Cuisinart Cook Central Multi-Cooker Review

The Cuisinart Multi-Cooker is the perfect crockpot for advanced users. This 6-quart slow cooker features digital controls and a variety of cooking options for added flexibility.

Overview

I'm all about getting more value out of my money that's why I love multipurpose kitchen products just like the Central Multi-Cooker by Cuisinart. This crockpot allows you to whip up healthy, great tasting dishes without much effort and it comes with a variety of cooking options too, something that average slow cookers do not offer. With this multipurpose slow cooker, you can sauté and brown your meats, steam your veggies and even make desserts.

The Cuisinart brand is renowned for its high-end slow cookers, just like the Central Multi-Cooker. But is the Central Multi-Cooker really worth the price? Let's find out:

What is the Cuisinart Multi-Cooker?

The Cuisinart Central Multi-Cooker is a 6-quart capacity crockpot with a rectangular shape and digital controls. This slow cooker features a removable, multipurpose Teflon coated pot as well as a steaming rack. The Central multi-cooker also features an extra-large backlit LCD display so you can set the cooking time easily while tracking the temperature at a glance. Using the digital controls may seem daunting but I assure you, the slow cooker is quite user-friendly.

The Central multi-cooker also features a clear glass lid made from tempered glass and cool-touch handles. All removable parts are dishwasher-safe so cleanup is easy. As the name implies, the Central multi-cooker isn't strictly made for slow cooking. It can be used to brown your meats, sauté or steam your veggies. With a little creativity, you can also whip up desserts and bread using this slow cooker.

Features

Controls

This slow cooker comes with 4 programmable cooking functions - slow cook, roast, brown or sauté, and steam. The temperature setting features high, low, simmer or warm, a step up from your usual slow cooker setting. The temperature can go as high as 500°F and the steam setting offers a maximum cooking time of 90 minutes. There's also a 24-hour timer for added flexibility.

Cooking Modes

The Cuisinart Central Multi-Cooker offers a one-touch switch mode and fully programmable cooking controls. The cooking mode has three settings - low, medium, and high. The wide blue screen LCD display presents all the options for easy programming. You can use different combinations of cooking functions and temperatures to cook your food perfectly. The preset function buttons, time and temperature controls are easy to use.

To use the steam function, just place your ingredients on the steaming rack, add water then push the dedicated function for steam. To sauté your ingredients, just use the removable nonstick pot as a traditional stove top pot. The pot can brown ingredients at 350 degrees. The slow cook setting allows you to adjust the time and temperature to your desired setting. To lock in the cooking temp and time, just press start and you're done. The slow cooker's high, low, and simmer setting is controlled by the 24-hour timer. Once the dish is done the cooking, the slow cooker automatically switches to keep warm mode for up to 8 hours.

Lid

The lid is made from clear tempered glass. It's a high-quality lid with a nice heft. The lid is also fitted with cool-touch handles for easy handling during cooking. The fit is nice and snug, keeping spills at a minimum. However, there's no locking mechanism that keeps the lid in place as you cook.

Dimension and Capacity

The Central multi-cooker measures at 19 x 12 x 9.5 inches and weigh about 16 pounds. It's a robust slow cooker, one that's able to handle larger batches of dishes thanks to its 6-quart capacity. Because of its size and weight, it's not a travel-friendly slow cooker. This is the kind of slow cooker that's best used in the kitchen.

Accessories

The Central multi-cooker comes with a steaming rack as well as a user manual and a warranty card.

PROS

  • Multiple cooking setting
  • Digital, easy to use controls
  • Quality construction, dependable performance
  • Dishwasher-friendly components
  • Tempered glass lid and cool-touch handles offers fuss-free cooking

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Teflon coating prone to scratching and peeling

Cuisinart Cook Central Multi-Cooker Detailed Review


Built Quality and Design:

Cuisinart's Central multi-cooker is a high-end slow cooker and this is obvious just by the look and feel of the crockpot. The brushed metal body looks and feels expensive. The removable pot is covered with Teflon coating so it's quite easy to clean but it is prone to peeling. The pot itself is thick and made from durable material too, which is important because the pot doubles as a stovetop pot, a skillet, and a serving dish.

The lid is also robust and durable, I don't think it's prone to shattering because the material feels solidly built. The steaming rack doesn't feel as substantial but it doesn't have to because it's only meant to support light ingredients, not huge chunks of meat. A cool-touch material protects the control panel but I feel that the thin, protective plastic cover will peel over time. Also, the exterior of the cooking base tends to get hot as you cook. Overall, this slow cooker is built to last a long time so it's a great investment.

Ease of Use:

For a slow cooker this feature-rich, the Central multi-cooker is surprisingly easy to use. The control panel is not complicated at all, the cooking functions have a dedicated button so just choose your desired cooking type and take it from there. The timer offers more flexibility because it can customize the cooking time according to your needs. The cooking temperature can go from warm to short of boiling.

Reliability:

The cooking setting is precise so as long as you set the timer right, you'll come out with a perfectly cooked dish using the Central multi-cooker. Although this slow cooker is incredibly user-friendly, those who are not used to crockpots with digital controls should consult the user manual first.

Price:

The Central multi-cooker retails at $110.11. It's a pretty steep price to pay for a slow cooker but this is a multi-use cooking appliance so you get to cook a variety of meals thanks to the comprehensive features and multiple controls.

How Does it Compare?

Crock-Pot Cook' N Carry Manual Portable Slow Cooker

Crock-Pot Cook n' Carry manual portable slow cooker is a basic slow cooker with easy to use controls and secure lid. Just like the Central multi-cooker, the Cook' N Carry offers 6-quart capacity and a solidly built design. However, the Central multi-cooker is more versatile because it offers multiple cooking options.

Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker

The Set 'n Forget slow cooker offers the same programmable cooking setting as the Central multi-cooker but it's smaller at 5-quart. While the Set 'n Forget slow cooker's overall construction feels durable and robust, the Central multi-cooker is more solidly built so it will last for years. The Cuisinart brand is also offering a 3-year warranty for a risk-free purchase.

Focus Electrics West Bend Slow Cooker

The West Bend slow cooker is a fan favorite thanks to its user-friendly manual controls, dependable performance, and affordable price tag. However, if you're after flexibility, the Cuisinart Central multi-cooker is the better choice simply because of the flexible controls. West Bend slow cooker may have user-friendly controls but the Central multi-cooker brings together functionality, style, and excellent performance albeit at a steeper price tag.

Should I buy the Cuisinart Cook Central Multi-Cooker?

The Central multi-cooker lives up to the Cuisinart brand's high-end image. This is one versatile, high-quality slow cooker that brings tons of options and more room for experimentation in the kitchen. If you're on Paleo, you'll have no problems watching what you eat because you can customize the cooking setting according to your preference. Sure, the Central multi-cooker is plagued with the same issues as cheaper slow cookers but its design, performance and undeniable good looks set this model apart.

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