In addition to a 6 L cooking pot, the purchase includes a 3.6 L Cook and Crisp basket that can hold up to 2 kg chicken or 1.1 kg of French fries. Thanks to the unique Tender crisp technology, you can cook perfect meals, juicy inside and crispy outside.
This model has a bigger footprint than some of its competitors.
The Ninja OP300UK is a functional and innovative kitchen appliance that, in addition to pressure cooking, is perfect for steaming, sautéing, air frying, roasting, grilling, and other cooking methods. Simple in use, the unit is easy to clean as it has dishwasher-safe parts.
6 L cooking pot, 3.6 L cook and crisp basket
Auto-iQ programs: Pressure Cooking, Steam, Slow Cook, Sear/Sauté, Air Crisp, Bake/Roast/Grill
Delay start, Keep warm
Anti-clog cap, Air outlet vent, Condensation collector, Float valve, Cool outer wall and handles
Cook and crisp basket, Reversible rack, Pressure lid, Crisping lid
This generously-sized Instant Pot features a unique Poultry programme allowing you to cook succulent chicken, turkey, and goose for your family dinner. Each of the preset programmes has three modes that will help you get the desired meat texture.
The steam release is somewhat loud.
The Instant Pot DUO80 multi-cooker boasts a competitive 8-quart capacity allowing you to cook fair-sized dinner for a big family or to treat your guests at a party. Besides, featuring 1000 watts of power, it will help you cook your culinary masterpieces within the maximum short timeframe.
Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Yoghurt, Manual, Pressure Cook
24-hour delay start, Keep warm
10 proven safety mechanisms
Steam rack, Manual, Recipe book and cooking time tables
You can brown or sauté your ingredients before activating one of the unit's one-touch programmes. This will help you to experiment with tastes and make your pressure-cooked and slow-cooked dishes immaculately delicious.
Its sealing gasket is a bit difficult to remove for cleaning.
The Express Pressure Cooker by Crock-Pot can easily handle a number of kitchen tasks. Featuring a large comfy handle and all necessary safety features, it will allow you to spend less time cooking healthy and diverse meals. Meanwhile, its keep warm and delay timer functions will help you to enjoy them fresh and warm.
Pressure cook, Slow cook, Brown/Sauté, Steam, Meat/Stew, Beans/Chili, Rice/Risotto, Yoghurt, Poultry, Dessert, Soup, Multigrain, Manual
Auto keep-warm function, Delay start
Locking lid, Steam release valve
Stirring spoon, Steaming rack, Recipe book
1 year limited
The unit offers a variety of cooking programmes that you can activate with a single touch of a button. Alternatively, you can use the DIY Chef function that will allow you to manually preset the cooking time, temperature, and pressure for your recipe.
The lid may seem a little flimsy.
This sleek and compact multi-cooker will make your everyday kitchen chores an easy and enjoyable task. Perfect for cooking family meals, the unit can also be used for preparing baby food, which makes it a great choice for new parents.
25 one-touch programs: Pressure Cook (3 levels), Slow Cook (3 levels), Brown (7 levels), Simmer (3 levels), Steam (3 levels), Bake, Rice, Porridge, Baby Food
Delay start, Keep warm, DIY Chef function
Overpressure safety features
Measuring cup, Spatula, Steam basket, Trivet, Recipe booklet
This multifunctional pressure cooker offers as many as 15 preset programmes for making almost any dish you can think of, from perfect fluffy rice and juicy sauté to tender slow-cooked meat and barbecue baked beans. Plus, this efficient appliance will help you save on electricity.
The instruction book could be more compehensive.
The ANSIO programmable pressure cooker will make a good addition to your kitchen. It has a large cooking capacity allowing you to make meals for your family and guests while the pressure cooking method will make the cooking time faster. The inner pot has a non-stick coating so it is easy to use and clean.
