The Best Pressure Cookers – Top 10 Review

The Best Pressure Cookers

The Best Pressure Cookers for 2018

There’s nothing like a hot, wholesome meal cooked slowly for hours with tender loving care. But what if you don’t have all day to stand over a stove? Back in the day, you had but one choice – the slow cooker. Slow cookers are fine for stews and roasts, but they’re very limited on what you can cook with them, and they take hours to finish a meal.

That’s where the pressure cooker comes in. The versatility of a pressure cooker is vast, and they’re lightning-fast compared to other methods of cooking. You can make anything from rice and oatmeal, to hard-boiled eggs and beef bourguignon – all in a matter of minutes.

Not only that, but pressure cookers infuse the food with flavor – nothing is lost or boiled off. You don’t have to hassle with routinely basting your roasted chicken or constantly monitor your rice, today’s electric cookers handle all that for you, just choose your setting and walk away.

There was a time when old school pressure cookers were a little scary. I remember my mom cooking with one, and we were always warned about how it could blow if we didn’t handle it just so. Today’s cookers, whether electric or “old school” stove top, have simple instructions that when followed, are extremely safe. Electric models have the added benefits of automatic shut-off and warming settings that make creating a delicious, full course meal in a snap, every time.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the best pressure cookers for 2018 and how they compare by features, quality and customer satisfaction.

Choosing a Pressure Cooker

There’s really only a few things to consider before buying a pressure cooker:

1. Type – Electric or old school? Do you want the convenience “set and forget” settings that electric provides or do you prefer the simplicity of a stove top model with fewer bells and whistles? Electric cookers also give you more options for cooking rice, oatmeal, boiling eggs, etc., but stove top models are simply built (some in the USA), and have fewer components that could go wrong or wear out over time.

2. Size – You can find pressure cookers in many sizes, from 6 quarts to over 20. Smaller cookers can handle meals for 4-6, where the larger sizes can be better for larger feasts and canning projects.

Another important thing to consider before you buy is how much you plan on using the cooker. The more use it gets, the more you may want to consider getting the highest quality cooker you can afford. We’ve included any warranty info we found in the product features of the reviews below, as well as comments about service issues from actual users and are sorted by type. Only 4 star or higher rated models were considered in this review

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The Best Electric Pressure Cookers for 2018

Instnt Pot LUX80 – $109.00, Rated 4.5 of 5 stars by 2993 usersThe Best Pressure Cookers for 2018

Features at a glance:

  • 8 quart capacity – makes 6- 8 servings
  • 6 in 1 programmable multi cooker – pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute, steam, boils eggs
  • Auto-warming feature
  • Make eggs from soft to hard-boiled in just a few minutes
  • Cake maker – makes NY style cheesecake or moist breads in minutes
  • Stainless steel inner pot, steamer basket, and inside lid
  • 3-ply inner pot is extremely durable

This 8 quart version is also capable of making yogurt, which could not only save you money, but get healthier yogurt free from the added sugar you find in most store bought yogurt.

This pressure cooker seems to have it all, and according to one excited customer, cooked a beautiful butter-roasted whole chicken is 25 minutes. That’s enough reason alone to have one in your pantry if you ask me.
Most of the reviews sound like advertisements due to the sheer exuberance and detailed descriptions of all the incredible meals created in this in minutes instead of hours.

Although this cooker is Amazon’s Choice due to 85% of reviews being 4 or 5 stars, there were a fair amount of negative reviews as well. Some reviewers found that although you can cook rice in 10 minutes, you still have to wait 5 – 15 minutes more while it depressurizes before you can open it.

Others complained about cheap material and flimsy handles. Some dissatisfied users returned the cooker for a slow cooker as they wanted to be able to open the lid during cooking to add more ingredients, which you can’t do during the pressurized cooking period on these type of cookers. Note to self – think about what you plan to cook with a pressure cooker before you buy, although you do get the 30-day return window to try it out.

