Best Buy pressure cookers
Discover which Best Buy pressure cookers will take the stress out of cooking your favourite recipes
If your kitchen is busy and you don’t get much time to prepare dinner, then a pressure cooker is a convenient way to cut cooking time. Some aren't cheap, though, so to help you avoid wasting money on a gadget that will leave you with steam coming out of your ears, we've found some great pressure cookers that will cook your favourite recipes quickly and easily.
We've tested popular and innovative pressure cookers, mainly electric models, from big brands such as Crock Pot, Ninja, Tefal and Tower to see if they can produce a tasty meal. We’ve also tested some cheaper own-brand supermarket models, such as Asda’s, to find out if they produce decent results. Our tests go further than anyone else’s to ensure that the pressure cookers we recommend are the best your money can buy.
- Our Best Buy pressure cookers are easy to set up, use and clean.
- A Best Buy produces delicious dishes with well-cooked ingredients, tasty sauces and tender meat, rice and vegetables.
- We check each one is safe to use, so you won't end up burning your fingers.
How we uncover the best pressure cookers
A decent pressure cooker needs to cook great food, and be safe and easy to use. It should also be quick to heat up and cool down, so your favourite recipes don't turn to mush if you can’t get to them in time.
We assess each pressure cooker in almost 70 different areas, so you can rely on a Best Buy model to give you excellent results in the kitchen, without running out of steam.
- Cooking: Based on the recipes that pressure cooker owners prepare most often, we test-cook a range of dishes such as a beef-and-vegetable stew, and risotto with courgette. We also see how well it handles dried beans. The recipes are specially chosen to reveal how well the pressure cookers can deal with a range of tricky-to-cook foods. Our lab assessors check the quality of food, how quickly it cooks, and whether you end up with dry, tough meat or a pile of mush instead of a creamy risotto with evenly cooked courgette.
- Heating up and cooling down: A good pressure cooker needs to get up to pressure quickly. It also to cool down quickly so your food isn't overcooked, or you get a face full of steam when trying to retrieve your dinner. Our checks reveal the quickest and easiest ones to use.
- Cleaning: No one wants to spend hours cleaning their kitchen gadgets. We scrutinise each pressure cooker to hunt out those places where dirt can get trapped, how easy the cooking pot is to clean, and how much effort it takes to keep the shiny exterior spotless.
- Ease of use: Kitchen gadgets are all good and well, but if they're too difficult or fiddly to use then they'll probably end up relegated to the back of a cupboard. We check how simple each pressure cooker is to use, whether the instructions are easy to follow, and anything else that could come between you and a delicious dinner.
Pressure cooker reviews you can trust
Our pressure cooker reviews cover all the popular models, from budget buys to hi-tech multicookers, so you can buy the best kitchen gadget for your budget. You'll also find out which features may be worth paying extra for.
Which? is independent – we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We're not influenced by third parties and we don't accept freebies from product manufacturers or retailers. We buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.