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The Best Pressure Cookers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most worthwhile. While we’ve covered a wealth of kitchen appliancesslow cookers, toasters, air fryers, food processors, and even sous-vide machines — here, we’re doing a deep dive into the best pressure cookers, both electric and stove top, as told by their most enthusiastic Amazon purchasers. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best multifunction electric pressure cooker

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

“I’m pretty sure that Instant Pots are made from magical unicorn horns and the tears of rainbow-colored manatees … Since it arrived, I’ve used the thing almost every single day. Sometimes more than once a day. I’ve made, literally, gallons of yogurt, hard-boiled eggs that peel like they’re just wearing little jackets they want to take off, and haven’t bought a single box or bag of instant rice and probably never will again. I’m systematically working my way through cookbooks and blogs, and my husband’s wondering why we didn’t buy one of these years ago.”

Best electric pressure cooker under $100

Mueller Austria Pressure Cooker 10-in-1 Pot Pro Series

“I’m a classically trained chef who, before purchasing this, had actually never used a pressure cooker. I typically am the type who makes everything from scratch and believes no good food can be rushed, and there is no replacing classical methods. I hesitantly bought it after hearing a fellow chef rave about his new pressure cooker, and can say after one use I was a believer. In 60 minutes, I took a 2-pound slab of frozen solid pork and turned it into fully cooked pulled pork. This is something that takes me 14 hours in a low temp oven. This machine does what usually takes a classically trained chef hours or days to do, in minutes. And while it doesn’t replace the slow and original techniques, it comes disturbingly close.”

Best Wi-Fi-enabled electric pressure cooker

Instant Pot Smart WiFi 6-Quart Multi-Use Electric Pressure Cooker

“This is one of the happiest members of my kitchen appliance family. It makes it super, super easy to quickly cook healthy food. Personally, I never was very skilled or knowledgeable when it came to making meat before I bought this. Now it’s beef stew, Buffalo chicken wings, BBQ ribs, and ‘much-better-than-nuked’ chicken breasts — all cooked swiftly, painlessly, and without even having to thaw them beforehand! And I’m just getting started. I got the Bluetooth version for a sweet price as an Amazon deal of the day, and otherwise might have gone without that feature. But it’s great being able to monitor the device in the app — you also get more info, like current pressure and temp — than you would without that feature.”

Best electric pressure cooker with recipe app

Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker

“The MultiPot was very intuitive from the beginning; there were simple, straightforward directions in the box that easily explained how to set it up. I was ready to start cooking in no time. The pot also came with a lot of extras like silicone mitts, a trivet, a steaming basket, and two different rubber seals. The pot itself is a really beautiful charcoal grey color and I quickly replaced my old, ugly rice cooker for this beautiful 9-in-1 magical cooking machine. So far I’ve cooked a ham in just 15 minutes and a favorite pasta dish in four minutes. The Mealthy spp is also really helpful as it has lots of tips and recipes. Learning how to cook in a multipurpose pressure cooker is different than regular cooking, so having recipes and guides is helpful.”

Best stainless-steel electric pressure cooker

Cosori Upgraded 8-in-1 6-Qt Electrical Pressure Cooker

“This is one serious cooking machine. It is has a nice brushed metal look, is built well, and is a heavy piece of equipment. It has 16 cooking programs but you can also manually set the parameters you want. I now have an old rice cooker and a separate slow cooker but this will replace them. While it has many features, for me the added benefits are being able to use it to sauté and boil food, as a hot pot, and as a pressure cooker. I especially like the stainless steel cooking pot as I do not like to use Teflon-coated pots or pans for cooking. It is a good size cooker for our family and it can cook enough for leftovers on the next day.”

Best ceramic electric pressure cooker

Ninja Foodi 1400-Watt Multi Cooker

“So I’m of the school of thought that unitary kitchen tools that only do one thing aren’t all that valuable. My wife asked for something like an Instant Pot for Christmas, and I told her I’ll do her one better and get this beast; it actually does everything described, and it does some of those things all at once. It has made a steak and potatoes dinner almost simultaneously. It has taken a bag of frozen chicken wings from frozen to crispy on my plate in around 20 minutes. I made fajitas with hot, crispy veggies and toasted the tortillas while it finished doing its thing. This monstrosity took on 3-cheese baked mac-and-cheese and took seconds to clean up after. This thing is so freaking effective, I dare call it the ultimate ‘throw ingredients in until food comes out’ machine.”

Best electric pressure cooker with steam release

Breville Fast Slow Pro Multi Function Cooker

“Another well thought out Breville product. Pricey but with many features that helps you quickly through time and temperature issues. Scroll down and find the item you want to cook in the menu of options, and it will set the time and temperature. It will work as a slow cooker as well but the speed of the pressure cooker feature is a huge plus. It even permits you to determine the speed with which the steam is emitted. Slow, if you don’t want the liquid disturbed or fast if you just want to grab the food out the bucket and eat. This is my third Breville item and I have nothing but high compliments on their product line.”

