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Best Electric Cooker for Elderly: Using Pressure Cookers, Slow Cookers, and More to Improve Safety in the Kitchen

Summary (TL;DR):

Electric cookers help seniors and the elderly safely prepare food at home and remain independent. The best electric cookers for the elderly are easy to use, have built in safety features, and are easy to clean.

Here are my Top Picks:

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Electric cookers are one of my favorite kitchen innovations. They make meals easy and tasty, and also allow you to make pretty large batches of your favorite dishes at a time.

They don’t require constant attention or engagement, and you get a huge variety of delicious meals with this kitchen tool. Electric cookers are also great tools for seniors who are on a pureed diet because they make precooking the food fast and simple.

The best electric cooker for elderly people will have some added safety and ease of use features, as compared to a standard kitchen’s electric cooker. Below are some of my all-time favorite electric cookers for older people to use in their kitchens, along with some important features and specs to look out for!


Important Features to Consider

Lightweight

Electric cookers can be very heavy due to their heavy-duty metal construction. Luckily, some companies have innovated their electric cookers to be more lightweight and easily movable around your kitchen. This is important for seniors because it will make the device much easier to use if they have any sort of hand or wrist pain and have to transfer the cooker anywhere else (for serving, more cooking, etc.)

Easy To Use Functions

Along those lines, other easy to use features like big buttons, an easy to read display, and ergonomic lids and handles are also incredibly important for seniors with arthritic hands who are looking for a pressure cooker. All of these will make the experience with the product much more enjoyable, and tailored to an elderly chef who may have some limitations in terms of eyesight and hand motion.

Versatile

Finally, for any electric cooker, make sure it’s sufficiently versatile for your cooking needs. It should be able to handle all kinds of dishes, from breakfast to lunch to dinner. Various heat and cooking settings will help with this, so just make sure your electric cooker has this level of versatility to add the most value to your kitchen.

Easy to Clean

Finally, for seniors especially, it’s important that the cooker is easy to clean, whether it can be thrown in the dishwasher (which underscores the lightweight aspect as well) or cleaned with as minimal effort as possible, this will help seniors in the kitchen looking to save time and energy.


Recommended Electric Cookers for Seniors

With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at some of my favorite electric cookers for seniors.

Features

  • Multi-functional – the Aroma Housewares Grillet is a fantastic addition to any home or kitchen. This 3-in-1 unit can be used to grill, simmer, and steam, giving you an endless amount of options for your meal preparation.
  • Desirable capacity – Forget the limitations of conventional stovetop cooking. Our 3-in-1 Grillet has a large capacity of 4 quarts, allowing for even the heartiest of soups and stews to be prepared with no fear of spillage. The dimensions of this product are 15.9" x 14.2" x 7.6"
  • User friendly – The ASP-137 offers a user-friendly design, allowing for even the most novice of chefs to enjoy our precise temperature controls, easy-to-clean pieces, and dishwasher safe non-electrical parts.
  • Large, 10" grill
  • Deep, large capacity 3-quart pot

This electric pot cooker checks off most of my boxes. It has a large 10 inch grill and a 3 or 4 quart pot to cook all kinds of meals. The raised grill surface allows fat to drip away, leaving you with a healthy meal, but you can also use its slow cooking, steaming, and simmering functions to make other dishes as well. It’s stylish enough that it can double as a serving dish, and its nonelectric parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. The pot itself is actually nonstick and has a built in pouring spout, so food will glide right out.

In terms of easy to use features, the adjustable temperature dial is large and completely controllable, and the cooking pot also has cool to the touch housing so you won’t have to worry about burns.


Features

  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: Dash Rapid Egg Cooker is the ORIGINAL (and most trusted) egg cooker on the market, for perfect eggs, your way, EVERY TIME, we guarantee it!
  • QUICK + EASY: Short on time? Simply choose your preferred eggs and set the timer. The auto-shut off function prevents overcooking, and the buzzer will alert you when your eggs are ready. Its so simple, even your kids can use it. Power : 360 Watts.Material Plastic, Metal
  • VERSATILE: This is the PERFECT appliance for picky eaters, large families, or those who have busy schedules. Hard boiled eggs, soft boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, individual omelets, and all within minutes of the push start button - it couldn’t be easier!
  • COMPACT + LIGHTWEIGHT: Weighing 1lb, the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker is your MUST-HAVE for that first apartment, smaller kitchen, college dorm life, or camper/RV traveling. Plus, its sleek design and trendy color options will accent any kitchen space (bonus all included accessories fit inside, taking up even LESS space). Boils up to 6 eggs at a time, poaches up to 2 eggs with its separate poaching tray or makes an omelet
  • INCLUDES: Dash Rapid Egg Cooker is backed by a 1-year manufacturer warranty and includes a poaching tray, omelet tray, 6 egg holder tray, measuring cup, recipe book and recipe database access (all non-electric parts are dishwasher safe)

Next, for a great breakfast-oriented electric cooker, this egg cooker makes hard boiled eggs, soft boiled eggs, poached or scrambled eggs, or even omelets. Best of all, it’s lightweight (only about a pound) and compact, so it can fit into even the tightest of counter space. All of the accessories (a poaching tray, omelet tray, 6 egg holder tray, measuring cup, and recipe book) fit inside the device as well, which is a nice extra space saver.

