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The Best Pressure Cookers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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
$100 at Amazon

“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

Crock-Pot 6 Qt 8-in-1 Multi-Use Express Crock Programmable Slow Cooker
$60 at Amazon

“I absolutely love this pressure cooker. Just like everything else, everyone has their own preferences, but as a family of four, with two kids under 2, the nonstick pot makes for the fastest and easiest cleanup a person could ask for. I have applied several recipes from the Instant Pot to the Crock-Pot Express with no issue. It makes a variety of foods with more time dedicated to preparing the food than to cooking it. I love this thing so much, and it is comparable to an Instant Pot for a much better price.”

Best electric pressure cooker under $50

Tayama TMC-60XL 6 quart 8-in-1 Multi-Function Pressure Cooker
$41 at Amazon

“I have been wanting a pressure cooker for a while but didn’t want to spend the money for an Instant Pot. I am really happy with this purchase! The instructions included with the device are unhelpful, but I just look up and try out different pressure cooker recipes online and have been successful so far. The only thing I miss is that it doesn’t appear to have a ‘sauté’ function, which is a bummer. But it has been worth it for the bone broth alone. I get a huge batch of gelatinous broth from one small chicken carcass in two hours. Can’t wait to try it with beef or pork.”

Best stainless-steel electric pressure cooker

Cosori 6 Quart 8-in-1 Multi-Functional Programmable Pressure Cooker
$72 at Amazon

“I confess that this was an impulse purchase. However, I absolutely love this appliance. It looks great on my counter and can do so many things. I like that it was less expensive than that other more ‘well-known pot’ brand. Impressed by its ease of use and many functions. Plus, it came with an extra sealing ring, glass lid and steaming rack, measuring cup, ladle, and rice paddle at no additional cost. The inner pot is stainless steel with just the right amount of weight — not cheap or flimsy feeling. I’ve pressure-cooked homemade chicken-bone broth in it, and it worked perfectly.”

Best brushed stainless-steel electric pressure cooker

Cuisinart CPC-600AMZ 1000-Watt 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
$72 at Amazon

“I love this thing. I have a tight evening schedule after the evening commute, and I have to have dinner made quickly so my kids can still get to bed at a decent hour. This pot cooks things completely in a matter of minutes. I made our favorite slow-cooker meal in it, and it came out just as flavorful and fully cooked as it did when it simmered for eight hours — and I set it in this pressure cooker for 25 minutes. It’s good quality, haven’t had one problem with it. The inner container removes for easy cleanup, too. I use this so much that it rarely gets put back into the cupboard. It has become more useful than my rice cooker (and that’s saying a lot).”

Best electric pressure cooker with nonstick insert

Elite Platinum 8 Quart 14-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker
$108 at Amazon

“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 as seen on TV

Power Pressure Cooker XL 8 Quart
$104 at Amazon

“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
$100 at Amazon

“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
$60 at Amazon

“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
$99 at Amazon

“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
$43 at Amazon

“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
$53 at Amazon

“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.”

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The Best Pressure Cookers, According to Amazon Reviews