- Look for a locking lid with a good seal to keep vitamins and minerals from escaping with the steam. Watch for easy-to-read controls and a timer with the ability to adjust the timing of vegetables and other delicate foods. Check for heat-resistant handles for easy handling. Look for a heat diffuser to keep the bottom of the pot away from the heat source to prevent scorching. A detachable pressure regulator allows for better control of the cooking pressure.
- The pressure cooker should disassemble easily for quick cleaning. Compare the warranty for number of years and exclusions.
- Pressure cookers generally come in sizes ranging from 4 qt. to 8 qt. capacity for home use. Consider the recipes you will use most often and the size of your family when choosing the cooker size. Larger sizes are available to accommodate canning up to 40 qt.