Fagor Splendid 6-Quart Pressure Cooker

 
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Product Description

Preparing healthy and flavorful meals could not be made easier with this premium stainless steel pressure cooker from Fagor. All you have to do is load the 6 -quart cooker with all of your ingredients, lock the lid in place and begin cooking. The bonded aluminum diffuser base ensures even heat distribution and fuel efficiency. A triple safety system is also featured which includes a safety locking handle to prevent accidental opening under pressure, a dual pressure control valve, and two independent over pressure release valves to avoid pressure build up. The pot is even dishwasher safe making clean-up a breeze. In today's time-starved world, any item that allows for quicker food preparation while retaining essential nutrients and vitamins is something everyone can appreciate. Features:Impact bonded aluminum diffuser base for even heat distribution and fuel efficiency Visual pressure indicator which lets user know when all pressure has been released One pressure setting in a spring-valve mechanism operated by a dial format: High (15psi) Dual pressure control valve Two independent over pressure release valves Safety locking handle prevents accidental opening under pressure Fagor Pressure Cooker Video Clip Can be used on all types of heat sources including gas, electric, ceramic top and induction Recommended to be used with the Fagor home canning kit Fagor Pressure Cooker

Pressure cooking uses pressurized steam to cook healthy meals with beans, grains, meat, poultry, and seafood in much less time than many other cooking methods require. This Splendid pressure cooker holds a maximum capacity of 6 quarts of Italian chicken soup or beans with sausage and works on all heat sources. The cooker is constructed of high-quality 18/10 stainless steel with an encapsulated aluminum base for even and efficient heat distribution. For safety, the pressure cooker has dual pressure settings on its handle--one in a dial control and another on a valve. Other safety measures include two pressure release valves and a locking handle to prevent the unit from opening while under pressure. A visual indicator lets you know when all the pressure has been released and the cooker is ready to open. This pressure cooker is dishwasher-safe. --Cristina Vaamonde

From the Manufacturer

Fagor is Green:

Fagor's mission is to use resources efficiently to preserve the environment and save energy, developing highly efficient products that consume less and save money; contributing to a healthy planet for us and our future generations. From a social perspective, Fagor's environmental policy strategy offers advantages to both workers and consumers. It provides workers with environmentally-appropriate working conditions, which, among other benefits, minimizes and eliminates the handling of hazardous materials, while for consumers, the end-users of Fagor's products and services, it allows for efficient use of the appliances, which reduces energy and water consumption.

Fagor has manufacturing systems established to minimize environmental impact on soil, water, energy, and air during the production process. There is also proper waste management and recycling procedures in place after the manufacturing process is completed.

In addition to numerous European product certifications and environmental stewardship awards, Fagor is also notably a participant in the Energy Star program in the USA, a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department Of Energy. Products that bear the energy star label allow consumers to recognize such products that have been manufactured to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.



Pressure cooking uses pressurized steam to cook healthy meals with beans, grains, meat, poultry, and seafood in much less time than many other cooking methods require. This Splendid pressure cooker holds a maximum capacity of 6 quarts of Italian chicken soup or beans with sausage and works on all heat sources. The cooker is constructed of high-quality 18/10 stainless steel with an encapsulated aluminum base for even and efficient heat distribution. For safety, the pressure cooker has dual pressure settings on its handle--one in a dial control and another on a valve. Other safety measures include two pressure release valves and a locking handle to prevent the unit from opening while under pressure. A visual indicator lets you know when all the pressure has been released and the cooker is ready to open. This pressure cooker is dishwasher-safe. --Cristina Vaamonde

From the Manufacturer

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For a demonstration on how to use a pressure cooker, click on the image above.

Fagor is Green
Fagor's mission is to use resources efficiently to preserve the environment and save energy, developing highly efficient products that consume less and save money; contributing to a healthy planet for us and our future generations. From a social perspective, Fagor's environmental policy strategy offers advantages to both workers and consumers. It provides workers with environmentally-appropriate working conditions, which, among other benefits, minimizes and eliminates the handling of hazardous materials, while for consumers, the end-users of Fagor's products and services, it allows for efficient use of the appliances, which reduces energy and water consumption.

