Best Stovetop Pressure Cooker Reviews

kuhn-rikon-duromatic-family-styleStovetop pressure cookers are a kitchen’s best investment. You will need to replace your microwave, fridge, and oven over time, but not your pressure cooker. It is something you can hand down to your grandchildren. We would even go as far as to urge you not to replace your microwave once you have a pressure cooker as you can put together meals in 10 minutes!

While our site reviews all kinds of great pressure cookers at different price points, we wanted to dedicate a review of only the best stovetop pressure cookers.

If you’re reading this article you probably already know the benefits of pressure cooking. It’s a fast, healthy, and delicious way to prepare meals. You may have even decided on a traditional stovetop cooker over an electric one because they tend to cook at higher pressures and are more durable. But what should you buy? To save you from going through hundreds of reviews, we put together a list of 5 pressure cookers that are great buys. We considered their quality, durability, performance, and price. They are listed below in no particular order.

5 Best Stovetop Pressure Cookers

1) Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Series

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Kuhn Rikon pressure cookers are Swiss engineered and Swiss made. They’re arguably the leading brand of pressure cookers and have been compared as the “Mercedes-Benz” of the industry. Though not the cheapest in price, it makes up with the quality. You’ll be buying a well-engineered product to last a lifetime. The “Duromatic” series is their main line of pressure cookers and have topped best-selling lists for years. The series features two main styles: Saucepan and Stockpot. The main difference is the Saucepan comes with a long handle and a short handle, while the Stockpot comes with two short handles.

The Saucepan comes in 3.5-, 5-, and 7-quart capacities, while the Stockpot comes in 6- and 8-quart capacities. For the average household, we would recommend either the 5-, 6-, or 7-quart. The most popular sizes are the 6-quart Duromatic Stockpot and 7-quart Duromatic Saucepan. To give you an idea, these will fit a whole chicken and is great for everyday meals. If you cook meals in advance or want to make soup stock with bones and trimmings, then the 8-quart is a better choice.

The Duromatics are very safe. Actually, most pressure cookers are as safe as any appliance these days. They all feature some sort of simple steam release mechanism and a lid that is impossible to open unless it is safe to do so (no more pressure). We do want to mention that the Duromatics have a vent that releases steam if the pressure is built too high.

2) Presto 01362 6-Quart

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The Presto 01362 pressure cooker is a bestseller. It’s a 6-quart pressure cooker so it is a good size for a family of 4 to make everyday meals. It features a steam release mechanism and an overpressure plug that will let off steam if it builds up excessively.

It’s a popular pressure cooker given its size and price. Whenever someone asks us to recommend a starter pressure cooker to try out, we almost always tell them to go with this one instead of starting with Kuhn Rikon. It’s great value for money. You can also test out whether you like pressure cooking and whether the size is sufficient. Some people stick with this pressure cooker (after all, it’s durable and comes with a 12-year warranty) while others upgrade to a larger pot. Either way, the Presto 01362 is a fantastic, well-built pressure cooker.

3) Presto 01370 8-Quart

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A great stovetop pressure cooker for making stocks is the Presto 01370 8-quart. If you plan on making soups regularly, we don’t recommend anything less than 8-quart. You need space to put bones, carcasses, and trimmings. This pressure cooker not only stands as a conventional soup pot, but it’s large enough for home canning too. You’ll have no problems canning small batches of fruit and vegetables.

If you have problems deciding between a 6-quart and 8-quart, we recommend an 8-quart since it gives you more options of what to cook. However, on an efficiency standpoint, a 6-quart will definitely be better. So if your priority is to put together family meals fast, a 6-quart may be the better choice. Just like the other Presto pressure cookers, this one will come with a 12-year warranty.

4) Fissler Vitaquick 8.5 Quart

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Fissler takes a run at Kuhn Rikon for title of “Mercedes-Benz” of pressure cookers. Ironically, Fissler is German-made. It’s also a product that was designed with European households in mind. Since most European households have induction cooktops, it will work fine with them, as well as all other cooktops.

The stereotype that Europeans eat more real food than Americans probably rings true with this pressure cooker since it’s so easy to cook meals with. At 8.5-quarts large, it will fit large pot roast meals with vegetables and large, hearty soups. Unless you are canning, you won’t need anything larger for regular home cooking. Besides size, we like the pressure cooker for its design. It’s absolutely beautiful and performs well.

5) All-American 921 21.5 Quart

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If you are going to do some canning, then the All-American 21.5 quart pressure cooker/canner is the one to get. It will hold 19 pint jars or 7 quart jars. It’s a popular choice for home gardeners. The flip side is if you don’t cook food for an army, you should also get a smaller cooker for regular cooking purposes.

The All-American 21.5 quart is made in Wisconsin. It is quite heavy but durable. Due to its weight, it’s not recommended for glasstop cookstoves, but any other cookstove will work, and it will work fine on the largest burner. If you are new to canning, it comes with instructions. But we would also suggest getting some books on the topic of canning to learn in more detail.

Conclusion

If you were looking for a good stovetop pressure cooker, we hope you found the perfect one for you from this list. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about your buying decision too. You can ask us questions by leaving them in the comments below. We’ll try to get back to you as soon as we can!

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