Slow cooking is the latest culinary craze, and it’s easy to see why. These high-tech gadgets let you cook your favorite meals in just minutes or let juicy dishes simmer for hours. You get extra flavor and nutrition by using a slow cooker, but you also save on the messiness and time investment of traditional meal preparation and clean-up. Instead of slaving over a hot stove, just toss your ingredients into one of these handy appliances and wait for diner to be served. The top options for 2016-2017 include large pressure cookers for canning, Bluetooth-enabled slow cookers for remote meal management and stainless steel, dishwasher-safe pots to make your life easier. Whether you want a classic canner like grandma had or a brand-new prototype with the latest features, you can find it on this list.
1. BLACK+DECKER SC2007D 7-Quart Dial Control Slow Cooker
With a 7-quart stoneware pot, this slow cooker lets you make large meals and easily clean up afterwards. You can choose from low, high and warm settings to cook your food and keep it ready to eat. The cool-touch handles let you grab the appliance without hurting yourself, and cute geometric design options let you find the perfect exterior for matching your kitchen.
2. Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker
This is a top-of-the-line option with a massive 23-quart aluminum pot for cooking huge meals or canning produce, jellies or meats. You also get a canning rack for neatly stacking your jars inside the pot and ensuring even cooking. The included recipe book gives you over 50 options for getting started on your homesteading kitchen. A 12-year warranty protects your investment over the long haul.
3. Presto 01282 8-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker
If you want to cook foods quicker than ever, this aluminum pressure cooker is a perfect choice. You can finish soups quickly or zip through preparing your evening meal with the multi-tier rack that lets you cook multiple dishes at once. The heavy-duty aluminum lid locks in place to keep flavor and nutrients in the entire time your meal is cooking.
4. Cosori 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker with Glass Lid
You get 15 cooking modes in one device with Cosori’s multi-functional pressure cooker. This lets you get the perfect rice, meat, chili or vegetables every time you use it with just a few button presses. You can use this all-purpose device for slow cooking, steaming, pressure cooking or making soup. Use the metal lid to cut down cooking times or pop on the included glass lid for day-long slow cooking and flavorful meals.
5. T-fal P25107 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker
T-fal has been making long-lasting cookware since 1954. With this pressure cooker, you can benefit from their expertise. They’ve crafted stainless steel into a 6.3-quart device complete with locking lid, 10- or 15-PSI setting and cool-touch rubber handles. You also get a steam basket and bottom stand for preparing multiple dishes in a single pot.
6. T-fal P45007 Clipso 6.3-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker
Dishwasher-safe pots like this one make clean-up a breeze. Once you’ve prepared and served a delicious meal for your family, you can simply load this pressure cooker into the dishwasher. The stainless steel will stay attractively shiny and rust-free for decades, and the locking lid keeps your food cooking until you decide it’s done.
7. All American 21.5-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner
This hand-cast aluminum canner is made entirely in Wisconsin, which may be why it’s such a high-quality item. The lid seals directly to the pot, so you don’t have to worry about loose gaskets with the unique metal-to-metal technology. You can seal 19 pint-size jars or seven 1-quart jars in the 21.5-quart pot; you can also make a large amount of soup, chili or jam.
8. Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker
Instant Pot brings a lot of technology to old-fashioned pressure cookers. This model lets you program cooking for up to 24 hours in advance so you can have dinner waiting for you when you step in the door. The automatic pressure control, power cut-off and temperature monitoring means you don’t have to worry about accidents when you’re off at work. Simply punch a few buttons in the morning and look forward to a nutritious, warm meal whenever you come back home.
9. Instant Pot Bluetooth-Enabled Multi-functional Pressure Cooker
This multi-functional cooker packs some impressive options. When you’re out of the house, a free mobile phone app lets you monitor your recipe’s progress and even tell the Instant Pot pressure cooker to start cooking. You also get the standard range of Instant Pot features like dishwasher-safe stainless steel, an easy-to-use interface and 10 built-in safety features.
10. Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker
You can program this 6-quart cooker to brown, sauté, simmer or warm your favorite foods with its easy-to-use menu. If you don’t know what to cook with your new device, the included recipe book can give you a few ideas, or you can use Cuisinart’s tips for modifying regular recipes. No matter what option you choose, you’ll enjoy the no-burn handles, non-stick cooking pot that can be placed in the dishwasher and 12-hour warming option.