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Pressure cooker -safety

Seattle, WA


I am thinking of buying a new pressure cooker and would love some ideas/suggestions. I have used a Fagor 4 qrt before and it worked fine but when I bought a replacement didnt like it.

My top concern is safety and that would determine the pressure cooker I would buy. I prefer to go with Fagor but would be great if you have any information on others also

Thank you


New Orleans, LA(Zone 9a)

This year, I purchased 2 fagor PC that I got from overstock.com - I had some free gift cards from them.

The 4 quart is:

The 10 quart is sold out:

I have used both of these many times & feel perfectly safe with them. They have a lot of safety features & a locking handle that prevent opening while it's locked, & you can't unlock it while there's still pressure. There are automatic release thingies so if the pressure bilds up to much, it's released.

I love both of mine. The smaller one is great for everyday meals, while the larger one is for soups, stews, etc.

St. Helens, OR(Zone 8b)

I have Fagor and Kuhn-Rikon pressure cookers. Both are excellent brands, but Fagor is a better buy.

Presto is also a very good pressure cooker and available in various models at excellent price points (stainless, not aluminum).

Any of these brands have good safety mechanisms.

MissVickie is one of the best-ever websites and has really helpful information on all things pressure-cooker, including recommendations.



New Orleans, LA(Zone 9a)

I forgot about the MissVickie website. Lots of info there.

St. Helens, OR(Zone 8b)

I forgot also - Bed, Bath and Beyond sells Fagor. I bought the duo combi set from them (4-quart and 8-quart) with their 20% off coupon. That price even beat Amazon, but now it looks like Amazon is cheaper. It definitely pays to check for the best price.


Seattle, WA

Thanks all for your replies, really helplful

I am going to try the Fagor again. The one I bought dosen't seem right. There is no sign of steam till almost 5 minutes into high heat. Is that normal?

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