After a long day, few busy parents or hungry kids have the patience to cook up or wait hours for a home-cooked meal. Fortunately, there’s a certain kitchen appliance that can take some of the pressure off, so to speak. Electric pressure cookers can help you whip up one-pot wonders, stews, soups, and more in one-third of the time it might take you to prepare these meals on your traditional stovetop or in your oven.
Sleek and modern, these tricked-out, technologically-advanced pressure cookers are light-years ahead of the ones your grandmother used to have puffing away on her stovetop. With safety features that prevent them from blowing their tops you can rest easy while these versatile appliances cook up a feast in minutes. Sure, you still have to gather your ingredients, but if you’re hoping to enjoy perfectly-cooked roasts, veggies, and more in a fraction of time it usually takes, you may want to consider an electric pressure cooker.
Because the Instant Pot’s arrival sparked a craze, spawning hundreds of copycat, multi-use pots, it can be tough to tell which is the perfect appliance for you. We rounded up the best electric pressure cookers based on reviews and our own experience, highlighting their features to make your decision and your meal prep that much easier.
Not sure of the best cooking mode? Well, good news! The Breville automatically adjusts time, temperature, and pressure between fast and slow cooking, effectively doing the work for you.
Pros: Not only is this one sexy machine, but this electric pressure cooker delivers the most tender brisket, ribs, and stew you’ll ever eat. We have this on good authority, since we’ve eaten all this food and the other night, stood around paying tribute to it. It has 11 pressure cooker settings. Plus, it has a removable cooking bowl with PTFE- and PFOA-free ceramic coating
Cons: Performance can be dicey and uneven, say some, although we have not had that experience.
So wait, you're sick of soggy one-pot dinners? Us too! That's why we're into this model's TenderCrisp option, which lets you give your grub a golden, crispy finish.
Pros: You can cook an entire chicken in it. Just imagine using the pressure cooker to make your bird, in minutes, and then crisping it up. It’s also more tall than wide and hence, takes up less counter space. Dinner just became way easier.
Cons: Cheap, it’s not. And there’s a two-lid situation that can be confusing.
This cooker offers you the flexibility to manually set your cooking times, but you also have the option to use the pre-programmed smart settings designed to help you cook a range of dishes with the touch of a button. Included is a cookbook with 30 easy-to-follow recipes that’ll be ready in 30 minutes to help get you going.
Pros: Thanks to its multi-uses, this electric pressure cooker takes the place of other kitchen gadgets so you’ll save space and money. You can make everything from eggs to cheesecake in this appliance. Heat-resistant handles make transferring it to the table safe and easy.
Cons: Owners had to contact customer service after receiving error messages as early as the second use.
This pot allows you to cook whole meals in mere minutes as the included stainless-steel steamer basket let you to make two dishes simultaneously. With its easy-touch control panel with 9-in-1 cooking functions and 14 preset programs, it’s easy to navigate with or without instructions. Customizable presets remember your last selection.
Pros: You also have the ability to change the pressure level on all presets, giving you lots of flexibility. The pressure button actually pops up above the pot once it’s reached the set pressure, as opposed to resting flat. This way you can see it from across the kitchen and know your meal is cooking. And then, you’ll know when your roast beef and steamed broccoli are ready.
Cons: There’s an issue with pressurized hot steam escaping if the seal doesn’t close properly. So close that lid!
This cooker comes in 6-, 8-, and 10-quart capacities, so you can choose the size that best meets your needs. It’ll take your food from frozen to done in just 20 minutes, while retaining moisture, nutrients, and vitamins.
Pros: It’s fast. Make that, very fast. You can whip up chili in 45 minutes, using the one-touch pre-set buttons.
Cons: The inner pot in this electric pressure cooker is made of lightweight Teflon, especially, which can start to flake in as few as three uses.
Designed with an airtight, locking lid that stays sealed under pressure for added safety, this cooker features a delay start timer that offers you the flexibility to start the pot at a later time, so your dinner is ready and waiting. A warm setting lets you can keep your food at the ideal serving temperature.
Pros: You can make a melt-in-your-mouth tender pot roast in an hour in this electric pressure cooker. Or sautee your veggies first, then add your protein, and it’s ready in minutes. Devotees swear it’s absolutely foolproof. And home cooks will appreciate the simple clean-up thanks to the non-stick cooking pot.
Cons: This one has some weird error codes that may end up haunting you.
Available in 3-, 6-, and 8-quart capacities, this pot features a microprocessor that monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time.
Pros: With 10 safety features, those afraid of the exploding pots of the past don’t need to live in fear. The on this electric pressure cooker audibly tells you when it’s sealed, to take the, ahem, pressure off.
Cons: Quality can be iffy.
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