MultiCooker, or Electric cooker, Pressure Cooker –whatever you call them, multi-function electronic cooking pots can make life easier and make mealtimes more satisfying. There are a number of different brands (see our past reviews) and some claim to do everything but wash your dishes. Most look somewhat similar. But each has something unique to offer in presentation and performance.
This time, I’m comparing two great multiCookers: A new model Mealthy Multi-Cooker and The Zavor America LUX LCD multicooker. Each is unique in their presentation and performance.
To test both the Mealthy and Zabor, I made pulled pork, bean soups, and a few other things with the same recipe, in both pots. However, for this comparison, I’m using just my pulled pork recipe.
The Mighty Mealthy Multipot:
New Safe & Hands-Free:
We have reviewed the Mealthy Multi-Cooker previously (see review), but this new 6-quart Mealthy Multi-Cooker 2.0 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker has some game-changing advantages.
For example, it has an auto-seal lid and hands-free auto pressure release. For anyone who is afraid of pressure cooking, this new pot makes it even safer and easier to handle. You don’t even need to remember to set the lid to “sealing” as it will do it automatically.
When the pressure has been released, the red button on the lid goes down and you can safely open the lid. I really like this!
Ample Accessories Included:
The Mealthy comes with a lot of accessories, all of which you will actually need and use. Standard on most multi-cookers is the stainless steel inner cooking pot with 3-ply stainless steel for even heat distribution.
You’ll also get a metal steamer basket and a trivet, which lets you cook more than one thing at a time. You also need the steamer basket and trivet if you want to use the Mealthy Crisplid (see review).
More accessories included include 2 color-coded gaskets (one for sweet, the other for savory), 2 silicone mitts, ladle, rice paddle, rice measuring cup, and recipe book.
I’m really fond of the Mealthy, and as to the actual functionality of the pot, it works exceptionally well, as do the previous Mealthy Multi-Cookesrs.
This version has 33 new preset cooking programs Poultry, Meat/Stew, Beans/Chili, Soup/Broth, Rice, MultiGrain, Porridge, Steam, Egg, Cake, Yogurt, Slow Cook, Saute, and Manual Setting (Pressure Cook). Truthfully, I’ve mostly used the soup and saute settings and pressure cook but it’s nice to know that the other settings are available.
Another thing I like is that you can saute on Low, Medium, or High, so you don’t burn your initial ingredients or overcook a soup, stew, or sauce. This pot also features a low/high true slow cooker that allows you to delay the start of any function.
Making this recipe was super-easy. Basically it’s a set it and forget it type of pressure cooking recipe. I won’t go into details other than to say it was easy to make, flawless, delicious.
Mealthy makes products that really work. I love them for that. I love the Mealthy crisper lid that turns your pot into an air fryer to crisp just about anything (see advicesisters.com review).
This lid works on any 6 or 8-quart multi-cooker pot. While the lid is a bit pricey at $79 it’s great for crisping up a chicken you’ve just made in the Mealthy Multi-Cooker. I have also used it for waffle fries, tater tots and other things that would otherwise have to be in the oven.
This Mealthy Multipot runs about $100. For more information and recipes, visit the Mealthy Website.
The ZAVOR America LUX® LCD Multi-Cooker:
“When time is not on your side” is the mantra of the Zavor America LUX LCD Multi-Cooker.
Like the Mealthy, I tried a 6-quart model ($160 on amazon.com), but there is also an 8-quart and a 4-quart size. Prices vary from $139.99 to $179.99
The Zavor Lux LCD one-pot is great for beginners. You could also say it’s “cooking for dummies.” Just set it and forget it.
As with most Multi-Cookers the LUX multicooker comes with a stainless steel steamer basket and trivet for roasting and steaming, as well as a user’s manual, quick guide to get started right away, and full-color cookbook with more than 70 easy-to-follow recipes.
Mealthy has a lot more recipes online than the Zavor, but that could certainly change. In truth, most Multi-Cooker recipes work for well…most multipots!
My first test was with the same pulled pork recipe I made in the Mealthy Multi-Cooker. I had the same flawless, easy, and delicious result with the Zavor Multi-Cooker pot. One plus, the saute function seemed easier to control.
I really like the visuals on this Zavor unit. They show you just where you are in the cooking process. The screen goes from blue to green to show you that the unit is on and running, which is kind of nice as well.
A silver knob lets you manually run through the settings. I like this option better than most of the other Multi-Cookers that use only touch screens, especially if your hands are dirty and you don’t want to put them on the screen and scroll have to adjust settings.
With 10 main functions and more than 30 presets, the Zavor LUX LCD Multi-Cooker has plenty of functions. And, each of the functions has specific presents. Therefore, it’s easy for beginners. For example, the pressure cook function has 13 presents, but the slow cook function can be programmed up to 24 hours with 6 presets. The desert function has 4 settings: Custard, Rice Pudding, Cheesecake and Flan.
The Zavor isn’t short on safety, either. Safety comes in the form of a lid icon alert if the lid doesn’t shut completely. Like the Mealthy, you can’t remove the lid while the pot is under pressure.
The automatic locking lid won’t unlock while there is pressure inside. The Mealthy is unique in that it has a hands-free pressure release and on the Zavor you have to manually turn the regulator knob to release internal pressure for quick release and regular release as do most Multipots.
Zavor’s “Flex” function lets you set temperature so it’s almost like a stovetop pot. stove. For a beginner new to pressure cooking and multi-function pots, I love the Zavor for its intuitive programming and easy to use style.
For more information and recipes, visit the Zavor America website
Multi-Cookers: The Bottom Line:
Multi-Cookers are smartpots that can really do a ton of tasks and do them exceptionally well.
Both the Mealthy and the Zavor delivered excellent results. Although they perform slightly differently, both were safe and easy to use.
However, many people will need a learning curve to use all of the functions on any Multi-Cooker. It’s a short time to learn, but trying all the features might take you a while!
Is it For You?
In the end, pressure cooking and slow cooker Multi-Cookers make a certain sort of dish, mostly those that steam or stew. The Mealthy Crisper lid is a pricey accessory but does let you add more functionality without needing a second step to crisp a chicken, for example.
How much you use your Multi-Cooker depends upon the space you have. They can be a bit bulky and heavy. Therefore you have to lug it out to use every time, it could be a bit of a turnoff.
Even though there are presets that would cover almost any kind of food, I think it also makes sense for some things more than others.
Recipes that traditionally would take a lot of time can be done so quickly in a Multi-Cooker. That said, sometimes it is just easier to make eggs or rice on the stove, or just saute something like shrimp or scallops in a pan.
If you don’t like cooking when you come home from work, or if you prefer “set it and forget it” kinds of recipes, this multipot is a miracle. The Multi-Cooker takes the place of a number of appliances. If you haven’t found the joy of Multi-Cooker yet, you soon will!