Best Electric Pressure cookers or multi cookers

Instan Pot Electric Pressure cookersIf you are new to electric pressure cookers like I was in early 2016, then you have landed on the right page. This website is a personal website where I hope to save you the hours (you don’t want to know how many) that you may need to choose the best electric pressure cooker for your kitchen.

When it comes to choosing a pressure cooker, you need to determine if you want an electric one or a regular one that you use on your stove. All these years I have only used the regular one and I believe I have paid my dues in burnt food and over cooked meals.

I first discovered electric pressure cookers on Amazon when researching cookware!  I decided to set up a review website to record my findings because I have a review websites for Solar panels where I record my findings about solar energy. I felt it would be cool to do something similar for electric pressure cookers too and maybe other pots or multi cookers that I come across.

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Our Pick for Best Electric Pressure Cooker or Multi Cooker

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

The winner is…. The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 electric pressure cooker. It is the most popular of all the pressure cookers and multi cookers we reviewed. On the UK Amazon alone, it has a review of over 650 5-star reviews.

This programmable pressure cooker is not only popular in the UK, it is also very popular in the United States. On Amazon USA it has a whooping 9,000 plus 5-star review. You really can’t go wrong with a product that so many people love so much.

PROS of the Instant Pot DUO

  • Multi-functional – It combines seven functions in one cooker. It is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, Saute/Browning, warmer and steamer.
  • Various pre-programmed cooking settings which make it easy to cook soups, meats and other types of food.
  • High safety standards
  • Removable inner pot that you can put it in your dishwasher.

Cons

  • Some customers felt that the many buttons on the cooker can be overwhelming at first. Most people figure things out with a few tries though
  • The stainless steel inner pot does not have a handle for easy removal from the cooker.
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Read the Full Review of  – INSTANT POT DUO 7-IN-1 ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER REVIEW


Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Fast Slow Cooker Pro

This Sage by Heston Blumenthal Fast Slow Cooker is a pressure cooker and at the same time a slow cooker with all the controls you can think off.  Of all the electric pressure cookers listed above, this is the one from which you can choose the most levels of pressure. This freedom however comes at a cost.

If it is really important to you that you have more control over what goes on inside your electric pressure cooker, then this is the cooker for you. It is well made, sophisticated and about double the price of the Instant Pot Duo 7 in 1.  The only reason why I chose the Instant Pot over the Sage by Heston Blumenthal Fast Slow Cooker is because of the cost. For the average user, this may be on the high side.

If you are the type of person who doesn’t fuss too much about cost, then this pressure cooker delivers on quality. Check here for recent sale prices on Amazon

Pros of the Sage by Blumenthal Fast Slow Cooker

Slick design – This electric pressure cooker very well designed, the buttons blend in nicely with the body and the general feel of the pot is classy. You get the sense that you have a high quality equipment when you buy the Sage by Heston Blumenthal fast slow cooker.

High range of Pressure levels – You can choose pressure levels from low (10kpa) to high (80kpa). As you get used to using a pressure cooker, you would come across recipes that require specific levels of pressure for specific amount of time. The Fast Slow cooker is the cooker with the largest range I could find in the market. This means that if you choose to cook a little slower, you are not forced to bring out another appliance. This pot really works hard to be the only pot you need.

Interactive LCD Display – Instead of having so many buttons on the cooker, it uses an interactive LCD display which makes the pot look less intimidating. It also shows you how things are going in the cooker. It tells you when it’s building pressure, cooking and releasing steam.

cons OF THE SAGE BY BLUMENTHAL FAST SLOW COOKER

Non Stick Inner Pot – This is the most obvious downside of this Fast slow cooker. Although you enjoy the benefit of the non-stick coating, many people are weary of the non-stick coating process contaminating the food. I guess the manufacturers thought that more people prefer a non-stick inner pot. Take note that the inner pot has a PTFE and PFOA free ceramic coating according to the user manual. This type of coating is safer than the usual teflon coating you will find on other non-stick cookware. In my opinion, a good quality stainless steel inner pot is still a better option.

Higher cost – This cooker cost about 80% more than the Instant Pot duo, so it may be too expensive as your first electric pressure cooker. If you are the type that likes high quality things, this is a very good cooker.

Difficult Name – Okay this is not so much of a problem. However I find the name so bland. Not as catchy as the Instant Pot or the Cook4Me.

Conclusion

If you have the budget go for the Sage by Heston Blumenthal Fast Slow Cooker. It’s great value for your money. If non-stick pots really bug you, then let this one go.  I hope to upgrade to this after enjoying the Instant Pot Duo.

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Read a more detailed Sage Fast Slow Cooker Review


Instant Pot Lux60 6-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker

The Instant Pot Lux 60 is produced by the same company as the Instant pot Duo 7 in 1 cooker. They are very similar to each other. The Duo is a 7-in 1 pressure cooker while the LUX 60 is a 6-in-1. The Lux does not have the yogurt maker.

