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Not as simple as it seems but great!
Who this Product is For
Those who want quickly cooked recipes made from fresh ingredients. While the inbuilt recipes would suit a cooking novice. Anyone who would like to try new recipes all the way to experienced cooks who can use their own recipes and the manual mode to program times into the cooker. Once set up and you are used to it could be a cooking time and therefore electricity saver (compared to slow cooking).
Pressure cookers are renowned for retaining nutrients in foods. Less nutrients are lost ...in the small amounts of steam released compared to water boiled off or used for steaming. They can’t do crispy and crunchy though so won’t replace your oven nor frying pan. To cook. Select your recipe, whether for 2, 4 or 6 people and the cooker will list ingredients to add, then preheat, ask you to add items to brown if needed and once you indicate you’ve added the measured ingredients and liquid, automatically cook for you and keep warm after cooking has finished. It has built in safety features like automatic steam release as needed during cooking and before you can open it. It will also let you know if there’s not enough liquid. Size and Storage
Purchased in December 2020.
Give it a miss - has gone into storage...
We received this product on 10th November as part of the Ambassador Programme in return for an honest review and these are our findings.
This is quite a bulky machine which is quite noticeable on our kitchen benchtop. The instructions are written in clear english with useful diagrams. It was pretty easy and straight forward to set up.
There is an app to download for the machine which is straight forward to use.
On the display panel of the Cook4Me you turn the round dial around to select your options. The recipes are divided into 3 - Starter,...Main, Dessert. There you will find pre-set recipes in the machine. You have a choice whether to cook for 2, 4 or 6 people and the ingredients will adjust accordingly. What I didn't like about the Cook4Me is that after you've clicked on the recipe it then shows you the list of ingredients which you then need to prepare. You then need to click to the next section for the steps which are quite basic eg. Beat butter and sugar. If you had not got your ingredients ready in the first step you wouldn't know how much butter or sugar to mix together as the steps are very simple. As a busy mum of 2, I like to get an overview of the recipe to know in advance what ingredients I can put in the same bowl instead of having 10 different bowls for every ingredient. In this case I had to search on the app for the recipe and refer to the amounts before getting them ready eg. putting butter and sugar in same bowl and not separately. So the Tefal was not helpful in this way. I looked through many of the dessert recipes which were all quite similar in that they mostly used 8cm ramekins to cook in. Essentially you prepare the ingredients separately then pour into ramekins to cook in the Cook4Me. The issue is - you can only fit in max 2x8cm ramekins at a time in the basket provided which seems like a huge waste of time if you're cooking for more and normally when cooking desserts (esp for a family), you'll be cooking more than just 2... My other issue is all my ramekins are 10cm in diameter and hence only 1 would fit at a time. So instead we decided to just pour the pudding into a large ceramic dish that would fit into the Cook4Me. My first recipe was the peach pudding. After the cooking time was finished I found it difficult to get the ceramic bowl out as the wire basket handles would not go up all the way and the sides of the Cook4Me were still hot, so that took a bit of fiddling to get out safely. So far the pudding looked ok but upon sticking a spoon into it, uncooked batter quickly oozed out indicating it hadn't been fully cooked! So back it went for another cooking cycle. By this time it was late in the night so I turned off the cooker and left it there overnight. The result in the morning wasn't that great - it seemed dry and really needed an additional custard or ice cream to go on the side.
Purchased in November 2020.
We have had a few problems and found no use for this product! Model:SERIE EPC09-A
Question sent to Tefal...
There is no suggestion about removing the icons from the display above the OK control.
Will it just light up when I plug it in??? It is just a decal!!
To clarify... When unpacking the unit the display had icon stickers, or transfers, decals!
I was wondering what to do with them!