15 one-touch programs: Meat, Poultry, Vegetables, Steam, Sauté, Slow Cook, White Rice, Brown Rice, Beans, Broth, Curry, Soup, Multigrain, Congee, and Yoghurt, Pressure Cook (3 levels), Manual mode
Auto keep-warm function, Delay start, Cooking timer
Measuring cup, Spoon, Soup spoon, Water collection cup, Steam rack, Steamer, Recipe book
Ninja OP300UK Foodi
More Than a Pressure Cooker
If you love that crispy golden crust and you hate spending too much time cooking, opt for this multifunctional pressure cooker by Ninja. In addition to a cooking pot, the unit is equipped with a special basket for cooking crispy french fries and meat. Moreover, it has two lids specially designed to help you prepare a variety of mouth-watering meals for every day and for special occasions. The pressure lid will allow you to steam, pressure cook, slow cook, sear and sauté your ingredients. The crisping lid is perfect for baking, roasting, air crisping, and grilling. Moreover, you can use both lids while cooking one meal, tenderizing it by pressure cooking at first, and then crisping it up to a golden crust.
The purchase includes a Cook & Crisp™ basket that you can use for steaming and air frying (along with the included detachable diffuser), and a reversible rack that, in addition to the above-mentioned cooking methods, you can also use for grilling.
There is also a number of accessories that you can buy additionally to cook even more mouth-watering meals with ease - a Cook & Crisp™ layered insert, a roasting rack insert, a multi-purpose pan, a loaf pan, a dehydrating rack, and a crisper pan.
Simple and Perfect
This fantastic Ninja multi-cooker is super-easy to operate. It has an ergonomic control panel that, instead of multiple preset modes, offers you a list of cooking methods and simple cooking time and temperature controls. All you need to do is preset the machine just as the recipe recommends and wait till your dish is ready. Press one of the function buttons to select the cooking method (Pressure, Steam, Slow Cook, Sear/Sauté, Air Crisp, Bake/Roast, or Grill). Then, adjust the cooking time and temperature by pressing the up and down arrows, and activate with the start/stop button. Please note that when the cooking is complete, a Keep Warm mode will be activated automatically unless you switch it off. If no activity is detected for 10 minutes, the unit will switch to standby mode.
Cleaning the appliance is also a breeze. Just wipe the base and the crisping lid with a damp cloth; the pressure lid can be washed with water and dish soap, however, it is not dishwasher-safe. Other accessories (cooking pot, Cook & Crisp™ basket, reversible rack, silicone ring, and detachable diffuser) can go in the dishwasher for quick and easy cleaning.
Summing up, the Ninja OP300UK is the perfect kitchen appliance for cooking fantastically delicious meals, tender inside and crispy outside. The operation is very straightforward and the unit is easy to clean after use.
|Last updated price||£139.99|
Instant Pot DUO80 (7-in-1)
THE BESTSELLING PROGRAMMABLE PRESSURE COOKER
With more than 30,000 reviews (mostly with 5-star rating) on Amazon, the Instant Pot DUO80 is an absolute bestseller in the US. Not without a reason. It's affordable, multi-functional, and durable - the main qualities people usually look for in this type of kitchen appliances.
For less than £90, you get a stunning 7-in-1 cooker that combines a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, yoghurt maker, a sauté/browning maker, and warmer in one neat casing, which makes it one of the leaders in terms of cooking options.
It comes with 14 built-in smart programs for dishes like soups, porridge, poultry, rice, bean, and many others. All the controls are simple and intuitive - there is a large panel with an LCD screen on the front of the unit. The same control panel also allows you to choose one of three temp settings (Less, Normal, and More) in Sauté and Slow Cook modes to provide you with greater flexibility.
The Instant Pot in question has a 3-ply bottom that ensures an even heat distribution, while the sealed lid keeps the steam inside preserving the dish nutrients and appetizing aromas. Dual pressure option will let you choose a high-pressure setting to reduce cooking time up to 70% or a low-pressure setting for preparing delicate foods.
Owing to the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors the pressure, temperature, as well as adjusts the heating intensity in each setting extremely precisely. So, you can rest assured knowing that you'll get the desired results every time.
