Multi cookers combine the functions of several appliances into one. Multi-function rice cookers typically have a common set of core functions, such as slow cooking, rice cooking, and sautéing. Some have special functions that excel at baking, some have extra rice and grain functions, and some can pressure cook.
Multi-cookers often have digital features such as timers, delayed start, keep warm and auto shut off, depending on the suitability of the selected cooking function. That means they offer a level of walking convenience that you won't be cooking on the stovetop.
They all have a dishwasher-safe cooking pot, usually non-stick but sometimes stainless steel.
Finally, they're available in a variety of sizes, from as small as 1.5 quarts (perfect for a single person or student living in a college apartment or kitchenette) to as large as 8 quarts or so (perfect for family dinners, whole chickens, and portioning batch cooking).
Why cook more?
There are many reasons to buy a multi-function rice cooker. Consider an if:
You're running out of cupboard space. Multi-function rice cookers do the work of multiple appliances, so you don't need to fill your cabinets with slow cookers, rice cookers, pressure cookers, ovens, steamers, hot cereal makers, and more. You just need to choose a multicooker that has all the features you need.
You want to save time on hands-on cooking. Automation features simplify cooking meats, stews, casseroles, and more.
You crave easier cleanup. Many meals can be prepared from start to finish in the multicooker, which means you only need to use one cooking pot. Just put that pan in the dishwasher and you're basically done.
They are economical. Rather than paying for multiple appliances, pay for just one item that can do the job of multiple people.