Are you fed up of eating out every day? Are looking for a cost-effective way to make food at your place without a lot of hassle? Well, why not try a pressure cooker.

A pressure cooker is a wonderful kitchen appliance that can make rice and vegetables and many other dishes with great ease and at a low cost. But aren't pressure cookers too complicated to use and pretty unsafe as its basically a metal box with air in it?

Of course not, Pressure cookers are extremely easy to use, come with a ton of safety features and most of them work with both gas stove and induction cooktops. Add in the cost of the cooker itself which is almost a third of the cost of most microwave ovens and you have an appliance that works even when there's no electricity.

While there are a lot of differences between pressure cookers, the most important is the type of material. Aluminium ones are the most affordable and are used by most households. However, the more modern stainless steel cookers have better corrosion resistance and durability while the hard anodised aluminium cookers cook much faster. But they also cost a bit more. For a full buying guide check out our dedicated section below.  

But with so many many pressure cookers in the market, it's difficult for you to find which is the best so we sifted through the data to analyze over 100+ pressure cookers based on reviews, ratings, materials of construction, and size and had even purchased eight cookers and tested them out ourselves. But given that it's been almost a year since we had our article out, we went back to update the list and add any need products that caught our eye.

Best Prestige Cooker (Stainless Steel)

Durable build and design

Out of all stainless steel pressure cookers we had tested, the Prestige Deluxe Alpha was truly the shining star (literally, thanks to its glossy stainless steel body) due to its build quality, safety features and long warranty. It didn't just catch our eye but also the customers on Amazon on Flipkart who made it the highest rated stainless steel cooker online.

This pressure cooker comes with a host of safety features, like a pressure relief whistle valve, a pressure indicator, a gasket release system as a backup in case the safety valve fails, and even a safety plug that will melt if every other safety feature ceases to function as it should. And if that’s not enough, it also comes with a 10-year warranty so you’re covered if something breaks unexpectedly.

Now looking specifically at the cookers, the Prestige Deluxe Alpha cooker is made of Stainless Steel material. Which is extremely durable and is corrosion resistant as well but not as fast as hard anodised and stainless steel cookers. If speed isn’t your thing and you want a durable product but do not want to spend on the hard-anodised cookers then the Deluxe Alpha is perfect for you. So it's safe and durable but is it available in different sizes?

This pressure cooker comes in four different sizes. The options you have are a 2 Litre pressure cooker, 3-litre pressure cooker, 3.3-litre pressure cooker and a 5.5-litre pressure cooker. Since it’s made from stainless steel, it’s resistant to corrosion and very durable. It is available in multiple sizes and is good for families having 2 - 8 members.

And since stainless steel cookers are always very heavy, the Prestige Deluxe Alpha comes equipped with an extra grip, which was really nice to have. The cooker was sufficiently fast to cook but a little slow to cool, but it beat the competition with its safety features, ease of use, design and good brand and service backing.

This pressure cooker is an outstanding purchase if you have the budget since it combines an excellent feature set with durable, corrosion-resistant construction. So that being said, we highly recommend the Prestige Deluxe Alpha stainless steel pressure cooker.

Pros

  • Works with induction and gas stoves

  • Outer lid design (easy to use)

  • Gasket release system, pressure indicator, and safety plug (safety)

  • Ergonomic, rounded handle & grip provided (2 screws in each)

  • 10-year warranty

Cons

  • This model was priced significantly higher than aluminium cookers of similar size (more than double)

  • There was rice was stuck to the base after cooking (may depend on the quantity of water)

  • Very heavy compared to other pressure cookers (but it has grips on the side)

Where to buy it?


Best Pressure Cooker Hawkins (Hard Anodised)

Super fast and durable

When it comes to hard anodised cookers we found a better product than what we had recommended earlier. The newer Hawkins Contura gained its popularity due to its higher quality, faster cooking time and better durability over our previous best pick.

The Hawkins Contura cooker is made of Hard anodised aluminium which is known to be the most durable material of construction for long life, corrosion resistance, and stain resistance in cookware. So while they tend to be much more expensive than aluminium pressure cookers, they might be the last one you’ll ever buy.

Like our previous best pick, the Prestige Deluxe Mini, the Hawkins Contura cooker is also rather uniquely shaped. But it isn’t shaped quite like a serving dish in addition to a cooking pot.

