Best Pressure Cookers

A necessity in the kitchen for any busy household, pressure cookers are an investment in money, health and time. They reduce cooking time and use less energy and water, helping you save money on your energy and water bills. Continue Reading...

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Based on 613 reviews
Philips Original All-In-One Multi-Cooker HD2237/72

Philips Original All-In-One Multi-Cooker HD2237/72 🏆 2024

4.3  (123)
 Summary
  • Capacity6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic Coated
$204Bing Lee
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Jodee S.
Jodee S.QLDWide Bay-Burnett, QLD2 posts
 
Slow cooking problemsMy multi cooker works fine on all settings, bar the slow cooking settings. It gets to maintain pressure but never goes any further. Lid doesn't seal.
Have tested on other functions and it seals.
Is the lid meant to be loose or sealed? Trying to slow cook beef cheeks Show details
Tefal Cook4Me+

Tefal Cook4Me+ 🏆 2024

4.0  (107)
 Summary
  • Capacity6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic Coated
Peed off
Peed off6 posts
  CY8518
Breville the Fast Slow Cooker BPR650

Breville the Fast Slow Cooker BPR650

4.0  (55)
 Summary
  • Capacity6L
Jason T.
Jason T.NSWSydney, NSW4 posts
 
Crock-Pot Express Multi-Cooker CPE300

Crock-Pot Express Multi-Cooker CPE300

4.0  (39)
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  • Capacity7.6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialAluminium
$189Bing Lee
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KLM
KLM4 posts
 
Crockpot
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Tefal Cook4Me Touch CY9128

Tefal Cook4Me Touch CY9128

4.3  (22)
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  • Capacity6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic Coated
Eugenie
EugenieVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC29 posts
  Ambassador Review
Tefal Cook4me+ Connect

Tefal Cook4me+ Connect

3.9  (28)
 Summary
  • Capacity6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic
Ben
BenQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD2 posts
 
Tefal
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Heller HPC1000

Heller HPC1000

4.5  (13)
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  • Price (RRP) $129
  • Capacity6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialStainless Steel
Sandra S.
Sandra S.South Australia2 posts
 
Best appliance everSo easy to use. So easy to clean. Set and forget makes life….easier :)
Stainless steel inner bowl a must.
I use recipes from all other brand cookers, and it hasnt let me down once in almost 2 years, being used every few days. Canned so much! Tomato Sauce, pasta sauce, pickles etc make smaller batches in the cooker, bottle, clean and pressure can! Show details
Sunbeam Aviva PE6100

Sunbeam Aviva PE6100

2.9  (74)
 Summary
  • Capacity6L
Andy
AndyWollongong7 posts
 
Sunbeam
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Baccarat Professional Easy Twist

Baccarat Professional Easy Twist

2.8  (40)
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  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Capacity7L
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SW20
SW20AU3 posts
  Fair Incentive
Scanpan Pressure Cooker

Scanpan Pressure Cooker

3.6  (16)
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  • Price (RRP) $369 to $419
  • Capacity6L and 8L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialStainless Steel
Greg
GregSAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA4 posts
  22cm/6L
Cuckoo IH

Cuckoo IH

4.8  (8)
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  • Price (RRP) $719 to $769
  • Capacity1.08L and 1.8L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialStainless Steel
Ricky P
Ricky P19 posts
  10 Cup
Cuisinart Pressure Cooker

Cuisinart Pressure Cooker

2.7  (29)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $239
  • Capacity6L
DOnnaK
DOnnaKQueensland
  CPC-600A
It does what it’s supposed to doThis appliance is awesome. I’ve had it for 19 years and it’s still going really well. It’s easy to use and easy to clean. My main dish I make in it is stroganoff, with a cheaper meat and it comes out tender. Show details
  • Capacity4.1L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialAluminium
Mitch
Mitch15 posts
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Crockpot
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Philips All-In-One-Cooker HD2238/72

