We’re going to go through, what is in our opinion, the Top 10 best electric pressure cookers 2017 and let you know what each one offers to the homemaker of today. Everyone is becoming more aware of healthy eating but in a world where both parents have to work more often than not, cooking decent meals is not easy.
The benefit of an electric pressure cooker is the ability to make easy one pot meals, with a bit of preparation, without being the most knowledgable cook. We’ll let you know what we think the most important features are and what we chose to rate these electric pressure cookers and why we came to our N01 choice which is the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker.
If you’d like to find out more read our review of the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
Ease of Use
We tell everyone how great and time saving pressure cookers are, but how many of you look at the buttons on the front and freeze thinking there is no way you will be able to work that out? Pressure cookers have a bit of a scary vibe to them, mainly people are scared that they will blow up. Goods today can’t be sold without safety certificates and pressure cookers are no different. The control panels on the front look a bit intimidating because there are often so many options, but it is just a push button control system and believe me it is easy. We’ll be looking at how easy it is to lock the lid and set the valve and how easy it is to vent the cooker and remove the food, sometimes it can be tricky.
Programmes and features
Sometimes it feels like the manufacturers are trying to cram in so many features and the reality is we won’t use them all but there may be things that you want to use often so we’ll be looking at what these pressure cookers will be offering and if it differs from the mainstream.
Here we have looked at the accessories that come in the box with your cooker, how good they are and what extras are available if you need them.
Have a read of our top choices for electric pressure cookers 2017 below and if you want more information than we have given you we will leave you some links below each product to our full product reviews and to the product page on Amazon.com.
Why not visit Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker at Amazon.co.uk to read more about our No1 choice.
Top 10 Best Electric Pressure Cookers 2017
#1 Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker is one of the most popular pressure cookers online, in the USA and in the UK. So what is it about the Instant Pot that captures the imagination.
The Instant Pot Duo is a 6 litre sized electric pressure cooker, it has a twist lock lid with an integrated pressure valve and and easy to use digital control panel on the front. The control panel makes it easy when you don’t know anything about pressure cooking, what ever you want to cook and basically how you want it to cook has a pre-set time, controlled by a button. That doesn’t mean that you have to stick to that time if you know from experience that you like something cooked less time or more there are + and – buttons to adjust, but when you are starting out and you want to just put your food into the pot and press a button to get going, then you can do that with this machine.
This is called a 7 in 1 cooker and what that means is that you can pressure cook, slow cook, steam, saute/brown, rice cook, yoghurt cook and warming.
This is a great set of features to offer in an electric pressure cooker but don’t let it put you off in any way thinking it will be too complicated, you may never use anything but the pressure cooker in your machine but you have the option to have a go at the rest.
If you have a slow cooker at home and use it, this cooker has a good slow cooker option the only difference from using the pressure cooker part is that you don’t set the pressure valve to the pressure setting it stays on the vent setting, if you prefer to be able to look into the pot without removing the lid, you can buy a glass lid to fit on the pot just like a normal slow cooker.
There is a good chance that you would use the saute/brown function if you like to brown your meat before cooking a stew, in this pressure cooker you can do it all in one pot. You might like to steam your veg, again all the settings are there on the front of the cooker, I tend to stick mine in with my stew or in a veg tray on top of my meat so it all cooks at once, the options are many. A lot of people use the rice cooking function, if you cook a lot of rice or would like to cook a lot of rice to portion up and freeze you can do this with this Instant Pot Duo.
If you want to pressure cook meat, chicken or beans there is a button on the front that you can press that will give you a basic timing to use. You can also set a delay timer on this pressure cooker which means you can set it up with your evening meal and set the timer so it’s completed when you come home, and if you’re a bit late it automatically goes onto the keep warm function till you’re ready for it.
This cooker comes with a 3-ply Base stainless steel cooking pot, steam rack, manual, recipe book and cooking time tables, most people like the stainless steel inner pot because it is easy to clean and it doesn’t have a coating that can come off like non stick options. You can also buy extras at Amazon.co.uk if you need more steam trays, compartment veg trays and extra pots.
There is so much scope with this pressure cooker that we chose it as our Top Choice.
