Tefal 8 in 1 Multi Cooker – Review & Giveaway

It is not very often that as a food blogger, I approach a company myself to ask to review a product. Mainly, this is because I receive more requests than I can cope with, but more so, by asking for a product I don’t want it to seem as though I am trying to get it for free!

In the case of the Tefal 8 in 1 Multi Cooker, I did approach the company myself, because I was genuinely interested in trying it out and putting it through its paces. Tefal were happy to send me the cooker on loan.

I am finding it very hard to justify any more new equipment in my already short-of-space kitchen, but had specifally been on the hunt for a slow-cooker that could do a bit more than well, just slow cook.

In my own research, I came across the Tefal 8 in 1 Multi-Cooker and I was intrigued as to whether it really could do everything it promised to do on the box!

In the US, the equivalent machine is the Emeril by T-Fal 8 in 1 Multi Cooker.

The Tefal 8 in 1 Multi Cooker has the following functions -

– White rice
– Quick rice
– Brown rice
– Grains
– Oatmeal porridge
– Slow Cooking
– Steaming
– Dessert

Based on these functions, you can cook rices, pulses and grains, porridge, steamed foods such as vegetables, chicken or fish, as well as soups, slow-cooked stews and cassroles and even desserts and cakes. It offers table top cooking, meaning that it gets plugged into the mains via an electric cable and is self-contained. Inside, there is a non-stick removable bowl (that your food will get cooked in) and a removal steamer tray. The bowl can go into the dishwasher.

It has an electronic settings panel with a red light to indicate which function is in use. There is a ‘delayed start’ function and a ‘keep warm’ function, too.

The cooker uses 700W and comes with a one year Tefal guarantee. It has the capacity to cook 2.2 litres of food or 10 cups. Initially, I thought it wouldn’t be big enough to cook a family meal, compared to other slow cooker capacities, but in fact, the bowl holds more than enough to feed a family of four, in some cases, with food leftover.

The three rice functions (white, quick, brown) and fourth grain function are useful because (if you follow the instructions correctly adding the right amount of water) the cooker will automatically detect how long to cook the grains for without them becomming over-cooked or mushy.

You can also use the white rice function to cook a risotto, opening the lid after twenty or so minutes of cooking the rice to add your chicken, seafood, peas, veg etc to continue cooking. You can make a paella in the same way and you can also make rice pudding with little effort. My kids got over-excited about this fact and now demand rice pudding and jam most nights. As to grains, you can cook anything from Bulgar wheat to quinoa, which you can then leave to cool to add to salads.

The porridge function takes around 20 minutes, so it takes longer than cooking oats on the stove top or in the microwave, but the ‘keep warm’ function means that you can put on a bigger batch of porridge which can be kept warm and eaten at different times. So, for example, I usally cook porrigde first thing in the morning for the children. I then leave it to keep warm, come back home from the school run, have a bowl myself and it is also still warm for my husband to eat before he sets off for work. I then look like super-wife for having warm porridge at the ready!

The slow-cooking function does just that, it slow-cooks stews, casseroles, bolognese, chile con carne etc within minimum input and effort required from me. You can get quite a big batch, so it is great for cooking larger amounts with a few portions left over to freeze. You can set the timer, or leave it to work it out. It will automatically switch to ‘keep warm’ once the cycle has finished.

The most interesting function is the steam function because using the steamer basket, you add a cup of water to the main bowl, and steam your fish, chicken or veg in just a few minutes, closing the lid. However, you can also use the steam programme to cook soup in the main bowl, which takes around 25 minutes. Or use the steam function to make quicker casseroles,  if you don’t have the time or patience to slow cook. I have also used the steam function to make steamed chocolate and cherry puddings.

You can cook sponges and cakes using the desserts setting, too, although this is the function I have used least, simply because I prefer baking. You can get great results on sponge-based puddings, such as treacle sponge or spotted dick.

