See here the list of Top 10 best pressure cookers. Read the buying guide and other important factors before making a selection for you or any of your dear ones.
What is a pressure cooker?
A pressure cooker carries many names like pressure pot, steam pressure pot, Papinsche pot or in Austria Kelomat. This is a saucepan which is cooked at higher temperatures than the normal boiling temperature, about 100 degrees. This shortens the cooking time. In addition, it is possible by increasing the boiling point that the pressure cooker is pressure-tight. The reason is that pressure builds up inside the pressure cooker.
How does a pressure cooker work?
A pressure cooker consists of a thick-walled saucepan, the opening of which has an outwardly curved rim with a bayonet-shaped recess. This allows the lid to sit pressure-tight on the pot. In addition, the lid has a rubber seal and provides a control valve as a backup. In modern models of a pressure cooker test, it is such that they have a valve integrated in the lid. For older products, it is screwed in. The function behind the pressure cooker is now quite simple. You give the ingredients and enough liquid in the saucepan. Then close the device with the lid airtight. Inside the pressure cooker now creates pressure that can not escape. As a result, an increased boiling temperature can be achieved. Excesses of steam are released via the regulating valve to the ambient air. Before opening, you must let the compressed air escape.
The ingredients that are in a pressure cooker are cooked under pressure. For this pressure to arise, the respective pot must have a closure which seals the interior of the pot airtight. A pressure cooker is, therefore, a closed system that generates heat by pressure. This only requires a small amount of water that needs to be converted to steam.
The more modern versions of the pressure cooker also have a valve that drains excess air. This significantly reduces the level of oxygen in the pot. The result is that the food, which is also in the pot, can be prepared much gentler. At the same time, significantly more nutrients are retained.
Low energy consumption
The mixture of pressure and water also ensures that the pot requires significantly less energy. Experts believe that not only the cooking time is reduced, but also the energy consumption. This can be reduced by about 70 per cent. This is the external analysis of a study.
This is not only due to the special cooking method that is possible with a pressure cooker but also to the specific nature of the kitchen appliance. After all, the walls of stainless steel pressure cookers are much thicker. Thus, the heat generated inside can not easily escape to the outside. To hold the heat and pressure, the cover of the quick pot contributes, which does not just rest. When cooking, the special lid sits firmly on the pot.
According to online product tests, the newer lids, therefore, have a specific rubber seal. They are also equipped with various safety valves. Thus, the lids of the newer pots have a control valve and a safety valve which limits the pressure. The valves are usually firmly integrated in the lid and also connected to the locking of the lid. Most lids can therefore only open in the moments in which there is no internal pressure. Before opening the pot, the pressure must be released. This is done either via the valves or by cooling the prepared food. The quick exhaust is only suitable for solid food.
When cooking potatoes in the fast venting method, these would burst open, liquid food would even splash.
The manufacturers of the pressure cookers have therefore equipped their devices with different cooking levels to produce the right pressure for the particular food. At the higher level, the preparation time, such as an examination, can be reduced by about 70 per cent. With the low level, this time saving is not possible. This slower cooking process is great for cooking more delicate foods.
Pressure cooker vs. Instant pot
The new pot favourite of the Americans is called Instant Pot and is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, yoghurt machine and much more in one. In Germany, the Instant Pot already has a large fan base. Originally, he had to be ordered from overseas, he is now comfortable to order for 129 euros on Amazon Germany. At the front of the pot is a display for programming. Including pressure cooker-typical dishes such as “beef soup”.
But can the instant pot really do this better than a traditional pressure cooker? New York chef and restaurant owner Esther Choi has shown an instant pot. Pressure cooker test compared the two pots. At the same time cooks you for a beef soup.
Test 1: Sear the meat: The pressure cooker is the winner here. The meat turns a nice brown, while the Instant Pot does not get that nice colour.
Test 2: Boil for 15 minutes: Again, the pressure cooker is the test winner. After only 15 minutes, the beef in the pressure cooker is pretty soft, while the instant pot has just warmed up and is ready to start its “Beef Stew” cooking program. Thus, the instant pot is much slower.
Of course, this does not mean that the Instant Pot will not cook up tasty beef soup, and in the comments to the YouTube Video Test you can read it straight away from instant pot lovers, Choi would have just done it completely wrong, but you can say that the muli-pot just is not as fast a pressure cooker as a pressure cooker itself.
A pressure cooker is no longer just a “pressure cooker” today. Rather, the devices have developed further and have become completely new kitchen machines and clever helpers in the kitchen. With them, you can not only cook but also cook, stew, fry, fry, bake and even make yoghurt. That certainly can not be called a pressure cooker anymore. They all have fast, these new cooking stations that work with water and airtight water vapour pressure technology. They all work very effectively under pressure and also very energy efficient. The food is tasty and faster even than a regular pot. In the new pressure cookers, you can prepare not only fast but also much nutrient-friendly food. All manufacturers attach great importance to this. Pressure cookers are available for all heat sources, as well as the evaluation of an external field test. The development history of the pressure cookers.
