Most used appliance in my kitchen
I have had mine for over a year and I love it. Before, I was scared of pressure cookers but this multipurpose tool fixed that. We use our crockpot at least once a week, sometimes more. Our go to meals in the cooker (either pressure or slow) are pulled pork, curries, lamb shanks, casseroles, whole blade, chicken soup and beef brisket.
The searing/browning setting is very helpful in keeping all the yummy caramelisation flavours in the pot, making the food much more tasty than a traditional slow cooker. Also, it doesn't seem to overcook. Oh, and it cooks rice even better than my rice cooker!
1 pot cooking that is used most nights of the week
Cooking made easy. Just throw all the ingredients in and walk away. Beautiful flavours and tender meat. All done in 1 pot and nothing sticks or burns to the bottom. Is the most used cooking item in my kitchen.
The only issues Ive had is that the yoghurt function works well but the yoghurt is sour tasting due to the retained smell I think particularly in the silicon gasket. Know others who make yoghurt all the time and isn't sour so will have to trouble shoot.
The pressure valve was initially sticky and the pot not pressurising unless we pushed the lid down. That has now resolved on its own with use. Would highly recommend.
Purchased in December 2018.
I've got the XL and absolutely love it. I use it all the time, I've cooked desserts in it, main meals, and also used the slow cooker in it as well. My partner also loves it as he gets to eat a variety of food!
I bought this Cooker because of the reviews and I wanted a smaller Slow Cooker and Pressure Cooker. I cooked Roast Porks for a party in the slow cooker and they were really tasty, as the pork was to go into rolls I was not worried about Crackling. I was really surprised at how quietly it pressure cooks. It doesn’t compete with the tv. Very happy with this Cooker.
I was initially looking for a slow cooker like Mum used to have (the original Crock-Pot). The Express Multi has quickly earned a place as a weekly kitchen tool. It is easy to use, and the recipes in the book have all worked out so far. I was afraid of pressure cooking, but this machine has made it safe and really easy. The seal is challenging to take out to wash (and you really need to wash it) but the rest is super easy. It does retain the odour of food cooked. The smell is prominent in the seal, so I will try vinegar and bi-carb. The food in pressure mode have been tasty and keeps it's colour. My only surprise we how long it takes to 'heat up' before clicking into the chosen mode. Bring on Winter!
I cant live without it now.
I never knew cooking curries would be so quick as I would spend at least 2-3 hours just for cooking traditional curry for me and my husband. I got this cooker as a present and it is absolutely life changing it cooks lentils, curries, rice in just 15-30 minutes and I can even make my own yogurt. The cherry on the cake for me is the dessert feature as we are only two people and I can just easily put two ramekins of chocolate pudding in my cooker and It would just cook my dessert to perfection in no time.
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Want an Instant Pot but can’t get one in Oz? Get this instead!
Have you noticed the online craze for the Instant Pot? Are you bummed because it’s not available in Australia? Sure, you could spend $200 or more importing one from Amazon UK (can’t get one from America because the voltage isn’t right) and then stuffing around with a power adaptor....OR you could just get this nifty little multicooker instead!
I did a lot of research and reading of 3rd party reviews before ordering this unit, and functionally it is equivalent to the Instant Pot, except for some very minor things, eg that the inner pot is non-...stick and not stainless steel (incidentally, being able to buy a stainless steel inner pot as an added accessory would be a great idea Sunbeam if you’re listening!) Any of the 1000’s of cult Instant Pot recipes you find online and in cookbooks can be made in the CrockPot multicooker, it’s easy and quick to use, has a handy instruction manual and even comes with a little cookbook. I’ve only had mine a few months so far and love it. I hope it’s built to last. I actually ordered a cheaper generic unit from an online retailer that rhymes with “Bogan” (haha) and cancelled that order to get this unit instead. I was not disappointed. You get what you pay for in quality and versatility. So far I’ve made a wide range of dishes from pasta to curries and stews and pulled meat, steamed dumplings, even desserts! It’s even great for simple things like rice and hard-boiled eggs much faster than on a stovetop. My oven and stovetop are both feeling quite neglected! You can brown/sear in the same pan so it’s very convenient. This has had much more use than my old slow cooker that only did one thing and which I used maybe twice after purchase and has since been gathering dust for years.
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Should have bought it earlier!
1. I've made beef brisket, seafood paella, steamed potatoes and yogurt so far.
2. The cookers does retain smells of beef brisket after cooking but I steamed some herbs from my garden to get rid of the smell.
3. I'm very satisfied with the product's features especially it's very quiet during cooking and it doesn't give too much heat to the kitchen
4. I'm very happy with the food produced by this cooker. It take a while for trial and error but the recipe book gives a good direction for users to adjust things around. The speed to make potatoes soft is just exceptional.
Great in theory but scratches so quickly
The multicooker itself is great and very functional, allows quick and easy cooking with minimal supervision. My gripe is with the quality of the inner pot, which has scratched terribly within months. The non-stick seems to scratch so easily and I'm concerned about the safety of continuing to use it. The company doesn't sell individual parts, so they only option would be to replace the whole thing.
Don't know why I didn't get one sooner
I was reluctant to buy any pressure cooker out of fear, as I'm sure others have felt the same.