All in all, for a kitchen gadget that takes up minimal space on your work top, I have found the 8 in 1 Multi Cooker to be extremely versatile and helpful. The very best thing about it, is its ability to detect when food is cooked. So, if like me, you have a tendency to put a pan on the stove and then forget about it, only to come back to a burnt pan, this will be a welcome addition! If you have no stove cooker, limited space or perhaps are moving or are having your kitchen renovated, you would be able to plug this in and still have an easy-to-prepare hot meal ready whenever you need it. I’m taking mine with me on a caravanning holiday later this summer. Rock and roll!

The Tefal 8 in 1 Multi Cooker is available through many retailers and costs around £69.99. The price is reasonable, in my view, given the number of different functions and the results I have had using it to cook family food. It also comes with a recipe booklet to get you started.  You would spend a lot more buying a slow-cooker, steamer and rice cooker as three separate items, and they would obviously take up a lot more space.

There is a valve to clean, which was a bit fiddly at first, but I got the hang of how to release it after a couple of goes. It is very quiet and doesn’t make anything like the kind of noise a pressure cooker makes. Some steam comes out through the top, so keep it away from little hands.

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With many thanks to Tefal for sending me this product for review. I was offered no incentive to write a positive review and the suggestion to host a giveaway for Tefal was my own.  

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Comments

  1. Slanna says

    I just wonder if 8in1 switches off when it is steaming things or you need to do it manually? I just afraid of burning the machine down if I do not add enough water.

  2. Hayley Todd says

    This sounds brilliant and just what I need! The first thing I would make would be a 5-Bean Vegetarian Chilli-Con-Carne :-)

  3. Pat Stubbs says

    For my favourite pork and leek casserole – greek style as slow cooking is their forte

  4. Dragonfly63 says

    I would use it to make jam with someof the lovely fresh berries coming out of the garden now.

  5. Amy Gallagher says

    Due to being a busy wife and mother to 2 children, whilst also studying a degree in Midwifery at University, this would make a fantastic addition to help making cooking easier and also fun for the children to join in. Fantastic little gadget, seems too good to be true!

  6. Roxanne says

    Baking? I’ve always been curious about how it would turn out in one of these. I’d have to give it a try if I won one!

  7. Michelle Rayner says

    I’d think I’d have to make a chinese steamed vegetable dish and enjoy experiementing with the different functions

  8. Elizabeth says

    I know it is simple- but i would start with rice as i am hopeless at cooking rice! Mustn’t try to walk before i can run!

  9. says

    This would be a great asset in my tiny little kitchen. I think the first thing I would cook in it would be a chocolate and some seasonal fruit pudding. Comfort food reigns this week! Good luck everyone! x Kay

  10. Sarah Pilbeam says

    I would cook casserole as my hubby works long hours and I could keep it in there for him when he gets home x

  11. Rona Gough says

    The Tefal 8 in 1 Multi Cooker would be perfect for healthy easy meals in the caravan.

  12. Theresa Hailey says

    Would love to try this, I seem to be unable to get the hang of light fluffy rice, mine always ends up burnt to the bottom of the pan :$

  13. Paul Kay says

    I would cook my Pork in Orange and Rosemary sauce casserole which is best done in a slow cooker.

  14. margaret scott says

    I would make “all-in-one” meals like chicken casserole first. I think it would be very useful and fuel-efficient if you cook for one.

  15. Rich says

    i would you this to cook rice for all those chillies and wraps also slow cooking is a favorite as a busy person to have a meal ready when you get home it would be a great addition to my kitchen

  16. Sarah says

    I’d like to cook a proper beefy casserole with dumplings. It would be great to cook without having to have the oven on for hours. Then perhaps I’d attempt a rice pudding.

  17. sue willshee says

    I’d try making a gluten free sponge pudding to see whether keeping it all enclosed in a cooker like this makes it lighter and spongier than baking in a standard over, because gluten free cakes tend to be drier than normal.

