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Pressure cooker buying guide 2021, India.


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Choose right pressure cooker size

Be careful with the size as wrong size can be problematic. Small size pressure cooker force you to cook multiple times at the same time very large pressure cooker size means so much fuel to heat the cooker and much cleaning effort. The main decision factor is the family size. If yours is small family size, then 3 liters pressure cooker size is enough. For big family or joint family 5 to 7.5 liters pressure cooker size is fine. The pressure cooker for baby food means, the right size is of 1 liter to 1.5 liter.

Pressure cooker types

Pressure Cooker type Features
Hard Anodized pressure cooker
Hard Anodized pressure cooker
  • Excellent heat conductor and lightweight
  • Best Durability and looks shiny and new for years
  • Healthy, Non-Reactive Cookware: won't react to acidic ingredients
  • Stain free and corrosion-resistant
  • Metal scrubs should not be used for cleaning
  • Expensive
Stainless steel pressure cooker
Stainless steel pressure cooker
  • Not good heat conductor, little heavy
  • Good Durability and looks shiny and new for years
  • Healthy, Non-Reactive Cookware: won't react to acidic ingredients
  • Stains possible and corrosion-resistant
  • Metal scrubs can be used for cleaning
  • Expensive
Aluminium pressure cooker
Aluminium pressure cooker
  • Excellent heat conductor and lightweight
  • Not durable, and its appearance wears over time
  • Unhealthy, Reactive Cookware: react to acidic ingredients
  • Staining, corrosion possible
  • Metal scrubs can be used for cleaning
  • Economical

Consider durability of the pressure cooker as well

You don't want to buy the cooker every year. Durability is an important factor. Aluminium not much durable. Stainless steel and hard anodized pressure cookers are the right choices from the durability perspective.

Health is parameter for pressure cooker selection

Yes, aluminum pressure cookers are reactive to the food. The Aluminum can act with acids of the food and can be unhealthy. Based on reactiveness, stainless steel pressure cooker and hard anodized pressure cooker are healthy choices.


Hard Anodized pressure cooker Stainless steel pressure cooker Aluminium pressure cooker
Heat Conductivity Excellent Not good Excellent
Durability Highly Modearte Low
Stains free Yes Yes No
Corrosion resistant Yes Yes No
Price Expensive Expensive Economical

Induction stove compatibility

If you are using induction stove, make sure the pressure cooker is marked as Induction Stovetop Compatible. In the product description of the page look for induction stove compatibility. By nature hard anodized pressure cookers are not induction compatible, but the manufacture can make the bottom little differently so that it can work on induction stove as well. The usual keywords to look for in the product description - “With Induction Bottom”.

Dishwasher safe pressure cookers

This feature is important only if you are using dishwashers for cleaning the utensils. Otherwise, it is not needed. In general, hard anodized pressure cookers are not dishwasher safe. Aluminum and stainless steel pressure cookers are good to go with dishwasher. Look for “Dishwasher-Safe” keyword if you are keen on buying the dishwasher safe cookers.

Inner lid pressure cookers vs outer lid pressure cookers

Pressure cookers come in two models with inner lid and outer lid based on the lid type. In the inner lid models, the top of the lid goes inside of the cooker. Whereas in the outer lid model, the top of the lid stays outside of the cooker container. In general the large size pressure cooker use outer lids and small cookers sizes make use of inner lids. It is considered as that inner lid types are safer compared to outer lid as they employ extra lock in mechanism to hold the build up the extra pressure.

Go for longer warranty cookers

Longer warranty means better products, so go for longer duration warranty Pressure cooker. Please read carefully the details about warranty, refunds & replacement policy.

Best pressure cookers in india

Longer warranty means better products, so go for longer duration warranty Pressure cooker. Please read carefully the details about warranty, refunds & replacement policy.

Best Hard Anodized pressure cookers in India

  • Hawkins Contura Hard Anodized Aluminium Pressure Cooker, 3 Litres, Black
  • Prestige Deluxe Plus Hard Anodized Outer Lid Pressure Cooker
  • Prestige Nakshatra Plus Hard Anodised Inner Lid Aluminium Pressure Handi, 3 Litres, Black
  • Prestige Deluxe Plus 7.5 L Pressure Cooker

Best Stainless steel pressure cookers in India

  • Prestige Deluxe Outer Lid Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, 3.3 Litres
  • Hawkins Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, 5 Litres
  • Hawkins Stainless Steel 3.0 Litre Pressure Cooker
  • Prestige Clip On Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker with Glass Lid, 5 Litres

Best Aluminium pressure cookers in India

  • Hawkins Contura 3 L Pressure Cooker
  • Prestige Deluxe Plus 7.5 L Pressure Cooker
  • Prestige Popular Aluminium Pressure Cooker, 5 Litres
  • Prestige Popular Aluminium Pressure Cooker, 3 Litres

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