Paul has been passionate about preparing, cooking, and eating healthy food for over 30 years. Born in the UK, he now lives in Florida.
No kitchen is complete without a pressure cooker, in my opinion. These pans are an invaluable tool for those of us who love to save time and energy when preparing a meal.
They are also great for locking in the taste and nutrients, easy to use, plus they take up a relatively small amount of space, especially when you consider that you can make an entire meal in them.
Pressure cookers can be combined with air fryers, rice cookers, and/or slow cookers too in order to create all-in-one multi-functional appliances.
Stainless steel construction makes them sturdy enough to last you a lifetime.
Top 3 Pressure Cookers Made From Stainless Steel
Below are my three best stainless steel pressure cookers.
- T-fal Pressure Cooker: Solid and Reliable
- Kuhn Rikon Duromatic: Superior Quality Construction and Design
- Instant Pot Ultra 60: Versatile and Affordable
I explore each of my selections in more detail below, explaining my reasoning and experiences.
T-fal Pressure Cooker: Solid and Reliable
Having used numerous products over the years, I settled on a T-fal pressure cooker and used it for over three years. I would highly recommend this model to those who require a well-designed pan that's reasonably priced.
It's a solid and reliable cooker that's straightforward to use. There's nothing super fancy about this pan, it just does the job it's supposed to do very well and without any fuss, and let's face it, that's what most people require from their pressure cooker.
My T-fal Pros
- The big selling point for this well-designed pan is the T-fal Thermo-Spot heat indicator, which lets you know when the pan is preheated to the right temperature and ready to begin cooking
- It's straightforward to use, all you have to do is lock the lid, set the pressure to 10 or 15 PSI, and turn on the heat.
- Stainless steel construction is a must for me, I want something that's built to last, I would never settle for aluminum.
- I've used it for makings stews, soups, curries, and many other meals, it's also great for making rice.
- For those who are nervous about pressure cooking, I can vouch that this pan is well-designed when it comes to safety, and feels very secure.
- It has an attractive appearance and works with all heat sources, including induction.
- The T-fal is very reasonably priced, the last time I looked, you could pick one up for under $70.
My T-fal Cons
- While it's sturdily built, that also means it's fairly heavy.
- The operating instructions included with the T-fal pressure cooker are pretty basic.
Kuhn Rikon Duromatic: Superior Quality Construction and Design
While I was very happy using my T-fal, I have to admit that upgrading to the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic was a revelation and pure joy. The new pan was actually gifted to me by my wife, who, knowing how much I love pressure cooking, decided to help me take my experience to another level. The first thing that struck me about my new Kuhn Rikon Duromatic was the sheer beauty of the pan, the second thing was the quality of its construction. Then I began to use it and I have loved it ever since.
My Kuhn Rikon Pros
- It's effortless to use and has become one of my favorite pieces of kitchen equipment. I use it nearly every day.
- The build quality tops any of the other pressure cookers I've used, and believe me I've tried a few in my time.
- This pan will likely be the quietest one that you'll ever use. No steam seems to escape this beauty, and I've never known it to boil dry.
- I've used it for veal, turkey, lamb joints, beef joints, oxtail, curries, stews, and soups, with consistently great results every time.
- There are plenty of safety features, which should offer peace of mind for those concerned about pressure cooking.
- It's simply the best pressure cooker I've used.
My Kuhn Rikon Cons
- This pan does require some hand cleaning and light oiling.
- It's far from cheap. On the plus side though, it will last a lifetime.
Instant Pot Ultra 60: Versatile and Affordable
I've included this multi-use device as a recommendation specifically aimed at those who live in a situation where space is an issue, such as my daughter. The great thing about an Instant Pot Ultra 60 is that although they aren't dedicated pressure cookers, their array of other functions makes them invaluable. My daughter loves hers and wouldn't be without it.
My Instant Pot Ultra 60 Pros
- Versatility is the big advantage of an Instant Pot - as well as pressure cooking, you gain the ability to slow cook, sauté, steam, warm, and sterilize, you can use it to make all sorts of foods such as rice, porridge, yogurt, and cakes, not just main meals.
- This device looks like it might be over-complicated, but it's actually very easy to use. The LCD display makes the cooking process straightforward to follow.
- Plenty of safety features, it's easy to regulate the steam and pressure, and then release it when desired.
- It's such an easy way to make quick and healthy meals, even if you're not a natural cook, I bought my daughter hers when she went away to college, and she loves it.
- These devices offer great value when you consider all the functions that you're getting in one package.
My Ultra Pot Ultra 60 Cons
- Like with all pressure cooking, the Instant Pot uses moisture as part of the cooking process, if you want something to be crisp or crunchy, that will need to be cooked separately.
7 Advantages of Pressure Cooking
Below are seven benefits of using a pressure cooker.
- Saves time: Pressure cookers can cook around 40°F hotter than regular pans, so the food cooks hotter and quicker.
- Saves energy: These pans are an efficient way of cooking thanks to their insulation and lower water requirement.
- Locks in more of the nutrients: The shorter cooking times and less water used means that the food preserves more of its minerals and vitamins than with regular pans, where dilution can cause issues.
- Color and flavor is retained: Pressure cookers use steam rather than water to cook food, this means that less color and taste is lost.
- Only one piece of equipment: You can make an entire meal with one pan, this means less storage room needed, less stove space occupied, and less to clean.
- Kitchen stays cool: Unlike regular pans which throw out heat and steam, pressure cookers hold in the steam and heat resulting in a cooler kitchen.
- Food preservation: Besides being used for fast cooking, pressure cookers are used to produce food that can be canned for future use. This is why they are sometimes referred to as "canners."
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