Pressure cooker reviews are what will follow here, but first, what is a pressure cooker, and why should you have one?
The principle is actually quite simple. A sealed pot, and lots of steam. This means that food will cook faster, be more juicy, and in the case of meat, be more tender. This is exactly what the 3 old-school cookers (seen on the left), can do, and very competently.
Denis Papin was the original pressure cooker inventor, with his “Digester” Pot, back in the 1600’s. They weren’t very safe in those days, due to a lack of manufacturing standards.
Things have come along way since the days of exploding pots, as you will see below. Enjoy our reviews of the top 5 best pressure cookers!
Basically, pressure cookers enable you to cook various foods at speeds that can’t be attained in any other way. Further, these pressure cookers, cook the foods while making the food tender, beyond what you’d expect (thanks to pressure and steam).
On that note, have a look at the Best pressure cooker reviews, here, starting at the number 5 review!
#5 – Cuisinart CPC-600 6 Quart 1000 Watt Electric Pressure Cooker (Stainless Steel)
Cut your food cooking time by up to 70% of the time that you would normally spend over a hot stove. Ideal for busy mothers, and hurried dates. This will make your food fast. The flavor will be infused, as it is cooked with steam.
There are buttons for all the controls. A minimal amount of the vitamins in your meals will be lost. You can make cheesecake and custards too. This is fingerprint proof. There are Push button controls for cooking options and programmed settings: Low and High Pressure, and heat settings, such as Browning, Simmer, Saute and automatic Keep Warm.
You can time your meal. This is a safe pressure cooker. The lid has magnetic locks. There are sensors and seals, to keep this from burning, or opening. This one must be locked in order for pressure to build, and will stay locked until the internal pressure drops to zero. Then you will be able to open it!
You can adjust the intensity of the heat such as browning, sauteing rice or vegetables, or slow cook. The lid will seal firmly and tightly lock. There is a built in, precision, digital thermostat. The inner pot is a non-stick finish, which makes for easy clean-ups.
#4 – Instant Pot IP-Smart Bluetooth-Enabled Multifunctional Pressure Cooker, Stainless Steel
You can SET IT and forget it with the Bluetooth app (IOS is available now, and Android will be available soon). There are 14 different programs to cook your food with, but with the app you can add in your own cooking steps, thus modifying recipe scripts via your smartphone or tablet and then wirelessly send those cooking modifications to the pressure cooker, via Bluetooth.
There are temperatures similar to saute or slow cook all day. Comes with learning recipe books, in three languages, to aid you in mastering this machine. Silicone mitts and a large handle prevent you from getting burned.
You can steam your vegetables in 4 minutes flat! If you want mashed potatoes, just steam them in this guy for 15 minutes. You can make chili in one hour (while you are at the gym)! It is well designed and will look elegant in your kitchen.
The inner pot is food grade stainless steel, and along with the lid, is safe to go in the dishwasher. You can eat safely with the protections this has against pressure, burns, and heat. It’s Bluetooth enabled, which sets it apart from almost all other pressure cookers. You can monitor from your android if you like. This guy comes in, at a manageable 16 lbs
#3 – Power Pressure Cooker XL 8 Quart, Digital Non Stick Stainless Steel Steam Slow Cooker and Canner
This is perfect for someone who takes cooking seriously. This will impress your guests. Replaces six common devices: Slow cooker, Canner, Soup Maker, Steamer, Cookware and Rice Cooker.
It will take up to 8 quarts. Make all your slow cooker recipes done in 70% the time. Pressure cooking infuses the foods with FLAVOR through steam. This is perfect for those one pot recipes you have. You can can all your fresh produce or garden veggies with this.
You can put this in dishwasher to wash. The dimensions are 14″ H x 12″ W x 14.5″ D. The buttons are one touch set, you can keep warm, infuse flavor, there is a digital display, and it is safe! Comes with safety locks, that manually release the steam. There is a large arm handle so you do not get your self burned. The food will not stick to the pot.
#2 –Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W (updated model)
Safer version of a pressure cooker, but electric. This new version comes with extra egg and cake cooker- cooks to perfection. Almost 15 lbs…. so, it’s one of the lighter ones. You can set alarms on your cooking times. You can delay cooking by 24 hours and there are many adjustable cooking modes.
You cannot burn, block the vent, or accidentally open when pressurized. A nice safety feature is that the fuse will shut it down if it gets overheated. There are safety locks and magnetic lids. There are high and low pressures varying from 5- 11 psi.
You can use this to combine the functions of a pressure cooker, sauté pan, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer and warmer. You can make perfect porridge all night long, if you’re into that sort of thing…. The inner pot is stainless steel.
Comes with recipe books in three languages. You can pressure cook almost everything. This machine speeds up your cooking X26 times and uses less energy. It has 10 built in programs and 3 modes you can adjust, 3 temperature settings available in the Sauté mode, for thickening or browning etc.
Lastly, there are 3 temperatures available in Slow Cooker mode…so yes, this guy can pretend to be a slow-cooker too (not really pretend, as it is easily as good as a dedicated slow cooker)!
#1 – Instant Pot IP-DUO80 7-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 8 Qt
This is the safest pressure cooker around.
They call it a SMART pressure cooker because you can delay the cooking over a 24 hour period of time. You can keep food warm for up to ten hours.
This stainless steel cooker (interior is food grade stainless steel), monitors pressure and heat, keeps the time, is dishwasher safe, adjusts its own intensity of heat and the duration. It will adjust the cooking time based on what’s in the pot, combined with the weight. This is for consistent optimal results. Your food will not burn. There are sensors for pressure, leaky lids, the vent being blocked, and a magnetic sensor for safe range heat. At 19 lbs, this cooker is a solid dude (shipping weight is 21.1 lbs)!
In the end, the safety features and dependability wins out. That’s the beauty of technology. Pressure cookers have been around for decades, but it’s only now, that they are considered a safe form of cooking. In the Amazon marketplace are many pressure cookers, but the Instant Pot IP-DUO80 wins out, in our books, and many others. Read the reviews on Amazon. They are the true measure of any product…