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Great product, but ...
I have the non + version of this appliance and I have loved it. I started off keeping things simple with the inbuilt recipes, then downloaded the app and got comfortable using the manual function and now I use it with confidence mostly on manual mode for things from eggs, rice, dumplings, curries, risotto, pulled pork (!), soups and more.
What I love - simple, easy, safe and produces great results (most of the time) in super quick time. It's perfect for the person who is just starting out with pressure cooking. I love that the bowl has handle...s which means I can safely lift the bowl out of the unit without having to get tea towel. What I don't love: 1. The bowl! I love that nothing sticks to it but ... I have never used metal utensils but I do use the included steamer basket that has metal legs. I've noticed that the steamer has scratched the bottom of bowl which means I either need to ditch my cook4me or fork out money to replace the bowl, only to have the same thing happen again. I wish the bowl was stainless steel. 2. The fact that I can't change the sealing ring myself - I have to send it into Tefal to do it. 3. It doesn't allow for me to do natural release. I have to turn it off at the wall before it ends if I don't want it to do a quick release.
Extreme buyer's remorse for this one
Was looking for a replacement for our old slow cooker. Many friends had raved about their pressure cookers and purchased this based on glowing reviews as a present for my wife.
This cooker might be ok if you follow the (extremely basic) recipes in the app. I have cooked two recipes in using the app and they were ok, but nothing to write home about. We also tend to cook with more vegetables and ingredients than these recipes provide for, so tried out some of the manual cooking features. Unfortunately, this thing has ruined more meals than ...it has successfully cooked! We have tried on several occasions to use the manual setting ie: choose a cooking time for the ingredients that you put in. Every time it heats up and then errors out saying that we need to clean the lid. Every time we have to dissassemble the thing clean the valves, ball, covers and probes, drain the lid, dry them off and try again. Only for it to error out again. - And then say that there is not enough liquid. By this time the contents appear like thin soup! I don't know if this is a faulty unit - it certainly sounds like it, but this thing has caused so much stress in our kitchen that my wife never wants to look at it again - I frankly don't want to either. It seems to me that this product has a pretty narrow target audience - someone who wants to cook simple meals fast and have the thing tell you what to do and when. If you want to do anything more complicated or adventurous, you may be sorely disappointed - especially when you consider the price of the thing!
Very disappointing got error code and rang the company no help and it’s not 12 months old. Very annoyed. Waste on money. The company is not helpful at all. Bad service
Convenient Fast and Easy!
I am using C4Me+ most days, using mostly the Mains Recipes setting. I began following recipes as given or just using individual pre-sets from ingredients list - always with good results. Then I began adapting - adding exchanging ingredients but usually keeping to similar ones and amounts as the in-built recipes are configured for weight volume and fluid content etc. So, as a cooker it is *brilliant* for my uses.
It does NOT have a slow cook function and it cannot be adjusted for temperature. But the Manual and Ingredients functions can be adj...usted for time and "Classic Cooking" has 3 common heat pre-sets. Further it is possible to access more recipes by switching to "England" English in the language set-up! But as Susy, from Canberra, has reported, the Tefal coating, like most non-stick coatings, can deteriorate so it is a time bomb waiting for its first scratch after which i would not use the cooker unless/until that bowl was replaced. I am not assured that Tefal would replace the bowl under warranty as manufacturing fault would have to be demonstrated, and then it would have to be out of action waiting assessment at a repairer which for me is over 100 kms away. My original C4M (pre-owned purchase) developed scratches inside warranty and after I owned it, but I didn't test the warranty and instead vowed never to buy another Tefal. However, I really liked that pressure cooker after trying others including the Breville Pro and Philips. What I found to be important is the efficiency of the sear/brown function and how quickly it heats or comes to pressure. So, when the newer C4M+ model was featured with a good bundle price at Xmas 2018 on TVSN, i dived in. (I only wish my offer had been the double bowl, instead of a little used digital scale), as although the coating IS still intact, every time I cook bones in it- especially when the meat has fallen off them, I shudder as I know it’s just a matter of time.
Beware the coating peels
I purchased my Cook4me+ in October 2017. Late last year I noticed the ceramic coating peeling around the rim and the bottom of the bowl where the product locks itself and in between the grooves on the bottom of the bowl, over the months it got worse, to where it is really noticeable. I contacted Tefal in April 2020 and asked for a replacement bowl. I was told that as the appliance was over 2 years old, I had to purchase a new bowl and they provided the link for me to do so. Are you serious TEFAL, that is customer service???? The appliance ge...ts used in winter to cook soups, probably used 20-30 times in the last two years and you want me to pay another $100 for a new bowl, when clearly the product is faulty. Its not like its a $99 appliance in which case I would understand but I paid $399 for the appliance. Now on the TV channel that I purchased the appliance from, for the past six months they have been offering a free bowl so you get 2 bowls with your purchase, and they have dropped the price to $339. Im absolutely appalled by the service provided by Tefal and will definately NOT purchase anything further that is branded TEFAL. What a load of rubbish if the ceramic coating doesnt last. For $399 this product is way overpriced.