FOR LARGE FAMILIES
Other features that contribute to the intelligence of the device include various sensors. There is an accurate thermal sensor that controls the temperature inside the pot, auto shut-off sensor, and special magnetic sensor on the lid. The lid audibly informs you when it's properly sealed and visually lets you know when it's safe to open after the cooking is complete.
|Last updated price||£82.31|
Quality With No Compromises
What makes this programmable pressure cooker an irreplaceable helper in any modern kitchen is that you can preset the cooking start time and therefore, have your meals ready when you are ready to eat them. Whether you put your ingredients into the unit to have them slow-cooked when you return from work, or you pressure cook them to have your dinner ready up to 70% faster than when using traditional cooking methods, you will save lots of time on your kitchen chores. For example, it will just take 30 minutes to make a whole roast chicken and 8 minutes to make a vegetable risotto.
More importantly, you do not need to compromise taste: featuring multiple cooking modes, this appliance will allow you to cook healthy and flavoursome meals. The unit offers pressure cooking, slow cooking, steaming, and browning/sautéing modes. In other words, you can brown meat or sauté veggies before pressure cooking or slow cooking them to perfection. Just like with most units of a kind, the appliance will activate a keep warm mode when your dish is ready, so you can rest assured it will retain the perfect temperature until you are ready to eat.
Provided with all the necessary safety features, the pressure cooker has an ergonomic large handle for transporting the unit.
As functional as it is, the Crock-Pot CSC051 is simple in use. The unit's operating panel allows activating preset cooking programmes and adjusting cooking parameters manually. A number of high-pressure settings, including Steam, Meat/Stew, Beans/Chily, Poultry, Soup, and Multigrain will allow you to cook even complicated dishes in 30 minutes maximum. The low-pressure settings are as follows: Slow Cook, Brown/Saute, Keep Warm, Yoghurt. There are two more modes (Rice/Risotto and Dessert) for which you can choose either low or high cooking pressure. All the above-mentioned modes are activated at the touch of a button.
Following your favourite recipes is not a problem at all. For some settings, you can adjust the cooking temperature (low or high) and for all of them, you can set the desired cooking time within the offered range. In the user manual, you will find comprehensive instructions on using each cooking method. For example, it contains a steaming chart with the recommended cooking time, amount of water and ingredients, and the necessary preparation.
Cleaning the unit is also quite simple - use warm soapy water to wash the removable parts. The cooking pot is dishwasher safe, however, the manufacturer recommends cleaning it manually to prolong the item's service life. Please, carefully follow the instructions to ensure excellent cooking results each time. You can always consult the included troubleshooting guide if any issues occur.
To conclude, anyone looking for an effortless cooking pot that can be easily adapted by temperature and time to cook multiple dishes on demand will find the Crock-Pot CSC051 to be the best deal.
|Last updated price||£74.96|
All-in-One Appliance for Hassle-Free Cooking
The main function of a multi-cooker is preparing delicious and nutritious meals in minimum time and with minimum effort. Let's look at one more unit that handles this task brilliantly.
Using pressurised steam, the Tefal CY505E40 makes cooking times faster while locking in the flavour and allowing you to preserve more vitamins compared to conventional cooking methods. This innovative model can be used for pressure cooking, steaming, browning, simmering, slow cooking, and even baking. In the box, you will find a booklet with 30 mouth-watering recipes that will inspire you to start making new dishes straight away.
The appliance has both a delayed start (from 2 to 24 hours) and a keep-warm function (up to 24 hours) so you can have your meals straight after cooking or keep them warm until all your family members are home and ready to eat.
One more welcome feature of this compact model is the large 6 L cooking bowl, allowing you to use the item for making family meals. New parents will appreciate the Baby food mode that will help you to quickly and easily prepare healthy and nutritious treats for your little one. To ensure the users' safety, the ergonomic hinged lid remains sealed during cooking.
One-Touch Controls and DIY Function
The ergonomic control panel will allow you to activate its 25 cooking modes at the touch of a button. You can select one of the following modes: Rice, Oatmeal, Baby food, Pressure cook, Bake, Stew/Soup, Steam, Brown, Simmer, Slow cook, Reheat, and DIY. The last setting can be used when you want to adjust the cooking time and temperature manually. In other words, you can quickly make meals when you have little time for cooking, or you can experiment with new recipes to pamper your family and friends with delicious homemade food if you feel like trying new ingredients and flavours.
