Slow Cooker vs. Multi-Cooker – which countertop appliance is right for you and your family? This guide will help you decide!

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I swear, there is a new kitchen gadget popping up every day. They’re all shiny, they all serve a purpose, and they’re all very tempting. If only I had a 1,000 square foot kitchen, all my dreams would come true. Or at least my kitchen dreams. I was recently sent a KitchenAid Multi-Cooker for the purpose of a review, and I have already gotten so much use out of it. Since many people aren’t familiar with the Multi-Cooker, I wanted to compare it to a similar (yet very different) small appliance, the slow cooker.

Note: This exact Multi-Cooker is no longer available, but there are similar appliances available online.

What’s the difference?

There are a lot of differences between these two countertop appliances. Most people are already familiar with the functions of a slow cooker – it’s a great hands-off way to get your dinner (or breakfast!) on the table with very little effort.  The one thing that sets the KitchenAid slow cooker apart from the crowd is its handy “medium” setting – something that gives you much more control over your slow cooking.

kitchenaid slow cooker

What you might not be familiar with is the Multi-Cooker — a jack of many trades (and a master of all of them!). It comes with a steamer basket that converts to a roasting rack.

Product parts of a multi-cooker.

And it can be used as a kitchen timer when it’s not cooking something. That function, along with its pretty appearance makes this a front-runner for being left out on the counter!

I made a handy chart to further compare the two products so you can decide which is best for you. (Hint: buy both.)

Slow cooker vs. multicooker comparison chart.

What I like about each

Slow Cooker: The benefit of the slow cooker is its larger capacity. It’s perfect for groups and large batches of recipes. The KitchenAid slow cooker is great because of the availability of the “medium” setting and also because it automatically goes to the keep warm setting after cooking is done.

Close up of slow cooker controls.

Multi-Cooker: I’m smitten with this thing. I love that I can sear, saute, and simmer all in one appliance. And it makes the most perfect rice (I can never get rice right on the stovetop). The icing on the cake is the nonstick coating on the pot and the appearance of the multi-cooker. It looks great in my kitchen.

Rice in small purple dish.

What I’ve made in each

Slow Cooker: Oh goodness, I have so many slow cooker recipes on my site (you can also check out my slow cooker archives). Since I’ve had this KitchenAid slow cooker, I’ve made:

  • Some yummy cheesy potatoes that will be making their appearance soon.

Multi-Cooker: I’ve been trying to use as many functions as possible. So far I’ve:

Final Verdict

Obviously, if you have the space and the budget, I’d recommend both of them. They serve very different functions and I am getting tons of use out of both countertop appliances. If you HAVE to choose just one, this is what I’d recommend:

  • If you have a small family (4 or less), I’d recommend the multi-cooker. It does SO much and you’ll find yourself constantly using it. Or if you already have a slow cooker, I’d recommend picking up the multi-cooker to add to your collection. You’ll love it!
  • If you cook for a larger group or attend a lot of potlucks, I’d recommend the slow cooker for its larger capacity.


Disclaimer: I received free products from KitchenAid for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated monetarily and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are always my own.

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  1. Robert says:

    Well i just used both sliw cooker and multi cooker to make bbq ribs….both were great and the sauce eas fantastic i did 2 different flavours…i love them both

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  2. jenn says:

    Hi, I just have one question about the multi-cooker. What is the inner container that the food cooks in made of? Is it the ceramic/pottery material that traditional slow cookers are made of or is it a metal/nonstick kind of thing?

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      It’s a much lighter nonstick metal material.

  3. arsenal1981 says:

    awesome multi cooker but not surprised it’s a kitchen aid ! thanks for the contest ! have a nice we

  4. Carol Nielsen says:

    I am drooling at the possiblilies, even though I only have myself to cook for most of the time. I am anxious to know how much they cost. I have lots of Kitchen Aid products, So I know they are pricey but really worth the cost. I got my Kitchen Aid standing mixer right when a store was going out of business. Lucky on that one! Of course I would like to win a Kitchen Aid Multi Cooker. I enjoy your blogs Rachel.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thank you so much! I agree, they are absolutely worth the cost. Much better than buying appliances year after year to replace broken ones.

  5. Erin Bennett says:

    I agree- great review! I want the multi cooker am drooling over it! Has functions I would use daily!

  6. Brownie says:

    The widget isn’t coming up. Ha do I enter

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      It’s showing for me. Sometimes it doesn’t show up on mobile devices – try going to the menu and switching to “desktop view.” That should work. If not, shoot me an email and I’ll provide you with an alternative way of entering. Thanks!

  7. Jim D says:

    Hi Rachel – I really enjoyed the review. I would be sold on either one based on the KitchenAid name. I own a multi-cooker myself (different brand) and enjoy the versatility since I have a tiny kitchen and usually just cook for myself. I like how this KitchenAid has the different temperature settings.

  8. Jan B says:

    My mind is made up. It’s a multi cooker for me. I like all the things it can do. Great review.

  9. Marsha A says:

    Rice not made in a rice cooker. Amazing!

  10. Amy Tong says:

    What a great review and comparison. Really appreciate it. I guess I am more incline to the Multi Cooker after reading your post as I love all those functions! (I do wish I have the counter space for both though!) Can’t wait to try out this beautiful product in my own kitchen. :) Thanks for hosting the giveaway.