The best pressure cookers 2017

From steaming vegetables to simply boiling an egg; prepare fast and flavoursome meals with the ultimate kitchen tool

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Pressure cookers seem a little dated, but they have come back in style in a big way. For the health conscious, they’re an easy way to prepare healthy home-cooked meals. They literally take the pressure out of cooking.

If it’s a case of time management or you really don’t know your spatula from your ladle, a pressure cooker will do all the hard work for you.

These handy gadgets can shave off up to a third of cooking time and minimise mess and effort by containing everything to one pot. Simply add water and wait. The pressure will trap all the goodness inside for a more flavoursome and nutritious meal.

How to choose the best pressure cooker for you

You can get stove top, electric or even microwave pressure cookers; all of which do exactly the same thing with some taking longer for certain recipes.

Whichever one you choose, it will always be a faster, healthy alternative to other methods of cooking. 

If you hate slaving over a hot stove then an electric option allows you to leave it to its own devices while whereas a stove top may require some supervision.

For those who really are clueless in the kitchen, microwave compatible options are available for a foolproof way to get your 5 a-day. 

Our pick of the best pressure cookers to buy today

1. Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric 6 Litre Pressure Cooker

Takes the pressure out of cooking with the range of multi-functions this gadget offers

Specifications
Best For: Family meals
Type: Electronic
Size (WDH): 32 x 32 x 33cm
Capacity: : 6L
RRP: £100.00
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use+Large capacity
Reasons to avoid
-Tricky to set up

Sunday lunch with the inlaws will never be the same again. Forget rushing around with a million and one different pots and pans, because the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker is a multi-functional must-have for all kitchens. This pressure cooker can also be used as a rice cooker, slow cooker, yoghurt maker, steamer and much more. We know how hectic being the head of a big household can be, so investing in this pressure cooker will give you one less thing to worry about. 

2. Tower Sure Touch Pressure Cooker

A foolproof pressure cooker for beginners

Specifications
Best for: Cooking novices
Type: Stove-top
Size: (WDH) : 37 x 23.9 x 24.8cm
Capacity: 6L
RRP: £63.99
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Large capacity
Reasons to avoid
-Requires attention

Want to give healthy eating a go but don’t know where to start? The Tower Sure Touch Pressure Cooker is a great first time buy with its low price and simple design. This is one of the best pressure cookers for stove tops and it is compatible with all hob types. It looks and feels like your average pot and is as simple as boiling something in a pan. This difference is you’ll have a pressure indicator and 30 minute timer which makes for a quick and easy cooking experience; even for complete beginners. You’ll even get a recipe book and clear instructions to get you started. 

3. Tefal Cook4Me Connect Multi-Cooker

This cooker has bluetooth connectivity for a ‘smarter’ way to cook

Specifications
Best for: Gadget lovers
Type: Electronic
Size (WDH): 35.4 x 37.6 x 35.4cm
Capacity: 6L
RRP: £320.00
Reasons to buy
+Minimal effort+Easy to clean 
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive

Okay, it’s super pricey but it's a small price to pay for your own personal chef. This pressure cooker has an interactive interface that connects to your iPad and works alongside a recipe app to tell you exactly what you need and when you need it. It will switch itself on to cook for the correct amount of time and requires no further attention from you. This really is the future of cooking. You’ll also be pleased to hear that it’s dishwasher safe for stress-free cooking. 

4. Lakeland Microwave Pressure Cooker

This microwave-friendly cooker will give you a guilt-free TV-dinner

Specifications
Best for: Students
Type: Microwave
Size (WDH): 27cm x 27cm x 13cm
Capacity : 2.2L
RRP: £37.99
Reasons to buy
+User friendly+Cheap
Reasons to avoid
-No Frills

If more often than not you find yourself picking up a microwave ready-meal from Tesco Express on the way home, then now’s the time to kick that habit. This Lakeland Microwave Pressure Cooker produces a healthy alternative to ready meals so you can enjoy guilt-free fast food every night of the week. This is an entry-level pressure cooker that won’t break the bank, so if you’re not convinced by the fancier options this is a great one to start out with. It even comes with 23 recipes if you’re stuck for inspiration.  

5. Pressure King Pro 5

A versatile cooker with 12 functions for the price of 1

Specifications
Best for: Value for money
Type: Electronic
Size (WDH): 33 x 34 x 36 cm
Capacity : 5L
RRP: £59.99
Reasons to buy
+12-in-1 functions+Bargain price
Reasons to avoid
-Effort to clean

If you’re a keen cook that’s always trying out different recipes but don’t want to splurge on millions of different kitchen gadgets (who has a kitchen that big!?) then the Pressure King Pro 5 is the best value for money pressure cooker on the market that you just have to experiment with. It’s 12-in-1 functionality means you can use it as a steamer, slow cooker and warmer as well as use it for sautéing and browning off ingredients for a professional finish even Gordon Ramsey would approve of.  

6. Lakeland 3-Litre Pressure Cooker

For limited space, this is an effective little piece of equipment that still packs a punch

Specifications
Best for: Small kitchens
Type: Stove Top
Size (WDH): 33 x 21.5 x 17cm
Capacity : 3L
RRP: £80.00
Reasons to buy
+Compact+Hob-friendly (inc induction)
Reasons to avoid
-Not for large families

If the idea of some huge machine intimidates you, then this kitchen appliance won’t invade your kitchen by sitting on the worktop. This stove-top pressure cooker is suitable for all hob types and the pan and lid are oven safe up to 180C; perfect for keeping things warm before serving. Cook tender meats, stews and curries for up to 3 people; so if you’ve got a small family and a small kitchen, this is the pressure cooker to buy.  

7. Morphy Richards Pressure Cooker

For beautifully prepared dishes on a budget, try this reliable stove-top cooker

Specifications
Best for: Budget buy
Type: Stove Top
Size: 20 x 36 x 17.5 cm
Capacity: 2L
RRP: £22.99
Reasons to buy
+Reliable
Reasons to avoid
-Small capacity 

Do you want to see what all the fuss is about but don’t think you’re ready for a pressure cooker as fancy as the Tefal Cook4Me Connect? Then this trusty Morphy Richards Pressure Cooker is a great place to start. As reliable brand we recommend this pressure cooker as a first time buy that will stand the test of time. It has a medium capacity which is perfect for couples or smaller families and is compatible with all hob types, including induction. It may not have all the mod-cons of some of the more techy products, but it does the job nicely.