Best Pressure Cooker

Pressure cookers are amazing kitchen tools, and if you haven’t ever used one, prepare to be amazed.  If you haven’t used one since your grandmother’s old explosion-prone unit, again, prepare to be amazed.

Modern pressure cookers have redundant safety measures and pressure release valves to make sure they don’t explode in your kitchen.  They are a simple, straight-forward tool. The boiling point of water depends on the air pressure of the environment, so the higher the pressure, the higher the boiling point. So, high-pressure environments, like a pressure cooker, can get to really high temperatures.

The biggest feature by far is how fast they cook.  We’re talking from dried beans with no pre-soaking to black bean chili in half an hour.  All this adds up to less energy used to cook and less time in the kitchen.  Stay tuned for my fave recipes!

Most stovetop pressure cookers will sear and deliver tender meats (for you carnivores), cook beans to tender perfection, and make one-pot meals in a fraction of time. But not all pressure cookers are created equal.

Here’s what you want to look for:

  • Ease of use, versatility, well designed so it’s easy to clean and maintain.
  • Cookers with a wide, low profile are much better for searing and sauteing.
  • The lid should lock on smooth and tight.
  • Easy-to-see pressure indicators. Cheaper cookers have tiny or recessed indicators that are difficult to see.
  • Easy to obtain replacement parts and good warranty.
  • Heat evenly, sauté or sear without scorching. Look for a nice thick, wide disks at the base that will distribute heat evenly.

What size is best?  That really depends on the size of your family.  I find it’s about a quart per person.  For example, I can make black bean chili perfect for four people with my 4 quart.  If I am feeding more, I jump to my 8 quart.

My Recommended Pressure Cookers

  • I have the Fagor Duo: and it’s fantastic! But…the company is going out of business so units will get hard to find and customer service will eventually be non existent.  So, it won’t be an option for much longer.
  • Fissler is considered top of the line and highly rated.  If you have the budget, Fissler is shiz:
  • On a budget, then I recommend the Presto:

I need to address the elephant in the room…the Instant Pot.  If you are not familiar with the Instant Pot, head over to amazon and take a look at the glowing reviews:

It’s a device that combines an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker and yogurt maker in one handy unit.  But, I don’t have one and here is why.  It works well but not as well as any of those items individually.  Stove top pressure cookers are faster (higher pressure level than any electric cooker), sear better, and have more capacity for their size.  Even more, I use my pressure cooker pots for more than just pressure cooking.  So my stove top pressure cooker is more efficient, takes up less room/weight and is multi functional too.

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  1. IndoorKitty

    Fagor is going out of business! What the what?!?! My family sized Fagor PC is fantastic.

    Off to buy a spare set of gaskets…

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