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One of the things I enjoy about traveling is getting to learn about different foods people eat, and how they’re made. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the way we cook something here might not be the same way someone else cooks something. Same thing goes for smaller kitchen appliances. When Jesse shared with me what’s considered the top all in one cookers there, I was fascinated to see the machines listed are totally different than what I’d expect to see on a similar list made here in the US. Check it out. (I’m sharing with permission of course.)
Iron Chefs: Top All in One Cookers of 2015
If you’re ready to ditch that seemingly bottomless assortment of specialized tools and gadgets that reside under the junk drawer in your kitchen, 2015 is a great time to do it. This year’s offerings give home cooks plenty of options to choose from, and these picks are some of the best on the market depending on what you need out of these efficient little machines.
Value Pick: Fagor Multi-Cooker
The Fagor Multi-Cooker is a steamer and slow cooker that also serves as a pressure cooker for added versatility. The non-stick stainless steel interior enables both a “warm” and “brown” feature, unlike many similar devices which require foods to be browned outside the unit. However, what truly makes the Fagor Multi-Cooker stand out for this category is its price tag, which hovers around a paltry $100 although the drawback is a serious lack of advanced features when compared with some of the top models.
Best Options: Bellini Kitchen Master
Not content to rest on the basic features such as chopping, mixing, grinding and steaming, the Bellini Kitchen Master also includes a number of cooking accessories such as a spatula and integrated cooking basket to allow preparation of an even wider variety of dishes. It even includes a built-in scale to give cooks a way to measure ingredients instantly, reducing the need for one more kitchen tool.
Luxury Pick: Thermomix
The Thermomix all-in-one cooking machine is widely regarded as the top of the line, touted by the manufacture as “the most advanced kitchen appliance on the market.” The Thermomix does plenty to back up this lofty claim as well, with a full complement of features and accessories with few equals on the market as well as outstanding build quality. However, the Thermomix all-in-one cooker is only available directly through a certified associate after a demonstration, limiting their availability, and the price tag for the device can easily exceed $2000.
All-Around Pick: Tefal Kitchen Machine
The Tefal Kitchen Machine (shown above) delivers the best balance of functionality and value, offering a variety of cooking functions and performance comparable to the Thermomix at a lower price. The strength of the Kitchen Machine is the simple interface, which allows home cooks to plug the Kitchen Machine in and get cooking right away. Check out the Kitchen Machine at Harvey Norman to discover what makes it the best overall choice for all-in-one cooking machines.
Where kitchens once commonly lacked gadgets more advanced than a knife set, some modern kitchens are overrun with extraneous devices. Automatic cooking machines make life easier by combining prep and cooking into one streamlined process, so if your cabinet is filled with one-use tools, it may be time to upgrade to an all-in-one cooker.