The best multicookers of 2023
Unless you have a large kitchen, you probably don’t have the space for a ton of different gadgets. That’s why a multicooker is such a genius appliance. It combines several cooking functions — a pressure cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, rice cooker and more — into a single device. Some even have additional capabilities, such as air frying or sous vide cooking. They are the very definition of multitaskers! Here’s a list of some of the best multicookers on the market; you’re sure to find one you’ll love that will make your cooking time more efficient.
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1
Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1
Instant Pot Pro 10-in-1
Instant Pot Pro Plus Wi-Fi Smart 10-in-1
Instant Pot Max 6-Quart
Instant Pot Duo Crisp XL 11-in-1
Instant Pot Star Wars Duo 6-Qt. Pressure Cooker, BB-8
Ninja Foodi 12-in-1 Deluxe XL
Ninja Foodi 14-in-1 Smart XL
Breville Fast Slow Pro Slow Cooker
The original Instant Pot Duo has over 130,000 five-star reviews, so you know this is a good one. One review said it’s a game changer: “If you haven’t used an instant pot before you’re missing out. It’s probably the most versatile kitchen appliance I own, oven/range included. I use it to make everything from eggs and chili to chicken curry and pulled pork. You name it, I’ve probably made it. [...] Overall I think the Instant Pot [is] probably one of the best purchases I’ve made in the last year. It’s actually made it easier and faster for me to cook healthy meals compared to getting takeout. This alone has paid for the instant pot 30 times over.”
The Duo Plus has plenty of fans as well, with over 47,000 five-star reviews. “This product is my best friend and I would marry it and grow old with it if I could,” one review said. “I’ve put pork loins, potatoes, yellow bundt cakes from boxed cake, rice, corn on the cob (look up INSTANT POT MILK CORN ON THE COB and you will never eat it any other way again!!!) ... I’ve made pierogies, lasagna, apple dump cake, a whole chicken, bone broth, chicken noodle soup ... and more. This is all in less than a month. I’m eating healthier. Eating out less. Cleanup is easy. The food tastes awesome. The pork loin never dried out after it sat on the serving tray.”
“I waited a long time to finally get an Instant Pot and I really like the Pro model,” said one five-star review. “I’ve used pressure cookers for many years and the Instant Pot takes a lot of the work out of using the old-style pressure cookers. You don’t need to use a higher heat to get up to pressure and then turn down the burner; that’s all done in the Instant Pot heat stage. Nor do you have to set a timer for when to stop cooking, that’s done in the Instant Pot setup for ‘pressure.’ Being able to do a quick pressure release is very easy, not possible in the old-style pressure cooker. Basically, you just fill the inner pot, set up the menu, and walk away until it’s done.”
“I’ve loved all of my Instant Pots but I always like to upgrade when possible,” said a happy shopper. “This Pro Plus Smart Instant Pot is OUTSTANDING! It cooks the same as the last 2, but the WiFi functionality allows me to vent from my smart phone, turn the pot to warm, set the temperatures, etc. The wife thought that the WiFi thing was stupid so I blocked her smartphone MAC address from the router. I extorted a better review from her before I allowed her access. Don’t mess with the NERDS! If you are looking for an upgrade, this is it! As a sidebar, the guy from Pressure Luck cooking on YouTube is a genius. 90% of my recipes come from watching his videos.”
“Wow,” said a five-star review of the Max. “What can’t I say good about the Instant Pot? I bought it to try my hand at canning. There were mixed reviews on how successful it was at canning low-acid foods. I grew so many green beans this year, I needed something I could use that wouldn’t take forever. This was it !!! I canned so many green beans after figuring out the setting I needed to use for it. Now I’m canning all kinds of tomatoes with it, and am loving every minute of it. Did I tell you how wonderful it is at cooking? I put in a rack of ribs and in 40 minutes, they were so tender and juicy, I could hardly get them out of the Instant Pot to finish putting the BBQ on them on the grill. I am very, very happy with my Instant Pot.”
One review called the Duo Crisp “amazing”: “Engineering perfection personified, this machine is incredible and does all it says it will do. [...] Automatically seals when the lid is installed for the pressure cooking function and the push button steam release is a huge improvement from the older Instant Pots. Air Fry lid is sturdy and heats up within 2 minutes for about any heat setting, easy to merely lift off to check what you’re cooking then put back on and it immediately starts where it left off. Be sure to preheat before placing your food inside so you can get an accurate estimate as to the time it will take to cook [...] Would give 10 stars if it was an option!”
A sure hit with Star Wars fans, this special edition Instant Pot has over 3,000 five-star reviews. “This IS the droid you are looking for!!!” said an enthusiastic review. “This guy arrived Saturday, and on Monday I made South Carolina spicy BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches for the entire office. I am still getting compliments on them! As it was not my first IP, I was familiar with how to use it, and this model works just as well as my previous IP. It’s just ridiculously cute! I’m still getting compliments on that, as well!”
Quite possibly the most popular multicooker that’s not an Instant Pot, the Ninja Foodi has a lot of fans — nearly 23,000 on Amazon to be exact.
"This has really changed the way I cook my food," one reviewer gushed. "Food tastes better when using the Ninja. Clean-up is a breeze...I love it and use it every day."
“This cooker will do most anything that you can dream up when it comes to cooking,” said one shopper. “I generally cook outside on my charcoal smoker/grills, weather was never a factor. Got this Ninja and I really have to force myself to go outside to cook. This Ninja is so versatile it’s amazing [...] I have owned an [Anova] sous vide device for a while and haven’t touched it since buying the Ninja. This Ninja thing is nothing short of amazing for what it does. When someone says they have a problem with it either it got damaged in shipping or there is an outside chance it was defective from the factory. All I know is what I see in my experience and at 73 I have been cooking a LONG time.”
“This cooker has been in use for 2 1/2 years,” said a happy shopper. “What makes this so useful to me is that once you set it up and close the lid, you no longer need to be in the kitchen. It automatically comes up to pressure, cooks, releases pressure (three different ways), and then keeps food warm. We use it frequently during cooler months for soups and stews. That you can make black bean soup from dry beans without soaking in under two hours is fantastic. It also makes the best, easily peeled, hard-boiled eggs.”
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.