When it comes to buying a pressure cooker, many things need to be checked and ensured very well. One most important thing to consider is heavy-gauge and high quality steel. This is one main criterion and without quality steel, all other features and elements go nothing.
Fortunately, there are many brand new cookware manufacturers using quality materials to make a pressure cooker.
Here we discuss about the popular cooker types made of different materials as well as important things to take care of when buying a smart pressure cooker for your kitchen.
Stainless steel pressure cooker is recommended to choose for the high quality material and long lastingness.
Choose a stainless steel cooker with a stamp or label indicating ‘18/10 stainless steel’, meaning it is a composition of 10% nickel and 18% chromium. Benefits of the composition include;
- Shine and gleam
- Corrosion and stain resistance
Other popular cooker types include electric pressure cooker, induction cooker and digital pressure cooker.
Look for precise pressure indicator and quick release
The normal standard for a pressure cooker is the capacity to reach 15psi (pounds per square inch) for most pressure cooker recipes. Check if the cooker has a precise indicator that best indicates when the standard level has been reached.
Modern pressure cookers come with Quick Release option built into the pressure regulator. With this mechanism, the pressure is lowered down inside the pot without losing heat. Quickly equalized pressure allows other ingredients to be added from the recipe and also for resume cooking using the pressure cooker.
Size of a pressure cooker
You may think whether to buy a 4 qt pressure cooker or a 6 qt model. Well, this depends upon the amount or portion of food your family want.
Besides this, your storage space and budget has to be considered as well. A 6 qt pressure cooker is the basic size for a family and one can go for 7-8 qt model if they can afford the budget. Basically, a pressure cooker can fill 2/3 full for most foods and ½ full for foods that foam during cooking.
Safety features to consider
Today, pressure cookers come with a lot of safety features that previous versions did not. Modern versions can vent additional steam from a valve with an audible hiss at the time of overpressure. It can also pull out the pressure that continues to go up the sealing gasket through a safety hole in the lid.
Warranty and other accessories
A good pressure cooker will last for many decades, however you should consider the quality and history of the company and the warranty to cover its products. Though gaskets-like parts are not replaced, you have to choose a renowned brand company that offers cooker parts and accessories.
Places to buy a pressure cooker
Today, pressure cookers are available in most department stores with a large selection of cookware and models to choose from. However, if you want to make a better choice, then choose online shopping. Internet stores display a wide selection of modern pressure cookers that meet all above criteria and possess personal reviews and high rating from long time users.
There are many shops over the internet selling pressure cookers of varied quality and price rates. Since there are many to choose, you may find it difficult to choose the best pressure cooker that fits your budget. Hence, you will want to go for a comparison shopping, which can be done from the comfort of own home.
Look at the available options and compare prices of pressure cookers at different shops online. Check out the quality, durability, warranty and other accessories for a company product and if these elements are seemed satisfactory, choose the brand product.
It is strongly recommended to avoid non-stick pressure cookers for many reasons. One of them is that the non-stick platform does not last and it causes several health issues due to the non-stick coating.
You can buy a cooker from home using online shopping features and through your debit/credit cards. Remember to check the reviews and feedback of customers who were long time users of the product and choose the product that has several positive reviews.