Instant Pot Ultra 8 qt – $179.95, rated 4.3 of 5 stars by 22 users

Features at a glance:

  • 8 quart capacity – makes 6- 8 servings
  • 10 in 1 programmable multi cooker – pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute, steam, boils eggs
  • Auto-warming feature
  • Make eggs from soft to hard-boiled in just a few minutes
  • Cake maker – makes NY style cheesecake or moist breads in minutes
  • Stainless steel inner pot, steamer basket, and inside lid
  • 3-ply inner pot is extremely durable
  • Altitude adjustment
  • Safety lid with manual “quick” steam release
  • 21 preset temperatures and dial/button controls
  • Yogurt maker
  • Sterilizer

The extra features that come with this upgraded Instant Pot are a few more temperature settings, a 35″ cord versus a 33″, and some important safety features.

Whereas the IP LUX80 showed complaints about the time it could take to let the natural steam release complete, this one also has a safety lid with a quick steam release for added versatility and safety. Most reviewers loved this model and were glad they upgraded.

If you are making yogurt or using this to can food, make note that this model has a sterilizer feature, making it easier and faster for safely preserving foods.

Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, 6 qt – $129.95, rated 4.5 of 5 stars by 2919 users

Features at a glance:

  • 6 quart capacity – makes meals for 4 – 6 people
  • 9 in 1 programmable multi cooker – pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute, steam, boils eggs
  • Auto-warming feature
  • Make eggs from soft to hard-boiled in just a few minutes
  • Cake maker – makes NY style cheesecake or moist breads in minutes
  • Stainless steel inner pot, steamer basket, and inside lid
  • 3-ply inner pot is extremely durable
  • Altitude adjustment
  • 15 preset temperatures and dial/button controls
  • Yogurt maker
  • Sterilizer

Similar to the Ultra above but with 2 quarts less capacity and 6 less preset temperature buttons. This pot has a blue LED display, and is the number 1 bestseller in electric hot pots. With 15% fewer returns than others and 85% ratings of 4 and 5 stars, this one comes in $50 less than the Ultra, making it a better buy in my opinion.

COSORI 6 Qt Premium 8-in-1 Programmable Multi-Cooker – $68.00, rated 4.2 of 5 stars by 452 usersCOSORI 6 Qt Premium 8-in-1 Programmable Multi-Cooker (Pressure Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Warmer, Etc.), 1000W, Includes Glass Lid, Sealing Ring and Recipe Book

Features at a glance:

  • 6 quart capacity, enough for 4-6 people
  • 17 Smart settings – pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute, steam, boils eggs, makes yogurt, bakes cakes.
  • Auto-warming feature
  • Stainless steel inner port with 3-ply pot
  • Lids, steamer rack are dishwasher safe

Extras:

  • Recipe booklet, steamer rack with handle, tempered glass lid for slow cooking
  • Extra silicone sealing ring
  • Ladle, rice spoon, and measuring cup

This multi-cooker has all the bells and whistles of the Instant Pots mentioned above, plus it comes with a bonus tempered glass lid. Unlike other pots, that allow you to slow cook, this allows you to see what’s going on in the cooker and allows for easier access if you want to add more ingredients.

Users praise this pot for the ease of use, former Instant Pot users say that the instructions are clear and there’s no learning curve with this port compared to the IP.

You also get several tools included with this pot that are an extra cost on the Instant Pots. Most users love this pot, and at this price – $50 less than the cheapest IP rated above, it’s tough to beat.

Cuisinart CPC-600 6 Qt – $74.00, rated 4.3 of 5 stars by 1482 users

Features at a glance:

• 6-quart capacity

• Fingerprint-proof brushed stainless steel housing

• Digital thermostat

• Push button control
• 99-minute time and LED countdown display

• Cool-touch side handles

• Nonstick cooking pot

• Trivet included (dishwasher safe)

• Dishwasher-safe cooking pot

• 1000 watts

• Recipe book included

• Limited 3-year warranty

The big plus here is the 3-year warranty, unless otherwise mentioned, all other pots reviewed here carry only 1 year. But a possible drawback in this pot is the “non-stick” cook pot. Stainless cook pots might be slightly harder to clean, but can be much healthier than non-stick coating. Recipe booklet and trivet included are nice extras for the price.

