I like to serve hot and delicious food on the table, but sometimes I don’t have the time to do it (because of work commitments or other priority stuff needs to be done, etc).

Recently, I discovered one product that made my life really easy – the multi cooker.

A multi cooker (source:wikipedia) can be defined as an electric kitchen appliance for automated cooking using a timer.

The device is operated by placing ingredients inside, selecting the corresponding program, and leaving the multi cooker to cook according to the program, typically without any need for further user intervention. Some multi cookers have an adjustable thermostat.

Multi cookers allow us to cook healthily as they need no or very little oil and, also, they maintain all the important elements in the food we prepare.

Product: Tefal MultiCook Advanced 45-in-1 RK812142Tefal MultiCook Advanced 45-in-1 RK812142

Price: £89.99 (RRP)

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Size of container/pot: 5L

My rating: 9/10


Tefal MultiCook Advanced 45-in-1 RK812142 multi cooker comes with 45 functions, which means you can bake, prepare soups, steam, stew, brown and fry – all that using only one appliance in the kitchen.

But this multi cooker also has specific functions for porridge, yogurt, risotto, rice and even baby food at the touch of a button.



  • Has 45 functions to use

  • Specific functions for delicate to prepare foods, like porridge, yoghurt, risotto, rice, baby food

  • Comes with a range of accessories: steam basket, rice spoon, soup spoon, spoon rack and measuring cup

  • It’s very easy to use – select programs and adjust cooking times

  • Uses a patented spherical aluminium bowl allowing even heat distribution

  • DYI Chef – the DIY Chef feature allows you to adjust the cooking temperature, time and programs to customise and save your own recipes

  • Manual and Auto programs

  • It’s very easy to clean

  • It doesn’t take a lot of space

  • It costs more

  • It could’ve come in different colours

  • Sometimes it seems that it takes too long to prepare something, but there is a timer – you can always can adjust the timer and just wake up or come home to delicious meals


Technical Details

Brand: Tefal

Model Number: RK812142

Item Weight: 5kg

Product Dimensions: 45.4 x 32.8 x 28.6 cm

Date First Available: 10th July 2015


The multi cooker is a great kitchen appliance – it saves me a lot of time as you don’t need to fuss around the meal- just put the ingredients and adjust timer and time and you could have delicious, hot, home-cooked meal on time.

I love that I don’t need to slave around the cooker so that to know that my kids would eat something yummy and healthy. The time this machine frees for me, I spend with my children. My little one just started getting very active and he is very interested in puzzles, so I just put the things in the multi cooker and play with my children. I love that time.

And one day, when I am brave enough to get rid off all of the other cooking appliances, it would make my kitchen look bigger as it is not a big appliance and I won’t need anything else. For the moment, that is not the case, but I am thinking about it.


I’ve used the multi cooker to prepare every meal during the day – breakfasts, main meals – boiled, baked or stewed, soups, but I love the rice prepared in the multi cooker.

I must admit that I don’t like rice and would not normally choose it as a main meal, but my kids just adore rice with anything – meat or vegetables.

When we bought the multi cooker one of the first things I prepared was steamed rice with spinach. It was amazingly delicious and that day we had a lot of things to do and yet, when we got home, the warm meal was waiting for us (just follow the appliance’s book with recipes).

Chicken wings in 5 easy steps

  1. Marinate the chicken wings in lemon juice, honey, soy sauce, salt, pepper, olive oil. Leave in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to absorb the aromas

  2. Put them in the multi cooker, choose the cooking program – BAKE, adjust the cooking time (around 45 minutes). Press START.

  3. After 15-20 minutes, you can add the marinate to the pot or some soy sauce (optional).

  4. When the cooking has completed, the multi cooker would keep the meal warm using the KEEP WARM program.

  5. Turn off the multi cooker

My advice!

To get some ideas how to prepare other delicious meals, you can look for recipe books like multi-cooker meals, slow-cooker meals.


Cleaning the Tefal MultiCook Advanced 45-in-1 RK812142 multi cooker can not be made easier. I just wipe the bottom of the pot with a tissue and then rinse under running water. There is never burned food to scrape and it dries very quickly, or just finish it with a cloth/towel.


I first started using the multi cooker, because I needed help with cooking when I go home (another country) to an empty house with little kids. And I quickly noticed how easy and convenient it is to have this appliance at home – I prepare family meals, I invite people for special occasions, make desserts and bake cakes, I prepare breakfasts, just name it.

I believe in this product and, if you like me, prefer to spend your time with the people you love, I recommend the Tefal MultiCook Advanced 45-in-1 RK812142 multi cooker – it would help you prepare delicious meals without you needing to be even there.

I know that Argos runs offers on multi cookers or just check the other big appliances’ stores, but if you prefer to shop online like myself, Amazon usually has the best deals. You can find it worldwide and it would be delivered to your home.

