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This is a very frustrating machine to use.Have already had one replacement from Harvey Norman,but this second machine is no better and has same problem as the first.I get the error message saying ‘not enough water’ however adding more still doesn’t work,then have to cool down take all food out and continue cooking on stove.Please don’t buy.
Very disappointed.. Error Code 21 constantly
2nd time replaced within a month, The first Machine I managed to cook two meals worked perfectly then third time machine would not pressurise Error code 21, tried manual cooking to no avail. Adding extra water again error code 21 Returned to Harvey Norman waiting another two weeks for a replacement..
The Second machine has not even let me cook one meal, error code 21 once again over and over followed the instructions for the meal on the machine but once again error code 21 so back to the stove top for me and will return the second machine tomorrow to the store
Very Disappointing Cook4Me
if You are contemplating purchasing this product.......dont!
Was absolutely delighted with this product initially. Just after the warranty ran out it stopped working . According to many other reviews Ive read this is pretty common and the makers are no help which is pretty disappointing. I would not recommend this product to anyone or purchase any Tefal product in the future.
Purchased over six years ago (2013) from memory, and use it at least twice a week so that is over six hundred meals without a problem, nothing wearing off, easy to clean and lid comes apart for easy cleaning, reading some of the reviews one wonders why they didn't read the instructions or take the faulty item back to the store
A real loser in my book
What a HUGE waste of money After about 2 months it stopped working and Tefal wouldn't honour the warranty until Fair Trading got involved You can't clean the thing either Back to Granny's crock pot 4 me Heaps easier and I have all her recipe's that she gave me
Purchased in May 2021 for $320.00.
Not perfect, but awesome
I love the Tefal Cook4Me, I purchased it almost three years ago, and its been an awesome appliance.
As with all cooking you have to learn how to operate it and manage the specifics of cooking what you want with it and it has an idiosyncrasy that I had to learn to get around, once you get the hang of it, happy days.
It has an ingredients function where you can select one thing to cook including rice, vegetables and grains, my experience with it is it does that beautifully in quick time (set and forget). The browning function does an aweso...me job, just so long as you do larger lots in batches so you don't over power the element and stew your ingredient in their own juices (just like every other electric cooking appliance including stove tops, I cook for around 6 people usually and its not a problem). Some of the in built recipes tend to be watery, if you reduce the amount of liquid from the recipe in the book that comes with the Tefal, the cooker sometimes comes up with an error meassage (not enough liquid), I ignore that and restart the recipe, as the cooker is a pressure cooker and cooks things very fast, by the time its heated to its full temp and pressurized again its reached the required cooking time and the meal is good to go (error is irrelevant). I mostly use mine for ingredients (rice, vegies ect) or I use my own recipes and cook in the manual mode. I cook some of the inbuilt recipes thought and they can be surprisingly good straight out of the book, and even better once you teak them to your tastes. I leave the Tefal on the bench all the time, I know longer use my rice cooker, stove top steamer or pressure cooker at all, the Tefal does those things spot on. Its easy to keep clean the removale parts fit in the dishwasher, wipe down the outside, turn it upside down in the sink and flush out the lid, so far the non-stick surface has stayed fully intact. Its a great bit of kit, thoroughly recommend this appliance.
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Major problems with engineering
We really tried to this cooker to work, and, objectively, it cooks very well. However, this is offset by a number of insurmountable problems, which made us return it. First a minor quibble -- the cooking temperatures are not given to the user, making it difficult to adapt to custom recipes. The more serious issue is with the design of the lid. There is a hollow area underneath the removable lid, which receives steam and potentially little bits of food, but cannot be removed or cleaned. In other words, you'll have to live with the idea of food p...articles permanently in the cooker, ones you can't get out. More worryingly, the metal lid presses directly on the teflon coating of the pan, causing it to rub off into your food after just a few uses. This is actually harmful to your health, and I can't understand why there isn't a rubber gasket or something to prevent the rubbing from happening.
Best appliance I’ve ever purchased
Originally bought this thinking it would be good for busy weeknights. But this machine is the best appliance I’ve ever bought. I use it for everything! Cooks risotto and pasta dishes in no time. And now that I have a baby I’m using it to steam all our veggies for her solids. I use it every other day and it is well worth the money for anyone thinking about the cost to use ratio. Built in recipes are easy and delicious too.
My son bought one, then I did, then a friend -now my sister has one!
