Updated 12 Apr 2017

KitchenAid

Multi Cooker with Stir Tower 5KMC4244

Snapshot: The KitchenAid Multi Cooker with Stir Tower 5KMC4244 has a 3.8L stated capacity. How easy is it to use and how well does it cook?

Multi Cooker with Stir Tower 5KMC4244
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$899

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Test results

Overall score
84
Slow cooking performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Slow cooking chilli beef & beans
?/10
Slow cooking corned beef
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent result for corned beef and chilli beef.
  • Excellent result for jasmine rice and brown rice using rice function.
  • Good for sautéing and searing.
  • Easy to use.
  • Has comprehensive instructions plus recipes.
  • Has a timer.
  • Has stirring blade attachment to help circulate ingredients.
  • Has steaming basket and roasting rack.
  • Has memory function (will remember last cooking method if left plugged in).
  • Cooking bowl has pouring spout.
  • Has pre-programmed cooking functions.
  • Some functions have automatic keep warm settings.

But

  • Poor result for risotto using the stir-tower attachment.
  • Using the stir tower results in uneven cooking.
  • Only has one setting for slow-cooking.
  • Small surface area for searing larger cuts of meat (may need to sear in batches).
  • Condensation can build up under lid and spill.
  • Larger unit can be difficult to store and wash in the sink.
  • Cooking bowl has two small handles with limited grip so can be difficult to lift with a load.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Corned beef (30%): tested performance on a “low” setting.
Chilli beef and beans (30%): tested performance on a “high” setting.
Ease of use (40%): assessed ease of assembly, storage, controls and cleaning.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$899
Type
Slow cooker plus

More test results (/10)

Pressure cooking performance
n/a
Pressure cooking lamb shanks
n/a
Pressure cooking chilli beef & beans
n/a
Cooking brown rice
n/a
Cooking jasmine rice
n/a

Specifications

Weight (kg)
4.7
Dimensions - WxHxD (cm)
38 x 31 x 31
Claimed capacity (L)

3.8

Shape
Round

Features

Auto setting
Yes
Dishwasher safe
Yes (but not recommended)
Sear
Yes
Steam
Yes
Warm
Yes
Pressure settings
n/a
Pressure-release valve
n/a

More Info

Note

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Running costs ($/year)

Slow cooking on “low”
29
Slow cooking on “high”
34
Pressure cooking
n/a