Best Pressure Cookers for Fast and Easy Cooking and Canning

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 18, 2017
The pressurized steam is used not only in the industry but also in a kitchen because it helps immensely reduce the cooking time. The appliances used for canning or extra-fast cooking are called pressure cookers and we have picked the most popular of them to help you get the right one. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE AND POWER
СAPACITY
COOKING MODES
MATERIAL
WEIGHT
SEALING
SAFETY
SENSORS
Warranty
 
PROS

Owing to an exclusive metal-to-metal sealing system (the cover is secured with handy clamping locks), no gaskets are needed, so the lid is super easy to open and close.

The unit is equipped with a large stay-cool handle.

CONS

The item is a bit bulky.

OUR VERDICT

You can cook a variety of delicious and nutritious dishes and canned foods. The All Americal 921 pressure cooker is available in several size options. 

detailed parameters
TYPE AND POWER

Stovetop, power depends on the stove

СAPACITY

21.5 Quarts

COOKING MODES

Steaming and immersion cooking, canning

MATERIAL

Durable cast aluminum pot and lid with smooth satin finish

WEIGHT

20 lbs

SEALING

Metal-to-metal sealing system

SAFETY

Stay-cool bakelite handle on the lid, safety control valve and overpressure plug

SENSORS

Geared steam gauge

Warranty

1 year

PROS
The Power Pressure Cooker is a wonderful kitchen appliance. This easy-to-use device comes with a recipe book. You can prepare tasty dishes even if you use a pressure cooker for the first time!
CONS
In order to prevent burns, keep in mind where a pressure release valve is.
OUR VERDICT
This high-efficient and reliable pressure cooker will help you cook delicious and healthy food in no time! A larger 8-quart model is also available.
detailed parameters
TYPE AND POWER
Electric, 1000 Watts
СAPACITY
6 Quarts
COOKING MODES
Cook, low temp cook, stew, steam/canning, rice, saute, pressure adjust, warming
MATERIAL
Stainless steel cooking inner pot with teflon surface, stainless steel housing
WEIGHT
9 lbs
SEALING
Silicone ring
SAFETY
Stay-cool heat-resistant lid handle, pressure release valve
SENSORS
LED display, Temperature and pressure sensors
Warranty

60-day Money Back Guarantee

PROS

Anti-blocking vent for trouble-free steam release.

Totally safe pressure cooker thanks to the necessary sensors.

Impressive number of cooking programs.

Capacity is optimal for the family.

CONS
Stainless steel housing of the unit might get very hot to touch.
OUR VERDICT

Excellent electric pressure cooker that combines versatile cooking options and perfect quality.

detailed parameters
TYPE AND POWER
Electric, 1000 Watts
СAPACITY
6 Quarts
COOKING MODES
Pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute/browning maker, yogurt maker, steamer, warming
MATERIAL
Stainless steel cooking inner pot with non-stick surfaces, stainless steel housing
WEIGHT
12 lbs
SEALING
Silicone ring
SAFETY
Safety lid lock, anti-blockage vent design, lid position detection magnetic monitor, automatic temperature control, temperature fuse cuts off power
SENSORS
Digital display, Thermal sensor, Pressure regulator, Leaky lid detection
Warranty

1 year

PROS

Incredibly large capacity for canning.

Huge 76-page instruction book with many recipes.

Durable mechanical pressure gauge.

Plastic heat-resistant handles.

CONS

Too big for family use. Designed mostly for food preservation.

OUR VERDICT
Quite large yet lightweight pressure crock pot which is particularly useful for preserving all kinds of food (pickles, fruits, jams, jellies, etc.).
detailed parameters
TYPE AND POWER

Stovetop, power depends on the stove

СAPACITY
23 Quarts
COOKING MODES
Steaming and immersion cooking, canning
MATERIAL
Aluminum pot, aluminum lid
WEIGHT
10 lbs
SEALING
Rubber ring
SAFETY
Air vent/cover lock, overpressure plug
SENSORS
Pressure dial gauge
Warranty

12 years

PROS

Dishwasher-friendly inner pot.

