Best Small Pressure Cookers to Buy in 2020

Pressure cookers have become one of the top essentials in our kitchen today, and with good reason. This amazing cooking appliance not only speeds up the cooking process but also helps preserve the healthy nutrients in your meals. Another reason why we all love it is that it requires minimal maintenance.

If you’re a foodie, then having a pressure cooker will definitely help you cook some of the most exciting recipes that are known to man. But, as is mostly the case, there’s a wide variety of pressure cookers from which you have to choose.

So to help you in your pressure cooker hunt, today I’m going to review some of the best small pressure cookers that I’ve used. These reviews are going to help you pick the right little engine that will cook all your favorite meals for you.

Without any further delay, let’s see the small pressure cookers that have made it to my top picks:

Best Small Pressure Cookers: Overview

 WeightMaterialSizePrice

1st Instant Pot Ultra Mini


9 lbsStainless Steel3 QuartCheck Price

2nd Instant Pot Lux Mini


8.5 lbsStainless Steel3 QuartCheck Price

3rd Prestige PRSDA-3L


4.6 lbsStainless Steel3 LiterCheck Price

4th Fagor Duo


1 lbsStainless Steel4 QuartCheck Price

5th Presto 01341

18.3 lbsStainless Steel4 QuartCheck Price

6th Hawkins Classic CL15

3 lbsAluminium1.5 LiterCheck Price

7th Mirro Aluminium

6.4 lbsAluminium4.2 QuartCheck Price

8th Kuhn Rikon Duromatic

5.07 lbsStainless Steel3.7 QuartCheck Price

Best Small Pressure Cookers Reviews

Instant Pot Ultra Mini Pressure Cooker


Instant Pot pressure cookers have become highly popular nowadays. This is mainly because of their amazing quality and features which are better than all other pressure cookers out there. My top pick for the best pressure cooker is Instant Pot Ultra. This wonderful pressure cooker comes with several great features that you won’t find in your average cookers.

This is the best pressure cooker for those who want one appliance that performs the functions of all cooking devices in their kitchen.

Instant Pot Ultra Mini can work as 10 kitchen appliances. So you can basically do everything in it. It can work as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, porridge and rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, sterilizer, cake maker, and sauté pan. So there’s a lot that one can do with this amazing Instant Pot pressure cooker.

It’s one-click programming is why I love it the most. All you have to do is press a button and the cooking process with begin. The buttons are present on cooker’s front side and are easy to understand. This pressure cooker also gives you the option to preset cooking programs so that you don’t have to set them every time you cook the same dish.

The latest feature in this pressure cooker is the auto altitude adjustment. This feature allows you to adjust altitude depending on your location. So now you don’t have to get confused with temperature adjustments while cooking as the altitude adjustment feature will help you out.

So instead of getting 10 kitchen appliances, you can simply get this pressure cooker for getting the jobs done. Like other Instant Pot models, this one is also manufactured with 3rd generation microprocessor which helps cook food 70 percent faster than other cookers.

Pros
  • Multi-programmable (10-in-1)
  • 3rd generation microprocessor
  • Consistent cooking results
  • One-click programming
  • Highly energy efficient
  • Retains flavors and nutrients
  • Safe to use
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not for beginners

 

 

Instant Pot LUX Mini Pressure Cooker


This is another best small pressure cooker on the market for those who like to program their cookware. Also, if you’re looking for more features in just one cooking appliance, then Instant Pot Lux Mini is the one for you. This amazing electric pressure cooker can replace six appliances in your kitchen.

Instant Pot LUX Mini not only functions as a pressure cooker, but also as a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, warmer, and sauté pan. Many people often complain that electric pressure cookers are slow. However, Lux can cook meals 70 percent faster than an average cooker.

It’s manufactured with 3rd generation microprocessor, which helps it cook the food faster. Also, this pressure cooker can keep food warm for up to 10 hours. It comes with three temperature options from which you can choose when you’re sautéing or slow cooking.

This Instant Pot is made from food-grade stainless steel with no chemical coating. Also, its base is 3-ply which helps in distributing heat evenly in the pressure cooker. This pressure cooker, when closed, is completely sealed so the heat doesn’t escape. As a result, the flavors stay inside the meals, and the nutrients are not lost.

Lastly, this electric pressure cooker is very easy to use. You just have to press a button to choose the cooking program and get the process started. The best thing about this Instant Pot is that it’s results are always consistent. So you’ll always get the same taste and texture of food you prepare in it.

Pros
  • Multi-programmable (6-in-1)
  • 3rd generation microprocessor
  • Consistent cooking results
  • Even heat distribution
  • Food-grade stainless steel
  • Safe to use
  • Retains flavors and nutrients
Cons
  • Learning curve

 

 

Prestige Alpha PRSDA-3L Pressure Cooker


This Prestige Alpha is definitely one of the best cookware I’ve ever used. It functions incredibly well and is compatible with regular as well as induction cooktops. It is made from stainless steel and ensures efficient cooking with even heat distribution. Also, it’s highly durable and very safe to use.

This pressure cooker is very popular, and that’s mainly because of its innovative pressure indicator. The indicator signals you when the lid of the cooker can be opened. This is something that is not offered by all pressure cookers out there.

