Multicookers are a convenient, cost-effective and energy-efficient way to prepare food at home. They are highly functional, offer a range of features in one handy appliance and you can leave them to cook while you do other things. A multicooker can also be a great option if you have limited kitchen space and want to get the most out of your devices. They give you the freedom to cook whatever you like while saving space, energy and time.
There are lots of multicooker products available but two of the best options are the Breville Fast Slow Pro and the Philips All in One Cooker. In this review, we will be directly comparing the two to see which is the best option for your home.
Capacity & Functions
Both the machines offer a generous 6L capacity and the ability to slow cook, warm, saute and pressure cook. They can both be used as a rice cooker, pressure cooker and slow cooker among other things. Both also have a ceramic coating (ProCeramic+ coating on the All-in-One) to ensure durability and scratch resistance.
The two cookers are almost the same size, the All-in-One weighs 5.6kg and is 35.5mm x 37.2mm x 35.5mm while the Breville model is ever so slightly smaller at 5.5kg and 34.8mm x 32.3mm x34.3mm.
Cooking Time & Automatic Keep Warm
Both models offer up to 12 hours of cooking time on high and low temperatures. They also have an automatic keep warm feature so once the food is ready both appliances will keep the dish warm for up to 12 hours until you are ready to serve it.
Both the models take the guesswork out of cooking certain dishes by offering preset options. The All-in-One offers soup, risotto, rice, steam, meat/poultry and manual options while Breville’s offers rice, risotto, potatoes, stock, soup, legumes, casserole, pot roast, lamb shanks, bolognese, pudding and custom options on their preset menu.
Both models offer 9 safety features such as locking lids to ensure worry-free cooking.
Both cookers have features such as detachable lids to make cleaning easy.
There is a slight difference in power between the two models, the Philips is slightly more powerful at 1300W compared to Breville’s 1100W.
Number of Settings
The Fast Slow Cooker offers 11 pressure cook settings and the ability to customise a setting to suit the dish while the All-in-One offers 7 pressure cooking modes.
The all-in-one has 14 buttons on the interface as well as an LCD display that indicates the time remaining and the setting that has been selected. The Breville looks much sleeker with just 3 buttons, 3 adjustment knobs and an LCD display that tells you how long is remaining and the cooking details. The LCD also changes colour to indicate what the cooker is doing.
The Philips model is the only one to offer a yoghurt making feature. This seems to be a feature many users enjoy so it is worth mentioning that it is something they don’t both have. Although the Breville does offer a wide selection of preset options, including pudding.
Hands-free Steam Release
The Breville cooker has three ways to automatically release steam to reduce pressure. This automatic feature means you can keep your arms safely out of the way and the slow cooker will release steam without you needing to do anything.
A marginal difference between the two is the cost. At the time of writing, the Philips cooker is available for $199 while the Breville cooker costs slightly more at $249. There is only a small price gap between them as both slow cookers are in the same category and are aimed towards the same users and family size.
Making your selection
The Breville cooker is a sleeker, more stylish and user-friendly option as it has an intuitive display and offers a wide range of preset options. It costs slightly more but you benefit from the better controls, LCD display and the automatic steam release function.
The Philips model is a more basic cooker in terms of features and control layout but it does offer slightly more power and is a good option if you want to make yoghurt or stews. As well as the lower price, there are two other areas where the Philips may be preferred, that is the lid that is completely removable and the ability to make yoghurt.
Both models are excellent multi cookers and there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the two, the differences we have highlighted are relatively minor so it will come down to personal preference and style.