The Good The affordable Crock-Pot Express cooks food quickly under pressure. It's a competent rice cooker, slow cooker and sauté station. Its controls are simple to use and is easy to clean.
The Bad Its non-stick pot doesn't develop as much caramelization as the Instant Pot's stainless steel in sear mode.
The Bottom Line Novice cooks will love the Crock-Pot Express' simplicity, but experienced home chefs should look to Instant Pot for more flavor.
Crock-Pot's new multicooker brings the heat to Instant Pot
The iconic brand Crock-Pot has created an answer to Instant Pot, an electronic pressure cooker that's become an internet sensation.
The $70 Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker is the company's first countertop gadget that doubles as a pressure cooker. Like popular Instant Pot products, the Express is a true multicooker. It heats food under pressure, sears and sautés meat, plus steams rice and veggies. It cooks at low temperatures over long periods of time like a traditional slow cooker, too.
Crock-Pot's first foray into pressurized multicookers is a strong one. The Express is simpler to operate and clean than the Instant Pot, the Instant Pot model most similar to the Express. And while the Express can't match the Instant Pot's ability to conjure deep caramelized flavors through searing, it's easier to use as a rice cooker.
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