Best electric pressure cooker with nonstick insert

Elite Platinum 8 Quart 14-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

“I have used many sizes and brand names of electric pressure cookers over the years. This one is the best! It’s easy to program, cooks faster than my other digital pressure cookers, and is easier to handle and clean. The inner pot is nonstick. It does scratch a little with metal utensils, but it does not seem to affect the nonstick ability. I use this twice a week and cook large amounts of all kinds of food in it. This one browns, steams, cooks rice, slow-cooks, pressure cooks, and shuts off when done … It cooks silently and quickly and the food tastes like it has been slow-cooked. MARVELOUS APPLIANCE. Will buy another when I get some extra money and keep it for future use. This is a great price, too.”

Best electric pressure cooker with accessory bundle

Yedi Houseware Total Package 9-in-1 Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker

“I love this pressure cooker! It functions just like an Instant Pot for way less than the Instant Pot cost. Plus all the accessories that came with this are incredible. I have used the egg racks multiple times, and my eggs come out hard-boiled perfectly! I use this thing all the time. I’m so glad I found the Yedi with all these great accessories that I’d buy anyway. It came with several handy charts of settings and cooking times for different foods and it’s very accurate. I’m really enjoying this pot!”

Best electric pressure cooker as seen on TV

Power Pressure Cooker XL 8 Quart

“This is my second Power Pressure Cooker XL, and it’s honestly the best. The six-quart pot is just enough for my family of five. I can cook anything within minutes unless it’s beans. So easy to understand and clean, and the lid is very easy to use. I like that it locks and does not open until all the steam is out of the pot. Moving the cooker isn’t hard at all, very lightweight in my opinion. All the features work wonderfully, and the warm option is great for soups. The stainless-steel look is great for the look we are going for in our kitchen. It doesn’t get as dirty as I thought it would and it wipes clean fairly easily. Great product, I highly recommend it.”

Best small electric pressure cooker

Instant Pot Duo Plus 3 Qt 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

“The Instant Pot is amazing. I was concerned that the three-quart would be too small for two, but it is just perfect. It makes for easy meal preparation for two and no leftovers to store and find in the refrigerator a week later. I have been using it twice a day since it arrived. Easy to use and keep clean.”

Best small electric pressure cooker under $100

Cosori Mini 2.1 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Programmable Pressure Cooker

“Wonderful! Works reliably and easily. The small size is perfect for small meals (one to two people). Easy to clean up and nice that a glass top (for slow-cooking), steamer rack, and utensils are included. The only drawback is that you have to experiment with how to cut back recipes, since most instant-pressure-cooker recipes are for a six-quart pot.”

Best 8-quart pressure cooker

Instant Pot LUX80 8 Qt 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

“For many years, I used a stove-top pressure cooker. My daughter got the Instant Pot first, and during a Christmas week visit to her house, she cooked in it twice a day every day. The ease of putting food in it and pushing a button and walking off and food cooks without you standing over a hot stove is simply fantastic. There is a learning curve, but I got many recipes from my daughter. I got the largest size because I knew I would be wanting to cook large items in it. And it is much safer to use than the old stove-top pressure cookers!”

Best stovetop pressure cooker

Presto 01362 6-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

“I’m brand-new to pressure-cooking, but I wanted to try it because I’d like to cook more meals at home, and I like the idea of home-cooked food in a short time … I chose a stove top because I knew I wouldn’t use any of the other features in a multi-cooker, and I went with the six-quart stainless because I figured it would last a long time and it would be the right size for my small household. I’m thrilled! I made my first meal today, a pork-loin roast. The instructions were spot-on. There are special instructions for tightening the lid the first few times you cook, and these instructions were clear and easy to follow. The most time-consuming part was washing the lid and the pot by hand before I cooked. I followed the instructions and it was really simple. No exploding food. No stress. A total beginner like me made a great meal.”

Best pressure canner

T-fal Pressure Cooker, Pressure Canner With Pressure Control

“This pressure cooker is fantastic. It is one of the very few available that can reach 15 PSI, and the construction is great. I’ve used it for roasts, beans, caramelizing pears and tomatoes, and even some canning. The seal and valve remove easily for cleaning. The surface finish is also very nice. It is easy to clean and resists reactions and staining. It also includes a steamer basket. The lid locks securely in place, but getting the initial alignment to attach the lid could be a bit smoother. Overall, this is a great pressure cooker for daily use and perfect if you’re getting into modernist cooking.”

Best extra-large pressure canner

Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker

“I have had this pressure canner for over a year now. I have processed many food items with it such as peaches, applesauce, tomato sauce, and tomato juice. The canner still looks new despite all of the times it has been used. I’ve tried other pressure canners that didn’t hold up. Needless to say, this is my go-to canner. I have even used the pressure canner on a three burner gas stove, like the ones you go camping with, and it worked tremendously.”

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The Best Pressure Cookers, According to Amazon Reviews