Anti-blocking vent for trouble-free steam release.
Totally safe appliance thanks to the installed sensors.
Impressive number of cooking programmes.
Capacity is optimal for a family use.
Excellent electric cooker that combines versatile cooking options and the perfect quality.
Its capacity is perfect for a big family.
The unique twist open/lock system of the lid and phenolic handles make this cooker very convenient in use. Small handle size will save you a lot of space when storing the cooker.
The Tower cooker is superb for a whole family. The cooker also suits busy people as it is equipped with a detachable digital timer to monitor the cooking progress remotely.
Pressure cooking: brown, boil, steam, braise, stew, and roast
1 year (standard)
9 years (online extension)
Taking into account relatively small size of the pot (22-cm diameter and 8.4-cm height), it is quite capacious.
Chances are you'll need to change a silicone ring often.
At an affordable price, you may get the VonShef cooker to experiment with recipes and prepare delicious treats to serve for your family and guests. 6-litre model is available.
Stovetop, power depends on a stove
Pressure cooking: brown, boil, steam, braise, stew, and roast
Stainless steel body and lid
Adjustable pressure regulator, Safety valve
1 year (1 more year for product registration)
The Delay mode gives you a chance to put off the cooking process for up to 2 hours; the Warm function allows keeping the meal warm during 24 hours.
A steaming rack has large holes.
Owing to the 10 present cooking modes you aren't going to be limited in options what to cook. The appliance supports a range of cooking modes, making it possible for you to add diversity to your daily menu.
Electric, 1000 Watts
Sauté, Browning, Pressure Cook, Slow Cook, Soup, Stew, Meat, Chicken, Rice, Risotto/Steam
Brushed stainless steel housing, Removable non-stick coated cooking pot
Floating Safety Valve, Audible alarm when the lid is not shut
LED Display, Pressure indicator
This Tefal appliance is extremely safe owing to its 5 built-in security systems. The cooker design features the systems preventing an inner pressure rising in case of untight lid closing.
What is a Pressure Cooker
If you are always in haste but don’t want to put up with eating fast-food, you do need a pressure cooker. This modern kitchen appliance will do you a lot of good by preparing mouth-watering, healthy meals and much quicker than you’d do in a conventional pot. Pressure cookers look pretty much like same pots with the only difference they are sealed to prevent leakage and cook under high pressure. The food cooked in this way doesn’t lose its useful properties, and is great for the whole family including little kids. Today, these apliances are widely used not only at home but also in restaurants and cafes. Their popularity is immense!
You may also be interested in reading our other comprehensive review on slow cookers which are used to prepare soups, meat, fish, jam but in a slower way, or rice cookers which are irreplaceable for cooking delicious rice.
What Features to Compare
The first thing you need to consider when choosing a pressure cooker is the capacity and power. And here you must know that there are 2 types of cookers: electric and stovetop. No need to say, an electric cooker requires electricity whereas a stovetop cooker is basically a metal pot you put right on top of your stove (no matter gas or electric). Any electric cooker has the certain power - make sure it is at least 1000 Watts which is a standard for this kind of kitchen appliances. When you are done with this choice, go to the capacity which shows you how much food you are able to prepare. If you have a common family, you can choose a typical 6-litre cooker, but if you need this appliance for professional use (for a restaurant, for example) or for feeding a lot of people - make sure to choose a bigger cooker.
If you want to use a pressure cooker for many years without any troubles you should pay attention to the material it is made from. As usual, there are cookers made of stainless steel (both electric or stovetop) and aluminium. Aluminium cookers are usually more affordable but less health-friendly due to the peculiarities of this material. Aluminium cookers look like pots with a multi-layer bottom for even heat distribution; a lid firmly adjoins the pot thanks to a Sealing method that most often includes a silicone or rubber ring (though some models have an all-metal sealing system). As usual, a silicone sealing ring is more durable compared to a rubber one. Keep in mind that you will have to change the sealing ring from time to time. The lid usually has a couple of valves to release excessive pressure and one of the valves automatically does it when the pressure becomes dangerously high. Of course, you can set up the maximal pressure level. Stainless steel cookers are more expensive but safer for health. If you choose an electric appliance, you will be able to clean the inner pot in a dishwasher. When you are done with choosing a material, check what weight it has. No need to say, aluminium is lighter than stainless steel.