Now the development of the pressure cookers has progressed rapidly. From then on, the manufacturers introduced ever more modern models to the market. In the thirties, the practical pots became extremely popular. The vessels were actually used in the kitchens. With today’s pressure cookers, however, the former models had little resemblance.
More energy efficiency
However, the energy-efficient pots were still produced by other companies. In 1949 Kuhn Rikon introduced its Duromatic to the market. In Austria, the Kelomat was presented almost at the same time. Both models were so successful that the brand names are still used today as a synonym for pressure cookers.
In the 60s and 70s, the pressure cooker market was revolutionized by the advancement of the existing technology. The newer models worked even more reliably than the previous versions. Until the turn of the millennium, new pressure cookers were developed with new functions. So much more accurate cooking is possible.
The new cooking pots tested in the external pressure cooker test differ significantly from their predecessors. With the Papin pot, which started the development of the vessels, these models do not have much in common juxtaposition. The basic idea, however, has not changed. It is still important to create temperatures with pressure and steam that allow faster cooking times.
Evaluation of pressure cooker customer reviews
In the reviews of customer reviews on Amazon, we noticed that many customers use their pressure cooker for 30 years (at least, many exchange their old model now only after such a long time). It seems that once you are happy with Silent or Fissler you should stick to the same brand. Because on the one hand, there are many who are as happy with the new model as with the old and many critical voices that changed, for example, from Silit to WMF and come with the new pot is not clear.
1. Pressure cooker Tefal P250738 Secure Neo 5, 6 litres (379 Ratings, 4.4 Stars):
Many customers are very satisfied with this very affordable pressure cooker. However, many lack the good old pin, which stands out with enough vapour pressure and can be seen from a distance – instead, there is now a modern display, which you have to read on the pot lid. This is perceived by several buyers as impractical. A table with cooking times can be found in the operating instructions.
2. Pressure Cooker WMF Perfect, 4.5 litres (246 Ratings, 4.4 Stars):
This small medium-priced pressure cooker is praised by many buyers for its high-quality impression and good cleaning properties. Even quick-cook newbies get along well with it.
3. Pressure cooker Instant Pot, 6 litres (252, 4.5 stars):
This wonder cooker has its advantages and disadvantages, which we have already mentioned in the subsection “Pressure cooker. Instant Pot “are received. However, most buyers have already dealt with the instant pot in advance and thereby received what they expected. Many are very happy with it, because while it is slower than a pressure cooker, but very versatile and turns itself off.
4. Pressure Cooker WMF Perfect, 6.5 litres (191 Ratings, 4.5 Stars):
This pressure cooker is described as very quiet and many appreciate the large volume. Closing, deflating and opening the lid is very easy, according to most customers. Pressure cooker ELO 99388, 2.7 litres (184 Ratings, 4.5 stars): The small and inexpensive pressure cooker seems to have surprised many positive. According to many customers, the ELO model can compete well with top brands such as Fissler or WMF.
5. Pressure cooker Fissler VitaQuick, 6 litres (66 ratings, 4.2 stars):
While most of the high-priced pressure cookers are enthusiastic, there are also a few critical voices, which in some cases are related to customer service.
Among other things, the packaging and the design of the device were examined in the external suitability test. Thereafter, the devices were used in the online practice test.
Time savings and operation
Various dishes were cooked in the external test run with the pressure cookers. It was not just about the possible time savings, but also the ease of use, which differs from pot to pot. The comfort of operating the pot was therefore also taken into account in the control. The devices, which were easy to use, were rated better.
In addition, according to an external survey, the energy savings with the respective device was important for the evaluation. Therefore, care was taken for the duration that the pots tested needed until the food was edible. It also thawed food and other foods were boiled to check the other features of the kitchen appliance. The time required and the amount of energy used flowed into the comparison result. Not only have the various pressure cookers been compared, but it has also been considered whether a relevant time saving is possible at all.
In the aptitude test was also tested whether the respective pressure cooker can also be used by a layman. More important than a simple operation, however, was the security. The valve gates were extensively tested. Only if they actually released the pressure when needed could the devices score in the external test run? The devices that failed in this relevant area were rated worse. Finally, the shortened cooking time brings little if the device can not be used safely.
With the preparation of various dishes, the online pressure cooker test and comparison was not yet finished. Finally, it was paid attention to how easy the respective pot is to clean. The kitchen helpers, which can be cleaned in the dishwasher, convinced in this point more. Some devices had to be taken apart in the inspection. An external control of the handles was also performed.
The supplied accessories and the warranty conditions also flowed into the online pressure cooker test. The pots, which were supplied with recipes and other helpful cooking tips, were able to gain a plus in this area.
Some test equipment was able to surprise in the external experiment. And another pot disappointed in several tests rather. All test results can be found in detailed product reports of online pressure cooker tests and comparison charts.