I crock a lot. My small pot is getting old and it feels like the controller switch is getting weak. My large crock has a crack but it does not leak (yet).

With the new programmable can start in the AM and set it to go to warm at 2 PM. Can sear, do rice, stay on warm for 24 hours, .... Also a lot more money.

Can get a multi cooker with pressure for instant meals. I don't pressure cook and have don't find myself in need of fast meals. If I had a multi cooker with pressure I might come to find fast as the best thing since sliced bread. Not yet convinced a 7 minute stew will equal a 7 hour stew.

Finally to the question. Are there any slow cooker regrets to a cooker that will do slow and fast (pressure)?

I know it will be brand dependent. I am considering the Instant Pot (pressure) versus the Kitchen Aid (no pressure).

It is minor, but for me the opaque bulky lid is a regret. If that is the only regret I will get the pressure multi cooker.

Wow, multi-cooker is not a tag.

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    The Instant Pot (and many multi-cookers) have an optional clear lid you can purchase. You don't have to use the pressure cooker lid when you're using it to slow cook if you add that in to your purchase.
    – Catija
    Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 23:30
  • Some foods will not cook properly without a steam vet to allow extra water out. Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 11:56

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I switched from an old-style crock pot to a multicooker with pressure (Instant Pot, if you're curious), and I have no regrets. The pressure cooker is very convenient for things like stocks and braises, and since the inner pot is steel instead of stone it's more convenient to clean (it can go in the dishwasher). I was worried about the opaque lid, but I find I don't miss it. And there are now many more recipes to try, so there's that benefit as well.

I recommend the pressure cooker.

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    In my heart I want to go with the non-pressure but so far every opinion is go with the Instant Pot.
    – paparazzo
    Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 23:26
  • @Paparazzi You won't regret it.
    – crmdgn
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 12:29
  • If your crock is truly ancient, the newer ones incl Instantpot will not cook as slowly. Legal issues with food poisoning. But oh what I would give for grandma's crock of baked beans!
    – Pat Sommer
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 14:59
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    @PatSommer I bet grandma used bacon fat.
    – paparazzo
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 17:23
  • ...in everything (Oklahoma/Texas). Consistency of beans cooked slow over 8hrs or more beats boiling any day.
    – Pat Sommer
    Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 19:28

What I love about electric pressure cookers is that you get the set-and-forget convenience. No worrry about burnt food, and fire.

  • Thanks but you get set set-and-forget with the programmable without pressure also.
    – paparazzo
    Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 23:24
  • If you ever need to cook rice, the electric pressure cooker trumps others due to more even cooking. It is supposedly healthier too. Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 4:35
  • May I ask how pressure cooking is more healthy?
    – paparazzo
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 17:22

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