Crock-Pot Express Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 8-Quart

Last updated date: August 24, 2020

DWYM Score
9.3

Crock-Pot Express Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 8-Quart

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Overall Take

This pressure cooker has a manual feature that lets you choose your cooking time for experimenting with your favorite recipes. You can also use the preset functions to saute, make rice or use the slow cooker feature, as well as using pressure to cook. The easy-to-use controls and simple cleanup make it perfect for those who use their electric pressure cookers regularly. In our analysis of 31 expert reviews, the Crock-Pot Crock-Pot Express Multi-Use Pressure Cooker, 8-Quart placed 4th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.1
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
2,882 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
I have used multi-cookers for years, mainly the Power Pressure Cooker XL, and my first impression of the Crock-Pot Express was that it looked just like the pressure cookers offered by other brands.
- Business Insider
January 23, 2019 | Full review
The affordable Crock-Pot Express cooks food quickly under pressure. It's a competent rice cooker, slow cooker and sauté station. Its controls are simple to use and is easy to clean.
- CNET
December 19, 2017 | Full review
Here’s where the Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker shines. After testing out a few easy beginner Instant Pot-formulated recipes, one thing was very clear: The Crock-Pot comes to pressure minutes faster than Instant Pot’s.
- Men's Journal
I was impressed with how quickly and quietly the Crock-Pot Express comes to pressure.
- Pressure Cooking Today
December 10, 2017 | Full review
It is one of the least expensive pressure cookers we tested.
- Top Ten Reviews
March 30, 2018 | Full review
The basic function of both cookers is similar. If you already know how to use the Instant Pot, you won’t have any trouble operating the Express Crock. One area where Instant Pot still reigns is in its programmability and the variety of preset options available.
- Taste of Home
You are able to override automatic setting completely and rely on manual setting.
- Kitchen Ultimate
August 2, 2019 | Full review
Cleaning this cooker is easy since its parts can be removed effortlessly and put in a dishwasher.
- All Top Ten Reviews
August 15, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Every pressure cooker has customer complaints about the ring taking on the odors of whatever was last cooked. The Crock-Pot Express was no exception.
- Business Insider
January 23, 2019 | Full review
Its non-stick pot doesn't develop as much caramelization as the Instant Pot's stainless steel in sear mode.
- CNET
December 19, 2017 | Full review
The float valve is in the handle where it is difficult to see. It’s harder to tell when the pressure has been released and you can open the pot.
- Pressure Cooking Today
December 10, 2017 | Full review
Many users have reported that the pot’s non-stick coating easily gets tarnished or dinged after its first few uses.
- Top Ten Reviews
March 30, 2018 | Full review
Some users have complained about the non-stick coating coming off as it is quite thin.
- Kitchen Ultimate
August 2, 2019 | Full review
The screen doesn’t provide much information as other models do.
- All Top Ten Reviews
August 15, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Crock pot 8 quart express crock XL programmable Multi Cooker can cook meals at a fraction of the time that traditional cooking requires. It's a versatile, compact appliance that lets you serve nutritious, home cooked meals for families or parties of 10 people or more. Thanks to convenient one touch settings for various pressure cooked meals, You can choose to eat sooner, or you can use the slow cook setting to come back later to a delicious, hot meal. You can also steam, Brown, sauté, simmer, boil, or use the manual pressure setting, making one pot meals easier than ever.

Overall Product Rankings

Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker, 8-Quart
2. Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker, 8-Quart
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 4
Yedi 9-In-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker Kit, 6-Quart
3. Yedi 9-In-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker Kit, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 7
Instant Pot DUO Pressure Cooker
5. Instant Pot DUO Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 1
Cuisinart CPC 600 Electric Pressure Cooker
7. Cuisinart CPC 600 Electric Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
All American 21.5 Qt. Pressure Cooker Canner
8. All American 21.5 Qt. Pressure Cooker Canner
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
Presto 23 Qt. Pressure Cooker Canner
9. Presto 23 Qt. Pressure Cooker Canner
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
Presto 6 Qt. Pressure Cooker (Model 1362)
10. Presto 6 Qt. Pressure Cooker (Model 1362)
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 0
Fissler Vitaquick 8.5 Qt. Pressure Cooker
11. Fissler Vitaquick 8.5 Qt. Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 0
Presto 8 Qt. Pressure Cooker (Model 1370)
12. Presto 8 Qt. Pressure Cooker (Model 1370)
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 0
T-fal 6.3 Qt. Pressure Cooker
13. T-fal 6.3 Qt. Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 0
Magefesa Practika Plus 8 Qt. Pressure Cooker
14. Magefesa Practika Plus 8 Qt. Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 0

