Good as a pressure cooker. Safe.
Simmer, saute and brown functions Are not very accurate - simmer is too high.
All the writing on the lid rubs off in no time so I’ve had to write on the lid now, where to align for seal or open!
Impossible to clean the main unit efficiently around the lip where the lid sits and the Non-stick cooking insert is badly scratched even using wood or plastic kitchen utensils.
I expected better from Sunbeam.
Purchased in September 2019.
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Beware of digital controls
I have had 2 Pressure Cookers in 3 years the digital function fails after some use The first one was replaced under a warranty the 2nd out of warranty, no one can fix it a complete waste of good appliance.
Really easy to use
Comes with a neat little book to get started on slow cooking
Really useful been using it for around 5 months now, press a button, go to work, come home to fully cooked beef stew.
Don't really use the pressure cooker often just out of fear. We've had personal friends who've lived the horror stories you hear on the internet
It's not expensive
Easy to clean
You'll take all of 15 mins to learn how to use it (just read the manual, seriously)
You'll get as much out of it as a Roomba if you spend most of your day at work.
You'll get just as much if you don't find cooking therapeautic...
My favourite appliance ever
I've had this unit for a few years now. I use it three or 4four times a week. I can say without hesitation it is the best kitchen appliance I have ever owned. If I could marry it I would! A few months after I first bought it I started having problems with the pressure not building on pressure cooker setting. I replaced the seal which seemed to have stretched a bit. Ever since fitting the new seal I ensure it is sitting properly on the metal ring before putting the lid on as I often find it is not quite seated properly. Since doing this, the se...aling issue has never recurred. I've also never had a problem with the bowl coating as others have...years down the track my bowl is still perfect. With the qualification of always checking the seal before use (which takes 10 seconds) I couldn't recommend this unit more strongly.
Purchased in March 2016.
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Usually use it for Indian cookings. Very easy to use. Easy to clean by only hand wash. Not dishwasher safe as mentioned in the manual. The pressure cook and brown mode is really good.
Excellent - quick reliable cooking
Very happy. Plant based cooking; great for soups, beans, chick peas, lentils, veg - follow closely instruction booklet. Saute, steam, rice, slow cooking functions good. Quick, easy cleaning & odour free. User friendly. My experience has exceeded expectations & I’m a senior too!
I absolutely loved my multi cooker and have used it for about 6 months . I know have the E4 error and do not know how to reset. I have cleaned it properly but now can't get rid of this error.
Purchased in November 2019.
The pressure cooker function does not work.
The pressure cooker function does not work. The wee metal thing pops up and let's all the steam out. So the meals burns. Was the whole point of buying machine. Very disappointed
Purchased in March 2019.
Non stick flakes off in bowl
Seems to work ok but the coating inside the cooking bowl flakes off. The replacement bowl is about $50. We always used the proper spoons etc in the bowl so it wouldn't scratch. Reading other reviews this seems to be a common problem but Sunbeam will not replace under warranty without a receipt (unfortunately we didn't keep it). Bottom line, the bowl will need to replaced after a few months of regular use, during this time i guess the coating mixes with the food which surely can't be a good thing.. Avoid this product.
I bought this one month ago and some functions are fraud. The sales refused to change to a new one for me as it seems fine. Not recommended at all!
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Very poor quality, leaks steam.
Leaks steam the whole time it's cooking. Poor quality and not fit for purpose. Returning to store for another make. Don't waste your time with this one. Sunbeam are a bit hit and miss with their products.
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Useful until it died a beeping E4 death.
I purchased this item last October from MYER in Highpoint, Melbourne and have only started using it recently. It was great however now when I turn it on it beeps continually with an E4 error. I’ve tried all of the tips to get it back but to no avail. It appears to be useless now and I’m incredibly disappointed. Prior to the beeping death it was really very useful. I made pot roasts, congee and stock which were great. It was really quick, a but noisy but no more than expected.
Makes it easy to feed the masses!
