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In part 1 of our pressure cooker buying guide we discussed the many great benefits of using a pressure cooker. Here we will talk about the main types you can buy:




Aluminum Pressure Cooker

Presto 6-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker PicAluminum pressure cookers are known to deliver excellent heat conduction and are preferred by some due to its lower cost.

Generally speaking they perform almost the same as their stainless steel counterparts (detailed below) at a lower cost. They are simply not as durable and have a bit more hazard of leakage into the food. Above right is pictured one of the most popular aluminum pressure cookers on the market, the Presto 6 Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker

Advantages of Aluminum Pressure Cooker:

  • They are generally lightweight, allowing easy mobility in case the unit must be moved.
  • It ensures even and uniform heating performance since aluminum is a metal known as a great heat conductor.
  • It is generally more affordable compared to the other type.

Challenges of Aluminum Pressure Cooker:

  • This type is more prone to staining and pitting, but this does not affect its cooking operation.
  • Aluminum is an intrinsically weak metal, thus its longevity is generally shorter than the other type.

Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

Presto 01362 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker PicStainless steel pressure cookers are the more commonly known type of this unit since it is considered to be more durable and safe compared to the aluminum type. But for best performance, some recommend to purchase a model with a good layer of aluminum at the base to enhance its heat conduction property. Some other metals that are also known to be frequently combined with this type are chromium and nickel. These materials have proven to be effective in improving stainless steel’s durability and resistance to corrosion.

Pictured right is the stainless steel counterpart of the Presto’s popular 6 quart pressure cooker line: the Presto 01362 6 Quart Stainless Steel pressure cooker.

Advantages of Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker:

  • It has a much more sturdy construction, ensuring its durable property.
  • It is known to have better longevity, both in terms of impressive performance and attractive design.
  • It browns the food better.
  • It is known to cause less reactivity to food, such as discoloration of acidic foods.
  • It is much easier to maintain and clean.

Challenges of Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker:

  • They are generally heavier compared to its aluminum counterpart.
  • If used alone, it is usually known to produce hot spots. This can be effectively eliminated by combining its base construction with aluminum.
  • It is offered at a more expensive price.


We hope that Part 2 of “How to Buy a Pressure Cooker” buying guide has provided you with some great information on which type of pressure cooker you would like to buy.

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Part 3: Features To Consider

Where we go over many of the features to consider when you buy pressure cookers.

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Until next time!

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