Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 128
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 5 out of 5 by Melbourne12 Suits any lifestyle
We bought ourselves one of these in autumn 2014, and were so taken with it that we bought one for each of our three children for Christmas. Everyone loves it and uses it frequently.
I think we all started with Jamie Oliver's risotto recipe. It's so successful that the machine is worth the price for risotto alone. But it produces excellent results with all sorts of Italian sauces, Indian recipes, Thai curries, cous cous, soups, stocks, gravies, custards including ice cream custards, and on and on and on. Last night we made a lovely Spanish fish, chorizo and bean stew.
Those with small children find it a particular help, since you can afford to be distracted by the demands of the youngsters, secure in the knowledge that the Home Cooker will switch itself into safe mode when the timer reaches zero.
It's also great for teaching older children to cook, since it will neither forget to stir and so scorch the food, nor stir so vigorously that it slops over. In fact, it's almost impossible to fail.
The steamer works well for things like cous cous, but to be honest we haven't used the pasta basket. Make your sauce in the Home Cooker and boil the pasta in a separate pan!
Once you're accustomed to the Home Cooker, you can adapt any number of recipes for it. After 6 months of use, it's firmly established as one of our favourite kitchen machines. And, as a final plus, it's dead easy to clean.
14 February 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Neddy This is a very adaptable appliance
We use this product for mainly rice and pasta dishes and also for making soup and porridge.
The automatic stirring function is invaluable.
22 December 2013