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The Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker can cook meals up to 70% faster than traditional cooking, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with friends and family. With the Express Multi-Cooker, thanks to 8 pre-set pressurized settings for various foods, you can choose to eat sooner, or you can use the slow cook setting to come back later to a delicious hot meal. You can also steam, brown, or sauté before programming, making one-pot meals easier than ever.
Solid performance with a few caveats
200 helpful votes
Let me start by saying that I own an Instant Pot, so I will compare the two. The Crock-Pot version operates well and if I didn’t own the Instant Pot, it would seem perfectly fine. The biggest advantage is that it seems to come to pressure much more quickly. It cooks perfectly silently with no sputtering or hissing of steam. It also has a non-stick cook pot, which is a mixed blessing. It’s nice that clean up is easy, but it does not develop as much fond in the pot when browning, which adds to flavor of the dishes. The biggest feature difference, which I enjoy on the Instant Pot, is the ability to override the automatic settings completely. Instant Pot allows you to cook on a manual setting and also allows you to increase the temperature for functions like saute/browning. The Crock Pot relies exclusively on the preset buttons, but allows you to increase or decrease the time. One glitch or issue was with the poultry setting. The recipe I was following instructed a 12 minute cook time. The preset for poultry came up at 15 minutes and I was unable to decrease the time though I could increase. I wondered if that was to safeguard against under-cooking poultry, or does my pot have a defect? All the other settings allow for a decrease & increase in cooking time. Overall a good appliance and a great time saver. I made a Mississipi pot roast that came out beautifully with 45 minute cooking time and General Tso’s Chicken both from Amy + Jackie’s website. Check out their recipes! They are wonderful!
Not your Granny’s pressure cooker
96 helpful votes
I was always afraid of those archaic stove top pressure cookers – This is not one of those. This multi-cooker has lived up to all the hype! I absolutely love it. I can make a pot roast in about an hour and it is melt in your mouth tender. While the Express Cooker looks a little intimidating, it is actually really easy to use. It combines the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, cake maker, yogurt maker, saute/searing, steamer, warmer and sterilizer all in one unit. It has complete custom programming for pressure and non-pressure cooking. I would recommend reading through the instructions just for safety.
5 stars for the quality of the food it cooked, 4 stars for ease of use/maunal/recipe book from a first time slow cooker user
64 helpful votes
I know this is hard to believe, but this is my first slow cooker. When my twins were born over ten years ago a well meaning friend gave us a recipe book for slow cooker dinners thinking one pot dinners would be a god send for first time parents overwhelmed with twin new borns. Well, I never got to use that recipe book at all, we didn’t own a slow cooker. When I got the opportunity to try this machine I jumped on it and grabbed the recipe book. I guess I wanted to try a pot roast, it is the most quintessential slow cooker dish, I had never made a pot roast before, in my entire life, not once, in 47 years. So, I went to the recipe book, picked out a pot roast recipe (zesty Italian pot roast with carrots, potatoes, celery, a Roma tomato, Italian herbs, garlic, and tomato soup instead of broth/gravy), and plopped down $20 for a 2.5 pound local grass fed chuck.
36 helpful votes
I chose the crock pot express over the instant pot for a number of reasons: I trust the crock pot brand, it was cheaper than IP, and I liked the nonstick pot.
Great multicooker, recommend
38 helpful votes
Great option for a multi cooker. It’s easier to figure out the settings and program this one. I only ever use sauté and manual on my instant pot because I just can’t be bothered. 6 quarts is a perfect size for most families, maybe if you have 3 teens you might hit the limits.
1 helpful vote
So far this is fantastic. I really tested it out on the first day I got it by making a 5 pound chuck roast in an hour. It was thoroughly cooked, flavorful and falling apart. I also made Halupkis, Pork Chops and today I made a 4 pound rack of baby back ribs that fell apart after 35 minutes. It’s easy to use. The directions are simple and I really like the light blue large display. The pot is non-stick. You can saute, steam, slow cook, make potatoes in it. I also made brown rice in 10 minutes that was perfect. My biggest reason for getting this instead of the Instant Pot was price and I am glad I took a chance. I really like this a lot and I hope it lasts. I will do an update in a year. I also posted a photo of the baby back ribs I made.
Worth the money
1 helpful vote
Brown in a fry pan. Slow cook for four hours or more. Otherwise it makes excellent dishes.
1 helpful vote
Love it just what we were looking for
Good choice for people who will use most of the multiple functions (ease-of-use trade offs compared to single-purpose appliances
48 helpful votes
I have three single purpose small appliances (slow cooker, grain cooker, stove top pressure cooker) and use at least one of them once a week. While I was hoping this Crock-Pot express cooker would replace all three (freeing up cabinet space), it comes close, but not quite close enough.
16 helpful votes
This has been great…I love a multi-use tool. With this bad boy my annoying old troublesome pressure cooker has been banished to the garage. I use my crockpot a couple times a month so for that alone I love this. It has way more preset features than my basic old crock pot. My only complaint which is not really a complaint is I wish it was a little bigger. It is well made and fairly priced. I like it allot.