Fagor has manufacturing systems established to minimize environmental impact on soil, water, energy, and air during the production process. There is also proper waste management and recycling procedures in place after the manufacturing process is completed.

In addition to numerous European product certifications and environmental stewardship awards, Fagor is also notably a participant in the Energy Star program in the USA, a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department Of Energy. Products that bear the energy star label allow consumers to recognize such products that have been manufactured to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Features:
  • 6-quart pressure cooker preserves vitamins and minerals during cooking
  • Reduces cooking time by up to 70 percent
  • 18/10 stainless steel with impact-bonded aluminum base for even heating
  • Advanced safety features prevent excessive pressure build-up
  • Includes instruction manual and recipe book

Customer Reviews:

  • Light and easy to use
    I had an old non name brand pressure cooker which made sounds crazily. So, i decided to make an upgrade and found this product on Amazon. This one is light, tightly sealed and make very little noise. The rubber gasket is easy to buy too at Amazon. Definitely, YES for this product. ...more info
  • Nice
    The pressure maintains nicely without the old "jiggler". I wish it would have come with a rack and steamer unit....more info
  • Outstanding Value: Superbly made, truly functional
    I read many reviews about purchasing a pressure cooker and was taken by the great reviews of the Fagor brand. So, intending just to go look at them my wife and I went to Dillards. While we were there we saw the Fagor Splendid 2 in 1. It has an 8qt and 4qt pots with a glass lid, pressure lid, trivet and steamer basket. The pots are beautiful! Polished inside and out, with a quality heft to their stainless steel bodies. Heck, for a regular pot you could pay [...] for quality this nice; yet, Dillards was selling the complete set for [...]. We decided on the spot and took it home.

    I immediately broke out 6 fresh corn cobs, shucked them and threw them in the 8qt pot followed by about 21/2 pounds of peeled potatoes. 7 minutes later, out they came! Perfect! My wife said that the corn was fantastic-so tender and colorful. The potatoes were wonderful also.

    Here in Texas, the last thing I wanted to do was steam up the kitchen while cooking the corn. This pressure cooker barely vented steam, was very quiet, and came up to pressure so quickly.

    I can honestly say, that if you choose this brand, you will be delighted. As I mentioned earlier, the quality of the pots is in the league of high end manufacturers. The parts are easy to order and Fagor has a great web site [...].

    Oh, and it is warranteed for 10 Years, and the pots are made in...Spain!!...more info
  • SUPERB

    THIS IS A GREAT COOKER, EASY TO CLEAN AND ALL THE CONTROLS YOU NEED, NOTHING MORE. I ALSO GOT THE STEAMER INSERTS. SUPERB!...more info
  • Satisfied customer
    You will be surprised how good a cook you are when you use this product. I bought mine a few months ago and continually surprise myself with many meals I've cooked. Risotto, Chili, short-ribs and beans, brownies (I'm not kidding and they are far richer than baked), cheesecake, steamed corn-on-the-cob, and pot roast. Buy a few good cookbooks with your cooker and read them first just to get a knowledge of how pressure cooking works. Start with the simple recipes and follow them exactly to form your base recipes and then modify as desired. Even dogs and kraut will disappear quickly and don't plan on any leftovers when you cook pinto beans and pork-ribs. You can make fresh hearty soups in the time it takes to heat a can of souplike chemicals from the store.
    Instructions can be a little confusing but I understood enough to cook my first meal on day one....more info
  • simple, quick, nutritional cooker
    I love my 6 qt rapida pressure cooker
    was needing to replace gasket after using over a camp fire a lot.
    had to take this moment to give a "2 thumbs way up" review....more info
  • It did a great job!
    This is my first pressure cooker, but I'm sold already. The first night I got it, I made some Alton Brown Pressure Cooker Chili and all I can say is Wow. The meat went from tough (okay, I didn't buy the most expensive beef) to nearly melting in your mouth. The cooker was easy to use, and came with both an Owner's Manual and a recipe book. If you like hearty, one-pot dishes and also like easy to use cooking gear, check this one out....more info
  • WOW!!!!
    I am new to pressure cooking so when i got this as a gift I was a little leary until I used it for the first time. I was really surprised at how easy and well it worked. The food turned out wonderful and the meat was so tender. It literally took me longer to prepare the ingredients than it did to cook. I made chicken cattiatore in 12 minutes. (not counting the prep time)