To give you more control over the cooking process, some settings have several levels. For example, there are three levels for pressure cooking (high, medium, and low), seven levels for browning, and three levels for the simmering, steaming, and stew/soup making modes.
For your convenient use, the purchase includes a steam basket, a trivet, a measuring cup, and a spatula; all these accessories are dishwasher-safe.
In a word, boasting an intuitive operation and handy controls, this Tefal All-in-One electric pressure cooker will help you cook fantastic dishes for all your family in no time at all.
|Last updated price||£79.99|
For Healthy Eaters
Offering a competitive cooking capacity, this pressure cooker by ANSIO can be used for preparing a variety of lip-smacking dishes for your family and friends. Besides, this energy-efficient pressure cooker will help to cut down on your electricity bills, which is especially important if you cook a lot. With that, the appliance is easy to use and maintain thanks to a well-thought-out design and a non-stick inner pot.
Like most modern pressure cookers, the item has an ergonomic control panel with an LCD screen and touch-sensitive buttons, allowing you to select one of the 15 preset programmes (Meat, Poultry, Vegetables, Steam, Sauté, Slow Cook, White Rice, Brown Rice, Beans, Broth, Curry, Soup, Multigrain, Congee, Yoghurt) or adjust the cooking process manually. For example, you can adjust the cooking temperature and time, and even the pressure level (low, medium, or high). You can also use the machine's delay timer if you want the dish to be cooked when you come home, and a keep-warm function to keep it warm till dinner.
Cooked with the ANSIO pressure cooker, even common everyday meals will taste more delicious; the appliance will help you to make fluffy and soft rice, tender juicy meat, and flavoursome soup. And, of course, the unit is a must-have for healthy eaters as it allows for steaming and slow-cooking foods and preparing natural yoghurt for your morning snack.
Efficient and Functional
The set includes everything you need for cooking, including a non-stick inner pot, a couple of spoons (for soup and for rice), a measuring cup, a steam rack, and a steamer with an integrated handle. In addition to that, you will get a seal ring and a water collecting cup.
The pressure cooker has a reliable stainless steel lid with an ergonomic handle. Thanks to this handle, the lid is easy to lock and unlock by turning it anticlockwise or clockwise. In addition to that, the item is equipped with two handles for carrying around. Though the inner pot has no handles, this is quite common for pressure cookers. In case you need an additional inner pot, you can buy it separately.
Summing up, the ANSIO programmable pressure cooker is an energy-efficient and functional kitchen appliance that is easy to use and maintain. It comes with a set of accessories for preparing wholesome family meals. In the included recipe book, you will find a selection of tempting delicious recipes to pamper your nearest and dearest.
|Last updated price||£74.97|
What Is an Electric Pressure Cooker?
Great inventions are often based on simple physics laws. And one of them says that temperature and pressure are directly proportional. In a heated sealed vessel, evaporated steam is trapped inside so it builds up the pressure which makes the water boiling point and the cooking temperature, accordingly, rise. This means, your foods will be cooked faster with less electricity involved.
Modern electric pressure cookers have a number of user-friendly features that make prepping foods unbelievably simple. They allow you to pre-set cooking time, delay start, keep your foods warm till you are ready to serve them, adjust the pressure and heating intensity, as well as take advantage of pre-programmed cooking modes. In other words, you won't need to supervise the cooking process as you would with their stovetop counterparts. With the tendency to live healthier and spend less time on cooking, electric pressure cookers have become incredibly popular. Today, you can find a plethora of options on the market, and to make your choice less daunting, we have reviewed the five best electric pressure cookers for any need and budget.
To quickly chop, slice, and shed the ingredients before dropping them into an electric pressure cooker, we recommend you get one of these wonderful food processors.
And if you are looking for more energy-efficient solutions for your kitchen, you might also be interested in our induction cooktops review.
What Features to Compare
Power and Capacity
These are the first features to consider when choosing an electric pressure cooker. The general rule is: the larger the cooking pot is, the more powerful the heating element should be to provide the efficient performance of the appliance.
As for the pot's capacity, choose it depending on your needs. If you only cook for yourself, there might be no need to buy a large electric pressure cooker, especially if you have a small kitchen. In this case, a compact model with up to 5-litre capacity is an excellent option. On the other hand, if you need to feed a big family, a pot that allows making generous batches (6-litre or even larger) will be the best choice. Luckily, some capacious models have a pretty small footprint, so they won't take too much space on your countertop.
Cooking Modes and Settings
Electric pressure cookers usually have a number of preset modes that will enable you to make a variety of dishes with a single press of a button. You won't have to preset temperature and cooking time manually (though with some programmes you can adjust them if needed). Modern devices have at least eight settings, but some sophisticated models offer almost twice more. Moreover, some units will allow you to steam, slow cook, and even smoke foods. The main tip here is to make sure your chosen pressure cooker features those settings you are going to use.
The best electric pressure cookers are equipped with a keep warm function and a delay timer as well, which means you can have your meals ready whenever you want and keep them warm even if you are late for dinner.
Unlike their earlier prototypes, electric pressure cookers are equipped with a number of features to ensure the safety of use, including automatic temperature and pressure control, safety lock lid, cool outer wall and handles, anti-blockage vent, and more. For example, some models have lids that only open when the pressure inside the pot normalises. Still, some cookers let you lower the steam by using a steam release valve. Please, carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions to prevent any injury caused by hot steam.
Today most pressure cookers have an ergonomic non-stick inner pot and come with a rice spoon, measuring cup, and a user manual at the least. In addition, the purchase usually includes a water catch pot to keep your countertop clean and dry. If a pressure cooker doubles as a steamer, a steam tray is often included as well. Furthermore, some manufacturers have gone so far as to provide their pressure cookers with a smoking function; such products are equipped with special smoking pots and racks in addition to all the aforementioned accessories you typically get.
Benefits of Pressure Cooking
- The first and foremost benefit is that pressure cooking allows you to preserve nutrients due to the shorter cooking time. In other words, though the cooking temperature is higher, you will get a more nutritious meal granted that you won't boil, braise, or steam it for too long. One more reason the cooked foods are more nutritious is that you can use less water for cooking compared to other cooking methods because the pot is sealed and the steam is trapped inside. Vitamins and nutrients dissolve in the water you cook the ingredients in. So, unless you are making a broth, it is more preferable to steam foods rather than boil them. That's exactly what an electric pressure cooker offers.
- You do not have to spend hours cooking big batches. Whether you're making dinner for two or your whole family, it will be ready in no time.
- Shorter cooking time, in addition to other benefits it brings, means lower electricity bills.
- Compared to conventional stovetops and ovens, electric pressure cookers trap heat inside, so there is less of it emitted into the kitchen. Any time of year, you will feel comfortable concocting appetizers or salads, while the main dish is being prepared.
- You can put frozen meat, poultry, and other ingredients into the pot and have them quickly defrosted and cooked. For instance, you can prepare a whole chicken from frozen in about 45 minutes.
- Pressure cooking is a great alternative to slow cooking. Just like the latter, it will allow you to make any meat tender, juicy, and melting in your mouth, but in a significantly shorter time.
- The cool thing about using an electric pressure cooker is that you can make literally any dish without time-consuming preparations. For example, you can cook beans without presoaking them.
- Most electric pressure cookers have a special setting (or even a few settings) for cooking rice. Hence, you do not need to buy a rice cooker separately. Do not forget to check the recommended rice to water ratio and use an included measuring cup to get the right proportions of your ingredients.
- You can use the appliance to make flavoursome and nutritious meat and vegetable broths.
- If your chosen model is equipped with a porridge setting, you can cook a healthy breakfast in a fraction of time, and without the need to monitor the cooking process.
- An electric pressure cooker is ideal for making baby food - it will allow you to make delicious and nutritious vegetable purees free from any artificial additives.
- You can make fantastic one-pot meals to treat all your family and friends without spending all day cooking.