Slowly, but surely pressure cookers are becoming more and more popular. The popularity of using a pressure cooker is increasing exponentially because people are discovering how easy it is to cook healthy and delicious food in a shorter period of time. Studies have shown that using a pressure cooker results in better tasting and healthier meals because the water-soluble vitamins and minerals are cooked out and washed away. By preparing the food in a short amount of time with very little water, vegetables will retain their vibrant color and delicious flavor while meat will stay moist and juicy. By cooking with steam, the flavors of the food are often multiplied as the ingredients merry together. Not only is a pressure cooker better for your health, but also it has many benefits for the environment because it is eco-friendly and energy efficient. However, with so many pressure cookers available for purchase choosing the perfect model for your needs and preferences can be a challenge. Luckily, we’ve made the task a little bit easier by reviewing a variety of different models to determine the best pressure cooker of 2014.
|Size:||10.5-qt, 15.5-qt, 21.5-qt, 25-qt, 30-qt or 41-qt||6.3-qt, 5.3-qt||3.7-qt, 7.4-qt, 8-qt||4-qt, 6-qt||5-qt|
|Material:||hand-cast aluminum||stainless steel||stainless steel||stainless steel||stainless steel|
|Warranty:||1 year||1 year||10 years||10 years||10 years|
Although the Kuhn Rikon 3916 is our 5th ranked appliance this does not mean that it does not merit recognition and praise. Redesigned for this model year, this pressure cooker is specially manufactured to cook food in 1/3 the time of traditional methods. Furthermore, customers can sleep easy knowing that the product comes with a 10-year warranty. However, despite these positive features many customers complained about the high price at just over $200 for the pressure-cooking. The 5-Quart pressure cooker is slightly smaller than similarly priced products making it hard to justify the cost of the Kuhn and Rikon.
The Fagor Futuro 5-Piece Pressure Cooker Set is unique in that it is not a one-pot appliance. Instead, customers receive a 4-quart pot, 6-quart pot, stainless-steel steamer basket, pressure-cooker lid and a tempered glass lid. While having all these components may appear to be a bonus, it is actually a hindrance to the pressure cooker. Whereas other pressure cookers are an all-in-one system that allows users to do a variety of cooking tasks with just one pot, the Fagor Futuro requires users to complete the tedious task of locating and then replacing one component with the next to cook. On the positive side, it includes specially designed handles that remain cool to the touch and an auto-locking lid that never opens regardless of the pressure emitted by the cooker.
Settling into the number 3 spot is the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic 8-1/2 Quart Stockpot that does everything pretty well, but nothing great. Therefore, it is hard to justify the high price of over $200 for an appliance that falls short of our similarly priced top rated pressure cooker. Moreover, some users complained of the high price and several manufacturers defects with the pressure cooker. On the positive side, the 8-1/2 Quart stockpot is large enough to handle almost any size meal and has a specially designed lid-locking system to prevent the steam from escaping. Furthermore, the stainless steel construction and the aluminum core help quickly heat food while also distributing the heat throughout the pot to ensure equal cooking time and hot food. Includes a 10-year limited warranty.
Although the Instant Pot IP-LUX 60 is less expensive than our number 1 ranked appliance, it falls just short of being the top ranked pressure cooker of 2014. However, customers looking for an excellent value pressure cooker that does everything well would be hard pressed to find a better option. This pressure cooker utilizes an easy to use and intuitive control panel that has touchpad controls for different cooking settings. Designed to be a 6-in-1 cooker this appliance can pressure cook, sauté/brown, slow cook, cook rice or steam & warm food. Although it is packed with features and many positive attributes, some users felt that the pressure cooker was overly complicated to use and contained too many computer components that were prone to glitches or issues.
Topping our list of the highest ranked pressure cookers of 2014 is the All American 921. Available on Amazon for $216.99 this sleek stainless steel designed pressure cooker is aesthetically pleasing for any kitchen décor. Made of long lasting, reliable and durable hand-cast aluminum customers can feel at ease knowing that the product will not break after only a few uses. Although best designed for canning, this pressure cooker can be used for making delicious meals in half the time. The 21-1/2 quart pressure cooker holds 19-pint jars or 7 quart jars in total. Utilizes a metal-to-metal sealing system to prevent any steam from escaping. Manufactured in Wisconsin, this is a true American product that deserves to be used in any household.