-Magefesa (Nov 2013)
Magazines and cooking shows do their best to review pressure cookers but, often, the cookers are tested by people who do not know how to pressure cook nor are aware of basic operational and safety features. Online store reviews are one person’s opinion of one pressure cooker – usually their first.
We present you pressure cooker reviews of the latest models, with a final rating so the pressure cookers are comparable to each other.
Each review carefully details the features, safety and performance of each pressure cooker with illustrative photos and concludes with a “Hip Score” – a simple average of the cooker’s score for each category. Is clean-up more important to you than performance? Then you should pay careful attention to the rating in that category on the Hip Score Card.
The tests follow a standardized testing procedure with the help of a few techie gadgets and, most importantly, designed to simulate real cooking situations.
What the tests include…
Each pressure cooker being tested is run through the same set of recipes twice. We test for evenness in browning, pressure settings and pressure releases.
The cooker’s time to pressure, and evaporation are also carefully measured three times and we report the average of these measurements.
Starting November 2013, we will also measure maximum temperature reached at high pressure (not over-pressure) – to more accurately gauge a cooker’s cooking temperature not safety release temperature . Pressure cookers reviewed before that date will be amended to include this information, as well.
Prior to publication, each the review is fact-checked by the manufacturer to ensure the review is accurate and does not include any technical errors. The manufacturer cannot affect the outcome of the score or review, unless the scoring is based on technically incorrect information.
If you have the same model pressure cooker that reviewed here, we’d love to have your thoughts on how you like it. Just leave a comment at the bottom of the review – the more information you share the better your fellow readers can make their purchasing decision.
Manufacturers can submit their pressure cookers for a free, detailed, expert review. If your pressure cooker gets high marks in the review, the cooker will be added to the rotation of pressure cookers we photograph in the step-by-step recipes of this website.
Because of the time and resources needed to review each cooker, and limited space in the hip kitchen, we typically only review four pressure cookers per year. Contact us to get us a sample and get immediate placement on the waiting list!