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Let me start by saying that I own an Instant Pot, so I will compare the two. The Crock-Pot version operates well and if I didn't own the Instant Pot, it would seem perfectly fine. The biggest advantage is that it seems to come to pressure much more quickly. It cooks perfectly silently with no sputtering or hissing of steam. It also has a non-stick cook pot, which is a mixed blessing. It's nice that clean up is easy, but it does not develop as much fond in the pot when browning, which adds to flavor of the dishes. The biggest feature difference, which I enjoy on the Instant Pot, is the ability to override the automatic settings completely. Instant Pot allows you to cook on a manual setting and also allows you to increase the temperature for functions like saute/browning. The Crock Pot relies exclusively on the preset buttons, but allows you to increase or decrease the time. One glitch or issue was with the poultry setting. The recipe I was following instructed a 12 minute cook time. The preset for poultry came up at 15 minutes and I was unable to decrease the time though I could increase. I wondered if that was to safeguard against under-cooking poultry, or does my pot have a defect? All the other settings allow for a decrease & increase in cooking time. Overall a good appliance and a great time saver. I made a Mississipi pot roast that came out beautifully with 45 minute cooking time and General Tso's Chicken both from Amy + Jackie's website. Check out their recipes! They are wonderful!
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I have an electric pressure cooker and my mom really liked it. I saw a good deal on this Crockpot Electric pressure cooker and purchased it for her for Christmas. I really like all the options on it. This is one of the few I saw that have a saute button...so perfect for prebrowning meat for stew, sauteing onions, etc.

This Crockpot electric pressure cooker is an overall great value.

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Color: Stainless Steel|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I was always afraid of those archaic stove top pressure cookers - This is not one of those. This multi-cooker has lived up to all the hype! I absolutely love it. I can make a pot roast in about an hour and it is melt in your mouth tender. While the Express Cooker looks a little intimidating, it is actually really easy to use. It combines the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, cake maker, yogurt maker, saute/searing, steamer, warmer and sterilizer all in one unit. It has complete custom programming for pressure and non-pressure cooking. I would recommend reading through the instructions just for safety.

The good:
The saute feature is genius. It allows you to sear or semi cook something prior to pressure cooking. I've found that if I don't brown/pre-cook what I'm making, the meat doesn't have much flavor. So if I'm making stew, I use the saute feature to brown the meat in some seasoning and let it cook for 5 or 6 minutes before adding water and turning on the pressure. I've read reviews from people who use it to cook frozen meat - I can't imagine that would be very flavorful.

The pre-programmed buttons are great when you have no idea how long to cook something.

The Bad:
You need to purchase an extra seal because with repeated use, the seal absorbs the smell of the food. So if you plan on using your pot to make sweet and savory (yes this makes an excellent cheese cake) you'll need 2 different seals.

The Ugly
NOTHING
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon October 23, 2017
I chose the crock pot express over the instant pot for a number of reasons: I trust the crock pot brand, it was cheaper than IP, and I liked the nonstick pot.

Several of my friends have Instant Pots and have raved about them for well over a year. I love to cook and am usually a sucker for the latest gadget but I didn’t want another bulky appliance in the kitchen that would just sit there unused. When crock pot came out with the express cooker for a cheaper price than instant pot, I was intrigued. And then it was an extra % off at target, so I caved.

I’ve had it for 10 days and have already used it numerous. I am seriously amazed by how easy it is to use and how delicious the food turns out. I made meatloaf tonight and it was, without a doubt, the best meatloaf I have made. Plus I cooked the potatoes in the bottom of the pot, with the meatloaf in foil on top, so everything was done at once and only one pot to clean (easily might I add, due to the nonstick pot!). We have made potato soup, kalua pork and cabbage, beef stroganoff, a cheesecake (!!!), rice, meatloaf, and applesauce. All of which have been delicious. I haven’t tried it as a slow cooker yet.

The only drawback has been the lack of a manual setting. I have modified by just cooking on high pressure and turning off the pot at 3 minutes/whatever the recipe says. Not a big deal.