One more really important issue to take into account is the cooking modes by which we mean what kind of food you can use a cooker for and what pre-set programs the appliance offers. For example, a stovetop cooker is most often used for canning and stewing whereas an automatic electric one is a multi-functional appliance that can serve as a rice cooker, slow cooker, and so on. Therefore, choosing an electric cooker pot allows you to save up the money and get an awesome kitchen helper. And those who want to preserve food need a large canner crock pot.
Finally, you need to be sure your appliance will not blow up and that is why make sure to check the safety and sensors. All pressure cooking pots have a lid lock which ensures the safe position of a lid and prevents its accidental opening. Also, every good crock pot has an overpressure release - if the pressure inside gets too high a special vent (or valve) will get rid of the excess. Electric cookers are totally automatic, while on crock pots you need to set the max. pressure level manually. Sold stovetop crock pots have a sophisticated manual locking system - you just manually do all the locking so the accidental opening is impossible. Also, pay attention to sensors every appliance has: electric ones have an LED display that shows the operation modes and a thermal sensor that controls the temperature inside a pot, whereas most stovetop crock pots have just a pressure gauge.
Instant Pot IP-DUO60
Capacity and Power
This is one of the best electric pressure cookers available and it is a great choice for any family. The capacity of the pot is 5.7 litres, which is typical for kitchen appliances for home use. However, some small restaurants can also use this cooker as the range of food you can cook with it is terrific. The power of the built-in heating element is 1000 Watts, which is enough to ensure quick cooking. The cooking with the Instant Pot cooker takes 2-6 times less time and 70% less energy in comparison with conventional cooking.
The housing of the appliance is made of stainless steel as well as the inner pot (which has a 3-layer bottom) so you can be sure of its durability. To avoid the cooker overweight the structure also features plastic parts: a lid is covered with a plastic layer. The inner pot is totally dishwasher-friendly, so you will not experience any issues while cleaning it. The appliance is not too heavy, its weight is 5.4 kg only. Considering that you are unlikely to carry it too often it will not be an issue anyway. This electric cooker leaks no steam unless the silicone sealing ring gets worn out.
The electric cooker is surely the leader in terms of cooking options because it is a 7-in-1 appliance that combines a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a saute/browning maker, a yoghurt maker, a steamer and a warmer. Therefore, purchasing this item will save you money that otherwise you would spend on specialised appliances with the same set of functions. In addition, there are 14 built-in Smart Programs for cooking various dishes including soups, poultry, porridge, rice, and many others. All the controls are intuitive and convenient; the controls are grouped on a large side panel of the device. The buttons and the LCD screen are large enough.
Safety and Sensors
Capacity and Power
Unlike electric cookers, the Tower T90103 is a highly versatile pressure cooker which can be heated on practically any cooking surface including the popular induction cooktops, what will surely appeal to many homemakers. The appliance has a pot with 6 litres capacity which is sufficient for making various dishes for the whole family without refilling the pot (one pot cooking). Keep in mind that cooking your dishes with this cooker gets faster when you use a more powerful stove.
The manufacturer has used stainless steel as a material for the body and lid of T90103 cooker, which is the best fit as these stainless steel parts boast the durability and longevity that fully meet users’ expectations. The encapsulated base of the cooker made of composite aluminium and steel material provides an even and steady pot heating that allows using this cooker pot for a myriad of cooking options. The design of this appliance combines a full-metal body with phenolic resin handles.
The Tower T90103 allows you to greatly reduce the cooking time as compared to the time required for conventional cooking on a stove in pots and pans. What is even more important, this cooker preserves up to 90% of vitamins and nutrients in your food. When using the Tower T90103 model you can easily brown, boil, steam, braise, stew and roast vegetables, meat, fish and other foods. The informative detachable remote timer serves to count the time for your cooking. Owing to the pressure cooking method, you can even take the pot off a cooking surface at the final stage and place it wherever you want without worrying about undercooking or overcooking.
