The Morphy Richards Supreme Precision 3 in 1 is a slow cooker with a huge capacity and an elegant design. Its 6.5 litres is enough for 8-10 people, perfect for big families and batch cooking.
It's more expensive than most slow cookers, but unusually it has a sauté/sear mode, a fast stew mode and three different slow cooker modes. This makes it a versatile one-pot cooker.
The Morphy Richards has an elegant design, even when you're not using it. The curved pot is wide enough at the top that the base tucks away inside it when not in use. This saves space and looks far less unsightly than most slow cookers. The base design even includes a place to store the power cord neatly.
It's also unusual because it has a hot setting for searing meat or sautéing base ingredients such as onions, garlic and spices. You can use the sauté/sear mode for 15 minutes and it can be used twice in quick succession, but not more to prevent overheating. The pot is hob-safe, so you can heat or reheat food on the hob in it too.
There's no timer delay, but there are a wide range of cooking programmes. As well as sauté/sear, there's fast stew (1:30 or 1:45 hours) and three slow cooking levels (4-6 hours, 6-8 hours or 8-10 hours, with cooking times adjustable by 30 minute increments). These are controlled via two simple buttons and the remaining cooking time is shown on a digital display.
The range of programmes is a godsend. For example, if you're planning to slow-cook supper but don't get around to starting until lunchtime, with most recipes you can cheat and choose a faster programmes. After cooking, it keeps your food warm for two hours.
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The design impresses out of the box. It looks like a posh pan, not a slow cooker. And the controls, while simple, are great. You don't need to look at the instructions.
It comes with a booklet containing 14 basic recipes for stews, soups and puddings. But you'd be better off looking online where you'll find millions of slow cooker recipes to suit all tastes.
We cooked a slow-cooked quinoa and broccoli dish. The first stage is sautéing onion and garlic – perfect for the Morphy Richards as, unusually for a slow cooker, it has a sauté mode.
The pot heated up quickly and the sauté mode did the job, although we thought it was a bit too hot considering the pan isn't non-stick. Would it be a pain to clean the brown patches off afterwards?
We then added quinoa, veggies and stock and switched over to a 6-hour slow cook programme. And as instructed, we left it alone the whole time (on long slow cooker programmes it's advisable not to lift the lid and meddle, particularly in the first couple of hours, because the dish loses too much heat as a result).
Six hours later we served up a dish that tasted good, but was overcooked at the bottom. The rest was definitely moist enough, so it wasn't a case of the recipe being too dry.
The pot looked great at the table (although it doesn't retain heat like a heavy crock) and the rest of the dish tasted good. Cleaning up required a green scouring pad for the burnt-on bits at the bottom, but this wasn't as bad as expected.
Maybe. If you have a big family and need its huge 6.5 litre capacity then go ahead. It's an impressive cooker with a range of cooking programmes, but towards the end of cooking cycles it's worth stirring to prevent overcooking.
If you do decide to buy it, carefully check the size you're buying first. Morphy Richards also offers a 4.5 litre version which, confusingly, seems to have the same model number. This sells for around £10 less.
But if you don't need 6.5 litres then consider buying the Sage Risotto Plus which has similar features but also steams, cooks rice and even makes a great no-stir risotto.
This slow cooker is pricey but it looks great and its 6.5 litre capacity is good for big families.