Many households now have a multi cooker. This multipurpose kitchen appliance enables them to go about all sorts of cooking in the same inner pot with efficiency and ease — be it sautéing, broiling, simmering, steaming, or grilling. This multipurpose pot can also be used as a pressure cooker. Many also feature and adjustable temperature control and pre set timer, which makes them perfect for automated cooking as well.
Although they sound convenient, many users don’t bring a multi cooker home for two major reasons. Firstly, they can’t find a quality multi cooker that they can buy without breaking their bank. Secondly, they get spoiled for choices with too many options available in the market.
If you face either of these conundrums and can’t find a good multi cooker in Malaysia, keep reading this article. Here, we will provide you with the head-to-head comparison of two of the best multi function cookers in Malaysia: Khind Multi cooker and Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker.
Let’s find the best multi cooker Malaysia has to offer!
Khind Multi Cooker vs. Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker
Khind is a leading Malaysian producer and marketer of home cooking appliances and industrial equipment. From home improvement to kitchenware and cooling and heating, Khind offers every type of electrical appliance to home consumers. Khind has now also started making multi cooker models and the Khind MC12S model strikers a perfect balance between price and quality.
For comparison’s sake, we’ll consider Butterfly 812S Multifunction Mini Cooker, manufactured by an Indian brand called Butterfly Gandhimathi Appliances Ltd. The company is a leading manufacturer of cooking appliances in India and also exports its products to other parts of the world, including Malaysia. Butterfly’s products are known for quality, durability, and good price, and the same is the case with its 812S Multifunction Mini Cooker.
The best multicookers in Malaysia are definitely among Khind and Butterfly’s kitchen appliance catalogue.
|Specs||Khind Multi cooker||Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker|
|Power||600 watts||600 watts|
|Voltage||220-240 volts||220-240 volts|
|Capacity||1.2 liters||1.2 liters|
|Warranty||1 year||1 year|
Khind Multi Cooker [Khind MC12S] : Pros & Cons
- Great for both steaming and dry-heat cooking
- Features a long tangle-free power cord
- Comes with a food-grade bowl
- Great value for money
- Not sufficient safety features
- Some warranty details are missing
Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker [812S] : Pros & Cons
- Boasts well-thought-out safety features
- A very economical multi cooker
- Comes with a detailed warranty
- Easy to handle
- Not suitable for large families
The section above has given you a quick glance of both these multifunction cookers. Here, we will discuss both Khind and Butterfly multi purpose cookers while comparing them feature by feature.
Multi cookers are modern cookware. Therefore, their designs are also different from traditional cookers. Unlike conventional cookers with a sprawling footprint, multi cookers have a clean and space-efficient design that doesn’t occupy too much space on the countertop.
Both Khind and Butterfly Multi cookers fulfill this attribute of a contemporary multi purpose electric cooker. They have a compact footprint and sleek design.
Khind Multi Cooker: When you put together all the components of a Khind multi cooker, it looks like a large electric kettle with an extended removable top. This cooker’s internal space is perfectly round. Moreover, its top edges can accommodate a steamer that comes free with it.
Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker: At the first glance, you can’t tell if it is either a Khind Multi cooker or Butterfly mini-cooker. The latter also has the shape of an electric kettle and boasts the same size. Moreover, its color scheme is also similar to the Khind cooker, i.e., silver body and black base unit and handle.
The only thing that makes them stand apart is their handles. Khind Multi cooker has a slightly U-shaped handle with pointed edges. Meanwhile, the Butterfly mini cooker boasts a one-piece curved handle.
Verdict: We think it is a tie between Khind and Butterfly in this round because both of them have more or less the same design. Even though their handles are different, they are made of the same material and boast the same ergonomics.
Size / Capacity
Size and capacity are some of the top few features buyers look at when they are searching for a cooker. There are often limited size options for a multi cooker. For instance, you won’t easily find a large multi cooker that can take care of the food preparation of a large family.
