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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
$55.00
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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

Hawkins
$39.99
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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

Hawkins
$90.58
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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

Hawkins
$29.99
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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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Cooking.com

This 6 quart electric pressure cooker provides one of the easiest and quickest ways to cook meals in minutes thanks to its one pot... cooking vessel and a variety of automatic controls Features Automatically set the temperature and pressure. Digital countdown timer. Hermetically sealed locking lid for safety. 6qt nonstick removable cooking pot and steamer bowl are dishwasher safe. Auto pressure release for safety. 1000 watts. Emeril recipes included read more

Imusa
$96.66
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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

Nesco

This Nesco 6 Liter stainless steel pressure cooker also functions as a Slow Cooker and a Steamer! Operated with a programmable dig...ital timer that can be set to delay cooking up to eight hours. Ideal for making healthy & delicious home made soups, stews and chili. Fish, chicken, and vegetables cook to perfection in minutes. Pressure cooking preserves flavors and nutrients, and speed cooks inexpensive cuts of meat into great tasting meals. Features: Functions: Warm, Steam, Slow Cook and Brown Brushed stainless steel with black accents Capacity: 6 Liters Power Consumption: 1000 Watts Input Voltage: 120 V Controls: Time/Pressure Up/Down Buttons: Adjusts cook time or pressure Delay Time Button: Increases cook delay time Warm Button: Warms food to servable temperature Steam Button: Sets steam function Slow Cook Button: Sets slow cook function Brown Button: Slowly begins to brown meats Start/Stop Button: Initiates or stops set cooking cycles Timer: 8 hours (Slow cooks up to 9.5 hours) A healthy way to reheat food Cover locks securely into place Safety steam release prevents cover from being opened until pressure is reduced to a safe level Includes: Use/Care Guide with Recipes Steam Rack Removable Non-stick Chamber Indicators: Function Lights Product Dimensions: 18.2 H x 12.6 W x 12.6 D Weight: 13.6 lbs This unit is shipped via Regular Ground only; No Air shipment Please select ?UPS Ground at Check out Please call for quotation if faster service is needed Usually shipped in 48 hours Download Product Manual Warranty: 1 Year *** Click to go back to Slow Cooker Section to see more *** *** Click to go back to Kitchen Appliance Section to see more *** read more

Hannex

HANX1015: Features: -Eight smart bottoms: Soup/Meat/Bean/Steam/Rice/Multigrain/Congee and Slow cook.-Automatic keep-warm & up to 2...4 hours programmable timer.-Stainless steel cooking pot, dishwasher safe.-Reducing cooking time & highly energy efficient.-Additional non-stick inner pot with the product.-Material: Stainless steel.-6L (6.3 Qts) capacity.-Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 12.25.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 13.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 12.25. Includes: -Includes ''rice scoop, soup scoop, measuring cup and Manual''. Color/Finish: -Silver & black color. Specifications: -1000W.-120V.-60Hz. Dimensions: -Overall Product Weight: 12. 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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Belk
$99.99 $134.99
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Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker CPC600. Cuisinart updates a classic. Our brushed stainless pressure cooker is safe, easy to use..., cooks up to 70% faster than conventional methods and cooks healthier, too. Steam trapped in the pot builds up pressure that creates hotter temperatures, and the pot is so tightly sealed that vitamins and minerals can't boil away. Foods stay moist and flavors stay true. Features variable pressure and temperature setting, plus Browning, Simmer and Saute functions for perfect roasts, read more

Cuisinart  Electric Pressure Cooker CPC600
Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry Co Inc
$215.99 $389.99
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Dual Pressure Cooker and Canner The high heat generated by a pressure cooker can kill more bacteria than a regular hot water bath,... making this pressure cooker the ideal tool for canning vegetables and non-acid fruit. All-American pressure cookers/canners feature a precision-machined metal-to-metal sealing system. Clamping locks align the cover to the base, forming a steam-tight seal. This means no gaskets to crack, burn, replace or clean. At the same time, the metal-to-metal seal permits venting under unusual pressure conditions, making the seal safer than conventional rubber or composition gasket cookers. A Closer Look: Crafted of the finest hand-cast aluminum, this durable cooker/canner features a stay-cool Bakelite top handle, geared steam gauge, automatic overpressure release and pressure regulator weight with settings of 5 PSI, 10 PSI and 15 PSI. The attractive satin finish is smooth and easy to clean. Double thick edges provide added protection at points of heaviest wear. This cooker/canner is not suitable for glass or flat top ranges. Take Care: Smooth, easy-to-clean satin finish. Made in the USA read more

