T-fal CY4000 Electric Pressure Cooker Review
When it comes to picking a good electric pressure cooker, there’s a whole range of different options out there. So much so, that it can be pretty difficult to find the right option for you. We’ve decided to take a detailed look at the Emeril by T-Fal and form a detailed product review based on our opinions of the product. Although we can safely say right now its one of the best pressure cookers out there.
Boasting a 6-quart capacity and non-stick functionality, there’s a lot to know about this little pressure cooker from T-Fal. We’ll be taking a look at the features, pros and cons of this particular product over the course of the review.
⇓T-fal CY4000 Review⇓
T-FAL CY4000 Features
As aforementioned, one of the biggest selling factors this particular electric pressure cooker is the range of features offered by the product. These features tell you exactly why you should or shouldn’t buy this pressure cooker. Here’s some of the biggest of those features.
6-Quart Capacity – The idea behind a pressure cooker is to make it easier for you to prepare and cook meals, so with that in mind, you’re going to need a fairly decent capacity to cook those meals in. This particular pressure cooker boasts a capacity of 6 Quarts, which is around the average amount we’d expect to see a pressure cooker have.
Obviously, 6 Quarts isn’t the biggest storage capacity available and if you plan on cooking larger meals, you might need something with a bit more capacity. With that in mind, decide how much you plan on cooking in your pressure cooker and if this pressure cooker offers an adequate capacity before buying. That being said, if you only have a couple of people using your pressure cooker at one time, you’ll definitely find that 6 Quarts is more than enough capacity to prepare a quick and easy meal.
Temperature Control – It goes without saying that you’re going to be using your pressure cooker in order to cook a range of different food types. With that in mind, those different food types are going to need to be cooked at different temperatures and for different times. The Emeril by T-Fal features some of the best levels of temperature control that we’ve seen from any pressure cooker on the market. This temperature control is comprised of three different pre-set cooking modes, which include brown, simmer and sauté. At the same time, the pressure cooker can automatically adjust this temperature and pressure accordingly.
If you’re not looking to put all of the control into the hands of your pressure cooker and would like to maintain some control over your cooking, you’ll definitely find the digital control panel on this product to be of some serious use. The control panel allows you to use a series of buttons to customize how your food is cooked and for how long. What’s more, it also provides information through a small LCD display. We’ve seen pressure cookers including a more complicated LCD display for temperature control, but we’re still happy that the option here does a good job.
Safety Features – Whilst it’s of paramount importance that your pressure cooker provides a good quality cooking experience, it’s equally important that the pressure cooker is 100% safe to use. With the comprehensive safety features of this pressure cooker taken into consideration, we can definitely say that it offers just that.
Taking a look at the safety precautions taken by T-Fal in the production of this pressure cooker further; it uses a hermetically sealed locking lid to provide a completely safe environment for cooking your food. There’s a good chance that you’ll be using this pressure cooker product around children, so the last thing you want to happen is for red hot food to spill out of the pressure cooker and hurt them. The fantastic engineering behind the lid of the Emeril pressure cooker completely minimizes the risk of this happening to you.
Part of safely using a pressure cooker is having the correct components to use with that pressure cooker. Luckily, this product from T-Fal provides just that, with an included steam basket and condensation. Not only does this mean that you’ll be able to safely use the product, but you’ll save yourself some money by not having to buy these separately.
T-fal CY4000 Pros:
There are a number of pros to this pressure cooker, or reasons why you should buy it to use in your kitchen, including the following:
- The pressure cooker is non-stick, which works in a similar way to the non-stick pans that you already use. This means that your food isn’t ruined by constantly getting stuck to the bottom of the pressure cooker and at the same time, it’s much easier to clean out the pressure cooker as a result of this.
- Some of the best levels of control that we’ve seen from any pressure cooker on the market. The pressure cooker is able to control itself and adjust temperature automatically, or you can control it with the built-in controls.
- A large range of safety features make this pressure cooker not only pretty effective but also very safe for use in a family environment. If you plan on using the pressure cooker around children, the hermetically sealed locking lid is useful.
T-fal CY4000 Cons:
With the above taken into consideration, there’s also a few cons that you’ll want to know and keep in mind when deciding whether or not this is the right pressure cooker:
- The instruction manual included with this pressure cooker is pretty limited in terms of the information it offers. If you’re completely new to the world of pressure cookers, you might struggle to understand it. This lack of comprehensive explanation is particularly irritating when you consider how otherwise good this product is.
In conclusion, for experienced users of pressure cookers, we truly couldn’t recommend this product any more. It provides comprehensive controls, plenty of space to cook your food and a range of safety features that are good to have in hand. That being said, the lack of a proper instruction manual is a bit of a disappointment.
Here is a basic video demonstration of the T-Fal CY4000 in action. Pressure Cooked risotto.