All American 21.5 Qt. Pressure Cooker Canner

Last updated date: January 14, 2019

DWYM Score
9.1

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Overall Take

This larger-size pressure cooker is ideal for big families or those who can in large quantities. A metal-on-metal seal keeps you safe while a satin finish makes for easy cleanup. In our analysis of 73 expert reviews, the All American All American 21.5 Qt. Pressure Cooker Canner placed 4th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 11, 2019:
Checkout The Best Stovetop Pressure Cooker for a detailed review of all the top pressure cookers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.4
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
2,940 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
In this caner, you can also can fish. This makes this caner entirely versatile and thus it’s preferred by a lot of people.
- Carrie Cooks
June 19, 2017 | Full review
You can use this cooker/canner for as long as you want without any significant maintenance. This cooker is made of special hand cast aluminum which is considered to be very strong and sturdy. It is also coated with a satin finish to make sure that it looks attractive in your kitchen.
- Best Pressure Cooker Reviews
What I particularly love about the All American 921 is its high quality cast aluminium build (though, you should be warned at 20lbs empty, it’s not for everyone). It heats up evenly (and also more quickly than some other larger sizes) and my meals are cooked within an hour.
- Pressure Cooker Pros
The All American 921 pressure cooker is one of the easiest canners to work with and very safe also. To have you covered, it is packed with safety features such as the unique metal-to-metal seal and the two back-up safety measures in case the cooker becomes over-pressurized.
- Pressure Cooker Today
One thing that was praised highly was that it is made of thick aluminum walls so it maintains a steady pressure and even with the unit on a high setting, it slowly builds up the pressure which allows for not slaving over the stove to monitor every process, constantly venting off excess pressure.
- Appliances Reviewed
The All-American Pressure Canner/Cooker’s unique “metal-to-metal” sealing system means not needing to buy replacement O-ring gaskets. This makes it one of the best value for money pressure canners available on the market today.
- Your Cooking Zone
Has a metal to a metal sealing system that helps in keeping it tightly sealed. It does not allow any steam to escape. It does not have any gasket making the cover very easy to open and close.
- Reviews In The Best
Has a safety release when too much pressure builds up. Comes in a variety of sizes. No gaskets. Offers different ranges of psi.
- Morning Chores
What experts didn't like
This caner is also pretty large. This means that you can’t simply use it on all the burners because it may damage the sides of the burner. So, you have to be really careful.
- Carrie Cooks
June 19, 2017 | Full review
Due to its size and strong design, this pressure cooker/canner can be a bit heavy for certain people.
- Best Pressure Cooker Reviews
Once full its really heavy to handle. We needed two of us to actually get it on top of the stove.
- Pressure Cooker Pros
It is not recommended for ceramic or glass top ranges usage. May take some time for the pot to heat up or cool down.
- Pressure Cooker Today
The All-American Pressure Canner/Cooker while being sturdily built, has the unfortunate side-effect of being remarkably heavy when it is full. All American do not recommend moving one of their fully laden pressure canners/cookers, which would likely damage the glass jars inside if you are to do so anyway.
- Your Cooking Zone
Price is not in everyone’s budget.
- Morning Chores

From The Manufacturer

Only the ALL AMERICAN Pressure Canner features an exclusive, precision machined “metal-to-metal” sealing system. These Pressure Canners for canning feature positive action clamping locks that align the cover to the base, forming a steam-tight seal. Since the seal does not use a gasket, the cover can be easily opened and closed. The ALL AMERICAN Canner makes it easy to can fish, meat, vegetables and fruits – it’s the only method the USDA recommends for low-acid foods. All canning pressure cooker models feature a precision machined regulator weight for accurate pressure control and an easy-to-read, 8.5 x 5.5″ Instruction and Recipe Book. Suitable for gas, electric, or flat top stoves. The high heat generated by a pressure cooker can kill more bacteria than a regular hot water bath, making this pressure cooker the ideal tool for canning vegetables and non-acid fruit. The metal-to-metal seal permits venting under unusual pressure conditions, making the seal safer than conventional rubber or composition gasket cookers. Crafted of the finest hand-cast aluminum, this durable cooker/canner features a stay-cool Bakelite top handle, geared steam gauge, automatic overpressure release and pressure regulator weight with settings of 5 PSI, 10 PSI and 15 PSI. The attractive satin finish is smooth and easy to clean. Double thick edges provide added protection at the points of heaviest wear.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Fissler Vitaquick 8.5 Qt. Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Presto 8 Qt. Pressure Cooker (Model 1370)
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 4
3. T-fal 6.3 Qt. Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 6
4. All American 21.5 Qt. Pressure Cooker Canner
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 8
5. NuWave 6.5 Qt. Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Presto 6 Qt. Pressure Cooker (Model 1362)
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Presto 23 Qt. Pressure Cooker Canner
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
8. All-Clad 8.4 Qt. Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Culina One-Touch 6 Qt. Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 3
10. Kuhn Rikon 8.4 Qt. Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 5
11. T-fal Calipso 6.3 Qt. Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 4
12. Magefesa Practika Plus 8 Qt. Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 3
13. Buffalo 15 Qt. Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 2
14. Fagor HELIX 6 Qt. Pressure Cooker
Overall Score: 6.5
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Pressure Cookers