There are reviews that state they’ve used their Cuisinart for 3 years, 3 times a week without issue while another users said the handle cracked after 2 years (good thing it has a 3-year warranty. Most users loved it though and rated it highly. Good choice for the price if you’re okay with non-stick versus stainless steel.

Mueller 10-in-1 Pro Series – $69.99, rated 4.6 of 5 stars by 692 users

Features at a glance:

  • 6-Quart capacity – serves 4- 6
  • German engineered
  • 19 SMART programs – Meat, Poultry, Vegetable, Steam, Risotto, Oatmeal, White Rice, Canning, Beans, Broth, Curry, Soup, Multigrain, Sterilize, Chili, Cake, Saute, Egg, Slow Cook & Keep Warm.
  • Stainless steel rack included – Cook 2 dishes simultaneously
  • Ceramic non-stick interior coating is safe and easy to clean
  • Electronic controls for quick and easy operation
  • Bonus tempered glass lid included – slow cooking at a glance, plus add ingredients during cooking without pressure

This is an Amazon’s Choice product with over 90% 4 or 5 star ratings, the 2nd highest we’ve reviewed. As a fan of German design and engineering, I would expect this one to last. Users rave about the ceramic coated non-stick interior (exterior is stainless steel), saying that it cleans up beautifully, ceramic is the healthiest to cook in – no aluminum or chemical contamination to fret about. I can’t believe it’s only $69.99…best buy.

MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker – $99.95, rated 4.9 of 5 stars by 409 usersMealthy Multipot 9-in-1 Programmable Cooker 6 Quarts Stainless Steel Pot, Steamer Basket, Instant Access to Recipe App Pressure Cook, s

Features at a glance:

  • 6 Quart capacity serves 4-6 people
  • Stainless steel cook pot and steamer basket
  • 14 Easy Touch cooking programs – Poultry, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Soup, Sauté/Simmer, Cake, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, and Pressure Cook (manual setting).
  • Bonus – Extra silicone gasket, silicone mitts, steamer basket, 4cm-raised steam rack/trivet, ladle, rice paddle, and measuring cup are all included
  • Recipes and videos on Mealthy App: The Mealthy site and mobile app for iOS and Android feature thousands of recipes and step-by-step videos

This multi-cooker is actually the highest rated of the electric pressure cookers we’ve reviewed. Amazon Choice because it gets over 93% 4 or 5 star ratings and is the No. 1 seller in the small appliances (sets) category.

Most pressure cookers don’t keep you informed as to where you are in the cooking process until the final BEEP that your food is cooked. The MultiPot has a time tracker that allows you to see where you are – in preheat, in cooking, etc. Very useful for mealtime planning.
Another mention is that the Keep Warm setting is actually extra low, preventing your food from burning over time – a feature other pots don’t have. Although this one prices out $30 more than the Mueller, I have to recommend based solely on the reviews…no other electric pressure cooker had as high ratings as the Mealthy MultiPot.

 

The Best Stovetop Pressure Cookers for 2018

If you’re an aspiring canner, the stove top pressure cooker is going to be a must-have for your kitchen. The downside is that stove top cookers require constant monitoring, you can’t just set and forget like an electric one. But experienced canners know that a cooker with high capacity and enough room for multiple quart jars is an absolute necessity that you just can’t get in electric cookers. While most stove top models are 16+ quarts in capacity, there are some with a lot less, so be sure to check before buying.

Presto 1755 16 Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker/Canner – $63.47, rated 4.6 of 5 stars by 688 users

Features at a glance:

  • 16 Quart liquid capacity. As a canner, will hold 7 Quart jars.
  • Constructed of extra strong, warp resistant aluminum
  • Suitable for use on regular and smooth top ranges
  • Air vent and cover lock allows pressure to build up only when the cover is closed properly
  • The product is from China
  • Designed for easy, confident home pressure canning. The only method recommended safe for canning meats, vegetables, poultry and seafood.
  • Easy to read dial gauge
  • 12 year warranty

This cooker also comes with an aluminum rack that fits in the bottom to hold jars in place, what you will probably want to consider purchasing a larger rack with handles that make it a lot easier to remove the jars when they’re done cooking. Alternately, you can buy tongs especially designed for this, but it takes longer and requires more finesse.