  18. sian hallewell says

    Hoping it would make a great spotted dick, great pudding, but I hate having to steam them- this would be so much easier

  19. Anthea Holloway says

    I would use it to cook rice as I am not very good at getting rice just right!

  20. chris bull says

    The first thing I’d try to cook is a risotto, would love to be able to just let it get on and cook itself :-)

  21. Emily Fowler says

    I’d cook rice first – for some reason I always manage to ruin it when I cook it normally!

  22. Rikka B. says

    I’m veggie, so either a vegetable stew, a soup. or use the rice function for a risotto

  23. Stu says

    Think I’d be brave and try a risotto. Never made one before but they keep making them on Masterchef and stuff so it can’t be that hard.
    Can it?!?

  24. Lemknip Pink says

    Chicken breasts & a selection of vegetables .. healthy, low fat and moe importantly, delicious!

  25. Paul Duquemin says

    I can just imagine what perfectly cooked rice tastes like, as it seems to be the only element of cooking which fails in my house!

  26. Jane Morrice says

    Looks great. I would definitely use it to cook rice properly. I can never manage to do it right, it always turns out a bit stodgy.

  27. Charlotte Hoskins says

    An all in one stew – great for putting on in the morning and then being ready after a long day at work :)

  28. Jared Whittingham says

    Porridge would have to be first on my list (for Breakfast) followed by a nice beef stew for my tea. :)

  29. Steph Armstrong says

    For steamed sponges as they take so long to cook and steam my whole kitchen up.

  30. Joanne Roper says

    This is a fantastic prize, hopefully it will mean I can actually make cook rice properly!

  31. Toyah Rusby says

    Id probably try out the rice cooker and see if i can start givng my family some non-stodgy rice for dinner ne evening. Im a terrible cook! lol

  32. Hannah Whitling says

    Think i’d start with a castile of some sort. Been a while since I last had a home made one, I don’t have a slow cooker so this would be ideal, eapecially with it being multi function, I’ve only a small kitchen with limited worktop space so have to be careful with what I have on it. I can see myself experimenting much more with food with this.

  33. Sheila O'Donoghue says

    I would try a sponge first just to see how well it can cook a pud…and then I would steam veg.
    This looks a great gadget

  34. Michelle Grundy says

    Ooh this is a lovely piece of kit! I would have a go at a steamed sponge pudding first, probably syrup (as it’s MY favourite!)

  35. Stephanie Post says

    Wow I have always wanted one of these. I would cook rice pudding because when I was little my mum used to make me it all the time and it is the best thing I have ever tasted. However I am such a terrible cook this would probably help me to get the closest taste towards my mum’s special rice pudding.

  36. Janet bagnall says

    A nice spicy curry, always better when the flavours have had time to infuse

  37. rachael jones mann says

    i would use it to create a steemed syrup pudding like my nan used to make !

  38. June Gaynor says

    I’ve been wanting a slow-cooker, but this does so much more, sounds great!

  39. Nicola says

    I love cooking Japanese food, so I’d definitely be trying sushi rice first.
    Thanks for the review!

  40. Rosemary says

    The first thing I would cook if I had one of these is rice! I’ve been thinking of buying a rice cooker because I always seem to overcook rice. I already have a slow cooker so a single gadget that would do both, and more, sounds fantastic.

  41. carol wilson says

    would love to try a few of the desserts with this. and when winter comes it would be perfect for slow cooking stews and casseroles

  42. Paula Walters says

    Add all the ingredients for a stew then come home from work to a hot meal waiting

  43. Andrea F says

    Sounds fab, I’d really like one of these, especially for winter warming stews

  44. Laura Wilkins says

    This sounds super useful! And I love the idea of a beautiful slow cooked chilli, I think I’d make that first.. x

  45. Rachel Marr says

    I would cook a very rich beef in red wine with 3 heads of garlic and loads of button mushrooms, served with hot crusty bread and wholegrain mustard mash, and of course a large glass of red! Yummy

  46. sarah fleck says

    Sounds great, the first thing i would use it for would be to cook a curry.

