Best Pressure Cookers to Prepare Healthy and Tasty Meals in no Time in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 18, 2017
The pressurised steam is used not only in the industry but also in a kitchen because it helps reduce the cooking time immensely. The appliances used for canning or extra-fast cooking are called pressure cookers and we have picked the most popular of them to help you get the right one. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
TYPE AND POWER
CAPACITY
COOKING MODES
MATERIAL
WEIGHT
SEALING
SAFETY
SENSORS
WARRANTY
 
PROS

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.

CONS
Stainless steel housing of the unit might get very hot to the touch.
OUR VERDICT

Excellent electric cooker that combines versatile cooking options and the perfect quality. Its capacity is perfect for a big family.

detailed parameters
TYPE AND POWER
Electric, 1000 Watts
CAPACITY
5.7 L
COOKING MODES
Pressure cooker, Slow cooker, Rice cooker, Saute/browning maker, Yogurt maker, Steaming, Warming
MATERIAL
Stainless steel cooking inner pot with non-stick surfaces, Stainless steel housing
WEIGHT
5.4 kg
SEALING
Silicone ring
SAFETY
Safety lid lock, Anti-blockage vent design, Lid position detection magnetic monitor, Automatic temperature control, Temperature fuse cuts off the power
SENSORS
Digital display, Thermal sensor, Pressure regulator, Leaky lid detection
WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

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.

CONS
The timer may be inconvenient to detach from the pot lid.
OUR VERDICT

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.

detailed parameters
TYPE AND POWER
Stovetop, power depends on a stove
CAPACITY
6 L
COOKING MODES

Pressure cooking: brown, boil, steam, braise, stew, and roast

MATERIAL
18/8 stainless steel (Induction Pro) body and lid, Aluminium and steel encapsulated base
WEIGHT
3.4 kg
SEALING
Silicone ring
SAFETY
Twist lock/open system, Pressure limiting valve
SENSORS
Pressure indicator
WARRANTY

1 year (standard)

9 years (online extension)

PROS

Taking into account relatively small size of the pot (22-cm diameter and 8.4-cm height), it is quite capacious.

CONS

Chances are you'll need to change a silicone ring often. 

OUR VERDICT

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. 

detailed parameters
TYPE AND POWER

Stovetop, power depends on a stove

CAPACITY

~ 3L

COOKING MODES

Pressure cooking: brown, boil, steam, braise, stew, and roast

MATERIAL

Stainless steel body and lid

WEIGHT

3 kg

SEALING

Silicone ring

SAFETY

Adjustable pressure regulator, Safety valve

SENSORS

Pressure indicator

WARRANTY

1 year (1 more year for product registration)


PROS

Two pressure level settings allow for optimizing the cooking process. Stainless steel exterior of the cooker provides unrivaled durability.

CONS

Some customers find the lid to be a bit tricky to close.

OUR VERDICT

With the Prestige 57050 cooker in your kitchen, you'll be able to make not only healthy but also delicious meals for a big household with minimum efforts. It is well compatible with all cooking tops, including induction. 

detailed parameters
TYPE AND POWER

Stovetop, power depends on a stove

CAPACITY

6 L 

COOKING MODES

Two pressure settings: 8lb and 12lb cook control

MATERIAL

Stainless steel body and lid

WEIGHT

3.6 kg

SEALING

Gasket 

SAFETY

Mechanical locking device, Directional pressure regulator

SENSORS

Pressure indicator

WARRANTY

Lifetime

PROS

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.

CONS
The marking on the safety valve may get wiped away after some time.
OUR VERDICT
Is a great helper for every homemaker. Two programs allow preparing various tasty and healthy lunches, dinners, suppers for those who are rare cooks.
detailed parameters
TYPE AND POWER
Stovetop, power depends on a stove
CAPACITY
6 L
COOKING MODES
Pre-installed programs for pressure cooking (vegetables or delicate foods / meat or frozen foods), steaming
MATERIAL
Three-layer base pot and a stainless steel lid
WEIGHT
4.1 kg
SEALING
Gasket
SAFETY
5 safety devices including Auto-lock system for Closing and Opening, Pressure controlled valve, Safety valve
SENSORS
Pressure indicator
WARRANTY

2 years

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.

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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.

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Material

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.

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 Pressure Cooker in the use

Cooking Features

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.