Answer: ...If the power is on but the screen off, pressing any button should brings (sic) the screen back to life. If the unit is powered off, yes the screen with the icons will appear again once the power is switched back on. Not the answer I needed! _____________________________________________________________ We have the connect+ wi-fi model and Tefal Support doesn't know why it won't connect to my phone, iPad or laptop! so we will just use our 100+ 55 year old recipe books collected over many years! We still have our 55yo Hawkins universal LGH2340G easy clean and to use, pressure cooker! We even have the 5yr guaranteed safety spare valve. The Tefal App is a 170Mb download and requires IOS 12+, Too Bad! there must be many people out there with old versions of the OS. Why cant they make it backward compatible? It is like the Fed Gov's Covid Safe App, Useless, as it required later OS versions too! We tried cooking some pork, it browned OK, then we added frozen peas but had to reset time back to get the simmer to continue! We then had to return to browning and back to simmering but only 41ºC. Not hot enough to simmer the risotto. We added water and used the browning setting to get it to simmer, but it stopped after 5min. Set to Gentle Cooking which achieved 50º but no bubbling! Tried a few times to get some action. It dropped to 42ºC so we gave up. It is just so much easier to use a pan on a gas stove, turn up the gas, adjust it, stir and cook like we have done on stoves and campfires for 55 years! A good experienced COOK has no use fr one of these! Plus it takes some time to clean all the little nooks and crannies in the parts... Looks like it may be fun for a tech-head if they have bench space and no chef in the house!
Purchased in November 2020.
Cook of all trades!
I've had the benefit of using the Tefal Cook4Me Connect several times now and have found it a very convenient cooking tool, especially where a recipe may require several cooking processes.
The Cook4Me app was easy to install and, after the initial pairing via Bluetooth with my Android device, connected with the cooker itself from within the app. The app gave me ideas for several dishes which I'd never cooked before and following the step-by-step guide was a straightforward process. I must add that the Beef Bourguignon recipe that I tried had f...ull integration with the app, including syncing the cooking timer and progress with the app, however the Chinese-style Pork Belly recipe that I tried did not (requiring more of a follow-the-recipe from the app approach). I'm not sure why this was so but would suggest to Tefal to ensure a more uniform approach to recipe integration with the app and the cooker. The app certainly gave me the confidence to try out new and different recipes and, of those that I tried, all turned out very nicely - even for a moderately-experienced home cook such as myself. My family certainly approved! The cooking bowl insert made the cleaning/washing process quite easy, though the bottom raised gridding of the bowl prompted more cleaning attention, lest remnants of cooked sauces remain. The top steam pressure regulator plate and mechanism was very easy to diassemble and clean, being secured by a secure but easy-to-remove screw bolt. I found the cooker very convenient, as the recipes I tried on it both required frying and then pressure cooking, which was all done in the same cooker. This certainly made the cooking easier, more convenient and definitely easier in the washing-up, rather than having to wash up multiple pots and pans. Do you really need the Cook4Me Connect? Probably not, but for me it certainly exposed me to a wide range of recipes and it has also reinvigorated my desire to experiment with new dishes. The all-in-one nature of the device makes it very useful and I can envisage the merits of it in a smaller cooking space or as a handy and portable cooker (such as glamping!), provided you have access to mains power. Definitely a winner!
Purchased in November 2020.
Great for those on a budget or cooking for many!
This is the first time using a pressure cooker for our household, and it was a very interesting experience, also a learning experience.
We have cooked a few meals using the Tefal Cook4Me + Connect and learnt some things along the way. We cooked a few beef dishes, curry dishes and risottos. They all turned out great, albeit a bit of extra spices and herbs took it from great to amazing!
After initially washing the Tefal Cook4Me + Connect, it still had a Teflon smell about it for the first dish, although this went away after two or three uses.
Purchased in November 2020.
Still trying to figure out if this is worth it for us
Tefal Cook4Me+ Connect is a multicooker which largely consists of pressure cooked recipes. Prior to this I had not used a pressure cooker and had only used my slow cooker, stove or oven for meat, soups and curries.