It’s a very simple machine, so seniors will appreciate the easy-to-use functions. It even has an auto shut off feature to prevent overcooking, so the eggs are ready when you are. While I’d like a little more versatility in terms of the kinds of dishes this one can produce, it’s a great little tool if you’re an egg fan.


Features

  • 6-quart electric pressure cooker reduces cooking times by 70 percent
  • BPA free.Push-button controls; easy-to-read digital display; precision thermostat
  • Settings for pressure cooking, browning, simmering, sauteing, and warming
  • Timer; cool-touch handles; nonstick dishwasher-safe cooking pot and trivet
  • Measures 12-1/5 by 12-1/5 by 13-1/5 inches; 3-year limited warranty

This electric pressure cooker puts instant pots in their places. It’s much easier to use than its more expensive counterparts with push button controls, easy to read digital display, thermostat and a built in timer. It has a huge range of settings, from cooking to browning to simmering to sauteing to warming. The large capacity (6 quarts) is big enough to feed a family with about 70% less cooking time. The cool touch handles make it easy to serve right out of the pot as well, and it’s nonstick surface makes cleaning easy. The nonelectric pot is also dishwasher safe! This is one of my favorites on the list.


Features

  • So versatile, you'll use it every day; Makes soups, and casseroles; Steams vegetables and rice; cooks pasta; Roasts beef, pork, and poultry
  • Deep fries six servings in handy steam/fry basket; Heavy cast aluminum base for even heat distribution
  • Tempered glass cover; Fully immersible and dishwasher safe with the heat control removed
  • Control Master heat control regulates the desired cooking temperature automatically
  • Versatile basket for steaming, blanching, and deep frying; Basket snaps onto rim of multi-cooker for easy draining

Next, the Presto electric cooker is also very versatile, and its primary advantage is the tempered glass cover, which allows you to check on your food as its cooking. You can use it to make pretty much anything, including soups and casseroles, steamed vegetables and rice, pasta, roast beef, and even deep fried foods with an included steam/fry basket included. It’s also dishwasher safe, which is a big plus. It’s fairly large as well, so it could definitely serve a family dinner one night.


Features

  • Mild and even heating with boiling water, no adhesion or burn of food, keeping nutrition and original taste of food, especially suitable for stewing valuable foods.
  • Three ceramic inner pots satisfy different tastes at the same time. Selecting high-quality of all-ceramic inner pot to stew the food more nutritionally and healthy.
  • Protection against dry heating and other safety functions, ensuring safe and reliable use.
  • Food-grade 304 stainless steel pot inner body makes it can be used to cook the food directly. It's really multifunctional.
  • Easy to use control panel with built-in Smart Programs: Preset menus and timer function setting panel, stewing, yogurt, steaming.

Finally, this high end model of an electric cooker is worth the investment if you use an electric cooker for almost anything and want the very best. It has guaranteed mild and even heating due to the ceramic pots, and also has the capacity to cook 3 dishes at a time with 3 ceramic bowls inside, or just one big dish in the stainless steel body. The versatility here is unmatched. It also has an easy to read digital LED display with the preset menus, settings and functions which is fairly self-explanatory.


Summary and Final Thoughts

Slow cookers are invaluable kitchen tools for people with busy schedules, and especially seniors. They make cooking simple and easy, and there are so many varieties to choose from that you’ll be able to use one for almost every meal of the day. Make sure your slow cooker is lightweight, versatile, easy to clean, and has easy-to-use functions.

For other kitchen appliance ideas for seniors, check out my microwave oven buying guide, my list of the best toasters for seniors, and guide to simple coffee pots too!

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About Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS®

Assistive Technology Professional, Custom Wheelchair Specialist, Medical Equipment Guru, Dad and Grandfather | I am a lucky dad to four awesome daughters and grandfather to three pretty terrific grandkids. When not working as a custom wheelchair specialist at a regional home medical equipment company, I enjoy early morning runs and occasional kayak trips. I am also a self-admitted nerd who loves anything from the 1980's.

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