Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 130
Rated 3 out of 5 by Heather48 I am very disappointed in this product.
The food burns on the bottom on a low heat and it just does not live up to expectations.It does not release me from watching the pot and I need to add liquid to stop it catching on the bottom. I dont use it now.
10 September 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Graz Good to Use
It's great you can just leave it to do it's own thing. Easy to use and have a great meal.
9 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Makna A Cooker that stirs for you
Have been looking for an appliance to do the stirring of food for years. Since dislocating my right arm. Didn't know about this item before. Great invention for disabled people. Can now cook all the meals that have been out of my menu since I have been unable to stir while standing at a stove. Fried rice is heaps better and moist being cooked with a lid on. Cant do that if you are stirring the rice yourself. No longer have burnt sauces and custards. I found I needed to have the lid on to stop splatter and steam on bench area, when using 250% C for the crispy potato recipe. But the glass lid if left on would make the potatoes soggy. A mesh lid to stop splatter , but still allow the items to get crispy. would be a great after purchase item to include. as you cant put the lid on off center like you normally would to stop splatter, because of the stirrer. The little steam hole in the lid is not sufficient, when you want the food to be crispy after cooking.
But it cooked the crispy potatoes perfectly without the lid. Reducing tomato sauce would benefit from having a mesh lid also. Using the lid increases the temp inside the pot so you need to reduce the temp for some types of cooking if using the lid.
Having the food stirred while cooking does make a lot of difference to the taste! Risotto and custard has been out of my diet due to being unable to stir food for the require time for those
types of food. But now I can have both on the same day. Without those foods, being physically demanding
25 April 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Chrisby Almost - but not quite...!
This is a very well made product - it feels solid and does everything it claims to - so why not 5 stars? Well, it may be a bit unfair, but it is because of what it doesn't do! Ok - the stirrer does a good job, you may have to push food down from the sides occasionally (when cooking onions and spices for example) but that won't kill you - for the most part yes, you can walk away and get on with other stuff. The pot is very good quality - but food can stick to it - nothing a long soak followed by some vinegar won't cure (do NOT use even a nylon scourer - I learned this the hard way!). So - what doesn't it do? Well, when the time is up, the stirrer stops and the unit shuts itself down - but the heating plate is still hot so, with no stirring going on, this is when the food starts to stick and burn unless you are around to remove the pot. If only it would give a choice to switch automatically to keep warm (or no heat) and keep stirring at the end of cooking then this would genuinely be a fantastic cooker that could be left entirely to get on with the work without any supervision. Such a missed opportunity - such a shame!
28 March 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kalle I almost use it daily.
I've had the HomeCooker for almost a year now. Initially, put off by the price, I got my first HomeCooker from an auction site on the net.
After 2 months the stirring function stopped and as I bought it the way I did, the Warranty was void. Whilst the stirring function was being repaired I just realised how much I love using it. Hence I bought another one from John Lewis. Yes, I have 2 HomeCookers. One is a backup.
Like other comments here, for some strange reason, cooking is more tidy and kitchen is less messy. After you get used to how it operates, which is done in a snap, its all easy. This why the cookbook is particularly good. By reading the recipes I learnt the planning process for using the HomeCooker rather then trying out new recipes.
The pasta insert is the only thing I don't use. To me it is rather pointless. You have to fill the HomeCooker up with so much water, to the max, and it therefore easy over boils. Which was suggested to me the as cause of the stirring motor to fail of my first HomeCooker in the first place.
It's a doodle to clean.
13 October 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by John54 This product has all the features you need
This is so easy to use, and make various meals from scratch, having the stirring arm gives this product a great advantage the food does not seem to stick the pan. Once the food ingredients have been added just set the timer and temperature and leave it to do the rest, have only used the cooker a few times but the meals cooked in it have been excellent
30 April 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer EASY COOKING TOOL
My wife is a reluctant cook who does not enjoy cooking. Before using home cooker, she used to procrastinate cooking until last minute where we either order food or use ready to eat stuff or eat out. The cooking was limited to weekends.
Home cooker has ensured we have consistency in taste thanks to continuous automatic stirring. No more burning taste in food, consistent distribution of salt and spices.
11 April 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dmon Superb! The number one kitchen aid!
I saw this on display at John Lewis a couple of years ago now and I really wanted to buy one. Only the HomeCooker as I found the tower to be a little too much like my food processor. We've tried a few recipes already, and I don't think I've ever come across a nicer granola than the recipe in the cookbook accompanying the HC - just smelling it sends me into a dance! One thing I know for sure, is that I do love a self stirring pot!
28 January 2014