I have had this multi-cooker for a few years now. I used it sparingly for the first year due to lack of recipes, but now it mostly lives on the kitchen bench, it is that versatile.
Best features are being able to brown meat at the beginning and thicken liquid at the end with the Brown, Sauté and Simmer functions, and the Keep Warm feature.
I’ve cooked pulled meats to feed large crowds, as well as small meals for our family of 4 once or twice a week, even cooking 2 meals at once in 2 oven bags. Will use it for rice if it’s not already being used...
Purchased in January 2015.
Great unless you want to pressure cook...
I was given this for Christmas in 2017, and ever since it was brand new have always found it almost impossible to use the pressure function. All other cooking functions are great to use but I constantly find myself wasting 10-20 minutes trying to get the pressure to build through the finiky seals that leave too much room for human error. The valve on too doesn't seem to lock into place properly at all so you have to guess if it's in the right position to hold pressure.
The machine is also very difficult to clean with too many nooks and cranni...es that are impossible to get to. I often use a straw cleaner to clean around the machine and it still isn't efficient. Disappointing overall, would only recommend if you never wanted to use the pressure function and you don't mind it never being clean properly...
Perfect untill its not
Although I have had my cooker for quite some time I have only used it maybe a dozen times. It was fantastic, could sear, slow cook and pressure cook. Then bang E4, with and without the lid on. Checked the seal and that it was clean still nothing helps. As I said it was fantastic, food turned out perfect, time cooking was great, easy to use and clean. But with this error theres nothing I can do, Im not prepared to pay alot to get it seen to either because its normally 50 before they even look at a product. Reading reviews I see thus is a common problem and have to wonder why theres no product recall.
Purchased in January 2017.
Multicooker works very well. I love it but the problem its pot which every six months turned scratch n black coating comes out. We can't use this kind of pot. Otherwise, the machine works perfectly.
When I go to buy this pot its coat $50. Which is too much. I can't spend money every six months.
So stop using it.
Purchased in June 2018.
Takes the pressure off dinner time!
Love this product. Easy way to make tasty dinners when you are time poor! So many recipe options and the fact that it is multi-function is a bonus! No reliability issues at all, works right every time. Easy to clean. Supplied recipes at the back of the manual are a good starting point too!
Culinary Russian Roulette!
When it works well this multi-cooker is a really handy appliance. Great for making stew or curry in a fraction of the time it would take on the stove top. Sears well. and has a good variety of cooking settings.
Unfortunately it randomly malfunctions by running out of liquid (despite adding the correct amount initially) as the lid seal can be temperamental, allowing too much steam to escape while trying to achieve pressurisation. The result is burnt or poorly cooked food....Culinary Russian roulette!
Disappointed to say the least
I was given the cooker as a gift by my daughters in March. Used it for 2 weeks and loved it. Then tiny seal on underside of lid broke. After a frustrating call to Sunbeam where I was on hold forever they said I’d need a whole new lid assembly as they don’t replace just the small seal (seriously??), I waited 3 weeks for the new assembly as they’d sent it to wrong address. The new assembly was without the large seal so I took it off the old lid. The unit then worked for about another week but then every time I used it, it wouldn’t reach pressure,...despite following the instructions in the booklet exactly. The pressure gauge is flimsy, and hard to tell when it’s in the right position. Another long and frustrating call to Sunbeam. Apparently it was my fault for not informing them the new lid did not have a seal and you can’t use one from another lid. So now I am waiting for yet another new lid assembly. The Sunbeam staff member said she would send a confirmation email and in the email would be her direct number to contact should there be any further issues. Well there was no number in the email and the address it came from is firstname.lastname@example.org! So unprofessional. Also, the instruction booklet is full of errors.
Questions & Answers
What is the non stick product for the pan of this product?
Can alternatives like ceramic bowls or ovenproof glass be used instead of the pan provided?
I cannot get the pressure cooker to pressurize. The little lid lock valve bounces up and the steam escapes continually. I am in New Zealand so who can I contact to get this fixed?
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