Cuisinart CPC-600 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

Cuisinart CPC-600 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker is a versatile multi-tasking cooker for pressure cooking, rice cooking, browning, sautéing, simmering and keeping warm. It offers the benefit of pressure cooking to save you loads of cooking time without the fear of a stove-top pressure cooker explosion.

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IntroductionSize, Capacity and Material | Safety Features | Easy to Use and Clean | Consumer Ratings | Pros | Cons | Warranty and Replacement Parts | Price |

Size, Capacity and Material

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With 6 quart in capacity, it’s a perfect size to feed from singles to medium-sized families depending on what you are cooking. Certainly, you can take advantage of cooking up a batch of foods to store them into small containers for later use.

The cooker is made of brushed stainless with matte black material that gives an attractive appearance as well as prevents finger-prints on the exterior. The inner cooking pot is made of aluminum with non-stick coating that makes cleaning a breeze.

Safety Features

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The pot and the lid are sealed by a gasket or a seal ring which is made silicone material. Similar to a few electric pressure cookers on the market, this Cuisinart one has the same safety features. To start off, the lid has an locking mechanism to ensure nobody can open the lid while cooking and until the pressure is fully released. The primary pressure valve sits on top of the lid with two dial positions for “pressure” or “release”. This is also the outlet to release excess pressure.

On one end of the top handle, there is a red float device which is a pressure indicator. When the pressure starts to build in the pot, this device will pop up to signal you to start the timer.

3 Handles

There are three handles with one on top and two on the sides. They are made of a special material that stay cool to the touch.

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Pressure Setting: 6 and 10 Psi (Pounds per Square Inch)

The pressure cooker has a digital display panel for you to set the pressure level, cooking methods and time. Two pressure settings are available as 6 and 10 psi respectively for low or high. In fact, the 10 psi would have been considered as “medium” in a stovetop pressure cooker. If your recipe calls for a 15 psi, you’ll have to add  x percentage of cooking time to offset the lower pressure.

Speaking of time, the timer can be set for up to 99 minutes. For the first 40 minutes, the increment of change is 1 minute and after that it’s in 5-minutes increment.

As I eluded earlier, multiple cooking methods can be used with this cooker such as cooking a pot of rice, brown/sauté meats and vegetables before pressure cooking, simmering a pot of soup. After cooking is complete, the cooker has a “keep warm” function.

Pressure Release Methods

Two pressure release methods can be deployed to release pressure. One is the “natural release” where you don’t do anything but just let the cooker cool off on its own. The cooling time may take from 12 to 30 minutes depending on what you have and the quantity of foods. Another way is to set the dial to “release” for a fast release. Be sure to wear a kitchen mitt to prevent your hand from being scorched by the hot steam.

In the User Manual, it talks about a third method which is a combination of the two above. Let the cooker to cool off a bit and then turn the dial to “release” to expedite the process.

Easy to Use and Clean

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The CPC-600 has a push-button operation which is so easy to do. Follow the instructions in the Manual, you shouldn’t have much difficulty. Cuisinart also has a YouTube video to demo the cooker. It’s kind of corporate speech to me and I didn’t find it very helpful.

I strongly suggest that you wash everything by hand even though Cuisinart says the inner pot is dishwasher safe. You don’t want to run the risk of scratching the non-stick surface in the dishwasher.

Accessories

A trivet is included.

Consumer Ratings

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4.2 out of 5

4.2 out of 5 are the overall ratings on Amazon by 455 reviewers. The reviews are polarized. 303 or 67% of the reviewers absolutely loved the cooker while 54 people or 12% didn’t care for it at all.

One gentleman shared his experience in using this cooker to reproduce the home-made meals by Mom and how he used it on a daily basis without the need to tending to the cooker…Read More
Another customer liked it so much that he gave it to “everyone” during Christmas 2011. Then he would compare recipes, techniques with the same group of people and make it so much fun….Read More

Pros

  • It’s well made and stylish. The brushed steel is a nice touch to minimize finger prints on the exterior surface.
  • Versatile to make practically anything from breakfast, lunch, dinner to dessert.
  • It’s very easy to use and effortless to clean.
  • It takes the guesswork out of pressure cooking.
  • It cuts down up to 70% of cooking time. It takes about 7 minutes under pressure to cook 2 pounds of chicken breasts vs. at least an hour in conventional cooking method.
  • 3-year limited warranty as opposed to 1-year industry norm for an electric pressure cooker.

Cons

  • The Cuisinart’s Customer Service leaves so much to be desired according to some reviewers. What a shame!

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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Three-year warranty

Price

The price is the middle of the road about 10% more expensive than some and 10% cheaper than the other. Overall, it’s a decent buy as you will get multiple cooker wrapped up in one.

The Cuisinart CPC-600 Pressure Cooker is a good cooker for everyday use and a terrific kitchen aid for singles and busy people. It’s not designed for serious canning and food storage projects as the lower than 15 psi pressure setting makes me a bit leery when it comes to killing bacteria in foods. The three-year warranty makes it easier for people to buy and give it a try.

 

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