One of the key features of theTefal Cook4Me+ Connect is the ability to pair theCook4Me app to your smartphone - both my husband and I found it easy to pair our phones to the app and cooker. The app has close to 500 recipes and I liked both the curated selection and search functionality (suggestion of the day, classic collections, in...gredients from fridge, recipes from community etc). I also really like that they have included the ability to rate and comment on recipes similar to functionality of Taste etc so you can get a feel for recipe and any tips. So far we've cooked pumpkin risotto, corned beef (for ruben sandwiches), dahl and rice. The recipes have written instructions and pictures and once you have selected what you are cooking, you get step-by-step instructions that sync between your phone and cooker. In theory this is a great idea as the app and notifications give you a bit more detail than the cooker display but both my husband and I found this step buggy as it kept skipping to the last step. In the end we used the cooker display for prompts which was fine. I haven't tried to trouble shoot this but will try reinstalling the app for next recipe to see if that helps. Corned beef only took 40 minutes in Cook4Me where it usually takes me between 4 - 6 hrs depending on if I'm using slow cooker or induction. We were really happy with how easy and quick it was and the taste, though if I'm being critical it was a little tougher than when I have slow cooked it. I am keen to try the lamb shanks and pulled pork recipes from app too - both get great reviews and in the Cook4Me are ready in less than an hour compared to 6hrs+ in my slow cooker. Dahl, rice and pumpkin risotto all turned out fine but all up I can cook each of these in 30 mins or less on my induction cooktop. On the box, the Cook4Me promotes risotto in 6 minutes but when you include pre-cooking time (ie. browning onion, stock, coating rice) it still took about 25 minutes so it didn't save me much time vs induction and there is a flexibility trade off - for things like risotto and dahl I like to taste, season, and improvise as I go which is hard to do in the Cook4Me. All up, we still haven't decided if this is worth it compared to our slow cooker. We tend to choose fairly quick meals on a weeknight and for those things the Cook4Me really didn't save us enough time, particularly when you factor in the cleaning time of the cooker. But if you are someone that has a well stocked fridge and likes meats, curries and stews for dinner without having to plan too far ahead of time or hang around the stove then this could be exactly what you are looking for!
Great multi cooking tool in the right hands
After a few weeks using the Tegal Cook4Me+ my family and I are quite impressed.
It is easy to use and encourages you to keep trying new recipes and while also using it with the ones you know.
The Bluetooth app is really handy though the novelty kinda fades after a while.
It’s best feature is the status of the cooking process and also the recipes included.
The biggest plus with this cooker is its large capacity.
We are a family of four most of the time and regularly have the addition other immediate family reside with us hence this lar...
Tefal Cook4me Multi-Cooker meets the concept of Hello Fresh!! Well nearly..
Are you new to Pressure Cooking? Maybe your parents owned a stove-top pressure cooker to virtually turn food into a pot of mush after pressure cooking it too long. The concept of pressure cooking is not new as it took off during WWII to save on the cost of fuel due to shorter cooking times. All pressure cookers tick the same box in that they speed up the cooking time, maintain nutritional value, reduce power consumption and simplify cooking somewhat. So what's different between all pressure cookers?
Like many of us purchasing an appliance,...
Purchased in November 2020.
So full of promise, so frustrating in its delivery
I really wanted to like this bench-top pressure cooker, I really did.
The idea of having a bench-top cooker loaded with recipes (or being able to download a recipe to it) and then having it guide you all the through the cooking process seemed like a great and easy way (perhaps even fun) to prepare a meal.
Unfortunately, I found the overall experience continually frustrating to the point that I was actually dreading using it.
I will mention at this point, that this unit was given to me to review as part of Product Review’s Ambassador Program.
Purchased in November 2020.
easy pressure cooking
tefal make some really great cookware and whats more they also make some of the best pressure cookers on the market. When we got the machine I thought the appearance was dated being rounded and reminiscent of a 70s kitchen. I had no problem connecting the app to my IPad and found the feature of adding in what was in my fridge for it to suggest recipes was really helpful and was something tefal could have expanded on. I have tried a couple of the recipes and found the unit to be really good at producing a meal in limited time frames. there were ...some instances where I found the app didn't sync with cooking progress and either the app didn't know where I was in the process or the timer on the cooker had stopped for some reason. I found that now I have gotten used to the machine I can make meals in the manual mode making pressure cooking easy for anyone where typical pressure cookers require use on the cook top and correct heat application. I would have loved to have the option of a stainless steel pot as I am not a big fan of non stick and its hard to find any information on the type on non stick surface used on this machine. I would say if someone wanted to try the world of pressure cooking this would be an easy way to begin and I think advanced users would eventually be wanting for the stainless cook top version. either way it makes long cooking processes super short, I just cooked some red wine beef cheeks in 1.5 hours that normally would have taken 6-8 hours in the slow cooker.
