Updated 27 Apr 2016

Sunbeam

SecretChef Electronic Sear and Slow Cooker HP8555

Snapshot: The Sunbeam SecretChef Electronic Sear and Slow Cooker HP8555’s capacity is a medium-sized 5.5L. How easy is it to use and how well does it cook?

SecretChef Electronic Sear and Slow Cooker HP8555
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$300

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Test results

Overall score
88
Slow cooking performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Slow cooking chilli beef & beans
?/10
Slow cooking corned beef
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent results for our corned beef and chilli beef.
  • Easy to use.
  • Has comprehensive instructions plus recipes.
  • Has programmable push-button controls including a timer.
  • Sears food well in the slow cooker (so there’s no need to use the stovetop).
  • Non-stick coating makes the pan easy to clean.
  • Medium-sized 5.5L capacity.

But

  • Metal handle on lid can become very hot.
  • Unit can be difficult to store (it’s large).
  • Relatively expensive.

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
$300
Type
Slow cooker

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)
5.5
Dimensions - WxHxD (cm)
48 x 29 x 32
Claimed capacity (L)

5.5

Shape
Oval

Features

Auto setting
No
Dishwasher safe
Yes
Sear
Yes
Steam
No
Warm
Yes
Pressure settings
n/a
Pressure-release valve
n/a

More Info

Note

-

Availability

-

Running costs ($/year)

Slow cooking on “low”
49
Slow cooking on “high”
32
Pressure cooking
n/a

Member reviews