T-fal Electric Pressure Cooker
$100 for a six-quart model, amazon.com
This machine turned out a delicious chicken stew in 20 minutes. A true multitasker, the T-fal also slow-cooks, steams, simmers, browns, makes rice, and more. You’ll need to play with the controls to get the hang of them, but the T-fal is a solid pick for the price.
Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1
$150 for a six-quart model, amazon.com
The greatest yet from the company that started it all back in 2010: This model has an ultra function that lets you set a specific temperature (not just low, medium, or high). Even if you’ve never cooked with pressure before, you’ll find the Instant Pot makes it impossible to mess up.
Fagor Lux LCD Multi-Cooker
$180 for a six-quart model, bedbathandbeyond.com
Like the Instant Pot Ultra, this cooker has a user-friendly LCD screen, an intuitive dial, and a cool spring valve, which helps the machine reach pressure quickly and lets you release the pressure with an easy twist. Risotto in six minutes? Believe it!