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I’ll be honest: pressure cookers scare me. The manual ones, anyway. I’ve used mine a lot over the years, mostly for canning, and I’ve never quite gotten used to it.
They feel unsafe, even though I know the chances of one exploding are pretty slim so long as I keep half an eye on it.
If you want something with a bit more peace of mind attached, I’d recommend an electric pressure cooker instead, which is what this list is here for.
We’ll go over a quick list of things to look for, and some of my favorites.
Here are the best electric pressure cookers you can buy:
- Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL Electric Pressure Cooker
- IAIQ Premium 6 Quart Pressure Cooker
- Ninja Foodi 6.5 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
- Yedi Total Package 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
- Presto Precise 6 Quart Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker
- Insignia 6 Quart Multi Function Electric Pressure Cooker
- GoWise USA 14 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
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Top 9 Best Pressure Cookers Reviews in 2021
This is an excellent electric pressure cooker, with more versatility than pretty much anything else on the market.
You get not only the usual pressure cooker options you’ve come to expect, plus the other nice extra options like yogurt making and all those nice extra features, but it doubles as an air fryer as well, which is great.
Air frying is one of those nice little things that doesn’t sound that great until you try it. It makes very good food, and is a bit healthier than traditional deep frying, since it results in much less greasy food.
Putting all that together with this device’s other features like being very easy to use, with a clear to read interface and easy turning knob, plus inserts like the two layer rack, and slightly larger than average interior (8 quart vs the base 6 quart size) and you have a real winner.
That is, if you can stomach the price. For that 2 quart upgrade and the air fryer function, you’re paying a over double the average price of most air fryers on the market right now.
I think that overall it’s well worth the price; you’re getting over double the functionality after all, but whether it’s worth it to you is going to live and die on how much you value the addition of the air fryer setting.
Great number of options for maximum versatility.
Air fryer functionality.
Well built and sturdy.
Very expensive compared to the average.
This is a great, versatile, pressure cooker for a pretty solid price.
This isn’t a top of the line model but it’s no slouch either, coming in at the perfect average of the kind of pressure cooker we’re looking for.
It has quite a lot of options for use, with a huge number of preset buttons.
Despite this variety, the machine is still easy to use, with each button clearly labeled as to its purpose.
Much like any good pressure cooker it’s multi-use, with settings for cakes and yogurt as well as the standard foods you think about cooking in a pressure cooker.
It’s quite well made as well, with a 6 quart 304 stainless steel bowl and a well made shell with a hard locking but easy to undo latch.
On top of all that, it comes with everything you need to get started for just about anything, and comes in at a really great price. This is a strong choice for most people with one caveat: it’s too small to do canning in, so if you want to do anything like that, look for a bigger pressure cooker.
Great midrange price.
Excellent 13 in 1 selection
Easy to use.
Sturdy and well made.
Locks easy but firmly and unlocks easily as well.
About half the size you need to use properly as a canning device.
This is, essentially, a smaller version of our winner, with everything to recommend it that that model has.
It has solid construction, easy to use presets (and a good number of them), and unique functions many other pressure cookers lack.
The big one here is the dehydrate setting, which can be used to make all sorts of foods; jerkies, dried fruits, and even things like potato chips (or really any other thinly sliced starchy vegetable you prefer).
The main issue I have with it is that it’s relatively difficult to get your hands on it, and price can vary wildly from seller to seller; we’re talking price swings like being significantly MORE expensive than our winner (which, again, is just a larger, better version of this) to being about the price of any other 6 quart pressure cooker on the market.
This creates a bit of a dilemma, so I’ll just say this: if you can get it for a decent price, this is the best electric pressure cooker of this size on the market. If you can’t get it from a reputable seller at a good price…well, I wouldn’t bother with it. It’s not worth being overcharged for.
Well made and sturdy.
Good variety of functions.
Great dehydrate function adds a lot of versatility on its own.
Locks safely and securely.
Difficult to find and purchase at a fair price.
