Pressure cookers are efficient cooking devices — they are up to 70% more efficient than conventional pots. The lids of pressure cookers are built to completely seal the pot so that the contents can boil easily inside the pot. Food cooks faster because the liquid inside rises to a higher temperature before boiling. Cooking times can be reduced by a factor of three or four. Choose a stainless steel pressure cooker instead of aluminum one because the stainless steel does not interact with the food.
Here’s out round-up of some the best pressure cookers:
The best pressure cooker review comes from the editors of Cook’s Illustrated magazine. They put six pressure cookers through rigorous tests.
We also found other good reviews in Gourmet and Organic Garden magazine.
Most reviewers agree that the Swiss company Kuhn Rikon is the top manufacturer of pressure cookers. The Washington Post asked Lorna Sass, author of three pressure cooker cookbooks, which models she recommends. She like the Kuhn Rikon’s Duromatic cookers for their integrated lid-locking and five safety-release systems.
Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Pressure Cooker
Here’s what the New York Times said about them:
The Kuhn Rikon Duromatic made in Switzerland, lived up to its reputation as the Mercedes-Benz of pressure cookers. It purred, came up to pressure quickly, was easy to regulate and opened and closed smoothly…The instruction manual and recipe booklet were exceptionally good.
Fagor Duo Pressure Cooker
Many of the recent comparative review indicate that the less expensive Fagor Duo is an even better choice. Consumer Search says:
Editors at Cook’s Illustrated like the Fagor’s design; it has a larger base than most pressure cookers, making it easier to brown and saute food before pressure cooking, and its handle locks securely. It’s user-friendly, with an easy-to-read pressure indicator and well-written instructions and recipes. Testers wish, however, that it had a clearer high-pressure indicator. The only indication that high pressure has been reached is a thin but steady flow of steam, which can be hard to recognize if you’ve never used a pressure cooker before. Owners agree that this model is easy to use, works beautifully and is well made.
Presto Pressure Cooker
If you are looking for an inexpensive cooker, consider a Presto pressure cooker. Buyers say its a good cooker for the price. It comes with a 12-year warranty and features include a locking handle and pressure-release indicator.
There you have it — we hope you enjoyed our review of the top rated pressure cookers. You can also check out of review of the best rice cookers.