Being a Hawkins cooker it comes with the lid that needs to be inserted on the inside on not on the outside like Prestige and Pigeon cookers. This can take some skill for new users, but a Hawkins user will feel right at home. Like most cookers, only sizes above 4-litres get an extra grip handle. But it comes with all the safety features you need and cooks efficiently.

The Hawkins Contura is hard-anodised which makes it fast when it comes to cooking and even more durable than stainless steel. But it’s more expensive than the stainless steel cookers, so if you want the best quality and don't mind spending a little extra than feel free to pick the Hawkins Contura.

It comes in multiple sizes: 1.5 litres, 2 litres, 3 litres, 3.5 litres, 5-litres & 6.5 litres and will easily suit families having as little as 2 members to 9 members

Do note, that the regular Contura doesn’t support induction bases while all the other picks do. If you need induction base support, pick the Hawkins Contura XT which comes in three sizes and is priced a little more than the Contura.

Versatile usage

While it is a good cooker across the board in terms of quality, design, cooking time and features it misses out on support for induction cookers. If that feature is important to you then choose the Hawkins Contura XT which supports induction bases but comes in only three sizes- 2 litres, 3 litres and 5 litres.

Pro tip

Hard anodised cookers are actually not supposed to be cleaned with metal scrubs as their surface may get scratched, Stainless Steel & Aluminium cookers work fine with metal scrubs

Pros

  • Hard Anodised material of construction (very durable)

  • Works with induction (XT) and gas

  • Very fast cooking time

  • Ergonomic, rounded handle

  • All safety systems included for a worry-free usage

  • 5-year warranty

Cons

  • No grips on sizes below 4 litres

  • Almost double the price of the aluminium cookers

  • Inner lid system may not please everyone

  • Doesn’t work with an induction cooker (regular model)

Where to buy it?

With Induction Base support (Contura XT)

Without Induction Base support (Contura)


Best Aluminium & Best Budget Pressure Cooker

Induction base support

The Pigeon Favorite aluminum pressure cooker is quite popular, and for good reason. It costs a third of the price of the pressure cooker prestige and Hawkins sell. This is thanks to the aluminium build which makes it exceptionally lightweight and affordable.

The Pigeon Favorite comes in two sizes (a 3-Litre pressure cooker and 5-litre pressure cooker) and weighs in at 1.44kg. And even though it’s a cheap pressure cooker, it still has just about every safety feature that the Prestige cooker above has too (minus the pressure indicator). Plus, it cooks very efficiently

Yes, another handle grip would be helpful but it doesn't matter as much as other heavier cookers. Although it sounds like nitpicking addition of a pressure indicator would have been even helpful for new users.

Lastly, to top off all that's good in the Pigeon pressure cooker it comes with 5 years of warranty and support for Induction Cooktops. Being available in multiple sizes it's good for families having 3-7 members. It's also relatively inexpensive and are fast when it comes to cooking due to its aluminium build.

Pros

  • Induction base support

  • A cheap pressure cooker with a lot of features

  • It has an outer lid, making it very easy to use

  • Includes a gasket release system and a safety plug

  • Good cooking and cooling time (14 minutes in total)

  • 5 years warranty

Cons

  • Only 3 and 5-litre sizes available

  • Inserting the whistle is a little hard (Will be easier with use)

  • It doesn’t include a pressure indicator

  • No extra grips provided to lift from two sides (for 3-litre)

  • The handle is attached with a single screw

Where to buy it?


Best pressure cooker combo offer

Pigeon cooker combo offer

Like the Pigeon Favourite cooker, there is another similar product offered by the company in a combo deal which comes with a 2-litre, 3-litre and a 5-litre cooker. What's even better is that it boasts of induction cooker support as well as the safety features found on the Pigeon Favorite.

In terms of performance and other factors, it is identical to the Pigeon Favorite cooker mentioned above. But given that the company offers three cookers at the price of one means there are a few drawbacks like only two lids despite there being three cookers. While the lids fit the 5 and 3-litre cooker perfectly, there are fit issues with the 2-litre cooker. That combined with its small size makes it more capable as a pan than a proper cooker.

