Let me help you select the best one for your needs in the kitchen. There are so many to choose from priced both super high and super low. I understand how confusing it can be.
I’ve done the research for you and I can help you figure out what to look for. I do not recommend everyone buy the most expensive model possible either. There are lots of good reasons to buy the lower priced units too.
To start out this page I want to let you know first and foremost what I believe to be the absolute best stovetop pressure cooker for sale in 2018. If you are really looking for the best unit possible then this is it. Lower on this page I’ll give a rundown of all the other top of the line models that might be a better fit for your needs or for your budget.
The Best Stovetop Pressure Cookers for 2018
Some of the best stovetop pressure cookers this year include:
- Kuhn Rikon 7-Quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker
- WMF Perfect Plus 6-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker
- Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker with Perforated Inset, 8.0 L, Stainless Steel (FSSFIS5859)
- All-American 10-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner
- Calphalon Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, 6-quart
- Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Top Model Energy Efficient Pressure
These are just a few of my top picks for the year. These stove top pressure cookers are made very well. They are sturdy, have thick laminated base disks, and they minimize steam release keeping evaporation and sound to a minimum.
Scroll down the page just a bit and I’ll discuss my thoughts on each one plus a few other contenders.
Why are These Stove Top Pressure Cookers so Good?
I really believe the Rikon mentioned above is the best but there are excellent alternatives too. One of these might actually be better for you and your needs.
This is a lot like the Kuhn Rikon linked above. It’s also a 7-quart stainless steel pot and made to the same standards, the difference is it is styled like a sauce pan which can be better for some people but it does make storing it slightly more challenging due to the handle.
I’m a big fan of this non-electric pressure cooker for a lot of the same reasons as above. WMF is a German company and they make products to an extreme quality standard. This is made from a heavy-gauge 18/10 cromargan stainless steel. It’s base is made to transfer heat efficiently and the handle disassembles for ease of maintenance.
This stove top pressure cooker / canner is a beast! It’s the smallest in the All American line of pressure canners and it’s just small enough to do regular day to day cooking. This model is made with a very unique style. It’s the only no gasket design left. Generations ago you could find more pressure cookers that used a metal on metal seal from lid to pot but these days All American is the only pressure cooker brand left to use this design. These are some of the most popular home pressure canners and definitely worth a look.
Calphalon has a long track record of making excellent tools for the kitchen and their pressure cooker (stovetop model) featured here is no different. It works on both conventional cooktops and induction, it’s made from high quality stainless steel, and is designed with a unique lid locking system that doesn’t relay on placement. All you do is put the lid on the pot and press the seal button and the lid locks itself in place. This means there’s no room for human error. This pot is also designed with the quieter and more efficient spring valve and can cook at both high and low settings.
The Vitaquick line of pressure cookers from Fissler are probably the best pressure cookers made but they come at a steep price and are out of the price range for many consumers. If you have deep pockets however this is the pressure cooker for you. It cooks very evenly and at a very steady level of pressure and temperature because it has a very thick and wide laminated base which is good for cooking on all surfaces including induction.
The pot itself is designed to be wide rather than tall which gives you more of a browning and saute surface and also makes it easier to see into the pot. You’ll also find that pressure tends to get the highest in the Vitaquick than other competitors and steam loss is at a minimum. You will end up with better cooking results with this than any other pressure cooker.
This is a big pressure cooker at almost 8 1/2 quarts. It is unique to this list in that it is a stovetop pressure cooker with a “smart lid”. The lid actually has some built in program timers that make the pot seem a bit like an electric pressure cooker even though it is all manually controlled and sits on a burner. This may not be the best pot on this list for even heat distribution due to the construction of the smaller disk (pot bottom) but it is worth looking at. Be prepared though, it’s a bit pricey.
I honestly don’t know if everyone needs a pressure skillet but if you have some money to invest in fine cookware it’s hard to say no to this. A pressure cooker skillet lets you pressure cook smaller amounts of food with greater surface area for browning. This is super handy for cooking certain types of foods and Fissler makes the best of them all. If you do a lot of pan frying and pressure cooking this pressure cooker fry pan will be one of your most used pans.
Most canners are made of aluminum for even heat distribution and better canning conditions but pressure cookers tend to be made with stainless steel for their durability and because steel doesn’t alter the flavor of acidic foods. This pressure cooker from Kuhn Rikon however is a big stainless steel pressure canner that can hold 5 quart jars but also can work as an every day pressure cooker. It’s got a high end aluminum sandwich bottom making canning a lot safer and cooking a lot easier. Shaped like a stock pot that is shallow and wide it’s got base diameter of 11 inches giving it a ton of saute and browning surface. You will find this pot great to work with no matter what you are preparing.
To finish off this list I wanted to leave you with a really great pressure cooker that could also be used for canning and that could be affordable for more people. This model is far more affordable than some others listed here but it performs just as good and it’s more versatile. The Fagor pressure indicator is easy to read, the body is wide for more searing surface, and the thick disk base is as wide as the pot meaning your food is not going to scorch in the corners. This unit really gives you the most for your money.
