Electric Pressure Cookers

electric pressure cooker

When the electric pressure cooker was developed using electricity instead of heat from the stove, it revolutionized the pressure cooker. Many of us have been afraid to use a pressure cooker because of the safety issue. We all have heard a story of our Grandma’s blowing up and ruining the kitchen walls.

Well with the new technology there are controlled temperatures than will keep this from happening. Also the seal is more secure and most of the electric pressure cookers cannot be opened until the pressure has dissipated. Once you get comfortable with them you will wonder why you haven’t used them more. They not only cook a meal in ¼ the regular time, they keep all the vitamins and minerals from escaping.

We are now looking at the third generation of the electric pressure cooker that has programmable features. The first electric pressure cooker was patented in 1991. So since then, there have been a lot of improvements made. Now, if the lid is not fully locked on the electric pressure cooker it will not start avoiding the risk of potentially blowing up. An electric cooker has three main parts. There is a lid, and inner pot and the housing unit. The capacity can range from 2 quarts to 8 quarts.


There are several different companies that make the electric pressure cooker. The Cuisinart electric pressure cooker is very popular with many consumers. Their electric pressure cooker is known for its’ safety features as well as all the programmable settings such as browning, sautéing, simmering and keeping warm. It has an inner pot and has a 6 quart capacity. It is available at several different stores and on line.

electric-pressure-cookersThere is another type of electric cooker that is a combination of several appliances in one. One is called the Instant Pot. This is a combination of an electric pressure cooker, a slow cooker, and a rice cooker. If you use all three of these appliances this could be a space saver. This is a 6 quart cooker. The pressure cooker is high in quality when it comes to safety. It has a latch lock that prevents the lid from being unlocked until all the safety criteria are in place. It also will not allow the heat to come on if all the safety precautions aren’t in place.

If 6 quarts is not large enough, take a look at the Maxi-Matic. This is an 8 quart electric pressure cooker. This is perfect for large parties and large families. It is top of the line with all the safety features you will want and a removable inner pot. It is larger than the others at around 14 inches where the others are 12 inches. It has the same good look of brushed stainless steel. It has more wattage than most of the others. The wattage is 1200 where the others have 1000 watts. It has some of the desired programmable features such as keeping warm and cooking rice.

Deni makes a cute little 2 quart electric pressure cooker. This is great when there are just one or two people to cook for, but also can be used for a family of four. The neat thing about this electric pressure cooker is that there are 5 preset programmable options. There is no guess work at all, everything is already set. Just put the food in and push a button. The preset programmable options are for rice, chicken, soup, vegetables, and beef.

There are other top quality electric pressure cookers on the market. You just need to decide what functions you want it to perform and how big it needs to be. Then take a little time and do some research. You are sure to come up with something you will love.  But if you are wondering if you should get the stove top pressure cooker, this article will give you an insight to help you make your final decision.