    The pan itself is very well made. Heavy stainless with aluminium/stainless bottom. The lid is easy to lock/unlock and it even comes with a small book of recipes to get you started. ...more info
  • Best ever!
    I searched and searched for a stainless steel pressure cooker at a reasonable price and I found this one. Works great - love using it. Highly recommend to anyone....more info
  • Parts keep breaking
    We have bought this pressure cooker in Bed Bath and Beyond. In less than a year the lower part of the handle broke, and the replacement costs around $15.
    It is now about 3 years since we own this pressure cooker and the valve has broken and it will cost me another $16 to get a replacement part.
    I find it very annoying that such an expensive item keeps being costly over time. I guess it is great for Fagor to keep the money flow in, but they sell themselves as beeing "Green", and therefore they should not use parts purposedly made to break every year or two!!!!
    Other than that, all the nice things written by other reviewers are true.
    ...more info
  • Risotto in 6 minutes? No way!
    My mom uses a pressure cooker. It's an old, beat-up thing made out of who-knows-what in an ugly brown color and the jiggly thing on top. It must be older than me. But the stew that comes out of it is amazing. So I think I want my own pressure cooker and added this one to our wedding registry. One of our guests (no doubt a pressure cooker fan) bought it for us. In fact, it was the very first gift snatched off our Amazon.com registry! Then it went into the closet. That was last year and I am embarrassed to admit it. We just bought a new house, and inspired by all the extra cabinet space I dug out the Fagor. Risotto in 6 minutes? No way! I have to try it. They aren't kidding. You can make a butternut squash risotto in 6 minutes. That's right...a hard-as-a-rock winter squash that comes out as if you'd been roasting it for an hour. It was the best risotto we ever had. The prep time took twice as long as the cook time and consists mainly of cutting up your veggies and/or meats into chunks. My husband couldn't believe the carrots in it were as soft as if they had been slow-cooked all day. I am now a fan and am on the quest for a good pressure-cooker cookbook. The Fagor is easy to use. I read the instruction manual first because the thought of a pressurized pot sitting on my stove scared me a little bit... You can brown meats and veggies in the pot with some oil before adding in everything else + liquid and snapping on the lid to bring it up to pressure. Never fill up the pot! It should only be 1/2 to 2/3 of the way full, depending on what you are cooking and how much it will expand. That might mean I have to get a bigger pot if I want to cook for more than 4 people. There is a little yellow indicator that pops up to tell you when the pot is properly pressurized. Problem is, once I saw the yellow indicator, I couldn't remember where its original "down" position was. The best indicators are your ears. Just wait for the loud "SHHHH" noise and then turn down the heat (or move the pot over to a burner set on "low" if you have an electric stove). I admit the "SHHHH" scared me a little. OK, a lot...enough to make me move out of the kitchen and peer at the pot from a distance. The amount of steam that comes out is barely visible, so the sound is the best indicator. After 6 minutes of "SHHHH" I took the pot off the stove, set it in the sink, and gently ran cold water over the lid with the sprayer hose. In probably 30 seconds there was a loud, brief "HISSS" and then the yellow indicator retreated, indicating that the pot was de-pressurized. OK, I admit the "HISSS" really made me jump. Just to be sure, I turned the valve to the "release steam" position and nothing came out (Note: I don't think I would ever use the "release steam" position while anything was cooking. It would make me too nervous. I will always leave the valve on the "high pressure" position and only use the "release steam" position after the cold-water depressurization to double-check). I felt a lot better now that all the "SHHHH" and "HISSSS" was done and took the pot out of the sink and opened the lid. I peered doubtfully inside the pot. No way. This risotto looks perfect and I didn't even stir it! I tossed in some raw shrimp and frozen peas to cook in the remaining heat (which worked very well as the remaining heat is quite high), then added my cheese and dinner was ready. In my opinion all the veggies tasted and looked a lot brighter than they would have if cooked in a slow-cooker. This might mean retiring our slow-cooker. Clean-up was easy. Just wash out with warm water and mild detergent. Take out the gasket and the valve (you have to turn it to the release position first) to rinse thoroughly, then let everything dry separately before re-assembling. Apparently you should oil the gasket lightly to prolong its life but I was too lazy. I will probably oil it every few times I use it. I have got to try indian curries in this thing....more info
  • Excellent
    Excellent pressure cooker. Does not leak food or water. The only problem some people might find is the hissing noise of escaping vapors during cooking (designed to keep pressure constant)....more info
  • A Quicker Cooker, only bigger
    1. Cooking with a pressure cooker

