Presto 02141 Review
Pros: Often on sale, good overall cooking performance, easy to clean
Cons: No lid storage
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Presto 02141 is a good all-around pressure cooker that often sells for a bit less than most of the popular models on the market.
For the most part the Presto 02141 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 hear 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.
While we generally didn't find cooking performance to be a very differentiating aspect of these machines (pressure cooking is a fairy consistent cooking method, so difference between models tends to be small) the Presto 02141 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 1-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. If that's your preference then great, but those looking for fluffier rice may be slightly disappointed.
Ease of Cleaning
Largely thanks to a nonstick pot that is certified by the manufacturer as dishwasher safe, we found the Presto 02141 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.
The Presto 02141 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 02141'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
The Presto 02141 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.
Thanks to all-around good performance and a propensity for being on sale, the Presto 02141 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