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List of brands we tested in this review.
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This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are generally flexible, so shop around.
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With this function you can sear directly in the unit. Without this function you need to sear in another pot on the stovetop. Some models allow you to sear in the cooking bowl, but on the stove top – these are indicated in the table.
Starts the process on high to bring the food up to temperature and then switches to low temperature for the remaining cooking time.
Ease of use
How easy the cookers are to assemble, store and clean. We also consider the external temperature of the cooker surface, handles and controls during operation.
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Cooking performance - high
The chilli shredded beef test (with dried beans) establishes how well the appliance can cook a dish at high temperatures over a shorter time (five hours) without food sticking to the bottom. The dish is scored for appearance and texture, with deductions for dark or dried-out areas, overcooked texture or food stuck to the pot.
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Cooking performance - low
The corned beef test, with standard-sized pieces of corned silverside, checks the appliance's ability to cook a dish at a low temperature over an extended period of time (eight hours). The dish is then scored for appearance and texture, with deductions for dark or dried-out areas, overcooked texture or food stuck to the pot.
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A similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as 'Not tested' in the 'Compare all' table.
'Tested model' refers to models that are still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second-hand websites, or in second-hand shops. Test methods may change over time, so criteria that can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Delayed start
- Pre-programmed settings
- End of cooking indicator (visual/audio)
- Keep warm or automatically switch to warm
- Overall score
- Cooking performance - low
- Cooking performance - high
- Ease of use
- Food temp at end of cooking (°C, low / high)
- Cost/year: low setting
- Cost/year: high setting
- Good points
- Bad points
- Searing function
- Auto setting
- Cooking bowl type
- Bowl suitable for dishwasher/fridge
- Dimensions (cm, WxHxD)
- Weight (kg)
- Claimed capacity (L)