Philips All-In-One-Cooker HD2238/72

4.0  (8)
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  • Capacity8L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialCeramic Coated
$265Bing Lee
Tassie girl
Tassie girlTASHobart, TAS
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Philips Domestic Appliances
Philips Domestic Appliances   DM   
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  • Price (RRP) $249
  • Capacity4.1L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialAluminium
matildasmummy
matildasmummyWAPerth, WA4 posts
 
New favourite kitchen gadget!Absolutely love our new oval multi cooker, such a great size for a family of 5 and makes cooking dinner so much easier! We’ve made ribs, mac n cheese, slow cooked lasagne and even boiled eggs in our multi cooker and can’t wait to make more! Show details ·  1
Breville the Fast Slow Go BPR680

Breville the Fast Slow Go BPR680

4.6  (5)
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  • Capacity6L
Margie 51
Margie 51VICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC35 posts
 
  • Price (RRP) $169 to $249
  • Capacity5L and 8L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialStainless Steel
Sree
SreeParramatta7 posts
  5L
Must Have Pressure Cooker in Every HouseThe best pressure cooker I have come across. I've been using this brand since few years and recently bought this model as an additional cooker to speed up cooking. It certainly saves lot of fuel and time. Steel quality is so good, induction compatible and i believe its very safe and durable. A definite value for money.

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Kmart 5.8 L Pressure Cooker

Kmart 5.8 L Pressure Cooker

2.6  (5)
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  • Price (RRP) $59
  • Capacity5.8L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialAluminium
Blue1Star
Blue1StarMelbourne14 posts
 
Under pressure for use No you have to work it out1 year of use no drama so far I don't follow Manuel I wing it. You must wash the inner pot by hand dish washer will make it peel. Use the taste button for longer time for stews meat on high. I have made fried rice risotto all good I don't recommend plain rice though I use a ceramic pot in microwave with lid works great for any rice. Show details
Soga Stainless Steel Electric

Soga Stainless Steel Electric

2.3  (6)
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  • Price (RRP) $145.35 to $389.80
  • Capacity6L and 12L
Kate
KateQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD6 posts
  12L
English is not englishI just have to comment on Eve's experience. The instructions are so poorly written that they are dangerous. I was so concerned about this that I contacted Soga and offered to re-write them, at no cost. No reply. It lasted about 3 years and was OK for the price, but it took me a long while to work out how to use it. Show details
Tefal Home Chef Smart CY601D60

Tefal Home Chef Smart CY601D60

1.9  (7)
 Summary
  • Capacity6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialAluminium
Heidi F.
Heidi F.WAWheatbelt, WA
 
happybob
happybobQLDWide Bay-Burnett, QLD26 posts
  Verified
  • Price (RRP) $399.95
  • Capacity6L
Siew
SiewVICSouthwest, VIC33 posts
 
Cuckoo IH 10 Cup TWIN CRP-JHT1010F

Cuckoo IH 10 Cup TWIN CRP-JHT1010F

4.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $950
  • Capacity1.8L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialStainless Steel
org8
org8-20 posts
  Verified
Lenoxx Healthy Choice PC8000

Lenoxx Healthy Choice PC8000

3.0  (1)
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  • Price (RRP) $199.95
  • Capacity8L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialAluminium
kittyhawk
kittyhawkACTCanberra 2600, ACT2 posts
 
GOOD WHEN IT WORKSI cook rice,meat, broth, stew and soup in it. Works well but I got an error code 4 after less than 6 months of use and it stopped cooking properly. Show details
Cuckoo CRP-R0607F

Cuckoo CRP-R0607F

1.0  (2)
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  • Price (RRP) $439
  • Capacity1.08L
Wangseong C.
Wangseong C.VICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC3 posts
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Not good productI am korean and this product makes me so disappointed. I have been used this product for 3 years after buying new one. And suddenly no pressure and the rice tastes not good and I changed rubber gasket inside but still same. I wouldn’t buy cuckoo product any more I guess it’s too expensive and cannot used more than 5 years included my previous one. Show details
Baccarat TempTec Low Pressure Cooker 6L

Baccarat TempTec Low Pressure Cooker 6L

1.0  (1)
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  • Price (RRP) $399.99
  • Capacity6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialAluminium
RalphDean
RalphDeanQLDCentral Queensland, QLD6 posts
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Benser Pressure Cooker 10L