A new version of the Instant Pot Lux 60 was released in November 2016. This upgrade (version 3) is a lot quieter and it has the ability to turn of the automatic keep warm function.

PROs

  • The Instant Pot LUX 60 is cheaper than the Instant Pot Duo. If you are not so keen on yogurt, you may choose to buy this one
  • The 2017 version (3) has a quiet mode.
  • It has all the advanced features of the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-one

Cons

  • It does not make yogurt.
  • It has only one size – 6 Litres

Conclusion

If you are short on budget and you really do not need to make your own yogurt, then the Instant Pot Lux 60 is a good option. Please make sure you choose the v3 version.

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Pressure King Pro 20-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

The Pressure King Pro 20 -in-1 pressure cooker, is one of the best electric pressure cookers this year. It is the best electric pressure cooker with the most number of functions. Some of these functions are:

  1. Frying
  2. Slow Cooking
  3. Baking
  4. Steaming
  5. Warming
  6. Making your own fresh bread
  7. Jam making
  8. Yoghurt making

Pros

  • It has a lot more functions than most other electric pressure cookers
  • The cost of the Pressure King Pro is not too high compared to others.
  • It is not noisy during operation

Cons

  • Many of the functions of the Pressure King Pro will not be used by many of the customers.
  • The inner pot is not stainless steel, so it will allow some food to get burnt.
  • Some customers have had the 12-in-1 version of the pot explode on them. However, I think this version is safer and I couldn’t find any such complaints with regards to the Pressure King Pro 20-in-1.
  • The largest pot size is 6L

The Pressure King Pro is a very useful item in any kitchen. Since some customers have complained about the earlier version of the pot exploding on them, it is important that you take the time to secure the pot safely before applying heat or turning it on. This size is currently out of stock now.  

Here is the detailed Pressure King Pro Review (6L)


Tower One Pot Express Electric Pressure Cooker with Smoker

This electric pressure cooker comes with a smoker. If you love the taste of smoked chicken, fish or cheese, then this should be your favourite cookware. This pressure cooker is your average electric pressure cooker. It is less expensive than all the cookers reviewed above. I find that the biggest advantage that this product has is the smoking pot. I personally enjoy good smoked chicken and it feels good to have a cooker that can double as a smoker.

Pros of the Tower one pot Electric Pressure cooker

  • It has a smoking pot included
  • It comes in various sizes (3-5-6 litres)
  • It is not as expensive as the high end pressure cookers and it delivers.

Cons of the Tower One Pot Electric Pressure cooker with smoker

  • Many first time users complained about the lack of a better instruction manual.
  • It does not have as many pressure levels as the more expensive electric pressure cookers.

Conclusion

If you enjoy smoked food and all you are looking for is a basic electric pressure cooker, then you will love this.  Here is a promotional video for you to see what comes in the box.

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Cook4Me – TEFAL Electric Pressure Cooker and Intelligent Multi cooker

The Tefal Cook4Me is in a class of it’s own. It is a little more expensive than the Instant Pot Duo. However, it is slicker and has the potential to do a lot more automatically.  Read the detailed Tefal Cook4Me Review

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Best Electric Pressure Cooker for Price

6L Multi-Function Electric Pressure Cooker by bertelin

This Electric Pressure cooker from Bertelin is not on the original list. I decided to add it because it is the best priced 6 litre pressure cooker in the market and you may want to know that.

From my research, it does most of the basic cooking you would want to do. It does not make yoghurt or jam and cannot be used to bake bread. However it cooks well and seems to be of regular quality. No one has reported any explosions. The only con with it is the fact that the manual is not as detailed as many new users would like. This can easily be overcome with reading up online. So if you are on a very tight budget, and you still want to eat healthy and save time cooking. Or you just don’t have any hob space as a student, this may be a good entry cooker.

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About The Electric Pressure Cooker

Admit it. You’re quite attached to your pressure cooker. It’s always there when you need it, very fast, and it produces tasty meals. Unless of course, you don’t have one already; this reality is true for most pressure pot owners and users.

Pressure cookers used to always come in a more conventional form. They were (and still are) used as regular cookers and used on a stove top. A steam regulator, safety valve and pressure-activated interlock mechanism provides protection against overheating and the danger of explosion. In conventional pressure cookers, the steam regulator allows built up pressure garnered by the steam to escape. This causes the stove top pressure cookers to generate their signature loud and hissing noise when the pressure is on.

Electric Pressure Cookers are a more recent invention, made popular over the last decade. They consist of a pressure cooking container, the electric heating element, and the temperature/pressure sensors. These features, along with the experience of pressure cookers users that resulted in the creation of various cooking profiles; including rice cooking, slow cooking, steaming, sauté etc combine to form the new generation electric pressure cookers.

While Electric Pressure Cookers are not necessarily intuitive kitchen gadgets, there are a few things to learn about them.

 

What Makes Electric Pressure Cookers Special?