Simple to operate.

Informative LED display.

Includes a handy cookbook with lots of recipes.

CONS
No max. level indicator which tells you when to stop pouring water before starting cooking.
OUR VERDICT
Truly versatile electric pressure cooker for any family. Safe and quite affordable, but unsuitable for canning.
detailed parameters
TYPE AND POWER
Electric, 1000 Watts
СAPACITY
6 Quarts
COOKING MODES
High- or low-pressure cooking, sauteing, browning, simmering, warming
MATERIAL
Stainless steel cooking inner pot with teflon surface, stainless steel housing
WEIGHT
14.2 lbs
SEALING
Silicone ring
SAFETY
Digital precision thermostat, quick and natural pressure release, lid has to be locked while pressure exists, cool-touch handles
SENSORS
LED display, High and Low pressure indicator
Warranty

3 years

What is a Pressure Cooker?

We have created this pressure cooker review in order to tell about these kitchen appliances and help you choose the right one. Today, cooking gets simpler and quicker every year and a pressure cooker is an extremely handy helper in the kitchen. In fact, a pressure cooker is a sealed pot inside which the steam is accumulated under a high pressure so that a food cooks really fast. No need to say, a pressure cooker prepares foods a lot quicker than a conventional pot. And the food remains healthy: for example, vegetables lose fewer nutrients, while porridge and cereals get fluffy. Therefore, a pressure cooker is an excellent solution for any household or even for a small restaurant or cafe.

You may also be interested in our review on slow cookers, special kitchen appliances used for cooking soups, meat, fish, porridge, jam at low heating settings for a prolonged period of time. Or our other review on unique rice cookers designed for preparing delicious fluffy rice.

What Features to Compare

You might have come across pressure cooker reviews online but they have not been informative enough if you are still looking for this appliance. That is why we have made our comparison as simple as possible and picked 5 best pressure cookers for you and compared them by the most important criteria.

The first thing you need to consider when choosing a pressure cooker is its Capacity and Power. And here you must know that there are 2 types of pressure cookers: electric pressure cookers and stovetop pressure cookers. No need to say, an electric pressure cooker requires electricity whereas a stovetop cooker is basically a metal pot you put right on top of your stove (no matter gas or electric). Any electric pressure cooker has the certain power - make sure it is at least 1000 Watts which is a standard for this kind of kitchen appliances. When you are done with this choice, go to the capacity that shows you how much food you are able to prepare. If you have a common family, you can choose a typical 6-Quart cooker, but if you need this appliance for professional use (for a restaurant, for example) or for feeding a lot of people - make sure to choose a bigger pressure cooker.

If you want to use a pressure cooker for many years without any troubles you should pay attention to the Material it is made from. As usual, there are cookers made of stainless steel (both electric or stovetop) and aluminum. Aluminum pressure cookers are usually more affordable but less health-friendly due to the peculiarities of this material. Aluminum cookers look like pots with a multi-layer bottom for even heat distribution; a lid firmly adjoins the pot thanks to a sealing method that most often includes a silicone or rubber ring (though some models have an all-metal sealing system). As usual, a silicone sealing ring is more durable compared to a rubber one. Keep in mind that you will have to change the sealing ring from time to time. The lid usually has a couple of valves to release excessive pressure and one of the valves automatically does it when the pressure becomes dangerously high. Of course, you can set up the maximal pressure level. Stainless steel pressure cookers are more expensive but safer for health. If you choose an electric pressure cooker, you will be able to clean the inner pot in a dishwasher. When you are done with choosing a material, check what weight it has. No need to say, aluminum is lighter than stainless steel.