#2 Pressure King Pro 12 in 1 Slow Cooker, 5 L, 900 W
The Pressure King Pro 12 in 1 Slow Cooker, 5 L, 900 W is a similar type of electric pressure cooker as the Instant Pot in that it has a lot of cooking options. It has a twist lock lid with the pressure valve installed into it. There is a large control panel on the front of the pressure cooker that makes it easy to set your meals cooking with little effort. The Pressure King Pro is a 5 litre sized pot which is still a good family size and they also make a 6 litre version with even more cooking options and a 3 litre version if you’re single or a couple and don’t want to make large meals. You also get choices in colour on all sizes too.
This pressure cooker is a 12 in 1 and what this offers is pressure cooking, slow cooking, keep warm, saute/browning, stew, rice, fish, meat, pasta, soup, steam, canning, reheating. Phew!
Most people buying an electric pressure cooker are looking for the pressure cook function first and this can cook your food up to 90% faster than normal cooking. No matter what you want to cook there is a button there to press to get started and a + and – button to adjust the time if it doesn’t cook to your preference.
You can even cook a whole chicken in around 25 minutes, this doesn’t include the time it takes to build up to pressure. You can just add your chicken into the pot, add a little water, put on the lid, set the pressure valve to pressure, press the meat button, adjust the time to 25 minutes and it’s ready to go. It can take a few minutes for it to come to pressure, it won’t start counting down the time until it does. It is very quiet while it is cooking and it will sound an alarm when it if finished. Turn the pressure valve to vent which will allow the steam to release, when it is fully vented you should be able to remove the lid, the safety features built in won’t let the lid open until the pressure has fully released. Voila!
There is a recipe book included that will give you recipes to try different types of one pot foods with all of the instructions. This cooker also has a delay timer so you can set up your Pressure King Pro on a morning to have a ready meal when you come home.
The Pressure King Pro comes with the inner pot which is a non-stick aluminium pot, a measuring cup and cooking spoon, a steam tray and a user manual. There are offers at the moment for a bonus utensil set and a recipe book. This is a cheaper option with a lot of features.
#3 Tower T16005 One Pot Express Electric Pressure Cooker
The Tower T16005 One Pot Express Electric Pressure Cooker is an electric pressure cooker with a name that I recognise in the stovetop type of pressure cooker so it’s nice to know there is an electric version.
This is a 6 litre pressure cooker with an easy to use lid that can be removed easily one handed once the steam has been released. The steam valve is fitted in the lid and is simple to open and close. Inside the lid is the sealing gasket fitted onto an aluminium aerated plate which clips onto the inside of the lid and can be removed for easy cleaning, this creates the seal to allow the pressure to build. There is a digital display on the front with raised press button option to choose the different cooking functions available.
There are preset times available to cook rice, chicken, soup, yoghurt, cake, fish, pulses, porridge, meat, pasta, steam and stew or you can manually set the time if you are following a recipe and it gives you a set time. This is very simple to cook with and although it doesn’t have a delay timer it does have a 24 hour keep warm option. It’s easy to make mince and onion with potatoes in 15 – 20 minutes, add your mince, onion, oxo cube and mixed veg if you like it in the pot, place the steam tray on the ledge in the pot and add your potatoes, we choose 20 minutes pressure cooking, remove the potatoes from the tray and mash if you want, add thickener to the mince, pour over your potatoes and enjoy. It’s better not to thicken until after cooking if possible as you will get less problem with the food sticking to the pot.
The Tower T16005 comes with a stainless steel steaming tray, a measuring cup and plastic spoon to use in the aluminium non-stick pot. There are a couple of other versions of electric pressure cooker from Tower, the T16004 5 litre and the T16008 6 litre with smoker. This is a good size for a family and reasonably priced.
#4 Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Fast Slow Cooker Pro
The Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Fast Slow Cooker Pro is more of a do it all for you type of electric pressure cooker and that is reflected in the price. It has been designed with a chef’s requirements so you can cook your food exactly as they would.
The size is a 6 litre pot and the lid stays attached to the pot but lifts up, there is a twist lock feature to secure the lid. The buttons on the front of the panel are very easy to use, once you have put in your ingredients and water or stock and close the lid and lock. You first you need to choose what function you need by turning the button to pressure cook, slow cook, steam, reduce, sauté or sear and pressing the button to select, then there is a list of foods that you might want to cook so you turn the button till you find what you’re looking for and select by pressing the button again, the pressure cooker will begin.