Cook for me Connect
I have both an electric pressure cooker/multi cooker and a thermomix, with Cookidoo connectivity, so I am quite familiar with this type of appliance and downloading recipes and apps. I am a retired Home economics/Food tech teacher. I was a bit disappointed at first use as the lid leaked steam everywhere. I read the fault finding section of the instructions, and tightened the screw in the middle of the lid, and success! I was surprised that it came out of the factory, out of the box not ready to use, and with such a simple fault! I was easily a...ble to download the app on my phone, but blue tooth connectivity between my phone and the Cook4me connect takes several goes and often drops out. I was looking forward to uploading more of the recipe packs, from the app into the Cook4me screen, but I just couldnt get it to work, I will have another try as it would be a very valuable asset. Unfortunately my time to write a review is looming, and I've been busy with Christmas approaching so I haven't persisted with this function, but I will try again soon. The machine itself is quite a sturdy and stream lined looking machine. More modern looking than a lot of other competitor's machines. An advantage it has over my other electric pressure cooker is the very large and cool to touch handles on the inner cook pot. No need for oven gloves to remove the cooking pot. The locking mechanism in the centre of the lid is easy to use, far easier than my other multi cook pot. The ability to sear meat in the pot, and then continue to cook a stew or casserole is a real bonus and saves dishes. The capacity is fine, easily enough meat casserole for four to 6 hungry adults. Once you get the knack of navigating with the centre button and the touch screen functions it really is very easy and very logical to use. I cooked a number of dishes from the onboard menu, and also 'freestyled' as well. I cooked the Beef Stroganoff from the on board recipe, EXACTLY as indicated on the screen and got an error message of not enough liquid to generate steam. I joined the Cook4me Connect Facebook page and this does seem to be a common error, which generates a lot of comments, especially when using the inbuilt recipes and following them exactly. As it is in fact a pressure cooker, it will require liquid to generate the steam, but the liquid/steam sensor seems to trip a little too often. Pressure cookers generally are better on 'juicy' dishes like soups, stews and casseroles, but it is a worry when you follow the on board recipe to the letter and get an error message. The non stick coating on the cooking pot is excellent, even after cooking the stroganoff with cream etc, it took a very very short soak and literally a mere wipe with a dish cloth and it was perfectly clean. I wouldn't bother putting it in the dishwasher as the non stick coating is so good, things just wipe off. Being a machine which requires 'juicy' ingredients, I can see that I, personally, would use it a lot more in winter, but that's just me. It would obviously be useful year round for things like stroganoff, green chicken curry etc. I did not use it to cook rice. I did use it to cook potatoes for mashing. By the time it came up to temperature, and cooked the potatoes, I could have done spuds in the microwave for the 2 of us, in the same or less time. It would have been better to use the Cook4me if there were more than 2 of us at home. I am keen on pressure cooking, which is why I already owned one for the reduction in cooking time, especially for things like chickpeas, lentils beans etc, and also for stews, curries and casseroles cooked to soft meat stage in minutes instead of hours. This is a lovely looking machine, easy to use, and very effective. I would have given it 5 plus stars, but held back to 4 stars, due to the 'not enough liquid' errors and the sometimes difficult connectivity with the app, which prevented me from easily uploading new ' recipe packs' to the screen. This is NOT a machine where you pull it out of the box, plug and play. As other reviewers have said.... read the instructions. Pour a cuppa or a wine and READ. Fire up your smart phone or lap top and download the app. Then turn it on. Also ..remove the protective screen cover, which has images of the functions on it, before you even try to turn it on as it interferes with what you think you might like to see on the screen. Like many households we have solar panels, so we use power during the day, using our own solar, rather than selling it back to the grid for next to nothing to run the dishwasher and washing machine. This machine would suit that, you can cook a meal during the day, and only do a reheat at night. Its a good machine. It looks good. Its easy to clean. Its quite smart. But it has a few quirks in the on board recipes which need sorting.
Purchased in November 2020 at ProductReview.
Delicious food, fast!
