Difference between pressure cooker and crock pot

In this article we will talk about kitchen appliances such as a Crock Pot and a pressure cooker. Many of us have heard about these devices, but not everyone knows work principles, functions and features. Probably some of you are wondering: is a pressure cooker the same as a crock pot? So, here you will see difference between pressure cooker and Crock-Pot.

pressure cooker

pressure cooker on the oven

A Crock-Pot, also known as a slow cooker is a high-tech device equipped with a variety of different control systems and sensors. In general Crock-Pot is a brand name of slow cooker which is popular in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and USA. Crock-Pot looks very simple: there is an oval cooking pot made of glazed ceramic or porcelain, a lid made of glass, on the top there is a display that can be used to manage device, a temperature sensor and a heating element located directly below the bowl.


A pressure cooker is a metal pan with a tight fitting lid and a special valve where food is prepared under high pressure, which significantly reduces the time of cooking. A pressure cooker is arranged a bit different way than a Crock-Pot. It consists of two cups, between which located the heating element, top of device is covered tightly with a lid. There is also timer and several modes of operation.

electric pressure cooker

electric pressure cooker

Knowing meaning of pressure cooker and Crock-Pot, let’s move on to a more detailed difference between devices.

  1. Crock-Pot cooks without pressure, due to prolonged exposure to low temperature. Unlike pressure cooker, where products are cooked at a high temperature and under pressure. And it is not really clear what should be considered as an advantage. On the one hand, a large temperature uniformity, which gives cooking under pressure (pressure cooker) with some dishes works very well. On the other hand, pressure cooker of low cost doesn’t have level modes of pressure and cooking temperature and non-budgetary pressure cookers are very expensive.
  2. Pressure cooker, in principle, much more expensive than a Crock-Pot.
  3. Cooking in a pressure cooker is much faster and it’s a main advantage of device. High speed is achieved by pressure, which occurs in 15-20 minutes after the start of work. That is, to cook, for example, risotto it’ll be faster, but with fast food meals it won’t be a big difference.
  4. Crock-Pot has more opportunities and less restrictions. Happy owners of Crock-Pots say they use it every day and almost for everything.
  5. Another important advantage of Crock-Pot it is the ability to open it during cooking process. When you are cooking in pressure cooker, in order to try and add some ingredient, you can also open lid of device but after it will take some time, about half an hour, until it accelerate to desired pressure conditions.
  6. In pressure cooker, you can only cook, stew and steam, while Crock-Pot more functional. In Crock-Pot you can boil, stew, steam, roast and bake.

So, reading this article you can see that Crock-Pot and pressure cooker are completely different. Knowing difference between devices you can decide for yourself which one you’d like to have in your kitchen. Of course all prices and functionality are different but result almost always the same.

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