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Do you need a multicooker? Watch this firstThese countertop appliances can be a big help in the kitchen, but will they do what you want? Here are some things you should consider before you buy a multicooker.
A multi-cooker is a countertop gadget that does more than one job. Now these can be really useful but you have to know what kind of product you're looking for. To that end it's best to ask yourself a few questions. Like, number one [MUSIC] What kind of foods do I wanna use with my multi cooker? Now some multi cookers are better than others at cooking certain foods. For example, this Black and Decker multi cooker is designed for roasting or baking. So it has a nice long pot. That will easily fit a five and a half pound chicken, which is what I have inside right now. Or if you really like risotto, you might go for this Black and Decker stirring pot. Now this multi cooker has an arm at the bottom that automatically stirs when the pot is in risotto cooking mode. When you're picking a multi cooker, you also wanna think about how much Space you have to store it. It's not just about how much counter tops your appliance is gonna take up but what are you gonna do with it when you're finished? Now this Gourmia Cookarific, for example, doesn't break down very easily. So even though it's really cool to To look at. You can't easily take the pieces apart, like this lid which doesn't come off. Now some multicookers don't do much. This Black & Decker only has three or four core jobs. But these two over here Have arms that will stir for you like the Cookarific which is right now stir-frying some vegetables. And we can't forget about cost either. Depending on what you're looking for and the quality of the appliance, the price could range from $70 for this stirring pot To as much as $299 which is what the [UNKNOWN] originally retailed for. Now in my reviews none of these multi-cookers were really perfect, in fact some of them were just okay. So really do your research and decide what your needs are before you decide to buy a countertop appliance like these. [SOUND]