Next, the last yet really important issue to take into account is the Cooking Modes by which we mean what kind of food you can use a pressure cooker for and what pre-set programs the appliance offers. For example, a stovetop pressure cooker is most often used for canning and stewing whereas an automatic electric pressure cooker is a multifunctional appliance that can serve as a rice cooker, slow cooker, and so on. Therefore, choosing an electric pressure cooker pot allows you to save up the money and get an awesome kitchen helper. And those who want to preserve food need a large canner crock pot.

Finally, you need to be sure the pressure cooker will not blow up and that is why make sure to check the Safety and Sensors. All pressure cooking pots have a lid lock which ensures the safe position of a lid and prevents its accidental opening. Also, every good crock pot has an overpressure release - if the pressure inside gets too high a special vent (or valve) will get rid of the excess. Electric pressure cookers are totally automatic, while on crock pots you need to set the max. pressure level manually. Sold stovetop crock pots have a sophisticated manual locking system - you just manually do all the locking so the accidental opening is impossible. Also, pay attention to Sensors every pressure cooker has: as usual, electric ones have an LED display that shows the operation modes and a thermal sensor that controls the temperature inside a pot, whereas most stovetop crock pots have just a pressure gauge.

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All American 921

All About Quality

If you were looking for a kitchen appliance to cook healthy food and do it quickly, look no further than this All American 21.5 Quart pressure cooker. Designed for big families use, this pressure cooker allows you to cook large quantities of food as well as do canning in the comfort. The All American 921 is made of high-quality hand-cast aluminum and features a safe and effective metal-to-metal sealing system. To ensure unit durability and leak-free performance, all connection points have edges that are double thick. This eliminates the need for any additional silicone or rubber rings; you can easily open and close the lid. Canning and cooking in this pressure cooker will become a real pleasure, we have no doubt about that. For those who've made up their mind to stick to a healthy diet, we'd also like to recommend going through our review on air fryers, kitchen gadgets that use no oil at all.

Review of All American 921

Simple and Safe

This All American pressure canner can be used on both electric and gas stoves. The operation is simple and intuitive. All you need is to put food ingredients in a pot and place it on the stove. You can further adjust the cooking speed by changing the heat output. The process of cooking is maintained with the help of a geared steam gauge and a safety control valve. Once you select the pressure level you need (5, 10 or 15 psi), the rest will be done without your surveillance. The All American 921 has a heat-resistant cool-touch handle to avoid burns when the cooking is done and you open the lid.

All American 921 in the use

6 Clamping Locks for Perfect Sealing

As we have mentioned above, this pressure cooker features a metal-to-metal sealing system. To align the lid with the base and ensure a steam-tight seal, the unit is equipped with six positive action clamping locks. Each lock has a stay-cool grip for safe and comfortable opening and closing of the cover.

Detailed review of All American 921

Easy-To-Clean Finish

Made of high-quality aluminum, the All American crock pot has a smooth satin finish which is easy to clean after each use.

All American 921 application

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All American 921
All American 921
 

Power Pressure Cooker XL PPC

Capacity and Power

This is a popular electric pressure cooker that has the capacity of 6 Quarts. That's enough to feed the whole family. The manufacturer claims this appliance cooks 70% faster than a conventional slow cooker, so you can save up a lot of time. Needless to say, cooking on a gas stove is far slower than using this Power Pressure Cooker XL. The power of this unit is 1000 Watts (similar to other electric pressure cookers on the shortlist).
Review of Power Pressure Cooker XL PPC 6 Quart Pressure Cooker

Material

The housing of this pressure cooker and canner is made of genuine stainless steel with some plastic elements, so the appliance is quite durable. It's easy to wash a metal body with a wet brush. The inner cooking pot, where food is cooked, is also made of stainless steel, but it has a Teflon coating which prevents food ingredients from sticking to the pot surface. Cleaning and washing the inner pot is quite simple - use a soft brush and a bit of dishwasher liquid. Also, never use mesh metal brushes - they will damage the Teflon coating and you will need to buy a new inner pot.
Power Pressure Cooker XL PPC 6 Quart Pressure Cooker in the use