I had always avoided buying a pressure cooker. The stories from my family of dinner on the ceiling from one of those old stove-top models scared me; and I didn’t feel the need.
Then I was asked to try the Tefal Cook4Me Connect+. This is a pressure cooker with extra functions, including Bluetooth connectivity to a phone or tablet with a dedicated app with a library of recipes. You can download individual recipes or recipe collections to the machine via the app. The first recipe collection I tried to download failed, but it worked the second tim...
Purchased in November 2020.
High hopes- Very disappointing.
The GOOD news: After our very regular error messages and failure to pressure cook, I’m delighted to say that after exchanging a number of emails Tefal has very kindly replaced our obviously faulty machine.
The BAD news: it’s possibly too early to say yet, haven’t used it enough to be sure, so I am reserving judgement at this point. However, the brand new replacement machine has again failed to pressure cook with the same error message on two out of two recipes tried so far, (Ham and Parmesan Tortellini , and Beef Bourguignon)....
Purchased in November 2020.
Smart cooking which even kid would love to use it!
So, I received TEFAL Cook4me+ Connect as a review ambassador. I opened the box with heightened curiosity to pull out a cute looking spaceship that would match the cuteness of baby Yoda from Mandalorian. I usually don’t even bother looking at manual and always straightaway plug a new product I get to test it out, however considering the features mentioned on the box I was tempted to read the manual. So, if you are someone like me, I highly recommend that you do read the manual first. To be honest, I was surprise that I was totally oblivion of th...is product and was even more surprised that it has been around for quite a while. Well after pouring through the manual, downloading the app on my iPhone, going through the regular process of signing up, exploring the app itself I finally plugged in the device and popped open the top cover, just when my twin boys curiously poured over my shoulder to check out if there was definitely no baby Yoda inside. Ok, enough of storytelling, let us get down to business. This little fella with fancy name is actually a One Pot Cooking Pot so this is definitely not something new, however it is different from others in a way. There are two components of this; one is the APP and other is POT itself. Let me address both individually and tell you what is best and what can be better. POT: Pot looks solid and kind of cute on the kitchen benchtop. The screen is nice clearly visible with colour display. The Round knob has dual function of rotating to scroll through options and press to select. The initial setup was smooth as you scroll through various functions and your unit is ready to cook. The beeps and chimes are not too harsh that you want to turn them off, although it has a function to do so. Also, even if you turn the sound it will still beep for any warnings, which I think is a smart thinking. The most daunting part is the steam release system under lid. That little steam basket is bit tricky to pull it even after following the instructions to twist and pull, I had to use a butter knife to gently pry it out. Also, when you push it in you have to give bit force. I can understand as it is catch fit, but was wondering if threads would have been better? The main cooking pot is of a good quality non-stick, stainless steel steam basket that has two convenient brackets to lift it out as well as to keep it raised in the pot and the steam release under-lid are all dishwasher safe and is easy cleaning. It is important that you ONLY use wooden or plastic spatula / spoon to cook. Cooking is fast and easy especially when you run it through your APP. Also, you will have to place the pot a stable benchtop however while cooking it would good if you put it under your rangehood fan as the steam released from the top after cooking is intense so if you placed your pot on a bench top where you have a kitchen cupboard on the top you will have to keep in mind about the steam and cleaning thereafter. APP: App is a nice clear and well laid although I wish some interfaces are shown as a button instead of plain text to leave out any guessing where to click. Connecting the app to the pot requires a Bluetooth connection and although it is easy, but you still have to figure out how to do it. I wish that the manual that came along with the package was not mono-colour printed but in full colour so that I could clearly see the screenshots or at least the app should have guided you. However, it is not very hard, and it didn’t take that long to establish the connection and once done all the fun begins. There are plenty of recipes to choose from the wonderful part is all the guessing part is taken care of. You select number of people to cook for the recipe adjusts the ingredients for you. Each step is shown in clear good quality images. There is little red play button and once you press, the app transfers the recipe to the pot and then follow the instructions on the pot to begin cooking. It is so easy that the first recipe cooked after opening the package was the Biryani, which my twin boys selected from the app. The cooking time was quick, and the instructions were precise and clear on the screen and the food was well cooked. Kids had so much fun that now they want to cook something for dinner every evening. I would highly recommend that you better use the app on a tablet than on the phone because of the small screen size. The layout appears far better on a tablet. However, you do not need an APP to do the cooking as the same options are available on the pot screen. The only issue is you will have to scroll through the recipe list or ingredients instead of quick search that you could using the APP. You can do manual cooking, cooking by ingredients or select a complete recipe. Have cooked a few recipes since it has arrived and looking forward to cooking some more. Did I mention that it also keeps your food warm until you are ready to eat. Now that’s a ripper! All in all, a wonderful little genie that has some room for improvements and yet it has made cooking so easy that eight-year-old kids look forward to cook. Either you are an ardent cook like me or a lazy cook who would cook only 2 minute noodles but want some bit of fun, go for it!
