I'd like to replace my moms pressure cookers for her birthday, which is coming up in a couple of weeks.
We're Kosher, so, I'd need to replace 3, a meat and a dairy for during the year, and a meat for passover, so if I can keep the cost down, but still get a good one, that would be fantastic. The one's I'm replacing have been around forever, so I'm not looking for one that's going to be a piece of garbage.
She uses it pretty much only for soup and an occasional pot roast, no canning, if that makes a difference.
And I'd like a 10 or 12 qt
Some people have recommended the fagor rapida. Any opinions or suggestions?
The rapida is a solidly made, reliable stainless steel pressure cooker but only comes in 10 qt. Not in 12 . Its not equpped with a buch of accesories or cookbooks but should be a good choice for you in terms of both quality & cost since you need to buy several of them.
I have 2 Fagor Duos. I love them. My 6 qt. rarely is off the cooktop. It gets used several times a week. I have a 10 qt. but don't use it as often.
I'd suggest buying a Fagor Duo Combi or a Futuro set. They each come with 2 cookers and 1 lid. And you could buy a 10 quart Duo or Futuro to use separately. I agree about the 10 quart being awfully large. I prefer the 6 or 8 quart myself. Macy's often has them on sale, and I do, too, but can't compete with Macy's. Fagor are the best made of the reasonably priced cookers.
I have used Fagors for a few years. However, good as it is, they are not as good as the older ones I used 3 or 4 decades ago in my parents kitchen. Humbly suggest you keep the old ones, but just get new rubber/silicone gaskets.