- Cook4Me+ CY8515 (Red)
- Verified purchase
Perfect for Paella
Got this as a Christmas gift! RED for Regal! I use this to cook Paella! Been using this since early January. Quick and easy to clean and use! Got a manual and sample recipes to cook. The "new" smell tend to linger a bit and have to wash it a couple of times. After use, the scent of the dish you cooked won't linger if you clean it properly. Satisfied with the product's performance. I tried to cook quinoa, fish and other dishes here, my fave so far is the Paella! :) This multi-cooker can bake as well, haven't tried that option yet.
Purchased in December 2019.
It’s a game changer in our house
I purchased the Tefal cook 4 me back in October 2019 and honestly in a house with four boys this Cooker has been amazing. I have cooked beef casserole ( but not exactly to the inbuilt recipe) and it is our favourite meal of the week. Currys, rice even lentil soups are no problem.
I highly recommend this multi cooker it is truly worth the money.
Best cooking applianceI have ever owned!
So easy to use. Detailed instructions on built in recipes on the screen and it runs you through each step by step. The appliance even has a pre-browning function so you only need to use the one pot. I am recommending this to all my family. Very quick, easy to clean and operate. Perfect for the busy person to cook perfect meals in a flash.
Purchased in February 2020.
I bought this machine in July and am having constant troubleshooting issues lately. The recipes are very much hit and miss but I got used to making pasta and risottos well after a while . I don’t like how bulky the machine is and it’s not attractive looking being such a big appliance. I’m waiting for warranty to get back to me as last few times it has stopped working in the middle of cooking food. I think the browner & timer & keep warm features are the best as for the recipes it’s a trial and error.
Great machine, however recipes and software need work.
The machine runs well and heats up quite quickly. parts are easy to clean, and can all be put into the dishwasher.
The lid and locking mechanism are sturdy, and locks you out from being able to open when under pressure. from a few uses the pressure relief valve is reliable and does not vent too quickly, so is safe to have around the kitchen without constant monitoring.
The only criticism is the "recipes' functions. The first recipe we tried was a "beef stew with beer". the recipe was incomplete in the machine, and only instructed you to put i...n 2 of the ingredients before sealing up and cooking. It also instructed to brown all the meat at once, which I found ended up being too much and stewing the beef, rather than browning it. After working around it and cooking how we expected, it turned out delicious and clean up was easy. Very good for quick, tasty weeknight meals, and my partner who is less confident cooking in the kitchen.
Purchased in December 2019.
- Cook4Me+ CY8515 (Red)
- Verified purchase
The red is beautiful
The cook for me plus red is so good looking, just looking at it makes you feel hungry... A great thing to show off in your kitchen as it stands out. Bought it for my mother however she doesn't seem to use it that often, I guess it just isn't as quick and easy and she would have liked... Or maybe she's just not into the recipes they have. Wouldn't know the difference between a meal cooked in the Tefal compared to a typical home cooked meal taking hours.
Favourite new appliance and my first pressure cooker ever .....
I'll admit it, I was scared of pressure cookers - you know in the 70's on the stove top aargh. It is love at first sight for this handsome beast. So easy to use, can brown off, slow cook or simmer as well as pressure cook. I mainly use mine for meaty dishes - Osso Buco, beef cheeks, massamun curry, lamb and pork shoulder, Irish stew. I can be a bit late and slow to start cooking so this machine saves my family from eating dinner at 9pm. It is awesome for making stocks as all the flavour is captured within - no evaporation. Love the keep warm fu...nction. Also - it is a decent size: 6 litres, you can feed an army, not like those ThermoXxx things, they are tiny. My only gripe is that the recipes are not that easy to view on screen, as in I like to see everything laid out. You can download the recipe book but it seems to only be a list of ingredients - no instructions or times. Not really an issue for me but could be for others. But the display is easy to read and intuitive. If you are time poor also remember that the machine takes some time to come to pressure ( depending on the quantity in the bowl) so you need to add that to your cook time. Having said all that - once your ingredients are in it is set and forget. Pour a wine or have a cup of tea and relax. Everything I have made has come out perfectly. It has Auto steam release and keep warm - too easy. I don't have an issue with it retaining odours but then I have it in an open pantry and leave the lid ajar. Ergonomically it is great as you have the 2 big handles on the side to lift the bowl. I have the shiny black model and my hubby calls it the Evil Black Cooker - it looks Darth Vader like compared to all my other appliances. Love it.
