September 2022

Pressure Cookers: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Pressure Cooker rankings posted by key online experts, as of September 2022.

Summary

As of 13 Sep 2022, Instant Pot Duo60 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed pressure cooker with 5 expert endorsements. 4 experts out of 5 recommended it as the '#1 pressure cooker' this month. It is followed by Breville Fast Slow Pro and Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL , with 8 and 6 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - September 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Pressure Cooker
Good Housekeeping
Merriam Webster
My Domaine
Food & Wine
The Strategist
NBC News
Forbes
Simply Recipes
All Recipes
The Spruce Eats
1
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Instant Pot Duo60
1
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1
4
1
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1
2
- $280
Breville Fast Slow Pro
3
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7
3
11
1
-
3
3
7
3
- $211
Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL
6
5
3
-
-
3
6
5
-
-
4
- $99
T-fal Secure 5 SS
4
-
9
-
3
-
3
2
-
-
5
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Farberware 7-in-1 Programmable
2
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-
-
-
2
-
-
2
-
6
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Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
1
-
7
- $193
Instant Pot Crisp + Air Fryer
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
4
-
8
- $50
Presto Stainless Steel
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
3
12
- $149
Crock-Pot XL Express
-
-
-
-
9
-
-
-
-
2
13
- $69
Crock-Pot Express
7
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
14
- $156
Chef iQ Smart Cooker
5
-
-
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
16
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Yedi Multi-Use 9-in-1
-
-
8
7
-
-
-
-
-
-

We ranked Instant Pot Duo60 #1 in September 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Pressure Cookers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 4 experts ranked Instant Pot Duo60 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Overall Pressure Cooker

Pros
Topped Lab tests from slow cooking to pressure cooking
Simple, intuitive controls
Replaces 7 appliances in one footprint
​​Pressure cooks on low and high for more control

Cons
No setting for sterilizing
Took a long time to release pressure naturally

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The Strategist

Best-Rated Pressure Cooker

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NBC News

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Forbes

Best Pressure Cooker for Most People

Pros
Easy to use
Simple cleanup
Built-in safety features

Cons
Lower capacity than other models

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The Spruce Eats

Best Overall

Pros
Remembers previous settings
Three temperature levels
Precise temperature control

Cons
Comes with minimal accessories
Difficult to see the pressure valve

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We ranked Breville Fast Slow Pro #2 in September 2022 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Pressure Cookers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Breville Fast Slow Pro as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Electric Pressure Cooker

Pros
Offers great control over temperature and pressure levels
11 pressure cook settings plus a custom setting option
LCD display shows pressure indicator, temperature, and timer

Cons
Came up to pressure slowly in tests
Quick-release valve wasn’t quick to release pressure
No delay start setting

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My Domaine

Best Smart

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Food & Wine

Best for Experienced Cooks

Pros
This appliance weds style and smarts for a premium cooking experience.
Choose from a number

Cons
Our most expensive pick, it's more of an investment than beginner cooks will want to make.
It also takes up more space than other 6-quart models.

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The Strategist

Best Automatic Electric Pressure Cooker

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NBC News

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Simply Recipes

Best Multi-Cooker

Pros
Sharp stainless steel design
intuitive control panel
accurate presets
easy to clean and store
features an auto-pulse release

Cons
Pot may retain some odors

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All Recipes

Best Foodie Buy

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The Spruce Eats

Best High-End Electric

Pros
Adjustable pressure settings
Automatic steam release settings
Versatile

Cons
Number of presets may overwhelm some cooks
Short warranty period

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Pressure Cookers.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Pressure Cookers, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for September 2022 ranking

We ranked Ninja Foodi Deluxe XL #3 in September 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Pressure Cookers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Pressure Cooker with Air Fryer

Pros
12 functions
Large enough capacity to feed 8 to 10 people
All parts are dishwasher safe

Cons
Bulky footprint
Pricey

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Merriam Webster

Best Splurge

Pros
Combines two trendy appliances into one

Cons
Slow cooker slower than traditional slow cooker
Air fryer takes some time to heat up

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My Domaine

Best Splurge

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NBC News

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Forbes

Best Pressure Cooker Air Fryer Combo

Pros
Extra-large capacity
Multiple cooking functions

Cons
Expensive
Many accessories to store

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Simply Recipes

Best for Big-Batch Cooking

Pros
Suitable size for large meals
can cook nearly anything
easy to clean
powerful performance

Cons
Heavy
takes up a lot of counter space

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We ranked T-fal Secure 5 SS #4 in September 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Pressure Cookers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Stovetop Pressure Cooker

Pros
Wide range of safety features
Dishwasher safe

Cons
Doesn’t include canning accessories
Quite heavy

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My Domaine

Best Overall Stovetop

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The Strategist

Best Stovetop Pressure Cooker for Beginners

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Forbes

Best Stovetop Pressure Cooker

Pros
Versatile on any heat source
Easy to clean
Variable steam release

Cons
Smaller capacity
Expensive for a non-electric model

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Simply Recipes

Best Stovetop

Pros
Affordable
compact
lid locks securely to reduce accidents

Cons
Replacement parts unavailable

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We ranked Farberware 7-in-1 Programmable #5 in September 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Pressure Cookers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Value Pressure Cooker

Pros
Nicely priced
Turned out impressive pressure- and slow-cooked meals in Lab tests
Useful programmed settings

Cons
Manual lacks detail
Slow to release pressure naturally

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NBC News

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All Recipes

Best Budget Buy

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We ranked Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus #6 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Pressure Cookers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Instant Pot

Pros
More customizable programs
Upgraded cooling technology

Cons
Lower capacity than other models
More expensive

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All Recipes

Best Overall

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We ranked Instant Pot Crisp + Air Fryer #7 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Pressure Cookers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Instant Pot Crisp + Air Fryer as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Simply Recipes

Best Overall

Pros
Multiple options of cooking
heats up quickly
easy to clean

Cons
Air fryer may be too small for some

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All Recipes

Honorable Mention

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We ranked Presto Stainless Steel #8 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Pressure Cookers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Food & Wine

Best Value

Pros
This stovetop pressure cooker can go in the dishwasher and is fully immersible in water for quick cooling.
A side handle makes it easy to transport.

Cons
This basic model requires more oversight while cooking, and it doesn't have pre-programmable features or presets.

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The Spruce Eats

Best Budget Stovetop

Pros
Affordable
Simple controls
Cooks quickly

Cons
No adjustable pressure
Handles loosen over time

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We ranked Crock-Pot XL Express #9 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Pressure Cookers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best Combination Pressure and Slow Cooker

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The Spruce Eats

Best Budget

Pros
Inexpensive
Nonstick cook pot
Easy-to-read control panel

Cons
No manual pressure button
Difficult to see the pressure valve
No medium temperature setting

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We ranked Crock-Pot Express #10 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Pressure Cookers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Pressure Cooker with Slow Cooker

Pros
Impressive slow cooker with pressure cooking capabilities
Delay start and keep warm keeps food at ideal temps
8 one-touch meal settings and 4 one-touch cook functions

Cons
A bit large for smaller kitchens
Seal on the lid can be finicky

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My Domaine

Best Large Capacity

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We ranked Chef iQ Smart Cooker #11 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Pressure Cookers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Smart Pressure Cooker

Pros
Wireless controls
Access to recipes and instructions
Built-in scale

Cons
App occasionally loses connection
Outer lid gets very hot

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The Strategist

Best Smart Pressure Cooker

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We ranked Yedi Multi-Use 9-in-1 #12 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Pressure Cookers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
My Domaine

Best Accessories

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Food & Wine

Best for Large Servings

Pros
It has the capacity to cook large servings, but you can also use its accessories to cook smaller dishes, including two at once.

Cons
Error messages are not uncommon, and troubleshooting will likely require calling customer service.

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