Sometimes those big pressure cookers are just way to big.
I know, I love using my tiny pressure cooker, just like the ones featured on this page, to cook small batches of food like rice or beans.
The thing is most of the time you are not canning jar after jar of food or pressure cooking five pound roasts. Some people just want a mini pressure cooker for making baby food or a couple servings of beans.
In my home we cook a lot of rice. I like cooking rice every time we eat so that it’s fresh and so that our fridge is not overflowing with cooked food. This of course means I’m always working on a batch of rice at dinner time and sometimes that rice is the longest thing to cook.
Unless you use a pressure cooker to cook rice of course!
Going to Get Myself a Mini Pressure Cooker
For this I could use a rice maker but a pressure cooker (even a tiny pressure cooker) is so much more versatile to keep in the kitchen.
Overall stove top pressure cookers are much smaller than their electric counterparts. In fact electric cookers don’t tend to be any smaller than 5 quarts which is still kind of big if you are only cooking a small amount of food.
The Smallest Electric Pressure Cookers Are Bigger Than the Stovetop Models
There is one small electric pressure cooker model made by Gowise USA. It’s a 3 quart stainless steel 6-in-1 pressure cooker. As far as I know that is the smallest electric model around.
As I searched for really little pressure cookers I quickly started looking at only the stove top varieties. For one they took up way less storage space and the capacities of the models really get a lot smaller than the electric options.
Stovetop Pressure Cookers Are the Smallest
The smallest pressure cooker I know of is the Hawkins CB15 Hard Anodized Pressure Cooker. It’s only 1.5 liters which is only a bit more than 1-quart!!
Hawkins actually has a few really small pressure cookers, they have an older model 1.5 liter model and a couple 2 liter models as well.
There is another tiny stovetop pressure cooker from Vinnod that is just shy of 1.5 quarts although it may be harder to find in stock.
If you are looking for options from other brands Prestige offers a couple 2 liter pressure cookers in both stainless steel and aluminum.
If you know exactly what size you are looking to buy I’ve linked to a few pages on this site for specific sized cookers. Have a look below. Once you get over 2 liters or quarts the options available really expand.
Small Pressure Cookers Sorted by Size
Looking for a particular sized pressure cooker. See the following posts for well curated lists.
Here are the Best 2-Quart Pressure Cookers for Sale Today – Isn‘t it super annoying to think of cooking a couple servings of rice in a big 8 quart pressure cooker? Seems like a waste of heat and energy.
The Best 3-Quart Pressure Cookers For Sale – There are actually lots of uses for a three quart pressure cookers and although they aren’t the most common size there are some great models to choose from some of the top brands in the business.
The Best 4-Quart Pressure Cookers For Sale – know how handy owning a smaller pressure cooker can be though so I’ve gone and found the best 4-qt pressure cookers and featured them right here on the site.
Also, The following sizes will soon be futured on the site (Sorry, they’re not online yet):
1.5 Liter Pressure Cookers
2.5 Quart Pressure Cookers
Lastly, if you are thinking about doing any canning then these will be too small. See this post for the smallest pressure canners on the market.
Thanks for reading, I hope this points you in the right direction!