Remember when your mum’s pressure cooker sat on the stove, and hissed and puffed for all it was worth? I remember how scary it seemed but also how amazing it was that things were cooked in a fraction of the time it would normally have taken. Not to mention the efficiency of sterilising jam jars and cordial bottles when the season’s harvest came round.
These days the humble pressure cooker has been hauled right up to the modern day where it has become an almost essential part of the every day kitchen, complete with multi-cooker functions. While the pressure cooker aspect is a key essential, the other useful functions include slow cooking, sauteing, steaming, even making cakes.
For a quick comparison, here is how fact a pressure cooker prepares your typical meal compared to a slow cooker:
- Ribs in 45 minutes in a pressure cooker vs 6 hours in a slow cooker
- Rice and Beans in 35 minutes in a pressure cooker vs 4 hours in a slow cooker
- Pulled Pork in 1 hour in a pressure cooker vs 8 hours in a slow cooker.
NOTE: the above figures are just an estimate used only as a rough guide. The actual time required to prepare the food depends on the cookers, settings and the portion.
These electric pressure cookers not only save you time, typically 2 to 6 times faster but energy too. Modern electric pressure cookers use up to 70% less energy, therefore more efficient than any non-pressure cookers.
Top 10 Best Electric Pressure Cookers
For the time-pressed parent who wants a good, healthy family meal relatively quickly, these pressure cookers certainly step up. Here in this post, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 Best Electric Pressure Cookers, although they all function as multi cookers too.
1. Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker (6-Quart)
Mealthy came out of no where and became one of the favorites when looking for pressure cooker. The 9-in-1 multi functional and programmable pressure cooker comes complete with accessories including steamer basket, extra silicone gasket, silicone mitts, raised steam rack, ladle, rice paddle and measuring cup. The multi cooker function lets you pressure cook, slow cook, saute, steam, back, pasteurize, make yogurt, cook rise and keep warm.
The interface may look daunting but so are most of the cookers in our list except for one or two. There are 14 easy touch cooking programs to choose from. This includes poultry, meat/stew, bean/chilli, soup, slow cook, keep warm, yogurt and pressure cook with manual settings. If you want some inspiration, get the Mealthy app or visit the website for recipes and videos.
2. Instant Pot DUO Plus (6-Quart) 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker
From one of the biggest names in multi function programmable pressure cooker, comes the equally popular Instant Pot DUO Plus. The pot sits between IP DUO and the high end IP LUX and IP Ultra. It has a nicer display and a sleeker design. The electric pressure cooker is available in three sizes. Like other Instant Pot models featured here, the DUO Plus comes in 3-Quart, 6-Quart and 8-Quart capacities. The popular one being the 6-Quart model or more commonly known as the Instant Pot DUO Plus 60.
The unit is more than just an electric pressure cooker with its 9-in-1 programmable functions. You can use it to pressure cook, slow cook, cook rice, make yogurt, cook egg, saute, steam, warm, sterilize and even bake cake via its taller control panel and advanced blue display. The additional options above the IP DUO are cake, egg and sterilize. The Plus is known for preparing meals up to 70% quicker compared to your normal pots and pans. It has 15 microprocessor controlled cooking programmes that just works every time as you can see from the interface panel in the image below. The pot comes complete with steam rack, recipe booklet, serving spoon, soup spoon and measuring cup. Truly a must have in every kitchen. Power: 1000 Watt.
3. Instant Pot DUO (3, 5, 6, or 8-Quart) 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker
The Instant Pot DUO is one of the first programmable pressure cooker from Instant Pot. It is still very popular but does not come with a tall control panel and blue display seen on the newer Instant Pot DUO. It has a basic red LED segment display and does not automatically go off after a while in idle. Both are soft touch button interface. The preset controls include soup, meat or stew, bean or chilli, yogurt and poultry. On the right side of the panel, you get rice, multigrain, porridge and steam presets.