Benser Pressure Cooker 10L

1.0  (1)
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  • Capacity10L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialStainless Steel
Kade
KadeWASouth West, WA10 posts
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Complete rubbishArrived faulty, thread in top regulator was cross threaded and chewed out from factory, raised a ticket over 3 weeks ago, no resolution, this is not by anyway a commercial product.
Hawkins Stainless Steel 3 Litre HSS3W

Hawkins Stainless Steel 3 Litre HSS3W

1.0  (1)
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  • Capacity3L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialAluminium
Carlo Ferraro
Carlo FerraroAustraliaQueensland29 posts
 
Totally unreliable. And dangerousFor the same cook in the same time you go from uncooked to burnt, same recipe, besides unreliable it is dangerous and only can be operated outdoors because of the relieve of steam. Wasted money…
Philips HD2151/72

Philips HD2151/72

No reviews
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  • Price (RRP) $349
  • Capacity5L
  • Price (RRP) $249
  • Capacity7.6L
  • Cooking Bowl MaterialStainless Steel

Is it worth getting a pressure cooker?

Pros
Saves cooking time - thanks to a super speedy method of cooking, a pressure cooker can produce a one-pot meal in a sliver of the time it would take to make on the stove. For example, you can make risotto in an easy twenty minutes.
Food made in a pressure cooker is healthy - as cooking with steam lets food retain heat-sensitive nutrients that would otherwise be dissolved in water. Cooking foods for longer also diminishes nutrients, which is avoided by a pressure cooker’s quick turnaround.
Better than an oven – in the sense that cooking times are much shorter, and that a pressure cooker will keep the kitchen cool, even in summer. While pressure cookers release hot steam, it’s not enough to overheat even a small kitchen.
Cons
Requires supervision – this is more the case for stove-top pressure cookers than their digital counterparts. However, supervision is required while the device builds up optimum pressure before cooking (10-15 minutes) and to release the pressure valve afterwards (which takes around 20 minutes).
Caution is needed as the contents of a pressure cooker reach high temperatures and can be dangerous. Be careful when removing the lid, as the hot steam can burn.
Can be fiddly and require more advanced knowledge of cooking, to monitor cooking times, temperatures, and adjust the steam release valve if steam is escaping.
Less depth of flavour is achieved in a pressure cooker compared to a dish cooked in a slow cooker.
More expensive to purchase than slow cookers.

How does a pressure cooker work?

A pressure cooker (or 'high pressure cooker') is a cooking pot that uses highly pressurised steam to cook foods in a short time that can’t be achieved by other cooking methods.

This steam is created when you put a liquid such as water or broth inside the pressure cooker, along with food. The liquid boils, reaching hot temperatures of up to 120 degrees, which creates steam that reaches pressure to cook food fast.

The pressure cooker must remain airtight throughout the cooking process, often using a locking lid that creates a seal. After food is cooked, pressure then needs to be released.

There are two types of pressure cookers - stovetop pressure cookers and electric pressure cookers.

Which is better, a stovetop or electric pressure cooker?

The main difference is that stovetop pressure cookers require an external heating element to work, which is a cooktop. An electric pressure cooker, on the other hand, is a standalone appliance with a built-in heating element.

The other primary difference is that stovetop models require much more manual handling than electric pressure cookers, which take some of the pressure off with their automatic settings.

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A stovetop pressure cooker

Pros
Allows for more manual control over the cooking process, as the chef is required to adjust the pressure manually.
Faster cooking times are achieved, as a stovetop cooker reaches pressure quicker than an electric model. This is because most stovetops are hotter than the heating element in an electric unit.
Searing and sauteing is always possible to do inside a stovetop pressure cooker, using the same unit.
More compact designs mean that stovetop models are easier to store than their electric counterparts.
Cons
Often requires know-how about kitchen affairs to know how and when to adjust settings, and decode the rattles, hisses and whistles. You'll also need to know the required cooking time, as a stovetop model won't program a time for you.
More time consuming than an electric pressure cooker, as you'll have to monitor the cooking process and manually adjust the heat and pressure, according to which stage of cooking your dish is at.

