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Pressure cookers are renowned for cooking scrumptious meals with deep flavors in a fraction of the time. You can often cook cutting time by 50-70% when compared to stovetop or oven cooking and still get the same, cooked-all-day flavor. While manual pressure cookers are great, electric pressure cookers are even better.
We’ll go through the best electric pressure cookers in terms of value and features. Many of these electric pressure cookers are under $100, so you can pick one up even if your budget is tight.
Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker
The only reason this is in the Affordable category and not the Best Value or Premium one is because it’s so inexpensive, and honestly I can’t understand why it’s so cheap because it does so much. This electric pressure cooker does the work of seven different kitchen gadgets, making it ideal for the foodie who wants it all.
Yeah, you can use it as a pressure cooker, or you can hit a button and turn it into a slow cooker, rice cooker, warmer, yogurt maker, and more. This is a compact unit with a 3Qt capacity and measures out to about 12x11x11 inches. You’ll also love that it emits no heat, steam, or cooking smells.
The 700W heating element allows the Instant Pot Duo Mini to reach your desired temperature quickly. You can select high pressure for fast cooking or low pressure that avoid overcooking your ingredients. There are three heat settings and a timer to ensure that you only cook as long as you want to. Overall, this is a steal and it replaces many of your other common kitchen gadgets.
Best Value 1
Crock-Pot 8-Quart Multi-Use XL Express Crock Programmable Slow Cooker
If you’re looking for a big boy version of the Instant Pot Duo Mini but don’t want to spend too much money, then the Crock-Pot Multi-Use XL Express is your best option. It has about the same amount of options but comes in a huge 8Qt size, ready to cook food for 10+ people. This electric pressure cooker measures about 15x14x16 inches.
Get ready to clear off your kitchen counter because all you need is this single kitchen gadget. This electric pressure cooker also functions as a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, rice, and yogurt maker and it can even boil or simmer water for pasta. All it takes is the push of a button to get started.
The manual pressure feature allows you set the cooking time along with either low or high pressure. The nonstick cooking pot prevents food from sticking and can be washed in the dishwasher.
Best Value 2
Cuisinart CPC-600 6 Quart 1000 Watt Electric Pressure Cooker
The Cuisinart electric pressure cooker might seem basic when compared to some others on this list, but don’t let that fool you. While this may not replace all your existing kitchen gadgets and add a few more to your arsenal, it does an all-around great job of being a pressure cooker. It’s a massive 6Qt and will reduce cooking time by about 70% in most cases.
The push-button controls make it easy to switch between high and low pressures along with the browning, sauteing, simmering and warming options. The digital display is simple to read and the precision thermostat regulates temperature throughout the whole process. One of the best things is the 1000W heating element, which allows it to reach and maintain high temperatures better than many other electric pressure cookers.
Roughly measuring to about 12.2×12.2×13.2 inches, this should easily fit on most countertops. It also has cool-touch handles, a timer and the nonstick cooking pot is dishwasher-safe.
Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker 6 Quarts with Stainless Steel Pot
This large electric pressure cooker comes with so many features it’s easy to get lost in them. They even included cheat sheets and reference guides so that you remember all the functions, and there’s a lot. There are 14 one-button settings for poultry, meat and stew, bean and chili, soup, steam, yogurt, manual pressure cooking, and so much more. You can even make cakes or pasteurize milk along with cooking rice.
Make two dishes simultaneously with the stainless steel pot and steamer basket. The 6Qt pot also comes with a 4cm raised trivet, ladle, rice paddle, and silicone mitts. The Mealthy app shows you thousands of recipes and wonderful step-by-step videos for making the best of this electric pressure cooker.
Despite all the features, the Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 is simple to use. The LCD panel is easy to read and all the buttons are obvious and clearly labeled. The unit measures out to 13×12.5×12.25 inches, so it should fit most spaces without being squeezed in.
Yedi Total Package 8Qt 9-in-1 Instant Programmable XL Pressure Cooker, Deluxe Accessory Kit
If you hate all your kitchen appliances and can’t stand the thought of them crowding your kitchen anymore, then this is the perfect way to clear off your counter. The Yedi Total Package tells no lies, it’s the perfect name for this electric pressure cooker. It of course has a pressure cooker feature, but it can also slow cook, saute, make rice, yogurt, steam, act as a hot pot, or make eggs.
Not only does it replace a bunch of appliances, but it also has 15 one-touch cooking programs that make everything even easier. From all types of meats to soups, cakes, porridge, vegetables, and more, this electric pressure cooker is able to cook just about anything you can throw at it. Another neat feature is that you can manually set cooking time. Most other electric pressure cookers only have predetermined times, but you can set the time as you see fit.
You’ll be happy to know that it doesn’t end with just programs and features. You get a ton of accessories along with the 8qt pressure cooker itself. There’s a tempered glass lid for sauteing and slow cooking, two steaming trivets, a rice paddle, ladle, cooking mitts, a replacement silicone sealing ring, stainless steel steaming basket, measuring cup, and a stainless steel inner cooking pot.
On top of all this, you’re getting a large recipe book and access to the Yedi Houseware Appliances app with even more recipes and unique ways to use your pressure cooker. In general, this is a luxury electric pressure cooker that lives up to its promises and will cook just about anything.
Every electric pressure cooker here can reduce your cooking time by 70% or more because they quickly reach temperature and hold the pressure there, infusing meats, vegetables, and other ingredients with an all-day cooked flavor. Whether you’re looking to simply reduce your cooking time or use a whole new appliance, electric pressure cookers are truly a wonder and they keep your stove open for other pots and pans.
These are our favorite electric pressure cookers. In terms of choosing which one works for you, it all comes down to size and features since they all function at the same relative level of proficiency. The budget Instant Pot is a wonder when it comes to features, the only thing holding it back is that it’s small at 3qt.
The Yedi Total Package is probably my favorite on the whole list because it’s huge and has a ton of features, so many that you could spend days and days figuring out new ways to use this pressure cooker. It’s the most expensive of course, but it’s just over $100 so it’s still fairly affordable.
If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, then the Crock Pot 8Qt Multi-Use XL is a multifunction unit with lots of room and lots of features, but a price tag that’s still very affordable.