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Seeking information on multi-cookers

randallhank | Jan 30, 201709:09 PM     17

So, around the holidays I purchased an Instant Pot IP-DUO60 for $68.95 on sale on Amazon. My smallish new kitchen was in a bit of disarray at the time and I decided that I didn't need, or have room for, an appliance like this, especially since I own several decent cooking vessels and a fairly nice cooktop now as well. So I ended up giving the Instant Pot away to the guy who has been working on my house as part of his Christmas tip.

Now, flash forward two months: My Thai au pair has been asking for a rice cooker because making rice in a Pawson saucier is, you know, just so difficult. I had been dragging my feet about buying a dedicated rice cooker, but the last time I was in Bed Bath I decided to check out my options. As it turns out, at Bed Bath & Beyond, they aren't so great (at least in-store). As much as I love my Zojirushi coffee maker, I am not plunking down $140+ for a dedicated rice cooker (a $30 cooker from Walmart is probably fine, or I can check out the local Asian markets, right?). But as I was on my way out of Bed Bath, I came across a Philips Avance multi-cooker in the clearance section. The sale price at Williams Sonoma and on Amazon is $179, but there was an in-store Clearance for $69.99, and a second clearance markdown all the way to $42.99. So after using a 20% off coupon the item was just $34.39. The item was clearly unused and the manager said it had been a display and of course assured me I could return it at any time for any reason. I used it for the first time tonight and it seems actually like a pretty cool appliance and, hey, for under $35 it's worth it just to fiddle around with it, right?

My question (because I am too lazy to really research this and because I hope to get answers from people here who actually have experience with these items and know what they are talking about) is what specific features am I missing out on by not having the Instant Pot? Obviously there is the pressure cooking option, but what else? And are there actually advantages to the Philips, either in cooking or overall design? Here are the links:

https://www.amazon.com/Philips-HD3095...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...

Thanks in advance!

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