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A pressure cooker is an appliance you can’t find in every kitchen, but it’s one of the devices that are quickly gaining popularity because of the great benefits it has. The cooking time is reduced to one third, so you can save on energy costs and cook healthier food, as vitamins and nutrients do not get evaporated. If you consider purchasing one for your house, you probably already saw that there are really a lot of options available. We are going to have a look at some of the most popular brands to give you an idea what to look for when choosing a model that will meet your needs.

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 is a number one bestseller on amazon.com with more than 1500 reviews. It is a 7-in-1 multi-functional cooker; it includes a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a yogurt maker, a steamer, and a warmer. It can also do sauté and browning. It is UL and ULC certified with 10 proven safety mechanisms. The model is highly energy efficient and kitchen-friendly, featuring dual pressure settings for fast and flexible cooking: cooking with the high pressure reduces cooking time by up to 70% and the low pressure avoids overcooking delicate food. It includes a low profile stainless steel steam rack with handles, a rice paddle, a soup spoon and a measuring cup. More than 1200 buyers gave this item a 5 star rating. You can purchase it for around $140.

Secura 6-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker is another popular seller which serves as a slow cooker, a food steamer, a rice cooker, a browning/sauté pan and a soup maker. It comes with a measuring cup, a rice spoon, a user’s manual and a recipe book. It features a micro-computerized temperature and time-control system, a digital display, a convenient lid bracket, and up to 24-hour delay timer. Most customers gave it 4.4 out of 5 stars. You can buy it on sale for $105.

Another highly-rated model is Cuisinart CPC-600AMZ. It has settings for pressure cooking, browning, simmering, sautéing and warming and features a timer, cool-touch handles, a non-stick dishwasher-safe cooking pot and a trivet. Most customers’ reviews indicate that this pressure cooker is easy to use and that it does excellent job making stews, soups, pot roasts and other dishes. It costs around $100.

GoWise USA Stainless-Steel Cooking Pot is an electric pressure cooker that is suitable for making brown rice, white rice, meat, stews, beans, etc., and it comes with a stainless steel rack, a plastic cup and a spoon. It also features a stainless steel outer body with cool touch handles, a stainless steel self-locking lid with rubber gasket, a floating valve, an anti-blocking case, a pressure safety valve, a pressure regulator knob, a locking pin, and a cool touch handle. Customers give it 4.3 out of 5 stars and you can purchase it for $90.

West Bend 6-Quart Stainless Pressure Cooker is a 6-quart round cooking pot with non-stick interior and exterior. It includes 7 built-in safety features, a cool touch locking lid, a brushed stainless steel finish with heavy duty handles. Its cover and base are cool-touch heat-resistant. Buyers give it 4.3 out of 5 starts and it sells for around $115.

These are just a few of the numerous devices available online. When making a final decision pay attention to the manufacturer’s policy as this is a pricey investment and you don’t want to lose your money in case it breaks. However, as customers note this is not an appliance that breaks often and can withstand up to 10 years of continuous use.

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