Cooking Modes

Power Pressure Cooker XL is surely one of the best appliances of its type. First of all, it's a multifunctional unit that offers a lot of cooking modes, all of which are shown right on the 1-button control panel. You can cook a delicious soup or stew, steam meat, fish, and vegetables, cook beans and lentils, fry meat and poultry. Moreover, there's a handy slow cooking mode. Finally, this pressure cooker has a canning/preserving mode, so you can can the food you like without any troubles. You can easily cook the whole chicken in this appliance! If you cook rice, you can choose one of the available options for it: white, brown, and wild. The manufacturer guarantees an excellent taste of food cooked by Power Pressure Cooker XL due to Flavor Infusion Technology, which keeps the heated steam inside a cooking cavity, making the process of cooking fast and makes the food soft and juicy. If you want to come back home and enjoy a fresh, hot, and delicious meal - this Power Pressure Cooker XL has a delay timer. Finally, a Keep Warm mode heats your dish, so that it remains hot for as long as you need it.
Detailed review of Power Pressure Cooker XL PPC 6 Quart Pressure Cooker

Safety and Sensors

High pressure makes cooking super fast, but it can be quite dangerous. However, you have nothing to worry about if you use this Power Pressure Cooker XL. First of all, there is a handy temperature control sensor that shows you the temperature inside a cooking cavity. Thus, you can control the process of cooking all the time. There's a safety steam release valve that reduces the pressure inside if it grows too high. However, if you think it's time to reduce pressure, but the valve doesn't do it automatically, you can use a manual release option. All the essential information is displayed on an LED display. Of course, the appliance informs you about the remaining cooking time, so you know when the dish is ready.
Power Pressure Cooker XL PPC 6 Quart Pressure Cooker application

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~Power Pressure Cooker XL Canning Session With Linda's Pantry~
Power Pressure Cooker XL PPC
Power Pressure Cooker XL PPC
 

Instant Pot IP-DUO60

Capacity and Power

This is one of the best electric pressure cookers available and it is a great choice for any family. The capacity of the pot is 6 Quarts which is typical for kitchen appliances for home use. However, some small restaurants can also use this pressure cooker - the scope of food it can cook is terrific. The power of the built-in heating element is 1000 Watts and it is enough to ensure quick cooking.

Review of Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

Material

This electric pressure cooker pot is certainly durable - the housing is produced from stainless steel, the inner pot is also made of stainless steel (and has a 3-layer bottom). Of course, plastic is also used - a lid is covered with a layer of plastic. The inner pot is totally dishwasher-friendly, so you will not face any troubles cleaning it. The appliance is not too heavy - it weighs 12 lbs. Also, keep in mind that you are unlikely to carry it too often. Speaking of the sealing system, this electric pressure cooker leaks no steam unless the silicone sealing ring gets worn out.
Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker in the use

Cooking Modes

This electric pressure cooker is surely the leader in terms of cooking options and the reason is simple - it is a 7-in-1 appliance that combines a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a saute/browning maker, a yogurt maker, a steamer and a warmer. Therefore, you can get this appliance only and save up the money. Also, there are 14 built-in Smart Programs for lots of dishes including soups, poultry, porridge, rice, and many others. All the controls are simple - there is a large panel on the side of the housing. The buttons are large and there is also an LCD screen.