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An electric pressure cooker

Pros
Highly convenient to use thanks to their set-and-forget functionality. A model with automatic heat and pressure settings, as well as a digital timer, will allow you to turn the appliance on, walk away, and come back when food is cooked and steam is released.
More versatile cooking functions can be offered by pressure cookers that double as multi-cookers, potentially increasing their usefulness in your kitchen.
Equipped with safety features partly due to their modern design, which helps provide peace of mind - especially to beginners to pressure cooking.
Cons
Bulky designs make electric models more tricky to store in a kitchen cupboard that's already crammed full of appliances, pots and pans.
Limited capacity if you have a particularly large household, or frequently entertain lots of guests. Most electric pressure cookers are around 5-6 litres.

What can you cook in a pressure cooker?

Pressure cookers are a great way to cook a variety of dishes that require some amount of liquid to cook. This includes curries, soups, stews, vegetables (including tougher veggies like potatoes), lentils, tougher cuts of meat, and risotto.

On the other hand, pressure cookers aren't a suitable choice to cook delicate, fried or crispy food. This is because adding moisture to these foods (for example, those with a crumbed batter) will make them soggy. Delicate food will just be obliterated under the highly pressurised heat.

Factors to consider before buying a pressure cooker

Capacity

The capacity of your pressure cooker determines how many people you can cook for every time you prepare a dish. As a general guide, here's what to aim for when you're sourcing a correctly sized cooker:

  • 3-4 litre capacity: These small pressure cookers offer a sufficient size for singles or couples.
  • 5-litre capacity: This will be suitable for a household of 3 people.
  • 5-6 litre capacity: Accomodates a household size of 4-5 people. Most electric pressure cookers are designed to hold this capacity.
  • More than 6 people: Add an additional litre for every extra person you're cooking for.

It can be tricky to find a standalone pressure cooker with a capacity over 6 litres. You'll probably have better luck purchasing a stovetop cooker - which can have capacities of up to 20 litres, or a multi-function pressure cooker - such as the Crock-Pot Express Crock XL, which boasts a spacious 7.6-litre capacity.

Build quality

Stainless steel

This is the most durable construction material available, for both the outer body and cooking bowl of a pressure cooker. It lasts long because it doesn't dent or scratch easily. However, due to its solid construction, it will be heavier to carry. The finish is also more likely to attract fingerprints or other marks, requiring special attention when it comes to cleaning.

Aluminium and plastic

Both aluminium and plastic are frequently used in the outer body construction of budget pressure cookers. While these are lightweight and easy to carry, the material isn't especially resilient. As a result, it may become scratched or dented easily.

Ceramic inner pot

Ceramic serves as a high quality material for an inner cooking pot. Ceramic is a superior conductor of heat, and will allow your appliance to achieve the right amount of pressurised steam for cooking faster. A 100% ceramic inner pot doesn't have coatings or layers that peel off, allowing it to maintain its durability. It is a different beast to ceramic-coated inner pots.

Ceramic-coated inner pot

This refers to a pot that's manufactured with a synthetic ceramic coating, on top of a base metal such as aluminium or lead. This coating isn't particularly resilient, and has commonly been reported by reviewers to chip away or peel off, even after a few uses.

This can expose the metal underneath, traces of which can contaminate food that's cooking and become potentially toxic to health.

Ease of Use

Features

The majority of these are only available with electric pressure cookers.

  • Preset menu options let you make your favourite foods at the touch-of-a-button. For example, the Russell Hobbs Express Chef has one-touch buttons for making curries and soups.
  • Adjustable pressure settings allow you to control the level of pressure and heat inside the appliance. A low setting may be preferable for foods that have partially been cooked, for example by searing them beforehand. A high setting, on the other hand, can speed up the time it takes to cook some meat you just grabbed out of the freezer.
  • Pressure level indicator informs you of the level of pressure currently inside the cooker. This doubles as a safety mechanism, as it alerts you when it's safe to remove the pressure cooker lid after cooking.
  • Searing function allows you to sear foods inside the pressure cooker pot before changing the setting to 'Pressure cook.' This infuses more flavours into the food.
  • Steam-release valve is your friend when it comes to pressure cooking. Simply turn this valve when cooking is finished, to release the steam that's built up throughout the cooking process. This is an important step - opening the lid before releasing boiling hot steam is dangerous.

