-cooker can be very practical with all its functions. However, if you are not looking for an all-in-one kitchen appliance, but a special cooker for specific dishes, there are alternatives to the multi-cooker.

Alternative Description
Steamer With a steamer, you can prepare your food gently. You only need to use a little oil or none at all. In addition, gentle steaming preserves all the vitamins. A steamer is particularly suitable for health-conscious people who want to prepare low-calorie food.
Slow cooker In addition to the steam cooker, there are also so-called slow cookers that can heat your food slowly and gently. In a slow cooker, food is first heated slowly to the desired temperature and then held at that temperature. However, it is important that you do not remove the lid, otherwise the heat will escape and the process will take even longer. Because of the low temperature, the food cannot burn. A slow cooker also uses less energy than an oven.
Rice cooker A rice cooker, on the other hand, as the name suggests, is only responsible for cooking rice. With such a device, you are spared the constant monitoring of the cooking rice. The kitchen appliance ensures that the rice is perfectly cooked and does not burn.

As you can see, there are several alternatives to the multi-cooker if you are looking for special cookers for certain dishes. But keep in mind that multi-cookers are available at affordable prices these days. So instead of spending money on each individual appliance, you can get a multi-cooker that combines many functions.

What can I prepare in a multi-cooker?

We can't give you a general answer to this question. It all depends on what programmes your multi-cooker has to offer.

With a standard model, you can cook, simmer and roast your food. Depending on what other functions your multi-cooker has, you can also:

  • Steam cooking
  • Schong cooking
  • Baking
  • Deep-frying
  • Poaching
  • Braising
  • Making yoghurt or ice cream

On the Internet you can also find numerous instructions and recipes for various dishes that you can prepare in your multi-cooker. So if you ever run out of ideas, you can simply search the internet for inspiration.

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You can also prepare fried food in the multicooker in no time at all.
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When buying a multicooker, however, be aware that there are models that only offer some of the programmes listed here. Other multi-cookers, on the other hand, really do combine all the functions. But as the variety of programmes increases, so does the price. Therefore, before you buy, you should think carefully about which functions you really need.

How do I clean a multi-cooker?

Cleaning your multi-cooker is basically quite simple and does not require a lot of effort:

  1. Inner pot: First remove the bowl or inner pot from its mounting. Then you can clean it easily with warm water and washing-up liquid. Many multi-cookers are also dishwasher safe. If your inner pot is coated, be careful not to clean the coating with too coarse a sponge. This can scratch the non-stick coating. This means that proper functioning can no longer be guaranteed. Your food could then stick to the walls or burn.
  2. Housing: When cleaning the housing, it is sufficient to wipe it with a damp cloth. Make sure that the multi-cooker is not plugged into the socket. Also, never immerse the housing in water because of the electronics.

As you can see, cleaning your multi-cooker is easy and does not take much time.

Conclusion

As you can see, depending on the model, the multi-cooker is a true all-rounder. Thanks to its support in the kitchen, you save a lot of time when preparing your meals. Because it takes care of everything for you. You also don't have to watch out that your food might burn. So you can do everything you want or need to do in the meantime.

If you don't think you need all the features, there are alternatives. There are also multi-cookers that only fulfil certain functions, such as the multi-cooker with baking function. But of course there are also separate appliances that are only for steam cooking, for example. So there is definitely a model that meets your needs. There is a large selection. And the price-performance ratio is also very good these days.

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