Detailed review of Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

Safety and Sensors

This electric pressure cooker is quite safe and has all the necessary sensors - there is a thermal sensor that controls the temperature inside a pot and the electronics releases excessive steam. Then, this cooker has a relatively large digital display which shows you all the important information about cooking. This model also has an auto shut-off to prevent any fire. The lid is locked automatically and there is a special magnetic sensor that controls it.
Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker application

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VIDEO
Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker Review - Hi-Def - Great Video
Instant Pot IP-DUO60
Instant Pot IP-DUO60
 

Presto 01781

Capacity and Power

This is a huge stovetop pressure cooker that has an enormous capacity of 23 Quarts which makes it the excellent choice if you are going to preserve food and can it. For example, if you like pickled vegetables - this is certainly the best crock pot. No need to say, if you are running some kind of canning business and sell pickled and canned food - Presto pressure cooking pot will be indispensable. However, it is too big for cooking food for a family.
Review of Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker

Material

Just like AllAmerican 921, this professional pressure cooker is made of genuine aluminum but it is thinner and that is why this appliance is a lot more lightweight - just 10 lbs. The aluminum is durable and ensures even heating and quick cooking. There are 2 plastic handles on both sides so you can carry the pot. The sealing ring is made of rubber the durability of which depends on how often you use this appliance.
Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker in the use

Cooking Modes

As we have already mentioned, U.S.D.A. prescribes canning only in crock pots like this one. And this appliance is just what you need for preserving food. The capacity is huge so you can cook vegetables, fruit, seafood, poultry, jams, and meat. You need to read the manual and choose what pressure level to pick and how long to cook a certain dish. You can also get a special cookbook with hundreds of recipes. Keep in mind that the pressure settings heavily depend on the altitude you live on, so make sure to choose the right pressure setting. For example, if you live somewhere high up in the Rocky Mountains, you will need to use a higher pressure for every dish.
Detailed review of Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker

Safety and Sensors

Presto pressure cooker and canner is truly safe in use due to its quite old but extremely reliable design. First of all, it has a simple yet efficient sealing system - you turn the lid to lock it. There is an overpressure plug that releases excessive steam through a vent hole when too much pressure builds up. Presto also has a geared pressure gauge that is usually extremely reliable and serves for decades.
Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker application

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Presto 01781 23 – Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker Reviews
Presto 01781
Presto 01781
 

Cuisinart CPC-600AMZ

Capacity and Power

This is another electric pressure cooker in the review. You need only to connect a cable to a power outlet and choose a program. Cuisinart electric pressure cooker boasts the power of 1000 Watts which is enough for quick cooking. The capacity coincides with Instant Pot model - 6 Quarts and it is optimal for a common family.
Review of Cuisinart CPC-600AMZ Electric Pressure Cooker

Material

This is not a low-priced appliance that will break in a week. Cuisinart pressure cooker has a stainless steel housing with plastic handles on both sides. The inner pot is also made from durable stainless steel that is easy-to-wash - you can even put it into a dishwasher. Of course, you must not damage the inner pot, so try to avoid scratching it with some kind of a brush. This pressure cooker is a bit heavier than Instant Pot - 14.2 lbs. The silicone sealing ring is durable enough, but do not forget to clean it after cooking if you want to use it as long as possible.
Cuisinart CPC-600AMZ Electric Pressure Cooker in the use

Cooking Modes

As you have probably guessed, Cuisinart electric pressure cooker is truly multi-functional. It has the following pre-programmed options: high- and low-pressure cooking, simmering, browning, sauteing, warming. For example, a beef stew will be ready within around 20 minutes! However, if you like canning, this cooker is not suitable - it can't serve as a canner, so you need a conventional stovetop crock pot. The controls are easy and you will face no troubles at all with the choice of a relevant program.
Detailed review of Cuisinart CPC-600AMZ Electric Pressure Cooker

Safety and Sensors

The second electric pressure cooker in the review is surely safe. The appliance has a reliable lid closure system - you turn it in the right direction. There is a digital precision thermostat and High and Low pressure indicator. Basically, you can choose either High or Low pressure setting (depends on what you are going to cook). No need to say, this electric pressure cooking pot has a helpful LED display.
Cuisinart CPC-600AMZ Electric Pressure Cooker application

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How To Use the Cuisinart Pressure Cooker
Cuisinart CPC-600AMZ
Cuisinart CPC-600AMZ
 

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