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

Last updated date: January 15, 2020

DWYM Score
8.4

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

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Overall Take

The Crock-Pot Multi-Use Pressure Cooker, 8-Quart 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 134 expert reviews, the Crock-Pot Crock-Pot Multi-Use Pressure Cooker, 8-Quart placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 15, 2020:
Checkout The Best Electric Pressure Cooker For Families for a detailed review of all the top electric pressure cookers for families.

Expert Summarized Score
8.1
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
1,097 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

Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
1. Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 1
Mealthy 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
2. Mealthy 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 15
Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
3. Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 8
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
5. Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 33
Instant Pot 10-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
6. Instant Pot 10-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 22
Power Pressure Cooker Electric Pressure Cooker, 10-Quart
7. Power Pressure Cooker Electric Pressure Cooker, 10-Quart
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 17
Instant Pot 6-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
8. Instant Pot 6-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 13
Crock-Pot Multi-Use Pressure Cooker, 8-Quart
9. Crock-Pot Multi-Use Pressure Cooker, 8-Quart
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
GoWISE USA Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
10. GoWISE USA Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Electric Pressure Cookers For Families

Unless you’ve been hibernating for the past few years, you’ve likely heard of electric pressure cookers. It seems every year, a new crop of friends tries one of these appliances out and has to shout to the world how great it is.

What’s all the hype about? The biggest draw to electric pressure cookers is that it can replace numerous kitchen appliances, including your slow cooker and rice cooker. You can also use pressure cookers to make yogurt, cheesecake, hardboiled eggs and oatmeal. Of course, most pressure cooker owners will tell you all about the soups, beans and delicious meats they make in their electric pressure cookers.

“I use my Instant Pot to sauté and brown proteins and veggies before switching over to pressure cook the stew they will become, as well as to cook hard boil eggs, rice, homemade yogurt, slow-cooked soups, beans, overnight oats and much, much more,” says Julie Chernoff, dining editor of “Better,” a lifestyle website and print magazine. “It can be a godsend for a smaller kitchen since you only need the one appliance.”

But before you invest in an electric pressure cooker, it’s important to know that there’s a steep learning curve with the appliance. If you’ve been making meals using your slow cooker for a while, you’ll love the slow cooker feature included with many pressure cookers. But there’s so much more you can do that you’ll need to research the options before you choose one.

Although you’ll primarily hear the name “Instant Pot” when it comes to modern pressure cookers, there are plenty of other competitors on the market, many from known brands. The Instant Pot has its own unique setup, so you may find another brand is easier to use, particularly if you’re a novice.

DWYM Fun Fact

Pressure cookers are nothing new. In fact, they date all the way back to the 17th century, when a French scientist by the name of Denis Papin reportedly invented a pot called The Digester, which he described as being designed to soften bones and make drinks. Despite having a safety valve, though, these devices weren’t safe, and it took a while for experts to perfect the technology for consumer use. Even in the 1900s, the pressure cookers used for canning and certain types of cooking could be dangerous unless used properly. Electric pressure cookers have taken off in recent years as manufacturers have found ways to build in safety features that make them practically foolproof.

The Electric Pressure Cooker For Families Buying Guide

  • Electric pressure cookers are usually offered in two major sizes: 6 and 8 quarts. The 6-quart version should be enough to cook a meal for a family of six, but if you cook for larger groups, a 10-quart pressure cooker can handle up to 10 servings.
  • If you’re worried about safety, it’s important to note that today’s pressure cookers aren’t the same as the appliances your grandparents used for canning.

“There are safety features involved with the pressure-cooking function, including that it won’t start until the lid is safely locked in place, so you can rest easy,” Chernoff says. “Be careful not to fill the pot too full, especially if you are cooking items that expand while cooking, like legumes and grains.”

  • If you’re looking for instructions, you’ll probably have to go online. Even if you get a manual with your pressure cooker, the best recipes and tips can be found in the many pressure cooker communities that have emerged on Facebook.
  • One major difference from one pressure cooker to the next is the seal. The way your appliance seals while cooking, as well as how the steam is released when your meal is ready, can vary from one cooker to another. Some pressure cookers even have a manual release button to make it easy to manually release steam when it’s time.
  • As fun as it is to make delicious meals, someone has to clean everything up after dinner. Many modern pressure cookers have nonstick surfaces to make cleanup easy. Also look for an electric pressure cooker that has accessories that are dishwasher safe.
  • Speaking of accessories, those can vary from one pressure cooker to another. A ladle and rice paddle can come in handy, as can cooking mitts and an extra silicone sealing ring in case yours wears out. But as you dive further into different recipes, you’ll probably find yourself longing for a stainless-steel steaming basket that will expand the foods you can make.