Best pressure cooker: 6 great models compared

BEST OVERALL
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Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker

The Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker is our choice for the 'Best Overall Pressure Cooker' thanks to its innovative design and superb build quality. Ninja's TenderCrisp technology combines pressure cooking and air frying to give you beautifully crisp and juicy meats, every time.

The sizeable 8-quart capacity means the Foodi is very bulky and will take up a lot of your kitchen space. That's not the only thing about the Ninja Foodi that is bulky; the price point is substantial too.

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BEST VALUE
Instant Pot Duo Nova 8 Quart Pressure Cooker

If you want value for money, look no further than the Instant Pot Duo Nova 8 Quart Pressure Cooker. This massive cooker from Instant Pot is a great rival to the Ninja Foodi for a fraction of the cost.

The food it produces can be healthy (given the right recipe) and delicious, but don't expect it to be crispy. The cleanup process might take a little longer too.

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Things we look for

When we selected our six favorite models, we considered specific criteria to make sure we covered all the bases:

  1. Value: When buying a new appliance, it’s essential to know you’re getting the best bang for your buck. The pressure cookers we reviewed span a wide range of price points to cover all budgets.
  2. Size & Capacity: Families come in all sizes, as do pressure cookers. We’ve considered the footprints and cooking capacities to make sure there’s an option for everyone.
  3. Build Quality: Nothing is perfect; however, the appliances we recommend are top quality. They’re also durable and reliable.
  4. Functionality: Our favorite pressure cookers are among the most versatile appliances on the market, with tons of features and options to make cooking fun and easy.

1. Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker

BEST PRESSURE COOKER
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Ninja FD401 Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker, Broil, Dehydrate, Slow Cook, Air Fryer, and More, with a Stainless Finish
  • The Ninja Foodi Deluxe—the deluxe pressure cooker that crisps.
  • Deluxe cooking capacity - XL 8-qt. pot, XL 5-qt. Cook & Crisp Basket and Deluxe Reversible Rack let you cook for a small group.
  • TenderCrisp Technology lets you quickly pressure cook ingredients to lock in juices, then give them a crispy, golden air-fryer finish.

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 16.1 x 14.57 x 14.2 inches
  • Material: Plastic
  • Appliance Weight: 26lbs
  • Capacity: 8 Quarts
  • Available Colors: Black/Silver
  • Wattage: 1760W

Things To Love

  • Superb Performance: The Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker can cook almost any meal you can imagine. This appliance is built to the usual high standards we’ve come to expect from Ninja.
  • Substantial Capacity: With an 8-quart cooking capacity, the Ninja Foodi is one of the larger pressure cookers on the market.
  • TenderCrisp: Combine pressure cooking and air frying to have the best of both worlds with Ninja’s TenderCrisp function. Cook crispy, tender meats in half the time.
  • Reversible Rack: Use the reversible rack to separate food groups and cook entire meals in one appliance.
  • Easy To Clean: The pot and basket are ceramic-coated, which make them really easy to clean. The diffuser is slightly more challenging, but still relatively simple. All are dishwasher safe.
  • Many Functions: While the appliances we’re evaluating are being rated on their pressure-cooking abilities, the Ninja Foodi is more than just a pressure cooker; it can also an air fry, steam, saute, bake, broil, slow cook, and dehydrate.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Expensive: Much like any appliance that is top of the range, it will come with a top of the range price point.
  • Big & Heavy: You’ll need a lot of kitchen space if you buy the Ninja Foodi as its footprint is massive. Avoid moving it around where possible because it’s heavy too.
  • Fixed Lid: The pressure cooker lid is permanently attached to the appliance, and when it is open, the Ninja Foodi measures a whopping 21 inches in height.

Final Remarks

The Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker is unrivaled in its ability to cook delicious and nutritious meals. Yes, it has a large footprint and expensive when you compare it to similar appliances, but it’s worth the money if the Foodi is within your budget. 

