To state the obvious, no one likes spending multiple hours in the kitchen preparing dinner, especially on a weeknight (except maybe Ina Garten). After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is scour Pinterest for an inspired recipe, chop tons of veggies, and stand over a hot stove. Enter the electric pressure cooker. According to Amazon reviewers, this viral kitchen appliance will "change the way you cook." And with the ability to get an entire roast chicken dinner on the table in under 30 minutes, it's no wonder this device has developed a cult following.
Ahead are the best electric pressure cookers on the market right now—and why people are clearing off counter space to make room for them.
4.6 stars, 24,336 reviews
"My family is [constantly] surprised at how much this has changed how we eat. I usually don't keep appliances out on my counter, but since I use this at least once a day, I never put it away." — Aundrea
4.4 stars, 110 reviews
"So far, everything I have made has turned out really well, and in record time, so much so that it is almost unbelievable. … The speed is truly a godsend, especially on those busy evenings when the kids have practices that run late and you need to get something on the table quickly." — K. Blaine
4.3 stars, 1,442 reviews
"This is one of the best things I have ever purchased myself. I am a single mom with 2 busy kids. Some nights it is a daunting task to think about what to fix for dinner. This makes it a little (in some cases a lot) faster. I am looking [forward] to trying lots of new recipes with it. I highly recommend this product." — Maria Bowden
4.3 stars, 623 reviews
"This is my first pressure cooker, I remember some great meals coming out of my mother's pressure cooker and I wanted to give those memories to my kids too. I looked at quite a few before buying this one and I am very happy with my choice." — Frosty
4.3 stars, 184 reviews
"It's a beautifully made product (just as all Breville products are). The presets take out the guesswork. I love that the lid is attached it makes for a much less messy experience. The water reservoir to catch the moisture works perfectly and is all contained in a tiny cup that is removable." — A2B
4 stars, 264 reviews
"Wow, this thing is fantastic. It browns, sautés, simmers, slow cooks and pressure cooks. [I] have moved treasured items from [my] kitchen counter to make permanent space for the most used cooking appliance in the kitchen." — Joseph
3.9 stars, 377 reviews
"Excellent value and cooks like a breeze. I was looking for a large volume cooking appliance and decided on this 10 qt. pressure cooker. Perfect, not just for soups and stews, but I tried pepper steak with the vegetables and all. … I find that you can't go wrong, unlike grills or pans, even ovens." — Europian