I made the mistake of using my son's new cook4me that he purchased as he was moving out and had never cooked. I had not heard of the Tefal Cook4Me, but he spotted it in the Good Guys while looking for a fridge. We did have a couple of errors re not enough water, but touch wood that doesn't happen as we've learnt the nature of it and what it requires.
At first we were disappointed that there was not a cookbook included - a book of recipe names, but no cookbook. But when my sister purchased hers she was told about the App. Well that has made su...
Great product, saves hips of time for cooking, total blessing when you have little kids. Best for cooking risotto (within 20 mins) and curries. For example, the Massaman curry takes just under 40 mins to cook. Lots of built in recipes. Almost stopped cooking on cooktop. Handy application. The multi cooker doesn't retain smells or flavours after use.
Pressure cooking for LIFE!
I used to be all about the slow cooker, then one day my mum sent me a gift and it was this weird looking robot. I couldn't be bothered reading the instructions, nor did I want to change how I cooked, so I left it sitting there for months.
Fast forward to a day when I had time on my hands, I opened up the box, threw (gently) a leg roast of lamb, a can of tomatoes and a heap of rosemary and garlic, set it for 40 minutes manual... And I've never looked back.
It's more or less a fast slow cooker? I have used a few of the recipes in there, but it'...
Great Pressure Cooker
It’s a good pressure cooker with built in recipes, but I would hardly call it a multi cooker. It’s great for all in one bowl means and does a good job as a faster slow cooker, with similar results. The slow cook function is pretty average and hard to use. The manual says you can slow cook with the lid down, but the appliance itself won’t let you.
More than happy with this excellent pressure cooker...
I purchased this pressure cooker and I more than happy. Quick and excellent food cooker, in fact I am looking to purchase another one. I have made chicken soup, casseroles, spaghetti bolognaise and stir fries with ease and it cooks in a matter of minutes. The bread and butter pudding recipe is the only one I am happy with in the recipe book but I mainly use my own recipes. Would highly recommend this pressure for ease and quickness and well cooked food.
Unhappy people need to experiment to get the good results.
Good for Pressure Cooking, But Presets Don't Do Much
1. Easy to use and understand
2. Browning function terrific
3. Easy to clean
4. Love the big handles
5. Once figure out the time, most food comes out beautifully
6. Delayed start function is great
1. "Recipes" come out watery and aren't much use for me ...
Bought at half price and its OK but definitely not great.
So we bought the Tefal Cook4Me Plus from Amazon (AU) when it was half the normal price and I am certainly glad I never paid full price. Overall its OK but when things go wrong the lack of ability to return to the point where things did go wrong and continue cooking is flawed design in my opinion.
The recipes when they work are quite nice.
It is so easy to clean.
(very minor) The control uses a dial to select the option you want which is a bit of a pain when you want a recipe staring with say "m" or "n". Confirming that ...
Worst appliance I have ever bought
I bought this because of all the good reviews, and have been extremely disappointed.
This unit is quite good when it works. However, since we have twice had to pour its contents into our trusty stove top pressure cooker to continue cooking, we can no longer trust it, so it sits in our cupboard unused. The problem is that, when it tries to get up to pressure, it displays error 24 and advises that more water is needed - which is absolute nonsense. Even waiting for it to cool down, and then adding water does not help.
My advise to anyone thinki...
Best solution for people who do not like to cook.
After looking at the reviews in Product review, we bought the Cook4Me from JB Hi-Fi. Where as this cooker does not produce the best taste, it works very well for people like me who do not love to cook but sometimes need to cook as a back up. Also, cleaning is very easy. I have not tried out of set menu yet but will soon try that.
I use it all the time.
Right from the start I found the Cook4Me easy to use. I use it for cooking rice, steaming vegetables and making curries, stews and vegetarian casseroles. I don't use the onboard recipes that much except for the timing steamed veges, rice etc. I usually make up my own ingredients, brown onions etc. then add vegetables and use the Manual "Quick cook" which is 10 minutes and the mean is ready. The recipes supplied was a good start for me, but once you become more confident with this wonderful machine you can adapt many pressure cooker recipes. I actually have two in case one stops working as I couldn't live without it. Saves on power too no having a slow cooker on for 8 hours.
Great when short on time
Great for time poor people. Got this after having a baby when we simply didn't have time to cook. Very easy to use and having the ingredients and recipes stored is a bonus. found it very easy to clean also. One thing though I found even though it says 10 minutes for recipe it didn't include the pre heat time and time to release pressure which adds another 15 min
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