But, what you are going to be using really is are the pressure cook, saute, slow cook and keep warm options, the cook programs as we call it. The 7-in-1 programs refers to the pots ability to pressure cook, slow cook, cook rice, steam, saute, make yogurt and keep warm. Altogether, there are 14 built-in smart programs, two pressure cooking (low or high) and three temperature settings for saute and slow cook. If you prefer to plan ahead, use the timer option. It lets you set things up to 24 hours in advance. Finally, there is a manual button that lets you set the cooking time up to 120. Power: 700-1200Watt.
4. Instant Pot LUX (6 or 8-Quart) 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker
The Instant Pot LUX now in its third generation is another popular programmable pressure cooker from Instant Pot. The difference here is the availability of the cake and egg programs which are similar to those found on the DUO PLUS but not present on the DUO. The cooking programs you are more likely to use are the pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute, steam and warmer. For saute and slow cooking, you get a choice of three temperature settings.
Apart from the cake and egg, the other dedicated smart programs include soup/broth, meat/stew, rice, multigrain and porridge. Now you might be wondering what the differences are between the LUX and DUO PLUS. The LUX lacks the bean/chili, sterilize and yogurt function found on the DUO PLUS. Nevertheless, it still has the 24 hours delay start program, up to 240 minutes pressure cooking and up to 10 hours of keep warm settings. Included with the pot are stainless steel steam rack without handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, recipe book, manual and time table. Power: 1000-1200Watt.
5. MUELLER Pressure Cooker 10-in-1 Pro Series (6-Quart)
The 10-in-1 Pro series pressure cooker from MUELLER is designed in Germany and features altogether 19 smart programs accessible directly using a numbering system displayed on the front panel. These are Meat, Poultry, Vegetable, Steam, Risotto, Oatmeal, White Rice, Canning, Beans, Broth, Curry, Soup, Multigrain, Sterilize, Chili, Cake, Saute, Egg, Slow Cook & Keep Warm. Like most pressure cookers featured here, the Mueller offers 2 pressure level settings.
It differs from the other pressure cooker here in that it offers a tempered glass lid for the stainless steel, non-stick cooking pot apart from the pressure seal cover. The cooker has a 24 hour timer so you can set a delayed cooking time and return to warm cooked meal with its automatic keep warm function. The cooker is also designed to stop steam from leaking and any unwanted noise during cooking. It monitors the pressure as well as the temperature while adjusting the temperature based on your chosen program to prepare the best food possible.
6. Instant Pot Ultra (6-Quart) 10-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker
The IP Ultra has a super advanced blue display panel and is the only pressure cooker that spots a knob interface on top of the soft touch button for easy altitude adjustment and cooking. This is the company’s most advanced programmable pressure cooker to date. Yes, they do offer a Smart Bluetooth version but the features on this out performs the IP Smart Bluetooth edition easily. The Ultra combines pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge cooker, cake maker, yogurt maker, saute, steamer, warmer, sterilizer and exclusively on the Ultra cooker, the Ultra program.
What is the ultra program you ask. It offers a completely customisable cooking program for both pressure and non-pressure cooking perfect for cooking your meals just the way you like. All together, the cooker has 16 smart programs from soup/broth, meat/stew, bean/chili, cake, egg, slow cook, saute to rice, multigrain, porridge, steam, sterilize, yogurt, warm, pressure cook and ultra. However the most prominent of all the features is the new control panel. It has a black background, soft touch buttons and a huge blue light backlit display but central to all that is the control dial. Turn and press the dial for program selection and adjustments. That’s not all, the Ultra also spots a new quick release button to safely release the steam after cooking. Power: 1000Watt.
7. Cuisinart CPC-600AMZ (6-Quart) Electric Pressure Cooker
This pressure cooker may not be as fancy as the Instant Pots or other pots seen here but it is an electric pressure cooker nonetheless with timer function. The pressure cooking function offers high and low pressure settings. Other cooking functions include browning, saute, simmer and keep warm. It has a simple control panel with easy to read red segment numerical LED display. The interface may be simple but it has everything you will need in a cooker. Power: 1000Watt.
