When it comes to cooking at home, there are three main types of cookware you can use: traditional pots and pans, slow cookers (aka crock pots), or pressure cookers. They differ not only in the materials they are made of, but also in the time it takes to cook a meal. A slow cooker is an electrical appliance that works with very low temperatures and cooks meals unattended over a long period of time, usually six to eight hours. A pressure cooker, on the other side, is designed for a fast-paced, health-oriented life style. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy and produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion. Nowadays there are also programmable pressure cookers out there combining the functions of some special cookers. During the cooking process, a microprocessor monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration. Here you can find some of the most recommendable models.