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Pressure Cookers Buying Guide

Contrary to its name, a pressure cooker can relieve pressure from cooking -- this pot with an interlocking lid can take hours of cook time off recipes. Meats, soups, and other main dishes cook faster with ample moisture for a delicious outcome. Whatever type of pressure cooker you choose, just be sure to follow its cooking directions. Recipes designed for stove-top or oven methods do not automatically convert to pressure-cooker settings.

Types of Pressure Cookers

Types of Pressure Cookers

Today's pressure cooker is not your grandmother's. The device has been updated to avoid eruptions and subsequent messes associated with faulty lids on pressure cookers of the past. Pressure cookers are making a comeback because of their ability to safely speed up cook time without sacrificing flavor and taste. Foods cook about two-thirds faster in a pressure cooker than in an ordinary pot on the stove. Choose from stove-top or electric cookers.

Stove-Top Pressure Cookers

A stove-top cooker lets you control the heat on your stove-top. You can brown meat in the same pan before starting the pressure-cooking. Some models come with steam baskets. A quick-release valve for the lid is a nice feature.

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Hawkins
$117.82
at Amazon

This is an Hawkins classic aluminum 4 liter pressure cooker with a whistling pressure regulator, safety valve and Hawkins gasket/s...ealing ring. read more

Hawkins
$25.02
at Amazon

This is an Hawkins classic aluminum 4 liter pressure cooker with a whistling pressure regulator, safety valve and Hawkins gasket/s...ealing ring. read more

Hawkins
$36.55
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This is an Hawkins classic aluminum 4 liter pressure cooker with a whistling pressure regulator, safety valve and Hawkins gasket/s...ealing ring. read more

Electric Pressure Cookers

If you have the counter space, an electric pressure cooker keeps your stove-top free and offers a few more features than a stove-top model, such as a programmable cook time and settings for browning, sauteing, simmering, and warming.

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Cuisinart
$99.99 $185.00
at JCPenney

Cook your favorite pot roast, stews or chili up to 70% faster than traditional methods with the Cuisinart pressure cooker. ...cooker creates hotter temperatures since the pot is completely sealed and the steam is trapped includes a removable 6-quart nonstick pot and trivet sealed lid locks in steam so foods can retain more nutrients for healthier eating variable heat control maintains selected temperature high and low pressure settings additional settings let you brown, simmer or saut foods before cooking under pressure Cooking pot and trivet are dishwasher safe. Brushed stainless outer housing wipes clean. 1000W. 12.2x12.2x13.9". Imported. read more

Imusa
$79.99 $94.99
at Sears

IMUSA Pressure Cookers are perfect for your busy lifestyle. Pressure cookers speed up cooking time by 70%, retain more minerals an...d vitamins, reduce energy and heat while cooking, and are easy to clean up! The unit traps steam inside, which builds up pressure to create hotter temperatures, and its tight seal locks in heat, moisture, and flavor. Use your IMUSA pressure cooker for beans, soups, chili, poultry, and other one-dish entrees. You re about to experience a better, faster, and healthier way of cooking! read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

A 4- to 8-quart pressure cooker will handle most meats, beans, and other items used for meals. But if you are cooking for a crowd or using a pressure cooker for canning, go with one that is 12-quart size or larger. Be mindful that any cooker -- stove-top or electric -- will need to be monitored. Be careful not to fill the pot too full, and watch it for steam output during cooking.

Size and Capacity

For everyday cooking, 4- to 8-quart cookers will suffice. Larger cookers are available, too, but they're more commonly used for canning foods in pint- or quart-size jars.

Material

Most stove-top pressure cookers are made of aluminum or stainless steel. An aluminum cooker is generally less expensive, but it will pit and become porous with heavy use. Aluminum is perfect for canning. If you'll be using the cooker to cook meals, choose one made of stainless steel. Because aluminum is a better heat conductor, a stainless-steel cooker with a thermal aluminum disc bonded to the bottom is a good choice.

Pressure

Before making your purchase, make sure the cooker can maintain high pressure (at least 15 psi, or pounds per square inch). If the cooker does not meet this requirement, you will have to adjust recipes using lower pressure. This is risky and may not be food-safe; it could lead to illness for those who consume canned products.

Safety System

It's important for a pressure cooker to have a cover-locking system. With a locking system, the pressure cannot build if the lid is not locked properly. And the lid cannot be lifted unless the pressure has been reduced properly.

Reputable Maker

A pressure cooker is designed to provide many years of cooking use. You may need to purchase a replacement part from time to time to keep your cooker safe and working properly. Purchase a reputable brand of cooker so replacement parts will be easy to find.