Detailed review of Instant Pot IP-DUO60 Pressure Cooker

Safety and Sensors

This electric pressure cooker is quite safe and has all the necessary sensors - there is a thermal sensor that controls the temperature inside a pot and the electronics releases excessive steam. Then, this cooker has a relatively large digital display which shows you all the important information about cooking. This model also has an auto shut-off to prevent any fire. The lid is locked automatically and there is a special magnetic sensor that controls it.
Instant Pot IP-DUO60 Pressure Cooker application

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Instant Pot IP-DUO60
 

Tower T90103

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.

Review of Tower T90103

Material

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.

Tower T90103 in the use

Cooking Features

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.

Detailed review of Tower T90103

Safety and Sensors

The proprietary twist lock/open system allows fast and secure lid locking and makes using the Tower T90103 trouble free and safe. The integrated pressure limiting valve functions as a vent device for releasing an excessive pressure; while the pressure indicator notifies you when the inner pressure is reaching a maximum valve. The convenient handles on the opposite sides of the pot are made of phenolic material to avoid overheating, so you won’t get burnt when moving the pot.
Tower T90103 application

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Tower T90103
Tower T90103
 

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. 

Review of VonShef 3L Stainless Steel

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. 

VonShef 3L Stainless Steel in the use

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.
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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.

VonShef 3L Stainless Steel application

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VonShef 3L Stainless Steel
VonShef 3L Stainless Steel
 

Prestige 57050

Big, Quick, and Powerful

The Prestige 57050 pressure cooker can become an irreplaceable appliance in your kitchen if you have a big family and often cook at home. With this cooker at hand, you'll be able to cook enough food to feed up to 10-12 people per one course. However, the biggest appeal of the Prestige 57050 is in its compatibility with all types of cooking tops, whereas many other pressure cookers presented on the market are designed to be used only on electric or gas stovetops. The Prestige 57050 pressure cooker features two pressure settings allowing for cooking a variety of dishes both at low and high settings. Similarly to most other models designed for cooking under pressure, the Prestige 57050 has a pressure indicator light, a directional pressure regulator for releasing excessive steam, and heat-resistant handles allowing for comfortable and safe removal of food without the risk of burning your hands.

Review of Prestige 57050

For Quick and Tasty Family Meals

The benefit to using a pressure cooker is not only that it allows for cooking a big meal quickly but that it also allows for cooking it in a healthy way while also preserving its flavour. You can easily grill a whole chicken in the pressure cooker and it will stay as juicy and crispy as if you'd roasted it over a charcoal grill. Here's the recipe you should definitely try out:

  • Prepare the ingredients: 2 pounds of skinless and boneless chicken thighs, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 minced onion, ½ cup of chilli sauce, ½ cup of water, 2 tbsp of vinegar, salt and black pepper to taste;
  • Brown chicken thighs at medium heat during 2-3 minutes at each side and add salt, pepper, and paprika;
  • Mix chilli sauce, vinegar, water, and minced onion. Pour the mixture over thighs. Close the lid and keep stewing the ingredients for about 15-20 minutes.
Prestige 57050 in the use

Effortless Maintenance

Made of stainless steel, the Prestige pressure cooker offers you several advantages over using cookers made from other materials. For starters, stainless steel is known as the most durable and long-lasting material, which can easily serve for years, so you can safely use it even several times a day and have a peace of mind. For two, all kitchen appliances produced from stainless steel are dishwasher-safe, which make them ideal for people who own dishwashers. If these are the exact features you've been seeking in a pressure cooker, you won't go wrong buying the 57050 from Prestige. 

Detailed review of Prestige 57050

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Prestige 57050
Prestige 57050
 

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.

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Material

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.

Tefal Secure 5 Neo in the use

Cooking Features

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.

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Safety and Sensors

This is one of the best pressure cookers by Tefal that was designed with safety in mind. It totally prevents a user injury by steam or heat during its use. The 5 integrated security-oriented systems, including the Auto-lock system for the lid closing and opening, ensure that the cooker does not start cooking if the lid is misaligned or not sealed tightly. The pressure control valve, safety valve and the gasket will not allow a steam to get out of the pot and hurt you.
Tefal Secure 5 Neo application

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Tefal Secure 5 Neo
Tefal Secure 5 Neo
 

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