This appliance’s multi-functionality is second to none, and Ninja’s TenderCrisp technology sets the Foodi apart from all other contenders.

Overall Score: 18/20

2. Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

BEST VALUE PRESSURE COOKER
Instant Pot Duo Nova Pressure Cooker 7 in 1,  8 Qt, Best for Beginners
  • Best for beginners: An upgrade to the all-time bestseller Instant Pot Duo series, the Duo Nova combines 7 appliances in 1: Pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute pan, food warmer, and yogurt maker. This 8Qt model has the capacity to cook for up to 8 people, great for larger families or groups
  • Healthy & consistently delicious: Duo Nova is powered by a sophisticated microprocessor that monitors and adjusts pressure, temperature, time, and heat to cook food up to 70% faster than other methods and deliver consistent, delicious results every time
  • Smart lid: The new easy seal lid gives you one less thing to worry about because it automatically seals your Instant Pot. Steam release is also a breeze with the fast, safe push of the quick release button. And it even comes with a bonus sealing ring

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 14.8 x 13.6 x 14 inches
  • Material: Plastic/Stainless Steel
  • Appliance Weight: 20.3lbs
  • Capacity: 8 Quarts
  • Available Colors: Black/Stainless Steel
  • Wattage: 1200W

Things To Love

  • Affordable: The Instant Pot Duo Nova is almost twice as affordable as the Ninja Foodi, making it more widely accessible to those on a tighter budget.
  • Large Capacity: Much like the Foodi, the Duo Nova also has an 8-quart capacity, making the Instant Pot an ideal appliance for large families.
  • Delayed Start: Plan your meals ahead of time with the delayed start function. You can time your cooking up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Stainless Steel Pot: Rest assured, you won’t be getting any flakes of ‘non-stick coating’ coming off into your food with the stainless steel pot.
  • Pre-programmed Settings: This appliance has a ton of one-touch settings on top of the pressure cooker mode; these include Soup, Stew, Chilli, Poultry, Slow Cook, Saute, Rice, Porridge, and Steam.

What’s Not To Like?

  • No Crisp Feature: While the Ninja Foodi can deliver a beautifully crispy chicken, the Instant Pot Duo Nova can not. 
  • Sealing Rings Absorb Aromas: The sealing rings on the Instant Pot Duo Nova tend to absorb the odor of the food you’re cooking, and they can be tricky to remove. The appliance comes with two rings, so it might be wise to keep one for savory food and one for desserts.
  • Challenging To Clean: While the stainless steel pot might be better for your health than non-stick coated ones, it is more difficult to clean. Also, there’s right and wrong way to clean this appliance, but there are many guides online to help.

Final Remarks

The Instant Pot Duo Nova is a superb pressure cooker that is chocked full of features for a relatively low price tag. The pre-programmed settings give this appliance a ton of versatility to provide you with the most bang for your buck.

The substantial cooking capacity can cook large meals that are tasty and nutritious … just not crispy.

Overall Score: 17/20

3. Mueller UltraPot Pressure Cooker

Mueller 6 Quart Pressure Cooker 10 in 1, Cook 2 Dishes at Once, Tempered Glass Lid incl, Saute, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker and Much More
  • 🔎 10 APPLIANCES IN 1 & 15 PRESET SMART PROGRAMS – Unlike most other Hot Pots on the market, ours gives you the flexibility to manually input cooking times when required and you also have the pre-programmed smart programs already set for many dishes such as Oatmeal, Broth/Soup, Poultry, Yogurt, Egg, Beans/Chilli, Rice, Pressure Cook (Manual Setting), Meat/Stew, Cake. Slow Cook, Steam, Saute, Canning & Multi-Grain so all of your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button
  • 🔎 GERMAN ENGINEERED TO LAST - Unlike other models our cooker is made with high quality rubber seals, strong reliable heat resistant handles and internal electronics made to stand the test of time.
  • 🔎 2 DISHES SIMULTANEOUSLY & ACCESSORIES INCLUDED- We have included a BONUS Stainless Steel Steamer Basket which allows you to cook 2 dishes at the same time as well as an extra silicone gasket, ladle and measuring cup saving you time and money!

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 16 x 13 x 13 inches
  • Material: Stainless Steel/Plastic
  • Appliance Weight: 16.07lbs
  • Capacity: 6 Quart
  • Available Colors: Black/Grey
  • Wattage: 1000W

Things To Love

  • German Engineering: Products that come from Germany are generally made to the highest standard. The Mueller UltraPot is no different. 
  • Ten Safety Features: While pressure cookers are inherently safe, consumers are concerned that a faulty device could cause catastrophic injuries if they fail. The Mueller UltraPot comes with ten safety features to make sure that doesn’t happen.
  • 15 Pre-Sets: The Mueller UltraPot comes with 15 different one-touch settings that make this among the most versatile pressure cookers on the market.
  • It’s Quiet: One disadvantage of modern kitchen appliances is that they can be quite loud. Obnoxiously loud in some cases. The UltraPot is so quiet you might not think it’s running.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Inner Pot Known To Stain: Some consumers have reported that the stainless steel inner pot is not as stainless as they hoped. 
  • Vague Instructions: You might need to go online to work out how your Mueller UltraPot works, as the included instruction book is ambiguous and challenging to understand.
  • Tiny Writing on the Buttons: This is a minor gripe, but if your eyesight, like mine, isn’t the best, you might struggle to read the small text on the buttons.

Final Remarks

The Mueller UltraPot is a superb alternative to the Foodi or Duo Nova, thanks to its decent-sized 6-quart capacity and relatively low price tag. It has a plethora of functions and presets that make it a versatile appliance, and thanks to German engineering, it’s one you can rely on.

Overall Score: 15/20

4. Breville BPR700BSS Fast Slow Pro Pressure Cooker

Breville BPR700BSS Fast Slow Pro Slow Cooker, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Color changing LCD tells you when the cooker is pressurizing, cooking or releasing steam
  • 3 Way Safety System/Safety locking lid, automatic hands free steam release, safety valve
  • 11 pressure cook settings plus a custom setting to suit your favorite recipes

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 13.5 x 14 inches
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Appliance Weight: 14lbs
  • Capacity: 6 Quart
  • Available Colors: Silver
  • Wattage: 1100W

Things To Love

  • It Looks Amazing: Appearance is subjective, but in our opinion, the Breville Fast Slow Pressure cooker is the best-looking appliance on the market. It has a high-quality, professional feel to it and would look fantastic in any modern kitchen. 
  • First-Class Performance: You can not argue with the results of the Breville Fast Slow Pressure Cooker, as it produces some of the most tender, juicy meats you can imagine.
  • Full Feedback LCD: The Full Feedback LCD lets you know what your appliance is doing at all times. It’s easy to read, has a modern feel, and even changes color depending on its function.
  • Auto Steam Release: This automatic steam release feature keeps your hands away from the release valve and any potential burns.

What’s Not To Like?

  • It’s Pretty Pricey: The Breville Fast Slow is only outpriced by the Ninja Foodi, and while it is worth the money, the high-end price tag means it won’t be accessible to many consumers.
  • Silicone Seal Retains Odor: Unfortunately for the Breville Fast Slow, the gasket has been known to absorb the odor of particularly strong-smelling ingredients.
  • Challenging To Seal: Numerous consumers have reported that this pressure cooker is challenging to seal for its first few uses until it’s broken in.

Final Remarks

The Breville BPR700BSS Fast Slow Pro Pressure Cooker is an expensive appliance, but it’s easy to see why. Its appearance alludes to the superior build quality and performance, while the full feedback LCD is both functional and pretty, but it will put a large dent in your bank balance. 

