Cooking is one of the most complex and most sought-after art out there. Think of it: to be able to create delicious tenacious food out of a few vegetables and perhaps some meat? Just the thought of that talent delights us!Culinary arts have seen all types of changes and revolutions. When the spoon was invented, it was like a mini bowl with a handle. When the pressure cooker was invented, however, it was much more than just a whistling pot.
Pressure cookers maintain a certain pressure within the pot, allowing the food to boil and cook easily. They are naturally pretty useful at heights or depths where the atmospheric pressure varies greatly from regular pressure. The food can cook faster and water can boil with more ease than at standard pressure.But have you ever pondered over the difference between a regular stovetop cooker and an electric one? Well, now you can have all the answers!
- 1 What Is An Electric Pressure Cooker?
- 2 What Is A Stove Top Pressure Cooker?
- 3 Stove Top Vs. Electric Pressure Cooker
What Is An Electric Pressure Cooker?
For many, the name says it all. An electrically driven pressure cooker uses electricity to produce high or low pressure within the cooker. The reason why many choose electric pressure cookers is that they usually have a lot more options as compared to stove top cookers.
However, the extra-long electricity bill and the threat of a possible fire continues to make us refrain from electric pressure cookers. These cookers obviously cost more and are a bit more risky for some users. However, rest assured, a good electric pressure cooker is definitely more secure and durable than its stovetop variant.
But what really intrigues us about the electronic cooker is its portability! The product can be moved about from place to place and can literally be used anywhere where there is a socket. This allows ease of access, and a better cooking day.
What Is A Stove Top Pressure Cooker?
A traditional stovetop pressure cooker uses heat and high temperatures to boil the water, and trap the steam inside to increase pressure. This is a slower process, but with higher pressure, the cooking time can be shortened by a great extent. These pressure cookers usually have lesser customizability, with just a select few buttons and knobs controlling the internal pressure. They however do not pose many threats, other than the threat of creating too much pressure.
Stovetop pressure cookers are cheaper, and they certainly do not require a hefty power bill to function. However, the gas bill may rise, but this will happen with literally any stovetop cooker. The aesthetics of a stovetop pressure cooker are lesser too, with just a handful having a futuristic design.
Stove Top Vs. Electric Pressure Cooker
There are a few major factors which differentiate between a stove top and an electric pressure cooker.
Source of Power
Traditional stove top pressure cookers use heated gas to work properly. Almost everyone has a stove top in their houses, which is what makes these pressure cookers easier to use and simpler to work with. Furthermore, the gas costs much less than electric power, and can save a lot of money.
Electric pressure cookers use electricity and as such may use up more power than affordable. The power consumption and efficiency differ from product to product, but they definitely cost more in the long run. If you have to, try buying one which is known for lesser power consumption.
Some of the best have a 98% efficiency, resulting in lesser bills and lesser health hazards, but these are typically rarer and mostly cost a kidney or two.
Stovetop pressure cookers cannot be customized. Most lack basic settings and pressure control or even a barometer to indicate the pressure level inside. Just one or two knobs on the lid allow easy release of pressure, but there isn’t much one can do with these. Some do have a barometer, but that is mostly where it ends.
Electric cookers, on the other hand, usually come with a barometer, thermometer, a timer, tons of buttons which let you change the pressure level, and even different cooking options! Some can even be used as yogurt makers and egg cookers. Tons of different cooking methods can be employed by electric pressure cookers to create a better texture and a more tender taste. There’s a lot that these have to offer, and we have to say, we’re impressed by the diversity.
Some cookers even have multiple compartments to cook multiple foods at the same time. With stove top and electric pressure cookers can be found with this, but some electric cookers can actually heat up different compartments separately, allowing for higher customization and efficiency.
Stovetop pressure cookers are slightly dangerous, but not as much as electric pressure cookers. For one thing, these do not employ electrical power to function. Stovetop cookers can create a lot of pressure, and if the pressure isn’t released by the knob, then the entire thing may or may not blow up. However, such occurrences are rare, and most are pretty safe.
Electric pressure cookers, on the other hand, are susceptible to short circuits and electrocution. Cheap and sloppy assemblage can lead to burning up and electrical hazards. Remember to always use the power cord and adapter specified by the manufacturer, as too much voltage can cause burns and fires. These pressure cookers, however, are less likely to blow up due to high pressure, as most modern ones have safety mechanisms to prevent this from happening.
Still, risking a fire in the house just for a little bit more convenient isn’t worth it. Be sure to read customer reviews before buying anything.
Most of the time, the cooking speed of the pressure cooker depends on the amount of pressure it can create. A higher pressure means a lesser boiling point of water, which in turn means faster cooking and lesser time consumption.
Stovetop pressure cookers can reach a certain amount of pressure before releasing the gas, but since they aren’t customizable the pressure cannot be controlled. So you cannot adjust the time it takes to cook the food.