The Pigeon Favourite is a single cooker that's available in two sizes, while the Pigeon Combo offers three cookers on 2,3 and 5 litres in a bundle at around Rs.1499. So it is up to you to make a pick between a single cooker or a combo of three cookers. 

But given the variety and price, we feel the Pigeon Special Combo Pack of 2 L, 3 L and 5 L Pressure Cooker is an excellent choice if you cook multiple cuisines and types of food and find using a single cooker to be difficult.

Pros

  • Great value for three cookers

  • Induction base support

  • It has an outer lid, making it very easy to use

  • 5 years warranty

Cons

  • Inserting the whistle is a little hard (Will be easier with use)

  • It doesn’t include a pressure indicator

  • No extra grips provided to lift from two sides (for 3-litre)

  • Lid issues with the 2-litre cooker

  • The handle is attached with a single screw

Where to buy it?


Who is the competition?

Hawkins Futura

Fast but complicated

The Futura cooker was a great product as it cooks really fast and efficiently and is even featured in the Museum of Modern Art for its design! But the big price tag (Rs. 3300) and heavyweight (2.6kg) make it difficult to recommend when there are so many better-priced cookers out there.

Also, it also doesn’t have an extra handle which makes it difficult to hold or a whistle which makes it a little different to operate. It cooks very fast, taking almost five minutes to make rice (it was the fastest in our tests), but it was a fairly erratic experience using it since there are no whistles.

Using the cooker will take a fair bit of experience and time before you get the feel for it. And as for the cooling part, the Futura was again the fastest. Given the high price and confusing operation, we wouldn’t recommend it.


How to buy your next pressure cooker online?

The infographic shows the 3 most important parameters we must decide upon before choosing a Pressure Cooker.

Buying the best cooker

While these are the main parameters one must look for, there are a few others also:

Induction support:
With many people ditching the gas stove for the more modern induction cooktop you now have induction base cookware that is designed to work efficiently with the modern cooking appliance. With all brands jumping onto the induction bandwagon having a Prestige, Pigeon or Hawkins induction pressure cooker will be more helpful for people as they can save costs.

Do note that when using with an induction cooker a pressure cooker 5 litres in capacity or a pressure cooker 3 litres in capacity will work fine, a much large 7-litre unit will weigh more than the induction cooker can manage. This is because Induction bases have a certain size & weight limit.

Brand:
When buying a pressure cooker online it is imperative that you choose a reputed brand. Hawkins, Prestige, Pigeon are some of the popular pressure cooker brands. Apart from pressure cookers, Prestige offers even induction cooker, mixer grinders, electric rice cookers and many other products in the home appliances space. Pigeon too has similar products to offers.

When buying a cooker remember to choose a company with good product design and user experience. A lot of people are used to the Hawkins pressure cookers' inner lid design, while some prefer the Outer lid style of the Prestige pressure cookers. Choose one that works for you

Service & Warranty:
This is a continuation of the Brand parameter as more established brands have much more service centres & dealers. Same goes with warranty more brands do offer a 5-year warranty relatively new brands may offer less.

FAQs about pressure cookers

  • What material is the cooker made of?

    We have two aluminium, one stainless steel and one hard anodised cooker as our best pick. 

  • Does it support an induction base?

    Yes, all of our best picks have a version which supports an induction base

  • What is the warranty for this pressure cooker?

    The Prestige Deluxe Alpha has a 10-year warranty while the other three cookers have a 5-year warranty

  • Is it dishwasher safe?

    Yes, the cookers are dishwasher safe

  • Does the Pigeon combo cookers come with three lids?

    No, you get only two lids

  • Are the separators included with the cookers?

    No, you have to buy them separately



Final Thoughts

We highly recommend any of the four cookers we selected above. Which one you buy though will depend on what your specific needs are though.

The Stainless Steel cooker from Prestige offers the best blend of performance, quality, durability and safety and thus it is undoubtedly our best pick here.

If you’re willing to spend a little more on something that is going to last longer, the hard anodised cookers from Hawkins is the way to go. It does have the same warranty as the Prestige but cooks a little faster. 

If, however, you need the best bang for the buck, the Pigeon Combo offer is definitely the way to go.

Here at Hometop, we’re committed to researching and analyzing the products in-depth (not just on the surface level), to help you make an informed decision. Stay tuned for more in-depth analysis.

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