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SpikeC
05-12-2012, 04:28 PM
Hi all, I am cooking some stock now in a 4.5 liter pressure cooker, and wishing that it was bigger. It is a T-Fal, and seems to work fine, but I would like to get something in the 6 liter range.
I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for brand, and if 6 is a good idea, as opposed to maybe 8?
Thanks for any I sight that anyone would like to share!

Johnny.B.Good
05-12-2012, 04:54 PM
I don't have a pressure cooker, but just checked the Cook's Illustrated website, and they recommend:

Product Name
Fagor Duo 8-Quart Pressure Cooker

Manufacturer
Fagor

Model Number
918060787
Price

$109.95

Recommendation Status
Recommended

Testers’ Comments
Efficient, safe, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive, our favorite stovetop pressure cooker beat out the electric competition.

Size
8 quarts

Where To Shop
Cookware.com (888-478-4606, www.cookware.com, SKU #FGR1008)

Johnny.B.Good
05-12-2012, 04:55 PM
They also recommend the smaller electric model:

Product Name
Fagor Electric Multi-Cooker

Manufacturer
Fagor

Model Number
670040230

Price
$119.95

Recommendation Status
Recommended

Testers’ Comments
Although this model performed well as a pressure cooker and rice cooker, its use as a slow cooker is limited because it has only one setting: low. When we first published this review, the price, $200, just wasn't worth it. At its new lower price of $120, it's a much better value.

Size
6 quarts

Where To Shop
www.cookware.com (SKU #FGR1055)

SpikeC
05-12-2012, 05:10 PM
Thanks!

PierreRodrigue
05-12-2012, 06:49 PM
Hey! How come when you ask, you get recommended a $100 unit, and I asked a few weeks ago I was recommended a Swiss $400+ unit... Sup widat? :eyebrow:

SpikeC
05-12-2012, 08:13 PM
Cuz yer a Canuck?
BTW, after reading reviews of the Fagor and their customer service I don't think I will go that route!
The cooker that I have is French made, I won't buy one made in China, but the retailers don't tell you where their stuff is made that I can find!

PierreRodrigue
05-12-2012, 08:30 PM
http://citychef.ca/xcart/customer/product.php?productid=17775&cat=320&page=1 This north of the ling, but the brand is what was recommended. I'm still debating...
http://citychef.ca/xcart/customer/product.php?productid=17775&cat=320&page=1 more options

SpikeC
05-12-2012, 08:43 PM
Amazon US has them for about half that........

Johnny.B.Good
05-12-2012, 10:28 PM
BTW, after reading reviews of the Fagor and their customer service I don't think I will go that route!

Wow, sorry Spike, just read a few reviews on Amazon.

Sounds terrible.

Guess one has to take the Cook's Illustrated recommendation with a grain of salt.

SpikeC
05-12-2012, 11:40 PM
They don't spend much time with a product so don't see the problems that can arise with use, and they don't interact with the customer service people much, I'll wager!

Johnny.B.Good
05-12-2012, 11:51 PM
They don't spend much time with a product so don't see the problems that can arise with use, and they don't interact with the customer service people much, I'll wager!

Apparently not.

apicius9
05-13-2012, 04:30 AM
I have the Fagor and had no issues with it so far. Never had to deal with their CS, so I can't comment on that. Needed a replacement part (my cleaning person broke off part of the handle - no idea how that happened), and parts came fast and were reasonable. But maybe there are variations?

Stefan

sashae
05-21-2012, 06:12 PM
Yeah, I have the same Fagor and use it for pressure canning as well as regular pressure cooking, and haven't had issues yet (knock on wood.) Can't speak to their customer service.

clayton
05-21-2012, 08:10 PM
I am using Kuhn Rikon. I got a set that came with 2 lids (one pressure cooker one glass) and two pressure cooker pots. I really only wanted the big pot but the set was almost cheaper than the one single pot I wanted.

Now the small pot gets 99% of the use. Highly recommended it. I think this (http://www.amazon.com/Kuhn-Rikon-6-Piece-Duromatic-Pressure/dp/B00004R8ZH/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1337641767&sr=8-3) is what I got. Been a few years.

SpikeC
05-21-2012, 08:46 PM
I have decided to go with the Kuhn Rikon. I had intended to cheap out, butt the value remains after the bill is forgotten.

SpikeC
05-21-2012, 08:47 PM
And I think that I will go with the 8 quart version.

Mucho Bocho
05-24-2012, 12:58 PM
Spike, I PC at least three times per week and have gone through several PC's. The one I've had for the past five years is my Kuhn Rikon 5 quart called a hotel-braiser. Its cool because you can saute in it or brown meat the PC in it. One of the most expensive but you'll never look back.