As you can see, this pressure cooker has a 12-year warranty for peace of mind. Simple in design and functional and will cook meats, vegetables and other foods very fast, with locked in flavor, just as an electric one. No fancy buttons or LED displays,but that’s probably why the has such a long warranty.

One caveat: It’s a bit tricky to clean, so be sure to read the instructions first as the lid of the cooker cannot be immersed in water. In addition, the sealing ring should be removed after each use to allow cleaning of the inside rim of the lid. The dial gauge is delicate; detailed care instructions are found in the accompanying booklet. The vent pipe is simple to keep clean with a small brush or pipe cleaner, and both the air vent/cover lock and the over pressure plug are removable.

This cooker gets over 80% 5 star reviews, the complaints are mainly that they wished they had bought a bigger one, for larger canning purposes, and that cleaning can be a pain.

All American 21-1/2 Quart Pressure Cooker Canner – $279.95, rated 4.8 of 5 stars by 2842 users

Features at a glance:

  • 21-1/2-quart pressure cooker and canner holds approximately 19 standard regular mouth pint jars or 7 standard regular mouth quart jars
  • Made of durable, hand-cast aluminum with easy to clean satin finish; Easy on-off cover; Positive action clamping wing nuts permit easy opening and closing.
  • Sturdy phenolic top handle; Exclusive “metal-to-metal” sealing system for a steam-tight seal; No gaskets to crack, burn, replace or clean.
  • Easy to read geared steam gauge; Automatic over pressure release; Settings of 5 psi, 10 psi, and 15 psi.
  • 15-3/8 inches high with 12-1/4-inch inside diameter
  • Made in the USA , lifetime warranty

Now we’re into the serious canners. Although this model is 21 plus quarts in capacity, you can get smaller sizes, or even as large as 41.5 quarts if you prefer. Weight is a factor here, at 20 lbs., this cooker isn’t recommended for glass or ceramic topped stoves because the weight can break them.

It can also be tough (with glass topped stoves) to keep the burner consistently hot enough to keep the pressure up. The diameter of this canner is larger than most burners as well. If you’re seriously looking at these types of pressure cookers, you’ve graduated to the big leagues and know what you’re getting into, though.

Review ratings are high on this quality cooker and it comes with a lifetime warranty. Only for the serious canner!

Buffalo QCP430 32 Qt Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker (Commercial Series)$549, rated 5 of 5 stars from 16 users

Features at a glance:

  • 32 qt capacity
  • Stainless steel
  • Exclusively made from BUFFALO Clad, the thermal conductivity is faster and more even than conventional stainless steel cookware
  • 12-Quart, 15-Quart, 21-Quart are for canning projects or family use; 21-Quart, 32-Quart are for commercial use.
  • Warranty – 3 years for inner pot, lifetime for outer pot (with restrictions)
  • Made in China

High quality commercial grade pressure cooker get rave reviews from 100% of users, some were professionals using this in a restaurant daily. It obviously prices higher than others but is high quality, durable and simple to use. Users verify that it is safe to use and although high capacity, weighs less than other pressure cookers in this class.

If you plan on canning several times a year, like to cook nutrient dense foods like bone broth, or just like top quality stuff, this is your pressure cooker!  Although it is made in China, users report favorable experiences when dealing with the manufacturer.

Conclusion

As I mentioned above, the Mealthy MultiPot is my pick for best electric pressure cooker because of it’s overall value: for $99.95, you get several bonus extras, 4.9 of 5 star reviews and extra features that make it more convenient and versatile than the others.

My personal pick of the stove top pressure cookers is the All American.  It’s made in America, comes with a lifetime warranty, allows you to adjust the psi, and gets excellent reviews.  The manufacturer’s website is very easy to navigate, making it a snap to find the warranty info and the toll free number for Customer Service if necessary. This manufacturer is proud of their product and seems ready to back that up with a solid lifetime warranty, can’t ask for more…

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To Your Success,

Karyn

 

 

 

 

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