Updated 12 Apr 2017

Russell Hobbs

Express Chef Digital Multi Cooker RHPC1000

Snapshot: The Russell Hobbs Express Chef Digital Multi Cooker RHPC1000 has a 6L stated capacity. How easy is it to use and how well does it cook?

Express Chef Digital Multi Cooker RHPC1000
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$270

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Test results

Overall score
76
Slow cooking performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Slow cooking chilli beef & beans
?/10
Slow cooking lamb shanks
?/10

Good points

  • Good result for lamb shanks (pressure cooking).
  • Very good result for chilli beef (pressure cooking).
  • Good result for brown rice.
  • OK result for jasmine rice.
  • Excellent result for lamb shanks (slow cooking).
  • Excellent result for chilli beef (slow cooking).
  • OK for sautéing and searing.
  • Easy to use.
  • Has comprehensive instructions plus recipes.
  • Has removable cord (so you can use the cooker as a serving dish).
  • Has trivet (raises food out of cooking liquid), serving spoon and rice measuring cup.
  • Has automatic keep warm function.
  • Has delayed start function.
  • Has safety locking lid.

But

  • Limited surface area for searing larger cuts of meat.
  • Fiddly to lock lid into position and clean lid.
  • Condensation can build up under the lid and spill.
  • Larger unit can be difficult to store and wash in the sink.
  • No handles to remove cooking bowl.
  • Food spills can become trapped around edge where lid locks in.
  • Must regularly replace silicone rubber gasket and clean out the steam-release mechanism.

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
$270
Type
Multi-cooker

More test results (/10)

Pressure cooking performance
7.8
Pressure cooking lamb shanks
7.0
Pressure cooking chilli beef & beans
8.5
Cooking brown rice
7.0
Cooking jasmine rice
5.5

Specifications

Weight (kg)
5.2
Dimensions - WxHxD (cm)
35 x 32 x 31
Claimed capacity (L)

6.0

Shape
-

Features

Auto setting
-
Dishwasher safe
Yes (but not recommended)
Sear
Yes
Steam
Yes
Warm
Yes
Pressure settings
7
Pressure-release valve
Yes

More Info

Note

-

Running costs ($/year)

Slow cooking on “low”
40
Slow cooking on “high”
21
Pressure cooking
24