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Top 13 Pressure Cooker Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on March 02, 2018

Pressure Cookers: Ratings of Sources

Editors of Cook's Illustrated, November 2017

Cook's Illustrated editors test and compare five electric pressure cookers. eight stovetop pressure cookers. Three are Recommended, one is Recommended with Reservations, and one is Not Recommended. Testing, as always with this professional organization, is thorough and thoroughly documented. Elsewhere on this site, stovetop pressure cookers are tested and ranked.

Lesley Stockton, Jan. 12, 2018

After 40 hours of research to narrow down the most popular pressure cookers, Lesley Stockton tests 15 stovetop and electric pressure cookers. 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.

Kimberly Janeway, Nov. 13, 2017

Unlike Consumer Reports usual locked ratings featuring dozens of products, this free-to-the-public article explains the results of testing on six popular pressure cookers -- three stovetop and three electric. Elsewhere on this site, the Instant Pot is tested and reviewed in several other free articles, including comparisons to a Crockpot slow cooker and the Big Green Egg grill (covered in our reports on slow cookers and grills, respectively).

Editors of Reviews.com, Oct. 27, 2017

Starting from a list of 40 pressure cookers, editors at Reviews.com eventually cut the list down to test seven safe and popular cookers for performance and ease of use. Certain features were considered must-haves to make it to testing, including stainless steel pots and certified safety features. Best stovetop and best electric pressure cookers are named, as well as runners up.

J. Kenji López-Alt, Not Dated

J. Kenji López-Alt is a chef, columnist and managing culinary director of Serious Eats. For this roundup of the best stovetop and electric pressure cookers, he tests 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.

Bethany Kwoka, Not Dated

A number of electric pressure cookers are tested for this roundup and, as always, Reviewed's testing is thorough and well-detailed. Only electric multi-cookers are included though, no stovetop models. Performance, versatility, ease of use and ease of cleaning were all taken into account.

Betty Gold, Oct. 5, 2017

Good Housekeeping tests a number of popular multi-cookers. Although write ups are brief, they are very informative. 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.

Joanna Sciarrino, Feb. 27, 2015

Test Drive is an occasional column that offers picks for specific kitchen tools and equipment based upon rigorous testing. In this roundup, Bon Appetit tests 11 stovetop pressure cookers, narrowing it down to their top three picks. The main criteria they use, since all of the pressure cookers do a good job performance-wise, is ease of use.

Contributors to Amazon, As of February 2018

Amazon 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.

Contributors to Walmart, As of February 2018

There are a decent number of electric and stovetop pressure cookers offered for sale at Walmart, and most get enough reviews to give an overall picture of the performance of the pressure cooker. This is a particularly good resource for inexpensive and less well-known brands.

Laura Pazzaglia, As of February 2018

This is the main page for Hip Pressure Cooking, 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.

Contributors to Macy's, As of February 2018

About 30 different pressure cookers are sold at Macy's, and most receive at least handful of reviews. The top-reviewed pressure cookers are the various Fagor stovetop models, which are very highly rated in hundreds of reviews.

Editors of TheKitchn, As of February 2018

Although you have to noodle around a bit to find them, TheKitchn 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 follows up on six months later.

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