Electric vs Stovetop pressure Cooker
Pressure cookers have two major types: Electric Pressure Cooker and Stove Pressure Cooker. Both of the said types use the same high-pressure steam principle for cooking the food rapidly. Whichever type of pressure cooker you choose, your food would be ready in a lesser time than the conventional method of cooking.
Stove pressure cookers and electric pressure cooker differ in appearance, as well as in their mode of operations also vary.
1. Stovetop Pressure Cookers
First-time high-pressure steam cooking introduced in stove pressure cookers. So, they are known as pioneer pressure cookers. Stove pressure cookers need a continuous source of heat or stove fire for cooking food. They do not use electricity; that’s why they need constant monitoring.
You cannot find a variety of designs in the stove pressure cookers. Usually, they come in conventional designs.
Three options for pressure release: remove from the heat source, cold water drip & detach pressure valve knob
Usable as a regular cooking pot without the lid
The unlimited external source of energy
Automatic locking system for the top as pressure builds up[/i2pros][i2cons]The aluminum types are not as durable as the stainless steel ones
There is no scheduling of cooking times[/i2cons][/i2pc]
2. Electric Pressure Cookers
As the name designates, an electric pressure cooker uses electricity as a source for cooking food, unlike stove pressure cookers that use a heat source. Electric pressure cookers meet the inefficiencies of stove cookers as you can set a timer. Electric pressure cookers come with a panel of control buttons with simplifies the use.[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” use_heading_icon=”0″ show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” heading_pros_icon=”icon icon-thumbs-o-up” heading_cons_icon=”icon icon-thumbs-o-down” ][i2pros]Great for canned/preserved food
Automatic pressure and temperature control
Various pressure settings for different foods
Specific food preset cycles
The automated pressure release system
Timer for delayed cooking
Easy to use digital controls
Auto warmer features is a lifesaver[/i2pros][i2cons]Bulkier than stovetops
Cannot be dipped in cold water for pressure release[/i2cons][/i2pc]