The 5 Best Pressure Cookers to Buy for 2018

Best pressure cookers – Pressure cookers are a long time staple appliance in many kitchens that have undergo some major redesigns recently. If traditional stovetop pressure cookers may be intimidating for many aspiring home cooks, the more recent developments of electric pressure cookers and Instant Pot make thousands of new adepts everyday.

Whether traditional or electric, the principle is the same:  By sealing the pressure cooker container, steam pressure from boiling liquid builds up, thus raising the internal temperature and cooking food faster.

If you’re about to invest in one of these wonderful appliances but don’t know where to start, here our quick guide for the best affordable pressure cookers for the money. Enjoy!

1. Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt

Many home cooks hold the Instant Pot Duo for the new gold standard of pressure cooking as it offers both high quality performance and simplicity of use for a great capacity. This single electric pressure cooker replaces not less than nine common kitchen appliances such as rice cooker, yogurt maker, slow cooker, steamer, sterilizer and many more. Its large digital display is easy to navigate and the new enhanced security features eliminate most of the common errors which may cause harm. The stainless steel inserts heats up quickly and food is cooked in no time. Users love the massive amount of recipes available online for this specific appliance and the large variety of cooking programs available at just one touch. The Instant Pot duo is definitely our go-to choice for a top-quality and affordable pressure cooker!


2. Presto 6-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

The Presto 6-Quart pressure cooker serves as a great basic pressure cooker. Available in aluminum or stainless steel, we highly recommend the later version. At this price point, this stovetop pressure cooker is worth the money, especially if you don’t have that much space on your countertop to afford an electric pressure cooker. It is induction compatible, usable on any cooktop surface. The pot and parts are dishwasher-safe for easier cleaning.


3. T-Fal Pressure Canner and Cooker, 22-Quart

The T-Fal Pressure Cooker/Canner is for those who are interested in large batches, heavy-duty pressure cooking and canning. With a 22-quart carrying capacity, it is perfect for canning and cooking extremely large meals (think meal prep). A spring safety device prevents the pressurization of the cooker before being securely closed, and a sure-locking lid system prevents opening the lid when the cooker is pressurized. Its large size can make it too heavy for the casual cook but a family of seasoned canners and preservers will know how to make the most of it!


4. Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker, 7.4-Quart

This Swiss-made stainless steel saucepan-style pressure cooker has a capacity of 7.4 – 8 quart and holds up to 4 pint or 3 quart jars for small-batch canning. The sandwiched thermal aluminum in the bottom ensures even browning and rapid heat absorption. Users love the robustness and durability of this pressure cooker in comparison with similar models. This top pressure cookers comes with a 10-year warranty.


5. Power Pressure Cooker XL 6 Quart

Considered the best alternative to the Instant Pot the Power Pressure Cooker XL offers great performance and a number of programmable features. Along with basic high pressure steam cooking, it is also capable of browning, sautéing, and simmering. The insert is non-stick and allows a quick sear of meat and vegetable for a better tasting experience. Finally, the Power is more user-friendly than most stovetop models, and even the Instant Pot in some instances.

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