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Presto 02141 Review

An easy to clean, great performing product, especially for the price you pay
Presto 02141
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Price:   $87 List | $65.29 at Amazon
Pros:  Good overall cooking performance, easy to clean
Cons:  No lid storage
Manufacturer:   Presto
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Aug 24, 2021
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  • User Friendliness - 35% 5
  • Cooking Performance - 30% 8
  • Ease of Cleaning - 25% 7
  • Cooking Features - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The Presto manages to offer most of the performance of the top pressure cookers on the market despite often selling for much lower prices. As long as you're not invested in all of the recipe books and blogs that tailor themselves specifically to the settings and interface of the popular Instant Pot models on the market, we think the Presto is a perfect, generally lower-cost alternative.

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Pros Good overall cooking performance, easy to cleanVersatile, intuitive, feature-rich, great valueUser friendly, easy to clean, reasonably priced, pressure release buttonPerfect size for meals for one, easy to clean, good pressure cooking performance, doesn't need much counter spaceGood pressure cooking performance, relatively easy to clean
Cons No lid storageRice is a bit sticky, lid and stainless steel pot can be difficult to cleanMeat slightly less tender than some other modelsToo small for family meals, meat just shy of perfectly tenderInterface is a bit clunky, fewer cooking presets than average
Bottom Line An easy to clean, great performing product, especially for the price you payAn easy-to-use, versatile model that won't break the bank and offers plenty of useful featuresThe best option for most kitchens, this model is easy to use and a breeze to cleanA fantastic smaller appliance for singles or for couples that aren't fans of leftoversA capable cooker that lacks any differentiating features and doesn't feature the best price
Rating Categories Presto 02141 Instant Pot Duo Plu... Instant Pot DUO Nova Instant Pot DUO Mini Cuisinart CPC-600N1
User Friendliness (35%)
5.0
10.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
Cooking Performance (30%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Ease Of Cleaning (25%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Cooking Features (10%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Specs Presto 02141 Instant Pot Duo Plu... Instant Pot DUO Nova Instant Pot DUO Mini Cuisinart CPC-600N1
Pot Material Nonstick Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Nonstick
Saute Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Capacity 6 quart 6 quart 6 quart 3 quart 6 quart

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Presto offers excellent cooking performance at a great price.
The Presto offers excellent cooking performance at a great price.
Credit: Jason Peters

User Friendliness


For the most part, the Prest is easy to use. Its interface is clear and easy to follow, the lid secures on easily, and the pressure release valve is relatively easy to release (just be safe and use a wooden spoon, so your hand doesn't get anywhere near the ensuing burst of steam).


We do have a few small complaints, however. The first is that there isn't any convenient storage for the lid when it's not in place. Many other models have a slot in one of the handles that can hold the lid vertically while you saute your veggies or serve your meal. This may seem minor, but it feels quite luxurious to not have to hold the lid in one hand while you stir or serve with the other. Additionally, the LCD screen on the control panel is quite small, so those that require reading glasses may have trouble reading it unaided.

We found the interface easy to use, but we wish the display were a...
We found the interface easy to use, but we wish the display were a bit bigger.
Credit: Jason Peters

Cooking Performance


While we generally didn't find cooking performance to be a very differentiating aspect of these machines (pressure cooking is a fairly consistent cooking method, so the difference between models tends to be small), the Presto found its way into the upper echelon in our tests. This is largely due to its ability to cook very tender meat (the ribs we made fell off the bone), one thing that can often be challenging for pressure cookers. We also found the saute mode to be quite effective — a vital characteristic for making one-pot meals.


One slight weakness we found with this model was its rice cooking. The rice came out very tender but a bit moist and sticky; those looking for fluffier rice may be slightly disappointed.

The Presto made fantastic ribs.
The Presto made fantastic ribs.
Credit: Jason Peters

Ease of Cleaning


Largely thanks to a nonstick pot that is certified by the manufacturer as dishwasher safe, we found the Presto to be one of the easiest models to clean of the many we tested.


That nonstick pot made scrubbing off burned veggies quick and easy, and the fact that we could toss it into the dishwasher was a huge plus. The two-piece lid has a removable gasket, making deeper cleaning fairly easy. Like every model we've ever tested, there is a gap where the lid secures onto the body that tends to catch bits of food and grease and is difficult to clean, but as of now, that's an unavoidable pitfall or pressure cooking.

Cleaning the pot is easy.
Cleaning the pot is easy.
Credit: Jason Peters

Cooking Features


The Presto offers more cooking features than most models. If you're a fan of cooking presets in your appliances, the Presto 02141 won't disappoint.


A Full List of The Presto's Cooking Functions


Brown, Saute, Rice, Multigrain, Chop/Rib, Roast, Poultry, Fish, Soup, Stew, Vegetables high/low, Desserts, Beans, Slow Cook high/low, Keep Warm

Value


The Presto is as capable as many of the most popular models on the market and lists for a similar price. However, it can be found on sale very often. If you find it on sale, we think it is a fantastic overall value. If you can't find it on sale, you may want to consider going with one of the more popular models instead — they're popular for a reason.

Conclusion


Thanks to all-around good performance and a propensity for being on sale, the Presto is often a fantastic lower-cost option for those looking for a new pressure cooker. However, it becomes much less compelling if you can't find it on sale.

Max Mutter and Michelle Powell