Safety and Sensors
VonShef 3L Stainless Steel
Compact and Capacious
If you want to treat your near and dear to some tasty meal but don’t feel like spending an hour or two hanging out in the kitchen, the VonShef pressure cooker is just what you need. Being a relatively compact pot (22 x 8.4 cm), it has 3-litre capacity which will be enough for preparing about 4-6 portions of food in one go. Cooking in it is also simple and won't take you long, 15 minutes the maximum. Made from stainless steel, the pot is highly durable, oxidation-resistant, and odor-free so you can be sure that your food doesn't get a funny taste. For your convenience, the pot has two plastic handles.
Choose the Right Pressure Level
The VonShef pressure cooker can cook at two pressure levels - 60 kPa and 90 kPa. To choose between the two, turn the dial on the handle of the lid.
Play It Safe
Cooking with the VonShef is totally safe and enjoyable. The manufacturer provided triple protection:
- When the pressure produced by the cooker reaches the critical level, it’s released automatically through a special opening near the adjustable regulator.
- There is also a safety valve that releases pressure once the lid is opened/ closed, and will come in handy if the opening is blocked.
- The cavity in the sealant ring not only reinforces the bowl and lid connection but also allows removing excessive steam when the opening and the safety valve don't do the job for some reason.
Will Come in Handy in Any Kitchen
To create culinary chefs-d'oeuvre, especially when cooking them for the first time, measuring all ingredients accurately is important. For this purpose, you can obtain the set of kitchen and food scales and avoid a lot of mishaps in the kitchen.
BELLA Multi-Function Electric 6 L
Perfect Assistance in Your Kitchen
Once you try cooking in the Bella, you will not want to cook without it. With this pot at hand, you will cook both tasty and healthy food, and won't spend too long in the kitchen - 10-20 minutes the max. Seeing that it has 6-litres capacity, this is very fast for the pressure cooker. Speaking of the convenience of use, you will find special marks on the housing that will show you how many ingredients you've already put in the pot. Still, it isn't recommended to fill the pot up as some of the food products tend to swell when they boil. The steaming rack included in the set comes as an added bonus for healthy eaters. You should also appreciate these additional functions:
- Delay mode allows you to put off the cooking process up to 2 hours. It will come in useful if you want your meal to be done by a certain time.
- Warm option will keep your meals warm up to 24 hours so that you can enjoy freshly cooked food at any time.
Cook More With Bella Appliance
The Bella pressure pot cooker boasts 10 cooking modes; with such a range of functions available, you will not need to take a gamble guessing how long it will take you to cook this or that meal. Once you select the programme, the appliance will set the time and temperature automatically. The +/- buttons on the control panel will let you add more time when needed. And when the meal is done, you will hear a beep sound.
In addition to the cooker itself, the package includes several accessories - a plastic spoon and a measuring cup. Both will come in handy and spare you the need of buying more utensils additionally. There's also a user guide in the box where you will find 11 recipes for a pressure cooker.
Tefal Secure 5 Neo
Capacity and Power
The Tefal Secure 5 Neo Pressure Cooker is an outstanding purchase because of its compatibility literally with all the modern stoves and hobs, such as gas stoves, boiling tables, and even induction cooktop. The large 6 litres cooking pot will prove itself indispensable for meal cooking (without additional refilling) even for a big family. The power of the heating surface that you use this cooker with is complemented with a pressure cooking operation. This combination allows speeding up the cooking and utilising the heating energy in a most effective way.
The pot and the lid are made of a strong and resistant material which ensures reliability of the whole unit. Thus, this Tefal Secure 5 Neo Pressure Cooker will retain its cooking performance and durability for many years after the purchase. The three-layer bottom of the pot ensures an even food heating and very effective utilisation of thermal energy. All the parts of this non-electric cooker are made dishwasher safe to facilitate the cooker maintenance and save your time. The long ergonomic handle is made of heat-resistant material.
The Neo Pressure Cooker is a surprisingly versatile cooking appliance. It makes you a master in steaming, simmering, braising, boiling, baking, sautéing, poaching, and frying. Due to the availability of 2 ingredients-dependent cooking programs you will be able to cook both meat and vegetable dishes quickly while saving about 70% of the heat as compared to conventional stove cooking. The Steaming basket, which is included in the supply package, enables you to cook extraordinarily tasty and healthy dishes.
Safety and Sensors
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