All American 921 21.5 Quart Pressure Cooker Canner Multicolor - 921 WAFCO003
All American
$268.28 $484.99
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Dual Pressure Cooker and Canner The high heat generated by a pressure cooker can kill more bacteria than a regular hot water bath,... making this pressure cooker the ideal tool for canning vegetables and non-acid fruit. All-American pressure cookers/canners feature a precision-machined metal-to-metal sealing system. Clamping locks align the cover to the base, forming a steam-tight seal. This means no gaskets to crack, burn, replace or clean. At the same time, the metal-to-metal seal permits venting under unusual pressure conditions, making the seal safer than conventional rubber or composition gasket cookers. A Closer Look: Crafted of the finest hand-cast aluminum, this durable cooker/canner features a stay-cool Bakelite top handle, geared steam gauge, automatic overpressure release and pressure regulator weight with settings of 5 PSI, 10 PSI and 15 PSI. The attractive satin finish is smooth and easy to clean. Double thick edges provide added protection at points of heaviest wear. This cooker/canner is not suitable for glass or flat top ranges. Take Care: Smooth, easy-to-clean satin finish. Made in the USA read more

All American Pressure Cooker/Canner
Belk
$89.99 $140.00
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Fagor 6-qt. Splendid Pressure Cooker. The Fagor 6-qt. Splendid Pressure Cooker is constructed from high gauge stainless steel with... an aluminum encapsulated bottom that guarantees even heat distribution. The stainless steel exterior provides the convenience of using this pressure cooker on any cooktop, including induction. Spring-activated pressure mechanism features one pressure setting: High at 15 psi. The triple-safety mechanism on this Fagor Splendid pressure cooker prevents pressure build up. Independent pres read more

Fagor  6-qt. Splendid Pressure Cooker
Belk
$119.99 $240.00
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Fagor 10-qt. Duo Pressure Cooker. Constructed from 18/10 stainless steel for long-lasting durability and an aluminum encapsulated ...bottom to guarantee even heat distribution. This pressure cooker is complete with two pressure settings (Low and High) giving you the flexibility to cook even the most delicate dishes and can be used on any cooktop, including induction. Sleek and ergonomically designed handles helps for easy opening and closing and is equipped with a safety-lock, pressure indicator and pre read more

Fagor  10-qt. Duo Pressure Cooker
Belk
$189.99 $380.00
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Fagor 6-Piece Futuro Pressure Cooker Set. Constructed of high gauge 18/10 stainless steel with an aluminum encapsulated bottom tha...t guarantees even heat distribution, and a stainless steel exterior allows you to use it on any cooktop, including induction. Spring-activated pressure mechanism features two pressure settings: High at 15 psi for meats, rice, beans and sauces and Low, at 8 psi, for more delicate foods like fish and vegetables. The triple-safety mechanism prevents pressure buildup and indepe read more

Fagor  6-Piece Futuro Pressure Cooker Set
Belk
$159.99 $320.00
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Fagor 6-qt. Chef Pressure Cooker. Constructed of 18/10 Stainless Steel and with a larger diffuser bottom, this unit is designed hi...gher cooking efficiency.The stainless steel exterior allows you to use the pressure cooker on any cooktop, including induction. Spring-activated pressure mechanism features two pressure settings: High at 15 psi for meats, sauces, beans and rice and Low, at 8 psi, for more delicate foods like fish and vegetablesThe Fagor Chef pressure cooker creates meals in 70% less time, m read more

Fagor  6-qt. Chef Pressure Cooker
Belk
$149.99 $258.00
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Fagor Splendid 5-Piece Pressure Cooker Set. Pressure cookers are constructed from high gauge 18/10 stainless steel with an aluminu...m encapsulated bottom that guarantees even heat distribution. Spring-activated pressure mechanism features one pressure setting: High at 15 psi. The triple-safety mechanism prevents pressure buildup and independent pressure indicator valves make it easy to monitor cooking progress. Fagor Splendid pressure cookers create meals in 70% less time, maintaining the natural color, e read more

Fagor  Splendid 5-Piece Pressure Cooker Set
Belk
$109.99 $198.00
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Fagor 10-qt. Splendid Pressure Cooker. The Fagor 10-qt. Splendid pressure cooker is constructed from high gauge 18/10 stainless st...eel with an aluminum encapsulated bottom, which guarantees even heat distribution, consistency, and maximum cooking efficiency. A stainless steel exterior allows you to use this pressure cooker on any cook top, including induction. Spring-activated pressure mechanism features one pressure setting: High at 15 psi. The triple-safety mechanism prevents pressure buildup and Independ read more

Fagor  10-qt. Splendid Pressure Cooker
Belk
$179.99 $360.00
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Fagor 8-qt. Chef Pressure Cooker. The stainless steel pressure cooker is designed for maximum efficiency and allows you to use on ...any cooktop, including induction. Spring-activated pressure mechanism features two pressure settings: High at 15 psi for meats, sauces, beans and rice; Low, at 8 psi, for fish and vegetables.The Fagor Chef pressure cooker creates meals in 70% less time, maintaining the natural color, essential nutrients and flavor of foods for healthier dining. Vegetables are ready in two m read more

Fagor  8-qt. Chef Pressure Cooker
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