Fagor 3-in-1 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

If you are a busy mom trying to juggle between your job, cooking and the kids, this Fagor 3-in-1 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker is a kitchen appliance that will add an hour or two to your day. The 3-in-1 cooker is a rice cooker, a slow cooker and a pressure cooker all in one compact appliance to save you money and storage space. Planning or not for the day, you can have a healthy and home-made supper on the table within an hour or less.

Table of Contents (Click a title to jump ahead)

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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This electric slow cooker has a 6-quart liquid capacity. Mind you that when pressure cooking, you can use ½ or 2/3 of the capacity. The half capacity size is for cooking foods that expand such as rice and beans. I’d say the size is great for singles up to medium-sized families but may not be big enough for a large family.

The inner cooking pot is non-stick, not stainless steel although the Product Description might say so. What it refers to is the stainless steel exterior finish, not the inner cooking pot. If you are really concerned about non-stick coating material, there is one electric pressure cooker by Secura on the market that has a stainless steel cooking pot.

Safety Features

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The cooker is sealed using a silicone gasket like many other pressure cookers on the market. The pressure is regulated via two independent pressure control valves and an automatic locking lid. First, the floating valve functions as a control of the amount of pressure in the cooker by releasing excess pressure. The second line of defense is the safety pressure valve underneath the lid to allow excess pressure to escape. The third is the automatic lid when closed properly to ensure it’s in a locked position until the pressure is fully released from the cooker.

Comparing to a stove-top pressure cooker, the advantage of an electric type is that you don’t have to stand by the cooker to monitor the pressure cooking process and to adjust the temperature on the stovetop to maintain the desired pressure level. In fact, to take it up a notch, you can even pre-program the cooker up to 8 hours ahead of time for it to cook before you get home.

This Fagor electric pressure cooker is designed with two pressure levels of 9 psi (pounds per square inch) as “high” and 5 psi as “low”. While the 9 psi is 6 psi short from a standard pressure level of 15 psi, the temperature will offset the shortage. Customers reported that you don’t need to add extra time to compensate for the lower pressure level.

The die-hard pressure cooker enthusiasts wouldn’t recommend using an electric pressure cooker for canning due to the same reason of lower psi. I can understand the food safety concern. I don’t think this electric version is built for canning purpose anyway.

Pressure Release Methods

There are two methods to release the pressure. One is the “quick release” method by turning the knob on top of the lid to “steam”. The other option is to simply let the pressure cooker cool off on its own accord. This may take from 5 to 10 minutes. So budget the extra time in your meal preparation if you’d like to get all the dishes done around the same time.

Easy to Use and Clean

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Pressure Cooking:

Fagor provides a very detailed User Manual to walk you through each cooking function of pressure cooking, rice cooking, slow cooking, browning and keeping warm. So read it carefully to get acquainted with the cooker before use.

To cook under pressure, all you need to do is:

  1. Make sure the gasket is properly placed underneath the lid and the valves are clear of any debris and blockage.
  2. Place the inner cooking pot inside of the cooker.
  3. Plug the cord into an outlet.
  4. Add ingredients both dry and liquid to the inner cooking pot. Make sure to add a minimal liquid of 1 cup for pressure cooking.
  5. Place the lid onto the cooker by aligning the protruding part of the handle with the condensation reservoir and turning it counterclockwise to lock it into place.
  6. Select “Pressure” in “High” or “Low” depending on the food you are cooking. “High” is for foods that require longer cooking time due to the tougher texture such as meats and beans. “Low” will be used for cooking seafood and vegetables.
  7. Turn the pressure regulator knob to “Pressure”.
  8. Adjust the cooking time by pressing “High or Low” once for 1 minute increment until the appropriate cooking time is set. For example, if the recipe calls for 12 minutes, you’d be repeating pressing the button 12 times. You may adjust the pressure cooking time up to 99 minutes.
  9. Press “Start/Stop” button.
  10. The cooker will begin counting down in minutes when the desired pressure is reached accompanied by the rise of the floating valve as an indicator.
  11. Once the cooking is done, the cooker will beep once and turn to “warm” function until you press the “Start/Stop” button to cancel the program.
  12. Follow the pressure release methods explained earlier.

