While not a standout performer in any regard, the Tayama TMC-60XL does offer most of the convenience and expediency of pressure cooking for just $60, which is $40 less than the model we would suggest to most people. The one major downside to the Tayama is that it doesn't offer a saute function, so for things like chilis and stews you'll have to saute the onions and garlic in a separate pan, and then transfer them to the pressure cooker. Every other model we tested lets you saute everything right in the pressure cooker pot, before adding the rest of the ingredients and latching the lid on for the pressure cooker portion. This saves some dishes and makes things a bit more streamlined. However, if you don't mind doing an extra dish or 2, or you're mostly just making rice and beans, the Tayama gets you everything you really need in a pressure cooker for less than the competition.
Tayama TMC-60XL Review
Pros: Inexpensive, decent cooking performance
Cons: Lacks a saute function, relatively difficult to clean
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Pressure cookers generally all cook in a similar manner, so the inexpensive Tayama TMC-60XL gets you pretty much all the cooking performance for a lower price. However, it is a bit less convenient and harder to clean than most of the other models, so there is a downside to that low price.
The Tayama TMC-60XL was the worst overall scorer in our testing, but that's not to say it's a bad machine. It cooks just as well and quickly as the other models we tested, but requires a bit more cleanup and possibly firing up the stovetop to make the same dishes other models can make in single pot.
The Tayama earned one of the lowest scores in our user friendliness testing. In our experience convenience is one of the first things you lose when you start looking for low-budget pressure cookers, so you will have to deal with a few extra idiosyncracies when using the Tayama.
The major annoyance with the Tayama is that there isn't anywhere to store the lid. This left us either plopping the condensation-laden lid onto the counter while we served food, or having to balance the lid in one hand while plopping food onto a plate with the other. Most other models have a hinged lid, or a handle that doubles as a lid holder, that fixes this issue.
The other complaint we had with the Tayama was the interface. Selecting a cooking mode is easy enough, as it dedicates a button to each of its cooking functions. However, adjusting the time or temperature is done with a single button. So not only do you have to push the button over and over to get your desired time, if you overshoot it you have to keep pressing to go back around to the beginning. With our fumbly fingers this was a common occurrence, and a frustrating one. A second down arrow button would have fixed this, and made our experience much more streamlined.
While both of these downsides are relatively minor, we did feel that they took away from the convenience of pressure cooking. Also, you can completely solve both of these issues by spending an extra $40 on the Instant Pot, so you'll have to decide whether that's worthwhile.
The Tayama TMC-60XL was the worst performer in our cooking testing for one reason: it does not offer a saute function. This means many meals will require sauteing on the stovetop before moving on to pressure cooking.
Not being able to saute right in the pot is by no means a dealbreaker, but it does take away that 1-pot simplicity that draws many people to pressure cookers. Outside of sauteing the Tayama was quite capable in our testing, serving up great rice, tender meat, and savory soups. All around, its actual pressure cooking performance was pretty much on par with that of the Editors' Choice Award winning Instant Pot DUO60. However, the Instant Pot was able to make meat taste just a bit more tender, but we certainly wouldn't call the Tayma's meat bad. One area where it did particularly well was in rice preparation, with its offerings rivaling those of the much more expensive Breville Fast Slow Pro.
Ease of Cleaning
Here again the Tayama earned a low score. It's not that this device is particularly hard to clean, it just isn't as convenient as the other models we tested.
The biggest issue we ran into when cleaning the Tayama was its lid. While the gasket removed quite easuly, the lid itself has some nooks and crannies that are both somewhat difficult to get clean and hard to dry. This made it one of the few lids that we felt has to sit out on a drying rack for while before being put away, whereas most models could be wiped down with a rag and put right into the cupboard. The nonstick pot also wasn't quite as slick as other nonstick pots, allowing more grime to build-up. We also were reluctant to put the nonstick coating through the dishwasher, so this resulted in more scrubbing.
Again, these aren't huge issues, but the Instant Pot is a good bit easier to clean and costs $40 more, so you'll have to decide how much that extra convenience is worth to you.
The Tayama was the worst scorer in our cooking features testing, mostly because it lacks an all-importnat saute function. Otherwise it has a reasonable number of presets for cooking most meats, grains, and beans.
A Full List of The Tayama TMC-60XL's Cooking Functions
Sterilization, Soup/Stew, Slow Cook, Rice/Risotto, Beans/Lentils, Fish/Vegetables Steam, Chicken/Meat, Manual
If you're just looking for something that can quickly cook rice, beans, and chicken, the Tayama TMC-60XL provides everything you need at a fairly low price. However, if you're looking for a versatile and convenient kitchen appliance, we think spending a bit more on the $100 Instant Pot DUO60 offers a better overall value in the long run.
If you're just looking for the speed of pressure cooking at a low price, the Tayama TMC-60XL delivers, but is harder to use and clean than other models that cost a bit more.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata