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Tayama TMC-60XL Review

Not a bad choice for bargain seekers, but you can get a lot more convenience without spending too much more
Tayama TMC-60XL
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Price:   $76 List | $85.79 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, decent cooking performance
Cons:  Lacks a saute function, relatively difficult to clean
Manufacturer:   Tayama
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Feb 4, 2022
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  • User Friendliness - 35% 3.0
  • Cooking Performance - 30% 6.0
  • Ease of Cleaning - 25% 5.0
  • Cooking Features - 10% 3.0

Our Verdict

While not a standout performer in any regard, the Tayama offers a convenient and expedited way to pressure cook that is similar to many models. The one major downside 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 two, or you're mostly just making rice and beans, it gets you everything you really need in a pressure cooker.

Editor's Note: This pressure cooker review, updated on February 4, 2022, now includes new sections to help you make a final buying decision.

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Pros Inexpensive, decent cooking performanceVersatile, 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 overall cooking performance, easy to clean
Cons Lacks a saute function, relatively difficult to cleanRice 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 tenderNo lid storage
Bottom Line Not a bad choice for bargain seekers, but you can get a lot more convenience without spending too much moreAn 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 leftoversAn 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%)
3.0
10.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
Cooking Performance (30%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Ease of Cleaning (25%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Cooking Features (10%)
3.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
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
Saute No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Capacity 6 quart 6 quart 6 quart 3 quart 6 quart

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Tayama is a decent pressure cooker at a great price.
The Tayama is a decent pressure cooker at a great price.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

User Friendliness


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 quirks when using it.


The major annoyance is that there isn't anywhere to store the lid. This design 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. This was a common and frustrating one with our fumbling fingers. A second down arrow button would have fixed this and made our experience much more streamlined.

The lack of up/down arrows makes the Tayama's interface slightly...
The lack of up/down arrows makes the Tayama's interface slightly less user friendly than others, but it's still fairly easy to use.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 Duo Plus 6 Quart, so you'll have to decide whether that's worthwhile.

Cooking Performance


The Tayama was the worst performer in our cooking testing for one reason: it does not offer a saute function. This lack means many meals will require sauteing on the stovetop before moving 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 exceptionally well was rice preparation, with its offerings rivaling those of the much more expensive Breville Fast Slow Pro.

The Tayama's lid lock.
The Tayama's lid lock.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Cleaning


Here again, the Tayama earned a low score. It's not that this device is tough 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 design made it one of the few lids that we felt had 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.

Despite some annoyances, the Tayama is not terribly difficult to...
Despite some annoyances, the Tayama is not terribly difficult to clean.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

Cooking Features


The Tayama was the worst scorer in our cooking features testing, mainly 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

Should You Buy the Tayama TMC-60XL?


Pressure cookers generally all cook similarly, so the inexpensive Tayama gives you pretty much all the cooking performance for a lower price. However, it is a bit less convenient and more challenging to clean than most other models, so there is a downside to that low price. If you're 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. If you're looking for something that can quickly cook rice, beans, and chicken, the Tayama provides everything you need at a reasonably low price.

What Other Pressure Cooker Should You Consider?


If you're drawn to the Tayma because of the lower price, we prefer the Instant Pot DUO Mini, which is a better performer overall and costs less. However, if you're cooking for more than two and still need to save some money, we like the Instant Pot DUO Nova which is about $25 more on average. Both are far easier to use and offer better cooking performance than the Tayma.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata

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