When considering what really makes electric pressure cookers stand out – it is important to weigh their perks against their closest alternative; stove top pressure cookers. Pressure cooking is great, but cooking with a stove top pressure cooker often means that the user needs to adjust the cooker while it is reaching pressure. Adjustments may happen a few times and take a few tries before you can discover the exact heat setting to keep the pressure ideal.  They only require the users attention in order to select the desired pressure or program and begin the cooking process. No other monitoring is necessary.

Electric Pressure Cookers are especially great for being an ideal pick for people who cannot spare the time to monitor their cooking. They are a great replacement for a handful of appliances and for people who could really use the extra space.

Bottom line, it makes sense to give anything up in exchange for the convenience of an Electric Pressure Cooker. Even if it’s a chance at having the (often) more durable stove top pressure cooker.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Using Pressure Cookers

 Ultimately, using electric pressure cookers and/or stove top pressure cookers will save time, energy, vitamins and time.

Pressure cooking generally reduces cooking time to up to 90% less than average. They guarantee 90% nutrition of foods cooked with them; improving digestibility and reducing harmful cooking byproducts to a minimum.

A few scientific publications provide supporting evidence to the claim of the health benefits of pressure cookers;

Findings recorded by the Journal Of Food Science suggest that pressure cooked broccoli retained 90% of its vitamin C content. This is an improvement over the 66% retention recorded when the broccoli was boiled and the 78% recorded when it was steamed.

In a related study published by the Journal of Food Science and Technology, it was found out that pressure cooking increased the amount of beneficial phenolics in bananas. And in the Plant Foods for Human nutrition, research suggests that pressure cooking is both the best method for retaining Vitamin C and beta-carotene in spinach and amaranth.

Summarily, using pressure cookers do not only boost the levels of nutrients acquired from food; it equally helps to reduces health harming compounds as well.

 

How Do Electric Pressure Cookers Help To Save Energy?

 Simple; if  an electric pressure cooker saves 90% of your cooking time, it automatically means that you will use over two-thirds less energy. Energy savings themselves translate into dollar savings. And with so little energy needed, the cost implication of owning an electric pressure cooker may be as little as one penny.

Unless you are using a solar cooker – with no obligations as utility bills and related expenses; it is nearly impossible to use less energy while cooking; 90% is as low as you can possibly go unless you begin taking drastic steps to becoming extremely frugal about the process.

 

What Are The Things You Need To Know Before Buying An Electric Pressure Cooker?

An electric Pressure cooker is different from the stove tope pressure cooker. It is also different from the regular pots. You will need to update all your recipes to cook them in an electric pressure cooker.

In my opinion, the changes are not to difficult to learn and there are many recipes online. Many new recipes are being added online daily.

What to look for in electric pressure cookers!

There are a few things that will guide you as you choose an electric pressure cooker for your home.  Knowing these will make your search a little easier.

What size of electric pressure cooker do you need?

There are a variety of options available to you when it comes to pressure cooker sizes. If your electric pressure cooker is too small, it can become frustrating. So think about the size you need for your self or your household.

Please take note that when considering the size of your pressure cooker, you will need to leave some room in the pot for the food to expand and for the steam. Most electric pressure cookers come in sizes between 3 and 8 litres.

3 Litre cooker is ideal for a single person or just a small meal.

A 5 -6 litre cooker can cook for the average family. If you have more than 2 adults in your home then you may need to think of the 7 or 8 litre electric pressure cooker.

How complicated are the controls of the Electric Pressure Cooker?

If you are not so comfortable with reading complicated user manuals, then it will be a good idea to look out for pressure cookers with large and simplified controls. More and more of the newly designed cookers are having easier to read controls. Nevertheless, I still encourage you to confirm that the controls are easy to follow before shelling out your money!

Is the electric Pressure cooker also a Multi-cooker?

Most electric pressure cookers are also multi cookers. They can also be used as slow cookers, deep fryer, steamers and so on. If the have more functions they are usually more complicated and sometimes more expensive.

It is rare to find an electric pressure cooker that only does that, because it will be a waste of resources. Once all the electrical system is in place for an electric pressure cooker, it can also do a few other basic cooking functions.

 

Stay Tuned

These are my findings so far! I hope to do in-depth reviews of these pressure cookers as I am able to get to them. Expect a new review every month for the next 4  – 6 months. If I had the time, there are enough electric pressure cookers and multi cookers in the market to occupy me for a couple of years. I am enjoying the process so far. I hope I don’t get over this electric pressure cooker bug too soon to fulfill my promise. Stay tuned.

2 Comments

  • In your assessment of the “Sage by Heston Blumenthal” you mention the non stick bowl as a negative. I would have agreed as they don’t publish detailed specifications on their website. However in the user guide it actually states it is “Removable Cooking Bowl PTFE and PFOA free ceramic coating.” rather than the teflon coating which can be viewed as a negative.

    • Thanks so much Richard for drawing my attention to that. I agree with you that the ceramic coating is a healthier choice. However, I still think that the lifespan of the ceramic coating is short and it will eventually become a problem. I definitely agree that some people may consider this a positive by I don’t.

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