Excellent Cooker -- Closest I've seen to an Instant Pot
I used to own an Instant Pot in the US. I was quite disappointed to learn that they are not available in NZ. However, this Russell Hobbs is a *very* close second, and I love cooking with it. Its functionality is identical to the IP, however, a few features are different. Here are the things I don't like about it:
1. The cook time is auto-set to two minutes on an IP, and 30 minutes on the Russell Hobbs. Since most things I cook will cook in under 10-15 minutes, I have to reduce the auto-set cooking time before I use it. If something cooks...for 10 mins, with an IP you time up 8 mins, to set time at 10 mins. With the Russell Hobbs, I need to time down 20 mins, to set for 10 mins. (Not horrible, but a little bit annoying.) 2. The IP comes with a stainless steel inner pot. I asked Russell Hobbs if they carry a stainless steel pot I could purchase to replace the non-stick pot, and they said they do not. I was able to purchase a stainless steel pot for the Philips All-In-One Cooker that I also own, and very much appreciate having a stainless steel pot option. My solution for getting a stainless pot for the Russell Hobbs was to purchase an Instant Pot for a friend in the US, and she was willing to swap inner pots with me. Her IP stainless steel pot fits perfectly in the Russell Hobbs. So, if you want a stainless steel pot, you could potentially purchase a 6 qt. IP stainless steel inner pot ($30USD on Amazon), and it should fit your Russell Hobbs. 3. I wish this pot had the "yoghurt" feature, but it does not. 4. The lid design is odd -- it is hard to remove this lid without the steam from the cooked food burning my arm. My get-around for this is to use a very long pot-holder, which prevents the steam from hitting my wrist and arm. It's odd because I did not have this same problem with my other pressure cookers.
Purchased in June 2019 for $60.00.
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Does not come with steam basket....duh!
No steam basket just a basic trivet. Also defaults to 30min steaming. The Breville it replaces, which broke after 2yrs had a stainless steam basket and defaulted 2min steaming which did most frozen veges. Non stick coating looks better than Breville but why not a stainless cooking pot? Safer and healthier.
Purchased in May 2019 at Briscoes Mount Wellington for $135.00.
This is such a wonderful and time saving appliance
I use the multi cooker most days and find it to cook pretty much everything.
I highly recommend this to anyone with a busy lifestyle. I can now do away with my rice cooker, slow cooker and I'd never cook a roast in the oven again!
Purchased in December 2018.
Only used it twice so far but it’s great!
I was a bit skeptical about buying a pressure cooker, another appliance when I have a slow cooker already. But sometimes I like to decide what to eat at the last minute and this is the machine that is going to allow me to do that! I’ve only just bought it & used it twice, it was easy to use, the sauté function is a huge plus over a slow cooker, it cooks so fast but just as tasty and I know I will be using this all the time, from porridge in the morning to a roast at night. Easy to use, feels solid, it’s a great purchase.
Best purchase I've ever made
I brought this slow cooker ( in Black) about 2 weeks ago and I must say it had become my favourite appliance. It has taken over in my kitchen. I love that you can cook so many different meals in it from Sauteing to making puddings, everything comes out perfect every time. I love that you have the option of a pressure cooker for the nights when you come home but feel like a stew - you can have a beautiful meal in 45mins. I love that the cord fully comes out for easy stored. I have been raving about it to all my friends and family and telling them they MUST have one for their homes. This beats my old slow cooker by a million.
Purchased in March 2019 for $134.00.
Must have for every kitchen.
Absolutely fabulous to use. Brilliant for doing rice ( it comes out perfectly). It makes meat dishes so tender and is super for making curry dishes.
Every kitchen should have one. It is so simple to use and enhances the flavours of the food. I just can’t do without it.
Much safer than the oldschool models !
Use it for everything, Keeps most of the cooking smells in. Like everything, it's a learning curve, but nothing common sense and a decent read of the manual can't sort out easily! I love the flavours, even unsalted vegetables, which I can never enjoy done in a normal pot. The pressure cooker keeps all those beautiful flavours in the pot!
It will be a huge power saver too, Creamy Rice pudding from start to finish in 30 minutes, instead of many many hours :-)
Makes yummy soups ,pasta, Currys haven't done a roast as yet so easy to use and clean never liked cooking but after buying this pressure cooker I enjoy it again with no fuss easy to find unlimited recipes put all ingredients in and off you go to do other things around your house.
A must to have for all kitchen lovers
It does all my pressure cooking, simple and easy. Love the turn off by itself feature so that I can turn on and focus on other chores. Haven't tried slow cooking yet. The saute function is fantastic. Highly recommend. Cooking par boiled rice had been a pain until I got this in hand. In 8 to 9 min, the rice is ready. Love it a lot.
