What every best Pressure Cookers has:
- A high level of safety.
- Reliable performance:
- Simple-to-use controls.
After 40 hours of research to narrow down the most popular pressure cookers, Lesley Stockton tests 12 -- six stovetop, six electric -- and one rice cooker (to see if electric pressure cookers performed as well with rice as a dedicated cooker). Testing is extensive, involving preparing 15 pounds of brisket, 13 pounds of black beans and 12 pounds of rice. Top picks are named, as well as runners up for upgraded or budget pressure cookers.
J. Kenji López-Alt is a chef, columnist and managing culinary director of SeriousEats.com. For this roundup of the best stovetop and electric pressure cookers, he tested six stovetop models and nine electric models for cooking performance, ease of use, automation, and cleaning and maintenance. He also includes a handy guide to buying the right pressure cooker and what to look for. Testing is extensively detailed and four top picks are named, two in each category.
The only reason this excellent roundup comes in at number 3 here, instead of higher up, is because only electric pressure cookers were included in the testing. Still, as always, testing is well-documented and each multi-cooker gets a grade, with 5-stars the highest possible, and a thorough write-up that includes pros and cons. Elsewhere on this site is an article acknowledging the overwhelming popularity of the Instant Pot (which gets 4 stars) and comparing it to their top pick the Fagor Lux, which gets 4.5 stars.
Cook's Illustrated editors test and compares eight stovetop pressure cookers. Two are highly recommended, two are recommended, two are recommended with reservations, and two are not recommended. Testing included cooking a variety of foods and ranking the pressure cooker for cooking performance, ease of use and evaporation loss. This is an older article, but all of these pressure cookers are still widely available and popular. Elsewhere on this site, electric pressure cookers are tested and ranked, but it's clear that the testers are not fans of these countertop appliances.
This is the main page for HipPressureCooking.com, a blog and source for pressure-cooking recipes and tips. The author, Laura Pazzaglia, also reviews pressure cookers and new reviews are added frequently. The reviews are very thorough and include scores for features, safety, performance, durability and cleanup. They are not ranked against each other, however; rather, the idea is to find the pressure cooker that seems to best fit your needs.
Test Drive is an occasional column that offers picks for specific kitchen tools and equipment based upon rigorous testing. In this roundup, BonAppetit.com tested 11 stovetop pressure cookers, narrowing it down to their top three picks. The main criteria they used, since all of the pressure cookers did a good job performance-wise, was ease of use. Only the top finishers are named, however; it would be interesting to know which other pressure cookers were tested as those recommendations happen to be among the most expensive stovetop models on the market.
MyShinyKitchen.com reviewer Kelly Rockwell writes an informative and well-researched buying guide on pressure cookers based largely on her own experience. She ends the piece by recommending the best mid-price, budget-priced, canner and electric pressure cookers.
Amazon.com offers thousands of pressure cookers and accessories, including everything from large, industrial-size cookers to small 5-quart options. Among units appropriate for home use, a handful of stovetop and electric cookers stand out with a high number of reviews and top ratings. These include the All American Pressure Cooker/Canner, Presto stovetop pressure cooker models and the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.
There are a decent number of electric and stovetop pressure cookers offered for sale at Wayfair.com, and most get enough reviews to give an overall picture of the performance of the pressure cooker. Stovetop models are by far the most popular.
While Overstock.com doesn't offer as many product reviews as, say, Amazon.com, some models do garner double-digit numbers of reviews. Electric pressure cookers are the top-rated and most popular type here, with Fagor ruling in both the stovetop and electric categories.
There are fewer pressure cookers and canners offered for sale here than at other retail sites, but most get enough reviews to get a good overview of how the product works in real-world use. Contributors can say if they would recommend the product to others.
About 15 different pressure cookers are sold at Macys.com where most receive a handful of reviews. The top-reviewed pressure cookers are the various Fagor stovetop models, which are very highly rated.
Although you have to noodle around a bit to find them, TheKitchn.com has a few pressure cooker-related articles that include recipes, how-to's and more. Most helpful for the purposes of this report was a review by assistant food editor Kelli Foster of the Instant Pot, which she then followed up on six months later.