Pressurising speed and Release time

Pressure cooking is the fastest way of cooking meals. However, while some recipes may proudly proclaim that you can make curries in an easy three minutes, this isn't entirely true. That's because you'll also have to account for extra time taken for the appliance to build up pressure, and then release the pressurised steam afterwards.

So while it may take 3 minutes to cook that curry, you can add on about 10 minutes for an appliance to build up pressure, then another 15 minutes for it to release presssure afterwards. That's still only a total time of 28 minutes - but if you're expecting to be fed in a slick 3 minutes, your hangry self should probably be warned it's not going to happen.

To have a hot meal on the table faster, it's important to consider the pressurising speed and release time of a pressure cooker. This will naturally vary depending on the quantity of food in the pot, the amount of liquid, and the level of heat in the pot to begin with. However, it's also down to the efficiency and quality of a pressure cooker.

Reading reviews written by fellow pressure cooker owners can help you find out how speedy a pressure cooker actually is.

User friendliness

Pressure cookers are valued for their convenience. To continue with this theme, look for a pressure cooker that's easy to use, with clearly labelled buttons or controls, or an electronic display that clearly indicates settings, the amount of time remaining until cooking is complete, and any other useful information you need to know.

Cleaning and maintenance

Many pressure cookers have dishwasher safe parts. Whether this includes either the inner cooking pot, the cooker lid, or both - this makes your pressure cooker easy to clean.

Cleaning the gasket

When cleaning, remember to remove the gasket - the rubber or silicone seal underneath the lid - and clean it thoroughly. The gasket is an important part of the pressure cooker, as it's what keeps the cooker airtight so food can pressure cook properly.

However, it can become easily clogged with food, as well as retain flavours and smells of food after cooking. Since most people won’t think of a fish-flavoured chocolate pudding as being tasty, cleaning the gasket is beneficial for both the smooth running of your appliance and your culinary sensibilities.

Safety

Safety is an important consideration when it comes to pressure cookers. The contents inside pressure cookers become dangerously hot - exceeding even the boiling point of water to reach 121 degrees Celcius.

From a safety perspective, modern electric pressure cookers are more reliable than stovetop cookers. They are designed with safety as a paramount concern, and are often equipped with several different safety mechanisms to help all household members stay safe.

Choose a double locking lid

Unsafe pressure cookers will have a faulty design (such as faulty locking mechanisms) which can causes boiling hot contents and steam to explode from the cooker and injure bystanders. A pressure cooker released by Aldi in 2017 did just that, causing second and third degree burns to the poor people standing closeby.

Make sure any pressure cooker you buy is fitting with a lid that has a double locking mechanism. This is much safer than a single lock, or a lid that simply twists on and off without any lock at all.

Safe steam release

Choosing a pressure cooker with a safe steam release valve is also important. This means when you turn the valve to release steam, the hot steam should not in any way make contact with your hands or face.

Price

Pressure cookers range considerably in price from $60-$650.

The higher up the price scale you go, a pressure cooker is more likely to feature a sturdier build quality. These pressure cookers have a stainless steel outer body, and inner cooking pot.

A more expensive pressure is also more likely to function as a multi-cooker. For example, it may operate as a 2-in-1 pressure cooker and slow cooker, and also be equipped with a greater variety of pressure settings and features - including one-touch cooking programs.

Wrapping up

A pressure cooker is an undeniably handy kitchen addition for those times when you need meals in less than half an hour. For the ultimate convenience, an electric pressure cooker offers a set-and-forget functionality. However, if you prefer more manual control over cooking, a stovetop option may be preferable.

Also consider how many people you usually cook for, how easy a pressure cooker is to use and clean, and of course how safe it is. Choosing right the first time means less stress in the kitchen, and more days and nights of home cooked meals made in a jiffy.

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