Meh buyers, if you get a line on any Breville/Polyscience Control Freaks let me know. I mean, I bet they’re not exactly on closeout anywhere but just in case you run across a container full of refurbs or something.
@djslack Breville would be WAY more likely than Polyscience but we will keep an eye out. If we find some Breville you better not complain that it’s not cheap enough AND you also have to buy them all. Deal?
You can get a good 6-qt pressure cooker that does all of this (and also, you know, pressure cooks) for not much more. You could probably find a sturdy Breville on sale for twice the price if you waited.
Seems like a product that doesn’t know what audience it’s supposed to be targeting.
@harveydanger Yeah I was thinking same thing: I have something similar to this, a Ninja brand. But got it on clearance about 10 years ago. I does what it says but I didn’t really like the non-stick system, and also it was a bit large for what I usually wanted to cook.
I recently got a smaller Instant-Pot style (but not Instant Pot brand) pot, with stainless steel insert instead of non-stick. It can sautee (so you can cook onions or brown meat first), then it has a slow-cook setting. So those two things this Meh one will do also. But the Instant Pot style can also pressure-cook. So after using the Sautee mode, I put the pressure lid on and cooked for 35 minutes (instead of hours of slow cooking). It turned out great. So that is my new favorite way of doing stews and stuff.
@harveydanger@quenchair Mine is “Express Pot” which is some unknown brand clearly a clone of an Instant Pot. I think it was from Best Buy. Best Buy periodically puts some small kitchen appliances on Deal of the Day prices, often for 1/2-off. So I think I paid $39 or less for a 6 qt. Instant Pot brand goes on sale also sometimes but usually costs more. Be aware that Instant Pot has several “feature” levels so the ones with more features and controls cost more in the same size. The sale ones will usually be the lower models.
Anyway I found that Instant Pot accessories (I bought a glass lid and a sealable silicone lid for storage) fit perfectly on my no-name model. Of course those 2 lids cost almost as much as I paid for the pot to begin with but they make it more handy.
I bought one of these several years ago (the model # is different, but the specs and the control panel are the same) and it’s been great. You can dredge and brown a roast then set it to slow-cook mode throw in the potatoes, onions, and carrots and you’re good to go.
I’ve used it for everything from soup and chili, to roasts, to deep frying donuts.