Type There are two types of pressure cookers: stovetop or electric. Stovetop pressure cookers work how their name sounds—they are placed on the stovetop and controlled by the heat of the burner. No power s ... Show more
Cooking Pot Volume The recommended volume of the cooking pot depends on the number of people you typically cook for. For 1-2 people, 4-5 liters (4.2-5.3 quarts) will suffice. For 3-4 people, aim for 6-7 liters (6.3-7.4 ... Show more
Coating Material Each pressure cooker will be coated with a certain material inside the cooking pot and lid. The type of coating impacts the ease of cleaning the cooker, the longevity of the device and the safety of t ... Show more
Number of Built-In Programs
How many built-in or preset programs does the pressure cooker offer?
Type of Built-In Programs Pressure cookers can have anywhere from 0 to 15+ built-in programs or pre-sets to cook different types of foods. This can range from the basics, such as rice, porridge, soup, yogurt, and stock, to les ... Show more
Maximum Cooking Time Whether for safety reasons or some other purpose, most pressure cookers will have a maximum cooking time. Once that time is up, you’ll have to reset the timer, which often leads to the device needing ... Show more
Automatic Pressure Release Automatic pressure release is a convenient feature for those who prefer hands-off cooking. The device automatically releases steam to regulate the buildup of pressure. The benefits to this are twofold ... Show more
Manual Pressure Release Valve More hands-on and experienced cooks will likely choose stovetop pressure cookers because you can control the release of pressure manually. This is typically done by a valve on the lid that turns to bu ... Show more
Lid Lock To prevent accidental opening of the cooker when pressurized, the lid of the cooker should have a lid lock. Lid locks operate by securing the lid to the pot once a certain level of pressure is reached ... Show more
Power Control Power control is a safety feature that cuts off power if the pressure cooker reaches unsafe pressure levels or temperatures. Most pressure cookers have other features in place to ensure safe pressure ... Show more
Safety Certifications To ensure maximum safety of the device you choose, verify that it has a certified safety rating for your country. Examples include UL Certified for North America or ULC Certified for Canada. These saf ... Show more
Dishwasher Safe Not all pressure cookers can be washed in the dishwasher. Additionally, not all parts of every pressure cooker are dishwasher safe. For ease of use and cleaning, it may be in your best interest to cho ... Show more
Accessories Included Some pressure cookers come with a variety of accessories, including a steaming rack, recipe book, serving utensils and measuring cups, and more. The steam rack is especially useful because it helps ce ... Show more
Stainless steel (18/8) steam rack without handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, and measuring cup
What kind of display does the device have?
Bluetooth Enabled If a pressure cooker has Bluetooth, you can control the program and monitor progress through your smartphone or tablet. This usually requires you to download an application that syncs to your device. ... Show more
Smartphone/Tablet Control If the pressure cooker is wireless or Bluetooth enabled, you may be able to control the cooking process from your smartphone or tablet. This includes cook time, pressure levels, program settings, and ... Show more
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