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Cuisinart
$99.99 $185.00
at JCPenney

Cook your favorite pot roast, stews or chili up to 70% faster than traditional methods with the Cuisinart pressure cooker. ...cooker creates hotter temperatures since the pot is completely sealed and the steam is trapped includes a removable 6-quart nonstick pot and trivet sealed lid locks in steam so foods can retain more nutrients for healthier eating variable heat control maintains selected temperature high and low pressure settings additional settings let you brown, simmer or saut foods before cooking under pressure Cooking pot and trivet are dishwasher safe. Brushed stainless outer housing wipes clean. 1000W. 12.2x12.2x13.9". Imported. read more

Cuisinart 6-qt. Electric Pressure Cooker
Imusa
$109.99 $160.00
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Experience a better, faster and healthier way of cooking with the 5-quart IMUSA pressure cooker. The unit traps steam inside, whic...h builds up pressure to create hotter temperatures, and its tight seal locks in heat, moisture and flavor. speeds up cooking time by 70% retains more minerals and vitamins reduces energy and heat while cooking pressure regulator digital display for easy reading cool touch handle removable cooking pot 5 functions: brown, slow cook, pressure cook, steam and warm 5-quart capacity Metal/plastic. Measures 12x12.6x14.3"H. Hand wash removable pot. Imported. read more

IMUSA 5-qt. Electric Pressure Cooker
Supentown International
$70.59 $99.00
at Sears

SPT EPC-11A Pressure Cooker offers 6 adjustable programs: Rice, Multigrain, Poultry, Meat, Stew and Reheat/Brown. Up to 24 hours D...elay Start Timer allows you to prepare the food and have it ready at a later time. read more

SPT 6.5 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker Black
Maxi-Matic
$81.28 $103.21
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MXMT1111: Features: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 9.25.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 10.25.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 9. ...Dimensions: -Overall Product Weight: 22. read more

5.5-Quart Digital Stainless Steel Low Pressure Cooker, Red
Maxi-Matic
$76.99 $110.83
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Easily make flavorful meals with this Elite Platinum EPC-678SS pressure cooker that features a 6-quart capacity to accommodate lar...ge amounts of food. The included rack allows you to steam your favorite vegetables for a delicious, healthy dish. ELITE PLATINUM 6-Quart Pressure Cooker: Touchpad controls; programmable cook time; 24-hour delay timer; browning, saute and keep-warm functions; automatic float valve; dual-layer thermal exterior; stainless-steel cooking pot Color: Stainless-Steel. read more

Platinum 6-Quart Electric Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker with Stainless Steel Pot, Programmable
Brentwood
$30.37 $49.99
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Polished Aluminum Body. Units per Case: 4. Cases / Pieces per Pallet: 25 / 100. Materials: Plastic/Metal. Width: 11-1/2 . Length: ...9-1/2 . Height: 15-1/2 . read more

Brentwood BPC-110 6.8 Liter Pressure Cooker Aluminum
Magefesa
$114.00 $177.77
at Wayfair

Magefesa MGF1003 Preserve vitamins and minerals that are usually lost with conventional cooking methods. Save up to 70% of your t...ime compared with traditional cooking method in nowadays busy life. This means that you will be using less energy (eco-friendly) and saving more money. Features: -Trivet Included: Yes.-Made of 18/10 stainless steel.-Progressive lock system.-Three safety systems: Two safety clamps and two pressure valves for maximum safety.-Suitable for all type of surfaces.-Material: Stainless steel.-Steel Composition: 18/10.-Safety Valves: Yes.-Number of Safety Valves: 2.-Additional Safety Features: Safety clamps.-Stovetop Safe: Yes.-Maximum psi: 15.-Minimum psi: 5.-Helper Handle: Yes.-Lid Material: Stainless steel.-Lid Handle: Yes.-Handles: Yes.-Star R collection.-Product Type: Electric pressure cooker.-Shape: Round.-Collection: Star R.-Finish: Stainless Steel.-Primary Material: Metal -Primary Material Details: Aluminum/Stainless Steel..-Number of Items Included: 3.-Shatterproof: No.-Handles Included: Yes -Handle Finish: .-Non-Slip Handle: .-Heat Resistant Handle: .-Number of Handles: 2..-Lid Included: Yes -Removable Lid: .-Lid Finish: Silver..-Timer: No -Maximum Timer Setting: ..-Delay Function: No.-Locking: Yes.-Operation Type: Manual.-Dishwasher Safe: Yes -Dishwasher Safe Parts: ..-Capacity (Size: 4 Quart): 4.-Capacity (Size: 6 Quart): 6.-Commercial Use: No.-Eco-Friendly: Yes.-Country of Manufacture: Spain.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom (Size: 4 Quart): 10.-Overall Width - Side to Side (Size: 4 Quart): 10.-Overall Depth - Front to Back (Size: 4 Quart): 7.-Overall Product Weight (Size: 6 Quart): 7.-Overall Product Weight (Size: 4 Quart): 6. read more