    Think of a pressure cooker as a crock pot on steroids. The increased pressure inside the sealed vessel results in an elevated boiling point, producing a higher cooking temperature for faster cooking. The standard pressure for these cookers is 15 psi, raising the boiling point from 212f to 250f. Current design features considerably improve the safety of these pots over WWII vintage kitchen bombs.

    Pressure cookers are perfect for pot roasts, stews, soups, stocks and long-simmering sauces, reducing cooking times by as much as seventy percent. Beans cook faster in a pressure cooker, although their soaking time is unaffected. Rice will cook faster, too, although the convenience of a dedicated rice cooker is beyond dispute.

    Some pressure cookers let users select a second, lower pressure setting (8 psi, bp @ 215f), which yields considerably less accelerated cooking. Why slow down a high-speed cooker? Because some foods, like veggies and fish, cook quickly, and when cooked at 15 psi it is difficult to control doneness. (Recipes for these foods call for running cold water over the pot lid to quickly reduce the pressure and lower the temperature to stop the cooking. For more usual dishes, one would merely turn off the heat and let the cooking coast to a stop.) Pot-count or hubris may move some chefs to use their pressure cookers to prepare delicate foods regardless of the risk of under/over-cooking. The low pressure setting is intended to help these people. For most cooks, foods that cook quickly are better prepared using conventional methods. Arguably, a clever chef could use a pressure cooker as their only pot for all purposes, a desirable feature when living out of a knapsack on a desert isle where time is money or fuel is precious.

    For most cooks, a pressure cooker will not be an essential kitchen utensil, but it is desirable for its ability to shorten long simmer times. An eight-quart pot is probably the most versatile size for most users, because the pot can only be filled to half or at most two-thirds capacity. If veggies are to be steamed rather than boiled, you will need a steamer insert. Expect a learning curve as you discover how to operate the pot and adjust cooking times. A pressure cooker should be stored unassembled, and the gasket (about $10) may need to be replaced occasionally. All parts should be hand washed. The the pot and lid are ruined if dinged where the gasket seats.

    2. The Fagor Pressure Cooker

    Fagor in Spain is like General Dynamics in the US - a huge industrial conglomerate. Their "Commercial" (and similar "Splendid") model pressure cooker has a substantial heft to it and seems ready to withstand the rigors of the kitchen. An aluminum heat dispersion disc, completely encapsulated in stainless steel, is bonded to the bottom of the thick-walled stainless steel pot. The stainless steel lid is similarly substantial, and is polished to a mirror finish. The handles seen sturdy enough, although they are plastic and subject to damage. An order form for replacement parts is provided in the box and parts are available over the Internet (www.fagoramerica.com). An instruction booklet is incluye, imperfectly translated from the Spanish. An 80-page recipe book is also included, with full color photographs of fabulous dishes, several of which cannot be prepared in the cooker(!).

    The regulator control dial on this unit has three positions: Pressurized (15 psi), open, and remove valve. The lid has a safety interlock that prevents it from being opened while the pot is pressurized, and a small plastic rod pops up to indicate the interlock is active. (One reviewer suggested this rod indicates the pot has reached 15 psi, but this is not so; you know the pot has reached 15 psi when steam starts to escape from the regulator valve.) Another safety feature is a slot in the lid that allows part of the gasket to blow out if the pot has been over-filled.

