With its ability to simmer flavorful stews in minutes and produce tender pot roasts in less than an hour, it's no surprise that the humble pressure cooker is being praised by home cooks as a cold-weather cooking hero. And now that brands like Instant Pot and Crock-Pot are producing plug-in devices that don't require a stove top, these aren't your grandmother's pressure cookers. Unlike the Instant Pot, Crock-Pot's take on this old-school appliance doesn't have thousands of reviews on Amazon like the Instant Pot. But with reviewers raving that it saves time, it makes flavorful meals, and it's easy to clean (and with 81% of reviewers rating it four stars or higher), it's safe to say that the Instant Pot, which has seemingly garnered a cult following overnight, has a bit of competition when vying for a spot on your countertop. So why are people are losing it over this $60 appliance on Amazon? Ahead are the Crock-Pot Express reviews that might just convince you to add it to your kitchen arsenal.
It Saves Time
"I am in love with the emergence of these all-in-one electric cookers. You can steam your food to keep the nutrients in, slow cook for the added flavor and tenderness, sautée, or pressure cook when you're in a time crunch." — avgvstvs
"I took a roast that had been in the freezer for 2 months and cooked it to perfection in an hour. Made a chicken and pasta dish with raw chicken and uncooked pasta in 12 minutes … Just knowing I can come home and have an amazing meal in under an hour when it would've usually taken multiple hours is fantastic." — Amazon customer
"This thing is awesome!! I've been able to cook dinners in this in under 10 minutes (that is just cooking time). I will be honest, total time does take longer, which isn't advertised, but still, if you were putting a pan on the stove, you'd still have to wait for that to warm up too." — Leroy Hadding
It Makes Flavorful Meals
"The sautée feature is genius. It allows you to sear or semi cook something prior to pressure cooking. I've found that if I don't brown/pre-cook what I'm making, the meat doesn't have much flavor. So if I'm making stew, I use the sautée feature to brown the meat in some seasoning and let it cook for 5 or 6 minutes before adding water and turning on the pressure." — Miss Kitty
"The brown/sautée function is perfect, it saves you from having to use a separate pan (less cleaning/less trouble)." — Christine P.
"I've made numerous meals in my Express Crock and some in under fifteen minutes. That includes the time it took me to prep, brown/sautée, and cook the meal. The browning feature is so helpful to make the meal that much more flavorful. With older more traditional slow-cookers I would have to prep my meat and veg on the stove in order to get more flavor… I can now skip that step completely." — Anonymous
It's Easy to Clean
"I am seriously amazed by how easy it is to use and how delicious the food turns out. I made meatloaf tonight and it was, without a doubt, the best meatloaf I have made. Plus, I cooked the potatoes in the bottom of the pot, with the meatloaf in foil on top, so everything was done at once and only one pot to clean (easily might I add, due to the nonstick pot!)." — ca
"Possibly the best purchase I have made all year. I did a lot of research between this and the Instant Pot brand. The deal available on this was too good to pass up, though. I love that this has a non stick pan to simplify clean-up." — Mrs. Awesomeness
"I love its features, everything from the lid holder built into the handle (along with the water reservoir that catches any lid runoff) to the delay cooking option. I love how easy it is to use and clean. It gets up to pressure quickly, and the nonstick coating in the pot is excellent." — Hunter
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