If you enjoy cooking and are looking for a multi-purpose unit that will cook a gourmet meal while you are at work or a quick meal when you get home from work, look no further than the electric high pressure cooker. You will find most cookers are easy to use and so versatile that you may never have a need for your stovetop again. Below are some reviews of the best electric pressure cookers on the market today and their features to make your job a little easier when trying to decide which one is best for you
10. Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker
The Instant Pot is a great price for all of the features you get. The unit will easily transform into 7 different types of cookers including one for sautés, yogurt making and rice cooking. The panel on the front of the cooker is large and easy to use and comes with 14 programs controlled by the micro-processor. Some extra accessories the Instant Pot comes with are the 3-ply stainless steel pot and the steam rack with handle. These are great extras, especially the steamer with handle which makes it easier to remove the rack from the cooker and onto your table. Another great feature of the Instant Pot is the ability to set a time to start cooking your food so it is hot and ready by the time you get home. This is so handy for anyone who has ever had to cut their day short because they needed to get home to turn the pressure cooker off. User reviews mention that while there is a learning curve to all of the features of this unit, the Instant Pot works quickly and cooks all different types of food to perfection.
9. Aicok 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker
One of the best features of the Aicok is the 24-hour delay timers. You can preset your pressure cooker up to one day to start cooking which is very useful if you have a busy day full of errands and you don’t want to worry about setting the cooker. The unit comes with 10 cooking programs including soup/stew, fish/vegetable and beans/tendons. The Aicok also comes with texture cycles which is a unique feature, and comprises of fragrant, standard and full cyclically. The Full cyclically will extend the cooking for longer to get the full flavour from your food, and for less potency, the fragrant setting can be used. The Aicok comes with 10 safety mechanisms which are designed to protect the user from unsafe errors in cooking that were very common in older pressure cookers. This cooker also comes with a 2 year warranty. Reviews on the Aicok all rave about the unique texture function which allows you to choose how flavourful your meal is. This is especially useful when you want to kick up in the spice in certain recipes. Other reviews mention that for those on a budget, this cooker will give you all the features you need at a reasonable price.
8. COSORI 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker
The Cosori comes with some extra accessories to help you comes such as an extra glass lid for slow cooking and a silicone sealing ring. The sealing ring will help use the cooker safely and prevent spillage as well as seal the lid tightly to keep all of the nutrients and vitamins in the food. The Cosori has 9 safety mechanisms to ensure your safety while using it, but also prevents food spoilage from occurring. This cooker comes with a 1 year warranty. User reviews on the Cosori mention how easy it is to use and how quickly it cooks, even for novices who never used one before. One drawback would be the timer which only allows you to set it at 60 minute intervals.
7. Power Pressure Cooker XL 8 Quart
The Power Pressure Cooker is large at 8 quarts and exceeds the capacity of most other cookers in this category by 2 quarts. The front panel has a large digital display for easy checks and the buttons to set the cooker are large and well-marked. The Power Pressure takes the place of 6 different cookers including slow cooker, soup-maker and steamer. This pressure cooker is dishwasher safe which makes clean up faster and more convenient. Other nice features of this unit are the different levels of slow-cooking you are able to use it for and the ability to use it as a canner. User reviews on the Power Pressure mention how easy it is to use and how quickly it cooks, even for novices who never used one before. One drawback would be the timer which only allows you to set it at 60 minute intervals.
6. Cuisinart CPC-600 6 Quart 1000 Watt Electric Pressure Cooker
One of the nice features of the Cuisinart is the cool-touch handle which makes moving the unit after your meal is done safe and easy. Another great feature is the display has a 99 minute countdown which works in 1 minute intervals for the first 40 minutes and 5 minute intervals for the last 59 minutes. This allows you much greater control in choosing your cooking times rather than having to rely on specific pre-sets that may not suit your needs. The Cuisinart comes with a three year warranty which is one of the longest warranties out of any other cooker in this category. It is also dishwasher safe which makes clean up after a big meal quick and easy. User reviews mention that the Cuisinart is easy to use and will do a variety of foods well. They also mention that this is one unit that needs to be cleaned thoroughly with every use so it works optimally each time. Other reviews mention that you will need to make sure there is enough in the pot to pressure cook and if not you will find that it won’t go past medium heat.