The two multi cookers we are reviewing here also have small capacities as compared to regular cookers.
Khind Multi cooker: Khind Multi cooker has the capacity of 1.2 liters. If you don’t have to cook for a large family, this multi purpose cooker can do the job. It can easily prepare food for 2-3 people in one go. Even if you have a large family, you can use the Khind Multi cooker to prepare an item that needs instant cooking.
Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker: Butterfly has branded its multifunction cooker as a mini cooker because of its capacity. It also offers the same cooking volume as the Khind cooker, i.e., 1.2 liters. If you are preparing food for a small family or preparing anything in small quantity, Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker will come in handy.
Verdict: We can’t pick any winner here because both the Khind and Butterfly multi cooker boasts the same volume.
The materials used in the manufacturing of a cooker play an integral role in determining its durability. An electric cooker made of poor materials can’t be last long no matter how impressive its features and cooking methods are. Since we are reviewing two of the best multi cookers in Malaysia, they are made of top-quality materials.
Khind Multi Cooker: This Khind Multi cooker is primarily made of SUS304 stainless steel, which is high quality stainless steel. Its body and steamer boast this top-quality construction. Experts consider SUS304 stainless steel as the best material for the construction of kitchen appliances for various reasons.
First, it has a highly heat-resistant grading. No matter how much cooking you do in your Khind Multi cooker, it won’t warp or deform at any temperature. It also boasts great corrosion resistance. You can keep using your Khind Multi cooker without worrying that it will add any corrosive impurities to your food.
Moreover, the handle of the cooker is made of polymer/Bakelite, giving it a cool-touch surface. No matter how high is the cooking temperature, you can hold and move the Khind multi cooker from its handle without needing a cloth napkin.
Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker: Butterfly has also used stainless steel in the making of its multifunction mini cooker. However, it hasn’t disclosed the type of steel variant (e.g. 304, 430, etc) used in the cooker. By looking at the cooking results and consumer reviews, we can assume that Butterfly also uses SUS304 in its handle. The handle of the Butterfly multifunction mini cooker is also made of a lightweight polymer/Bakelite insulator.
Verdict: It has been a tough round with a neck-and-neck competition between Khind and Butterfly Multi cookers. However, when made to pick a winner, we’ll pick Khind Multi cooker. We think Khind wins this round with a narrow margin because it states the type of stainless steel it uses in the manufacturing of its Multi cooker. This clearer, direct piece of information helps people in making their buying decisions.
As mentioned earlier, the high price of multi cookers in Malaysia is one of the deal-breakers for many consumers. They don’t want to pay hundreds or thousands of ringgit for a stainless steel pot. Khind and Butterfly have taken care of this aspect in making their multi cooker more affordable. They are easy on the pocket and can easily be listed among the best cheap pressure cookers available in the market.
Khind Multi Cooker: Apart from its durability and functionality, we also consider this Khind product the best multifunction cooker in Malaysia due to its extremely reasonable price. It boasts a two-digit price tag and comes cheap than the majority of electronic appliances for the kitchen.
Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker: The Butterfly mini cooker also follows in the footsteps of the Khind Multi cooker. This is also one of the few (might just be one of the two) top-quality multi cookers available under RM 100. In comparison, Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker is even cheaper than Khind Multi cooker.
Verdict: Both Khind and Butterfly Multi cookers are winners when we compare them to the prices of regular Multi cookers available in the market. But in a head-to-head comparison, Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker wins this round, because it is few ringgits cheaper than Khind Multi cooker.
Operation Modes / Features
Since they are called “multi” cookers, you can’t expect them to have a single function. However, we need to mention here that many brands stuff their multi cookers with too many cooking options. Too many features increase the price and turn it into an expensive multi cooker.
