Updated 18 Jun 2015

Philips

Viva Collection HD2137

Snapshot: The Philips Viva Collection HD2137 is a multi-cooker with a large 6L capacity. How easy is it to use and how well does it cook?

Viva Collection HD2137
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$349

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Test results

Overall score
71
Slow cooking performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Slow cooking chilli beef & beans
?/10
Slow cooking lamb shanks
?/10

Good points

  • OK results for our lamb shanks (pressure cooking).
  • Excellent results for our chilli beef (pressure cooking).
  • OK results for our brown rice (pressure cooking).
  • Good results for our jasmine rice (pressure cooking).
  • Very good results for our lamb shanks (slow cooking).
  • Excellent results for our chilli beef (slow cooking).
  • Good results for sautéing and searing.
  • OK to use.
  • Controls are OK to use.
  • Has fairly comprehensive instructions with recipes.
  • Has removable cord (so you can use the cooker as a serving dish).
  • Has a pressure regulator valve (maintains the pressure by allowing some steam to escape).

But

  • Small surface area for searing larger cuts of meat.
  • No handles to control pot when stirring and removing.
  • Not stable on the bench so can slide when pressing controls.
  • Fiddly to clean (food particles can get trapped in some places).
  • Unit can be difficult to store (it’s large).
  • Cooking bowl is not dishwasher safe.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Pressure cooking (36%): weighted equally on cooking lamb shanks, chilli beef and beans and brown rice.
Slow cooking (24%): weighted equally on cooking lamb shanks and chilli beef and beans.
Ease of use (40%): assesses how easy it is to assemble, clean and store the cooker, and use its controls.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$349
Type
Multi-cooker

More test results (/10)

Pressure cooking performance
7.1
Pressure cooking lamb shanks
6.0
Pressure cooking chilli beef & beans
9.0
Cooking brown rice
6.0
Cooking jasmine rice
7.5

Specifications

Weight (kg)
5.5
Dimensions - WxHxD (cm)
35 x 31 x 30
Claimed capacity (L)

6.0

Shape
-

Features

Auto setting
-
Dishwasher safe
-
Sear
Yes
Steam
Yes
Warm
Yes
Pressure settings
3
Pressure-release valve
Yes

More Info

Note

-

Availability

-

Running costs ($/year)

Slow cooking on “low”
30
Slow cooking on “high”
22
Pressure cooking
28