If you need help deciding which is the best electric pressure cooker you should buy, hop on to my Top List below where I listed my top picks for this year. I also wrote Let’s Talk About Electric Pressure Cookers! that follows after the list. In any case, have fun with your new cooker!
The Top List
I thought this was a great product and one of the best electric pressure cookers I've ever used. I think it will be a welcome addition to just about any kitchen.Read Users' reviews
It's not expensive, it looks pretty good and it does do a number of great jobs well. While it might not be good for making a souffle, it's probably good for just about any other task you'd care to throw at it.Read Users' reviews
I think it's one of the better pressure cookers in its class and would fit in very well in just about any kitchen.Read Users' reviews
It's a product that might have a few flaws but in the end, really does quite a decent job cooking up food. It might not be my first choice but it still performed very well.Read Users' reviews
If it were a little less expensive and had a steel cooking pot, it would probably wipe the floor with every other pressure cooker. It's definitely a unit to take a look at if the price or the cooking pot doesn't phase you.Read Users' reviews
Let's Talk About Electric Pressure Cookers!
Two of the questions I’m most frequently asked about is what’s the best electric pressure cooker on the market today and how electric pressure cookers stack up against the conventional stove top ones. While the first one isn’t all that easy to answer and requires quite a bit of research and the analysis of electric pressure cooker reviews, I can tell you all you need to know about electric pressure cookers in general.
While stove top pressure cookers have been used in American homes since the 1930s, electric models are newcomers to the scene. Which is why it’s not surprising to see so many questions asked about these type of pressure cookers. It is also the reason why I decided to write this article on what you need to know about electric pressure cookers.
What are some of the things I’m going to cover in this article? Well, I’m going to start off by telling you what you need to look for when you’re searching for the best electric pressure cooker. That way, you can quickly scan electric pressure cooker reviews and decide which one if right for you much quicker. After that, I’m going to talk about some of the advantages that electric pressure cookers hold over stove top ones and then I’m going to cover some of the best practices you should be observing when you’re using one of these cookers. Sound good? If it does, then let’s get started right away.
My Electric Pressure Cooker Reviews
Up for review today is the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 6Qt/1000W Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker. This attractive and stylish cooker has a wide range of features which makes it exceptionally useful in the kitchen.
For instance, it has 7-in-1 functionality that makes it the best electric pressure cooker I’ve seen so far. It can be used not only as a pressure cooker but also as a slow cooker, rice cooker, saute pot, yogurt maker, steamer and yes, a warmer on top of it all. It also has 14 programmed settings that allow you to do everything from making soup and chili to porridge and poultry and is also good for steaming, pasteurizing and make both rice and fermented rice. Just about everything you would want it to do.
One of the features that many people rave about in the best electric pressure cooker reviews I’ve seen about this product is that is can also be adjusted to a high setting or a low setting. Setting this unit to high can reduce cooking times up to 70% over the regular cooking time. This especially useful for cooking tough cuts of meats or beans. And if you don’t need all of that power, then you can use the low-pressure setting. This will keep pressure sensitive foods such as eggs and fish from overcooking.
And unlike the stove top pressure cookers of the past, this unit is one of the safest units to operate thanks to its 10 proven safety features which include: safety lid lock, leaky lid smart detection, fuse cut off, high-temperature monitoring, automatic temperature control, anti-blockage vent, magnetic sensor for lid position and automatic pressure control. Safety features that help protect against the accidents of the past. It’s also UL and ULC compliant.
Another thing that really impressed me about this unit is that it not only had a fingerprint-resistant brushed steel exterior but that it also had a stainless steel pot and steam rack. The steel pot is not only scratch resistant, a problem I had with other types of electric pressure cookers, but also doesn’t allow odors to be transferred from one cooking project to the next—as long as you keep it well cleaned.
The only problem I had with the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 6Qt/1000W Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker is that it didn’t cook as fast as I would have liked it to have cooked. It took a little bit longer than I thought it would take. Sure, it was faster than just about every electric pressure cooker I’ve used, but it was still slower than a conventional stove top one.
However, all things considered, I thought this was a great product and one of the best electric pressure cookers I’ve ever used. I think it will be a welcome addition to just about any kitchen. It was safe to use, looked great, could do a bunch of different things and was a decent size.
I thought this was a great product and one of the best electric pressure cookers I've ever used. I think it will be a welcome addition to just about any kitchen.
- Easy to Use
- Attractive Exterior
- Can be Used For a Variety of Purposes
- Nice 6 quart size
- Dual Heat Settings
- Doesn't Heat As Quickly As Some Stove Top Models
Today, I’m reviewing the Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Programmable 6-Quart 1000-Watt Pressure Cooker; A unit which looks very much like another one of the best electric pressure cookers, the Instant Pot IP-DUO60. And while both of these units look quite similar, there are a few things that separate them from each other.
