When going to buy a pressure cooker the first decision you need to make is whether you want an electronic pressure cooker or a stove top pressure cooker. Information about electric pressure cookers can be found here. Some prefer an electric pressure cooker where others prefer a stove top pressure cooker. There is no one best pressure cooker. It is a personal decision based on individual preferences and needs.
Most pressure cooker/canners will be stove top. These are larger cookers designed for larger meals or larger quantities of food needed for canning. Also, before going out and getting that big pressure cooker for canning, make sure your stove top can handle the weight. Some of the glass tops found on electric ranges cannot handle the weight and may crack. Check the manufacturers’ specifications for your range. Also, sometimes those coil electric stoves seem to have a problem getting the pressure cooker to reach the level of pressure required. Although there are some cooks that use a pressure cooker on a glass stove top without any problems, you might want to check this out.
Some cooks prefer the stove top pressure cooker because they feel they have more control over regulating the cooking time and the pressure level because it is easier to control the heat. Once you get to “know” your cooker, you’ll know when to raise and lower the heat to get the results you want. Some cooks feel this level of control can only be achieved with a stove top pressure cooker.
Many home cooks would rather not lose valuable counter top space, especially if they are in a small apartment. So this is another reason some prefer to cook everything on top of the stove. Many cooks will brown and sear meat only on the stove top. There is also the question of how high a psi you can actually get on an electric pressure cooker. This is just another reason why some prefer the manual pressure cooker.
So, as you can see, there are a lot of pluses and minuses to either type of pressure cooker. The bottom line is everyone will have their preference or specific requirements. It is up to you to do the research on each type and then make the decision on which works best for you. You may be happy with either type.