It will automatically select the pressure and time required based on the product that you are cooking and when your meal is complete you select the release button on the front and it will vent the pressure in the correct manner depending on the food cooked, so it could release it quickly, pulse it or just allow it to release slowly, you will need to factor this into your meal prep time. The controls are designed to take thought out of the process but there is a manual option if you want to set it to your own times.
If you have plenty of time, on the Fast Slow Pro there is a slow cooker option with 3 heat settings the same as on a crock pot and you can use it the same, if you need to sear your meat and vegetables before adding the stock this cooker will allow you to do that. The inner pot is a non-stick aluminium which requires you to use appropriate utensils, the pressure cooker also comes with a trivet so you can place your meat on it to keep it out of the water, and it comes with a steaming tray.
If you don’t mind spending a bit more money this would be a great option to buy.
#5 Instant Pot Lux 60 V3 6-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker with Stainless Steel Cooking Pot, 6 Litre
The Instant Pot Lux 60 V3 6-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker is another in the Instant Pot family of pressure cookers, it’s slightly different in design and in the functions offered.
This pressure cooker is a 6 litre and a 6-in-1 which offers the ability to Pressure Cook, Saute, Slow Cook, Rice Cook, Steam and Warm. The lid handle is different as it is a smaller hand hold but the function of the lid and the pressure valve is the same as the Duo.
The digital display on the front looks similar in design to the Duo but obviously it has it’s own options. These are soup/broth, meat/stew, rice, multigrain, porridge, cake and egg. Yes, I did put egg, I bet you didn’t know that you can boil eggs in a pressure cooker but you can. Just add about 0.5 litres of water to the bottom of the pot, add in the steam tray, add in your eggs placing them on the steam tray put on the lid and set the pressure valve to pressure.
Press the egg button, you want 6 minutes for hard boiled eggs and 3 minutes for soft boiled eggs so adjust the time accordingly. Once the timer finishes turn the pressure valve to vent and let out the steam, you can remove the eggs with a pair of tongs and place into iced water to stop the cooking for hard boiled, the soft boiled just eat. Simple and easy to do, cook your eggs for a week and store in the fridge, cooking this way makes them very easy to peel.
These cookers are very quiet in operation and have an automatic keep warm function which can be turned off if not required. There is also a delay timer making it very versatile. There are 3 temperature options for the slow cooker and also for the saute option so you can set it to high if you want to quickly seal your meat before slow cooking or pressure cooking.
The Lux comes with the same stainless steel cooking pot, stainless steel steam rack, instructions, recipe book and cooking time tables. There isn’t much between the 2 different Instant Pots but this one is a bit cheaper.
#6 Bella Multi-Function Electric 6 Litre Pressure and Slow Cooker
The Bella Multi-Function Electric 6 Litre Pressure and Slow Cooker is another multi-function pressure cooker. This 6 litre pressure cooker is 1000W which gives cooking times up to 70% quicker than normal cooking times. There is a one touch control panel with a digital display that gives you 12 different cooking options to choose from, the main one being pressure cooking and slow cooking, then there are saute and browning, rice and risotto, meat and chicken, soup and stew
With all of these functions there is a 2 hour delay timer, and an automatic keep warm function that automatically switches on at the end of cooking, but can easily be turned off. As in most of the electric pressure cookers there is a manual function so you can set your own time, this is great if you have already used a pressure cooker before and know what you’re doing and how long you need to cook for or if you’re following a recipe book with it’s own timings. This Bella pressure cooker comes with a twist lock lid which won’t open until the pressure is released and has an alarm if the lid is not shut, safety is so important. There is a non-stick coated cooking pot which is removable and easy to clean and there is a steam rack, plastic spoon and measuring cup included in the box. This cooker has all you need in a pressure cooker with extras, worth looking at.
#7 Tefal CY701840 Cook4Me Intelligent Multi Cooker
The Tefal CY701840 Cook4Me Intelligent Multi Cooker is the perfect pressure cooker for the person that doesn’t have a clue. If you need an intelligent cooker in the kitchen that can give you a recipe for how to cook a meal, the option to choose the number of people, and a step by step guide to cooking it then this clever gadget is definitely worth your attention.