  47. DANIELLE VEDMORE says

    Would have to be a lovely beef casserole – bet the beef would be so tender! xoxo

  48. christine y says

    WOW I have the 3in1 tefal cooker…and has been totally overused and getting tired. I love making slowcooked meals, as with a young baby I can get it together turn it on and forget…my favourite is a beef casserole with all the vegies and potatoes included

  49. Kulwinder Lombardelli says

    I would definitely cook rice first. My rice never comes out correctly.

  50. Farhana Haque says

    Rice as we have that often, followed by desserts as I am a sweet tooth!

  51. lyndsey b says

    I would have to try the Chocolate and cherry puddings they sound amazing!!!

  52. Summer Atlanta Rowley says

    I’d use it to steam some vegetables for my family because we don’t eat enough steamed things which means we don’t get as many vitamins

  53. says

    I hold my hands up! I’m such a rubbish cook lol & with 4 kids I like food that’s quick and simple to cook! But they all love stew I would love to be able to cook earlier in the day and just serve at dinner time, instead of the usual mad rush to get 4 meals cooked :) great comp xx

  54. Lynn Fancy says

    You know I was actually thinking today that I really feel like stew and dumplings! I cannot believe I have my heating on and want wholesome food, it’s like October! So yes Stew! Thank you for such a great comp!

  55. Alistair Richardson says

    I think I would like to make steamed Dim Sum in this. Sounds an awesome bit of kit.

  56. Jennie Moore says

    I would definitely try rice first and hope it doesn’t go sticky as usual!

  57. says

    I’d like to try the rice cooking functions, as I find cooking brown rice on the hob such a hit and miss experience. It would be great to have it done perfectly.

  58. Phyllis Ellett says

    Interested that one of its many features is that it is a slow cooker. So would try the family favourite first, a slow cooked sausage casserole. To see if it matches up to or even better the one that we have been cooking for years.

  59. Sally Hatton-Crowther says

    Chocolate steamed pudding! I usually use the microwave – but the slower they cook the nicer they are.

  60. Kate Cunningham says

    I would use it to cook rice. I used to have a rice cooker when I lived in Japan and adored it but didn’t bring it back with me.

  61. Beverley says

    Some kind of braising steak/red wine sauce/mushrooms/onions concoction, I think. Sounds perfect.

  62. Emma L Clarke says

    I would cook rice. I have such a hard time getting mine to go nice and fluffy :(
    @emma1111111

  63. Jane Willis says

    I’d use it to cook basmati rice. I love the smell of basmati rice cooking!

  64. nichola armstrong says

    I would love to cook a casserole of stew with dumplings in this, you cant beat a good old stew whatever the season :0)

  65. Martina says

    Brown rice – because it usually takes too long I don’t bother with it often but I like the taste.

  66. Linda Johnson says

    Oops, didnt read the full question! Please delete my last post lol, sorry!

    Now the only thing missing is the naked hunk wearing just a pinny!
    I’d slow cook a rabbit stew out here in the sticks and wait for the aromas to lure one of the gorgeous single farmers in from a couple of fields away!

  67. says

    It would have to be porridge, for all the family, and with the keep warm feature I could have second helpings!!

  68. says

    I think I would 1st make a “slow cooking” meal. I’ve just borrowed my mother in law’s slow cooker as im obsessed with that at the moment. Not exactly sure which recipe I would make though.

  69. Georgina Hopkins says

    I’d use it to slow cook a spinach, sweet potato and chickpea curry – my little boys favourite :)

  70. kim mayhead says

    I would cook rice, because i am awful at cooking that right and would be able to steam cook it in here.

  71. Janet Ashenden says

    My husband used my slow cooker for 90 days on the trot while I was in hospital, but it was already old and he managed to crack the ceramic pot. What I’d give for one of these Rolls royce models!