One of the first things you’ll notice is that this model is a 6-in-1 unit (and not a 7-in-1 like its cousin). Which basically means that you can use it as a pressure cooker but also use it to brown or saute, as a rice cooker, as a steamer and as a warmer. That also means that if you wanted to make yogurt with this model, then you are fairly out of luck. This model can not be used for that particular purpose, sorry.
Another difference you’ll notice in this model, is that it has a smaller display. That’s because it has fewer programmed settings (10—4 less than the Instant Pot IP-DUO60). The Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Programmable 6-Quart 1000-Watt Pressure Cooker also doesn’t have dual pressure controls. It can only heat on High pressure, there is no setting for Low pressure.
However, if you check the best electric pressure cooker reviews, you’ll also notice that this unit is packed with a number of great safety features. 10 of them, which includes safety features such as a safety lid lock and an anti-blockage vent. It’s also UL and ULC compliant.
This unit is also usually not as expensive as the other model and it comes with a number of useful features which include a delay cooking time start and a keep warm feature. And like the DUO60, it looks very nice in the kitchen. No matter where you decide to put it.
Its inner bowl is 304 food grade stainless steel, which should make it easier to clean and prevent it from harboring odors the way some ceramic models do. It should also resist staining, although I haven’t used it enough to see if this is true or not. I’ve used it a few times and so far, so good.
This model did a fairly good job of cooking beef, pork and black beans for me but I’m not sure if I would want to make a delicate fish such as salmon in it since it only pressure cooks on high. However, it did do pretty good with browning my round steaks before I pressure cooked them, so it can do delicate operations.
Overall, while I don’t think that it’s the best cooker on the market, I do think that it has its place in the kitchen. It’s not expensive, it looks pretty good and it does do a number of great jobs well. While it might not be good for making a souffle, it’s probably good for just about any other task you’d care to throw at it. I know that I’d use it again in a minute. It’s a cooker that really performed pretty well.
It's not expensive, it looks pretty good and it does do a number of great jobs well. While it might not be good for making a souffle, it's probably good for just about any other task you'd care to throw at it.
- Can be Used For a Variety of Purposes
- Easy To Use
- Attractive Exterior
- Nice 6 Quart Size
- Doesn't Heat As Quickly As Some Stove Top Models
- High Pressure Only
The Cosori 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker with Glass Lid and Sealing Ring, 6Qt / 1000W is a pressure cooker that I’ve been looking forward to reviewing for quite some time. Not only because I have read some of the best electric pressure cooker reviews on it but also because I thought it was a fine looking modern cooker. Let’s see what it can do.
One of the first things that I noticed about it was that it not only came with a glass lid, in addition to its normal pressure cooking top, so that it can be used to not only cook but also to serve. I also noticed that it came with a 304 stainless steel cooking pot that is easy to clean and prevents bacteria from hiding in imperfections that might exist on its surface.
This is a unit that has few problems competing with some of the better electric pressure cookers out there. It’s a 7-in-1 cooker so it can not only pressure cook but can also slow cook, cook rice, be used as a saute pan, steam and keep food warm. It also has a nice selection of cooking modes. In fact, it has 15 of them in all. This allows you to cook meat or poultry, a variety of rices, beans, broth, curry, soup, chili and vegetables.
And since it has a low, medium and high setting, users have the flexibility to cook just about anything they desire. They can cook that tough pot roast, delicate jasmine rice or vegetables and not have to worry about them getting overcooked. Up until I used this cooker, I was getting used to dual controls and thought that was the most control one could have over their cooking. However, I was wrong. This three level system offered me all the options I needed.
I cooked a number of different courses in this pressure cooker and all of them turned out great. I cooked chili and soup, a beef brisket and some Brussels sprouts in it and all of them turned out perfectly. It’s nice to use a system that gives such great control over your food.
However, there was one thing that sort of spoiled my experience with this unit. It seemed to me that it took quite a bit of time to depressurize. Not a extraordinary amount of time but enough for me to notice. It’s definitely something to think about.
It also has one few safety feature than some of the other pressure cookers I’ve used. In most of the best electric pressure cooker reviews, you’ll notice that most units have 10 safety features. This one only had 9. Does that mean that it’s not as safe as other units? No, I don’t think so but it is something that needs to be mentioned.
Overall, I think the The Cosori 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker with Glass Lid and Sealing Ring, 6Qt / 1000W is one of the better pressure cookers in its class and would fit in very well in just about any kitchen.
I think it's one of the better pressure cookers in its class and would fit in very well in just about any kitchen.
