The value of an electric pressure cooker is extremely important, and if choosing a cheaper or smaller name brand, it can be a difficult choice to make.
This article will be talking about the differences between the Bella electric pressure cooker and the T-Fal electric pressure cooker. Both of these cookers are some of the smaller names in the cooking community. Even though they are small names, they are definitely worth checking out.
The T-Fal cooker has been covered significantly more on our website, the Bella pressure cooker considerably less so. Articles covering these smaller articles is currently my focus and you will see quite a few in the near future.
That being said, let’s take a look at what makes these cookers so different.
What Makes The T-FAL And The Bella So Different?
Both of these cookers are somewhat close in price. But, they have some fairly significant differences.
The T-FAL cooker is somewhat more widely known than Bella. The Bella cooker is not yet available on Amazon.
The T-Fal cooker is about $85, while the Bella cooker is barely more expensive than your average stovetop pressure cooker, coming in at $59. The price alone makes a world of difference in the choice.
So how are they different?
- The T-FAL cooker is more expensive than the Bella cooker.
- The Bella cooker has 10 preset functions while the T-FAL cooker has 12.
- The T-FAL cooker has more manual options as well as a DIY Chef setting for a custom meal.(More on that in a moment).
- The Bella cooker only has a 99 minute manual cook time while the T-FAL has a manual cook time from 5 minutes up to 12 hours.
So the differences don’t seem to be too bad. Honestly, you couldn’t go wrong either way. The Bella cooker is a great entry-level cooker and only lacks a few the functions the T-FAL has, and nearly a whole $30 less!
For the price conscious consumer, the Bella is a great way to go because it functions just as well as the T-FAL and you save a good bit of money.
As for the T-FAL, if you don’t mind spending the extra money it is also a great way to go. It has more manual options as well as a baby food setting for those of you with little ones at home.
Having looked at the most important differences between these cookers, let’s look at each of them individually, starting with the T-FAL cooker.
The T-FAL Electric Pressure Cooker
The T-FAL Electric Pressure Cooker is the First Electric Pressure Cooker from the T-FAL company, with the 3 previous models all being non-electric.
For the first in a line, this cooker has many features that many of the more expensive cookers on the market have at a much lower price.
This cooker is a 12-in-1 multifunction cooker that has many convenience features such as a delay timer that goes up to 24 hours, as well as something that Instant Pot Cookers are well known for, a yogurt cooking preset.
This cooker, if you are looking for a lower priced alternative to the more expensive cookers on the market, is a great alternative.
So let’s look at some of the more in-depth pros and cons of this cooker and just what makes it stand out in its price range so much;
- a delay timer that goes up to 24 hours,
- A manual timer option that goes from 5 minutes all the way up to 12 hours.
- Multiple optional presets to make setting up a meal a breeze.
- a 6.3-quart bowl for a little extra food room.
- a “DIY Chef” setting to create your own preset for a favorite meal.
- A yogurt cooking function.
But with all these benefits there have to be some downsides to this cooker right? Right. But just what are they?
- lacks a stainless steel bowl,
- This cooker is notably more expensive than the Bella cooker.
- Although it has an 8-quart option, the 8-quart is a non-electric stovetop cooker.
So it does have a few drawbacks, one being that the 8-quart model is non-electric. I wasn’t going to mention the non-electric version, but they are under the same model number and page on amazon so I wanted to make sure there was no confusion.
The Bella Electric Pressure Cooker: New Name, New Design.
The Bella Electric Pressure cooker is a great place any company could start with, it features several useful functions, it’s quick and simple. Although it remains to be seen how this company advances, I believe this cooker is a great start.
This cooker is without a doubt one of the best entry-level cookers on the market. At no more cost than a conventional stovetop pressure cooker, there’s really no reason NOT to get this cooker if you’ve considered pressure cooking.
So let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of this cooker, shall we?
Let’s start with the pros:
- This cooker features One-touch cooking; just put the food in, press the button and let it work. Simple and quick.
- The display is comprehensive, everything is quick and linear.
- A safety locking lid that only opens when the pressure is released; No more unexpected spilling if the kids try to mess with it.
- 8-quart size option that IS electric.
- a manual cooking timer to add or subtract time in the middle of a cycle.
That being said there are some cons:
- lacks the amount of interactivity the T-FAL has.
- No yogurt or baby food option.
- a maximum of 99 minutes on a manual cooking setting.
- less preset options than the T-FAL.
Bella Or T-FAL?
The Bella cooker is less expensive than the T-FAL and really the only significant drawback is that it lacks the amount of manual function the T-FAL cooker has. You really can’t go wrong with this cooker unless you are looking to learn how to work the fancier cookers without having to spend upper of $100 on one.
The T-FAL cooker is at a price point that is fair for what it does, yet still providing the amount of manual options that some of the more expensive cookers have. This cooker is great in all respects and if you don’t mind spending a little extra, I definitely recommend it.
Either way, you can’t go wrong. Both of these cookers are great and whether saving money or getting a little extra, either one is fantastic.