Hawkins Contura Pressure Cooker Review

by Chef Alex on June 21, 2014

Most pressure cookers tend to be big because they are intended for families cooking at home or those who want to put together a big meal fast, but what about those smaller families or those simply looking for the best portable pressure cooker to bring around? Well if that’s you, then you’re in luck! One of the best pressure cookers on the market to fit the bill is the Hawkins Contura 3.3 quart (3 liter) pressure cooker. Not only is it one of the best in its class but it’s also one of the best pressure cookers, period.

Hawkins is a company that has been making pressure cookers since 1959. It has sold over 50 million pressure cookers worldwide and most of us chefs have probably owned one at one point in their lives. All pressure cookers made by Hawkins has an inside fitting lid that makes it safe to use. That lid has to be pushed down before it can open, and it can’t be pushed down unless all the steam is released to a safe level. So the company really puts safety as their priority when producing pressure cookers.

Features of the Hawkins Contura Pressure Cooker

hawkins-conturaHawkins makes a range of pressure cookers that are generally smaller in size. The smallest they have is the 1.5 liter version which is good for cooking for one or maximum two people. Its most popular version is the 3 liter. This pressure cooker cooks for 3 to 4 people and priced at an affordable $45. If you’re going to bring the pressure cooker on your travels or to someone else’s house, then this is easy to carry around. It’s a truly versatile product, not only because of its size, but because it works on all stove tops with the exception of induction: gas, electric, ceramic, halogen.

The Hawkins pressure cooker body is made out of hard anodized aluminum which means the aluminum has been dipped into a chemical bath to make the aluminum stronger and more resistant to corrosion. Aluminum is great because that means the pressure cooker distributes heat evenly. The lid is made out of stainless steel. Together, the parts create an absolutely stunning and well-designed pressure cooker. You can find the body in black or silver, but I would recommend going for the black because the contrast with the silver top is absolutely beautiful. Because of its material, the surface will not tarnish, pit, corrode, or scratch, making it one heck of a little machine!

The pressure cooker is not dishwasher safe, so please keep this in mind when purchasing it and do hand wash to ensure durability. But most people commented that they don’t mind because the pressure cooker itself is intended for two people max. How many dishes will you wash with only two people? So despite that they are simply pleased with the product. If you’re hard-pressed to find a pressure cooker that is good for two people, this fits the bill as far as functionality, durability, and design goes.

What to Look Out For

When using the pressure cooker, it’s a little different than other pressure cookers because rather than emitting steam slowly, the pressure cooker releases a burst in 15-20 second intervals. This can be annoying for some as each burst creates a noise. Besides, there isn’t a lot of customizable settings with this machine. It’s just a very basic one that will do the job. So if you are only beginning to use it, keep in mind that you will have to experiment a little first with the temperature and the timing to cook your food right. A little patience is required. But it will cook all types of vegetables, meat, beans, etc. through at about 15 psi. On the other hand, the lack of controls is perfect for those who don’t want to deal with excessive settings and just want to cook!


If you’re looking for a simple, small, affordable, and stylish pressure cooker to cook for 1 to 2 people, then the Hawkins Contura 3.3 quart pressure cooker is one of the best pressure cookers for you. It cooks fast. And while it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles it does the job. You will not find a better product at this size and price range. For those who are looking to add a small pressure cooker to their kitchen appliance collection, this is also a great portable choice for those excursions!

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