Moreover, many features and operational modes mean more room for faults to crop up. Also, users find operating a multi cooker that has too many features difficult. However, typically, you can use most multi cookers to steam food with the help of a steam tray, cook rice, to slow cook, and to deep fry or stir fry. However, it likely cannot replace rice cookers and large capacity pressure cookers.
Khind and Butterfly have made sure that users don’t get confused in using their multi cookers. Their models are no-frill multi function cookers with simple control panels that still offer multiple cooking options. This earns them a spot among the best multi cookers in Malaysia.
Khind Multi Cooker: This multi cooker has a built-in adjustable thermostat with a light indicator. The thermostat is a simple round knob that you can adjust on “heating” and “boiling.” If you know how to simmer, deep fry, sauté, broil, steam, and poach, you can easily do that by using the two operational modes of Khind Multi cooker. You can even stir fry with this portable multi cooker. Cooking accessories like the steaming tray makes steaming easy.
Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker: Butterfly also has a thermostat knob with an LED indicator. Like Khind Multi cooker, you can use Butterfly mini cooker for regular broiling, boiling, sautéing, poaching, pressure cooking, and steaming. However, it doesn’t have the heating and boiling markings. Instead, you get off, 70C, 100C, and max markings. This labeling is better in the sense that you can do all sorts of cooking with temperature precision.
Verdict: Both Khind and Butterfly cookers are simple multifunctional cookers that you can use for different cooking methods without needing to fiddle with any complex control panel. Even though both have the same thermostatic knobs, Butterfly Mini Cooker has an edge over Khind Multi cooker, because it offers temperature precision.
The warranty of a product is a yardstick to determine how durable that particular product could be. For instance, a product with a 1-year warranty is more likely to last longer than another product with only a 6-month warranty. Khind and Butterfly Multi cookers are also the best of the lot because they come with authentic manufacturers’ warranties.
Khind Multi cooker: Khind offers a 1-year warranty on its Multi cooker. This warranty is on all parts and you can claim it at any Khind service center in Malaysia. Khind also offers consumers to get an e-warranty on their Multi cooker by registering on its website. With an e-warranty, you don’t need to worry if you have lost your warranty card. As long as you have an e-warranty, you can claim the warranty on your Multi cooker easily.
Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker: Butterfly also offers a 1-year warranty on its Multi cooker. However, it comes with multiple terms and conditions. For instance, the cooker’s hot plate only has a 6-month warranty with any manufacturer defect. Similarly, accessories are not covered under the full product warranty.
Verdict: Even though both brands say that they offer a 1-year warranty on their Multi cookers, the above discussion makes it clear that Khind’s warranty is better than Butterfly’s. Apart from a full 1-year warranty on all parts including the hot plate, you also get an e-warranty from Khind.
Note: Consumable parts are not part of either of the warranties. Similarly, any self-tempering and misuse by the consumer won’t be covered by the warranty either.
For many buyers, the safety measures of a cooker matter a lot. They are willing to spend more or compromise on some operations if a multi cooker boasts good safety features.
Khind and Butterfly haven’t made safety a selling point of their multi cookers. However, they haven’t ignored them either. You can find a good number of safety features in both these multi purpose cookers.
Khind Multi cooker: Khind Multi cooker comes with a sturdy handle that is completely non-conductive. You can lift and put your Khind multi cooker even when it is in working mode without risking any burn hazards— thanks to its handle. Moreover, Khind has kept the power cord of its multi cooker at the right length. It is neither long enough to cause trips and falls and nor small enough to not reach the nearby power outlet.
Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker: Butterfly also has a nonslip and non-conductive handle. However, it has some additional safety measures as well. For instance, it boasts triple security protection that ensures that users remain protected from any hazard and machine remains protected from any malfunction. It also has an auto-shutoff feature that makes sure you don’t overcook your food and damage the heating plate of your cooker with excessive heat.
Verdict: With its triple security protection and auto-shutoff, Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker is a clear winner of this round.
