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Crock-Pot Express Review

The Crock-Pot Express is perfect for anyone wanting a cheaper pressure cooker option.

Our Verdict

The device has plenty of functions to help you cook a delicious meal in a safe, accelerated fashion without having to spend a ton of money.

For

  • It is one of the least expensive pressure cookers we tested.

Against

  • Delay start can only be set for four hours.
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The Crock-Pot Express comes with a colorful recipe book to help you get cooking.

The Crock-Pot Express comes with a colorful recipe book to help you get cooking.
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The Crock-Pot Express comes with a steamer rack and a rice spoon.

The Crock-Pot Express comes with a steamer rack and a rice spoon.
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The lid of the Crock-Pot Express makes it easy to tell if your device is in the locked or unlocked position.

The lid of the Crock-Pot Express makes it easy to tell if your device is in the locked or unlocked position.
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The Crock-Pot Express’ cord measures only 32.8 inches, making it the shortest cord in our comparison.

The Crock-Pot Express’ cord measures only 32.8 inches, making it the shortest cord in our comparison.
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There are eight preset food buttons and three cooking methods featured on the Crock-Pot Express.

There are eight preset food buttons and three cooking methods featured on the Crock-Pot Express.
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Once you have selected a preset button, the display tells you where it is in the cooking process.

Once you have selected a preset button, the display tells you where it is in the cooking process.
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The cord is detachable, making it easier to store and clean the Crock-Pot Express.

The cord is detachable, making it easier to store and clean the Crock-Pot Express.
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The lid features a handle, making it easier to secure and remove the Crock-Pot Express.

The lid features a handle, making it easier to secure and remove the Crock-Pot Express.
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The Crock-Pot Express’ inner bowl is made of a metal blend with a non-stick coating.

The Crock-Pot Express’ inner bowl is made of a metal blend with a non-stick coating.
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Make sure to never place food or liquids above the Crock-Pot’s maximum fill line or else it might not function properly.

Make sure to never place food or liquids above the Crock-Pot’s maximum fill line or else it might not function properly.
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The Crock-Pot Express’ inner pot was one of the hardest ones to clean.

The Crock-Pot Express’ inner pot was one of the hardest ones to clean.
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Crock-Pot covers this pressure cooker with a one-year warranty.

Crock-Pot covers this pressure cooker with a one-year warranty.
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The Crock-Pot Express’ delay start only works up to four hours. Most other devices can go up to 24.

The Crock-Pot Express’ delay start only works up to four hours. Most other devices can go up to 24.
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The Crock-Pot Express automatically keeps your food warm once it finishes cooking.

The Crock-Pot Express automatically keeps your food warm once it finishes cooking.
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Be careful when releasing pressure as the Crock-Pot’s escaping steam will be hot.

Be careful when releasing pressure as the Crock-Pot’s escaping steam will be hot.

The Crock-Pot Express is perfect for anyone wanting a cheaper pressure cooker option. It doesn’t cook foods as nicely as higher rated pressure cookers in our comparison, but it can still provide you with decent meals quickly. Since it only comes in a 6-quart size, it is best when used for a family of four or less.

Unfortunately, the company doesn’t make any larger or smaller sizes, so 6 quarts is all you can get. In our testing, this machine was able to handle the rice test with ease, cooking thoroughly and leaving the grains only slightly sticky. From start to finish, overall rice cooking took about 28 minutes and 28 seconds, which is on the longer side of our comparison. The pot roast recipe turned out decent, but our testers noted that it was somewhat dryer than preferred.

This pressure cooker features eight cooking presets, including meat/stew, beans/chili, rice/risotto, yogurt, poultry, dessert, soup and multigrain. You can also use the slow cook, steam or brown/sauté setting to get your food cooked just the way you want it. The simple interface allows you to change the amount of pressure and cook time applied to your food so you can get just the right consistency. If you like to schedule your meals in advance, this might not be the best device for you since the delay start feature can only be set for a maximum of four hours. Many pressure cookers let you program the device 24 hours in advance.

While the outer shell of this device is made of stainless steel, the inner pot is a metal blend with a non-stick coating. Many users have reported that the pot’s non-stick coating easily gets tarnished or dinged after its first few uses. The pot is machine washable but the company recommends that you hand wash it to maintain the inner coating. If you’d prefer a pressure cooker with a stainless steel pot, you might be interested in Instant Pot. The Crock-Pot Express wasn’t the easiest to clean, taking a few minutes longer to scrub off grime and food from the inner walls.

Crock-Pot covers this device with a one-year warranty, which is neither the best nor the worst coverage we’ve seen. It features plenty of safety precautions, like an airtight locking lid that only opens when the pressure has been released so you can feel safe using it. This machine is large for a 6-quart cooker, which might make it difficult to store in a cabinet, countertop or shelf.