    I was attracted to this model pressure cooker because it seemed to represent an attractive price-performance point. My experience has confirmed that. The value of a second, low pressure setting is arguable for all but the most dedicated pressure cooker users, and fancy features like a pressure gauge seem minimally useful. If I were to buy another pressure cooker, I would likely select this model again, albeit in an 8-qt version to compliment the 4-qt size that seemed the best size for this bachelor cook....more info
  • not thrilled
    Sent it back before I used it. Did not like the seal. Too easy to lose. Too maintenance needy. I like my previous pressure cooker. I am a low maintenance person. ...more info
  • fagor splendid
    I haven't owned a pressure cooker for more than 15 years. I decided to purchase a Fagor after reading many positive reviews. I was not disappointed! I like the ease and the safety features of this model, much better than the older 1970 pressure cooker. The Fagor heats very evenly and quickly. It appears very durable and well balanced. I would certainly buy another fagor. ...more info
  • Not what I am used to
    I am used to a pressure cooker that I could hear the regulator rocking from the pressure to let me know that it is cooking correctly; therefore, I scorched and overcooked food because I was expecting to hear the regulator. If that part wouldn't bother you, it would probably be fine. I am sending mine back. ...more info
  • great so far
    I have only had this a couple of months, but I am enjoying it so far. It is very different from my old pressure cooker that had the attachment that jiggled. It did take some getting used to, but it works so much faster than my old one and came with some great recipes. It seems very strong and well built. I had a mirro before this and the handle would always come loose. I don't think that will ever be a problem with this particular model and brand. ...more info
  • Confusing instructions, but overall a great product. Worth the money.
    The book isn't very clear on how to tell when the cooker is at full pressure. It basically says when you see steam, then it's at pressure, but that isn't the case. You have to wait until the steam shoots out (not just wisps out) and makes a loud "shh" noise.

    My error resulted in my first recipe burning. But now I know how to use it, and so my second attempt succeeded beyond my expectations. The refried beans I tried were tastier than any I had ever had before! Because you aren't cooking the ingredients as long, they retain more of their flavor and vitamins than if you cook them in a crock pot or a regular pan.