I highly recommend this pressure cooker. There’s no way this will be just another unused appliance in my house. With the recipes on Pinterest and the instant pot community on Facebook, I will have plenty of options for dinner time!
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on November 21, 2017
Possibly the best purchase I have made all year. I did a lot of research between this and the Instant Pot brand. The deal available on this was too good to pass up though. I love that this has a non stick pan to simplify clean-up. The one thing that I was hesitant about was that this did not have a manual setting like the Instant Pot did. The majority of recipes I have found for this call for using the manual setting. I researched on the Crockpot website though and their recommendation was to use the "Beans/Chili" setting in place of manual since it will allow you to select high or low pressure and set a custom time. I have used this for all the manual setting recipes I have made and it has worked flawlessly. I was hesitant to go with any of the off brands that I found for this device, but I felt confident going with the Crockpot brand as they have a long standing history and great reputation in the slow cooking world. I am excited to watch them grow this product line.
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on November 21, 2017
I was contemplating purchasing an Instant Pot for months but something was holding me back. We had an office party and a friend had made carnitas in under two hours using an Express Crock while in the office. My friend browned a whole five-pound pork shoulder and pressure cooked it in no time at all. It was the best carnitas I had had in a long time. It convinced me to purchase an Express Crock immediately and I haven't been disappointed since. It has saved me hours in the kitchen and has saved me quite a bit of money and it's probably saved my family's health. We used to get so much fast food and take out that our health was suffering.

We had to make a change and Express Crock came at the right time. I have been able to make delicious quick and easy meals in the time it takes me to go through a drive thru. I've made numerous meals in my Express Crock and some in under fifteen minutes. That includes the time it took me to prep, brown/saute, and cook the meal. The browning feature is so helpful to make the meal that much more flavorful. With older more traditional slow-cookers I would have to prep my meat and veg on the stove in order to get more flavor...I can now skip that step completely.

I can make one pot meals, rice, lentils, soup, chili, dessert and even yogurt (even though I haven't tried that yet.) Honestly, this is now my favorite kitchen appliance that I have and it clearly replaces a few that I already had. It is also my go to Christmas gift for the season, the price is amazing at just $49.99...I am sending this to pretty much all my family members. I just can't say enough good things about the Express Crock!
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on November 13, 2017
I am cooking again! With a busy family, I need fast! I wish I had this appliance before now! What sold me was the ability to cook with frozen meat. I can start with frozen chicken and not have to thaw! I cannot tell any difference between thawing before or when I started with frozen meat. If you are debating on spending more to get the "Instantpot," never fear. I did a good bit of research and I am very happy with the crock pot brand. I saved money and got more features by buying the Crockpot brand. My Chinese dishes are much better and faster than running for takeout, not to mention healthier and cheaper. My family was amazed at the individual Chocolate Lava cakes I was able to make quickly and easily. My picky 17-year-old son deemed them better than the restaurants and I agree. My husband loves his dinner every night and I don't mind cooking at all because I spend very little time preparing and cleaning up.
If you love boiled eggs then you will be thrilled how wonderfully and quickly they are made and they peel effortlessly. Check out Pinterest and Youtube for recipes and techniques. There is much inspiration there!
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on November 12, 2017
So far this is fantastic. I really tested it out on the first day I got it by making a 5 pound chuck roast in an hour. It was thoroughly cooked, flavorful and falling apart. I also made Halupkis, Pork Chops and today I made a 4 pound rack of baby back ribs that fell apart after 35 minutes. It's easy to use. The directions are simple and I really like the light blue large display. The pot is non-stick. You can saute, steam, slow cook, make potatoes in it. I also made brown rice in 10 minutes that was perfect. My biggest reason for getting this instead of the Instant Pot was price and I am glad I took a chance. I really like this a lot and I hope it lasts. I will do an update in a year. I also posted a photo of the baby back ribs I made.
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on November 28, 2017
This was great the first few uses. After that the bobber valve just seems to hate sealing. It was taking maybe 3-4 attempts of redrying the bobber valve and trying again for the unit to seal and manage to heat up. As that was taking 20 mins, it defeated the purpose of an express cooker. Maybe mine was defective. Returned.
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on December 4, 2017
 This thing was the best thing to happen to my kitchen for 10 days straight. Now every time I cook with it I get an E6 error message. According to the booklet that means I don’t have enough liquid inside the pot. I got this error when cooking chicken noodle soup. The pot was 1/2 full.
It doesn’t matter what I cook, I get an error message. I’m so broken hearted over this.
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