This is great, it is our first multicooker. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because it could do with some more manual settings, however I think that is par for the course with these devices these days. That said I do highly recommend it, it is convenient to use, easy to clean and comes with some good recipes
A really fantastic cooker
Its features make this cooker so easy to use. Its so easy to clean afterwards. We have made the best smoked bacon bone soup in under an hour that turned out absolutely fantastic. It is also great for cooking Corned Silverside and doing Pot Roasts. Will certainly recommend this cooker to our friends.
Good but not amazing
I love the fact that it can be both a slow cooker and pressure cooker. I find I use it more for slow cooking. I actually do find it takes longer to cook food in it than a stove top. So I think that doesn't seem right if you think pressure cooking is suppose to be faster. It puts more time to cook the rice but when I stopped it 10 mins early, the rice was cooked.. So it took longer than my normal rice cooker. So I don't find it that multi functional. The best aspect of it is that I can salute in it and turn it on slow cooker/ pressure cooker. Pretty much its a very expensive slow cooker than is sometimes a rice cooker for me. I do appreciate the delay function with the rice.
I love it!
So many functions, slow cooking (didn't try it yet), sauté and pressure cooking at it's best, no need to fry before in separate pan before cooking, can't live without it now. I bought extended warranty in The Good Guys in case it breaks, they will replace it with a new one.
Ive never owned a pressure cooker like this. It saves me so much time. I have come home from work thrown a leg of lamb or a whole chook in. Its done it 40 min. Pop in oven for ten and u have a roast dinner. You can use the saute function brown your onions , garlic and meat then toss everything in vegies stock etc and 20 min done. Ive made risotto, deserts cooked rice . I love it so much i purchased two for family members for xmas.
Not getting a lot of use out of it
I bought this product because I thought it would help cut down meal cooking times after work but it hasn't lived up to expectations. I find that the cooking times in a lot of pressure cooker recipes are quite quick but they don't take into account how long it takes to get to pressure and then again the time to release pressure. When you include these times it is often quicker just to use the stove top. I have had mixed results with casserole type dishes, the end result is often quite watery and then you have to spend even more time on saute mode to thicken it up at the end. It is really good for making soups and I have made quite a few different soups using this product. It is very easy to clean but it is quite bulky to store.
Love love love this pressure cooker
So easy to use, useful features, breeze to clean. It has made life so much easier. Never used a pressure cooker before, read the reviews, then took the plunge. I am so glad I did - with 7 people to cook dinner for most evenings, I so appreciate it - as do my family. Wouldn't be without it.
Takes the pressure out of cooking!
Love this unit, it's quick simple and easy to use. Most of the time I do select my own manual temperatures but I absolutely love it. Has lots of variable functions from sauté, slow cook, fast cook, soups etc. Also like that it weighs your food and asseses best cooking time if you don't select manual.
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Best cooker I have ever bought
This machine is an all-in-one rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker etc. You can sauté meat before cooking in the pot and pressure cook any meal in 45mins. Great for doing great meals in short amounts of time. This is the best machine I have ever own. Easy to clean. Recommend anyone to buy one.
Great cooker but parts wear over time
Cooker has been great over the last couple of years, easy to clean, does the basic's well, but the plastic seal has now loosened (it struggles to seal, need to do it manually) and the non-stick coating is flaking. Currently trying to get a hold of Russell Hobbs to see if these items can be replaced.
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Questions & Answers
I’m a bit confused about the cooking menu functions listed in the booklet. Firstly it says they’re listed on page 16 it’s not, it’s 15. Secondly I don’t understand the normal cooking time listed for soup. It says 30 mins but normal is listed as 13 mins and more is listed as 18 mins. This is way more complicated than the Breville which I gave to my daughter.
If it helps at all, I never use any of the preset buttons except for rice. I just set the pressure on manual and decide how long I want to cook it. Most soups I will only cook between 12 - 20 mins. Just depends on what it is. If I have added frozen meat, I would add an additional 5-10 minutes. So, there isn't really a "normal" cooking time that works for all soups. It really depends on what you're cooking, how long you will cook it.
Can you open the lid when cooking Chilli Con Carne in slow cooker mode to see if there is enough water. I have set time for 5hrs to show cook.
Yes, you can take the lid off -- the pot does not go under "pressure" during the slow cook. To be sure there isn't too much steam knocking you in the face, though, before you open the lid, switch the nozzel to "venting" to make sure any excess steam comes out before you take the lid off. There are no issues with taking the lid off if it's not under pressure -- it would be like taking the lid off a pot on the stove.
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