Rice Cooking:

Similar to the steps in pressure cooking, the rice cooking is a pre-set 6-minute program designed for rice, polenta and risotto cooking. Follow these steps to cook similar foods:

  1. Place the cooking pot inside of the cooker
  2. Add dry rice and cooking liquid, at least 8 oz of water or other types of cooking liquid. Adjust the dry and wet ingredients according to the required ratio.
  3. Close the lid the same as above under Pressure Cooking.
  4. Turn the pressure regulator knob to “Pressure”.
  5. Press “Rice Cooker” button and you’ll notice the light flashing and display showing “6” as in “6 minutes”.
  6. Press “Start/Stop” button to start cooking.
  7. When the cooking is complete, you’ll hear a beep and the cooker will be set to “Warm” function.

There are general guidelines to the texture of rice such as firmer or fluffier. You might have to play with the dry and liquid ratio to get to the preferred consistency and texture you like.

Slow Cooking:

The same processes go for the first few steps. The only deviation is to:

  1. Turn the pressure regulator to “Steam”.
  2. Select either “High” or “Low” slow cooking button. The cooking temperature of “High” is 212 F while 190 F for “Low”. You may adjust the cooking time up to 9.5 hours by pressing the “High or Low” button once for a 30-minute increment. For 8 hours slow cooking on “High”, you’d have to press the “High” button 16 times (30 minutes x 16 times = 8 hours).
  3. Press “Start/Stop” button to begin cooking. The “beep” sound and the “Warm” function will ensue when the cooking is done.

Browning:

The “browning” function is a very useful feature to brown meats and other aroamtics before cooking. The browning process helps seal the juice and flavor in the meat to render more intense flavor during the cooking. If you like to cook risotto or Rice Roni, the brown feature is a must to save you time of transferring the browned ingredients to the cooking pot and to clean multiple pots after cooking.

All you need to do is to place the cooking pot in and add some cooking oil of your choice. Wait for a minute or two until the oil is at the right temperature. Then add the ingredients to begin browning. Press ”Start/Stop” button once browning is done. Follow other steps for pressure, rice or slow cooking.

Cleaning the cooker is very easy. Wipe out the exterior with a damp clothes. Clean the inner cooking pot, the lid, the gasket and the condensation reservoir with warm soapy water. While Fagor indicated the cooking pot is dishwasher safe, I wouldn’t take the chance to get the pot scratched up in the dishwasher. You may need to clean the pressure regulator knob once in a while.

Accessories

The multi-cooker comes with a User Manual and a recipe book of 40 recipes. It doesn’t come with a steamer basket.

Consumer Ratings

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4.1 out of 5.0

Out of over 200 online customer reviews on Amazon alone, this Fagor electric pressure cooker has received polarized ratings. 74% of the reviews rated 4 to 5-stars while 19% rated as 1 to 2 stars.

One customer shared her experience on how to overcome the fear of using pressure cooking function and eventually trusted the cooker would work its magic. She used this as a pressure cooker as well as to replace her slow cooker…Read More
Another customer had always wanted to have a rice cooker and an electric pressure cooker. She was very happy to find this cooker with both functionality to save money and storage space. She also liked the stylish design and easy cleaning…Read More

Pros

  • The multiple functions of rice, pressure, slow cooking and browning offer many possibilities of cooking different dishes such as rice, slow cooked meats, stews and soups.
  • The “browning” feature provides such convenience to sear the meat or veggies in high heat to add layers of flavors and color to the meal. No need to mess around with stovetop cooking and then pressure or slow cooking. Less cleanup.
  • This is the only electric pressure cooker with two pressure settings of 9 and 5 psi for cooking different types of foods.
  • The delayed timer is such a handy feature to allow you to set the cooking while at work and come home to a freshly made meal waiting for you. This will cut your meal preparation time late at night.

Cons

  • The cooker is 12 inches in diameter and 13 inches in height which is much narrower than a traditional slow cooker width. If you want to cook a brisket, you might have to cut the meat into two pieces to fit into the pot.
  • One consistent feedback in the reviews is the poor customer service at Fagor. In fact, I’ve had my personal experience to add to the mix. I emailed Fagor several days ago to verify a pressure setting for a stovetop pressure cooker set. So far, I haven’t received any response. There wasn’t any phone number to call other than a “Contact Form” to fill out.

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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There is a one-year warranty against defective materials or workmanship.

Price

The price on Amazon is discounted around 25% of the Listed Price, which is cheaper than a comparable pressure cooker.

All in all, this Fagor electric pressure cooker is a helpful kitchen appliance to have to cut down the cooking time while enjoying healthy meals at home. People bought it to use at home or in the RV. Many have bought it as a wedding gift to friends and families. Hop over to Amazon by clicking the button below to see if this is the right tool for you. 

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