The Top 5 Best Pan-shaped Multi-cookers

In our earlier post, we looked at the fascinating multi-function pot cookers – perfect for stews, casseroles, rice, soup and porridge – they offered a huge range of versatility. Here we compare another style of multi-cookers – the pan-based version which come with their own entire range of functionalities.

Top 5 Best Pan Based Electric Multi-Cooker

Where the pot-based multi-cookers, specialised in cooking soup or gravy based dishes and rice or porridge, these pan-based multi-cookers focus on the ability to bake, fry, roast and steam. The Morphy Richards Intellichef Multicooker is a direct comparison to the JML Go Chef while the VonShef and Andrews James versions are similar. Here is a quick look at our line-up:

Morphy Richards 48615 Intellichef Multicooker

The Morphy Richards Intellichef Multi-cooker is capable of steaming, grilling, frying, slow-cooking, stir-frying, boiling, braising and cooking a fast-stew. It does this by allowing you to control the temperature in the range of 80 – 240 degrees Celsius.

  • Cooking features: steaming, grilling, frying, slow-cooking, stir-frying, boiling, braising and cooking a fast-stew.
  • Capacity: 5 Litres non-stick pot (not removable) with clear glass lid.
  • Power: 1500 Watt
  • Accessories: steaming rack, frying basket – ACCESSORIES

Morphy Richards Intellichef Multi Cooker

JML Go Chef 8 in 1 Non-Stick Multi Cooker

The JML GoChef is another multi-cooker that allows you to boil, salute, fry, fondue, slow-cook, steam, bake and roast all in one bowl. It comes with a low rack for roasting, a high rack for steaming and a basket for flash frying.


  • Cooking features: Roast, bake, sauté, steam, fry, fondue, slow cook, boil and steam
  • Capacity: 5 Litres non-stick pot (removable) – non-stick PTFE and PFOA-free cooking surface with clear glass lid.
  • Power: 1500 Watt
  • Accessories: high rack, low rack, frying basket, recipe guide – MORE ACCESSORIES

JML GoChef 8in1 Non-stick Multi Cooker

In a slightly different class, you have the Andrew James and the VonShef Multi-cookers. These are the shallower pan-like cookers that seem perfect for paella or risottos and cost only around half of less than those above.

They are generally capable of frying, stewing, grilling, baking and for roast dishes.

Andrew James Multi Cooker with Glass Lid

  • Cooking features: frying, stewing, grilling, baking and for roast dishes.
  • Toughened glass lid with handle and safety valve.
  • Size: 42 cm diameter, depth 4.8 cm non-stick surface with cool touch handles  (approx. 6.65 Litres)
  • Power: 1500 Watt 
  • Adjustable removable thermostat
  • Temperature range 100-240 degrees Celsius

Andrew James Multi Cooker

VonShef Large Round Multi Cooker with Glass Lid

  • Cooking features: frying, stewing, grilling, baking and for roast dishes.
  • Toughened glass lid with handle and steam vent.
  • Size: 42 cm diameter, depth 4.8 cm aluminium body, non-stick surface with cool touch handles (approx. 6.65 Litres)
  • Power: 1500 Watt
  • Adjustable removable thermostat
  • Temperature range 100-240 degrees Celsius

VonShef Multi Cooker Large


Also available VonShef Medium Round (30cm diameter) Multi Cooker with Glass Lid

VonShef Square Medium Multi Cooker with Glass Lid

The only difference between the two VonShef multi cookers is that this baby version of the VonShef multi-cooker is a squarish shape that is just 30cm in diameter.

  • Cooking features: frying, stewing, grilling, baking and for roast dishes.
  • Toughened glass lid with handle and steam vent.
  • Size: 30 cm diameter, depth 5 cm rounded square aluminium body, non-stick surface (approx. 3.53 litres) – SMALL CAPACITY
  • Power: 1500 Watt
  • Adjustable removable thermostat
  • Temperature range 100-240 degrees Celsius

VonShef Multi Cooker Medium

Depending on what you’d like to achieve with a multi-cooker, it is definitely capable of a wide range of different cooking styles. The other type of multi-cooker appears to complement these shallow ranges and it seems likely that between the two you would be able to do away with the entire hob and oven set-up – although it seems highly unlikely that that would happen.

In general, these pan based multi-cookers without the pressure cooker function tends to be cheaper than its pot based counterpart.

Have a look at the other range of multi-cookers and let us know – which type would work best for you and why?

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