Since receiving my Tefal Cook4Me I have tried recipies from the preset menu, like the lamb shanks, macaroni etc. I have also cooked some of my own recipies without the preset menu including risotto, beef rendang, beef stroganoff, pulled pork etc. I love how you can get some assistance by adding the type of protein to get an estimated time from for the cook too. All the menu items come in handy and it's good to have these options. It's a versatile and handy machine to make tasty home made meals in a short period of time.
As long as you clean the bowl after use it does not retain any smells, it can easily go into the dishwasher too. Making it really easy to clean.
The Tefal Cook4Me+ has been a lifesaver in my busy working household.
Purchased in November 2018.
Best Kitchen Aid I have ever had. Absolutely love it!
I am using my Tefal Cook4Me almost every day. It is so user friendly and the build in recipe's and cooking instruction/guide is just amazing. I have made beautiful Risotto's, curry's, roast's, soup's & beautiful dessert's. The family love this & my daughter is also excited to learn to cook for the first time ever! I love how the food is cooked almost to perfection every time & so easy to clean with no greasy after smells or retaining left over flavours for my next dish either. The controls are so easy to understand & use also which makes i...t easy to produce the awsome meals that it does! Love the recipe book & the Cook4Me app as well. I will continue to tell all my friends about this product & enjoy more & more having friends & family over for dinner & producing all these beautiful meals. Looks great on my kitchen bench as well. Thanks Tefal!
Tefal Cook4Me+ is the best appliance ever!
I use the Tefal Cook4Me+ almost every day. I even bought an extra pot insert so that I can cook 2 food items in a very short time. I make almost anything in it from boiling vegetables, soup, curry and rice you can even do pull apart roasts. I run a little cafe and it helps me cook tasty food in a very short time.
It is very easy to clean and there isn't any smells or flavours after use. I have actually convinced other family members to buy this and they are loving it as they are time poor and the recipe instructions are a bonus as it actually t...
Easy to use and great results.
When you unpack the Cook4Me it looks like a small satellite. Once n the bench top the best part is, everything is self contained. There are no additional boxes, racks or satchels, just the appliance, instruction manual and a recipe book. (They are also available online). The same recipes are stored in the control panel but the book is handy for quick reference. In fact the paper recipe book only tells you the ingredients and quantities, the rest of the information you need is stored in the appliance itself. There are only two main controls, a r...otary dial with a pushbutton in the middle of it, and a separate, "back" button. My first journey into the cook4me's capabilities doesn't sound that exciting. I needed rice, and I needed it in a hurry. A bit of history. We used to have a rice cooker but I got sick of it because it used to burn the rice onto the bottom of the bowl, so we reverted to a saucepan. Our old, electric stove means keeping rice at just the right temperature is a chore, plus lots of time and water wasted. Of course cooking rice isn't really a recipe, but no bother. The screen on the cook4me has a selection of 4 main items - recipes, ingredients, manual, and favourites. The "ingredients" section has other subgroups, so I selected "rice and cereals" and away I went. I just followed the instructions and in minutes, had lots of perfectly cooked rice. I can honestly say I was amazed as this was the first time I had ever used the cook4me and had expected it to be a somewhat frustrating experience but that was not the case. Next I was a bit more adventurous and tried pumpkin risotto from the "recipes" menu. Honestly, the preparation took longer than the cooking time. I usually cook pumpkin risotto in the oven and that can be a time consuming experience, but the cook4me offers a step by step, simple process. I ended up on the lounge waiting for the chime to go off, (after which there is a "keep warm" option but so far I have not needed it) and it only took six minutes to cook. Six minutes! Finally, after a big weekend a meat pie went in the oven with the kids asking for mash potatoes. Usually this results in me, standing next to a saucepan poking chunks of potato with a fork, but this time diced potatoes went into the cook4me, the weight entered, water added and minutes later, cooked potatoes were done. After cooking, the main bowl is light weight and easy to clean. There is also a basket for steaming which is also easy to remove and clean. There is a small, removable condensate container that needs to be emptied after each use but this is no drama, it just clicks in place. As a parent of three kids, the speed that the cook4me turns out meals is the best part. I find it quiet astonishing actually. OK, it does take up some benchtop real estate but the advantages far outweigh the one, disadvantage.
Onecof the best kitchen Appliances I have bought
I use this reguarly. I cook lots of things as there is a built in recipes and a book. So easy as it shows all ingredients and instructions throught the cooking time is much quicker. Makes rissoto in no time at all and no need to be constantly stirring, perfectly and thats hust 1 of so many dishes to cook. Switches to keep warm function.
Couldn't do with out the Cook4me
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Tasty inbuilt recipes but frustrating to troubleshoot
I’ve been testing the Tefal Cook4Me+ multicooker for the past month under the Ambassador programme.
