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11 best pressure cookers on the market today
The benefits of using a pressure cooker are plentiful. They dramatically reduce the time needed to cook food without stripping it of any nutrients. They save up to 90% of the energy used in stovetop cooking, require less cleaning and take up less room in a kitchen. It's official: pressure cookers have shed their old-fashioned image and are now back with a bang...or a gentle beep, if we're being accurate.
However, not all pressure cookers are created equally. Here are 11 of the best units on the market today and how they can enhance your experience in the kitchen.
The Instant Pot
This pressure cooker is built with safety in mind. With this unit, it's almost impossible to have any kind of mishap - culinary or otherwise. Not only does this model come with built-in safety features, but it also has a vast array of cooking options that are reliable and quick. What more do you need in a pressure cooker?
If you are on a budget, this model gives you everything you need at a highly competitive price. It has a range of options based on food type (for example, a rice setting, meat setting and vegetable setting), making it foolproof for anyone to use. It's a great product at a great price.
Breville Fast Pro
If you want a highly intelligent pressure cooker with all the bells and whistles, this is the model for you. It has a number of customizable cooking options, super sensitive controls over pressure and temperature, and a useful LCD display function with a temperature gauge and timer on it. It comes at a price, but this really is a sophisticated unit.
Crafted from high-quality stainless steel, this unit uses a blue valve option for designated cooking options. It also comes with a recipe book and manual available for download.
This is another simple but effective unit that comes at a great price. It's designed for a family of two to four, so it's not ideal for large volumes of food, but what it does cook, it cooks well. The durable handle gives the unit the shape of a saucepan, which adds character and charm to a highly affordable unit.
If batch cooking is your thing, this is the model for you. This is a high-capacity, stovetop unit that can fit up to five mason jars worth of food product in it, so it's ideal for cooking for big families or for creating high volumes at a time to store. In addition to its large capacity, it's also a highly reliable and effective cooker that will keep you full for weeks to come!
BMS6 Quart Electric
For some people, even the quick cooking time of the average pressure cooker isn't quick enough. This model claims to cook food 80% faster than other electric brands. It also has thermal insulation and a delayed start timer, which means you can always rely on your food being hot even if you're not there to eat it immediately. With its great price point, this is a popular unit.
Ninja Foodi 9-in-1
In addition to the standard pressure cooking functions, this model doubles up as an air fryer that also broils and dehydrates. It's a large unit that comes at a larger price, but for dedicated home chefs who want all of the perks of multi-way cooking in one nifty unit, this could be a game-changer.
This is a smart pressure cooker that really taps into the market for those who are technologically minded. On top of the usual functions, this unit has a built-in digital scale so you can measure ingredients as you go. What really sets it apart, however, is the fact that it comes with an app that allows users to control the settings from their phone or device. It also offers cooking videos and recipes.
Zojirushi rice cooker
If you eat a lot of rice, this is the investment for you. It's not ideal for those who want a multifunctional cooker, but the way that this unit cooks and keeps rice fresh and fluffy for days really is something special.
Lakeland 3L pressure cooker
This is a cute and compact 3-liter unit that is an ideal option for beginners. It has a useful lid lock function for safety and convenience and also a pressure release valve that allows you to add additional ingredients easily.