Tayama TMC-60XL Review
Pros: Inexpensive, decent cooking performance
Cons: Lacks a saute function, relatively difficult to clean
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|Pros||Inexpensive, decent cooking performance||Versatile, intuitive, feature-rich, great value||User friendly, easy to clean, reasonably priced, pressure release button||Perfect size for meals for one, easy to clean, good pressure cooking performance, doesn't need much counter space||Good overall cooking performance, easy to clean|
|Cons||Lacks a saute function, relatively difficult to clean||Rice is a bit sticky, lid and stainless steel pot can be difficult to clean||Meat slightly less tender than some other models||Too small for family meals, meat just shy of perfectly tender||No lid storage|
|Bottom Line||Not a bad choice for bargain seekers, but you can get a lot more convenience without spending too much more||An easy-to-use, versatile model that won't break the bank and offers plenty of useful features||The best option for most kitchens, this model is easy to use and a breeze to clean||A fantastic smaller appliance for singles or for couples that aren't fans of leftovers||An easy to clean, great performing product, especially for the price you pay|
|Rating Categories||Tayama TMC-60XL||Instant Pot Duo Plu...||Instant Pot DUO Nova||Instant Pot DUO Mini||Presto 02141|
|User Friendliness (35%)|
|Cooking Performance (30%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (25%)|
|Cooking Features (10%)|
|Specs||Tayama TMC-60XL||Instant Pot Duo Plu...||Instant Pot DUO Nova||Instant Pot DUO Mini||Presto 02141|
|Pot Material||Nonstick||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Nonstick|
|Capacity||6 quart||6 quart||6 quart||3 quart||6 quart|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Tayama scores low in this metric. 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 idiosyncrasies when using it.
The major annoyance 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, which 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 repeatedly to get your desired time, but 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 extra on the Instant Pot, so you'll have to decide whether that's worthwhile.
The Tayama 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 one-pot simplicity that draws many people to pressure cookers. Outside of sauteing, the Tayama was quite capable in our testing, serving great rice, tender meat, and savory soups. All around, its actual pressure cooking performance was pretty much on par with many of the top performers. 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 is removed easily, the lid has some nooks and crannies that are 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 a 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 were also reluctant to put the nonstick coating through the dishwasher, resulting in more scrubbing.
Again, these aren't huge issues, but the Instant Pot is a good bit easier to clean and costs 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-important 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 provides everything you need at a fairly low price.
Pressure cookers generally all cook in a similar manner, so the inexpensive Tayama 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. If you're just looking for the speed of pressure cooking at a low price, the Tayama delivers but is harder to use and clean than other models that cost a bit more.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata