One-step meal? Perfect Cooker put to the test

Posted at 6:13 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 21:42:08-04

Push one button and your food is done. Is that really realistic? That’s what the Perfect Cooker is supposed to do.

But will it work?  Let me try it before you buy it.

From looking at the infomercial, it definitely looks like a miracle cooker.

The claim is that the perfect cooker has a sensor that calculates the exact heat and cooking time for every recipe, so you don't have to worry about programming. Plus, it automatically goes into keep warm mode and it's portable. 

We tried several recipes from their website, including pasta and dessert.

Simple instructions... Put the inner pot in the unit, add your ingredients, put the lid on and push the button to start.

All of our meals actually did turn out perfect.

I was most impressed with the pasta because I was able to put the uncooked noodles and all of the ingredients and sauce in the Perfect Cooker and I walked away.  There is no timer; when it was done, it automatically went into keep warm mode.

The Perfect Cooker didn’t save us any time… it actually took a little longer than expected.  For example, the pasta recipe took 40 minutes.  If I made it on the stove, it would take about ten minutes less.

We bought the three-cup Perfect Cooker from Walmart for $30.

The compact size did have me worried that there was not enough room for the pasta.  Although the sauce did run over a little, it still came out perfect.

So if you have a small space, like a dorm room, an RV or a very small kitchen, I’d recommend the Perfect Cooker.

But if you already have gadgets like a rice cooker or pressure cooker, I’d say you really don’t need to spend the extra cash.

Overall, from our results, the Perfect Cooker did live up to its claim so I give it a thumbs up.