Equipment Review: Best Stovetop Pressure Cookers & Our Testing Winner and Best Buy

Equipment Review: Best Stovetop Pressure Cookers & Our Testing Winner and Best Buy

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A pressure cooker is a modern kitchen’s best-kept secret. America’s Test Kitchen testing senior editor Lisa McManus explains what to look for when buying a pressure cooker, and reveals which models performed best in our testings.

We tested 8 stovetop pressure cookers to find the best one:
Fissler Vitaquick 8½-Quart Pressure Cooker
Fagor Duo 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker
Presto 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker
Tramontina 8-Quart Heavy-Duty Pressure Cooker
Kuhn Rikon Duromatic 8½-Quart Stockpot Pressure Cooker
Fagor Futuro 6-Quart Pressure Cooker
Magefesa Practika Plus Stainless Steel 8-Quart Super Fast Pressure Cooker
WMF Perfect Plus 8½-Quart Pressure Cooker

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  1. Sumon Chandra Mollik on June 23, 2021 at 1:49 am

    This is pressure cooker Quality is very goog. They are the famous is USA.
    Thanks a lot for share with us.
    I know a pressure cooker which is very good with modern Technology. Anyone can buy in Affordable price.

  2. Lakeside Resort on June 23, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Tony Chuang Excellent Video Than you.

  3. Keep it short ! on June 23, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Can you review electric pressure cookers

  4. N S on June 23, 2021 at 1:50 am

    What is the best pressure caner that I could buy and where. I need one that I can use on an induction stove, also had a capacity of at least 7 to 10 quarts containers.

  5. Brian Levine on June 23, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Still using my mother-in-laws 60 year old pressure cooker. Works great.

  6. Debbie Sullivan on June 23, 2021 at 1:51 am

    Please tell me, is it possible to use the Fagor duo 8 qt pressure cooker for canning pints of beans and meet ?? Thanks

  7. TheIkaika777 on June 23, 2021 at 1:51 am

    I love my Kuhn Rikon 7.4 qt pressure cooker. Best pressure cookers on the market and mine is still going strong after 11 years.

  8. lukavivid on June 23, 2021 at 1:52 am

    thnak you for this… nice and clean video

  9. Derek Fisher on June 23, 2021 at 1:52 am

    It’s always the same , I can’t understand you Americans at the best of times , but I think she said the winner was flistwere vitrsit, I think

  10. webunderconstruction on June 23, 2021 at 1:52 am

    Why cant all product review videos be like this one? Just straight to the point! Well done

  11. rjdube on June 23, 2021 at 1:53 am

    I inherited my Mom’s MIRRO Pressure cookers. A 4qt, and an 8qt. They’re both OLD SCHOOL heavy aluminum with a 3-weight pressure disk…(a jiggler). I’ve canned in them and made your Farmhouse Chicken Noodle soup in the 8qt. They work PHENOMENALLY! I was also gifted a Presto 16qt Pressure Cooker/Canner..GREAT for all the canning I do….I think I’ll stick with these.

  12. JC on June 23, 2021 at 1:54 am

    My go to press cooker is a Magefesa had it over 35 years and works flawless and also appears
    as the safest sealing method in the industry. I tried the electric ones they dont appeal to me.

  13. Nora Charles on June 23, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Dennie- I found this on Amazon. Looks very much like Fagor……
    Zavor ZPot 10 Quart 15-PSI Pressure Cooker and Canner – Polished Stainless Steel (ZCWSP03)
    by ZAVOR

  14. mark norris on June 23, 2021 at 1:57 am


  15. M Ladd on June 23, 2021 at 2:01 am

    Your link to the best buy is not the same pressure cooker as the best buy in the video!

  16. S Row on June 23, 2021 at 2:02 am

    Got the fissler and what a difference over the instant pot!

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  18. jilo kizito on June 23, 2021 at 2:02 am

    Please, I want to know which one between a stove-top pressure cooker and electric pressure cooker is better?

  19. jon smith on June 23, 2021 at 2:02 am

    I’d love to know how anyone could give this video a thumbs down. Please let me know.

  20. C_ Farther on June 23, 2021 at 2:03 am

    Fagor isn’t what it used to be, sent mine back and got a Presto. Oh my gosh, I am so happy with it. Got the latest one. Customer support was really excellent when I had a question and you can get parts easily. I love the 6 quart, always had the 8 quart but the 6 quart is nice and straight and handles everything I used to put in the 8 quart. p.s. I always spray in the inside before I use it and after it is washed, I put a little olive oil on a paper towel and wipe it shiny. I just needed to share that for some reason.

