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Jan 5, 2007 02:06 PM

Recommended pressure cooker?

I'm interested in buying a pressure cooker and was wondering if you had any recommendations for a relatively low cost model? Say, under $150? If you have a more pricey one to recommend, can you explain what additional features justify the cost?


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  1. Garage sales, I have several bought like new condition cheap.
    Presto is common and reliable,many sizes. But as are many brands. I have found several with spare gaskets etc very inexpensive. You can spend more but you don't have to. Save your money. Pressure is pressure!!

    1. I have a Hawkins Futura pressure cooker. I've had it for at least 15 years and can't remember where I got it or how much it costed back then. It's served me well. I packed it up when I moved to Boston 11 years ago and forgot all about it until a year ago. I found it in the basement, gave it a good cleaning and it still works perfectly. Didn't even need a new gasket.

      1. While old-fashioned, rocker-style pcs (Presto et al) are easily found at thrift stores and can be made to work just fine with new gaskets or seals, modern ones are worlds easier to use, and well worth the money. Pressure is pressure, but ease of use and safety are ease of use and safety too.

        We love our Magafesa, but replacement parts are hard to find for some reason. Cooks Illustrated recommends the Fagor Duo 8 QT, which can be had for about $100 (see Amazon). Once you reailze how useful a pc will be in your kitchen, you'll know it was money well spent.


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        1. re: dikaryon

          I am looking for a seal for my Magafesa pressure cooker. Anyone know where I can purchase one?

        2. I highly recommend the Presto 8 quart cooker. $80 off

          I needed to replace my Fagor 8 quart because the plastic handles fell off. They were glued on, not bolted. With all the expansion and contraction, the glue just doesn't hold up. The Presto handles are bolted. And 8 quarts is just right for my needs: anything smaller and you don't have enough room for the pressure to build on larger meals like roasts (can't fill it up more than halfway full), anything larger and it's too awkward.

          1. Many pressure cookers do not reach the standard 15 psi used for pressure cooker recipes. Since the main reason for getting a pressure cooker is to save on time, try to find one that actually reaches 15 psi.

            I've had the Fagor Elite 8qt and 4qt set ($100 on Amazon) for a few months and they work very well. They also serve as a normal stockpot and sauce pan. They come with a 10 year warranty.


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            1. re: Joe MacBu

              I SECOND te Fagor recomendation. I've had one a couple of years and love it. Also bought one for my sister.

              1. re: markethej

                I've used a Presto for years, but just got a Fagor Rapid Express. I'm having a really hard time getting the timing right for veggies. I never had this problem with the Presto. The directions in the Presto manual were for the most part correct.
                Does anyone know how cooking times compare with these pressure cookers?
                With my Fagor, first, my broccoli was raw. The next time it was mush. 
                I feel like it's going to take a long time to figure out cooking times!

                1. re: pyovino

                  I've had a Favor for several years, after using older American pressure cookers. Lorna Sass has written a very good book about using the newer cookers, Pressure Perfect. I too had problems adjusting at first. This book, read right from the beginning, was a tremendous help. I recommend it.