This crock pot has been a God send. I'm so glad I went with my gut and faught my fear. This is hands down the best kitchen appliance I've ever braught.
I've cooked so many things in this machine and everything has come out fantastic, I do adjust recipes accordingly and to suit my small fussy family. If I had the bench space I would buy another one. I absolutely love this!
Silicon seal ring alarm me about safety
Safety concern. I bought the CrockPot. I still not use it because I read the user menu, it is sealed by silicon ring while cooking. I concern what will silicon release under high temperature and pressure. For the short period time, you may not able feel bad but what about many years ?
Silicon seal ring VS rubber seal ring. Which one is more safe ?
Stay at home dad of 2
I chose the Crock - Pot because of the positive experiences with the brand and so far have not been disappointed. I have made numerous slow cooked meals with it, where I could leave the ingredients to bubble away and have so far been lucky that even my first born loves what it makes. I will say the one surprise for me was the pressure cooker feature. Sure enough the one day I wasn't as organised as I should be I only had lamb shanks out for dinner and didn't realise I had not started cooking them until it was too late. I decided the try the pressure cooker feature. Took about 60 mins and the shanks were as tender as if I had slow cooked them a few hours.
Love this new Crock-Pot Express as you can go slow as well as steam, pressure cook & saute
Love that this is more than just a slow cooker - it still slow cooks delicious meals which are a winter fave at our house but it also steams, saute's and pressure cooks. To have one appliance that does all of this is great. We use it for so many different meal preps and recipes. Warm potato salad cooked in 10 mins is amazing. We are even going to attempt to make our own yogurt in it. Our creative cooking adventures are only just beginning. It's easy to use as well.
This is great - makes mealtimes easier
Even though I find the searing function a bit long, the other functions are great. I can create different recipes easily. I really like that there are so many good recipes and I can also add whatever ingredients I prefer. I would highly recommend this product to everyone. It easy to clean.
Best appliance EVER!!!
So simple to use, great for busy families with quick pressure cook and also searing and slow cook functions.
Cooks meat, vegetables and desserts all perfectly.
Easy to clean, just put in the dishwasher :-)
Strongly recommend to anyone looking for a family sized machine that is simple to use and looks great on the bench
I've never cooked!
Very easy to use as I have never used a pressure cooker before. However this is also a slow cooker, rice cooker and steamer.
Recipes from the colourful book are quick and easy to make. I have made the vegetable tagine and it was very tasty and easy to clean.
A great tool for your kitchen arsenal
Using the Crock Pot Express is very simple, yet very rewarding as it is able to help me with cooking so many different meals, while being all-in-one. From pulled pork to risotto, this cooker really shaves down my meal prep time drastically, and makes dinner a very fulfilling yet easy task. The instructions are very simple to follow, and after a few times using it I felt very acquainted with the express cooker. The best part is that it is also very easy to clean, as it was very intuitive.
I am very impressed with the Crock Pot Express Cooker, and would recommend it for anyone looking for a good and easy to use all-in-one cooker, that will both pressure cook and slow cook to your hearts desire!
One Stop Pot
As a busy, full time working Mum and anti-domestic goddess I'm not sure how I've survived the last decade without the convenience of this multi cooker. We all want our families eating nutritious, balanced, tasty meals and the express crock offers the versatility of sauté, pressure cook, steam and slow cook with only one pot to wash up! Just like all ovens cook differently it's been trial and error with different recipes and settings to get to know my new appliance. The handy recipe book that comes with the express crock has been a great to p...lace to start. I've tried several different meals with varying success. I do think the sauté function needs to cook at a high temp. Even on the high setting it doesn't get hot enough. It's also a bit big so I'm yet to find it's permanent home in my small kitchen. I do, however, love the easy to use control panel and non-stick cooking pot is super easy to wash. I'm looking forward to trying the time delay function and coming home to a hearty winter meal.
training from sunbeam
clear vision instructions easy to understand.
cleaning dishwasher useable bowl a bonus for our busy lifestyles.
amazing recipes online .
working in retail it a great product for a quick and easy meal.
its important for me it looks good on my bench for easy access .and yes its a winner !
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Questions & Answers
If you take off the lid to check the food when slow cooking, do you need to add extra cooking time?
If it is taken off to stir food then replaced it doesn’t need a longer time. If you remove it for a long period of time it would probably need more time. I have never taken the lid off for a long period of time. Taking the lid off would it lets the heat out.
Why is the lid so loose in the locked position ready for pressure cooking?
I can move it up and down. Seems contrary to expectation.
Customer Care says it’s meant to be like that but how will steam build up if the lid is not air tight?
I’m dying to use my new CPE200 but am too scared to until I understand this situation.
Please help! K
Hi KBA. Mine moves what feels like 3mm or so when locked. The pressure locks it solid once reached. If you're still concerned, you could go to a store and see if a display one behaves differently to yours when locked. I'm sure you have the silicone seal on under the lid lip, but again, check against a store one to see if it is clicked on under the metal retaining ring properly. Enjoy this wonderful machine.
Jaspa has answered correctly.
The lid does have movement so this is normal. Once the cooking process is underway the lid will tighten. Always make sure the lid is locked into position. The only thing that would indicate an issue is if cooking commences and there is an excessive amount of steam from all around the lid.
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