This is a multi-cooker with intelligent software but it also has a manual function so you can use it independently, you can brown your food prior to cooking, there is a keep warm function for if you aren’t as ready as your meal, there’s a reheat function and a fast pressure cook function, great if you know what you are cooking and how long to do it.
The unit is a 6 litre capacity, has 2 levels of pressure cooking 40 kpa and 70 kpa and automatic pressure release. There is a non-stick ceramic coated pot which has plastic handles so it is easy to take out of the cooker safely and can be used as a serving pot. This is not the cheapest pressure cooker out there and it doesn’t have many cooking functions either but what it does have is a database of about 50 recipes that can be accessed to make simple meals with instructions and shopping lists. This product would be perfect for young people going out into their own homes or into college who need a little guidance into cooking healthy meals for themselves.
#8 Charles Jacobs Large 8 Litre 7 in 1 Pressure Cooker
The Charles Jacobs Large 8 Litre 7 in 1 Pressure Cooker is a larger version for bigger families or for people who cook multiple portions for freezing. It has all the standard functions of a standard pressure cooker but a large 8 litre pot.
With 1250W power it can cook food 70% faster than normal cooking methods. It’s 13 inches tall and 15 inches wide which is quite large so you will need somewhere to store it. There is a standard pressure cooker twist lock lid with the pressure valve included in the lid and a digital press button control panel which has the same extra functions that a lot of our previous pressure cookers. It also has a slow cooking option with 3 heat settings similar to a standard slow cooker. There are quite a few button choices on the front of the unit of the Charles Jacobs pressure cooker, the usual bean, meat, chicken and fish but also baby food, cake and yoghurt.
If you want to cook a large batch of soup or stew or if you are thinking of using it to cook a large piece of meat or a chicken you should have no problem in the large non-stick pot included. For a large pressure cooker the price is very reasonable, a good buy.
#9 PureMate® PM 660 Stainless Steel 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker 6 Litre, 1000W
The PureMate® PM 660 Stainless Steel 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker 6 Litre, 1000W is your average 6 litre sized pressure cooker with multi-cooker options. The lid is an easy to fit twist lock type with a good large handle across the top which is easy to grip, the pressure valve is installed in the lid, just turn to the pressure position when using the pressure function and turn to vent when you need to release the pressure to remove the lid and the food.
This is a 7-in-1 pressure cooker that has a pressure cook option which makes your food 70% quicker, slow cook with 3 heat settings, and rice cook and your buttons offer chicken and meat, fish and vegetables, rice and risotto, soup and stew and finally canning and preserving.
The canning and preserving is something different in this cooker and a useful button if this interests you but to be honest most of these buttons only give you a pre-set time, as long as you know that time, you just need to be able to set it manually. This also gives you the delay timer which is a working parents magic button. There is a non-stick inner pot, a steam tray a measuring cup and spoon included in the kit. This Puremate pressure cooker is not lacking in it’s abilities but comes in at a cheap price, check it out.
#10 BESTEK 15-in-1 Multi-Function Electric Pressure Cooker, 6 Litre Capacity
The BESTEK 15-in-1 Multi-Function Electric Pressure Cooker is the one pressure cooker that seems to be as close to the Instant Pot as you get. If you like the stainless steel inner pot because of the non-stick coatings on the majority of pressure cookers then you will like the Bestek as it has a stainless steel pot.
It is the standart 6 litre size of pressure cooker with twist lock lid. The front panel has a push button function and digital timer, you can select 1 of the many options is offers by selecting the menu button and using the + and – button to select the number cooking function that you require. The choices are displayed on the front panel.
This pressure cooker can also be a Slow cooker, Canner, Soup Maker, Steamer and Rice Cooker. There is a manual selection for the experienced user and it has the delay timer and warming option to give you the most time saving experience when making your meals. This Bestek pressure cooker has all the standard safety features, you can’t remove the lid without venting the steam and the pressure valve is well marked up with a picture guide on the lid for beginners. At a very good price point this pressure cooker offers a lot and is definitely worth a good look if you want some of the same benefits as the more expensive cookers.
It’s good to have all the main points of all our choices on one page but we recommend you start with our No1 choice the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 first and then base your comparisons from there with the various choices above.