    For the less-than-perfect documentation, I'm deducting one star. Overall, I'm very pleased with this purchase....more info
  • Save on cooking time
    This thing is great. It works just like the description says.
    I've had it for over a year.
    The only compain that I have is the screws for the handle would get loose over time.
    But all you have to do is tighten it....more info
  • Pressure started leaking within a few days of use
    After about a week of use, the pressure cooker has started to leak steam even when the knob is adjusted to stop it from doing so. I am disappointed and don't recommend it to others. ...more info
  • So happy to have found it
    I lost 100 pounds while living in Madrid last year. They use this brand and size, even the 4 quart, alot. I'll explain one recipe quickly as so many Americans are leery of using it. It is so quick and easy to use. My husband is a very happy man with these meals too. It is like a wonderful multi layer flavored stew in just 20 minutes. Briefly: put in 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs & a little olive oil, and brown. Then just leave heat on high or med. and start tossing in your cut up veggies!!! Whatever you like! For chicken, I'll usually clean and chop 2 carrots, 1 small onion, 1/4 to 1/3 cabbage, 2 celery stalks, little less than a teaspoon of garlic from those jars that have the garlic already mushed up, salt (not to much cuz can add more at end), dash of pepper, 1 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes (just to be even quicker), 1/2 to 1 cup of chick stock depending on how "soupy" I want it - which of course can be cooked down (but you MUST have the liquid THIS IS THE KEY); then stir to mix well. THEN put the lid on correctly (easy to do), put dail to "closed lid" sign, put back up on high and wait for little yellow indicator to "pop up" - THEN turn heat to low and set your timer for 20 minutes. (I have an electric stove). It will hiss some but that is normal - remember, healthy, nutritious meal all while using minimal electricity and with these HOT California days it is the best. It is an absolute delight. It is quicker to cook than go out for a meal not to mention how money is to be saved. You could use lower grades of beef too because the pressure is so fabulous. When the timer goes off, turn off stove, and let set to meld flavors even more and when yellow indicator goes down then you can open lid (I like this method cuz it is so tasty). For even better presentation of your dish, when timer goes off just turn dail to the "steam releasing" picture, wait for yellow indicator to go back down and then open. You will see the difference when you try it both methods. This is not the pressure cooker that we in the USA have heard about around WWII; this is the most famous, widely used modern pressure cooker of Spain. Slender healthy women AND definately men too use it on a daily basis in Spain!!!! This pressure cooker has become a staple in my home. Less electricty which is great for my pocket book and the environment, and healthy nutritious meals that retain all the vitamins...well,it's a good thing. (Although, I don't think I have ever seen Martha use a pressure cooker!) Gotta go! Dinner is ready!!!!! Tonight is beef precut into cute little cubes! Yum! :)...more info
  • Life saver for all cooks
    I bought this a month ago and have fallen in love with it!!! All dishes come out great and it takes hardly any time to cook all those so-hard-and-long-to-cook recipes.
    Would recommend it to anyone thinking of buying one....more info
  • Made in china
    First I guess my biggest dsappointment was that this item is made in China. I am trying to avoid items made in China. Fagor advertises their
    product is European made in Spain. Secondly the instrucitons say to put olive oil on the seal. Well the day I put olive oil on the seal it burnt
    so I need to replace it after only 5 uses. I am still debating whether
    it is worth the extra money to constantly replace seals. Maybe I will just use it as a sauce pan for I do have a lid that fits. Haven't decided yet. Money is tight. Otherwise it did cook the items fast
    but don't think it is worth the extra money to replace seals all the time. ...more info
  • Single Guy proof - So far
    OK - I am a single guy again, and have been known to mess up a boil-n-bag, but I can use this thing! I have had it for a couple of months now. This and a $10 pressure cooker cookbook and I have made several things so far, no stomach pumps and no explosions. The reduced cooking time and one pot meal is just what I needed.

    Gopher it!...more info
  • fast results
    We have never owned a pressure cooker before, although we are very kitchen friendly cooks. The directions are a bit vague, so make sure you read and understand the mechanics first! Although the directions say you can release excess steam or depressurize by turning the valve on the top - don't do it! Our St. Patty's Day corn beef sprayed grease all over the kitchen, never mind almost scalding our daughter. Instead, take the pot to the sink and use the method of running a slow stream of cold water at the outside edge of the pot. This will take less than a minute before you can open the pot. The food comes out DELICIOUS and it's so FAST, quite a time saver. ...more info
  • NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S PRESSURE COOKER
    Though I am a pretty basic cook (I can boil water; scrambled eggs are my specialty), the fear that many people have of pressure cookers should be laid to rest with this Fagor. Once you get the hang of it, cooking is as simple as putting all in the pot, closing it, making sure the dial is pointed to "cook" and the lid snap is closed, putting it on the heat and wait for the little yellow bobbie thing to pop up so you can turn down the heat and start your timer. If there's too much steam this mighty device releases it safely. Even I can do it! Some foods are easier than others, but if you want to create a quick, healthy chicken soup, this is your weapon! ...more info
  • Pressure Cook without Fear!
    No time for slow food? This product saves hours in the kitchen and is easy to cool down and add ingredients midway through cooking. Although you may miss the familiar psst, psst of older style pressure cookers (and panicked runs to the kitchen), the quiet Fagor safety design ensures there will be no splatter and valve pop if you accidentally let it run dry. ...more info
  • Works Well
    I bought this product after looking at many pressure cookers and overall, it's a pretty good buy. True, it lacks some of the bells and whistles of the more expensive brands, but I find it works very well for cooking most items. I cook vegetarian cuisine exclusively, mostly for Indian and Italian cuisine. I use it at least weekly and haven't any problems with it....more info
  • Actual Instructions for THIS model of pressure cooker
    I only rate this product a 4 because the "instruction manual" is a joke. Fagor gives you ONE generic manual that applies to all their models, even if it's wildly inappropriate for this one. For example "the pressure valve will rise, showing you the increase in pressure." Guess what? No pressure "valve" visible on this one.

