Everything you need to know about multi-cooking appliances

Are multi-cookers worth the hype? New Idea investigates...

Combining traditional cooking appliances into one handy all-in-one device, multi-cookers are taking kitchens across Australia by storm. 

With a broad range of features that enable you to create easy and delicious recipes with minimal mess and stress, this jack-of-all-trades appliance has left us questioning if they can really replace the cooking appliances we all love and rely on in our kitchens at home. 

2024’s Top 3 Multi Cookers 

  1. Foodi Max 11-in-1 Multi-Cooker, $349.99 (usually $499.99) at Ninja
  2. Philips HD2237/72 All-In-One Cooker, $229 (usually $249) at David Jones 
  3. The Fast Slow Pro, $419 at Breville

The best multi cookers to buy in Australia in 2024 

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Foodi Max 11-in-1 Multi Cooker, $299.99 (usually $499.99) at Ninja

The pot that does it all, Ninja’s Foodi Max does exactly as its name suggests and can cook your food 11 different ways. 

Whether you’re cooking up a winter stew, roasting, baking, air frying or even making yoghurt, this handy appliance does it all. Not only that but its small size makes it great for kitchens that are a bit tight on space. 

It’s extremely easy to use with an intuitive user interface that won’t leave you reaching for the manual every time. 

Key features:

  • Two cooking lids for pressure cooking and crisping
  • 6-litre cooking capacity 
  • Dishwasher safe components 
  • 1-year warranty 
  • Reaches 240°C


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Philips HD2237/72 All-In-One Cooker, $229 (usually $249) at David Jones 

Slow cook, pressure cook, and multi-cook delicious meals with ease thanks to Philips. 

From dinner to dessert, inbuilt programs will allow you to create meals you’ve only dreamed of, that will surely impress your family and friends. 

What we especially love about this multi-cooker is the automatic keep-warm function, slow cook temperature settings, and the inbuilt protection settings that ensure worry-free cooking if you need to leave your meal in the making unattended. 

Take it from this reviewer: “This is the BEST thing in my kitchen. It seriously does everything!”

For those looking for an all-in-one cooker with a little larger capacity, the Philips All In One Cooker also comes in a handy 8L option that includes a very handy 20 pre-set cooking programs.

Key features: 

  • Durable, anti-scratch ceramic pot 
  • 9 safety protections in place
  • Cook on high or low for up to 12 hours 
  • Heats up 25% faster 
  • Can keep food warm for up to 12 hours with reheating function


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The Fast Slow Pro, $419 at Breville 

Pressure cook, slow cook, steam, reduce, saute, and sear with the press of a simple button! 

With a 6L capacity, and numerous settings that can be programmed for up to 10 hours with an inbuilt keep-warm feature, this multi-cooker will make cooking a breeze. 

The fully interactive LCD screen also allows users to easily keep track of the progress of their meals, as well as offering a library of the most popular pressure/slow-cooked foods. 

As part of the same product line, Breville also offers a basic version of the same device, inbuilt with 14 shortcuts that with a click or two will get your dishes cooking in no time. 

Key features: 

  • 3 way safety system 
  • Auto steam release settings 
  • Easy to clean 
  • LCD display 
  • Includes recipe book 
  • 1-year replacement warranty
  • 6-litre capacity

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Russell Hobbs 11-in-1 Digital Multicooker, $129 (usually $149.95) at Amazon

If you’re after a multi cooker on a budget then this Russell Hobbs digital multi cooker is a great affordable alternative. You can create delicious curries, rice of any kind, slow-cooked meals and even sweets and cakes. 

It has a large cooking capacity of 6 litres, which makes it a great choice for families. 

Perfect for beginners, it’s simple to use and easy to clean without being too fiddly, it even comes with a recipe book to inspire your next meal. 

Key features: 

  • Locking lid
  • Auto keep warm functions 
  • Non-pressure cooking settings
  • Includes rice spoon, measuring cup and trivet
  • Easy to clean, dishwasher safe parts 


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Crock Pot Express Crock Multi Cooker, $179 at Myer

Score five appliances in one with this multi cooker from the experts at Crock Pot. 

With seven one-touch programs for speedy, delicious meals you’ll be cooking up a storm in no time with minimal effort required. Its 5.7-litre capacity and dishwasher-safe parts make cooking for the family a breeze. 

Key features: 

  • Airtight locking lid
  • Dishwasher-safe cooking pot 
  • 5.7-litre cooking capacity 
  • 12-month replacement warranty

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Are multi-cookers worth having?

Absolutely yes! Depending on which specific multi-cooker you purchase, its uses may vary but generally, multi-cookers can replace seven or more traditional appliances in your kitchen. 

Not only do multi-cookers free up storage space in your kitchen, but they will also save you from spending money on multiple devices. 

All in all, multi-cookers are a must-have for your kitchen and will help you make delicious recipes with minimal fuss.

What does a Multicooker do?

As its name suggests, multi-cookers can perform a variety of functions that usually require multiple different appliances.

Whilst each specific multi-cooker does include different functions, generally most multi-cooker appliances will allow you to pressure cook, slow cook, steam, boil, simmer, bake, air fry, grill, stew, and cook rice (to name a few).

Can a Multicooker replace a rice cooker?

Of course they can! Often multi-cookers will come with preset options for both white and multigrain rice, allowing you to cook your rice to perfection, with inbuilt measurements to ensure your ratio of rice to water is correct. 

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