Today we’re going to be looking at the Tower electric pressure cookers. We’ll be looking at the different options available, what features that they offer the customer, what the prices are at the current time, where to buy them and what the buyers think of the products, whether they like them or not.
Tower is a well known name in the pressure cooker world, I first heard about them in regards to the stove top version of pressure cooker many years ago, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had their own range of electric pressure cookers for sale.
We’ll be looking at 4 models of electric pressure cooker by Tower, they are all good family sized cookers and are easy to use.
- 1 #1 Tower Health T16004 One Pot Express Electric Pressure Cooker, 5 Litre, 900 Watt, Silver
- 2 #2 Tower Health T16005 One Pot Express Electric Pressure Cooker, 6 Litre, 1100 Watt, Stainless Steel
- 3 #3 Tower T16008 One Pot Express Electric Pressure Cooker with Smoker, 1000 W, 6 L – Silver
- 4 #4 Tower Health T16012 Digital Multi-Pot Pressure Cooker, 6 Litre, Stainless Steel
- 5 Final Thoughts
#1 Tower Health T16004 One Pot Express Electric Pressure Cooker, 5 Litre, 900 Watt, Silver
The Tower T16004 is a 5 litre pressure cooker with a manual control dial on the front. Although it’s not digital it is still very easy to use. The mechanical timer goes from 0 -90 minutes and the dial has suggested timings on it with pictures so it is easy to know what to choose.
Besides pressure cooking you can steam, cook rice, saute and stew. The cooker comes with a 5 litre non-stick bowl and steaming trivet and all the tower pressure cookers have the same twist lock lid with the pressure valve incorporated, which is super easy to put on and take off, but it can’t be removed until the pressure is fully released which is a standard safety feature. There is also a 24 hour stay warm feature that kicks in at the end of cooking so it will keep your food hot until you’re ready to serve it.
There comes with the pressure cooker a measuring cup and plastic spoon for the rice so you don’t scratch the inside of the inner pot.
This simple to use Tower T16004 electric pressure cooker comes in at £49.99 so a cheap option if you just want a basic unit. Customers love the fact it is quiet and makes great stew with very tender meat.
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#2 Tower Health T16005 One Pot Express Electric Pressure Cooker, 6 Litre, 1100 Watt, Stainless Steel
The Tower Health T16005 One Pot Express Electric Pressure Cooker is the most popular version of the Tower range, it offers digital display and push button control and is a 6 litre pot, which is more than big enough for most families. It cooks with a powerful 1100w improving the cooking speed by 70%.
The controls offer pre-set options for many different types of food, you just press the menu button and it will move through the options until you get to the one you want to use. You can also set the time manually if you know how long you want to cook for. It can steam, rice cook, stew, boil, braise and pressure cook.
Once you set the timer and close the pressure valve on the top it will build up in pressure, the timer doesn’t start to go down until the pressure has built up, it’s very quiet, not like the old fashioned stove top versions. Once the timer has finished is sounds an alarm so you know, if you leave it over time the pressure would release slowly itself but normally you would just turn the valve on the top to open or vent and it will release the steam, this takes no more than a couple of minutes.
It’s very simple and safe to use. Like the T16004 it comes with a non-stick inner pot, a steam trivet, measuring cup and spoon. The current price of the Tower T16005 is £59.97 which is a good price for a 6 litre pressure cooker.
#3 Tower T16008 One Pot Express Electric Pressure Cooker with Smoker, 1000 W, 6 L – Silver
The Tower T16008 One Pot Express Electric Pressure Cooker with Smoker is by and large the same pressure cooker as the T16005 except it has 1 difference, it comes with a smoker so you can flavour you meats and even cheese. This product is still a fully functioning pressure cooker as above but it comes with some extras, it comes with 2 inner pots, a 6L pot for smoking and a 6L pot for cooking. It also comes with 3 tier racks so you can put your meat on to lift it above the smoking container and steam trivet. It also comes with some wood chips to start you off.
You can use hot smoke or cold smoke to flavour your food, the hot smoke is more suitable for meats and the cold for fish and cheese. To use to smoke and cook a chicken you set the wood chip holder in the bottom of the smoker pot, add a little water, add your main rack then add a shelf to sit your chicken on so it doesn’t touch the smoker, as that gets very hot. You can rub seasoning on top of your chicken if you want added flavour and set you cooker to hot smoke for approximately 45 minutes. You should get a beautifully cooked smoky flavoured chicken, ready to eat. This smoker pressure cooker is currently priced at £79.99.
#4 Tower Health T16012 Digital Multi-Pot Pressure Cooker, 6 Litre, Stainless Steel
The Tower Health T16012 Digital Multi-Pot Pressure Cooker is one of the newer options in the Tower range. This pressure cooker has more multi-cook options although it is still a 6 litre sized pressure cooker. It has a very sleek design which would fit well in any kitchen, it has a twist lock lid which is attached to the main body and lifts up and the pressure valve is on top, well marked with 2 steam release positions and a pressure position.
The digital buttons on the front control panel offer multi-cook, porridge, steam, fry, slow stew, cheese, cake, crispy, cereals, gelatine, chicken, pilaf, jam, yoghurt and omelette. It also has buttons for rice, soup, stew, keep warm and delay timer.
For frying options the lid is left open, for the multi-cook options the pressure valve is left open when cooking and for the pressure cook option it is closed. The cooker comes with a Rice spoon, Measuring cup, Steam rack, Fry basket, Removable handle,Yoghurt pots and non-stick inner pot. Tower have definitely tried to cover a lot of options in this multi-cooker. The current price is £74.99 and if you want a cooker that can do all of this then check out the T16012.
There are 4 different types of pressure cooker here, all doing similar jobs and reasonably priced. If you’re just looking for a basic digital electric pressure cooker then we recommend you go for the T16005 at £59.97, it can do all the basic pressure cooker functions, has touch button digital display, has the highest wattage and you won’t be disappointed with it.