Best electric pressure cookers for 2021
Electric pressure cookers have staged a comeback in recent years, mainly thanks to the success of the Instant Pot and other brands.
Pressure cookers work by allowing steam to build up inside a sealed pot, creating a high-pressure environment that allows food to cook faster.
Traditional stove-top models have a bit of a reputation as you need to keep a constant check on them during cooking to adjust the heat and pressure levels. Not so with electric models, which promise to take the guesswork out of pressure cooking, so you can enjoy the benefits of quick cooking without having to supervise the process.
Electric models can cost anything from £50 to more than £200, so which one should you buy? We've rounded up our top picks in the table below to help you decide.
Last updated: March 2021
Choosing the best electric pressure cooker for you
If you're looking to buy an electric pressure cooker, it's worth considering the following features to get the right one for your needs:
- Size Electric pressure cookers, especially those which can be used as a multi-cooker, can be big and will take up a lot of space on your kitchen worktop. A larger capacity means a bigger appliance to keep on your worktop. If space is tight, look for models with a small footprint or opt for a more compact cooker.
- Capacity The stated capacity, often used to sell these products, isn't actually how much cooking space you'll have as the pot shouldn't be filled to the top. When choosing what capacity to get, work out how many people you need to feed and if you'll want to batch cook. Anything around five or six litres will be plenty for a family, or for extras to freeze.
- Multiple cooking modes It's becoming more common now to see electric pressure cookers that are actually multi-cookers. This means you can cook things such as rice and steam veg, as well as pressure cooking. Some can slow-cook, brown meat or even make yoghurt. Some have presets allowing you to quickly select the cooking function you need. Some, like the Ninja, can even grill, bake or roast. If you're opting for a large capacity, choosing a multi-cooker will give you maximum versatility for the space it will take up.
- Dishwasher-safe cooking pot Choosing one with a dishwasher-safe cooking pot, or accessories, will help save time and effort when cleaning up.
- Automatic pressure release Some models have this feature, which means cooking is fully automatic as you don't have to manually release the pressure at the end of cooking.
- Keep-warm setting This will keep your meal warm until you're ready to eat. Some timers can be up to 24 hours.