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Fagor Pressure Cookers in the GTA?

Zee007 Nov 6, 2009 02:53 PM

Where can I buy a Fagor Pressure cooker in the GTA? Ive already checked Caynes & Walmart they don't carry Fagor.

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    philosopherdog RE: Zee007 Dec 26, 2009 08:51 AM

    Hi, I assume you mean Greater Toronto Area? From what I can tell, the best place to buy Fagor cookers is online at www.fastcooking.ca . They seem to have excellent prices and free shipping. They're located in Ottawa.

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      chefhound RE: philosopherdog Mar 15, 2011 04:18 PM

      I wanted to buy from fastcooking.ca but their payment method seems weird. It looks like they don't accept credit cards and Paypal, so they offer HyperWallet (which I've never heard of) and Interac Money Transfer. I like to buy things online with Paypal or credit card. What kind of online company doesn't take credit cards?

      Anyway, I'm reviving this thread to find out if anyone knows of somewhere other than fastcooking.ca to buy a Fagor Pressure Cooker?

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        foodyDudey RE: chefhound Mar 15, 2011 04:24 PM

        Is there a reason you want that brand? I didn't want some trash from China so I bought a Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker from The Cook's Place on Danforth Ave.

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          chefhound RE: foodyDudey Mar 15, 2011 04:51 PM

          Cooks Illustrated rated it the best.

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            jayt90 RE: chefhound Mar 16, 2011 06:42 AM

            I bought a Fagor Duo on eBay (a new item in box), based on price and performance.
            After a few months a split developed in the flange on the pot. It is not leaking yet, but it will be finished soon, and I'll look for something better, like the Kuhn Rikon.

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              foodyDudey RE: jayt90 Mar 16, 2011 08:29 AM

              I've used my pressure cooker about 6 times since I bought it, to make soups and also some meat dishes such as oxtail and osso bucco and so far it's worked like a charm. Maybe not the cheapest option, but it works well for me.

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                smjneo RE: jayt90 May 18, 2011 09:57 AM

                The pressure cooker is warrenty for 10 yrs. Did they repair your cooker?

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              philosopherdog RE: foodyDudey Mar 16, 2011 07:00 AM

              I also bought the Kuhn Rikon cooker from fastcooking.ca and must say I'm disappointed. I have an old cuisinart cooker that is way superior. The Kuhn Rikon can't handle things like steel cut oats, for instance. So, do a bit of research. The Kuhn Rikon doesn't get great reviews on amazon.com.

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                klukva RE: foodyDudey Dec 20, 2012 09:19 AM

                The Cook's Place is closed.

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                ylsf RE: chefhound Mar 16, 2011 07:08 AM

                Weird that they don't take any credit cards at all.... Odd for an online commerce site! They do take Email money transfer though... The thing is, there is no buyer protection with that method so you really need to trust the site you are buying from.

                I am interested in a pressure cooker too and will keep an eye out on this thread for recommendations of where to get a decent one in GTA.

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                  chefhound RE: ylsf Apr 10, 2011 03:16 PM

                  I ordered one from eBay. Just got it. Haven't tried it yet but the price can't be beat. I got an 8 qt for about $125 including shipping (about $80 plus approx. $45 shipping). The same one at William-Sonoma was $200 before tax.

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                  Idas RE: chefhound Apr 13, 2011 07:21 PM

                  Bed Bath and Beyond.ca website, the store in the east end of Toronto credited me the shipping because I could not order it instore from their terminal and they applied a %20 discount coupon as well.

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                philosopherdog RE: Zee007 Mar 16, 2011 07:07 AM

                I personally have no experience with Fagor. Judging by the price of the unit it's probably junk. I have bought from fastcooking.ca and was happy with their service despite limited payment options. I use direct payment with them. Anyhow, they shipped in a snap, no cost for shipping and the machine was well boxed. I bought a Kuhn Rikon from them for a very good price.

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                  chefhound RE: philosopherdog Mar 16, 2011 09:29 PM

                  Cooks Illustrated is pretty reliable with their reviews. They test many brands and prepare several different ingredients to test many aspects of the product, so I usually trust their recommendations. Unfortunately, they are American so some of their recommended products are hard to find in Canada.

                  They recommended the Fagor stovetop pressure cooker over all of the electric pressure cookers they tested. I have heard of many problems with pressure cookers - hard to get the lid on properly, hard to control the pressure release etc. The review says the Fagor is easy to use and reliable. Sounds good to me.

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                  uberathlete RE: Zee007 Mar 16, 2011 07:17 AM

                  As an aside, does anyone know where to find Fagor pressure fryers?

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                    principessa del pisello RE: Zee007 Mar 16, 2011 11:04 AM

                    I purchased my Fagor 6 qt pressure cooker at Williams Sonoma. It is great quality and am very happy with it.

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                      chefhound RE: principessa del pisello Mar 16, 2011 09:32 PM

                      Thanks, I'll check it out. Don't know why I haven't checked William Sonoma yet.

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                        bobmac RE: chefhound Mar 17, 2011 06:49 PM

                        Costco.com (US site) has the Fagor Elite 4 qt and 8 qt cookers (with one pressure lid), a pasta insert and a glass lid bundled for $90USD. Macys also has the same package on line and will match in their stores.

