Pressure Cooker vs. Rice Cooker

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Pressure cookers have been pushed throughout the recent years, and each product is of high-quality today. Now, pressure cookers can even cook rice! But the questions are, whichcooker is better? And which one is more practical?

Before anything else, let’s discuss the definition of these two.

Pressure cookers are tightly sealed pots with locking lids. They use the wet steam forced by the internal steam pressure to cook your food faster than usual, saving about 60% of your cooking time.A pressure cooker can either be a stovetop or an electric. Electric pressure cookers are so innovative nowadays. With just a single push of a button, you can cook rice, soup, meat, and beans. Most pressure cookers are ideal for simmering and braising.

On the other hand, rice cookerscook rice by heating the liquid in the inner pot to a boiling point. The water then evaporates into steam. The rice absorbs the liquid and expands until it absorbs all the water. The raw texture of rice becomes softened and gelatinized thanks to the moisture and heat. Rice cookersare more of a common appliance in the kitchen than pressure cookers. Obviously, a rice cooker is made to cook rice. Rice cookers have different menu settings ranging from white, brown, mixed, sweet/sticky, to sushi.Like electric pressure cookers, some rice cookers are also multi-functional with a steam basket for vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and so on. Some can even make soup and stews.

With technology advances coming from both cookers, it’s a little difficult to decide which is more beneficial. To have a clearer view, check out the table below for their pros and cons.

Pros Cons
Pressure Cooker
(Electric) • Takes less time to cook foods and tenderize meat
• Can be used as sterilizer for canning and bottles
• Can do more than pressure cooking (slow cooking, sautéing, browning, etc.)
• Saves energy (about 25-30%) and water
• Kills more micro-organisms thanks to the above-normal boiling point temperature
• Produces more delicious dishes because flavors are concentrated in a sealed pot
• Requires less seasoning
• Shuts off automatically and has a keep warm feature
• Softens and tenderizes whole grain/wild rice and beans better • Heavier
• Moreexpensivethanstove-topcookware
• More tiringtoclean, especiallythegasket
• There are safety concerns due to the material used and design elements
• Does not include all menu settings for cooking rice
• There’s a riskofbeing injuredfrom hot,escapingsteam.
Rice Cooker • Brings the best out of rice (texture, aroma, nutrition, taste)
• Can cook all types of rice properly
• Easier to use
• Easier to clean
• Has an automatic shut off, keep warm, and extended keep warm features
• More popular in the kitchen
• Versatile for cooking oatmeal and dinner • Cooking time forriceandothermeals is longer
• Moreexpensivetobuyacomputerizedricecooker
• Cannot fully maximize the flavors of food because the temperature can only reach to a boiling point
• Somericecookersdon’thaveotherfunctionsbesidesricecooking.
• Requires more seasoning

There you go! A comprehensive difference of the two. Now let’s go back to the questions earlier.

Which cooker is better?

Which one is more practical?

The answers are up to you.