This is an interesting one.
The cooker itself is nothing particularly special. It’s a fairly standard 9 function, 6 quart model in the expected price range for such a pressure cooker. It’s decent enough, with a good variety of settings (even the always nice to have yogurt setting), easy to read buttons, and solid construction.
What sets this one apart from other units in the same price range, however, is the sheer number of included little tools.
In addition to the standard 6 quart cookpot, you also get a steamer basket, two steam baskets (with egg shaped indent for efficient egg cooking), an extra sealant ring, an internal lid, some cooking utensils, and a pair of little cooking mitts.
It’s quite a nice assortment of little tools to help you get started and using your electric pressure cooker on the regular, and that level of initial versatility alone, included in the package, is enough to make Yedi’s offering a cut above most of its competition.
Easy to read and press buttons.
Easy to use.
Huge variety of included accessories.
Besides the accessories, this electric pressure cooker is fairly basic and standard.
This is another decent 6 quart model at a good price.
I like it a bit less than some of the other 6 quart options, largely because of its interface.
While the performance is good and its options are super versatile, the interface is not super user friendly. It’s a turn knob instead o button based option, with all of the settings listed in very cramped lettering around the digital face.
Besides that though the performance is good. It locks well, easily, and is great for anyone that might have issues gripping smaller latches.
The interior is nonstick and well made, and the overall construction is quite sturdy and thick for long lasting performance, plus as mentioned the price makes it a great middle of the road option.
All in all this option lives and dies on whether you like the interface or not. I don’t, so would prefer multiple other options, but the performance is great, so if you prefer the digital interface it’s a perfect buy.
Easy to use.
Well made and sturdy.
Latch is easy to grip for people with small or arthritic hands.
Great variety of options.
Interface is cramped and hard to read.
6 quarts is too small for some purposes, like canning.
This is the best of the cheaper budget models I could find. It’s quite good for what it is, with a solid capacity (about the average for most electric pressure cookers on the market) and a decent number of settings.
The buttons are clearly labeled and easy to read, but a bit annoying to press; they’re those highly bubbled buttons that take a bit more pressure than average to push and wear out very quickly.
The construction is solid though I’m not a huge fan of the way the lid locks in place (twisting the entire lid itself), since it can be a bit annoying to undo.
Despite all these complaints I still think this is a quite good electric pressure cooker for the price range it’s in; about half the price compared to what I’d say is the average price for a decent sized pressure cooker.
If you’re not looking to spend a ton of money but still want to add some pressurized oomph to your kitchen, this is a great unit to start with.
Easy to use.
Very inexpensive for an electric pressure cooker.
Well made and sturdy stainless steel shell.
Buttons are written in large font and easy to read.
Good amount of presets.
Recipes require precision measurements
6 quart capacity is too small for canning.
No yogurt setting.
This immense 14 quart pressure cooker is the perfect addition to your kitchen if you intend to do large batches of things like jellies or other canning jobs.
It is surprisingly difficult to find a good sized electric pressure cooker like this, which is odd given how ubiquitous the manual variants are (you’d be hard pressed to find a non-electric pressure cooker that is LESS than 14 quarts), so if you plan to can, it might be a good idea to snap this one up.
It’s size is, honestly, the only unique thing it has going for it. It’s not bad by any means; just very standard. It has all the settings you’d expect to find in an electric pressure cooker like dedicated rice and porridge buttons, plus the always desirable yogurt function, and the buttons are easy to read and press, but overall it’s not special.
Still, what it’s also not is expensive, coming in at about the same price as many of the somewhat higher performance but lower capacity units on this list.
It all comes down to what you prioritize; number and quality of performance or capacity. The choice is potentially harder than you might think, given how harrowing canning can be with a manual pressure cooker.
Easy to use.
Immense 14 quart capacity is perfect for large batch cooking and canning
Great durable construction.
Nonstick interior bowl.
Only selling point worth mentioning is the price.
