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
The Fagor Splendid 4 quart pressure cooker
More details on Splendid pressure cooker
The Presto 4 quart stainless steel pressure cooker:
|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|
|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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