Purchased in November 2020.
Clever device to cut down cooking time!
This can cook the best ribs - when done the bone literally falls away from the meat and cooked perfectly and retains full flavour ! I did have trouble with rice, machine kept telling me to add more water so I gave up on that one! Easy to clean but the base would scratch easily so I am extra careful with stirring and cleaning. There are some great recipes in it and when I did chicken hot pots the chicken came out perfectly cooked and not dry at all so overall very happy - this machine saves a lot of time in cooking!
Purchased in November 2020.
Perfect for those with busy lifestyles!
I’ve never used a pressure cooker and I’m glad I now have one! We cooked the green chicken curry, which was a recipe in the cooker, and we were not disappointed. It tasted as good as it smelt and it cooked in 4 minutes - although I cooked it for another 5 minutes to make the juice more creamy but it didn’t really work - it’s probably supposed to be watery. The machine is great - you select your recipe, you select how many people you are cooking for and then it tells you the list of ingredients, once you are ready to cook - press the OK button. ...It proceeds to give you the step by step guide (before you get to this though, take a photo of the ingredients otherwise you’ll forget how much of each ingredient you need) and once you have put all the ingredients in, it cooks it. And it even keeps it warm for you too!! Absolutely fantastic appliance to have for those who have busy lifestyles and don’t have 30+ minutes to cook dinner.
Purchased in October 2020.
Fantastic Meals from a fantastic Pressure Cooker
Ambassador Review -
This is my first time ever using a pressure cooker and WOW the Tefal Cook4me+ Connect is an experience both in cooking and enjoying the meal totally worthwhile.
We tried a few recipes from Tefal, inbuilt and their online and every single time it just comes out as perfection, with meat dishes, the meat is very soft and tender and the robust of flavors is a party in the mouth. So simple to use and navigate the controls, from browning to simmer to menu choice and off course pressure cooking.
We did various meals in the pressu...
Purchased in November 2020.
An Excellent Pressure Cooker
Full disclosure, I am a terrible cook. Thankfully, with good quality kitchen equipment even I can make food that is not terrible.
The Tefal Cook4Me + Connect Multi Cooker (yeah, it’s a mouthful) can actually do the work of several different kitchen appliances, I know that is a common marketing spiel, but in this case it is true. It’s a saucepan, frypan, steamer, and of course it is also a pressure cooker. My wife and daughter prefer to cook in Manual mode, but for me it’s Automatic all the way.
It has a mobile phone app which can connect to t...he cooker, but I’m not really sure why it would be used. It comes with 100 preloaded recipes but you can download more from the website and save them to the machine - we haven’t had to do this yet, but it’s good to have options. From the app, you can add ingredients for a recipe into a shopping list, but it is a shopping list that exists only on the Tefal app, you can’t export that list to the Google Shopping List which is what we use for our day to day shopping, maybe in the future? One excellent feature is that if you enter into the app the food that you have available in the fridge, it will suggest a recipe - how good is that? I did have one recipe that I was following on the app, and when I selected start on the step by step instructions it immediately went to step 4, weird but maybe just a glitch with that one recipe? Anyway, if you do all of the setup on the front of the pressure cooker you remove those issues with the bugs in the App. Also, a word from the wise - the recipe gives you amounts of ingredients (ml of water, tablespoon of oil, 500g of mince etc) at the beginning of the recipe, during the cooking process it only says “add the water, add the mince” etc so you have to get the amounts right from the beginning because it doesn’t say "add 150ml of water" etc during the cooking process. It has both a delayed start and a keep warm function which makes it easier to fit cooking time in with your life, we can prepare everything and get it loaded then walk away. In fact, after finishing the pressure cooking it automatically switches to keep warm mode. When it’s tea time everything is ready to plate.
