4 Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

For our comparison we have chosen the Presto 4 quart stainless steel pressure cooker and the Fagor Splendid 4 quart pressure cooker.

Before we do a comparison, let's take a look on their hightlight features on each products

More details on each 4 Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker features

The Fagor Splendid 4 quart pressure cooker

  • Has two pressure release valves, preventing excessive steam buildup.
  • Has a locking handle that will not open until it is safe to do so.
  • Is dishwasher safe.
  • Includes a manual and recipe book.
  • Measures 11 inches by 16 inches- including the handles.
  • Weighs 7 pounds.
  • Is made from 18/10 stainless steel, with an aluminum base to cook food more evenly.
  • Has an indicator to let the cook know when the cooker is ready to be opened safely.
  • Allows the user to decide how much pressure to cook with.
  • Is a part of the Energy Star program. (The product is manufactured in an environmentally sound manner, and saves energy and, therefore, money for the user because cooking times are reduced.)

More details on Splendid pressure cooker

The Presto 4 quart stainless steel pressure cooker:

  • Can be used as a regular sauce pan.
  • Is made from stainless steel.
  • Has a heavy duty lid that locks while cooking, retaining the steam.
  • Has a pop-up pressure indicator.
  • Has a steam release mechanism for safety.
  • Has a plug to release the steam if there is too much.
  • Includes a booklet of 65 recipes from soups to deserts.
  • Includes a cooling rack.
  • Measures 9 inches in diameter plus 7 ½ inches of plastic, ergonomically designed handles.
  • Stands 6 ½ inches tall, with the lid.
  • Weighs 6 pounds.
  • Includes a clear, easy to read, instruction booklet, with safety information regarding pressure cookers.
  • Should be cleaned with a non-abrasive cleanser.

Comparison 4 Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

Presto Fagor Splendid
Front View
Size 4 quart 4 quart
Inside Diameter (Inches) 8-3/8 8-3/8
Inside Height (Inches) 4-1/4 4-1/4
Dual pressure release valves No Yes
Pop up indicator Yes Yes
Plug to release the steam Yes Yes
Locking handle Yes with inner ring Yes
Adjustable pressure No Yes
Pressure Settings N/a One pressure Setting at 15psi
Material stainless steel 18/10 stainless steel, with an aluminum base
Cleaning Dishwasher safe Non-abrasive cleanser, submersible
Weight 6 lbs 7 lbs
Includes a manual and recipe book Yes Yes
Includes a cooling rack Yes No
Part of the Energy Star Yes No
Warranty 12 year limited 10 year limited

As you can see these two pieces of cookware are virtually identical with the exceptions of some of its safety features. These features could be the deciding factor when it comes to making a choice. Each holds a maximum capacity of eight quarts and has the same basic measurements.

Today the world has essentially gone Green and it is this fact that has given the Fagor an edge on the Presto. The company has been the recipient of a lot of awards for environmental stewardship as European certifications as a Green piece of cookware. Fagor is participant in the Energy Star Program in the United States. This seal makes a consumer aware that the product has meet industry standards for energy efficiency, pricing and environmentally friendly production practices.

What consumers seem to appreciate is the 15psi, there are some with a dual pressure setting that lets you cook at 8psi but why make it a crock pot when what you really want is cooking speed, seems to be the general consensus among consumers.

At 15psi your food is actually cooking at a temperature of 257°F whereas boiling is only 212°F. This is why during the cool down you will hear the food begin to boil as the temperature reaches that level.

The Fargo is a splendid piece of equipment and any cook would be proud to own it, we recommend it simply because we like the expediency of the adjustable pressure which allow user to choose between unlock, steam release and high position, and its safety using dual valve which located in dial control and another one on a valve.

An energy star product which reduces water consumptions and energy makes fagor splendid A plus over presto.

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