When shopping for kitchen appliances there are certain name brands that you may be drawn to because of their popularity. Familiarity with a brand name is often associated with a higher quality of products.
This article will be comparing two options of pressure cookers that are not from some of the more widely known brands, but both may be good options at a more reasonable price.
The two pressure cookers being compared this time are the Aicok Electric Pressure Cooker and the Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker. First, I’ll give you an overview of both pressure cookers, then I’ll compare the two so you can decide which will be the newest addition to your kitchen.
- Overview of the Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker
- Overview of the Aicok Electric Pressure Cooker
- Reasons to choose the Cosori pressure cooker over the Aicok Pressure Cooker.
- Reasons to choose the Aicok pressure cooker over the Cosori pressure cooker?
- Which of these pressure cookers is the right one for you?
Overview of the Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker
Cosori offers two different capacities for its pressure cookers. A 6-quart size and a mini 2-quart size. Both sizes offer the same seven functions: Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté Pan, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer.
They also both offer the same 13 presets: Rice, Yogurt, Soup/Congee, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Bake, Steam, Sauté, Canning, Poultry, Beans, Meat/Stew, Keep Warm. You have the option of a 24-hour delay timer so you can start your meal later and have it done when you like.
The presets are controlled by a microprocessor that monitors and adjusts cooking parameters throughout the cooking process.
With Cosori pressure cookers you’ll find they have 9 built-in safety features and cool touch handles. They also come with a glass lid to use when slow cooking. Cosori includes an extra silicone ring, which is usually the part of a pressure cooker that will most likely need to be replaced from normal wear and tear.
The inner cook pot of the 2-quart model is dishwasher safe and has a non-stick coating that is BPA free. The 6-quart model includes a stainless steel inner pot.
Overview of the Aicok Electric Pressure Cooker
The seven functions include a pressure cooker, porridge maker, brown rice cooker, warmer, steamer, soup/stew and slow cooker. The Aicok doesn’t have the option of making yogurt.
The Aicok pressure cooker is a high pressure only cooker and comes with 10 presets: Soup/Stew, Fish/Vegetable, Meat/Chicken, Bean/Tendons, On-demand Pressure, Keep Warm, Slow Cook, Steam, Porridge, Brown Rice. It also has a 24-hour time delay.
Like the Cosori, the Aicok uses a microprocessor to monitor and regulate the preset cooking options.
One feature that is unique to the Aicok pressure cooker is that you can either lengthen or shorten the cooking time by choosing one of three texture options. The standard cook time, fragrant to shorten cook time and full to lengthen cook time.
The Aicok includes 10 built-in safety mechanism to prevent pressure related malfunctions.
Reasons to choose the Cosori pressure cooker over the Aicok Pressure Cooker.
- The 2-quart option is great for people who will never need to cook on a large scale, while Aicok only offers a 6-quart version.
- Both sizes of the Cosori have the ability to make yogurt, while the Aicok doesn’t have the yogurt function.
- The Cosori comes with 13 presets while the Aicok only comes with 10 presets.
Reasons to choose the Aicok pressure cooker over the Cosori pressure cooker?
- The Aicok is slightly less expensive than the Cosori.
- The Aicok has 10 built-in safety features; one more than the Cosori.
Before I discuss which one of these options may be best for you, there is one other issue I want to address with the Cosori pressure cooker.
You may have noticed among the programs for both the 2-quart model and the 4-quart model, a canning program. If you have read other articles here before, or are familiar with the National Center for Home Food Preservation, you may be aware that canning with electric pressure cookers is not recommended.
Even if you find what is said to be safe food preservation procedures online or from the manufacturer, this isn’t the case. The FDA and NCHFP develop methods for pressure canning that are designed to kill any harmful bacteria during the canning process. These methods are developed using non-electric stovetop pressure cookers.
Electric pressure cookers don’t heat and cool at the same rate that stovetop cookers do, and because the timing is such a crucial part in safe canning, using these types of devices isn’t recommended. The FDA doesn’t test any electric pressure cookers for canning, so there really is no way to guarantee your safety if you choose to use an electric pressure cooker for pressure canning.
Which of these pressure cookers is the right one for you?
These two products are very similar, but there are a few things to consider when you’re making a decision. If being able to make yogurt is a must for you, then definitely go with the Cosori Pressure Cooker. You’ll be able to choose the proper size for your needs, the 2-quart or the 6-quart.
If you’re new to pressure cooking and don’t have the desire to make yogurt, then you would want to go with the Aicok Pressure Cooker. The Cosori can be difficult to learn and the manual doesn’t include detailed instructions.
The main reason you would choose the Aicok over the Cosori is if safety and quality are your main concern. Like I mentioned earlier being familiar with a brand may give you comfort in knowing that it produces quality products.
The Aicok pressure cookers are produced in the same factory and with the same materials as the popular Instant Pot brand. The 10 built-in safety features included with the Aicok are also the same safety features as the trusted Instant Pot pressure cookers.
The fact that the Aicok pressure cookers are also slightly less expensive than the Cosori with proven safety measures and quality materials, is a win-win.
The bottom line is, if you want the option to make yogurt go with the Cosori. If quality and safety are your main concerns and you want to save a few dollars, go with the Aicok.