Magefesa Star R Stainless Steel Fast Pressure Cooker MGF1003
Presto
$73.99 $99.99
at Wayfair

Presto PTO1038 Features: -Includes a cooking/canning rack and a complete instruction/recipe book.-Easy-to-read gauge automatically... registers a complete range of processing temperatures.-Air vent/cover lock allows pressure to build up only when the cover is closed properly and prevents the cover from opening until pressure is safely reduced.-Doubles as a water bath canner for preserving fruits, jams, jellies, pickles and salsas.-Constructed of extra-strong, warp-resistant aluminum and suitable for use on regular and smooth-top ranges.-Heat Resistant.-Construction: Aluminum.-Pressure Indicator.-Food Restrictions.-Stove Type Compatibility: Gas; Electric; Glass.-Dishwasher Safe Components: Pot.-Helper Handle.-Leak Proof Lid.-Lid Material: Aluminum.-Non-Slip plastic handles.-Shape: Round.-Finish: Stainless steel.-Primary Material: Metal -Primary Material Details: Aluminum..-Number of Items Included: 2.-Pieces Included: Cooker, rack.-Rust Resistant: Yes.-Odor Resistant: Yes.-Handles Included: Yes -Number of Handles: .-Handle Finish: .-Non-Slip Handle: .-Heat Resistant Handle: ..-Steaming Basket Included: No.-Temperature Probe Included: No.-Auto Shut-Off: No.-Non-Stick: Yes.-Portable: Yes.-Removable Interior: No.-Warming Setting: No.-Operation Type: Manual.-Retractable Cord: .-Detachable Cord: .-Dishwasher Safe: Yes -Dishwasher Safe Parts: ..-Capacity (Size: 23 Quart): 23.-Capacity (Size: 16 Quart): 16.-Rice Capacity (Size: 23 Quart): 92.-Rice Capacity (Size: 16 Quart): 64.-Recycled Content: No -Total Recycled Content (Percentage): .-Post-Consumer Content (Percentage): .-Remanufactured/Refurbished: ..-Eco-Friendly: No.-Product Care: Pot can be cleaned in the dishwasher. All other components should be wiped clean..Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom (Size: 23 Quart): 15.5.-Overall Height - Top to Bottom (Size: 16 Quart): 11.75.-Overall Width - Side to Side (Size: 16 Quart): 17.25.-Overall Width - Side to Side (Size: 23 Quart): 15.1.-Overall Depth - Front to Back (Size: 16 Quart): 13.63.-Overall Depth - Front to Back (Size: 23 Quart): 14.8.-Overall Product Weight (Size: 16 Quart): 8.88.-Overall Product Weight (Size: 23 Quart): 10.Assembly: -Assembly Required: No -Tools Needed for Assembly: ..-Additional Parts Required: No -Parts Needed: ..Warranty: -Product Warranty: 12 years limited. read more

Presto Pressure Cooker and Canner PTO1038
Silverstone
$59.99 $117.00
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Save time and effort in the kitchen with the easy-to-use, easy-to-clean SilverStone microwave pressure cooker. Uniquely designed f...or convenience and versatility, this cooker takes the pressure out of cooking and puts it in the microwave. use the handy basket insert and steamer plate to cook several foods at the same time or to add a quick-cooking food later in the process utilize the plate to handily heat up leftovers without losing moisture in the food features sturdy BPA-free construction capacity for over a dozen cups of cooking liquids and ingredients lid features an array of safety features to help ensure quality cooking results and easy operation even for beginning cooks designed to fit most standard microwaves Includes: large microwave pressure cooker dual-safety locking lid steamer basket plate Plastic. Top-rack dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

SilverStone Microwave Pressure Cooker
Asstd National Brand
$99.99 $150.00
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The Power Pressure Cooker XL allows you to cook delicious, flavorful and healthy meals faster than traditional cookware. Intellige...nt preset options allow you to perfectly cook meat, fish, vegetables, beans, rice, soups and stews with the touch of a button. one-touch pre-set buttons with preprogrammed smart settings textured, nonstick inner pot digital display panel 4-hour delay setting and automatic keep warm mode includes slow cooker option and canning features flavor infusion technology traps steam inside the pot to infuse liquid and moisture into your food, locking in intense flavor and nutrients built-in safety features and safe-lock lid with manual steam release 6-quart capacity Includes: recipe book canning book steamer tray ladle measuring cup condensation collector 1000 watts. AC. Stainless steel. Measures. 13x13x14"H. Wipe unit clean; inner pot is dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

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