8. Chefman (6-Quart) 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker
The Chefman 9-in-1 multifunction pressure cooker is a multi functional appliance that can replace your pressure cooker, slow cooker, food steamer, rice cooker, browning/saute pan and soup maker. The 9 built in programmable features; high pressure, low pressure, rice, soup/stew, chili/beans, beef/poultry, slow cook, steam, and sauté. Use the cooker with its 24 hour delay timer to plan your meals. Once your food is ready, it will keep it warm for when you are ready to eat in its durable non-stick removable pot. Power: 1000 Watt.
9. Crock-Pot (6-Quart) 8-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker
Already a big name in slow cookers, Crock-Pot brings you an 8-in-1 multi purpose programmable pressure cooker. The basic cooking functions include pressure cooking, slow cooking, brown/saute and steaming. The interface features 8 one-touch digital settings for meat/stew, beans/chili, rice/risotto, yogurt, poultry, dessert, soup and multigrain. For pressure cooking, choose from high or low pressure. Certain cooking functions such as the slow cooker offer high or low temperature settings. For added convenience, there is a delay start timer. However, the timer cannot be used for brown/saute, keep warm and yogurt settings.
10. COSORI (6-Quart) 8-in-1 Multi-Functional Programmable Pressure Cooker
Here is an 8-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker; a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Hot Pot, Steamer & Warmer rolled in one. The quick set options includes meat/stew, poultry, soup, beans/chili, white rice, brow rice, multigrain, steam vegetables, slow cooker, yogurt, pasta/boil, steam potatoes, hot pot, saute and bake. You can also use the manual cooking modes by setting your preferred pressure and temperature.
The one thing that makes this Cosori pressure cooker stands out from the rest is the pressure setting. It has up to 6 different pressure levels to choose from. Cook fresh and tender food such as vegetables, seafood and poultry on low pressure (1, 2 and 3 respectively). For rice, grains, beans and beef, cook on high pressure setting (4, 5 or 6). As for the saute/brown, slow cook, hot pot and reheat function, pick from low, normal or high temperature settings. The timer function lets you set a delayed start time of up to 12 hours and a long cooking time also up to 12 hours. Power: 1000Watt.
Instant Pot Features and Function Comparison Table
If you are interested in one of the Instant Pot prorgramable pressure cooker, we have made the following table to highlight the key features and differences between them.
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|MODEL||Soup/Broth||Meat/Stew||Bean/Chili||Slow Cook||Saute||Pressure Cook||Keep Warm||Rice||Multigrain||Porridge||Steam||Cake||Egg||Yogurt||Sterilize||OTHERS||DISPLAY INDICATOR||CONTROLS|
|IP DUO||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||❌||❌||✅||❌||Poultry||Red Segment Display||Touch|
|IP DUO PLUS||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||Blue Backlit Display||Touch|
|IP LUX||✅||✅||❌||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||❌||❌||Red Segment Display||Touch|
|IP Ultra||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||Ultra||Advanced Blue Display||Touch & Dial|
You can find a full Instant Pot product comparison based below:
Search Amazon for the following pressure cookers
- IP DUO 7-in-1 pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, saute/browning, steamer & warmer
- IP DUO PLUS 10-in-1 pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, egg cooker, sauté, steamer, warmer and sterilizer
- IP LUX 8-in-1 pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, egg cooker, saute, steamer, warmer and cake
- IP Ultra 10-in-1 pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, egg cooker, saute/searing, steamer, warmer, and sterilizer
Electric Pressure Cooker Online Communities
Got yourself a pressure cooker, consider joining one of the following online group and community to kick off your pressure cooking experience. There you will find lots of like minded individuals, tried and tested recipes and discussions on all things related to pressure cooking – join the following support groups:
- Electric Pressure Cooker Recipes, Tips and Tricks on Facebook (Closed Group)
- Cooking with Phillips Pressure Cooker on Facebook (Closed Group)
- Insta-Pot Recipes Only on Facebook (Closed Group)
- Instant Pot Community on Facebook (Public Group)
- Instant Pot 101 for Beginners on Facebook (Closed Group)
- Cooking with Air Fryers and Pressure Cookers on Facebook (Closed Group)