Overall Score:  17/20

5. Cosori CP016-PC Pressure Cooker

COSORI CP016-PC Electric 6 Qt 8-in-1 Instant Stainless Steel Pot Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart
  • Note: Do not immerse the base in water or spray any water inside the housing;Always check the parts inside the lid to make sure they are not damaged or cracked.Please note that this voltage only applies to USA and Canada

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 13.25 inches
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Appliance Weight: 15lbs
  • Capacity: 6 Quart
  • Available Colors: Silver
  • Wattage: 1000W

Things To Love

  • Super Affordable: The Cosori CP016-PC Pressure Cooker is the most affordable appliance on our list, making it widely accessible to almost all consumers.
  • Accessories: Cosori have bundled a generous amount of accessories into this package deal to make sure you’re good to go right out of the box. It comes with a measuring cup, extra seal, specialist spoon and ladle, and a recipe book along with the cooker itself.
  • 16 One-Touch Settings: Life is made much easier with 16 pre-programmed settings that come at the touch of a button, giving this pressure cooker enormous versatility.
  • Customizable Programs: If you like to experiment in the kitchen, you’ll love to concoct your own recipes using the customizable program function.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Odorous Seal: Like a couple of other pressure cookers on our list, the Cosori pressure cooker also has an issue with the rubber seal absorbing the smell of the previously cooked food. Not a deal-breaker, but not ideal. 
  • Struggles With Rice: Some consumers report this cooker doesn’t cook rice very well, with many finding burnt rice in their pot at the end of the cooking cycle.

Final Remarks

The Cosori CP016-PC Pressure Cooker is a low budget appliance that ticks all the right boxes. It has a ton of features and is extremely versatile. Its low price point means the longevity won’t be as good as Ninja or Instant Pot, but this is a very capable pressure cooker.

Overall Score: 14/20

6. Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

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Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Sterilizer, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, and Warmer, 6 Quart, 16 One-Touch Programs
  • Instant Pot Ultra electric pressure cooker is the next generation in kitchen appliances. A central dial with a simple turn and press provides added precision in program selection and adjustment
  • New features: altitude adjustment, cooking indicator, and a steam release reset button. The Ultra button for custom programming. The new features include sterilize, cake and egg programs
  • Replaces 10 common kitchen Appliances pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, egg cooker, sauté/searing, steamer, warmer, and sterilizer

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 13 x 12.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Appliance Weight: 11.83
  • Capacity: 6 Quart
  • Available Colors: Stainless Steel/Black
  • Wattage: 1000W

Things To Love

  • Superb Control Panel: This high-tech control panel is not only a display for program selection and the timer, but it also provides you with a ‘cooking indicator.’ Hence, you know the exact pressure of your appliance and your meal’s progress with an easy to interpret graph.
  • Lightweight: The Instant Pot Ultra is easily the lightest appliance on our list, so it’s ideal if you need to move it around for storage.
  • Accessories: Along with the central unit, you get a steam rack & lid, serving spoon, soup spoon, measuring cup, and recipe book.
  • Altitude Adjustment: As pressure cookers use pressure to cook, the performance can be affected if you live at a high altitude, meaning you’ll need to cook for longer. The altitude adjuster will give you precise times to make sure you get it right.

What’s Not To Like?

  • There’s a Learning Curve: With an expensive kitchen appliance, you almost hope that it’ll do everything for you; however, the automation on the Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker seems to be ‘off’ ever so slightly, with many consumers reporting the settings need a little tweaking to cook perfect food.
  • Saute Function Not Hot Enough: With the absence of a built-in air fryer, you could use the saute function to get a nice crispy finish. However, consumer reports suggest the Instant Pot Ultra doesn’t get hot enough to achieve the desired effect.

Final Remarks

The Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker is a versatile small kitchen appliance that looks great, has lots of cool features and accessories, and has a futuristic LCD and control dial. If you live at altitude, you have the added bonus of the auto adjuster that will help you with your cook times. 

You might need to practice with your pressure cooker as there is a bit of a learning curve, which is disappointing considering the mid-range price point.

Overall Score: 15/20

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