An Overview On Pressure Cookers

Pressure cookers have come a long way in recent years. Although pressure cooking is certainly nothing new, traditional cookware could be dangerous. Today’s pressure cookers use a sealing system that keeps contents safely inside, then release steam gradually. They’re so easy to operate, even a novice can handle them safely.

There are two major types of pressure cookers, though. The electric pressure cookers designed for making meals have become the most popular type. These units operate as slow cookers, pressure cookers and rice cookers in one handy device. You can even make yogurt and cheesecake in this type of cooker.

Another type of pressure cooking is geared specifically toward canning. Although you can cook meals in these units, they aren’t quite as user-friendly as all-in-one units. They also tend to have a much higher capacity, as they’re designed to hold multiple jars of foods.

If you participate in canning, a pressure cooker is the best way to go. The USDA says pressure canning is the only safe method for canning meat, fish, poultry and all vegetables. Traditional water bath canners can only reach temperatures of 212 degrees Fahrenheit, which isn’t hot enough to kill off bacteria that grows in foods with low acid levels. Pressure canning takes care of that, keeping you and your loved ones safe.

When your goal is cooking meals, though, you have a different set of considerations. Capacity is an important factor, but most popular pressure cookers can make meals for up to six people. Smaller households may still need that kind of capacity, though, since large items like whole chickens demand plenty of space. You may also like the fact that you can cook for groups on the rare occasions you have visitors to feed. If you plan to make items like cheesecakes in your pressure cooker, you’ll also need a special type of pan, so purchase that along with your pressure cooker.

DWYM Fun Fact

People have been preserving food for more than two centuries. A Frenchman named Nicholas Appert invented the practice in 1809, finding that when he sealed glass jars, he could save various food items for later consumption. In 1926, Hormel used the technology to create the first canned ham, and pressure-sealed food continues to occupy space in grocery stores today. Even soft drinks retain their fizzy taste through the use of pressure-seal technology. But the use of cans instead of glass for pressure sealing can also be traced back to Appert, who patented using coated cans for preserving food. Still, many consumers use glass for at-home food canning.

The Pressure Cooker Buying Guide

  • Your first decision when shopping for a pressure cooker is whether you’ll be using it for canning or meal cooking. If it’s canning, look for a model that will squeeze in the most mason jars, such as one with the ability to hold 24 half-pints, 20 pints or 7 quarts. Some offer the ability to can 19 standard regular mouth pint jars or 7 standard regular mouth quart jars.
  • Consider a pressure cooker that goes beyond canning to let you also use it as a meal cooker when you want. For example, there are models that come with a recipe booklet with more than 50 recipes to help you find the perfect meals to make.
  • For cooking meals for your family, the Instant Pot DUO Pressure Cooker is 6 quarts. Depending on what you’re making, this size can serve up to six people. If you plan to cook large meats like whole chickens or ribs, even a smaller household will find this size comes in handy.
  • There’s a learning curve with any pressure cooker, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find it’s easy. Some models have a simple on-off cover, thanks to a set of clamping wingnuts that hold the lid in place without making it too tough to remove. If you’re left-handed, you’ll love that the Instant Pot DUO Pressure Cooker comes with lid holders for both right- and left-handed chefs. The Instant Pot DUO Pressure Cooker also comes with intuitive push-button controls and an easy-to-read digital display.
  • The Instant Pot DUO Pressure Cooker has a 24-hour delay option on the timer and automatic keep-warm feature.