Fagor LUX Multi-Cooker – Best Multifunction Cooker For You?

Fagor LUX Multi-Cooker – Best Multifunction Cooker For You?

Does the convenience of using an all-in-one multi-cooker to replace all your other small kitchen appliances live up to all the hype? Is this really a kitchen “game-changer”? Or is this just another device that’s going to end up gathering dust and taking up space in your overcrowded cupboard? Read the review and see if the Fagor LUX Multi-Cooker is indeed the best multifunction cooker for you.

Name: Fagor LUX Multi-Cooker
Website: http://www.fagoramerica.com
Price: Hover your mouse over the image below for price
Owners: FAGOR America Inc.
Overall Rank: 90 out of 100

Fagor LUX Multi-Cooker, Product Overview

The Fagor Multi-Cooker is a multi-function cooker that in one convenient package can do many of the most common tasks that now take 5 or 6 specialized appliances in your kitchen.

In one convenient appliance, you can pressure cook (high and low), slow cook (high and low), make yogurt, cook brown or white rice, and risotto.

The cooking assist features are simmer, sauté, brown, and steam. with keep warm and time delay functions.

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

In GoodHousekeeping lab tests, the Fagor LUX was rated Best of the Test.

It came up to pressure in less than 32 minutes, 15 minutes faster than the Instant Pot. The pressure drops in 3 minutes in quick-release mode.

The Fagor LUX Multi-Cooker is one of only a few multi-cookers that features a yogurt maker.

Rice is perfectly cooked and in brown-mode, meat is evenly browned.

It beeps when it reaches pressure and the timer starts counting down, a feature that other multi-cookers don’t have. Keep-Warm mode is automatically switched on up to 12 hours when the cooking cycle is done. The Time-Delay function can be set for up to 6 hours.

Controls are intuitive and easy to use and the owners manual is well written and easy to follow.

The removable blue ceramic inner pot is easily cleaned.

The Bad:

More expensive than the Instant Pot.

It comes with a blue non-stick ceramic inner cooking pot. Although there is nothing wrong with ceramic, a stainless steel cooking pot is much better for sautéing and browning. Also, even the toughest non-stick coatings eventually end up with surface scratching. If you want a stainless steel pot you can buy it separately for an additional cost.

The Instant Pot’s handle functions as a lid holder. The Fagor LUX does not have this feature meaning you have to set the lid down on the counter.

The Fagor LUX Multi-Cooker does not come with any accessories, for example, a stainless steel steam rack (trivet).

Who is the Fagor LUX Multicooker For?

The Fagor LUX Multicooker is for anyone that wants a single appliance to replace most, if not all, small kitchen appliances without giving up cooking quality or taste.

If you want to replace your pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and yogurt maker with one convenient all-in-one device than the Fagor LUX Multicooker is for you.

Fagor LUX Multicooker Customer Reviews

Amazon Rating 4.0 out of 5 stars

5.0 out of 5 stars I am very pleased with this cooker. on September 10, 2015, Size: 8 Quart|Color: Silver|Verified Purchase

UPDATE: I have been using the cooker routinely for over a year now. Sometimes twice a day. After hundreds of meals, it looks nearly new. Loads of perfect sushi rice. I prepare one of our favorite meals by pressure cooking 2 cups of long grain rice with 2 cups of chicken stock for 10 minutes. After fluffing the rice in the pot, I lay a cold seasoned fish fillet right on top and seal the lid. After 30 minutes or so at “keep warm,” the fish is perfectly steamed and the rice is light and flavorful.
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It works perfectly, feels rugged, and is so handsome my kitchen look better. Although I cook mostly just for myself, I bought the 8 qt model. This is the volume you get filled to the brim. It can only be filled to 5 1/2 qt for pressure cooking, and it has 50% more browning surface than the 6 qt model. I can get 2 rotisserie chickens in there for stock or a 12 pound batch of stew. The larger model is 14 inches high in the closed position. The main cylinder is about 12 inches in diameter. So it is an easy fit for a tiny kitchen — comfortable under wall cabinets. It is best left on the counter. I can afford to devote a precious foot to its permanent presence since it does so many things.I also bought the stainless steel bowl because that is what I need for browning. It is weakly magnetic. Handy to have an extra bowl and a nonstick finish option for rice. They are beautifully made, but the pressed in graduations are hopelessly inaccurate and useless. I put the bowl on a scale to weigh in ingredients. The inside bottom radius is pretty tight, so I am careful to stir food out of the corner as it slow cooks. One slight irritation is the bowl spins freely inside the cooker. So stirring is a 2 handed task. The bowls are 7 inches high and 9 1/4 inches in diameter. It is quick and easy to scald a jug of milk with a water jacket for the “Yogurt By The Gallon” technique.The instruction manual is useful with cooking timetables for dozens of generic ingredients. The Fagor website offers a PDF with dozens of tested full recipes. So it is easy to get started with good results.Of course preparing foods well is most important, but speed and convenience are the key features. Opening and closing the lid is an easy single-handed twist and lift. It weighs only 2 1/2 pounds. With warm-up and cool down, beans take an hour instead of all day. Mirepoix is tender in a blink. I can get a dozen servings of luxurious soup or meals with no fuss. Clean up with a bottle brush is ridiculously easy. It uses very little power (1 or 2 cents per meal) and the outside surfaces never seem to get too hot to handle. This means my kitchen stays comfortably cool. It also gives me the confidence to leave the cooker unattended. There is no drama; just perfectly cooked food in a hurry with no bother.