THINGS I LIKED ABOUT THIS APPLIANCE
*It rarely burns food. I’ve used the browning setting extensively – it’s fantastic for browning onions, mushrooms and tomatoes without blackening them.
*It makes the most of cheaper cuts of meat when used on the manual pressure cook setting – they come out tender and tasty. Fresh corn and frozen veggies also retain their flavour on manual pressure cooked.
*It’s ideal for making quick and easy meals like om...
Purchased in July 2019.
Perfect thing in kitchen
The Tefal cook for me is essentially a pressure cooker with a timer on it. It will brown, simmer etc, and then you can set the timer on the pressure cooker and walk away. The convenience of reducing cooking time by 2/3rds is awesome and the pressure cooking brings out the flavour in the food like nothing else, simple dishes become gourmet events (not exagerating). Because it's a closed system, you resist the urge to over-season the food and the natural flavours are the star. If like me, you have teenagers that put things on the stove and walk away and forget, then the this unit with the timed cooking / automatic switch off is an essential peice of kit for the kitchen. Enjoy
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Awesome pressure cooker, great rice, and recipe-guidance built right in.
Pressure cooking significantly speeds up food cooking, particularly large quantities. I upgraded from another electric pressure cooker (Midea) to this spaceship looking device which has guided built-in recipes and a colour screen.
The step-by-step recipes all turned out great, such as it guides you to "brown" the food when applicable in the machine to improve the flavour before adding the rest of the ingredients. You can choose to cook smaller or larger quantities. The cooking consistency of larger items was great and it was generally easy to...
Purchased in July 2019.
Questions & Answers
Just bought my tefal cook4me. It is letting steam out the side and mainly the handles is this normal? Otherwise it is great.
I don't think so but i would need to re-check/experiment ....
I think it should release from the vent ..
It's also difficult to gauge, as may depend on the contents.
Eg. Does it always happen across various recipes or just occasionally or maybe on the amount of fluid inside..
But.. it could be a seal issue. Is there any matter stuck on it...
The seal is meant to be replaced 2 yrly or if damaged. And for that it needs to go to a service agent according to the warranty/instructions. :(
(I have never replaced a seal from either this or the other removable seal type machine so far, but I would think the the seal is meant to stop leaking from where you mention. )
It may pay you to actually check with Groupe Seb asap -they're very good over the ph.
It is brand new ,have cook 3 meals in it. It does have stem come from the vent as well as the sides. How do I contact Groupe Deb? Thanks for your help.
see at https://www.tefal.com.au/consumer-services/contact-us-m ... But looks like closed on w/ends for ph. ( I just found that the Service no. is also tagged on my cord.)
I'm about to just run mine to max fill with water and watch what happens..... will get back later with result....
Keep using it meanwhile as it will just shut down if it were something dangerous.
Do keep a "diary" of the recipe/s being used so you have more info for your call.
Eg: Whether it has acted the same right from first use or when it started.
Also when exactly the steam is being released: eg before it comes to pressure and starts counting down the recipe time / during the cooking /or at the end of the cook - these will give clues to the Tefal adviser.
It may just come down to there being a lot of water in the recipes being used and therefore "normal".
There also is a chance that one of the vents has something partially blocking (the release holes are tiny)and so the pressure release has to go somewhere else. (I still think that means it's ok in terms of the potential danger of TOO much pressure though.) Thanks for the reply feed back too.
Hi my machine won’t switch on anymore! In the manual of I am reading correctly u are suppose to unscrew kid inside for cleaning
Is this correct as this could be the problem? But how do I do this???? Sorry I did love my machine!
Does it come on, in the other settings, that don't need the lid down... if so its NOT a lid clean problem. ie are the classic cooking functions working?
To clean : Yes unscrew the Middle round nut on the inside of the lid to disassemble it from the outer lid. But this is just for ease of handling. It is more important to clean ALL foodstuff from the vent and valve.
Check that the movable rod (the pressure regulating valve i think) with nuts on each side (front and back of inner lid) can actually move as I believe that it is crucial for building pressure in the unit and maybe if it has stuck it may have triggered a sensor shut down (?)
There is a silicon plug on end of that movable valve which can be popped off to remove the rod totally, for cleaning its tiny release hole. (Soaked in hot soapy water).
Also u can unscrew the black metal ball housing at back of inner lid (careful as its hard and heavy if you don't prevent it from dropping!) and then the tiny release vent can be cleaned. (soaked)
It is only a 2 yr (?) warranty so I would not delay in contacting Groupe Seb for advice...
I have just undone the box and set it up but the menu has started but I cant set english and country
Press "ok" then dial around to the "Settings" Icon-cogs, at the bottom R side of the options. Press ok then > countries/languages, press ok > English, press ok >Australia. Note that there are ALSO more recipe options available by choosing the UK option under english too! then you re set ready to go......
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