I thought it was important to begin this review by stating, outright, that I am an experienced pressure cooker user. I’ve had one in my home for years, and am not necessarily easy to please when it comes to my kitchen appliances. So, when I had the chance to give the MaxiMatic EPC-807, after receiving it as a gift, I jumped at the chance. After all, I’m always looking for new and improved models that offer great features and added convenience.
In this review, I’ll offer you a detailed look at the pros and cons of this product, as well as some of its key features and specs. I will also share my honest opinion as to whether it’s really worth the investment (if you are planning on purchasing it), or if you should possibly consider another similarly priced unit.
The Maxi Matic EPC-807 holds up to eight quarts, and measures 15 x 15.2 x 15 inches. The weight of the product is 18 pounds.
The housing of the appliance is constructed of brushed stainless steel, and the 8 quart removable cooking pot includes a non-stick coating, for quick and easy clean up after meal preparation.
It retails for around $115.00 plus shipping and handling if you are purchasing it online.
The variety of features that this unit offers are, to be quite honest, rather impressive. It has six different functions: Rice, Potatoes, Beans and Grains, Meat and Poultry, Soup & Stew, and Browning. It also allows you to keep your food warm after it’s done cooking (for up to 12 hours, in fact). The browning feature means that you can sear in the flavor of meats right in the pot, rather than having to dirty another one and then transfer it to the cooker.
The 9 hour delay timer gives you the option to program cooking in advance, so that you can set it at night and wake up to a delicious porridge breakfast in the morning. Also, you can customize your cooking settings with this unit (which is rather rare). The programmable pressurized cooking timer can be set for between 0 to 99 minutes.
Another unique feature is the “Automatic resumption” function. Essentially, if the power goes off for a short period of time while the unit is cooking, it will resume cooking when the power is restored.
This product is extremely easy to use, and even easier to clean. These are two big pluses, in my book, given that a vast majority of the pressure cookers out today can be complicated to set up and actually cook with. The insert that it comes with is non-stick and removable, so you can just take it out and quickly clean it after you’re done with your meal preparation.
Secondly, the fact that is has a delay timer is great, because you can set it ahead of time and have your meal hot and ready to eat when you get home from a long day at work (or wake up to a warm all in one breakfast).
Also, it’s very energy efficient. You can actually reduce your energy consumption by up to 70%, when you compare it to cooking on the stove top or in the oven. Therefore, this unit also happens to be one of the more Eco-Friendly options. And (I just had to mention this) the fact that you can automatically resume cooking if your power goes out, once its restored, is wonderful. I live in an area that is prone to frequent power outages, and now I don’t have to worry about my meal being ruined if the power goes out when I’m not at home and the cookers on.
There are only a few downsides with this unit, all of which are very minor, in my opinion. Firstly, it is a bit bulky. It will probably take up a great deal of space on your counter, as well as your cabinets when you store it away after use. Also, this cooker only really operates at a high setting, which means that you may have to adjust cooking times for recipes.
Another key drawback is the actual design of the item. The touch panel is constructed of a less expensive, lower quality plastic, as are the feet of the cooker. So, they may not last for as long as the durable body or insert will (given that they are made using quality materials). Not to mention that the cheaper feet may scratch up your counter top if yours are made of a more sensitive surface.
One last thing that I have to mention is that the delay timer isn’t as long as some of the other models. In fact, the Maxi Matic EPC-808 (the next in the series line) comes with a 24 hour advanced timer. So, if you are planning on setting the cooker well ahead of time on a regular basis, then you may want to consider the newer unit.
The Bottom Line…
If you are looking for a pressure cooker that is a cinch to use and won’t cost you a small fortune, then you’ll want to think about getting the MaxiMatic EPC-808. It feeds a family of 6-8 with no problem at all, thanks to its 8 quart capacity, and is very easy to clean up after meal prep. It’s quiet when operating and seals in food odors, so you won’t even really know that it’s on while you’re pressurizing meals. Best of all, it can cook a large chicken or roast with ease, in a fraction of the time it would take you on the stove top or in the oven.
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