How to use a Stovetop Pressure Cooker
In case you are completely new to using stovetop pressure cookers I wanted to give you a great video demonstration of how it’s done. There are an awful lot of people out there that are scared of using these devices but in the real world modern units are extremely safe and very difficult to mess up. General rules to follow include don’t overfill these units and make sure you clean your pressure release valves.
The Top Rated Stovetop Pressure Cooker vs Electric Models – Differences Revealed
One of the most common questions I field around here from people new to pressure cooking is something along the lines of “what is the difference between stovetop and electric pressure cookers”… or, “are electric pressure cookers better than traditional pressure cookers”. There are lots of variations to this question but the general question posed is always the same.
The thing is both stovetop and electric pressure cookers have their advantages. Yes, electric models can replace stovetop models as well as other kitchen gadgets so they are quite versatile but the stove-top models do have advantages too. They are simply better at achieving high levels of pressure and they are faster at heating up and cooling down. This of course means cooking times can be even shorted with stove-top models than they can with electric models.
Another main differences is that the USDA has not actually designated any electric pressure cooker as capable of canning low acid foods. Because electric models cant regulate pressure and heat based on altitude they can’t be considered safe for canning because the risk of botulism will always be there.
In the case of high end stovetop pressure cookers they simply can’t be beat when it comes to pressure cooking. They are extremely safe, they are the fastest way to cook, and the pans double as really excellent quality sauce and saute pans too. Modern units are quiet and some even offer multiple pressure settings just like the electric models do.
My Summarized Stovetop Pressure Cooker Reviews
I firmly believe the stovetop pressure cookers listed above are the best models you can buy today but they do tend to be priced higher than many people would like to spend.
Below I’ve listed some of the top brands in the stovetop market. Some of these brands offer excellent entry level pressure cookers while others offer top of the line models. Click through to see my reviews of their entire product line.
- Presto Pressure Cooker Reviews – Presto makes some of the best selling stovetop pressure cookers for sale today. They make a few very popular aluminum models as well as stainless steel models. The average pressure cooker from Presto is priced on the low end but the reviews of past customers indicate the quality is very good relative to the price tag. Presto offers a good value line of entry level stovetop pressure cookers. Click through to see my reviews of the Presto pressure cooker lineup.
- Fagor Pressure Cooker Reviews – Fagor pressure cookers come in both stovetop and electric varieties. They actually have a bunch to choose from and they are all well reviewed. The Fagor line of stove top pressure cookers qualify as a mid-range entry point to this type of product. I would say they are neither cheap nor expensive. I like to think of this price point as the gateway to quality. This is where value and quality collide. If you want the best pressure cooker possible without spending too much you can’t go wrong with Fagor. Their stovetop models even have multiple pressure cooking settings giving you a lot of flexibility in your cooking. Click through to read my reviews of the Fagor pressure cookers.
- WMF Pressure Cooker Reviews – If you’ve decided to step up your budget to the higher end you can’t go wrong with WMF. Made in Germany the pressure cookers from WMF are made from a really high quality stainless steel and their laminated cook bases are thick and very sturdy – they heat food evenly leaving you with well cooked food. What I like particularly about WMF pressure cookers is that they are built to last a long time and that they are really easy to use. You can see pressure at a glance from across the kitchen and you can safely depressurize and open them. I have actually reviewed all of the WMF pressure cookers on this site. Click through above to read my WMF product reviews.
- Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker Reviews – Kuhn Rikon makes a small collection of high end pressure cookers. They are my favorite on the high end because the value is there. They are not the highest priced cookers on the market but you can trust this Swiss company and the products they make. On first glance you’ll notice the attractive and unique design of the Kuhn Rikon brand. The lids are coned shape and they release steam in a full 360 degree diffuser meaning you are far less likely to burn yourself or others releasing pressure. In addition to safety features this pot lets you cook on a sliding scale anywhere up to 15 PSI. You can set your burner to low and cook at slight pressure as indicated by the all-metal pressure indicator valve. You can also set your burner to medium or high and see exactly high pressurized the pot is. Make sure to click above to see my full review of all Kuhn Rikon pressure cookers for more detail.
Stovetop Pressure Cooker Recipes
Once you get your hands on the best pressure cooker you can afford then you’ll need to start experimenting. The more time you use new kitchen tools the more proficient you will become.
On this site the recipe and food section is growing at a very fast rate. I’m putting together large cookbooks for both stovetop pressure cookers and electric pressure cookers. Make sure to check out these sections and bookmark them for future reference.
Lots of the recipes listed will be tested by me but none will really be made by me. I’m not a chef after all. I simply see good recipes and I link to their source. There are a lot of amazing food bloggers out there that really know how to make good food. I’ll show you who those people are.
I’m a big believer in owning the best products money can buy. They are made to a higher level of quality. They tend to be more versatile and safe. They also tend to get their job done better. I love well made stove top pressure cookers and believe them to be indispensable cooking tools. Here are a few other pages I’ve post on them in general. Give them a read now in case you’ve missed them.
Are Stovetop Pressure Cookers Supposed to Hiss?
The Smallest Pressure Cookers
Can you use a Pressure Cooker on an Induction Cooktop?
The Difference Between Rice Cooks and Pressure Cookers
The Best Pressure Cookers on the Market Today
Why do Foods Cook Faster in a Pressure Cooker
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