5. Elite Platinum EPC-808 Maxi-Matic 8 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
The Elite Platinum is a very attractive looking cooker that is made with “brushed stainless steel” for a nice modern look. The front panel is futuristic in appearance and has multiple buttons for pre-sets and a large digital read. The Elite holds 8 quarts which is larger than most in this category. The 14 functional programs give you a great range of options for specific foods including brown rice and potatoes. Other settings are specific to meats like chicken or pork and ribs so you always get a perfectly cooked cut of meat at just the right temperature. Another great feature of this unit is the pre-browning function which will brown the meat before pressure cooking and prevents burning or under-cooking.
4. Secura 6-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure
The Secura takes the place of 6 different cookers including food steamer, rice cooker and sauté pan. A really nice feature of the Secura is the 24-hour delay feature that allows you to step away from the cooker and have it start at the most convenient time for you. Some of the added accessories that come with purchase are a rice spoon, a measuring cup and a recipe book to experiment with new and delicious recipes. Another great feature of this unit is the lid and handle are both cool to the touch while cooking which prevents unnecessary burns like older pressure cookers did. Stainless steel comes in different grades of durability and the 300 series is one of the highest. The Secura comes with stainless steel in the 300s that is mixed in with 18% chromium and 10% nickel to eliminate corrosion. User reviews mention the versatility of the Secura cooking modes in creating a large variety of different meals really well. Others mention the durability and strength of the stainless steel as a great feature that saved them money in the long run. There is also mention that while there may not be as many functions on the pressure cooker as others that are similar, it will do just about any meal really well.
3. Gourmia GPC1000 Smart Pot Electric Digital Multifunction Pressure Cooker
The Gourmia is the largest pressure cooker in this category holding up to 10 quarts. One of the great features of the Gourmia is the 13 cooking modes that can be accessed by the touch of a button on the front panel. These cooking modes give the opportunity to set cooking temperatures for specific types of foods like porridge, beans and rice. It also comes with a 24 hour delay feature and a 0-99 minute interval times so you can cook when it is convenient for you and set it to follow your schedule. The Gourmia is a bit of a cooking beast at 1400 Watts and just ensures that enough power is there to cook all 10 quarts of food if filled to capacity. User reviews on the Gourmia suggest taking a little time to learn the controls on the unit as it is not the easiest to use without a learning curve. Other reviews mention that for a 10 quart cooker, there is very little heat that comes off of the unit during cooking. Still other reviewers mention that for the size and features, the Gourmia is a great price.
2. T-fal CY505E 12-in-1 Programmable Electric Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker
The T-fal is one of the most versatile pressure cookers as it gives the option of 12 different cookers in one compact unit. The 6 quart capacity is a little smaller than other units in this category, but the amount of choice you get for pre-sets more than makes up for that. T-fal is very easy to use and can be programmed with the large and well placed buttons on the front of the panel. There is a pressure check button on the T-fal that allows you to check whether the pressure inside of the cooker is safe to open to prevent any unfortunate accidents that often occurred with older pressure cookers. User reviews on the T-fal mention that the best way to start is to read the manual thoroughly to get a good indication of how to use it. Other reviews mention that it is really easy to clean because of its non-stick surface.
1. BLACK+DECKER PR100 6 Quart Programmable Pressure Cooker
The Black and Decker works as 7 different units in your kitchen including rice cookers, steamer, and one for sautés. It also comes with 4 different functions in low-pressure so you have the option of using it in different levels of slow-cooking. This unit has a large front panel with one-touch controls so you can choose any pre-set quickly and easily. The lid is designed to lock into place during pressure cooking to keep moisture and flavour inside while preventing any spillage. Another great feature of the Black and Decker is the food warming capability which will keep your food warm without continuing to cook it if you are delayed for dinner. This ensures your food will be cooked perfectly and will also be nice and hot when you walk through the door after work or serve it to your guests at a dinner party. User reviews mention that the Black and Decker is well built, cooks well and the stainless steel has prevented corroding and has lasted longer, saving them money. Other reviews mention that it is pretty easy to use although, much like anything else, it is always best to familiarize yourself with how to use it by reading the manual first.
Whichever pressure cooker you decide to get, just make sure it has the capacity and features you need to make healthy and nutritious meals conveniently and that it is easy for you to use. Yiu may find thst you will never have to use your stove again