    Here's the skinny: there is a dial on the lid with 3 settings. One is a circle with a line through it. That is for replacing parts, and it won't turn to that setting (apparently you have to do something special to get there). Then there is a setting that looks like a steam cloud. That is for RELEASING pressure. The final setting looks like a closed pot. Turn it to the pot to bring the thing up to pressure. Turn it to the cloud to release pressure.

    There is a yellow button on the handle. When the button pops up, the pot is at pressure. That's your magic moment. Recipes have various ways of describing when the pot is at pressure -- for this model, you care about that little yellow button, not about steam amount or whistling or agitation. You can turn the heat fairly low and leave it at pressure. I think that's it. Made me crazy trying to figure this out....more info
  • Great pressure cooker, not so great manufacturer.
    This Fagor pressure cookder is excellent. I have had time now to use it repeatedly and am thoroughly satisfied with its construction, features, and performance. As soon as I got it I contacted Fagor to buy fitted accessories: the steamer, the drop-in pot on a tripod, and the timer they advertise. The timer, which cost $10, was the only disappointment. It is made of stainless, but is poorly designed. It has a belt clip on the back with a glued-in magnet. The clip prevents the timer from fitting firmly against a surface, and any touch to it will cause it to fall off. As if this weren't bad enough, it only worked once. The second time I tried to use it, I discovered that the alarm sound it makes had all but disappeared. It could be heard only within about a foot of it. I contacted Fagor at once to get a credit or refund, and was told that I could be given only a replacement -- which I refused. Why replace junk with junk? So -- buy, use and enjoy the cooker, and the appliances. But don't bother with their junky timer. Go to your nearest discount store and buy a far better one for far less money....more info
  • Its all true!
    This evening I tried out my cooker, trepidatiously. I made an oso buco recipe. I wasn't able to find veal shanks, so I opted to try beef shanks--tough as boot leather--instead.
    The beef turned out quite tender. What was amazing was the sauce that formed in the pan along with the meat. Thick, rich and flavorful. And lots of it!

    Everything everyone has written is true: a delight to behold, easy to use, easy to know when the cooker has reached pressure, easy to clean, designed with great care and attention to detail.
    If you get one, consider the following two accessories:
    1. simple, cheap kitchen timer, and 2. "Cooking Under Pressure" by Lorna Sass. Once you get the pressure up, with the timer you can track how long, and remove from the heatly promptly. Lorna Sass's book is written so gently you can imagine her standing behind you, and heaping on encouragement.

    One more thing. We have entered an era where we must be concerned with how much energy we use.Pressure cookers requires very little fuel. For this very reason they are very popular in the third world and other places where cooking fuel is scarce and expensive. If nothing else, with the help of a pressure cooker, we can cook our way to energy independence!
    2008 Update: I've been using the cooker to prepare a whole new group of foods (Cauliflower head 4 minutes, Sweet potatoes 15 minutes, fabulous rice pudding with cardamom, and amazing chile verde). Even my very picky and gunshy spouse appreciates what comes forth from the pressure cooker.We're eating healthier, and using less gas, too! I still love my fagor splendid, and unhesitatingly highly recommend to anyone, even to the most nervous nellie! ...more info
  • Fagor vs Presto
    I have a Presto 4 qt. pressure cooker which I like a lot, but wanted something bigger so I bought the Fagor 6 qt. The inside diameter of the Fagor is 8 3/4" vs 8 3/8" for the Presto, 3/8" difference which may not seem like much, but I cook mostly with stainless steel inserts, bowls and the like, to get the double boiler effect, and it's easier to get the bowls out of the Fagor, a tricky job when they are still hot. But the Fagor makes a hissing sound at a pitch I didn't like at all. So I went back to the Presto which makes a nice chuga-chuga sound with the little cap rocking back and forth, a sound I actually find pleasing (I'm a violinmaker, so sound matters to me). But then I found an old aluminum cooker at Goodwill, which I scavenged for the vent tube and cap, and installed it on the Fagor. Voila! A Fagor-Presto. It has the size I like and now the sound also. If you're not handy like that, I would go with the 6 qt. Presto, nice simple design, and that comforting sound heralding a good meal. ...more info
  • Very successful present.
    We're (well, actually, she) is using the little beast to prepare two full meals in the morning before going to work while I'm working out. Flavors are great, cooktime is low, and the pressure cooker is well made and easy to clean.