3.0 out of 5 stars Works great, very versatile….until it died. on August 16, 2015, Size: 8 quarts|Color: Silver|Verified Purchase

Nicely packed and, as always with Amazon Prime, delivered quickly.

I have already used my new cooker about ten times so far to make several soups, a stew, pork chops with onions and potatoes, Swiss steak, garlic mashed potatoes, risotto and even mac & cheese! My new Lux Pot works great and takes the guesswork out of cooking, especially pressure cooking. Who’d have thought I’d ever pressure cook mac & cheese? Filled to about 3/4″ from the rim, I got 7 quarts of soup. I have two Fagor stove top pressure cookers, two slow cookers, several enameled iron Dutch ovens and a bunch of stock pots I may never use again!

Update: Reduced rating from 5 to 3 stars. As stated above, I love(d) the way this multi-cooker performed… until it didn’t. As I was browning country ribs in preparation for tonight’s dinner it simply stopped working – no heat, no lights, no nothing. Tried it in two other outlets but no joy. I’m usually not lucky like this but when my Fagor cooker failed it was within a month of my order so can return it to Amazon, not Fagor. I’ve had good experiences with Fagor stove-top pressure cookers so I don’t know if this suggests a problem with their electronics or was just a fluke. I’m going to look around before I replace it but since it’s one of the few 8 qt. pots offered I might just buy another one.

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Appliance in My Kitchen on May 30, 2015, Size: 8 quarts|Color: Silver|Verified Purchase

Wow…..this thing is fantastic…..it browns, sautés, simmers, slow cooks and pressure cooks…..it’s a great rice cooker……it heats quickly as opposed to some of the other electric pressure cookers…..have not had to adjust recipe times….have moved treasured items from kitchen counter to make permanent space for the most used cooking appliance in the kitchen……I cook things now that I would never have attempted….wonderful things…no more canned items…..stews, soups, sauces, all quick and easy now……one of the best-supporting cookbooks has been the America’s Test Kitchen Pressure Cooker cookbook…..I only regret not having purchased this appliance much sooner…buy it….it’s the most practical/convenient cooking appliance you’ll ever have….(PS….I have a Viking stove)…

 

My Final Opinion of Fagor LUX Multicooker

The Fagor LUX Multicooker fulfills expectations perfectly, doing the job of several other small appliances with less counter space, high efficiency, high quality, ease of use and ease of cleaning.

I give the Fagor LUX Multicooker 90 out of 100 and recommended Buy.

          

Looking for something else? Try my  Multi-Function Cookers page.


Do you have a Fagor LUX Multicooker? What is your opinion? Please leave your comments or questions in the comment box below.


2 Replies to “Fagor LUX Multi-Cooker – Best Multifunction Cooker For You?”

  1. Hey there,

    Wow, I didn’t know there are multifunction cookers out ther! I love the fact that these are so compact and perfect for smaller apartments. My sister is living in one since she attends university in another country. And it’s her birthday soon, this might just be th practical gift I’m looking for!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Anh

    1. Perfect. Glad to have helped you learn about multi-function cookers.

      They are great for small kitchens and kitchenettes doing so much in a small space. Have a look at my Multi-function Cookers page to see which one is the right one for your sister.

      https://smallkitchenappliances

      Ed

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