Gear Guide: Five Pressure Cookers to Try

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Gear Guide: Five Pressure Cookers to Try

Want to get dinner on the table in a hurry? Enlist a pressure cooker as sous chef for your next family meal. Pressure cookers can make time-consuming recipes such as stews in no time at all while preserving the taste of a slow-cooked meal.

Still a little wary of the pressure cookers of yesteryear? Rest assured: today's new and improved models have come a long way. We promise that any one of the these five fantastic pressure cookers will be your new favorite kitchen companion.

Five Pressure Cookers to Try

1. Kuhn Rikon 3043 Duromatic 6.3-qt. Stockpot Pressure Cooker $199

PROS: Sleek and attractive, quiet, two pressure levels, easy-to-read pressure indicator.
CONS: Handles get hot, manual quick-release button, pricey.

2. Cuisinart CPC-600 6-qt. Electric Pressure Cooker $99.95

PROS: Ideal for frequent use. Unit has automatic timer, pressure selection, and pressure release.
CONS: A big appliance, takes up a lot of counter or cabinet space.

3. Fagor Duo Stainless Steel 6-qt. Pressure Cooker $79

PROS: Two pressure levels, bright yellow pop-up pressure indicator, convenient automatic quick pressure release, quiet.
CONS: Heavy for its size.

4. Presto 307912 6-qt. Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker $45.99

PROS: Affordable, solid, basic.
CONS: No automatic pressure-release function.

5. Fissler Blue Point 6.5-qt. Pressure Cooker $299

PROS: Artful, modern design, offers the usual two cooking levels plus a third pressure-free steam cooking function, quiet.
CONS: Pricey.