It comes with two cool touch handles, which provides you with a firm grip and help you hold the cooker easily. One of the things I love the most about this cooker is its controlled gasket-release system. This system enhances safety of the cooker by releasing the excess steam that is built up inside the pressure cooker.

This pressure cooker has “best quality” written all over it. With all its amazing features, it effortlessly stands out when compared to other cookers available on the market today. And its pressure indicator makes it one of the safest pressure cookers to use.

Pros
  • High durability
  • Cool touch handles
  • Even heat distribution
  • Controlled gasket-release system
  • Innovative pressure indicator
  • Compatible with regular and induction cook-tops
Cons
  • Shallow depth
  • Not suitable for cooking expandable foods

 

 

Fagor Duo Multi-Setting Pressure Cooker


Fagor is a company known for its innovative, uniquely designed, exceptionally constructed, energy efficient products. It is one of the top brands in the pressure cooker market. Fagor manufactures and distributes several types of cookware worldwide, and offers various categories of pressure cookers.

This Fagor 4-quart pressure cooker is the one I’ve been eyeing on since long and finally purchased it a month back. This amazing appliance is made from polished stainless steel and has two cool touch handles on the sides. It has a smooth finish which gives it a very attractive appearance. And the good news is that it’s compatible with all cooktops.

The best thing about this multi-setting pressure cooker is that it can be used as a canner as well. Also, it comes with several advanced safety features that do not let excessive pressure build up inside the cooker. These features include an automatic pressure release system and a visual pressure indicator.

Lastly, this pressure cooker is manufactured in an eco-friendly manner. So it’s an ideal choice for those who want to contribute to environmental sustainability. And despite its environmentally friendly construction, this pressure cooker doesn’t compromise its efficiency at all. In fact, it considerably reduces cooking time and uses less energy as compared to an average cooker.

Pros
  • Well-reputed manufacturer
  • Energy efficient
  • Can be used as a canner
  • Attractive appearance
  • Auto pressure release system
  • Visual pressure indicator
  • Eco-friendly construction
  • Compatible with all cooktops
Cons
  • Lid may not go on very smoothly

 

 

Presto 01341 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker


While choosing a pressure cooking, there are a few important things that we take into consideration. For example, the material of the cooker, its price, features, and appearance. And the Presto 01341 pressure cooker has scored high in all these areas, which is why it has made it to the list.

This 4-quart pressure cooker is made from stainless steel and cooks food 3 to 10 times faster as compared to other cooking methods. Clearly, all pressure cookers are meant to cook fast, but this particular cooker is exceptionally efficient.

It comes with a thick black handle and a special rack that you can use to cook more than one meal at a time. The rack inside the cooker ensures that the flavours do not mix up. Also, this pressure cooker can be used on regular as well as induction cook-tops, which is yet another plus.

It comes with a secure cover lock which indicates the user when the cooker has pressure inside it. This lock does not allow the cooker’s lid to be opened until it’s completely safe to do so. Also, there’s an “over-pressure plug” that releases any excessive steam built inside the cooker.

What’s even better is that this amazing pressure cooker comes with a very reasonable price tag. And it comes with a 12-year extended warranty. This is one of the reasons why many people are willing to try this pressure cooker. It’s been in the market for quite some time now, and it has great reviews from many of its users.

Pros
  • Well-reputed manufacturer
  • Energy efficient
  • Over-pressure plug
  • Secure cover lock
  • Special rack
  • Compatible with regular and induction cook-tops
  • Dishwasher safe (with sealing ring and over-pressure plug removed)
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Non-stick coating could’ve been improved

 

 

Hawkins Classic CL15 Pressure Cooker


Hawkins is a well-known name is the world of kitchen accessories. Consumers love them for their reasonable prices and durability. For this reason, it’s no surprise that this incredible Hawkins Classic pressure cooker has made it to this list.

This Hawkins pressure cooker is made from Aluminium and is fairly standard in what the features it offers as compared to other pressure cookers. However, it is preferred because of some of its appealing features. One such feature is its compact size, which is just perfect for apartment living. It makes it easy to store and move around.

It’s known for being the “pressure cooker for dummies”. Anyone can safely use it because this cooker seals from the inside. It also has cool handles for additional safety. It’s also the best option for those who are tight on budget as this cooker comes with a fairly low price tag.

Hawkins Classic CL-15 is one of the best selling pressure cookers of the company because of its efficiency, attractive appearance, and price.

This model is the latest version of Hawkins entry-level aluminium pressure cookers. It costs slightly more than other pressure cookers in this category because it comes with improved features and safer inner lid design. But it’s price is still low as compared to pressure cookers of other well-reputed companies.

It comes with a safety valve pressure under the lid handle. This valve deflects the steam down when the cooker is being used. And its improved pressure regulator ensures that the pressure inside the cooker doesn’t build up to an unsafe level.

You can never go wrong with a Hawkins product. And if you’re worried about the quality, considering its price, then rest assured that the quality of this cooker is top-notch.

