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From red hot multi-cook­ers to cold-press juicers, we’ve got the best coun­ter­top ap­pli­ances to give the foodie in your life.

It steams, it sautés, it braises—some multi-cook­ers even make yo­gurt. Also known as an In­stant Pot (from $109.95, ama­zon.ca), the orig­i­nal is the most beloved brand. Its big­gest ad­van­tage over a tra­di­tional slow cooker is the pres­sure­cooker set­ting, which locks in steam and forces wa­ter into food faster, mak­ing quick work of dried beans, whole grains and tougher cuts of meat. Un­der pres­sure, it will whip up com­fort­ing, cold-weather dishes in less than half the time it would take on the stove­top. It’s not per­fect—the sauté func­tion is not as ef­fi­cient as brown­ing in a skil­let, and sauces of­ten have to be re­duced at the end to in­ten­sify flavours—but it’s a ter­rific ma­chine for the harried home cook.

FOR: Just about any­one who doesn’t own one al­ready.

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