    Highly recommended....more info
  • Poor packaging
    The cooker arrived in a box that look untouched yet the handle was completely shattered. There is little padding to protect what is apparently a fragile handle. I'll be trying another cooker....more info
  • Love It!
    I love this pressure cooker. It's easy to use and clean. Every dish I have made so far has been great. There are lots of cookbooks out there for pressure cookers and lots of variety. The price was also a real value. ...more info
  • Does everything right for a reasonable price
    Great buy for very nice quality. This is my first cooker and it was easy to use. It really does all that you need and parts are available locally if needed. Great quality and price. Shipment was two days faster than promised....more info
  • never be afraid of pressure cooking again!
    I love my Fagor pressure cooker. All the controls are contained within the handle - no more jiggling, noisy regulators! It is so safe and easy - all the fears I had of traditional pressure cookers are gone. Best of all, I can cook roasts, chicken, stews - generally my crock pot items - after coming home from work instead of worrying about leaving a crock pot on all day. The food comes out as tender as if I cooked it overnight. If you're serious about buying a good pressure cooker, make this one your investment. With it's heavy-duty stainless steel construction and triple safety system (any excess steam is allowed to escape instead of building up and redecorating your kitchen), it's a smart and safe decision....more info
  • too much trouble
    When I got my Fagor pressure cooker I thought it was going to be a long relationship. But I have learned over the past few months that it's much more trouble than it's worth.

    It may cut cooking time in half, but it certainly doubles clean-up time.

    It's hard to regulate the cooking of the food that's locked inside the cooker.

    In a regular cooking pot I can look inside and see how things are going, add things at the right time, make any adjustments that I need.

    I like the ease of just bringing a regular pot to a boil, reducing to simmer, and coming back when the timer goes off. I hate trying to get the pressure right, worrying that it's too much pressure, and then waiting for it to depressurize or depressurizing it manually to speed things up.

    Food textures are often all wrong. And when is it done? You can't just open it up, look inside and say "ten more minutes".

    For the same price you can get some very nice copper-bottom pans that will last your whole lifetime and have no gaskets or valves that will need replacing....more info
  • good so far, cant predict for how long
    good cooker, have used all brands past 15 years, use every single day. All previous had safety valve failuress sooner or later.
    This one works well, cant say for how long. If it goes beyond a year, I'll give it 5 stars....more info
  • Be aware the cooker
    There is some black metal power fall off the valve. Every time after cook, you can notice it by rub the valve under the Lid. It will be very obvious when you cook rice, there will be black power on the rice after you cook. Even I do not think it is lead, but the powder looks very like lead and feel like lead. No mater what it is, it is always not good to have those powder on your food every time you cook and the valve will very likely be eroded soon. I contact with the manufacture but no response. ...more info
  • Splendid indeed!
    This is an excellent pressure cooker! I bought another cooker before (not by Fagor) and returned it because it did not have manual pressure relilef. This pressure cooker has everything I need and is very fast. I tried several recipes and they are very good. Liked their beefstroganoff very much. My little daughter liked soups. Meat cooks really fast. I use this cooker very often. ...more info
  • Warranty is useless
    We bought this pressure cooker from Macy's. The body and handles are still in very good condition after about 1 year of moderate use. However, the red/purple-ish lock on the upper handle began to deform by the heat from the cooker (it is shielded from the stove burner by the lower handle), making the open and lock operation harder and harder, until finally the plastic piece is stuck to the open position rendering the pot thing useless. Fagor's warranty does not cover this. I was instructed to place an order for the upper handle assembly which costs over 1/3 of the price of the entire thing. I can't see how the problem is not caused by a defect in the material, or why one should continue spend money on the company's product. ...more info

 

 
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