I hope you enjoyed my review and if you have any questions about Tefal MultiCook Advanced 45-in-1 RK812142 (share a recipe or other) or you want to leave your own personal review or comment, even suggestion, leave a comment below.

Enjoy your day!


  1. Maggie

    Hi ellie Hope you don’t mind me asking you questions about the multi cooker tryed to e-mail tefal it was a no go. I would like to make a beef casserole but don’t no how much meat veg and liquid to put in also don’t no what setting to put it on. Hope you can help. Maggie

    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Hi Maggie. Is the beef casserole the same as the beef stew? Use the STEW program and put the same quantity of vegetables, meat and liquid as you would use normally.
      I haven’t tried with beef, but this is what I do when I cook with chicken.
      Hope it helps.

  2. Maggie

    Hi ellie
    Can you put frozen vegetables in the 45 + 1 multicooker and steam them

    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Yes, I think you can. Just allow them to steam for a little bit longer to cook them.
      Let me know how you did.
      All the best

      1. Maggie

        Hi ellie
        I put frozen broccoli frozen baby carrots and fresh new potatoes in the 45+1 and put them on steam took 45 mins and they was lovely. Maggie

        1. Ellie (Post author)

          I am glad the appliance was helpful.
          Hope you had a great day.

  3. Maggie

    Hi ellie i am thinking about getting tefal 45+1 is it easy to convert recipes to cook on automatic and to convert your own. Looked at the manual on line but not very helpful. Maggi

    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Hi Maggie. When I need to convert timing when cooking, I always think how much time I would need to cook the same dish using the regular oven or stove. Then depending on my experience with the appliance I decide if I need to use the same time for cooking or maybe a little bit more. Mind you that is only when using the multi cooker. The slow cooker needs a lot more time, because it cooks on lower degrees.
      I would tell you that I really find the multi cooker very useful. I cook breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts and it never disappoints.
      Hope you find it helpful as well.
      All the best.

  4. Ewa

    Hi how to boil potatoes??I have to used program soup,pasta or what? I am confused 😕

    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Hi, I usually use Boil or Stew.
      Hope it helps.

  5. Seema

    I recently bought Tefal 45 in 1 and has just started experimenting with Indian cooking. Would you be able to suggest some books/ websites or tips for cooking daals or curries in this multi cooker. Thanks

    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Hi Seema, I hope the multi cooker would help you in your every day cooking.
      I should admit that I am not very good in Indian cooking and that is why I have never used the appliance to cook it.
      There are different books you might find useful – Indian Slow Cooker recipes and Indian Slow Cooker-50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes. Both of these have Kindle version as well.
      Use the slow cooker recipes, just adjust the timing, when cooking using a multi cooker you need much less time.
      Please keep me posted how you find the multi cooker.

  6. Luisa Cantante

    Hello Ellie!

    I just bought this multicooker and found your article extremely helpful, so thanks for that!
    I’m having trouble using it as a slow cooker though. Can you recommend the setting (Soup or Stew?) or temperatures (in the DIY mode) for slow cooking? I’m struggling to figure out what temperatures correspond to Low and High on a normal slow cooker (since the Stew setting only lets you choose 90º or 100º). For example if a recipe for pulled pork calls for 8 hours on Low at what temperature should I cook it in the multicooker?


    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Hi Luisa. 100ºC is a low temperature, when I am preparing pulled meat in the oven I usually bake at much higher Tº than that – about 150ºC.
      I would suggest when preparing pulled meat in this appliance, using it as a slow cooker, first prepare the meat – by marinating it and maybe sealing the flavours by frying it on all sides (or quick bake at high temperature in the oven, about 10 minutes), then transfer it to the slow/multi cooker, choose BAKE or STEW (depending on how much liquid you are using), and adjust the time and temperature – between 5 and 10 hours on 100-150ºC. Always consult the recipe when cooking.
      I think DIY mode is also suitable as you would be able to adjust higher temperature, but be aware that when using higher temperature (above 100ºC) the maximum cooking time in DIY mode is 2hours.
      Happy cooking!

  7. Anna

    Hi Ellie,
    I’ve just purchased the 45 in 1 rice & multicooker.
    I made the rice pudding this morning, it was simplw and yummy..
    Where can I go for more recipes.
    Regards Anna

    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Hi Anna, I really hope you would find the multi cooker as helpful as I do.
      My multi cooker came with a recipe book, but for more you can try the Tefal website, choose recipes suitable for your appliances – click here to see.
      I also use a lot this recipe book – 200 Light Slow Cooker Recipes, I just adjust the time.
      Hope it helps.
      Please share with me what you love to prepare with the multi cooker and how you like it.
      All the best,

  8. Brian

    Can this poach and hard/soft boil eggs? I’ve been looking for a rice cooker that can do this for a long time.