- Cooks Very Quickly
- 3 Heat Settings
- Not As Many Safety Features As Other Units
- Takes A Long Time to Depressurize
Up for review today is the Secura 6-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker 6qt, 18/10 Stainless Steel Cooking Pot—a pressure cooker that doesn’t have a very glamorous name but it does have a stylish look that really caught my attention. Which is probably why I wanted to get my hands on it while I was doing my best electric pressure cooker series. And you know what? I’m glad I did.
I first noticed it from all of the positive pressure cooker reviews I’ve been seeing, so I wanted to unpack it first thing and try it out. One of the first things I noticed when I did was that this unit actually looked as good as its pictures. It’s got a nice simple design with a little bit of flair worked into the top handle. I liked it.
However, while it did look good, what most people care about when they’re looking for the best electric pressure cooker is how it works and I must say this thing cooks pretty well. I cooked a number of things in it and it did a great job with all of them. I started off with making some chicken in it and it came out tender and well cooked. I then cooked some green beans, and after that, I cooked some white beans and ham hocks. It all turned out perfectly.
This 6-quart unit not only acted as a pressure cooker, but it also worked well as a steamer, rice cooker, and slow cooker. I was even able to use it to brown some link sausages in it, as well as make a nice hearty vegetable soup. It handled each task pretty well, and it even had an automatic warming feature that kept my soup warm until I could get around to eating it.
It also had a number of safety features that made it pretty safe to use, although it didn’t have as many safety as some of its competitors. It also didn’t have as many cooking options as its competitors. Fortunately, both those things can be forgiven thanks to how well it handled the cooking chores I put to it.
I have noticed heard some people complain that the fuses in these units fail. I’ve even heard that some people had to buy a 128-degree Celsius thermal fuse to replace the one in their cooker that failed. While I haven’t had that particular issue, it is something to keep in mind if you are looking to buy this unit as your next pressure cooker.
Finally, I would like to say that the Secura 6-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker 6qt, 18/10 Stainless Steel Cooking Pot was easy to use. I had no problem setting it up, using it or cleaning it. Which is also the impression I got from reading some of the best electric pressure cooker reviews I’ve seen so far. It’s a product that might have a few flaws but in the end, really does quite a decent job cooking up food. It might not be my first choice but it still performed very well.
It's a product that might have a few flaws but in the end, really does quite a decent job cooking up food. It might not be my first choice but it still performed very well.
- Cooks well
- Easy To Use
- Not As Many Cooking Settings or Safety Settings As Other Pressure Cookers
- Some Units Have Had Fuses That Failed
When I first saw the Breville The Fast Slow Pro Silver while I was going through the best electric pressure cooker reviews, I couldn’t believe how expensive this unit was. It was quite a bit more than other comparable models I’ve reviewed for my best electric pressure cooker sections in the past. However, I couldn’t resist checking this unit out to see what was so special about it.
One of the first things I noticed was that it really had the look of a commercial model. Like it was something that belonged in a restaurant and not on my kitchen counter. I also noticed that it had a nifty LCD screen that told me when it was pressurizing, when it was cooking and when it was releasing steam. Under this screen, it had 3 dials marked Temperature, Start and Time, as well as three buttons: Stop/Cancel, Release and Keep Warm.
The next thing that I noticed is that it had 11 different settings, plus a custom setting. I could choose to set it to vegetables, rice, risotto, soup, stock, beans, poultry, meat, bone-in meat, chili/stew and dessert. And after cooking any of those things, it had a keep warm feature that kept the food warm for me.
This unit also had a 3-way safety system that kept it safe for the average person to use. This safety features consists of a locking lid, a manual steam release and a safety valve. Which made me very comfortable using it.
The one thing that I really didn’t like about the Breville The Fast Slow Pro Silver is its ceramic cooking pot. And judging from the best electric pressure cooker reviews, I’m evidently not alone in that sentiment. I would have much preferred a stainless steel cooking pot, or even just a steel one. You would think for this price it would have a steel one but it didn’t.
While I didn’t necessarily have a problem with the ceramic pot, I do feel that it might be easily scratched and if that did happen, then it would start to retain odors. Of course, this is just conjecture but I was careful to not use metal utensils with this unit.
As far as cooking is concerned, this unit was pretty exceptional. It handled every cooking job I threw at it and had no problems whatsoever. I really liked the all of the different options I had. As far as cooking, it’s just about fool-proof.
What really keeps this unit from becoming the best electric pressure cooker on the market today is its price and it ceramic cooking pot. If it were a little less expensive and had a steel cooking pot, then this unit would probably wipe the floor with every other pressure cooker. As it stands today, however, it is just a pretty good pressure cooker that makes cooking pretty easy. It’s definitely a unit to take a look at if the price or the cooking pot doesn’t phase you.
If it were a little less expensive and had a steel cooking pot, it would probably wipe the floor with every other pressure cooker. It's definitely a unit to take a look at if the price or the cooking pot doesn't phase you.
- 11 settings from Low to High
- Ceramic Cooking Pot