As nebulous a goal as it is for people, much less kitchen appliances, the KitchenAid Multi-Cooker with Stir Tower can be counted among the bevy of culinary devices attempting to be all things to all people – or at least those who spend any time preparing food. With the addition of the Stir Tower accessory, the KitchenAid Multi-Cooker takes the Crock-Pot’s claim to fame a step further by performing the functions that once made KitchenAid stand mixers the small appliances of many a home cook’s dreams.
While it has neither the Instant Pot’s pressure-cooking panache, nor the food-processing repertoire of the All-Clad Prep & Cook – and it certainly won’t perform wonders on the order of Europe’s Vorwerk Thermomix – the KitchenAid does an admirable job of upping the ante on conventional slow-cooking. Dishes like risotto that require not only time, but also constant stirring, no longer demand human stamina and upper body strength. Just pile in the ingredients, program the Multi-Cooker, attach the Stir Tower, and give your weary arms a rest. All that’s left for you at the end of the cooking cycle is to serve and clean up after your masterpiece.
The KitchenAid Multi-Cooker features a nonstick ceramic-coated inner pot, clear glass lid and steamer / roasting rack. Along with the Stir Tower’s silicone paddle, all removable parts are dishwasher-safe, which should help with cleanup. It bears mentioning that the 4-quart capacity of this cooker may limit the size of any roasts you aim to prepare in it, and feeding a large family or social group could be tricky, unless you're willing to buy and use more than one Multi-cooker at a time, which could be both cumbersome and pricey. Precise temperature controls can be customized to prepare your signature dish to order, though, and step-by-step guidance on the digital display makes it easy to program up to 12 hours of preparation and cooking time in advance.
The scraper did not reach the bottom of the bowl properly so that the food just gathered and clumped on the silicone blades. Beautiful, yes, but not practical at all.
I have seared beef, made chicken soup, steamed asparagus, all in this multi-cooker. Worth every penny.
It is a good size for a small family. It goes from searing to braising to slow cooking easily. Love one pot cooking and the easy clean-up!
The stir function is noisy. As others have pointed out, the food sometimes just clumps around the stirring wand, and the controls are just plain confusing.
Its accuracy in temperature control makes it ideal for risotto, rice and even eggs. Cleanup is so easy with the non stick coating.
It's got a lot of features that are very useful in the way I cook. They turned out to be great. I made polenta in this thing, using the blades, and it worked like a dream!