    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Hi Brian. I haven’t tried boiling eggs in the multi cooker, but I’ve poached some, made omellettes, made scrambled eggs, prepared creme caramel.
      I think it can boil eggs, but it may take some time for the water to get boiling hot as the pot is quite big. If you boil eggs, boil more so that to use the space.
      Hope this helps.

  9. Janos

    Just bought one of these, but it doesn’t tell you how to slow cook in it ? Any idea how to slow cook in it ?

    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Hi, it is a multi cooker appliance. It cooks everything the slow cooker does, but can do it faster. Also, to get the slow cooker effect you can cook at lower degrees for longer time – just adjust those before you start cooking.
      Using the Delayed Start (adjusting when to start cooking) and Keep Warm function would ensure that you have the meal when you need it.
      Hope it helps.

  10. renan

    Hi Ellie,
    I love rice and if is brown much better!
    I have no problem to cook it, I use my slow cooker the same way you put all the ingredients and ready to go. The only drawback is the size of this device that occupies a good space in my kitchen. On the contrary, I see the Tefal Multicook Advanced 45-in-1 RK812142 looks a little smaller and pleases me. I understood that you can open the compartment in the middle of the cooking? could you please confirm? that would be another plus 🙂

    1. Ellie

      Hi Renan. It’s lovely you use your slow cooker and prepare some lovely meals for the people you love.

      I always check on the meals I am preparing, if that is what you mean my by open the compartment, I am making sure that I add all the ingredients my family loves while cooking. Other than that, you can open and close the appliance whenever you feel like, there is no problem with it.

      Share with me some of your favorite recipes using the slow cooker.

      Have lovely meals.


  11. David

    Hi Ellie

    This sounds like a great appliance to have in the home, especially when you come home after a hard day at the office. How long does it take to get a meal ready, say of chicken breast, carrots and potatoes for one person?

    I really like the idea that cleaning it up afterwards sounds like a quick enough task. I hate washing dishes and washing cooking appliances, so this sounds like a great way to get out of that task.


    1. Ellie

      Hi David. It depends on the appliance how much it would take to cook a dish – different multi cookers might need different lenght of time, so advise the supplied guide book. But I usually cook chicken with different vegetables about an hour.

      Using the multi cooker takes not as much time as cooking with a slow cooker, and washing up is so easy. I love that there are never any burnt parts stuck to the pot, so no scratching. Just use dishwasher liquid and hot water.

      Have a lovely week,


  12. Jody

    My multicooker arrived today with everything. Mine has a Fresh Cheese function but the manual and recipe book doesn’t have a recipe. Do you know where I can find out more information?

    Thanks Jody

    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Hi Jody. I have never tried this Fresh Cheese function, as my multi cooker doesn’t offer it. Is it to make cheese at home? If that is the case, look at these recipes, incl. for home-made cheese.
      Hope it helps. Keep me posted how you find it cooking with the multi cooker.
      Have a lovely weekend

  13. Mona

    I bought the multicooker without a recipe book as It was the last piece and its book was lost. So is there any online tefal recipes book for the multicooker? Anyone can help me, taking photos of his/her book and share it please.. Thanks a lot.

    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Hi, Mona.
      I usually search the net for recipes, just because the appliances recipe books come with not a lot of recipes and some of them are not according to our taste.
      You can look at Tefal’s web-site.
      There are a lot of recipes there, suitable for your multi cooker. Hope you find something that you like.
      I also bought one recipe book that I use a lot – 200 Light Slow Cooker Recipes. I’ve made a lot of these dishes, you only need to adjust the time of your multi cooker.
      All the best!

  14. David Snodgrass

    I love the way you break down all the things that this product can do and you describe them well I also like the way you add you into the review It really makes it entertaining and helps me to see the true value in it . That also makes me want to go and get one just by the way you express the way you enjoy it.

    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Thanks, David. I firmly believe in the multi cooker and, although I may not use it every day, I use it very often.
      Cooking with the multi cooker showed me that even if you don’t stand around the pot all the time, the meal still could be delicious.
      And the best part for me is, all that time while the dish is preparing, I can be with my little ones.
      I found the multi cooker by chance, but I would recommend it to everyone – unless you like, of course, fussing around the cooker.
      Have a great day!

  15. Peggy Menke

    Hello, Ellie. What a great review! I use a crock pot for most of our meals, just fix it and forget it. I also have a rice cooker that cooks rice and steams veggie. I relly think this would be a great addition to my appliances, thanks!

    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Hi Peggy, thank you for your comments. I love the multi cooker as you can use it to cook everything without staying around the cooker and, also, you can use it to do different cooking techniques – boiling, baking, frying, etc. Since I have my multi cooker I’ve been using it regularly.
      Please send me some recipes your family loves prepared using the crock pot and/or the rice cooker.
      Best regards. Ellie


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