Whereas with electric pressure cookers, the customizability is endless. This ensures that a higher pressure (to a limited extent) can be achieved, allowing the food to cook faster than ever. However, high amounts of pressure can pose health risks, and are best when avoided. Still, electric pressure cookers are no doubt the more efficient of the two.
When buying a new product, durability is key. There is no point in buying something if you only plan on buying the same thing over and over again.
The stovetop pressure is a much more durable option, as all you need is a stove to keep it working. It does not rely on some external power source. The pressure builds up inside in a natural process. This means that the pressure will be achieved anytime and anywhere.
The electric pressure cooker, however, due to its construction, may lose its heating ability soon. This cooker relies on electrical components that conduct heat from the power source to the interior, and if these heating elements stop working then the entire pressure cooker is useless. Furthermore, the cooker is more susceptible to heat damage and the regular wear and tear that accompanies electronics.
As for the body, almost all types of pressure cookers are vulnerable to regular wear of the metal surface, and the lid handle may break or constant dropping may produce cracks. Remember to purchase only the most durable pressure cookers, as a malfunctioning pressure cooker is an accident waiting to happen.
Stovetop pressure cookers require to be in presence of a stove all the time. Usually, the stove can easily be fixed in the kitchen, but in other rooms or even outside the house, there is little to no fire around. This stops the stove top pressure cooker from being used anywhere but the kitchen. Portability is low with these pressure cookers. Even if you buy a portable stove (which requires extra cash), who in their right minds would carry both a stove and a pressure cooker around with them?
Electric pressure cookers on the other hand, require something which can be found all over the house: a simple socket. They don’t require any extra parts except maybe an adapter. This means that they can be used anywhere in the house, and anywhere outside the house as well, wherever a socket can be found. This allows the electric pressure cooker to be portable and easily moved around and used in various places without any inconvenience.
Traditional pressure cookers which require a stove top obviously cost lesser. Most stovetop pressure cookers can cost as low as approximately $30 and as high as approximately $70. Any less and the product is likely too cheap. Any more and the product is likely too unnecessary. To further that, stovetop cookers do not require any additional maintenance, and only require a source of fuel (mostly gas) and a stove, an appliance which is fitted in almost any household.
Electric pressure cookers generally cost more, with their prices ranging anywhere between $70 and $150. Do not buy cookers which are cheaper or more expensive than that, as they are likely to be scams or over budget. Most people look out for stove top and electric pressure cookers for sale anywhere near them.
Electric pressure cookers, however, require a lot more than just that. Some may require adapters to provide there commended voltage to the cooker. Many cause a lot of electricity consumption, resulting in costlier bills. And if there is a fire or electrical hazard, then the medical and insurance bills will skyrocket as well. This means you end up having spent more than you expected in the long run.
Side-by-Side Comparison of Stovetop and Electric Pressure Cookers
|Source Of Power||Stove tops use flammable gas as a source of power to work, which requires lesser power consumption and better cooking.||Electric pressure cookers use electric power to heat up the water and create more pressure, resulting in more power consumption.||Stove Top|
|Customization||Stove tops are not customizable, having perhaps a few knobs on the lid to regulate pressure to a limited extent.||Highly customizable, with multiple cooking options, incubation, barometer, thermometer, and timer.||Electric|
|Health Risks||Does not pose health risks. Stove tops can blow up if too much pressure accumulates, but this is rare and hardlymajor enough.||Can overheat or the components can burn up. A higher voltage than necessary may result in heat damage and electrical failure. Do not allow to get wet.||Stove Top|
|Efficiency||With zero customizability, the stove top cannot cook faster than it usually does.||The customization allows the speed to be altered as well, but too much pressure can be dangerous.||Electric|
|Durability||Can last longer as there are little to no components that can be damaged in the first place.||Heat damage, water damage, and the like can destroy the electrical components, rendering the entire thing useless.||Stove Top|
|Portability||Cannot be moved around, as a stove top is required wherever it goes.||Can easily be moved around and used in places where there is a power outlet.||Electric|
|Price Range||Costs lesser; between $30 and $70.||Costs more; between $70 and $150, plus additional components and replacements.||Stove Top|
Pressure cookers are a better alternative to cooking faster than regular pots and pans, which is why we love them so much. After careful analysis of multiple features of both stovetop and electric pressure cookers, we have finally decided on a winner: the Stove Top Pressure Cooker!
Don’t get us wrong here, we love the electric variant as well. But the stovetop seemed to top the electric in a number of ways. Firstly, it uses lesser power. Yes, it does require gas, but that isn’t as expensive as electricity. Secondly, the stove top does not present any hazards or damage to property, except for some products which may be susceptible to blowing. Thirdly, the stove top is more durable, as there is not much which can wear away. Fourthly, who doesn’t love a cheap product?!
But remember, the best decision is in your hands. We adore the electric pressure cooker too, and who knows? Maybe that is your cup of tea!