Stainless Steel Pressure Cookers

Congratulations on your decision to buy a pressure cooker. If you are here it may be because like so many of us today you have made a decision to eat healthy.

Pressure cooking is the very best way to lock in nutrients and flavor. Boiling can cause vegetables to lose their nutrients. The vitamins and minerals generally end up in the juices left in the pot.

Below we will compare the features of three stainless steel pressure cookers on the market. These pots make cooking fast, healthy and energy efficient.

Making a comparison of Presto 01362, Futura F10 and the National Presto 01341 is the only way you will figure out which is truly better for your cooking needs. The three companies all offer high quality state - of - the - art pressure cookers but they are slightly different in their presentation and features to make each pressure cooker unique.

Presto 01362

The presto 01362 for instance doubles as a steamer. This means it is great for home canning.

It comes with a heavy duty lid that locks tight during cooking.

The cooker also has an inner seal ring to help keep the steam and the precious juices inside.

The pop pressure indicator takes the guess work out of food preparation.

If the steam builds too much there is a pressure relief valve to drain off the excess.

The 01362 is fully immiscible so you can clean it in the sink or dishwasher, the vent pipe can be cleaned with a simple bottle brush and you can even remove the air vent cover and the pressure plug for detail cleaning as well.

The cleaning instructions say to not use any type of abrasive cleansers on the pot and that it would benefit greatly from the occasional use of a fine metal polish.

Futura F10

The Hawkins Futura F10 comes in a variety of sizes. Each one has a lid that is fitted from the inside and locks tight for safety.

The cookers are great on gas, halogen, electric and even ceramic cooktops.

The pressure cooker has all of the modern improvements like the to stay cool handles and safety valves.

They don’t rust and you can wash them in either the sink or dishwasher.

The pot is not the usual eyesore of a pressure cooker that most of us are used to.

The design is modern and sleek; it is so aesthetically pleasing it would be a shame to store it away.

It is one pot that can go from stove to table, really that is just how stylish it is.

They are however a bit more costly than most other brands.

As you can see by the table below the 4 quart version is priced comparable to a 6 quart presto pressure cooker.

National Presto 01341

Last but not least is the Presto 01314 is a 4 quart version of the 01362 it is fully dishwasher safe has most of the features of its big counterpart.

The tiny power house has a pop-up pressure indicator and a simple but effective steam release valve.

It has an over pressure plug just like the larger models in the presto line.

The small pot is great for camping or fishing trips and is perfect for making small dinners for two.

To Sum Up

Generally when you compare three different products the biggest difference shows in the price but all three of these stainless steel pressure cookers are comparable in price as well as functionality.

All are reasonably priced depending on where you choose to shop. Either of them would make a great buy.

Features Presto 01362 Futura F10 National Presto 01341

Safety Features



6 Quart

Stay cool handles and lid, strong lock lid, over pressure plug, pressure indicator

Rack for steaming


5 quart

Stay cool handles and lid, shielded sadety valve, pressure locked lid



4 quart

Handy cooking guide on cover handle



As you can see by the chart above all three stainless steel pressure cookers are comparable in all but price. The decision to buy a pressure cooker could come down to only that fact.

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