  72. Susan Tuke says

    I would use it to slow cook a vegetarian casserole, so it would be ready when I got home.

  73. vanessa crowley says

    i would use it to help myself learn to cook more fun and exciting things

  74. CHRISTINE ANDREWS says

    l’m a Lancashire lass – so would cook a Lancashire hotpot – ps l love Betty Turpin in Coronation Street

  75. Carolin says

    I would cook a stew with beef, potatoes, mushrooms and garlic, would love a slow cooker cus i actually always have to cook slooooooowly without it! :)

  76. katrina dunn says

    this would look so lovely in my new kitchen, and would take up much less space than having individual appliances

  77. Linda Hobbis says

    I’d make a lovely chicken casserole to feed hubby when he comes home late (as usual!)

  78. julie kenny says

    Great review and fab giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win. I would make some soup first! Its my kids favourite :-)

  79. laura banks says

    it would have to be rice to see if i can make it perfect because mine usually looks more like wall paper paste x

  80. EMMA CELLA says

    I would use the multi cooker to make a big pot of chilli con carne because it’s my favourite Dinner

  81. Deirdre says

    What a fantastic prize. I would find it brilliant for curries using less tender cuts of meat – like oxtail or lamb neck – to save money and let the meat break down over the hours of slow cooking! Would be delicious. Also, to be able to get the perfect rice, that’s a bonus. Something I can never manage!

  82. Rainie Bish says

    Even though we are supposed to be in the middle of our summer I would make a lovely warming stew first

  83. MRF Saunders says

    I’d likw to try cooking porridge. It would be nice not to worry about burning it!

  84. Sharon McGuinness says

    I would use this to make a sausage casserole. The slow cooking function is brilliant for making stews and casseroles which can be set up in the morning and a lovely warm meal is ready by tea-time.

    Fingers crossed as I would love this. Good Luck Everyone.

  85. Elisa Wright says

    I’d try rice as it’s the one thing I really can’t do right. Always seems to end up too hard or too soggy no matter what I do!

  86. Laura Caraher says

    fab giveaway and review, I would make some sausage casserole as with all the rainy weather in Inverness I really fancy some comfort food:-)

  87. Wila Jones says

    I’d try a pot roast first – one of my family’s faves so this would really test it out!

  88. Cat H Adams says

    I would use it to experiment with a yummy pudding as I have a VERY sweet tooth…after that a lovely slow cooked curry ..yum yum!

  89. thepricklypinecone says

    I would use the slow cooker function to cook a lovely fall of the bone pork dinner.

  90. Lisa Waugh says

    I wouldn’t use it as i am married to a chef and have not cooked for 13 years. but he would use it to cook a sausage casserole yummy!!

  91. Gary says

    Hi,

    It does seem like something worthy of being on you countertop all the time.

    Will look into these a bit more!

    Regards,

    Gary

  92. Tracy K Nixon says

    Great review and giveaway! Thank you! I would make some home made broth first! I follow my mum’s recipe and it is lovely – so full of goodess and the kids love it!

  93. says

    I would use the multi cooker to make a big pot of chilli con carne because it’s my favourite comfort food :)

  94. suburban prep says

    My aunt has a pasta sauce that I have been wanting to try that she makes in a crock pot I would make that.

  95. ali thorpe says

    My brother and sis-in-law have a slow cooker and they are big fans so I would experiment with that function with a rich chicken stew! (Then, I would try the steaming function to try to create a yummy pud).

  96. Fiona Moore says

    Sounds great. Been looking for a rice cooker for ages and this fits the bill in so many ways as we eat a lot of brown rice. Also use slow cooker a lot. My partner has intolerances to gluten, dairy, pulses, eggs, shellfish, nuts, raw tomatoes and sesame. I have to come up with new or alternative recipes I use the slow cooker a lot.

  97. Hazel says

    I would use it to make a casserole – with people coming in at different times the “keep warm” function would be invaluable.