This article will be comparing two high end electric pressure cookers, the Emeril by T-fal CY4000 and the All-Clad CZ720051. These pressure cookers are nearly double the price of some of the more popular pressure cookers like Instant Pot.
With such a high price tag, you are likely expecting the quality and features to match. To get started we’ll go over the features of each of these two pressure cookers. Then we’ll compare the two to see which one of them is worth you breaking your piggybank for.
Overview of the Emeril by T-fal CY4000
This pressure cooker is has 6 quart capacity. It comes with a non-stick and dishwasher safe inner cooking pot. It also comes with a steam basket and condensation collector.
The ease of use of this product is its main draw. The only settings you have to choose yourself are time and whether to use high or low pressure. The exact pressure and temperature are automatically controlled by the cooker itself.
This pressure cooker also gives you the options of brown, simmer or sauté, to prep or complete a meal.
Once you set your time, the LED display shows a countdown until your food is ready. At that point, the pressure cooker automatically switches to keep warm mode.
The lid is hermetically sealed and locks until the pressure is released.
Overview of the All-Clad CZ720051
The All-Clad CZ720051 is also a 6 quart pressure cooker. It has a stainless body, and non-stick inner cooking pot. The pressure cooker is built with high quality materials.
The All-Clad has 8 different presets;
- Pressure Cook
- Slow Cook
It also gives you the options to manually set your time, temperature and pressure.
This pressure cooker has an automatic pressure release to keep the user away from dangerously hot steam. If you desire, you can also release the pressure manually.
To give the user more freedom in cooking, the All-Clad allows you to choose one of seven different pressure levels, instead of the general high and low pressure.
Another feature of this pressure cooker is your different options for releasing pressure. You can set the cooker to automatically release pressure through the steam valve when cooking is done, manually release the pressure, or allow pressure to naturally decrease.
Why choose Emeril by T-fal CY4000 over the All-Clad CZ720051?
- The Emeril by T-fal CT4000 is incredibly easy to use. You don’t have to enter all settings yourself.
- The pressure and temperature are controlled by the pressure cooker itself, so you don’t have to stress about improperly programming a recipe.
Why choose the All-Clad CZ720051 over Emeril by T-fal CY4000?
- The All-Clad CZ720051 has eight different cooking options.
- The All-Clad CZ720051 has an option for slow cook and the Emeril does not.
- You can customize recipes by choosing one of 7 different pressure settings and time. With the Emeril you can only choose high or low pressure, everything else is controlled by the pressure cooker.
Which of these pressure cookers is right for you?
Deciding which of these two pressure cookers is the better one, really depends on what your personal needs are. While they are both high end appliances near the same price point, the features clearly show they are targeting different groups of consumers.
The Emeril by T-fal CY4000 is all about simplicity. There is no long list of preset recipes, no extensive adjustments to be made or special features. With this pressure cooker simply choose your time, and high or low pressure and your done.
The most extensive feature of this pressure cooker are the options to brown, simmer or sauté. Simple features to eliminate the need to use a different pot to prep or finish a meal.
The Emeril by T-fal Cy4000 would be a good choice for someone who doesn’t plan to use the pressure cooker for making intricate meals. Its more for someone who wants to just throw everything in and go.
Once you get the hang of setting it up, which can be a bit difficult with the vague instruction manual, using this pressure cooker is as simple as it gets. This pressure cooker may also be a good first choice for someone who normally uses stovetop cookers and wants to try a simply electric pressure cooker.
The All-Clad CZ720051 is for someone who wants a high quality product, but with a little more versatility than the Emeril T-fal Cy4000.
While the Emeril by T-fal CY4000 is a great start up product, the All-Clad CZ720051 would be a great choice for more experienced pressure cooks.
Instead of the set it and forget it style of the Emeril, the All-Clad CZ720051 allows you to choose one of seven different pressure levels. This can be handy for those of you who want to prepare your meals with more precision, or cook more exact recipes.
If pressure cooking isn’t your main method of cooking, the All-Clad CZ720051 also has a slow cook function that may be useful as well. This pressure cooker aims to give you a few more options through the eight presets, while still keeping the programming process simple.
The bottom line is, if you want to hassle pressure cooking, with little effort but still with quality results, go with the Emeril T-fal Cy4000.
If you are experienced with electric pressure cookers and want a simple pressure cooker that allows for precise setting selection, go with the All-Clad CZ720051. The ease of use and the quality materials make it great choice.
As you can see both of these pressure cookers are limited in options. If you are looking for a high-end pressure cooker that provides the variety of options that your more familiar with seeing in electric pressure cookers; two other options you may want to look into are the Instant Pot Ultra and the Breville Fast Slow Pro.
On the other hand, if breaking the bank for a high-end pressure cooker is not what you had in mind, you may want to consider an Aicock or an Elite Platinum pressure cooker. These both have many features, without the high price tag.