A cooker should be easy to clean. However, we all know that how challenging is to clean a non-stick pot after an extensive session of cooking (especially after you stir fry). Khind and Butterfly Multi cookers are made of stainless steel. Therefore, they are not like other modern non-stick cookware where cleaning is always a breeze. Nonetheless, there is a way to use those stainless steel pot cookers in the best way.
Khind Multi cooker: Khind Multi cooker is stainless steel cookware. Cleaning it is as not as hard as other metallic cookware. If you use an adequate amount of oil in the cooker and don’t let it overheat things, you can keep the bottom of the inner pot nonstick.
Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker: Butterfly Multi function Cooker also has the same construction as Khind Multi cooker. Therefore, here too, you need to show diligence in the cooking to keep it nonstick.
Verdict: Both multi function cookers are made of stainless steel and have plain lining and bottom without any grooves and cervices. Therefore, we consider them easy to clean as compared to traditional cookers.
Before we wrap this comparative review, we would like to shed light on some of the standout features of these two units. These amazing features will further inform the readers as to why these cookware items are as good as any best electric pressure cooker on the block.
Khind Multi Cooker
Valuable Accessories: Khind stands out among competitors with its assortment of accessories. Despite being a budget multi cooker, it comes with various valuable things that can further improve your cooking experience. For instance, you get a free stainless steel steam tray and steam rack which support versatile cooking. You also get a stainless steel stand and a food-grade bowl that you can use to prepare food in dry heat.
A Long Power Cord: Khind has used the perfect length for the power cord of this multi cooker, i.e., 1 meter. It is neither too long to get tangled on the floor and cause trips and falls, nor too small where you have to change your cooking position to plug it in the power outlet.
Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker
360-Degree Rotation Base: It is the leading standout feature of the Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker. You won’t find it in any other multi cooker in Malaysia lying on the same price point or even above. This rotational construction makes the handling of the cooker easy when it is heating and loaded with ingredients.
Triple Security Protection: Butterfly hasn’t disclosed the details of its triple security protection. However, the available information suggests that this layered safety feature keeps both the appliance and user safe from any adverse event (burns, electrocution, machine malfunctioning, etc).
Auto-Shutoff: Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker automatically shuts down when it reaches the set temperature. This feature ensures that users don’t mess up their food preparation or damage their cooker even if they fail to switch it off manually.
We hope that this comparative overview helps you pick the multi function cooker that fulfills your requirements and come within your budget. We think that both the Khind and the Butterfly multi cooker are best in different situations.
Use a Khind Multi Cooker if:
- You’re doing steaming, boiling water, cooking noodles, pressure cooking, or using it as a small scale hot pot
- You want to prepare something on dry heat (like a roast or stir fry / deep fry)
- You want to get covered through an e-warranty
Use a Butterfly Multifunction Mini Cooker if:
- You want coverage of a 1-year for all products and 6 months for the hot plate with a manufacturer’s defect.
- You want a triple security protection
- You want the cheapest yet top-quality multi cooker on the block
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the advantage of a multi cooker?
A multi cooker makes it easy for you to execute any cooking method in an extremely efficient manner. Whether it’s broiling, sautéing, deep frying, or pressure cooking, you can put a top-quality multi cooker to use. Aside from versatile cooking another advantage of a multi cooker is you don’t need a stovetop to use it because it is a standalone electronic appliance.
Which brand of multi cooker is the best?
We can’t declare one particular brand being the best multi cooker maker. As you can see in the above discussion, both Khind and Butterfly make top-quality multi cookers in Malaysia that stand out for different reasons. Take note of what your exact cooking needs are.
Which multi cooker is best for me?
Well, it depends on what are your cooking requirements and what you are preparing at the moment. For instance, if you need to prepare meals at a quick turnaround, go with a multi cooker that offers pressure cooking. If you have to make a lot of steamed food, opt for a multi function cooker that come with a stainless steel steam tray or a removable steam basket.