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
PROS: Sleek and attractive, quiet, two pressure levels, easy-to-read pressure indicator.
CONS: Handles get hot, manual quick-release button, pricey.
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.
PROS: Two pressure levels, bright yellow pop-up pressure indicator, convenient automatic quick pressure release, quiet.
CONS: Heavy for its size.
PROS: Affordable, solid, basic.
CONS: No automatic pressure-release function.
PROS: Artful, modern design, offers the usual two cooking levels plus a third pressure-free steam cooking function, quiet.