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                      knusprig RE: Zee007 Apr 10, 2011 05:36 PM

                      I am not familiar with Fagor or Kuhn Rikon.
                      I have WMF for 27 years, easy to clean and very reliable though it's heavy.
                      The only part I need to replace is the rubber ring inside the lid (when the rubber is old, it doesn't close tight). Sorry can't find English website.



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                        smjneo RE: Zee007 May 18, 2011 09:49 AM

                        I am also thinking of buying a pressure cooker. Is Fresco selling at Caynes any good?

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                          foodyDudey RE: smjneo May 18, 2011 09:52 AM

                          I'm quite sure that you can find Fresco at Canadian Tire (I don't know why thet have not changed their name to China Tire) and it's made in China, if that turns your crank.

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                            smjneo RE: foodyDudey May 18, 2011 10:01 AM

                            I know that canadian tire sell Fresco too. Just not sure if they are good. I am thinking of the 6L stainless steel Fresco pressure cooker. It look like the Fagor 6L Duo Presssure Cooker. But not sure how it perform.

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                              philosopherdog RE: foodyDudey May 18, 2011 10:02 AM

                              Do yourself a favour and buy only non-jiggle top cookers. They are much safer and way more versatile. I recommend fastcooking.ca. They have the best cookers in Canada at the best prices by far. A good cooker should last forever. The only thing you need to replace every 10 years or so is the gasket. I use mine twice a day.

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                              jayt90 RE: smjneo May 18, 2011 01:14 PM

                              I have Fresco, Fagor, (both from China) and an ancient Lagostina actually made in Italy.
                              The Fresco is the best of them, and non jiggle top.
                              The Fagor developed a split (separated) flange in the pot, so it is unsafe, after 1 year.
                              The Lagostina does not have dual setting, so it only works at a fairly low pressure.
                              My Fresco 7 litre was about $60 at Costco, but it is not there now.

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                                Zee007 RE: jayt90 May 19, 2011 04:22 AM

                                Hey All,

                                Thx for all the input. I checked out fastcooking.ca & William Sonoma, still a bit pricey for me. $175 at fastcooking & close to $200 at Sonoma (Duo Combi 4 & 8L). I picked up a Lagostina (Made in China) at Canadian Tire for around $60 it has 2 pressure valves, 7.35 psi and 11.8 psi so food will take a little longer to cook compared to the Fagor & Kuhn Rikon (15 PSI). I just keep the gasket oiled. seems to be working for me. It's been a little over a month, so I haven't had any issue with it. I'll keep you guys posted if anything comes up.

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                                  jayt90 RE: Zee007 May 19, 2011 05:38 AM

                                  Excellent buy! Even though the psi is slightly less than Fagor or Kuhn, it will save time, and most important, send steam heat to the center of your food with intense penetration. I have even used a PC for live lobster; 6 minutes and it is perfectly steamed.

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                                    smjneo RE: jayt90 Jun 3, 2011 03:31 PM

                                    I finally received my Fogor from Bed Bath & beyound. Tried it our yesterday, it does cook fast. I overcook my chicken dish. Will try it again today.

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                                Cadenceintherhythm RE: smjneo Aug 20, 2012 11:48 AM

                                My Fresco, of which I took good care, started to fall apart within a year (Cheap plastic cover release plate fell off). Today (I've owned it for less than 18 months) it gave up the ghost completely. The (painted) red pressure indicator valve (with paint peeling off) fell into the soup. Now, it's an elaborate pot. It also cooked slower than expected cooking times, probably because it wasn't capable of reaching 15psi. Very disappointing. At least it worked for a while. My grandmother's old cooker lasted 30 years that I know of. Geez.
                                Thought folks should know...
                                Looking at Fagor now. The WMF and Kuhn Rikon brands look great but those prices are way too steep (for now, at least).

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                                  smjneo RE: Cadenceintherhythm Aug 21, 2012 09:48 AM

                                  I ordered mine through the store for the item from www.bedbathandbeyound.ca. That way, there let me use the 20% off coupon.

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                                klukva RE: Zee007 Dec 20, 2012 09:36 AM

                                Beware of Fagor Duo !
                                Its bottom is too curved for flat cooktops.
                                I bought one from fastcooking.ca and returned it.
                                They said, all Duo pots have this problem.

                                Did anyone used Fagor Customer Service ?
                                I tried to call and e-mail them to no avail.

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                                  smjneo RE: klukva Dec 20, 2012 09:48 AM

                                  I am surprised, I had flat top cooker, Fagor words perfect for on it.

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                                    smjneo RE: klukva Dec 20, 2012 09:49 AM

                                    If your Fagor Pressure Cooker or Commercial Cookware needs to be repaired, or if you have any questions in regard to the use and care of the product, please call the Fagor Cookware Customer Service Department at # 1-800-207-0806 (Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm EST), or email us your questions to info@fagoramerica.com

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                                      klukva RE: smjneo Dec 24, 2012 07:20 AM

                                      I tried to call Fagor Customer Service twice. Both times "nobody is to answer you right now, Leave your phone number". They never call back.
                                      E-mail was unanswered too.

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