  21. alan george on June 23, 2021 at 2:03 am

    Very helpful

  22. msTmattole on June 23, 2021 at 2:04 am

    I could not see a description to “read”. But thanks for the input, I guess

  23. Bob Bulat on June 23, 2021 at 2:08 am

    I got myself a Fissler pressure cooker about 4 years ago. The best cooking appliance in my kitchen by a mile

  24. Robert Foedisch on June 23, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Lisa McManus is my favorite ATK presenter

  25. Marios Tragoudaras on June 23, 2021 at 2:09 am

    We have fissler blue dream almost 30 years, fissler is always gonna be a lifetime choice.

  26. Angela Jamil on June 23, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Stainless steel is better or aluminium

  27. Kinnish on June 23, 2021 at 2:12 am

    I got the Fessler and I freakin love it

  28. Gary Gaither on June 23, 2021 at 2:12 am

    Thanks 👍

  29. Del on June 23, 2021 at 2:13 am

    These reviews are like the useful version of Mythbusters

  30. Nayem Sohaill on June 23, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Amazon new products . Instant pot Duo Nova pressure cooker 7 in 1, 3 Qt, Best for Beginner :

  31. jaswinder pal on June 23, 2021 at 2:14 am

    In Indian cooking there are many items that needs pressure cooker to be cooked.
    Indian used pressure cooker in their kitchen on daily basis.
    In this test they have not tested Indian cookers, they will be at the top of the list if tested. Like Hawkins 8L cooker can be used for life time no needs any experience to use.

  32. Pepe Le Moko on June 23, 2021 at 2:17 am

    PLEEASE can you a story on Biryani the water to rice ratio vexes me.

  33. tihi on June 23, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Would love if you could do an updated version of pressure cookers. Fagor is now out of business.

  34. mateusz pokora on June 23, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Here’s a list that helped me out.
    In the end, I went with #9.


  35. Kim McEwan on June 23, 2021 at 2:20 am

    I have this All American canner pressure cooker and it’s really awesome:

    it’s my favorite kitchen appliance!

  36. Uncle Rat on June 23, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Oh, my general deity, they picked my pot! The best buy, not the expensive one, but still…they picked my pot!

  37. dgibraltar on June 23, 2021 at 2:21 am

    What about the rubber o ring seal on the cover. I know for a fact, these have to be replaced. What about the availability of them?

  38. devi Amrita on June 23, 2021 at 2:22 am

    Please test OPOS Presure Baker

  39. Layput on June 23, 2021 at 2:23 am

    I also got the Fissler but it’s the Vitavit Premium. It was on sale for $220. It’s quite nice. You have to keep the pot open first until it reaches boiling point and then cover it. This way, it doesn’t lose a lot of steam and it gets to the right pressure easily.

    However, I think it’s just too expensive. It may be the best (made in Germany) but its difference over other decent but affordable pressure cookers is marginal at best.

    They all work the same. The Fissler is just fancier.

  40. Jordan Smithson on June 23, 2021 at 2:24 am

    I’ll be sticking with my Instant Pot, thanks. Just press a few buttons and walk away.

  41. Ellen Britto on June 23, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Thanks for putting so much effort into this video and all the experiments dine before!

  42. mateusz pokora on June 23, 2021 at 2:27 am

    "in 2019, this list helped me decide for the best pressure cooker ** hope it helps you out too!"

  43. Gloria Rojas on June 23, 2021 at 2:28 am

    Excellent video. Thank you!

  44. cosmic Carrie on June 23, 2021 at 2:29 am

    hi guys mine has a failing eurovalve in the fissler… so like its good but then it fails…

  45. Mikeyla N. on June 23, 2021 at 2:29 am

    test this again please!!

  46. Donna Jupp on June 23, 2021 at 2:33 am

    I have Kuhn Rikon and would have no other kind. I know expensive but you sometimes get what you pay for. Thanks

  47. Joan Wood on June 23, 2021 at 2:39 am

    I have an All American pressure cooker. No rubber gasket, oil the edge of the lid lightly, that’s it. The lid basically screws on. Able to can 6-8 1 quart jars at a time. People sometimes worry about pressure causing the lid to come off, will never happen with mine. And it works beautifully on my flat top electric range

  48. MAGO Channel on June 23, 2021 at 2:40 am

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  49. Dennis Nowland on June 23, 2021 at 2:42 am

    You say what you like. I’ve used pressure cookers all my life and you can’t be a really good aluminum stovetop

  50. Armon Mitchell on June 23, 2021 at 2:46 am

    Thick bottom? uuuuh yes please