This is another decent 6 quart electric pressure cooker from Chefman.
I like the interface on this one. The buttons are good, clearly labeled, and well separated from all the other options for easy selection. The timer in the middle is one of the clearer ones on the market. Others have smaller letters or focus on weird form over function design aesthetics, but this one is just the standard clock timer you’d find on any store bought alarm clock. It’s easy to read from across a room, which is something I highly value in any timer or digital display of any kind for that matter.
The rest of it is okay. The lid is a nicely locking clasp and button affair that doesn’t come completely off the cooker, making it easy to swing up and away without worrying about where to set it. Great for cramped or currently messy kitchens.
The functions are pretty standard with none that really stand out; no yogurt feature or any of the other less common variants.
For the relatively low price (about $30 less than the usual you’ll see for this size) this is acceptable.
This makes a solid budget model if you want one with a bit more power than Insignia’s model at a slightly higher price. I’m not a hundred percent sure the tradeoff is worth it, but it’s there, and this model is pretty good for what it is.
Easy to use.
Clear to read and press buttons
Good timer display that is easy to read at a distance.
Good price for the performance.
Fairly low variety of features compared to many on the market.
For the most part this is a fairly standard electric pressure cooker from Instant Pot.
It has 12 real different presets (and 4 regular buttons) that are easy to read with easy to press buttons, which is nice. The presets are fine enough, with the yogurt setting and all the other standard favorites you’ve come to expect.
My issue with this one lies in the construction. It has the twist on lid I dislike already; I find it cumbersome and they tend to wear out faster than latches, especially when made of plastic like this. It warps, bends, or otherwise gets mangled over time.
But the overall construction in general gives off an air of flimsiness. I don’t think it would explode on you, but I do expect it would stop working a bit faster than other models.
It’s enough cheaper than similar options that it still scored a spot on this list, but the rare of wear and tear this could accrue is something to watch out for.
Easy to use.
Clearly labeled and easy to read and press buttons.
Decent number of presets, including a yogurt button.
More plastic than usual in the construction contributed to a feeling of flimsiness.
I stand by the Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL as the best electric pressure cooker on the market, but its raw price makes that a close title. A lot of the other midrange options on this list (the 6 quart options that run you about half the price) are good enough for most peoples’ purposes without breaking the bank.
I’d say stick with the Foodi Deluxe if you want the absolute best, the IAIQ Premium or Yedi (or Foodi 6.5 quart size if you can find it) for midrange price, or pick up the GoWise USA model if you really want to get into canning. The others are okay, but nothing truly special.
How Do I Choose a Pressure Cooker?
The first thing to look for when choosing an electric pressure cooker is safety features. Primarily, you want one that doesn’t let you open it until the pressure dies down; that’s a huge plus.
After that very basic feature, look at the raw functionality of it. A standard electric pressure cooker has at least 6 functions: pressure cook, slow cook, steam, bake, broil, and sear.
Most have 7, 9, or more, but those 6 should be the bare minimum. Other nice options to look for are a yogurt making function, a dehydrator, or more esoteric ones like being usable as an air fryer.
Then, look at how large the pressure cooker is. The market average size is about 6 quarts. This is good for most peoples’ purposes, save for one thing: 6 quarts is too small to efficiently can a lot of stuff. So you want to look for something that’s at least 10 quarts (preferably 12 or more) if you plan to can a lot of food.
Then, take a look at the construction. If it feels flimsy, discard it immediately. Even if it doesn’t break under its own pressure, it will wear out fast and you’ll have to buy a new one. A stainless steel shell is good, and steel internals are better.
Once you have all of those factors in mind, figure out your price range. The average 6 quart electric pressure cooker is going to run you about $100 for a standard 9 function model. Less expensive ones might cost between $50 and $70, while true top of the line models could cost over $200. Don’t feel pressured to buy a more expensive one just because it’s “better”. If it fits what you’re looking for already, don’t necessarily go looking for one at a higher price point for no reason.