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I just got a pressure cooker for christmas. Need to know what brand is best

I've been wanting to get my first pressure cooker for a long time now so I requested one for Christmas and my mother-in-law delivered. She got me "Elite by Fagor 6 qt" pressure cooker. Just wondering what this community thinks is the best, high quality, pressure cooker. This one is a stove top model (which I prefer), but my wife would rather have an electric model because she would like it to double as a slow cooker.

Does anyone have an opinion to share? should we use the gift receipt, return and find a better one? What brand, model, size do you guys and gals think performs the best for a home cook?

asked by Benny almost 3 years ago

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Susan W

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added almost 3 years ago

If you use the search function at the top of this page and type in Pressure Cooker and choose Q&A, you'll find many conversations about them. Also, if you do the same search and choose Articles, there is a good one at the top of the list. Be sure and read the comments. Your pressure cooker is mentioned. Have fun. :)

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Sam1148

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added almost 3 years ago

I'm a bit torn there. I have a decent pressure cook...but I rarely used it, and I actually gave away the slow cooker because it was used even less.
I think the double duty one would be great. But I wouldn't return the one your MIL did the research and paid attention you and your requests and found the BEST and most highest rated pressure cooker available.
Buy your wife a slow cooker and keep the pressure cooker; and get your wife something else unexpected that isn't a 'tool' that she's been hinting for.

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added almost 3 years ago

Santa dropped off a Cuisinart 6 qt pressure cooker, and while I would've picked something higher end, such as the Elite by Fagor, I have this one a whirl the the other night and made perfectly tender pulled pork in 45 minutes. I was delighted how easy it was from start to end, almost anti-climatic. Now, I have the courage to test my pressure canner that's been gathering dust for 3 years. I think you have an excellent model and prefer the electric model to auto regulate the temperature.

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added almost 3 years ago

That is a great pressure cooker, in my opinion. I have the larger one and use it all the time (just used it this morning to cook some beans, in fact!). I like to use it on the side burner of my gas grill (hissing outside).

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added almost 3 years ago

Don't insult your mother-in-law. Say Thank You, keep the one she gave you, and buy your wife a slow cooker. Sometimes family harmony is more important than kitchen appliances.

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks all, just so you all know, there would be no hard feelings in my family if we were to return/exchange gifts. We don't take Christmas that seriously. I was simply trying to find out how this brand compares to others in terms of longevity, performance and over all quality. Maybe I should have left the back-story out of the question ;). Online reviews are mixed and I couldn't decide which brand i would like. I'm the kind of person who isn't afraid to spend money on kitchen tools that are high quality and useful rather than get something that will wear out. I hadn't really expected my Mother in law to get me a pressure cooker as we set our $$ limit low, otherwise I would have done research earlier and been more specific.

So, please dont think of me as an ungrateful son in law, I was just looking for an opinion on the brand. It sounds like this is a decent one so we will probably keep it. Thanks again.

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Susan W

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added almost 3 years ago

I figured you knew how to handle your MIL and you wanted product suggestions. :)

I have an idea if you want to buy your wife a nice slow cooker. I own 3 and use and love them all for everything from chicken stock to slow cooked ribs. My favorite is my Cuisinart 3 in 1. It browns, slow cooks and steams. I've never used the steam function, but I love being able to brown meats before slow cooking. It's quite a bit more than a slow cooker, but worth every penny.

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added almost 3 years ago

The Fagor is the best! Get your wife a slow cooker and Anjou your new toy!!

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