Pros
  • Well-reputed manufacturer
  • High durability
  • Easy to use
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Safety valve
  • Improved pressure regulator
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Doesn’t offer any unique features
  • Not suitable for cooking expandable foods

 

 

Mirro Aluminium Pressure Cooker


I’ve used this pressure cooker for quite a long time. And I can certainly say that it’s one of the best aluminium cookers on the market today. It’s made from heavy-gauge, rust-proof aluminium, and will work perfectly for several years.

One of its biggest advantages is that it’s cheaper than most of the 4-quart pressure cooker options you’ll find out there. The reason for this low price is that it’s made from aluminium, which is relatively cheaper than stainless steel. That, however, does not mean that this cooker offers inferior service.

Mirro has equipped their aluminium 4.2-quart pressure cooker with all the features that were present in its competitors on the market. This pressure cooker prepares meals quickly and retains all the nutrients in the food. Moreover, it comes with a secure lid-lock system, an over-pressure safety window, and a safety release plug.However, it is not suitable for flat-top stoves.

The best thing about this Mirro pressure cooker is that it’s much lighter as compared to most of its counterparts. Due to this reason, it heats up more uniformly and quickly than most other cookers. This makes it highly energy efficient and best for those who don’t like waiting for hours for their food to cook.

Lastly, this pressure cooker is dishwasher safe and thus very easy to clean. Also, it comes with a 10-year limited warranty, which is another plus. So if you’re looking for an affordable appliance that prepares food super fast, then this pressure cooker is definitely a good option.

Pros
  • Highly energy efficient
  • Heats up quickly
  • Lightweight
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Safety features
  • Affordable
  • 10-year limited warranty
Cons
  • Not suitable for flat-top stoves
  • Stain quickly if not maintained properly.

 

 

Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Pressure Cooker


Anyone looking for an energy efficient and easy-to-use pressure cooker would be really happy with this Kuhn Rikon Duromatic pressure cooker. It’s slightly more expensive than its competitors, but all the features that it offers are worth the extra money.

This pressure cooker is made from best-quality stainless steel and has an aluminium base that helps it heat up quickly. And as safety is always a concern when pressure cooking, it has been equipped with several unique safety features. These safety features include an internal seal, two cool-touch handles, and five safety releases that nearly eliminate the chances of burning.

Although this pressure cooker is highly durable, it may need some maintenance as thorough cleaning for longevity. Also, make sure you never clean it using abrasive or harsh products. Instead, use a Swiss cleaner that is made specifically for cleaning this cooker.

Never fill this pressure cooker (or any pressure cooker) 100% full. Make sure you leave enough space for the pressure to build up. And when you’re preparing expandable foods like beans or rice, only fill half of the capacity. Else, you may obstruct its primary valve with food particles.

This pressure cooker is carries Kuhn brand name, which is trusted by many. Although it is not the cheapest pressure cooker out there, but it’s among the best options on the market. This cooker is the one for you if you’re not afraid to pay a bit higher for quality.

Pros
  • Well-reputed brand name
  • Energy efficient
  • Easy to use
  • Heats up quickly
  • Unique safety features
  • Two cool-touch handles
Cons
  • Requires maintenance
  • Expensive

 

 

Which Small Pressure Cooker is Best?

If you’re searching for a small pressure cooker designed just according to your requirements, then this list must’ve given you an idea of where to begin. These were my top picks for small pressure cookers and honestly speaking, all of them are amazing in their own way. So your guiding factor in this case should be the material, safety features, stovetop compatibility, and maybe the cost. Otherwise, each one of these is just ideal for a small kitchen.

11 thoughts on “Best Small Pressure Cookers to Buy in 2020”

  1. I’ve used both Fagor Duo Pressure Cooker and Presto 01341 and I think Presto cooker is the clear winner. It’s one of the best kitchen appliances I’ve ever owned.

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  2. Thank you for listing down these pressure cookers! I think I’ll go for Fagor Duo Pressure Cooker. Love its design and features. I think it will be perfect for my kitchen.

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  3. Cooking any kind of meal is much easier with Hawkins . The only problem I can think of is when you are using it, make sure the lid is locked properly. Sometimes if it’s not properly closed, it can result in steam not coming out.

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  4. Hawkins is a really good small cooker. It cooks meals very fast. The only issue I have with it is that its lid doesn’t open/close easily.

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  5. Fagor Duo pressure cooker is great in every way! It is light weight, has a good handle grip & a tight seal. It has really exceeded my expectations.

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  6. I use Presto pressure cooker at least once a week. I owned a Mirro cooker for about 10 years but broke its lid when I dropped it. Presto is much better than my last pressure cooker. It is very reliable and safe to use.

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  7. Kuhn Rikon Duromatic pressure cooker is currently out of stock on Amazon. I’ve owned this cooker for 3 years. Wanted to get one for my sister.

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  8. Kuhn Rikon Duromatic pressure cooker is currently out of stock on Amazon. I bought this cooker almost 3 years back and it still works great. Wanted to get one for my sister.

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  9. Was confused between Fagor Duo and Presto. Thanks for helping me decide! Going with Presto because of its special rack feature. Also, I want a cooker which is dishwasher safe.

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