Ask previous generations about pressure cookers and they’ll likely bring up safety concerns. But pressure cookers have come a long way from their mid-1900s popularity. The newer models of pressure cookers have built-in safety features that keep you protected from the over-pressurization that once put home chefs at risk.

In recent years, all-in-one units like the Instant Pot, have made pressure cooking popular again. However, you don’t have to buy a bulky countertop unit to enjoy the benefits of pressure cooking. Stovetop pressure cookers are fairly straightforward, with only a few steps to get you going. Instead of trying to figure out which button does what, you simply insert your items, then cover and seal before you start steaming.

But there are more than a few models to consider while shopping for a pressure cooker. Although all models are safe, each has its own safety mechanisms. The Fissler Vitaquick’s indicator light may be your preference, or you might prefer the six built-in safety features of the Culina One-Touch.

In addition to safety, ease of use is important when you’re considering which stovetop pressure cookers to buy. You’ll need to seal and choose a pressure setting, but once that’s done, you’ll turn the stove burner on and let your pressure cooker do the rest. The Fissler Vitaquick has a simple design that requires just turning a knob, but All American’s pressure cookers have an easy on/off cover as well. As you choose a pressure cooker, also consider the weight and durability, especially if you have a more sensitive ceramic or glass cooktop.

Lastly, you may want to consider cleanup as you’re choosing a pressure cooker. If you’re used to tossing your pots and pans in the dishwasher, you may want to steer toward one of the dishwasher-safe models. Even the models that have a finish that makes for easy handwashing may not provide the convenience you want.

DYWM Fun Fact

Pressure cookers have long been associated with canning fruits and vegetables. But the same appliance can be used to make all types of foods, from fish to yogurt. Studies have shown that pressure cooking helps food retain more nutrients than other types of cooking, making it a great option for health-conscious families. Myths have circulated over the years that pressure cooking dilutes foods’ nutrients, but those myths have been debunked. Some studies, though, have found that nutrients in certain foods may be transferred to the liquid in the cooker with the food. If this is a concern, it might be worthwhile to make sure you utilize the liquid when you’re serving what you’ve cooked.

The Pressure Cooker Buying Guide

  • Safety mechanisms are built into every modern pressure cooker, but you may like some better than others. The locking mechanism on the Fissler Vitaquick cooker includes a mechanism light that goes from red to green once it’s locked. That takes all the guesswork out of using one of these devices. All American uses a metal-to-metal seal on its units to make sure no steam can escape. Lastly, the Culina One-Touch has six built-in safety features, including a cover that will not open unless pressure has been fully released.
  • Pressure cookers come in a variety of sizes, so it’s important for you to know what you’ll be doing. If you simply want to try canning a few items, for instance, the smaller-capacity pressure cookers, like the Culina One-Touch or Fissler Vitaquick, will do. However, unless you have a large family, the 21.5-quart All American cooker may have far more room than you’ll ever need. The All American 10.5 quart will hold seven standard mouth regular pint jars or four standard regular mouth quart jars.
  • Ease of use is also an important factor when you’re choosing a stovetop pressure cooker. Fissler Vitaquick’s pressure settings are extremely easy to read, and it also has a lid that slides onto the pot more easily than others.
  • The size of larger units like the All American 21.5-quart pressure cooker can bring a couple of issues. First, its size means it doesn’t fit snugly on just one burner, making it difficult to place. You’ll also find its heaviness may make it a bad fit for a ceramic or glass range. Lastly, the size signifies it will also take longer than average to heat up and cool down.
  • If affordability is an issue, there’s a clear difference in one of the models. The Culina One-Touch sells for under $50, while all of the other units fall in the $200-$300 range.
  • Cleanup is an understandable concern with any appliance. If you’re used to tossing your pots and pans in the dishwasher, you may want a unit that provides that level of no-fuss cleaning. Both the Fissler Vitaquick and the Culina One-Touch are dishwasher safe. The All American units advertise that they’re easy to clean, thanks to the satin finish.