Purchased in November 2020.
Definitely worth the price
I was given the opportunity to review the Tefal 4 Me Connect +. Had heard about this product and wanted to try, but due to price, kept on delaying. Here’s my honest review and things to be aware of.
Pros. - the T4M Connect + is an ingenious item as is.
* this particular model has the advantage of using wifi. With additional recipes online, you can search and then connect to your cooker and follow steps.
* the steps are truly simple to follow and allows you to go at your pace
* choice on number of people c...
Purchased in November 2020.
An excellent, if expensive, multi-cooker
Full disclosure – as an Ambassador I received this for free as a review unit, but was assured it should be unbiased and genuine, positive or negative. I take this very seriously, so here it goes, warts and all!
The short review is – this is a good appliance. They call it a multicooker as it can steam, sauté, pressure cook and maybe at a pinch slow cook via the 'keep warm' function. For the most part I have other devices I would use for almost all of those functions, that arguably do it better (due to size, for example), so I'll just concentrat...e mainly on the pressure cooker side of things *although* being able to brown food before the pressure cook does, for example, mean you can do 'one pot' cooking. The connected app could be a huge plus, but (at least with my android mobile) was let down by some bugs making that aspect less useful than it could or should be. Hopefully that will be addressed in the future, and I will update the review if and or when that happens. It is possible you may not have the same issues I found as it could always be android version or ‘phone specific. I may at a later date try using the cooker with an iPhone and see if that’s more reliable. Anyhow, if you can afford the premium (not just the initial cost versus a manual cooker, or even an automatic but ‘unconnected’ cooker, but also knowing that you will need to pay to have the seals replaced at a service centre every three years or so), and have the space in the kitchen to store it, then I would not hesitate recommending it. The longer review is - reminiscent of a large rice cooker, it was very snugly packed in the box. Maybe because it’s so heavy it was packed using foam rather than (more easily recyclable) cardboard, so that wasn’t so great. Came with a steamer rack and power cable inside the unit itself. So initial thumb's up there for the separate standard IEC power cable as it's simple to replace if damaged, and makes packing the unit away easier. With the steamer was a loose piece of wire, that the manual shows you clip under the steamer to raise it from the heating plate. Seems a little dinky ie not sure how long it would last, and is likely to get lost in my pantry, but I can't see myself using it anyhow as it's pretty small. Note that under the lid you will see a valve cover with a piece of tape on it - remove the tape before using as it's just there to stop the cover from falling off during transport. The bowl or pan itself has a decent amount of weight to it which is good, and can hold up to 6L of food/liquid. Obviously I'd be careful about putting too much in there though as you'd risk food getting into the valve etc which would be a pain to clean. They claim that it can all go in the dishwasher (except the base of course!), but for longevity of the non stick coating I'd handwash the bowl and only put the stainless steel pieces like the steamer in the dishwasher. On top of the lid is a large knob used to lock the lid down to enable the steam to pressurise the unit. If you find the lid does not close, rotate the knob as there are locking tabs on the lid and the base, and if the lid is locked whilst it is open it will not close. This knob does feel a little plasticky, but overall the cooker feels solid and well made. First time it is powered up, it will ask for your language and country. It will then initialise which in my case took a minute or so - the reason it takes a while is likely because it is loading the country (measurements) and language recipe files specific to your choice from a compressed file. Not an issue as once it has been setup, it only takes a few seconds to start from then on.
Questions & Answers
What is the difference between the Cook4me+ and the Cook4m3 + Connect?
|Category||Slow Cookers, Multi Cookers and Pressure Cookers|
|Keep Warm Setting||Yes|
|Dishwasher Safe Parts||Yes|
|Cooking Bowl Material||Ceramic|
|Colour / Finish||Black/Chrome|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)|
- GTIN13: 3045386378401
- MPN: CY8558
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