December 20, 2016

What You Need To Know When Buying A Pressure Cooker

You got off late from work at 7pm, and you still need to cook dinner by 8pm. Is this possible or do you need a miracle?

Having less time to cook doesn’t mean not cooking at all when you have a pressure cooker. A pressure cooker lets you cook dishes at a much faster rate than a conventional stove does with pans and pots. But before you run to the nearest appliance store and buy yourself a pressure cooker, here are some things we think you should know beforehand.

First, know the type. There are two types of pressure cooker in the market: the stovetop pressure cooker and the electric pressure cooker. While these both cook fast, they both differ in what powers them. For instance, a stovetop pressure cooker such as the Tefal 10 Liter Clipso Precision Pressure Cooker still needs the aid of a stove to cook, unlike its electric sibling that needs to be plugged in.


So if you’re the type who likes to use less gas if you can help it (and if you don’t want any sort of flame in your residence), then get an electric pressure cooker like the Power Pressure Cooker XL. Electric pressure cookers have timers, which allows you to leave it unattended anytime without the fear of having your cooker burn the house down since it turns itself on its own once the time is up.

Electric pressure cookers could as function as other appliances such as a slow cooker, rice cooker, and yogurt maker. If you’re still in the process of making your home, you might want to include an electric pressure cooker in the list of appliances you should get first. Having an all-purpose cooker will let you save money. Electric pressure cookers are more sensitive to breaking than stove-top pressure cookers though so if you want something more heavy-duty, get a stove-top.

Next, consider the size. Sometimes it seems like buying the smallest one saves money, but in reality it doesn’t. It would be disappointing to not be able to cook the right amount of food you need in one go. So when buying your pressure cooker, know the right size for you.


The smallest pressure cookers could cook around 3 quarts of food, which is good for one (or maybe two). A good example is the GoWISE 6-in-1 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker. If you have a large family, then consider getting the largest one such as the Tristar Power Cooker if you want to get an electric cooker, which can cook up to 10 quarts. For a stove-top, you can get the Presto 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker, which can cook up to 23 quarts.

Third, consider the material. Pressure cookers come in non-stick or stainless steel. Non-stick pressure cookers, like the Cuisinart CPC-600AMZ 1000-Watt 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker (Brushed Stainless and Matte Black), are easier to clean but break down faster. If you value the life of the pressure cooker and don’t mind the additional effort needed for cleaning, then consider getting a stainless steel unit. For stove-tops, there is the FAGOR 4L Quality Pressure Cooker Stove Top New with Scratches Stainless Steel and for electric, there is the Instant Pot IP-DUO60. Additionally, when it comes to the make of the cooker, Lisa McManus suggests always getting the steel option than aluminum. According to her, aluminum reacts to acidic food like tomatoes, which can lead to a metallic taste in your food.


Fourth, check the pressure levels. Different pressure cookers come with different pressure levels. To make sure that you get the heating that you need, always check the psi (pounds per square inch). Remember, 15 is the average. The higher the psi, the higher the pressure.

Finally, check the warranty and parts. Some brands offer a lifetime warranty. Conversely, some offer a warranty of only a couple of years. However, there’s a chance that brands with a lifetime warranty come with additional costs. Lastly, double-check the parts, such as the lid handle, pressure regulator, seal, and pot handle. All of these must be included and are in pristine condition.