All-Clad 8.4 Qt. Pressure Cooker

Last updated date: December 21, 2018

DWYM Score
8.4

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We looked at the top 1 Pressure Cookers and dug through the reviews from 4 of the most popular review sites including Pressure Cooker Today and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Pressure Cooker you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 69 expert reviews, the All-Clad All-Clad 8.4 Qt. Pressure Cooker placed 8th 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
9.0
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.3
56 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The stovetop pressure cooker is so easy to use, even for beginners like myself. I didn't know if a pressure cooker was the right kitchen tool for me after I had heard all the horror stories, but this one made me change my mind. It has a ton of safety features and that's extremely important to me. I also love that the timer is removable and I love how big the display is. It's very easy to read and use.The design is beautiful. It looks good just sitting on my counter. And the quality is high, everything I want in a pressure cooker is in this one. I didn't know I needed this product until I started using it, and now I'm not sure I can live without it.
- Sur La Table
There are four cooking programs on the top of the pressure cooker that are easy to click through using the intuitive dial, and gives you excellent results each and every time. Optimization is built into the overall cooking process, using a two part cooking system to get the most out of your textures and flavors.
- Pressure Cooker Today
The makers have designed the PC8 to have a squatter and round appearance than most high-capacity pressure cookers which are usually tall on the stovetop. This wider design makes it easier to cook whole chickens or larger cuts of meat in the cooker.
- Jane's Kitchen
It is unique to this list in that it is a stovetop pressure cooker with a “smart lid”. The lid actually has some built in program timers that make the pot seem a bit like an electric pressure cooker even though it is all manually controlled and sits on a burner.
- Carrie Cooks
What experts didn't like
I have used the pressure cooker for less than a year with great results food wise. The issue with the lid locking mechanism happens intermittently with or without the gasket inserted.
- Sur La Table
Users say that this is a heavyweight pressure cooker in every sense of the word, weighing in at 10lbs (4.5kg) empty.
- Jane's Kitchen
This may not be the best pot on this list for even heat distribution due to the construction of the smaller disk (pot bottom) but it is worth looking at. Be prepared though, it’s a bit pricey.
- Carrie Cooks

From The Manufacturer

Achieve perfectly cooked meals with deliciously enhanced flavor—all in less time—with this safe, easy-to-use PC8-Precision stovetop pressure cooker by All-Clad. With a smart timer and four cooking programs (vegetables, grains, meat/poultry, and seafood), the 8.4-quart pressure cooker ensures foolproof results. Enjoy soups and stews, braised meats, rice dishes, veggies, desserts, and more. Simply add ingredients, secure the lid, set the program and timer, and turn up the heat. A series of three beeps indicates when to turn down the heat, when to release the steam (just slide the lever), and when cooking is complete. A steamer basket for delicate food items comes included, as well as a recipe book and quick start guide. Other highlights include a 10-inch stainless-steel base for warp-free strength, compatibility with all stovetops including induction, and a thorough five-point safety system for peace of mind. The pot and steaming basket are dishwasher-safe, along with the lid (after first removing the timer, control panel, and gasket). Ideal for weeknight meals, the stovetop pressure cooker allows busy home chefs to cook quickly without compromising on nutrition or taste.

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.